Tag Archives: Rene Yañez

Loss, History and a Promise for the Mission at SOMArts

René Yañez is widely credited with bringing the tradition of dia de los muertos to live in San Francisco, but this year, the Day of the Dead exhibition he curated at SOMArts Cultural Center is both acutely local and nationally relevant. This year’s compilation of artistic offerings, A Promise Not to Forget, pays tribute to several recently passed local artists. Among...

SF Buys Six Buildings, Keeping Artists and Others in Place

Two longtime residents and artists as well as tenants in 18 other units  will be able to stay in rent-controlled apartments thanks to two non-profits buying six buildings from a landlord who decided to back away from evicting tenants and instead sell the buildings to the city. The purchase, part of the city’s small sites program, will mean that the units remain affordable housing....

Art Wall Opens for Debate

Sunday was the ribbon cutting for the Valencia art wall’s new parklet by Bruce Tomb, the curator and creator of the art wall that lives on the face of the old Mission jail that has been his home and architecture studio since 1996. The parklet won’t actually have seats, but it does have two podiums that face one another and...

In Wake of Hate Crimes, SF Gallery Reaches Out When Threatened

As security risks have mounted at the Galería de la Raza in the wake of repeated vandalism and online harassment, administrators have tried to maintain an open dialogue with young men in the community even when they may have felt threatened. Unlike the reflex of most — to call the police when there is trouble — administrators have sought to...

Hundreds Rally Around Defaced LGBT Mural

More than 400 supporters joined an outdoor rally this evening to support the Galería de la Raza and call for unity and love in the face of a series of hate crimes directed against the theme of LGBT love in an outdoor digital mural at the gallery. The list of speakers at the rally included everyone from District Supervisor David Campos and former State...

SF Galería Recognizes One Suspect in Video of Gay Mural’s Defacing

The director of the Galería de la Raza said they have identified a face from the security camera footage taken during the second incidence of vandalism against the outdoor LGBTQ mural on Bryant Street, but they are still deciding how to proceed. “We would love to have ways to resolve this by restorative justice…meaning they admit to the crime and they...

Holding On to Art and Hope As Time Runs Out

“Give me a blessing, I need it,” artist René Yañez called out in Spanish to his friend who had arrived at Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery on Sunday. The man was there to do just that – to give a blessing in the space exhibiting art from three local artists threatened by the all too common double whammy of poor...

The Other Barrio – A Short Review From a Reader

Artist Martha Rodriguez sent us in her review of The Other Barrio, which premiered Sunday at the Brava Theater. Oscar Wilde believed that,”the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy.” Last night, I went to the opening of The Other Barrio. There, before our...

“The Other Barrio” Uses Noir to Tell a Mission Tale

For those who have been following Mission news lately, Sunday’s screening of The Other Barrio at Brava theater within San Francisco’s Indie Film Festival might find a few eerily familiar themes. The slightly campy noir film tells the story of a building inspector who tenaciously follows the trail of tenants killed and displaced by huge building fires. He needs to...

Esta Noche Back, But Just for Tonight

It’s been eight months since a high-heeled shoe strutted across the stage of Esta Noche. Known as San Francisco’s only Latino gay bar, open on Rondel and 16th Streets since 1981, the illustrious bar was a favorite hang out, a cultural institution, and a home away from home for many. It closed in May when new owners took over the...

Rebecca Solnit Variety Show for Modern Times

Ten performers—each born in a different decade, starting with 82-year-old Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and ending with 7-year-old Sami Elhaik—took the stage at Galería de la Raza on Sunday to perform poetry readings, electronic music and trumpeting to a crowd of some 100 (entertained) onlookers there to support Modern Times Bookstore. The audience was pleased throughout, but thunderous applause was reserved...

Conversation with Campos

Editor’s note: This is a regular series of conversations with District 9 Supervisor David Campos addressing issues and events in the Mission. If you have questions for Campos, please send an email to missionlocal@gmail.com. Mission Local: Realtors are suggesting that the expedited condo conversion proposal — specifically the moratorium on the lottery for condo conversions — approved this past summer...

Benefit for Mission Artists Attracts Latino All Stars

The fundraiser tonight for leading cultural figures Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez, who are being evicted from the home they have lived in for 35 years, will bring together some of the icons of the Latino art and performance world including the Culture Clash,  Guillermo Gomez-Peña and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia. Yañez, who helped found the Mission Cultural Center for Latino...

The Eviction March: On the Inside Looking Out

A thin piece of glass separated two worlds Saturday. Outside, hundreds of protesters marched to stop evictions in the neighborhood while inside at cafes and bookstores that line 24th Street, customers quietly worked on laptops or leafed through books. Some wondered what the protest would accomplish; others thought it was simply a waste of time. For 23-year-old Eric Hartsukyer who works...