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Homeless Shower Provider Returning to Art to Shift Perceptions

Lately, Doniece Sandoval has been been in the spotlight for bringing showers to the homeless by truck, a program known as Lava Mae. Now, she’s exploring the possibilities of changing perceptions about the homeless through art. On January 13, Sandoval and the Market Street gallery Fouladi Projects will open an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experience of homelessness. Though...
Rehearsal for Gracias a la Vida. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Dance Mission Theater Leaps Into New Year With 40th Anniversary Show

Through four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a...
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Armory Makes Entertainment Debut with New Year’s Bash

Though it’s no stranger to hosting major events, the Armory on 14th and Mission streets is expecting some 4,000 people to ring in the new year for its first event as an official show venue. The bash, featuring the French electronic music band Justice, marks the official opening of the events venue “The Armory” – not to be confused with Kink.com, which, though...
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“Miracle in the Mission” Returns to O’Connell High Sunday

The community group All In SF will host a “holiday giveback” event including a toy giveaway and a holiday meal at John O’Connell High School on Sunday, December 18 from 11-4 p.m. The event, which also promises activities for children, free haircuts, and live music, is the second holiday event of its kind at John O’Connell by the group, which...
Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Artists to Close Empathy Wall Tonight with Community Gathering

The array of sticky notes full of positive, inclusive, hopeful messages written by passerby at 16th and Mission streets will be taken down and preserved on Friday evening, artists who organized the public participatory art installation say. Though they originally planned to remove the notes the same day, the “Dumbledore’s Army Guerillas” have kept the wall open to messages all week. To protect...
File photo: Students participate in a workshop at Mission High

Classroom Volunteers Sought for Mission Schools

Got an hour a week to spend with a local student? The San Francisco Education Fund, a nonprofit that partners with the district to support underserved children in city schools, is recruiting volunteers to spend one-on-one time with students at Everett, Mission High, and James Lick in the Mission. The volunteers, who must commit to about an hour a week...
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Facing Ageism with Dance, Photography, Fashion at ODC

Choreographer Kate Mitchell was, despite herself, horrified when she discovered wrinkles and sagging start to take hold on her skin. But then she pushed back, artistically. Mitchell had photographer Alessandra Mello take close-up photos of her skin and bones, and what emerged was a topography that Mitchell saw repeated in nature. Extrapolating from this connection and developing a collaborative performance, Mitchell created Terrain,...
The Mission Science Workshop celebrates 25 years in the Mission District. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Science Workshop Gala at City Hall Tonight

For its 25th birthday, the Mission Science Workshop will party at City Hall – and attending alongside science workshop alums, teachers and supporters will be Gracie, a giant grey whale skeleton recovered from Pescadero. What’s more, the city has declared October 27 “Mission Science Workshop Day” in honor of the workshop’s contribution to the community. The gala, which takes place in the...
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Bissap Baobab is Back with “Sundays at the Village”

On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band. It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at...
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Where to Watch the Last Presidential Debate

Election day is around the corner (seriously, November 8 is not that far away, have you registered yet? It’s super quick, do it here right now, and do it before October 24) and the candidates are gearing up for their third and final exercise in absurdity  debate tomorrow. Here’s where to go see it: Bar San Pancho, 16th and Guerrero: Debate...
Scaffolding around the Vida condo construction. File Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

SF Influencers to Debate Land Use Ballot Proposals

Supervisors, former legislators, activists, and nonprofit workers will meet at the Swedish American Hall on Market Street Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. to delve into the finer points of four land-use propositions — M, O, U, and X. The propositions, which go before the voters on November 8, would establish a housing commission, allow more office space in a Bayview development, double...
Alley Cat Bookstore on 24th Street in the Mission. Photo by Esther Reyes

Mission Bookstores Unite at Make-Out Room Tonight

The Make-Out Room will host a “words and music celebration” to benefit the literary festival Litquake as well as the United Booksellers of San Francisco tonight at 7 p.m. The  “Mission Bookstores – United We Stand” event is a collaboration between neighborhood bookstores Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books and Dog Eared Books, as well as Modern Times Bookstore Collective, which announced recently that it will close...
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Where to Watch the Presidential Debate Tonight in SF’s Mission

After presidential candidate Donald Trump’s disastrous week,  tonight should be, well, riveting.  Trump faces off with his rival Hilary Clinton at 6 p.m. and the Mission has you covered. Here are the places we know about. Let us know if we have left anyone off: Shotwell’s: Cash only! Zoe’s Bar and Restaurant: Happy hour 3-7. $5 Margaritas, draft beers, wine. The Napper Tandy:...
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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...
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Litquake to Shake Up the Mission’s Taste Buds Sunday

The small literary festival with its roots in the Mission stretching back 17 years will blossom into a cornucopia of food for thought this Sunday, October 9, when Litquake’s Eat, Drink and Be Literary comes to the Chapel. Every kind of food media character imaginable will be represented, from “gluten-free experts” to “sea foragers” and even a seven-time champion of the Grilled Cheese...