Results tagged “Mission District” from Bay Voices
The black and white blur of skeleton-painted faces and the crashing sea of gyrating bodies dancing with the ancestors have come and gone.In the days following the raucus celebration of Día de los Muertos (the “Day of the Dead”), life is returning to normal in the Mission, and some question whether the tradition has been corrupted. Crystal Sykes and Melissa Reyes report from the Mission. For some of the locals with Mexican roots, it is a time to question whether modern day commercialization has corrupted a centuries old tradition meant to honor ancestors and lost loved ones through art, music and rituals.
Trash overflows out of the public receptacle on the street. Containers full of cooking oil sit next to it. Cigarette butts line the curb. Discarded litter lines empty alleys and dark business fronts. This is the scene nearly every morning on many streets in San Francisco, including, noticeably, the Mission. Kelly Goff and Kaitlyn Paris report from the Mission District.
As shops, restaurants and residents change, the differences between 16th and Mission streets versus 16th and Valencia streets are so dramatic it seems like they could be miles apart. Lexie Tiongson and Lina Abascal report from the Mission District.
By Michael Ramirez (One in a series on life in San Francisco's SRO hotels.) Joseph Davis has seen many things change in his 40 years in San Francisco, but one thing stays the same— his neighborhood, the Tenderloin. “It has...
By Robin Hug (For El Tecolote) Every other Saturday night, the Guardian Angels of San Francisco patrol the streets of the Mission District in hopes of ridding the neighborhood of drug use and crime. The Guardian Angels group was first...
By Darla Nagle (For El Tecolote) To the left of the entrance is a display of shoes on the wall and just beyond that a small fitting room; to the right a wood counter covered with jewelry, watches, a display...
Thousands of demonstrators turned out in the Mission District to demonstrate on behalf of the rights of workers and immigrants. Krystal Peak and Frances Tobin offer video highlights of the parade and interviews with supporters....
By Darla Nagle (For El Tecolote) Brian Yoo’s voice flowed like a roller coaster ride—a steep crescendo one moment, then a downward fall into a near drone, only to rise again. His words spoke of similar ups and downs—those...
By Krystal Peak (For El Tecolote) Within the homeless community there are invisible subgroups that face even greater disadvantages and larger stumbling blocks -monolingual Spanish speakers, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals, and persons infected with HIV. Now efforts...
Famed local artist Virginia Benavidez passed away October 22, 2009, a few days after completing her contribution to SOMArts’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit. Lauren Rubin reports from the Mission District.
Despite a setback in city funding for its HIV prevention services, a program for the transgender Latina community continues to thrive, thanks to the support, participation, and donations from the community. Karen Datangel reports from the Mission District.
On November 2, the streets of the Mission District will be adorned with flowers, candles, and offerings to honor those who have passed away and to inspire life in a way that only the San Francisco community can display. Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, is a day of unity and celebration as more then 15,000 people join together in an incandescent merriment of songs, dancing, and sacrament for a parade leading to Garfield Park. Lauren Rubin reports from the Mission District.
The bass of the music vibrated the floor of El Patio restaurant, which overflowed with students dancing their hearts out to the hip-hop, merengue, cumbia and salsa music spun by DJs late into this festive Friday evening in the Mission district. They danced to raise funds to save lives. Natalie Leal reports from the Mission District.
The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD) is seeking the advice of local skateboarders about the revitalization of Octavia Boulevard. Brendan Barry reports from the Mission District.
Valencia Street activists who fought the retail giant American Apparel said they sent a strong message to other formula retail stores and the rest of corporate America: Stay away. But other say support for the drive was not very widespread and didn't reach beyond Valencia Street. This shows, says one community leader, that the Mission District is segregated. Sebastian Chatham reports from the Mission District.
The estimated 60,000 San Franciscans who lack health insurance are facing troubled times as the nation confronts an economic recession and flu outbreak. Luckily, however, San Franciscans have options for finding health care thanks to both privately and city-funded projects. Eric Meuser reports from the Mission District.
Signs that read “Stop the Raids and Deportations” and “Legalization for All” will high fly again on May 1st when demonstrators march to support immigration reform. Maria Umanzor reports from the Mission District.
In the Mission District, one of the city’s most heavily populated homeless areas, locals and homeless doubt the results of recent homeless count and question its method. Rune Langhoff Sørensen reports from the Mission District.
Many Mission Street shopowners are more concerned about surviving in hard times than worried about large chain stores. Asbjørn Andersen reports from the Mission District.
When forces in the Mission District emerged victorious in a battle to block the big clothes retailer American Apparel, the battle shed light upon the neighborhood’s gentrification issues and showed that the Mission certainly does not always speaks with one voice. Asbjørn Andersen reports.
When 25-year-old Lila Thirkield opened the Lexington Club in 1997 she created a space for lesbians to hang out in the Mission. A space that has united the lesbian community in San Francisco through volunteer work and gay events. Maria Krogshede reports from the Mission District.
More people who have lost their jobs during the financial crisis have decided to do volunteer work at the local youth organization 7 Tepees--but will they stay? Maria Krogshede reports from the Mission District.
Inspired by the hardships she went through, Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, co founded POOR magazine to help others. Sara Kwan reports from the Mission District.
Mayan brothers and boxers Bernardo and Alex Nic reach back to the fable of “Hero Twins” Hunahpu and Xbalanque as they battle their way through life's adversities. Alexis Terrazas reports from the Mission District.
The odd, the unusual and the unbelievable. This is not Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Venture down to the hustle and bustle street of 20th and Valencia and you will find yourself in a fascination of our natural world. Brendan Barry reports on Paxton Gate in the Mission District.
With her hair tied in a bun, Carmen Biminchumo carefully fixes some of the balloons, souvenirs and other adornments that she sells at her Mission District store, “Decoración de Salones ‘Carmen,’” or "Carmen's Salon Decorations.” Maria Umanzor reports on an entrepreneur in the Mission District.
On a cold and rainy afternoon, Bryan Supnet, teen program coordinator for the Mission YMCA, spends what little time he can spare in the office preparing the programming guide for the participants in his after-school workshops. For many of them these activities provide some of brightest and warmest moments they will have all week. David Miers reports from the Mission District.
Hundreds of salsa aficionados gathered Feb. 22 at Café Cocomo to raise money for their friend and idol, the legendary salsa DJ, Chata Gutierrez, who last year was diagnosed with liver cancer, but still - after 34 years - hosts her weekly show on KPOO. Rune Langhoff Sørensen reports from Potrero Hill.
Caroline Stork sits demurely and reaches for an unmarked, silver tin from her satchel. A lavender and bergamot balm, made from her home, smears her small lips. As she puckers them forward, she muses light-heartedly, “Come on, this is the beauty industry - I don’t play that game.” Shari Gab reports on a new entrepreneur in the Mission District.
On a chilly December morning, Abigail Wick and other participants from AccessCafe lead a bicycle tour with the intention of exposing riders to other groups active in the Collective Autonomy Network. The Collective Autonomy Network is a movement that spreads information and resources to help people meet their food, health care and other basic needs without damaging our world and society. Yo Noguchi reports from the Mission District.
Near the corner of 16th and Valencia the huge red neon sign that buzzes above the street screams Roxie. Built in 1909, The Roxie is the oldest continually open theater in San Francisco. Despite fiscal challenges, several name changes, ownership transfers and even more format changes, the Roxie Theater is still here and screening some of the most avant-garde films from Indiewood. Lauren Jones reports from the Mission District.
When Araceli Leon, 17, was a young girl, she wasn’t sure just where in her life her Latino heritage fit in, and feeling lost she searched for where she belonged. Fortunately for Leon, her father Jose Leon, the youth program director at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, helped guide her. Melissa Dudum-Maya and Laura Sullivan report from the Mission District.
The Mission Cultural Center’s Youth Program held its first annual fundraiser on Dec. 4. The evening event featured performances by several of the program’s classes, including the theatre troupe, hip-hop dance group, and the Futuro Picante salsa band. Melissa Dudum-Maya and Laura Sullivan report from the Mission District.
Aquarius Records, 1055 Valencia Street, has created a niche in San Francisco by trying to only sell music that they love. They provide a platform for selling LPs, CDs and even some tapes from artist in genres that sometimes get overlooked or under stocked at bigger music stores. Staff members pick the music and publish their own reviews on their website. Most of all, Aquarius Records continues to connect with its customers by providing them with vital doses of metal, ‘60s psychedelic, drone and “far-out” world music. Ian Kesseler reports from the Mission District.
As a part of its continuing commitment to showcase Latino art in San Francisco, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts held its first annual Youth Fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 4. Bjorn Anderson reports from the Mission District.
One day after the busiest shopping day of the year, Heather Young was at the park giving away what she could for free. The Really Really Free Market (RRFM) for November took place a day after Black Friday—the nation’s annual, post-Thanksgiving orgy in spending that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. In contrast to the frenzy at the shopping malls, the 50 or so people who gathered at Dolores Park in the Mission District of San Francisco enjoyed a calm day in the sun, a time to share and receive anything from clothing, to a massage, to organic pomegranates all really, really for free. Yo Noguchi reports from the Mission District.
A young couple from Vermont is promoting sustainability within the local food market and encouraging conscious lifestyles by launching Amyitis Gardens, a modest vegetable garden wit big ambitions. Yo Noguchi reports from the Mission District.
On any given afternoon on the corner of 23rd and Folsom Streets in the Mission District, some form of art is either being made or being planned behind the bright yellow doors of the Red Poppy Art House. Beth Renneisen reports on a cultural phenomenon in the Mission District.
In the back room of the Bayanihan Community Center on Mission Street, Bernadette Sy shows her son how to tie bamboo reeds together to form a star. When the star is finished it will become a lantern that will get hung up in the Sy’s home as part of the Parol Lantern Festival, a Filipino tradition that has been in the dark for years, but is shining a lot brighter recently. Jack Devries reports from the Mission District.
Claudia León says her early experiences as a young volunteer in the Mission District helped ther to prepare for her current job as program coordinator for the Chicana/Latina Foundation. Melissa Dudum-Maya reports from the Mission District.
Aware of the challenges posed by the declining economy, jewelry artist and small business owner Ricardo Pena decided to find ways to promote small businesses and culture in the Mission District. With the help of the Mission Economic Development Agency and its community organizer, Dairo Romero, Pena formed the Mission Small Business Association (MISBA). Rigoberto Hernández reports from the Mission District.
Santiago Ruiz, executive director of the Mission Neighborhood Centers, has a reputation as a fiery, compassionate and collaborative leader who puts the community before everything else. Jorn Anderson reports from the Mission District.
With a slash of the pen, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated funding for a tax rebate very dear to Dixayen Rodriguez’s elderly Mission District clients at the 30th Street Senior Center. The Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program — offering a small yearly assistance check to qualified low-income seniors — was deleted from the California state budget in a flurry of line-item vetoes in September and already is being felt here. Beth Renneisen reports from the Mission District.
With its walls covered in paintings of revolutionaries and silkscreen works-in-progress draped over drying racks, the HOMEY headquarters feels more like an artist's hang-out than a community center. Kelsey Saunders reports from the Mission District
Everyone has hobbies, but only a few people can turn hobbies into their life-long career. Juan Gonzales did. He started by founding the bi-lingual Latino community newspaper El Tecolote serving the Mission District. Daisy Miao reports from the Mission District.
It may be an exaggeration to say that everyone in the Mission Districtknows Ethel Newlin, a longtime community safety activist and well-known squeaky wheel for quality of life issues, but it certainly seems that way. Beth Renneisen reports from the Mission District.
DJ “Monkey” is the mastermind behind Pirate Cat Radio (PCR), which broadcasts to the world from a little cafe at the corner of 21st and Florida streets. Maria DeLorenzo reports from the Mission District.
A man plays a stand-up bass while a drunk man stands to his side, watching with interest. A semi-circle of listeners envelopes them along the BART railing. The bass player finishes his song, the crowd claps and the second man continues to stare as he sits down. This is Thursday nights on the corner of 16th and Mission streets. Theresa Sieger reports from the Mission District.
Andrea will finish high school this spring with a 3.83 cumulative grade point average, $15,000 in scholarships, but her dream is to attend the University of California at Davis has been stalled by the laws that cover tuition rates for undocumented immigrants. Brenda Reyes reports from the Mission District.
Pass through a golden door to experience the many sights and sounds of one of San Francisco's most colorful neighborhoods -- from the sweet smell of bread in a bakery, to the laughter of young boys bellysurfing the sidewalk on a skateboard, to a vacuum cleaner repairman in his outdoor shop. David Cenzer's multimedia show takes you to San Francisco's Mission District.
Riding a bicycle anywhere near traffic in the Bay Area seemed less safe after two bicycle accidents, including a fatality, happened in Cupertino and at the Octavia and Market intersection in San Francisco this past March. But according to two San Francisco veteran bicyclists, the opposite is true in the Mission district. Sarah Bogen reports from the Mission District.
Numerous laws, beginning from 1882, affect the way immigration rules are applied to women in the United States. Roberto Daza reports from the Mission District.
Breast cancer is a serious diagnosis for any woman, however, what is the leading cause of death among Hispanic women is an increasingly preventable one with a little time and care. Taryn Harrington reports from the Mission District.
Like all other high schools, John O’Connell High School is waiting to hear on the governor’s final budget cut before sending out pink slips to more teachers. In a school with more than 50 teachers, 14 have already received their pink slips, according to school officials. Tara Haghighi reports from the Mission District.
Musician Ricardo Dos Santos fears that many young musicians and listeners fail to understand and appreciate the origins of Samba music from Brazil. JC Domingo reports from San Jose.
The beats of drums, the tapping of feet, the clapping of hands, and the calling out of symphonic poems can be heard during a traditional Panamanian Tamborito dance. Tamborito, Panama’s national dance, is an expression of the country’s people’s hopes, desires, spirit, and soul. Paulette Greenhouse reports from the Mission District.
As children look forward to their summer break approach, parents who want to keep their kids busy are investigating options available for summer activities. Fernanda Silva reports from the Mission District.
Renters make up eight out of 10 residents in the Mission District, so many are fearful of a statewide measure that could curtail rent controls. Taryn Harrington reports from the Mission District.
By Sarah Bogen With the Potrero Del Sol skatepark scheduled to open in June, supporters say it will add even more life to the Mission District and put San Francisco back on the map as a skateboarding city. Tall bushy...
Still locked behind steel fences, the new skatepark at Portrero Del Sol in the Mission District is stimulating anticipation, mixed reactions and even some late night sneak peeks. Lexi Bondar reports from the Mission District.
It is 3:30 am. As late night bar hoppers head home after a night of drinking and socializing, Blanca Valle is stepping into Panadería La Mexicana to begin her long day of work. Paulette Greenhouse visits a popular, family-run business in the Mission District.
High school leaders Arda Sititrawet and Besso Khidesheli will travel to Mali, West Africa, to help build a new school under the Building with Books program. Brenda Reyes reports from the Mission District.