November 2017

End of October-Beginning of Nov is a Special Season for the SF Mission. Discover lots of Dia de Los Muertos Tributes throughout. Check out our 2017 Specail Guide to the biggest events in the Inner Mission and Beyond

Three Makes Art Gallery Trend for 24th & Mission

"On Friday, Nov. 10, the quirky, scrappy San Francisco art gallery Et al. opened a new space, Et al. etc., at 2831 Mission St. That’s right next door to the larger, more established Ratio 3, and around the corner from Capital. Together, the three galleries amount to a great reason to invest an hour of your art-time budget at the corner of 24th and Mission." --- Charles Desmarais November 14, 2017


Berlin & Beyond 9th & 10th NOV The Autumn Showcase is presented in anticipation of the main 22nd edition of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival(February 9-14, 2018), and as the cinematic part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco with its series of cultural and community events this autumn. Join us on November 9th at the Roxie Theater in the Mission and on November 10th and 11th at the Goethe-Institut in Downtown San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL 12th of NOV

The world’s first and longest running transgender film festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary Festival since our founding in 1997 with 6 new programs and films from around the world!

Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC 2017)

November 10-12, 2017 presents Rest/Unrest FLACC is back! Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St

The 4th annual festival features local and visiting contemporary choreographers of the Latinx diaspora. This year's theme, "REST/UNREST" is a site and gathering to sustain our resilience against current xenophobic, sexist, and anti-LGBTQ policies that impact our artists and international communities. Visiting companies are Primera Generación Dance from Los Angeles and Tranze Producciones from Mexicali, Mexico. Local choreographers are Violeta Luna, Caleb Luna, Vincent Chavez, Piñata Dance Collective and Davalos Dance Company.

"Though the festival is still quite young, we have had to grow up really fast in order to respond to a catastrophic presidential election, meet the needs of our artists and be accountable for the impact we’re having on our families and communities. "

November 10-12: Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm TICKETS: $18-25 and available at Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling 1-800-838-3006


Wednesday, November 15 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St,

Nov 26, 2017

Dolores – Screening & Panel Discussion at Brava Theater 24th St at York

A film by Peter Bratt

Proceeds from the screenings will benefit those affected by disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico, and farm workers who were victims of the fires in Napa and Santa Rosa. Purchase Tickets

Featured Nearby Restaurants & Watering Holes on the website

Manivanh Thai – Classic Thai cuisine dished out in a dark-wood dining room with traditional Thai decorations

La Palma Mexicatessen – Open since 1953 & selling to-go Mexican foods, including housemade tortillas, plus Latin groceries.

Taqueria Vallarta – Cozy, colorful restaurant specializing in tacos with a variety of fillings and self-serve toppings.

Humphrey Slocombe – Creative flavors with offbeat names are the signature of ice-cream shop.

Pop's Bar – Renovated local watering hole draws crowds with its wooden bar and Prohibition-themed memorabilia.

Almanac Beer Co. – Tap room and beer garden.

The Spice Jar – Casual corner bistro for Californian-Asian fare served family-style in a homey, country-chic space.

Buttermilk Southern Kitchen – Casual, wood-decked bistro for Southern eats, from shrimp 'n' grits to fried chicken and pickled fare.

Wise Sons – Traditional Jewish deli offerings like pastrami & corned beef made in-house with

the 2017 edition of Bargain Chronicles, wherein Sarah Fritsche explores some of San Francisco's most delicious neighborhoods and choose our favorite meals that can be enjoyed for $20 and under.-

The Velveteen Rabbit

Nov 25 - Dec 10, 2017

ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance, and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbitcelebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters, and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present this one of a kind Bay Area production.

Jewish Community Center Hosting Mission Community Art Exhibit through January

Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnaval dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and its namesake, Mission Dolores. Poetry and quotations from Mission residents are interspersed throughout, deepening viewers’ immersion into this community. But at the heart of the book is the Mission’s famous public art:


Mission Murals: Art, Politics and Community Preservation is a dynamic exhibition of documentary photographs, posters, handbills, tools, ephemera and film. The exhibition will showcase the work of Precita Eyes Muralists.

The exhibition highlights the work of documentary photographer Dick Evans through his new Heyday publication entitled The Mission. It showcases work by local artists and leaders including Juana Alicia, David “Hyde” Cho, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez, André Karpov, Emmanuel Montoya, Irene Perez, Ray Patlan, Mel Waters, Patricia Rodriquez, Victor Reyes, Jessica Sabogal and Carla Wojczu

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94118 | 415.292.1200


Rumors Circulating that Historic Armory Sold to Soho House

San Francisco Business Times reported that Soho House, a pricey and elite social club that began in London, will allegedly take over the San Francisco Armory, a roughly 200,000-square-foot building in the Mission. Armory Events, which has converted the historic building’s massive drill court to a concert and events space, claims the article is incorrect, and denies that Soho House has designs on the space which according to Curbed SF and the original Business Times reporter Katie Burke has been interested in acquiring the property since touring the space when it was first put on the market as Kink was moving out.

Founded in London in 1995 as a private members’ club for people in the creative industries, Soho House & Co has since opened 18 clubs across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and bedrooms.

Right to extra AirBnB Income a Negotiable Right for Tenants

High but Soft Rental Market Makes Subletting Negotiable Veritas Investments, San Francisco’s largest residential landlord, is partnering with Airbnb to allow tenants in five Veritas buildings including to offer short-term rentals of their apartments. For Veritas, it could increase the buildings’ cachet and attract tenants who appreciate its stance. While Veritas will take a 10 percent cut of vacation-rental income.

"We are looking at ways to provide more affordable and diverse housing options,” CEO Yat-Pang Au who founded Veritas in 2007 said. “This is also about experimentation. In a city with tight regulations, and a lot of people who really fear change, it’s an opportunity to go ahead and provide a new option, try it out, get feedback from residents.”

The Startender Trend in NYC Sparks Dispute with Pole Dancers Mixologist News

The shift began about five years ago, which is when the Instagram “models” with large social media followings calling themselves “startenders” started to be hired in the urban clubs primarily in Queens and Brooklyn. Club promoters stopped seeking the best mixologists and started hiring from Instagram, based on a particular kind of look and followings. Bartenders started to resemble the strippers, except they reaped a lot more benefits. A late October strike by the dancers has been illuminating for another big industry shift fueled by social media, primarily Facebook's Instagram

TASERS for SFPD Approved for 2019

The San Francisco Police Commission approved the use of Taser electroshock weapons late Friday for the Police Department, an issue that has been debated and rejected in the city for 13 years. Commissioner Petra DeJesus, who has long opposed Tasers, had harsher words.“Shame on this commission for even thinking to vote on this,” she said. “We should give our (policies) a chance to work.” Commissioner Sonia Melara said she received about 100 letters in support of Tasers from community members, and a handful spoke at the meeting. But dozens more spoke in opposition While Friday’s vote did not delve into policy for Taser use nor into the implementation, Chief Bill Scott has said he wants all sworn officers to be equipped with the weapon. As part of the vote, commissioners said officers could not begin using the weapons until December 2018, after the new use-of-force policy has been in place for two years.

Someone pointed out that all the “yes” votes were by Mayoral appointees. Chants of “F– Ed Lee!” filled the hallway. “Shame, shame, shame,” the activists chanted from outside, banging on the walls.

Aaron Peskin Provides Pathway Forward for Recreational Pot 46 existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Get Head Start

"We may have a pathway to an agreement,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who has floated the idea of granting permission for the city’s existing 46 medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services to also sell for adult recreational use as of the January 1st 2018 voter mandated start date.

“Then we can hash out the details for how to go forward from there” as far as licensing goes, Peskin said.

“That would be a great thing — at least we would get something to happen,” said Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who has become increasingly frustrated at the political and personal tug-of-war that has erupted over the issue of regulating cannabis shops before the legal sales of recreational marijuana starts. The stalement, however, was a troubling and growing symton of a body that has lost focus of the 'big picture."


"Streets filled with drug-induced lunacy and people with other severe mental health issues should not be ignored and swept under the rug by the citizens of San Francisco and its civic leaders. Out of town visitor to Heather Knight Nov 20, 2017

"There are an estimated 7.6 billion people on the planet, and growing. There exists lots of land for them all, but very few places as desirable to live as the San Francisco Bay Area. It is one of a very few world class locations, and it will only get more expensive over time. Gentrification is supply and demand at work. People and money will flow where they will. We can resist it. We can buffer its effects. We can, to a certain extent, protect with policy and law people already here. But ultimately, we cannot stop it. If you support unlimited immigration. If you oppose building walls. Then, you support gentrification. That is a very hard and very unpleasant fact. I wish it were different, but reality is what it is, not what we wish".--- Robert Tillman 26NOV17 hopeful developher of 2918-2924 Mission Street responding to a weekly column by Laura Wenus at Mission Local

"We’re now entering a very irreverent period, a sort of insistence on destruction, iconoclasm, smashing false idols. When traditional values collapse, people are vulnerable to art, they’re searching for something. If it’s really strong, people will put up their defenses. If it threatens something like their belief in God, they’re going to resist. God was a great comfort to them and nobody is voluntarily going to give up his comfort and security.” Terry Southern 1964

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