Neighborhood Notes: Free College, Food for a Cause, Visit to Organized Galleries, Community Art Walk, etc.


A Silver Pandemic Liner: Get Vaxxed, Get Free College

It’s been over a year of squeezing lemonade from pandemic lemons. Thankfully, the vaccines have made the return to “normal” a little less imaginary, and city leaders are proposing to turn some of those covid lemons into very lucrative lemonade for teens vaccinated against Covid-19. That is, free tuition fees.

Yes, maybe your youth could give up the proverbial lemonade stand. San Francisco State University (SF State), the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District announced this week that 12-17 year olds who reside in San Francisco and have received the covid vaccine can participate for earn a scholarship covering four years of undergraduate coursework at SF State. Eligible youth must register for the draw at participating vaccination sites by November 14th. Learn more here.

And for teens who are actively applying to college, the San Francisco Public Library offers a college essay writing workshop. It is free and takes place virtually this Saturday, October 23 at 9 a.m. register here.

Do good with food

There is also academic potential for your papus, happy hours, and dinner parties. Local non-profit Mission graduates rebuilds “the road to college for 4,800 San Francisco youth and their families” and hosts an annual fundraiser, Food for thought, to help achieve this momentous goal. The city-wide event is particularly significant this year, the organization notes, as education and the restaurant industry have been hit hard during the pandemic. To participate, it’s quite simple: go out to eat between October 22 and 31 at Foreign cinema, Mission Bowling Club Where Pupuseria of Panchita, donate directly to mission graduates or independently collect donations for them. Start here.

Then there is the burrito. At 4 p.m. Monday, Burrito Project SF needs help delivering burritos from Garfield Square Park to people living on the streets around town. You will need a bag that can hold at least 20 burritos. Sign up to help deliver burritos here.

Illuminated crawl

In case you missed it, our data reporter Will Jarrett has created an irresistibly fun interactive map to help you plan your way through the highly anticipated finale of BedsismLitCrawl. Events take place in and around Mission Street on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Art Gallery

Fortunately, exhibitions and receptions abound in these regions, so it is possible to have a unique experience by visiting the galleries week after week. Our picks for this weekend include the Moctezuma exhibition at the Alley Cat Books gallery (3036 24th Street) where paintings, masks, prints, photographs, Aztec dances and a Day of the Dead altar are on display until November 7.

Start tomorrow night, October 22, with what promises to be a truly vulnerable experience. Two artists, Nathalie Fabri (from public art project The kiss of the mission) and Fabio Reis, organized The bare truth of the arts campaign to raise awareness of artists’ struggles during the pandemic.

Artist images with the illusion nudity will be on display at the Ã¥nÃ¥log gallery (886 Capp Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with music and interactive elements. They’ve only reached 30% of their fundraising goal, and contributions of $ 25 and $ 45 or more can provide you with beautiful memories of illusory nudes.

Also on Friday, the Voss Gallery will hold its last opening of 2021 opposite “Mirage”. RSVP here for new contemporary paintings, sparkling wine and an “artwork-inspired cocktail”.

On Saturdays, a reception of artists from the group exhibition, “The Links That Connect”, takes place at The Drawing Room (3260 23rd Street) from 4 pm to 8 pm. It’s free, but RSVP here. A few blocks away, Southern Exposure (3030 20th Street) is launching its 30th annual juryed exhibition “Interconnected” with an opening reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This show features the work of 16 disabled artists from the Bay Area.

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Presents Yolanda López: Portrait of the artistt

In the city where she was born and raised, Yolanda López (1946-2021) is in the spotlight of a retrospective solo exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Lopez, a “Chicana revolutionary artist and activist”Known for her reimaginations of the Virgen de Guadalupe, moved to San Francisco after high school. The influential artist has challenged colonialism, patriarchy and the limits of Chicana identity during his five-decade long career. She lost her battle with cancer last month at the age of 79.

This is López’s first solo exhibition, and it features a collection of his drawings, paintings and collages from the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition is free to the public and open until April 2022.

History counts in the mission: a community art walk

The memory of Yolanda López is also honored this Saturday through Paseo Artístico: history counts in the mission, a “mini historical route” in the form of a street procession, which is dedicated to him. The event will take place along 24th Street between York and Mission Streets from noon to 6 p.m. Expect live music on a flatbed truck, street dancing, and giant puppets.

The SF Mime Troupe’s renowned radical street theater from the 1960s has also been updated for contemporary audiences with elements of augmented reality and mobile technology. A coterie of events and the El Técolote The archives bring the cultural, artistic and political history of the Mission District to life. See the full program here, featuring docutheater’s new performance “History Matters in Mission.” The event, which is completely free, is a collaborative effort between Acción Latina, SFMOMA, Precita Eyes, Brava Theater, Community Music Center, Dance Mission, Adobe Books and Mission Cultural Center.

The Mission is well represented at the San Francisco International Festival of the Arts

The San Francisco International Arts Festival takes place this weekend, October 23-24, in Upper Fort Mason, and showcases a handful of Mission District talent. As Andrew Gilbert, a Mission Local contributor, explained, the neighborhood has played a “disproportionate role as an incubator and showcase for global talent.”

Just around the corner….

Stay tuned for summaries of Halloween and Day of the Dead events. In the meantime, the SOMArts Cultural Center welcomes Illuminaciones, a DIa de Los Muertos Drag Show on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Shotwell’s is hosting a Halloween edition quiz night Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m., 35th Annual Mission for Latino Arts Cultural Center Day of the Dead Exhibition, “Ni Tanto Ni Tan Muertos”(Nither So Much, Ni So Dead) can be viewed at 2868 Mission Street, but save the date for the opening reception for November 2nd.

Bonus: Stay up to date with our calendar of events.


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