Notes on the neighborhood: Cesar Chavez fashion show, Lucha Libre, micro-murals
What’s up everyone! If you haven’t taken advantage of spring yet, April is definitely the month to let off steam and get outside. There’s the Cesar Chavez parade and the 415 Day and the 4/20… in short, it’s time for the Four Loko! We keep you up to date with news and events. Let’s go!
paint the town
Let’s put heart at the heart of the Mission. The non-profit cultural district Calle 24 Latino is starting an economic recovery program called Calle Limpia Corazón Contento, and one of the ways they think corazón sera contento is to add art to the neighborhood. To avoid unwanted graffiti and maintain the street’s beautiful aesthetic, Calle 24 is commissioning muralists to paint “micro-murals” on the walls of local 24th storefronts. All artists will be paid and create their works on May 7.
Express your interest in applying by emailing [email protected] before April 13 at 5 p.m.
Two Affordable Bedrooms in Valencia
Do you dream of living in Valencia? Me too. But we are in town, not in Spain, so you will have to settle for Valencia Street. The Mayor’s Housing Office has announced the opening of new housing for *sale* at 135 Valencia Street, near McCoppin Street. It’s a 2 bedroom and about 930 square feet and could be yours for $875,000 – plus about $517 in Homeowners Association dues. To qualify, you can’t earn more than 134% of the region’s 2021 median income, or between $142,000 for a family of two and $178,500 for a family of four.
But again, this is the city, so you should grab it while you can (and under certain standards). Applications open via the city’s housing portal, DAHLIA, from April 11 at 8 a.m. to April 15 at 5 p.m. An open house is taking place this Saturday, April 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the list here.
The Spice Jar welcomes Chef Rahman
A new cook? Now it is spicy. It’s been seven years since the Spice Jar opened its doors on Bryant Street, and you know what they say: seven is a lucky number! This luck comes in the form of Chef Rahman, who is the new chef at the restaurant in Tokyo. Rahman will bring a bunch of new Japanese-themed dishes to the Mission and boost the skills of chefs OG Hernan and Francisco.
Visit Spice Jar at 2500 Bryant St. near 23rd Street. Call (415) 829-3668 or visit their website for more information on hours, takeout, menu and reservations.
Pop’s Bar and first Thursdays
Thirsty Thursdays, meet on First Thursdays. Pop’s, aka everyone’s favorite neighborhood bar, is launching it TONIGHT Thursday, April 7. First step: pour a cocktail. Second step: Descend. City Kid 415 will feature “quality slappers” at 10 p.m. Slip at 2800 24th St.
Media Noche reopens Happy Hour
Beware the pranksters, smokers and midnight smokers: why not have a blast a little earlier by swapping your bong for a brew? The casual Cuban sandwich Media Noche at 3465 19th St. has announced a happy hour to help you get through the weekdays. Enjoy low prices on sangria, wine, mimosas, and beer, and get a free bowl of “snack mix” Monday-Friday 3-5pm Salud!
What to do this weekend…
Caesar Chavez Day
This is where you want to be. Caesar Chavez day has passed, but the free the party has just begun! Come and have a festival and a parade this Saturday, April 9. (It’s been so long, right?) The festival will take place between Folsom and Bryant streets along Calle 24/24th Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, a parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at Dolores Park between 19th and Dolores Streets and also heads to 24th Street. The day will be abundant with lowriders, arts and crafts, live entertainment, family games and, of course, an honor for the great Cesar Chavez.
Find more information here.
Little Spot Record Sale
If you want some music, we know a Little Spot. Little Spot Cafe, dutifully maintained by some of the nicest guys you’ll meet, expands beyond cafes this Saturday and dives into record breaking. That’s right, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complete your Cesar Chavez day by buying lowrider soul and doowop tapes, CDs, LP records and probably any other archaic form of recorded music.
The cafe is located at 1199 South Van Ness Ave., near 23rd Street. Call (415) 550-1800 or visit their website for more information.
Movies and corn
Listen out for corn-themed movie night at the Brava Theater. On Saturday, the Brava Theater presents the award-winning play by Gustavo Vazquez The bone Guardians of the Maiz and the 7-minute short film by Mateo Hinojosa and Rowen White, Seed mother: Coming home. After that, Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Oakland’s Bombera joins the filmmakers for a panel discussion on “Keeping Native Corn.” Films start at 7:00 p.m., discussion starts at 8:15 p.m. Buy tickets here to support Brava and women in the arts. It’s $20 for the screening and discussion, but students get in for $10.
And get in the mood ahead of time by checking out Brava’s recently relaunched blog. The last article highlights the cultural importance of maize in indigenous communities.
Brava is located at 2781 24th St. For more information, contact (415) 641-7657 or [email protected]
Letter written to incarcerated queer people
It’s April, which means it’s officially Aries szn. Wish incarcerated queer or trans people a happy birthday at a letter writing event this Saturday, April 9 ALL DAY! Sour Cherry Comics partners with Black and Pink, a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to the queer community. At some point during the day, a representative from Black and Pink will give a presentation about their organization and how interested parties can stay in touch. Sour Cherry will take care of pens, stamps, envelopes and give you addresses to send your notes to. Just bring your creativity and good wishes.
Sour Cherry is located at 3187 16th St. Contact (415) 780-3513 or follow their Instagram for more information.
That’s all the love for Lucha Libre. Watch fighters La Migra, Dragon Lee, Misterioso and more go head-to-head at John O’Connell High School on Saturday, April 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. First come, first served. Tickets are $50 for first row, $40 for second row, $30 for ringside seating beyond, and $15 for general admission. See him live at John O’Connell High School at 2355 Folsom Street. This event was presented by El Faro Restaurant, John O’Connell and Cricket. Call El Faro at (415) 647-3716 to purchase tickets or get yours online.
El Rio and T4T
Grab a coffee and spruce up your outfit, because T4T is back! Yep, the trans folk and allies party is happening in El Rio this Saturday, April 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There’s a lineup of great sets and a terrace perfect for dancing. El Rio is located at 3158 Mission St. near Cesar Chavez Street. For more information, visit their website, call (415) 282-3325, or visit their Instagram.
Mark your diaries
Get your uptown funk on Uptown Day (also known as late owner Scott Ellsworth’s birthday). DJ Geezer and DJ Puddlepalms will be there and reflect on your favorite Uptown memories, as there are will be be a story hour. Join the party in Uptown at 200 Capp Street on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Visit the website or contact (415) 861-8231 for more information.
Mamma mia, here we go again!
ABBA: The Movie premieres at Roxie: The Theater May 12-14. It’s been 50 years of ABBA, and some of you reading this are feeling a little old right now. But it’s okay! Watching the remastered documentary/concert film will take you back to your sweet years as a 17-year-old dancing queen. Get your tickets here.
The Roxie Theater is located at 3117 16th St. Contact (415) 863-1087 or [email protected] for more information.
Healthy Living Event / Evento Vidas Saludables
Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Many non-profit organizations and agencies in Mission such as the Mission Economic Development Agency, Mission Neighborhood Health Center and Jamestown Community Center are hosting a Healthy Lives Event on April 23 . pm and access all the resources you need (y si, hablan espanol). Get your Covid-19 vaccines for kids 12+ and Covid-19 tests for all ages, especially as new variants are coming our way. While you’re at it, test your blood pressure, for HIV, your sanity, oh my! Additionally, organizations can connect you with food assistance, housing, and financial services.
For a vaccination appointment, call 415-226-9345.
kings and queens only
Do you have what it takes to be the King and/or Queen of Carnival? Well, you have to prove it – by dancing. annual carnival King and Queen Contest begins at 11:30 am on Saturday April 30, where participants will compete in samba, salsa and soca to be the official Carnival ambassadors. Ambassadors lead the televised Carnival Parade on Sunday, May 29 and win $500 in cold hard cash.
Later on April 30, KQED Live will co-present Creating the Future of Carnival San Francisco, where the new King and Queen will speak with KQED en Español host Carlos Cabrera-Lomeli about the legacy of Carnival. The panel includes Mission giants Rodrigo Ehecatl Duran, the new executive director of Carnival San Francisco; Roberto Hernández and Martha Estrella, former executive directors of Carnival San Francisco; and Nancy Obregon, retired SFUSD teacher and CANA board member. Come watch in person at KQED’s new office at 2601 Mariposa St., or stream it live. It’s $30 in person to watch the King and Queen competition, $10 to view online. The panel is $10 in person and free online. Buy tickets for the competition here and the panel here. For more general information on Carnival, go here.
CARIÑO and Sweet Universe
Celebrate Earth Day with Mild Universe at The Chapel. The band, with Mission’s CoffeeShop barista Sam on drums, will play groovy disco with live saxophone!!! and great vocals (plus some really cool outfits.) Stick around for Gloomy June and opening act, CARIÑO. CARIÑO hails from Spain and promises a fun pop-punk night with “surfy touches” and “highly addictive lyrics”.
Buy tickets here for $20 or $25 at the door. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test within two days for a PCR test or within one for an antigen test. The chapel is located at 777 Valencia Street, near 19th Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22.
Gray area mixer
Why not mix everything in the Gray Area mixer? The Gray Area Theater celebrates its members with a cocktail reception on Friday, April 22. There will be visuals courtesy of the Gray Area community, a DJ and drinks of course! If you are already a member, click here to RSVP for free. Tickets can also be purchased on a sliding scale from $5 to $50. E-mail [email protected] or call (415) 843-1423 if you have any questions. Do you want to become a member ? Click here.
Gray Area/Grand Theater is located at 2665 Mission St. near 23rd Street.