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Culture, The Exhibitionist ¡FLACC! Celebrates Latin Americans in Contemporary Dance

¡FLACC! Celebrates Latin Americans in Contemporary Dance

Every artist needs space. In a city where physical space for the arts is becoming scarce, having space might mean finding acceptance in a community or feeling your identity represented within the artists in your field. ¡FLACC!, the Festival…
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Calendar, Night&Day Secret Statues

Secret Statues

Below the surface of the Caribbean, just off the shores of Isla Mujeres in Mexico, there is a throng of 400 statues — nuns, soldiers, street sweepers, children, gangsters, cooks, and showgirls — gathered in solidarity. They are called…
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Calendar, Night&Day BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was started in the 1970s by a group of SFSU students who refused to let their lifeblood flow along the periphery. They wanted the art, music, poetry, and dance of Latin Americans, of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Muchas Luchas

Muchas Luchas

La Quebradora, literally “The Crusher,” is a backbreaker move in lucha libre, the high-flying professional wrestling hugely popular in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. It’s worked into the title of “La Quebradora: Lucha Libre in Contemporary Mexican Art,” an exhibit…
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Calendar, Night&Day Feminists in Machismo-Land

Feminists in Machismo-Land

It’s not uncommon for girls to grow bored with a male-dominated music scene, which is why some choose to grab it by the plums -— Kathleen Hanna, anyone? It’s no different for Mexican feminist punk band Las Ultrasonicas, who most…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Benjamin Bac Sierra Brings Tales of Latino Street Life to Mission Cultural Center

Benjamin Bac Sierra Brings Tales of Latino Street Life to Mission Cultural Center

Though a craven animal by nature, the average book critic usually can manage not to be intimidated by the average novelist-professor. But I'll admit that when I emailed Benjamin Bac Sierra to ask whether he'd send me his new book…
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Dining, SFoodie No Time for DIY? Tonight's La Cocina Gift Fair Should Take Care of That

No Time for DIY? Tonight's La Cocina Gift Fair Should Take Care of That

An admission: While we'd love to devote a Saturday to the kind of chutney-making or other DIY food crafting Sean Timberlake is such a brilliant advocate for, we know we won't. Not even close. Between work spillover, picking up shirts…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: Bring Back the Dead

What To Do? Monday's Pick: Bring Back the Dead

Bring Back the Dead @ Mission Cultural CenterDía de los Muertos (or "Day of the Dead," for the infinitesimal fraction of English-speaking California residents who haven't picked up a smattering of holiday Spanish) is a celebration renowned for the particular…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Fine Wine Between Love and Hate Steiner prime: This article takes Rudolf Steiner's agriculture advice out of context and makes judgments about the man himself and Biodynamics without actually looking into his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Knives and Scissors

Knives and Scissors

Papel picado is the traditional Mexican art of cut-paper flaglike banners: The brightly colored railings along the 16th Street BART station are large-scale replicas of the form. In the olden days, artists would use sharp rocks and mallets to make…
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Calendar, Night&Day Party Heart-y

Party Heart-y

In the late 1970s, there was a cultural-center boom. (Compare to the dot-com boom: Which do you like better?) The SomArts Cultural Center, the African-American Art & Culture Complex, the Bayview Opera House, and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino…
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Music, All Shook Down

Hiya's Weekend Blahg

Starting the weekend right: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts’ visual exhibits always rock, but its “Illusion” series is extra special since they cover the joint with paper and like 50 artists dress in white while doing their thing live.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beyond Kahlo

Beyond Kahlo

Anyone who knows anything about famous Latina artists is familiar with the turbulent feminism, feverish sexuality, and inevitable tragedy that seem to dog their heels, in life and death. Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Cuban-American sculptor/performance artist Ana Mendieta, for…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Drunk and Irate

Drunk and Irate

TUES 11/2 Two weeks ago, the Dog Bites column ran a series of threats from random people who insisted they'd leave the country if Bush keeps his spot in the Oval Office. It looked like Australia and New Zealand were…
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