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Friday, July 20, 2012

What to Do this Weekend -- SOMA Walking Tour and Live Mural Painting

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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We're big proponents of non-corporate, revelatory tourism -- the kind that's interesting to both outsiders and locals who've lived in San Francisco for years. Many of S.F.'s secrets lie in the changing landscape it was built on, the patterns of which are still evident in the city's physical shape. As part of the "Performing Community" project this month, SOMArts and SF Camerawork put together Dunes, Trains, and Beer: The Buried History of SoMa, a neighborhood walking tour that explores its buried history.

Performing Community Opening
  • Performing Community Opening

They ask you to critically examine the flattening of long-lost sand dunes and buried wetlands to accommodate slaughterhouses and breweries, before South of Market became the tech start-up sea it is today. The corporate domination in the last few decades has rapidly spawned a re-humanizing counterattack, and this tour is part of a series of exhibitions and performances that ask, "How is community built and practiced?" In an effort to paint community back into the SoMa landscape, Susan Greene (the artist responsible for La Lucha Continua mural in the Mission) is live-painting another mural after the walk, and vocal improvisationalist Laurie Amat provides musical accompaniment.

The tour leaves at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 from SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.). Admission is free.

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