Neighborhood Notes: Lights, Libraries and Live Performances



If you’ve managed to recover from last week’s turkey coma, you might be looking for things to do this weekend. Here is our roundup of upcoming events around the Mission.

California covered at Manny’s

Image courtesy of Covered California

Today, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Manny’s on 16th and Valencia St., you can sign up for Covered California, a free service that helps you find subsidized health coverage.

Covered California employees should be able to help you find health care that’s right for you, as well as determine if you’re eligible for free or discounted coverage. No registration is required – simply visit Manny’s today if you want to learn more.

Open mic (no mic) on 16th and Mission

Once you’ve dealt with your health concerns, the free-form – and free – live performances tonight at 16th and Mission could be the perfect way to celebrate.

You will find artists from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in front of the BART station. Comedians, poets, DJs and musicians of all stripes are invited to participate in any language and in any form. Admire the diversity of San Francisco talent or, if you’re feeling brave, show off your own skills.

Poetry and light in Golden Gate Park

“Entwined” by Charles Gadeken. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

The Alterverse, a month-long celebration of poetry and light that takes place across Golden Gate Park, kicks off today.

Created by the nonprofit arts association Illuminate and San Francisco poet laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, the Alterverse features a series of free events and art installations. Light shows will be splashed over a number of monuments in the parks, and there will be poetry readings and music throughout December. You can find a full itinerary here.

Tonight, the festivities are in full swing with the opening of the immersive light exhibition “Entwined” by artist Charles Gadeken. You can find the artwork at Peacock Meadow, near the east entrance to the park. And at 4 p.m. next to McLaren Lodge, San Francisco’s official Christmas tree is lit up to welcome the holiday season.

Become an artist in residence at the public library

Former artist in residence Jeremy Fish, in collaboration with the town hall. Photo by Rick Marr.

The San Francisco Public Library is seeking four artists to join them for a ten-week residency from February to May 2022. The artists would be tasked with creating works that meet the library’s vast resources – 3.7 million books, films and other articles – and his staff.

This collaboration with the public library is the latest in a series of residencies organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission since 2015. Previous artists have partnered with City Hall, the Planning Department and even the Covid Command Center.

The deadline to apply is Friday midnight. A specific project idea is not required, but applicants will need to write a resume, letter of interest, and some examples of past work. More details are available on the Arts Commission website.

Man @ ng is Deity: dance and live movie

Extract from the production of the dance film “Man @ ng is Deity”. Photo by Hana Sun Lee.

This half-movie, half-live dance performance is based on the real-life stories of Filipinos who immigrated to America between the 1910s and 1940s only to be used as cheap labor. Created by award-winning artist Alleluia Panis, the show is an exploration of “bitter hardships, fleeting joys, and their determined spirit of survival and camaraderie that defined them.”

The show will be presented this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the ODC Theater, and there will be two more performances over the weekend. Tickets cost $ 30 and can be purchased here.

Caturday at Dolores Park

Cats galore will be at the park this Saturday (not to scale)

On the first Saturday of each month, friendly felines descend on Dolores Park to socialize, explore the great outdoors, and enjoy sun-drenched cat naps.

If you have a cat or just want to take advantage of the unusual good weather for the season by meeting a perfect new pal, meet at Dolores Park between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Reopening of Red Poppy Art House

Some artists from Red Poppy Art House. Image courtesy of Red Poppy Art House.

For the past 22 months, art house Red Poppy has maintained a constant online supply of artistic goodies, including live music, poetry, and all manner of visual arts. Now, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, they are hosting a performance in person.

From 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. this Saturday, 12 musicians will play at the Red Poppy Art House on the 23rd and the artists of Folsom Street promise a positive panoply of distinct sounds: Rawcoustic trio serenade the audience with music from Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and the United States; Pablo Estigarribia will play the tango piano; and Istanbul connection will present what they call “old-school Latin folk music from the Balkans in a funky Bay Area backdrop”.

Listening outside is free and indoor seats can be reserved with any donation. You can find out more by checking out the event’s Facebook page – and if you still prefer remote control of your events, you can also stream music there.

“Ink and clay” by Tom Seligman

“Five of Them”, one of Tom Seligman’s earliest clay pieces. Photo by Tom Seligman.

This Saturday from 4pm to 8pm, the Drawing Room on 23rd and Capp St. unveils its latest exhibition – “Ink and Clay” by Tom Seligman.

Well known for his playful use of nails and clay, as well as for his detailed designs, Seligman has previously been featured at the Drawing Room in his provocative 2020 exhibition “Nail Fetish”. You can read more about the upcoming exhibition here.

Neighborhood garbage collection

Image courtesy of Manny’s

If you’re feeling conscientious this Sunday and want to help keep San Francisco beautiful, Manny’s is hosting an 11am garbage collection.

All the necessary tools will be provided. Volunteers will depart from Manny’s on 16th and Valencia St. and plan to have lunchtime brunch once the neighborhood is pristine. Do good in the community and breakfast foods – what’s not to like?

L’Alterverse: Youth Poetry Day

The Golden Gate Bandshell lit up as part of the Alterverse. Photo courtesy of the Alterverse.

This Sunday, the Alterverse has the perfect event for all the aspiring writers in your family. Young poets from the 826 Valencia writing program will perform their poems at the Golden Gate Bandshell from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You will also have the option of adding your own stanza to a public collaborative poem. You can read more about the event here.

Tinker Time at the Mission Science workshop

The workshop encourages children to learn about science. Photo courtesy of Mission Science Workshop.

Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Mission Science Workshop at Excelsior hosts free sessions for kids to have fun with science.

The center is full of magnets, fossils, bones, radios and a multitude of other resources to arouse the curiosity of young minds. And there might even be some slippery friends around you who want to meet your budding biologists …

No prior knowledge is expected and the center caters to both English and Spanish speakers. You can find out more about the program on their website.

Civic Convo Final: Indigenous Theater in the Bay

Jordan Battle, director of the Z Space performance hall, has been hosting periodic “Civic Convos” on the theater and the experiences of people of color since March 2021.

Next Wednesday will be her final panel, where she will talk about Indigenous theater in the bay with guests from the Native Writers’ Theater and student theater group In The Margin. You can join the conversation at 6 p.m. by signing up for Zoom here.

To find recordings of previous conversations, visit the Z Space website.



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