Notes on the neighborhood: history of Dolores Park, poetry reading, fashion show, art walk, etc.



It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend. If in doubt, you can always visit Diego Rivera’s epic mural of Pan American Unity, on display for free at SFMOMA.

Reading poems

Alley Cat Books, on 24th Street near Treat Ave., will host a poetry reading on Friday with local poets Marina Lazzara and Rod Roland. J. Lee will play music and project images, and attendees will also be able to see works by Txuxo Perez, which will be on display. The event starts at 8 p.m.

Art, wherever you are

It’s San Francisco Wide Open Studios season again! Launched today, the long-running two-month program features open studios hosted by artists, exhibitions, receptions, sidewalk pop-ups and virtual events.

Check out the full schedule of events that will run until November 21. Select the mission from the drop-down – or any other neighborhood – and see what comes next.

History class at Dolores Park

If you love Dolores Park for better or for worse, you might also be interested in learning the details of its long history. Dolores Park History Day is this Saturday, September 18: seven stations hosted by Dolores Park Ambassadors and the Love Dolores Campaign will address different periods in the park’s history.

The stations will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Shakespearean kickoff

A groundbreaking ceremony for McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater – which reopens after a nearly $ 1.5 million renovation – will take place on Saturday, September 18 at noon before Shakespeare at the Park kicks off. Participation is free and the full schedule of live shows in San Francisco and beyond can be viewed here.

Artistic walk for a cause

The Kids & Art Foundation’s art exhibition “Me, Myself, and I” opens this Saturday, September 18 at Analog Gallery on 24th Street and Capp Street. The exhibition features works of art from pediatric cancer patients that were created during a workshop in June.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and there will be pieces in the exhibition of professional artists that were inspired by young artists diagnosing and treating serious illnesses.

For more details, visit the event website. There will be an art walk on Saturday at 1 p.m. with visits to other Mission District art studios such as the Voss Gallery, Ratio 3, Artillery AG and The Drawing Room. On Sunday at 2 p.m., some of the artists on the show will talk about their experiences.

Wall renovation

On Sunday, September 19, muralist Juana Alicia, who owns several iconic murals around the mission, will host a free Zoom community to discuss her plans for the restoration of “Para las Rosas”, the faded mural from the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Building at 855. Treat Ave., between 21st and 22nd streets.

The event will run virtually from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session. For more details in Spanish and English, see the event flyer.

Fundraising for the dance mission

The Dance Mission Theater recently renewed its 15-year lease on 24th and Mission streets. They plan to start a renovation in November to add another dance studio, redo the lobby, create ramps and install an elevator, and install new gender-neutral bathrooms accessible to ADA.

The studio is asking for donations to help them raise a final $ 100,000 for the project, which they hope will be completed by early spring. To donate, visit their website.

HIV testing

The Mission Neighborhood Health Center is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by offering free HIV testing for the next few weeks.

The tests will be available at the 240 Shotwell parking lot near 16th Street on September 22 and 29 and October 6 and 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bilingual staff will be present and no appointment is necessary.

As always, Covid-19 vaccines and tests will continue to be available by appointment or walk-in. The 24th and Capp Street Testing Center also offers HIV and diabetes testing Saturday through Tuesday.

Beyond the mission….

Raw Mode (Dogpatch)

The Dogpatch Craft and Design Museum is hosting a fashion exhibit, featuring unique creations from over 50 Creativity Explored artists. Creativity Explored is a Mission District space that provides an outlet for artists with intellectual disabilities to create and share their work.

Raw Mode wants to reinvent, or at least challenge the status quo of fashion: artists use strange materials or recycled fabrics, approach gender and gender identity from different angles and invite artists, designers and brands to collaborate with artists with intellectual disabilities.

The exhibition is open until January 2022. For more details, visit their website.

Piano Fleur (Golden Gate Park)

Flower Piano, the event that started with an impromptu piano pulled on the cliffs above Half Moon Bay before spreading to different natural and urban environments around the Bay Area, is back! After a hiatus in 2020, this year’s event will be held at Golden Gate Park.

Starting Friday, September 17, 12 pianos will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at various locations in the San Francisco Botanical Garden. For a map and artist lineup, visit the website. Music hopes to do it all: lineup ranges from Joni Mitchell to AfroCuban and from Brazilian to Chopin and Beethoven.

Entrance is free for San Franciscans, but it is recommended to reserve a place.

Bernal Heights open-air cinema program (Bernal Heights)

The schedules for next month’s outdoor cinema events in Bernal Heights have been released and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” will be the feature film at Precita Park on October 2.

To see the other films that will be showing, visit their website.

Fundraising for the Covid-19 Vaccine (Union Square)

The San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh Sister City committee will host a fundraising event to raise funds to purchase 150,000 Covid-19 vaccines to distribute in Vietnam. They estimate that the cost of a single dose of vaccine in Vietnam is estimated to be around $ 10.

The event will take place at Marine’s Memorial Club and Hotel at 609 Sutter Street on September 21. Come between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., or consider donating remotely at


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