Notes on the neighborhood: Mujeres de la Misión, Women Rising, Sour Cherry art exhibition


Spring is in the air and should be in your step. There’s tons of fun news and events to check out this month, so let’s get to it!

Neighborhood ratings

See you soon, farewell

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen bids farewell to Legislative Assistants Amy Beinart and Jennifer Li. Beinart, a library of facts about land use and affordable housing, has worked for Ronen for more than four years and enjoys due to his retirement.

Li, a hard-working, fair-haired man who, armed with a megaphone, could intimidate anyone, leaves after two and a half years. She returns to Oakland to serve as executive director of the Oakland Chinatown Community Benefits District. Congratulations to both of you !

No regrets

Sometimes we do things in life that we wish we could undo: the 6th glass of tequila, texting the ex. But a temporary tattoo isn’t one of them — because it comes off on its own, say the owners of a new store in Valencia.

Ephemeral Tattoo, a studio where “temporary” tattoos last a surprisingly long time – nine to 15 months – opened at the Mission last Monday. Ephemeral, which also operates studios in New York and Los Angeles, opened its San Francisco location at 962 Valencia St. between 20th and 21st streets..

But Ephemeral doesn’t offer the self-applied “cockamamie” temporary tattoos of your youth. Expect individual artistry, needles and biodegradable ink, which the company says the body absorbs over time until the tattoo wears off completely.

Stop by the new boutique at 962 Valencia St., which is overseen by Ronnie Harrison and Carlita Peña. Or check out his website here.

Changes to Covid-19 testing

The Latino task force announced schedule changes for some of its Covid-19 testing and vaxing sites this week. Here are the updated locations and times:

The site of 24th and Capp streets now operates Friday through Monday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It offers vaccines from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The central Alabama site at 701 Alabama St. offers Covid-19 tests from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and vaccines from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also take free Covid-19 test kits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Excelsior site at 20 Norton St. offers free Covid-19 tests on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Covid-19 hotlines:

Call: 415-808-9775 for those living in the 94110 zip code.

Call: 415-347-6404 if you live in ZIP Codes 94112, 94132.

There are also vaccines and boosters at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center on Shotwell.

The hours of operation for all of these sites have been updated on our vaccines page.

What to do this weekend

women, Music, Mission

As Pitbull would sing, “mujereeeeees!” Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and Paseo Artístico are spotlighting some beautiful neighborhood mujeres during its “Mujeres De La Misión” event on Saturday, March 12. Visit the variety of female-led programs, including a performance by Liliana Herrera at Brava Theater at noon, another by singer Maya Canales at Evolved SF at 2 p.m., and a dance performance by AndréIna Maldonado at the Dance Mission Theater at 2 p.m. The event features speeches, music and dancing from noon to 6 p.m. at a variety of venues along 24th Street, each completely free.

Check out Calle 24’s Instagram to see the full lineup and event map.

Fruit of their labor

Sour Cherry Comics, a new gay-owned comic book store, invites you to an art sale! On March 12, the store will host an artists’ reception from 7-9 p.m. and feature the same creators whose paintings adorn the walls of Sour Cherry. Non-alcoholic soft drinks will also be served. You haven’t passed yet? Pop your sour cherry and head early; the store promises a new stock of queer comics and books ready for purchase.

Meet at 3187 16th St. For more information, visit Sour Cherry’s Instagram or call (415) 780-3513.

Poetry palooza!

There are a series of poetry events at Medicine for Nightmares this month, including a reading by poet Angel Dominguez on March 12. He will read his latest book of poetry, “Desgraciado: The Collected Letters” and will be joined by fellow poet (and MFN owner) Josiah Luis Alderete and poetess Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta. Stop by the shop to hear sing-along lyrics from 7-9 p.m. at 3036 24th St. If you prefer to access the interwebs, go here for information on the Zoom link. Visit the Medicine for Nightmares website or call (415) 824-1761 for more information.

Women on the Rise

Just like the women, this show can’t be stopped. “Women Rising,” an exhibit featuring 200 Bay Area women artists, debuts at the gallery’s new Drawing Room spot after a two-year delay. The original iteration in 2020 was shut down through shelter-in-place orders.

So, this “Women’s Rising” checks in on local female artists: how has the pandemic impacted them, and what have they been up to since? It will be a free game of conversation, artwork and storytelling. After all, what better time to listen to women than during Women’s History Month? (Except, you know, all the time.)

Enter the new Drawing Room space at 780 Valencia St. The exhibition runs from March 12 to April 30. Attend the Artist Opening Reception from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Look forward

And they were roommates…

You won’t believe it, but San Francisco is in the midst of a housing crisis!!!

But The David Ireland House at 500 Capp St. reminds us that we have options; historically and now. David Ireland House and architecture firm THE OPEN WORKSHOP unveil their latest exhibition, “House of Commons”, which features 35 housing case studies around the bay. All of the examples have something to do with communal or collective living, which THE OPEN WORKSHOP says could be an overlooked solution to the city’s housing problems.

The exhibition presents five models and drawings of potential life situations, and includes advice on mediation – perhaps understanding precisely the difficulties of living with others. The research of architect Neeraj Bhatia and Antje Steinmuller, associate professor of architecture, completes the exhibition.

Book your free ticket here. The show starts on March 16 and ends on May 31.

For more information, visit David Ireland House or call 415-872-9240.

Nature heals… with a sweet proposal

The dessert-a-thon is back… nature heals. That’s right, for $20 you’ll be admitted to Medicine for Nightmares at 3036 24th St. and allowed to snack on all the desserts you want. The money raised will be used to plant trees near and along 24th Street as part of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District’s Mission Verde initiative. In addition to desserts, Calle 24 trivia games will be played. So grab your thinking cap, your forks, and your most forgiving pants, and head to the feast. It’s April 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Stop and smell the free flowers

Earlier this week, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors announced the best news of all for a flower lover like me. Starting in late April, the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden will be free for San Franciscans! Can’t wait that long? The San Francisco Botanical Gardens are free for residents and non-resident veterans already. Now the holy trinity of Golden Gate Gardens is complete. Get on your bike and put the pedal in the petals!

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