El Salvador Film and Video Festival

The Inaugural San Francisco
El Salvador Film and Video Festival

December: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th
Teatro del MCCLA
$10 Admisión General - $8 Students, seniors and youth.
FREE for youth 13-and-under

December 3RD, 7:00 pm -- Opening Night! "La Ultima Ofensiva"
Q&A with Director Jose Luis Sanz follows screenin

December 4TH, 2 - 9:30 pm
2 pm "Xochiquetzal" w/ "Colima"
4 pm Forgotten Places: feat./ "Ciudad Adentro", "Cinema Libertad", "Acaxual"
6 pm "La Historia de un gol"
8 pm "Maria en tierra de nadie"

December 5TH, 2 - 6 pm
2 pm - "Atormentada" and "Enseñar para Vivir"
4 pm - "Llevarte al mar"

El Salvador: so far from Hollywood, but ever so close to reality. That’s why the Ana Gomez Cultural Collective and the Mission Cultural Center have teamed up to produce the inaugural San Francisco – El Salvador Film and Video Festival.
Because el Pulgaricito (as El Salvador is affectionately known) might be small in size, but it’s got big history—and talented film and video-makers to make sense of it all. Join us for three days packed with documentaries, shorts, and animation—all from Salvadoran directors.

El Salvador: tan lejos de Hollywood, pero tan cerca a la realidad. Por eso el Colectivo Cultural Ana Gomez y el Centro Cultural de la Misión se unen para celebrar el primer festival de cine y video Salvadoreño en San Francisco.
Porque el Pulgarcito es pequeño, pero su historia es grande-- y tiene talentosos cineastas para hacernos entenderlo. Disfrute tres días repletos de documentales, cortometrajes, y animación-- todo hecho por directores salvadoreños.

Latin American Labor Solidarity: Breaking the Media Bloackage

Latin America Labor Solidarity:
Breaking the Media Bloackage

Thursday December 9th, Teatro del MCCLA, 7-9:00 pm
Admission: $5

In conjunction with the annual LaborTech conference, MCCLA will hold a panel discussion on the strategic use of new media in building North-South labor solidarity.

A live panel will feature grassroots mediamakers and labor activists from Venezuela, Brazil, Honduras and Immokalee, Florida. The panel will be livestreamed over the internet to reach international audiences. Spanish-English translation will be provided.

Songs for a New Beginning

Songs for a New Beginning:
16 Days of ARTivism! Closing celebration

Friday December 10th, Teatro del MCCLA, 7:00pm
Suggested donation: $5-$20

In recognition of the 62nd anniversary of the Internation Declaration of Human Rights, and the closing of the 16 days of ARTivism for the healing of violence toward women and girls, MamaCoatl hosts an evening of poetry, spoken word and performance art dedicated to ending violence against women, immigrants and the LGBT community. The multiple ways that people from these communities are the targets of violence represent the most egregious violations of human rights today. Tonight, we celebrate our human rights and reclaim those that have been taken from us.

Featured artists: Cihuatl Ce, HeadRush Productions, MamaCoatl, Yosimar Reyes, a special performance by Violeta Luna, and much more.

Explotion of Color: End of Semester Show, Performance & Exhibit

Explotion of Color:
End Of Semester Show, Performance & Exhibit

Saturday December 11th, MCCLA THEATRE, Lobby & Inti Raymi Gallery, 2-5:00 pm
General Admission: $5, 13-and-under FREE

Join us for a lively exhibition and performance by students from MCCLA arts classes, demonstrating dance, music, and printmaking and more. Support our vibrant arts community!. In addition to our bi-annual student showcase, the EOS also features an exhibit of recent screen prints by Mission Grafica students and instructors in the Inti Raymi Gallery.

Performances: Argentinian Tango by Nora Dinzelbacher,
Ballet by Omar Vásquez,
Brazilian Carnaval - Dance & Percussion by Metzi Henriquez & José Rivera,
Haitian Dance Youth & Adults by Djenane Saint Juste,
Latin Dance Grooves by Elizabeth Soberanes,
Samba Jam Brazilian Percussion w/the Samba Funk Dancers by Fernando DeSanjines and King Theo,
Tae Kwon Do by Victor Mijango,
Afro-Peruvian Dance by Juan Soto
and Nicaraguan Folklore by Ena Prado.

Mission Grafica Intructors: Richard Nyhagen, Marsha Shaw, Calixto Robles, Gato, Russell Pachman and Norm Rosenberger.

November 2010
Teatro Nahual Monologos de la Vagina

Bocas Radioactivas Los Rakas - Bocafloja - Doble Filo - Paul Flores

Friday, November 5, 7:30 pm, Teatro del MCCLA
$12 Admisión General

A Spanish- English spoken word event to bring awareness to Black Latino heritage, immigrant rights and Spanglish culture through the global lens of the Hip-Hop generation. Also presenting DOBLE FILO from La Habana, Cuba for the first time in San Francisco demonstrating the challenges and success of Hip-Hop in communist Cuba.
Un evento de palabras bilingues para poner luz sobre la herencia Afro-Latina, el movimiento para los derechos de los inmigrantes, y la cultura Spanglish por una perspectiva del Hip-Hop mundial. Tambíén presentando por primera vez en San Francisco el grupo cubano Doble Filo mostrando el desarollo del Hip-Hop dentro de un pais comunista.

Altar Making Workshop

Instructor: Alfonso Ochoa
When: September 25th, October 2nd and 9th - 10:00a-12:00 Noon
Where: Studio D, 3rd floor MCCLA
Who: Open to Middle School Youth and older adults and youth 12-and-up
Materials: All materials will be provided
Cost: $15**

Papel Picado Workshop

Instructor: Herminia Albarrán Romero
When: October 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th - 10:00a-12:00 Noon
Where: Café de la Muerte, 2nd floor MCCLA
Who: Open to Middle School Youth and older
Materials: small pair of scissors.
Cost: $15.00**

Face Painting Workshop

Instructor: Adrien Segal
When: Saturday October 30th - 10:00a-12:00 Noon
and Tuesday November 2nd from 5:00p-7:00p
Where: Inti-Raymi Gallery, 2nd floor MCCLA
Who: Open to Middle School Youth and older
Materials: All materials will be provided
Cost: $10.00

** Youth 12-and-under pay only $12, but must be accompanied by an adult.

MCCLA Mole Contest 2010

Mole to Die For "Mole Para Morirse"

Mole Tasting & Contest: Wednesday November 17, 7-10pm
General Admission $7 - Children FREE

Mole lovers are invited to participate in our annual "Mole to Die For" contest. Participants will get a chance to taste the entries and vote for your favorites! In addition, we'll offer small plates of chicken in green mole, for those who wish to enjoy a more profound taste of Oaxaca Mexico. Se invita a todos los amantes del mole a participar en nuestro concurso anual "Mole para morirse".
Los participantes tendran una oportunidad de probar los platillos concursantes y elegir sus favoritos. Además, se ofrecera platos de pollo en mole verde para los que quieren disfrutar el sabor más profundo de Oaxaca.

MCCLA Dia de los Muertos 2010 exhibit

Day of the Dead 2010
"Death Becomes You / La Muerte eres Tú"

Exhibition Dates: October 23rd - November 20th
Gala Reception: Tuesday, November 2nd, 6-10p, $5 General Admission, Children FREE

Since 1977, MCCLA has joined with other community-based institutions to create an artistic space from which to celebrate Day of the Dead (El día de los Muertos), where our community honors the deaths of our ancestors, our family members and our community leaders. this year's exhibition will feature traditional and contemporary Altars. The celebration includes a sugar skull demostration, Danza Azteca, Pan de Muertos, mask-making and more...

Dia de Los Muertos Movie Fund Raising

Fundraiser for SF Day of the Dead Documentary

Friday November 19, 7:00pm, MCCLA Main Gallery
$20 Suggested donation

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and Instituto Conexiones invite you to an evening of reflection on the Mexican Days of the Dead and how this special tradition is celebrated in San Francisco. This night we celebrate the veteran artists and organizers who have made the Days of the Dead meaningful for residents in the Mission and in San Francisco. The evening includes a work-in-progress sneak peek of "Día de los muertos en San Francisco," a documentary video currently in production. The film tells the history, influences and evolution of through the voices of cultural workers and artists who have worked tirelessly to build community across cultural differences.

Teatro Nahual Monologos de la Vagina

"Los Monólogos de La Vagina"
(Back by popular demand!)

Sábado 20 de Noviembre, Teatro del MCCLA, 7:30pm
$15 Admisión General - $7.50 Estudiante y 3ra edad

Escrita por Eve Ensler, dirigida por Verónica Meza, producción del Teatro Nahual.
Está dedicada a la erradicación de la violencia sexual contra las mujeres, a veces con humor, a veces con ternura y otras con horror, pero siempre con la re-apropiación de ese lugar de nuestro cuerpo por donde también aparece la vida. "Monólogos de la Vagina" busca establecer una conexión entre el amor y respeto a las mujeres, y el fin de la violencia contra ellas. Info acerca del Teatro Nahual: www.teatronahual.org
Capacidad limitada en el teatro, por favor compre sus boletos con anticipación.

October 2010
Look Around

Look Around
a Fashion Crawl and Trunk Show

Saturday, October 2, 1:00 - 5pm, MCCLA THEATRE

Join us for an afternoon experiencing the incredible stylings of local designers, performers, vintage retailers, and much, much more!
Meet at MCCLA THEATRE 10-15 minutes early to pick up your limited edition Map/Zine with program.
Departs at 1pm! Presented by SoulfulDress.com and Iraya Robles. Fashion Crawl from 1-2:30 PM with Trunk Show and Reception to follow in Gallery until 5 PM. Zine $5-15.
This Saturday, Very Be Careful will play a short set at MCCLA THEATRE. Admissions is $10.00 the Show starts at 7pm -8pm. This is a special event part of the Celebrate San Francisco Exhibition closing party.

David Molina

Today I Will Celebrate San Francisco Event

Wednesday, October 6, 8-9:00pm - MCCLA THEATRE
General admission $15, Elder and Students $10

TheOffCenter. a queer multidisciplinary collective (jesse hewit, jorge de hoyos, evan johnson, Maryan Brooks, Honey McMoney, Ernesto Sopprani, etc.) hold space and deliver a performance that won't soon be forgotten.
Intermission. Violeta Luna performs an action-ritual in the THEATRE lobby about drug trafficking crimes in Mexico.
Lost and Found. Composer/sound artist David Molina and film maker Anna Geyer present a multi-media work in progress. Utilizing found objects, traditional instruments, and electronics Molina will create live soundtrack, while Anna Geyer mixes original 16mm film loops on three modified projectors to create ghostly, rusty memories, industrial landscapes, and dream like images from a distant past.

Celebrate San Francisco Family Events

We Are Family A Special Closing Celebration

Saturday, October 9, 3 - 9:00pm

A special closing celebration of performance, fun and dance for the whole family.

Feauturing performances:
3 pm: Mocing Beyoung Productions
4 pm: Dance Generators
5 pm: CALI & CO dance
An interactive audience piece follows the dance presentatioin
Rebecca Weisser and Moving Beyond Productions host.

Ats & crafts for the whole family in between presentations.

Some Lost Tribes of San Francisco

Some Lost Tribes of San Francisco

Saturday, October 9, 8:30pm, Main Gallery FREE Event

In conjunction with Litquake SF, the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, we celebrate the stories and voices of the Mission and the city at large in an evening emceed by local performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña. Join us in the heart of the Mission for remarkable anecdotes and readings about San Francisco from Rebecca Solnit, author of Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, and other contributors; Aaron Shurin (Monarchs and Queens), Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Shipyards and Sounds), Jaime Cortez (Tribes of San Francisco), and Adrianna Camarena (The Mission: North of Home, South of Safe).

Celebrate San Francisco Family Events

Freedom Archives: "Cointelpro 101"

Sunday, October 10, 4:00pm, MCCLA THEATRE
Admission $10

World premiere of a new documentary produced by the Freedom Archives, This feature-length video examines the FBI’s Cointelpro, (…that’s government speak for “counter-intelligence program.”) and it’s impacts on social justice activists throughout the US during the 1960’s and 1970’s. For those who thought cointelpro was a conspiracy concocted by a few kooks wrapped in aluminum foil and listening for signs of extra-terrestrial communications, this film demonstrates with alarming precision that there’s truth to the adage: “Just because were paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us.”

San Francisco Video Fest

San Francisco VideoFest

Thursday October 14 and Saturday October 16,
Admission $10 general, $5 youth, elders and students

San Francisco Video Fest showcases the work of emerging Bay Area video artists who tell the stories of people and communities in the Bay Area and throughout the Latin American diaspora. From the Mission to Medallín, and Oak Park to places adentro, this year’s Video Fest program features a variety of short videos in unique content and artistic approach. Check our website for videos, times, and dates.
For complete information check the VideoFest page.

2501 Migrants: A Journey

2501 Migrants: A Journey

Saturday, October 16, 7:00 pm, MCCLA THEATRE Admission $10 gen., $5 youth, students, and seniors
Present your SF Video Fest ticket stub and receive a $3 discount

The SF VideoFest 2010 festivities end with the San Francisco premiere of Yolanda Cruz’s "2501 Migrants: a Journey," a feature-length documentary that examines the intersection between migration, public art, and economic globalization in the Global South. Check the Trailer here. When accomplished Zapotec sculptor Alejandro Santiago returns to his native Oaxaca after making it as an artist abroad, he comes back to what he calls “a ghost town.” Feeling a profound sense of lonliness, Santiago dreams up an ambitious project: repopulate his town of San Pedro Teococuilco with lifesize figures, each one representing a person who has migrated away.



Sunday, October 17, 7:00 pm, MCCLA THEATRE
Admission $5, No One Turned Away

Join us for a night to honor and celebrate an institution: Avotcja. Jazz musician, DJ, poet and mentor, Avotcja continues to inspire budding and veteran artists alike. Her influence spans generations, continents and, some would argue, the time/space contiuum itself. Hosted and curated by Mazacote’s José Martinez, this evening will feature noted Bay Area artists performing their own renditions of Avotcja’s vast catalogue of musical and literary works. Whether you know Avotcja’s work, or not, this will be a night to remember.
Performers include: Quique Davila, Paul Flores, Sandra Garcia, Genny Lim, Vylma Ortiz, Jennie Rodriguez, John Santos, and Norman Zelaya.

MCCLA Mosaic Workshop

Mosaic Workshop

Three Wednesdays: October 6th, 13th and 20th,
6pm to 8pm, Studio D

Welcome to a fun, non competitive environment. Learn how to create a mosaic using different materials: glass, ceramic tile, shells, broken china. Create a project with your own design and take it home.
Cost: $95 (reserve your spot, but your class pass at MCCLA office from 10am to 5pm).
Instructor: Carolina Stankiewich. Carolina is a mosaic and video artist based in San Francisco. She learned mosaic and stained glass techniques at Sharon Art Studio. Currently she is a bilingual teacher, collaborates with “Create Peace Project” painting banners with school kids and facilitates private mosaic workshops. Some of her community mosaic projects are on exhibit at MCCLA and Monroe Elementary School in San Francisco. Check out her facebook event description

September 2010
Aqui no Pasa Nada

Aquí no pasa nada

Thursday, September 9 through 11, 8:00pm $10 General Admission, $5 Students, Elders and Youth

Entre risa, la tragedia, la realidad y la fantasía, vemos cómo un suceso (el ataque del 9/11) provoca reacciones muy distintas en los sectores sociales. Desde los conservadores hasta los críticos, pasando por los absurdos y los miedosos, todos reunidos en esta especie de circo social. ¿Por qué hacemos guerra? ¿Por qué estamos en guerra? ¿Aquí no pasa nada?

Corazón del Tiempo

Corazón del Tiempo Heart of Time

Saturday, September 18, 7:00pm ROXIE Cinema Admission $10

In conjunction with Cine+Mas Film Fest, join MCCLA for a special screening at the Roxie. An official selection at Sundance Film Festival and nominated for five Ariel prizes in Mexico, Corazón del tiempo dramatizes a story of love and commitment in the heart of an indigenous uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. Sonia, a young indigenous woman is about to marry. Her father has already delivered a cow to the family of the groom as dowry. However, when Sonia falls in love with an EZLN militant, her family, her community, and even the EZLN rebels have a problem on their hands. Director’s talk with Alberto Cortés follows screening. Spanish with English subtitles (90 min).

Click here to watch the official trailer



Saturday, September 18

2:30 pm: “La Fiesta Eterna”, Christopher Chacón, USA 2010, 60 min
4:00 pm: “Inmigration Nation”, Esaú Meléndez, USA 2010, 96 min.
6:00 pm: “The Wall”, Ricardo A. Martinez, USA 2009, 76 min.
8:00 pm: “Owned”, José Montesinos, USA 2009, 80 min.

Sunday, September 19

2:00 pm: Short Program:
“Yo Te Prefiero”, José Cabrera, Spain 2008, 13 min
“Gordita”, Debbie Wolfe, USA 2009, 11 min.
“Legend”, Kelly Weaver, USA 2010, 10 min.
“Waoayñan, Imaginary Road”, Ariel Soto, USA 2010, 28 min.
“Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê”, Carolina Moraes Liu, USA 2009, so min.

4:00 pm: “The Calling”, David A. Ranghelli, USA 2009, 58 min.
with short “Jesusito de mi vida”, Jesús Pérez-Miranda, Spain2009, 11 min.
6:00 pm: “Ojos Bien Abiertos-Un viaje por la sudamerica de hoy”, Gonzalo Arijón, Uruguay-France 2007, 110 min.

Drumming for Carlos Aceituno

Drumming for Carlos Aceituno
4th Anniversary of his passing...

Saturday, September 25, 3:00pm - MCCLA Lobby FREE ADMISSION

At his passing in 2006, Carlos was a beloved Omulu Capoiera master, teacher and founder of the award winning Foga Na Roupa Carnaval group. Scores of elementary, high school students, and adults learned capoiera and Brazilian culture through his exemplary teaching style. He was the recipient of the prestigious Cesar Chavez “Si se puede” Award. on March 31, 2007, reserved only for those who espouse Chavez' core values of community and service to others.
The City of San Francisco declared May 18th “Carlos Aceituno Day”.
His generosity and sympathy touched people from all over the world, in particular our Bay Area community. Carlos , you will always be in our hearts.

Off the Clock

Off the Clock:
Restaurant Workers Appreciation Day

Monday, September 27, from 12-5:00pm FREE EVENT

Calling all servers, cooks, dishwashers, bussers and barbacks: This day’s for you! The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts has teamed up with Young Workers United, Latin Dance Grooves, and many local restaurants to offer an afternoon of FREE massage, dance classes, yoga and other activities to relax your body and mind…plus complimentary food and drinks from your favorite local hot spots.
De-stress. Stretch out. DANCE! Move in ways that you choose. Today, you get to be the boss.
We offer this day in recognition of the daily contributions that San Francisco's restaurant workers make to improve the quality of life for all of us. Thanks restaurant workers! Now it's your turn to be waited on.

August 2010
Quien dijo miedo

Quién dijo miedo
San Francisco Premiere

Wednesday, August 4 / 7:00 pm / THEATRE
$10 General, $5 youth and students

On June 28, 2009 the people of Honduras faced a rude awakening. Army generals had forced elected President Manuel Zelaya onto a waiting plane and whisked him away to Costa Rica. A military coup was underway. That’s when Katia Lara picked up her camera and began filming. Discussion and Q & A with Director Katia Lara follows the screening! Film presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Teatro en el Barrio

Teatro en el Barrio
In conjunction with San Francisco Theater Festival

Saturday, August 7 / 7:30 pm / THEATRE
FREE event

The night begins at the 24th & Mission BART station with a comedic street performance from La Pandilla de Zancadilla, direct from Mexico City. Drummers and stiltwalkers led by Ricardo Ochoa will take the party down into the MCCLA Theater where the evening’s festivities will continue. Performances will include artists from Mexico, Bay Area Latino performers and others participants in this year’s SF Theater Festival Sunday schedule. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to see international Theater-en-Español.

Teatro en el Barrio

Problema #1070:
Reflections on an Arizona State of Mind

Thursday, August 12 / 7:30 pm / THEATRE
Admission $7, no one turned away.

Poet/MC Yosimar Reyes! leads a night of creative expression by Bay Area theater practitioners, spoken word artists, poets and graphic activators who will tackle questions surrounding the recent rash of xenophobic laws and vigilante attacks on Latino communities in Arizona, Utah, and California. Featuring acts y/o poemas by headRush Productions, (xago juarez & Rosa González), Mamacoatl, Social Irruption, Somos (BRWN BFLO), Jack Hirschman, Adrian “Ariazona” and many others.

Migration 2010

Migration Galeria Zapatista - Mission Grafica

August 13th, 4th floor of MCCLA FREE Admission

A collection of prints, posters and photography visually illustrating the human face of migration. Experience the movement which these works convey made artists from different walks of life. A preview of this show will be on display in the lobby Friday August 12, in conjunction with the Arizona State of Mind event.

Artists include: Art Hazelwood, Calixto Robles, Christo Oropeza , Gato, Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Maria Uriol, Francisco Dominguez, Douglas Minkler, Gina Chinchilla, T P 28 J and many more…
MISSION GRAFICA hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-5pm, except Thursdays 10am-3:30pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm
415.643.2786, email: grafica@missionculturalcenter.org

Teatro en el Barrio

Color en el Barrio:
StreetSmARTS Artists Discuss the Muralling of San Francisco

Saturday, August 14 / 5:00 pm / THEATRE
FREE Admission

Join the MCCLA, SFAC and DPW for a panel discussion on a recent history of public mural art in San Francisco. Featuring celebrated urban artists Francisco “Twick” Aquino, Jonathan Brumfield, Jet Martinez and Marina “Mincho” Perez Wong, panelists will discuss the challenges that graffiti artists face in transitioning from tagging to creating murals that serve a public function.

The SFAC/DPW StreetSmARTS program connects urban artists with private property owners to create vibrant murals that reduce vandalism.

June 2010
maria's story

Maria’s Story
Video Screening and Reception with Director Pamela Cohen

Friday, June 4, Doors at 7:00 pm / show at 7:30 pm / THEATRE
$10 gen, $8 adv, $5 students

MCCLA is proud to announce a special 20th anniversary screening of Maria’s Story, the influential documentary about Maria Serrano-wife, mother, and FMLN guerrilla leader—who skirts the frontlines of the battle for her people and her country, El Salvador. Maria’s Story was filmed in 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took the lives of 75,000 Salvadorans. This critically acclaimed and award-winning film first aired on thePBS Documentary Series, P.O.V. in 1991. With unprecedented access to guerrilla camps, Maria’s Story broke ground as one of the first documentaries shot in small format video.

Don Baldomero murio virgen

Don Baldomero murió virgen

Saturday, June 5, 7pm / THEATRE
$15 general admission, $12 advance purchase, $10 students

"Don Baldomero murió virgen" nos traslada al siglo pasado en México durante los años 1910-1940, cuando la sociedad no le permitia a las mujeres mexicanas estudiar, ser escuchadas o inclusive elegir a su propia pareja.
La jovencita Paquita de la Moncada y Goyeneche, una mujer de 20 años de edad, adopta diversas personalidades revelandose en contra de injusticias sociales haciendole burla a su turbulenta vida. Para más información visitar: www.teatronahual.org

EOS 2010

End of Semester Show

Saturday, June 12, 2pm-5pm / THEATRE
$5 general admission

MCCLA showcases the art of its instructors and students for the semester. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of arts and culture and see what you could be doing at MCCLA!

Participating Classes: Dominga Gomez - Nicaraguan Folklore, Maisa Duke - Brazilian Samba, Pablo Davila - Guitar, Fernando De Sanjines - Samba Jam Brazilian Percussion, MCCLA's Carnaval Contingent, Danica Sena - Flamenco Mario Alabi - Salsa-Merengue Popular, Mario Patino - Music from the Andes, Theo Williams - Samba Funk with King Theo, Carmen Roman - Afro-Peruvian Dance, Metzi Henriquez & Jose Rivera - Brazilian Carnaval Dance & Percussion.

Carnaval Video Party

Carnaval Video Party

Saturday, June 19, 12:30pm / Main Gallery /
FREE Admission

Come and see the video of the MCCLA contingent “MY GROOVY BOOGALOO” at San Francisco CARNAVAL 2010, with choreography by Elizabeth Soberanes & Bianca Coleman, live Latin Retro Boogaloo music by MCCLA Youth Band “Futuro Picante”, and the amazing costumes made by Mario Chacón and Aurora Quiñonez, with the Characters: Lucha Chevere, Las Anacaonas, Las Micaelas, Tito Poderes, El Doctor Calvera and Los mimi-mi's (Youth) Go-Go Dancers. The video includes images of all SF Carnaval 2010 contingents.
Produced by the MCCLA Multimedia department, and will be FOR SALE $17.

la tania punta y tacon II

La Tania Punta y Tacón II

Saturday, June 26 / 7pm / MCCLA Theater
Admission $17, you can by in advance at: www.missionculturalcenter.org

Internationally acclaimed Flamenco dancer and master teacher La Tania will showcase new and unique choreography based on traditional flamenco dance, as interpreted by her students. This is an opportunity to take a look at the process of learning this art form by seeing a range of students perform from beginning to advanced levels.
Professional guest artists will also perform.

Featuring: Clara Catalina (cante), Roberto Aguilar (guitarist), Gina (dancer), Sandra Gabas (dancer/percussionist). For more information visit: www.laTaniaFlamenco.com

May 2010
Luis Echegoyen

Luis Echegoyen y Amigos: Roxana Damas, Martha Sevilla and Jesús Magaña

April 24 & May 8, 7:00 pm / THEATRE / $15 / 24 de Abril & 8 de Mayo

The talented pioneer of Bay Area Latino television reads from a selection of poetry, accompanied by musicians and singers who are established in their own right. May 8th event will feature a special Mother's Day program because mothers deserve poetry too.

El talentoso pionero de la television latina en San Francisco nos leerá una selección de poesía acompañado por sus amigos músicos y cantantes.
El evento del 8 de Mayo tendrá un enfoque dedicado a las madres, porque ellas tambien merecen poesía.

Neb Sublette

Ned Sublette

Sunday, May 2nd, 7pm / THEATRE
$10 general, $8 Students / Advanced Purchase

As a performer, Sublette is probably best known for fusing country-western and afro-Caribbean styles including salsa, cumbia and rumba, as reflected on the 1999 album "Cowboy Rumba". He is also a leading scholar of Cuban music. His "Cowboy Rumba" reached number one on World Music Charts Europe In 2006, Willie Nelson released Sublette's song "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other" in the wake of the success of Brokeback Mountain.

April 2010
Gabriela Lena Frank

Gabriela Lena Frank
& the SF Chamber Orchestra All-Stars, with Trio Chaskinakuy

April 15, 7:30 pm / THEATRE
$12 gen. $10 students and advanced purchase

Join us for a night exploring the intersections of classical and folk music with Gaby Lena Frank, the 2009 Latin Grammy winner for Classical Contemporary Composition. Her work, in addition to pieces by Haydn and Bartok will be presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra "All Stars". Ms. Frank will talk about the multi-cultural forces that underlie her powerful and evocative music. Trio Chaskinakuy rounds out this special program with their inimitable presentation of traditional Andean folk music. Don't miss it!

El aire da vida

El Aire da Vida: Kichwa People Confront Climate Change

April 23, 7:00pm / THEATRE / FREE

Filmed in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Life and Breath is a short documentary that gives voice to Kichw communities who have lived in balance with the Amazonian rainforest for centuries. What do the Kichwa think about the destruction of the Amazon? And what is their message to the rest of us about the environmental crisis that confronts the planet? A short discussion and Q & A follows the film.

March 2010

Buried in the Body of Remembrance
Enterrada en el cuerpo del Recuerdo By Secos & Mojados

Friday & Saturday, March 5 - 6, 8 pm / THEATRE
Admission: $10 - $15 sliding scale

Urging us to rethink the prevalent stereotypical images of immigrants in our society, Buried… examines an woman’s moment of parting in a powerful, multi-media performance experience. As she is compelled to leave her homeland in Latin America, she begins to take inventory of what she will take with her, and what she will forever leave behind.

Part one of Border (Trip)tych on immigrant issues, by the SF-based interdisciplinary immigrant artists’ collective Secos & Mojados, the piece aims to develop a language for a more nuanced expression of the place that the migrant occupies in an inclusive social imaginary. secosymojados.net

Secos & Mojados members include: Víctor Cartagena, Violeta Luna, David Molina, Antigone Trimis, & Roberto Varea.

Luna Negra

A Night of Women’s Art

Wednesday, March 24, 7 - 9 pm / THEATRE
General Admission $7, seniors and students $5

Music, dance, poetry, and words from well-versed women. Isaura Olivera-dance Shefali Shah-dance, Rosa Gonzáles- spoken word, and many more. Please join us in celebrating March Women’s History Month with this annual event in its 6th year.

Noche de Tablao

“Noche de Tablao” Benefit for Haiti’s Earthquake
La Tania & Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts present

Saturday, March 27, 7 pm / THEATRE
General Admission $15

Featuring La Tania, Amanda Pineda, Cuadro Aljibe: Sandra Gabas, Gina, Lea Kobeli, Sara Moncada, Sandra Durand Cante: Roberto Zamora. Guitarra: Roberto Aguilar.
Join us for an unforgettable evening of traditional flamenco featuring world-class performers and upcoming bay area talent. Wine and tapas will be sold in the lobby prior to the performance and during the intermission, accompanied by a fiesta flamenca.

This will be a benefit performance for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
Tickets at MCCLA Box Office or MCCLA website. For more information: www.lataniaflamenco.com

February 2010
Corazon del barrio

Corazón del Barrio
MCCLA Open House

Saturday, February 13 / 12:30 - 3:30 pm / LOBBY FREE Event

• Los Chiles Verdes & Futuro Picante musical trivia and prize give-away
• Latin Dance Grooves with Elizabeth Soberanes and students
• Card making workshop with Isabel Barraza
• Fogo na Roupa performance from our doors into the streets!

Join us at our open house this Saturday before Valentine’s Day for Music, Prizes, Dance & “End of Semester” video and refreshments, in the Gallery

Corazon del barrio

Celebrate Diane di Prima

Poetry Reception: Friday, February 19, 6pm - 7:30pm / THEATRE
FREE Event

A poetry reception and ceremony by the Bay Area poets and artists' community to welcome San Francisco’s new Poet Laureate, Diane di Prima, to her role. Poet and MCCLA co-founder Roberto Vargas will MC. Poetry community luminaries, as well as emerging and youth poets, will offer poems in a brief program filled with the spirit of celebration! The muses will be flying around to inspire us all.
Everyone welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

January 2010
Dia de Reyes

Concierto de Reyes para Niños
- Coro Hispano de San Francisco

Saturday, January 9th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, in the Gallery / Free EN CELEBRACIóN DEL DIA DE REYES, “La Epifanía”: con piñata!

This is a free family event presented by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and Instituto Por Música de California. Founded in 1975 and directed by Juan Pedro Gaffney R., the Coro Hispano de San Francisco is a chorus of Spanish-speaking communities from the Bay Area. Join us for Song, Refreshments, and Piñata!

Dia de Reyes

Mendoza 1963
Daniel Velazquez remembers Mercedes Sosa
and the Nuevo Cancionero

Saturday, January 23, 8 pm, in the Theatre Admission $15, Students $10 Tickets on Sale now!

In this concert performance, Daniel Velazquez unites Latin folk and American jazz musicians to bring to life the music and story of Mercedes Sosa and the Nuevo Cancionero Artistic Movement.