end of semester show


Saturday, December 8 / 2:00 pm / Theater / $5

Join us for our twice-yearly performance by students from MCCLA artistic classes, demonstrating dance, music, percussion, print-making and more. Support our vibrant arts community and see what you could be doing at MCCLA! Martial Arts, Brazilian Carnaval Dance/Drum, Afro-Peruvian Dance/Cajón, Tango, Ballet and more.

end of semester show

"Iluminando El Camino"
Telling Our Immigrant Stories

Thursday, December 13th / 6:00-7:30
MCCLA / Free (Donations Accepted)

An Interfaith Hanukkah Spoken Word Celebration featuring local artists and performers united for immigrant justice.

RSVP to Laura Rumpf,lrumpf@jcrc.org or call 415-977-7418 or Facebook

end of semester show


***Evento Bilingüe***

Back by Popular Demand
Friday, Dec.14, 7:30-9:00pm / Theater / $15

Another holiday performance by San Francisco Bay Area youth mariachis. Enjoy traditional Mexican music with Mariachi Nueva Generacion, Mariachi Nueva Luz de San Marcos, and Mariachi Cascabelitos. Special presentation by Zenon Barron's Mexican Youth Folk Dance Class. Otro concierto navideño de Mariachis juveniles del Area de la Bahia de San Francisco. Disfrute de pura música Mexicana tocada por jóvenes dedicados a la tradición. Presentación especial de la Clase de Danza Folklórica de Zenón Barrón.

november 2012
new world

Zenon Barrón's Mexican Folkloric Dance Classes

Friday, November 9 / 7:00pm
Admission $12 / Theatre

Join us for a special evening student recital with Zenon Barrón's Mexican Folkloric Dance Classes. Zenón Barrón was born and raised in Guanajuato, Mexico. His San Francisco Dance company ‘Ensambles Ballet Folkórico de San Francisco has become one of the great Mexican folkloric dance companies in the world, and his choreography is considered by many to be some of the finest work in America. He began his training at the age of twelve and later toured the world with ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. His students are supremely inspired by their teacher and this evening will serve as proof of Zenon's pedadgogic mastery! www.ensambles-sf.com

don juan

de la obra clásica

***Evento Bilingüe***

Saturday, November 10 / 7:00pm / Theatre
Admission $15 general - $12 Seniors and Students
Tickets available the day of the show and online

Alguna vez en Sevilla, España, Juan Tenorio, un joven caballero entregado a una vida desenfrenada de apuestas, amoríos y duelos, hace una apuesta con otro joven, Luis Mejía, para ver quién conquistaba a más mujeres, principalmente a Inés. También, Don Juan tenía el propósito de seducir a la prometida de don Luis Mejía, doña Ana de Pantoja. Cuando el padre de Inés, Don Gonzalo, se enteró la metió de inmediato a el Convento del Perpetuo Tormento. Juan Tenorio logra robarse a Inés del convento. Obra presentada por el Círculo Cultural de Redwood City.

mole to die for


Wednesday, November 14 / 6:30-9:30 pm / Admission $7-10
To be a MOLE contestant, consult our website or call 415-643-2775.
Tickets available the day of the show and online

Mole lovers are invited to participate in our “Mole To Die For” contest by entering in one of the two categories: First Category: Open to professional/ restaurant chefs. Second Category: Open to home-made mole, not by chefs. During “Mole To Die For”, the audience will get a chance to taste a variety of regional Mole entries and vote for their favorites!

For an additional $3, we’ll offer a small plate of chicken in green mole for those who wish for a more profound taste.

new world

Nicolas Torres:

Thursday, Nov. 1- 30 / Project Gallery-Inti Raymi

Wednesday, Nov. 7th / 6:30-9:30pm
"Night in Conversation" with Nicholas Torres - Free Admission

MCCLA gallery department is proud to present New World Old Child. This exhibition of new video installations, sculptures, photographs, and found ephemera by Nicolas Torres blends together small narratives of a time he deeply admired through depictions of youthful pastimes and symbolic neighborhood tokens.

"Night in Conversation" with Nicholas Torres:
Please join us for a Night In Conversation with Nicolas Torres to further a dialogue about his work in New World Old Child.
Click here for more information

october 2012
radio ambulante

Litquake and MCCLA present
Radio Ambulante LIVE!

Stories from the Americas w/ Daniel Alarcón and Friends

Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00pm, MCCLA Theater
$12 advance purchase, $10 Students and Seniors
$15 at the door

Join us for a special night of live bilingual radio, featuring stories from Latin America and the US moderated by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA’’s managing editor.

For more information click on the FaceBook event page: HERE

mexican writers

Yuri Herrera and Heriberto Yépez

Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm, MCCLA Theater
$5 at the door

Yuri Herrera and Heriberto Yépez are two distinguished representatives of a new generation of Mexican writers. Through their border characters, both authors explore the contemporary condition of the relationships between art and power, between rulers and ruled. Join us for this bilingual reading of two writers who use literature and the arts as a compass to help us navigate a complex social and political context. This evening produced in conjunction with the Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco.

litcrawl logo


Saturdays, October 13, 8:30pm, MCCLA Theater

The MCCLA is proud to host the SF LitCrawl for the third year running. This year we welcome poet from the Canto Mundo Fellowship, whose vision is to develop, sustain, and support a diverse community of Xican@ poets from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexualities. Nuestras voces son fuertes! Tonight we feature the poetry of Javier Zamora, Angel Garcia, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Ruben Quesada, Oscar Bermeo, Manuel Paul López, Raina Léon, and Lauro Vasquez.

Javier Zamora is the author of Nueve Años Inmigrantes, winner of the Organic Weapon Arts 2011 chapbook contest. His poetry has appeared in NewBorder, Spillway, and Phat’titude.

Angel Garcia has worked in education as a tutor, residential advisor, instructor, and coordinator for an educational non-profit in El Monte, CA. Angel is currently completing his first collection of poetry.

Leticia Hernández-Linares has performed her poemsongs throughout the country and in El Salvador for over a decade. Since 1995, she’s lived, worked, and written in the Mission District. ciguanabaink.com

Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Rattle, and Southern California Review. rubenquesada.com

Oscar Bermeo makes his home in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes, where they co-edit Doveglion Press. He is the author of Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. oscarbermeo.com

Manuel Paul López was born and raised in the U.S.-Mexican border region of El Centro, CA. He is the author of Death of a Mexican and Other Poems and 1984.

Raina J. Leon has authored two collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols and Boogeyman Dawn. She co-founded The Acentos Review.

Lauro Vazquez grew up Santa Rosa. He is a CantoMundo fellow and an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing program.

haiti pride

Haiti: a Story of Love and Resistance

Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20, 7:00pm, Theater
General Adm. $12 Day of Show, $10 Advance
Students and Seniors $10 / $8

Afoutayi Productions and MCCLA present an original performance that explores the secret power of Haitian history through story and a spectacular display of Haitian traditional dance, music and percussion. "Ayiti: a Story of Love and Resistance” is the story of Hassen, a Haitian immigrant boy living in San Francisco, who’s future is indelibly altered when his grandmothers' stories lead him on a magical journey to meet the heroes of Haitian history. In the process, he learns of the music, love and resistance that have guided the people of his homeland.

"Ayiti: a Story of Love and Resistance" features an all-star cast of Haitian traditional dancers including Fabienne Denis, "Fofo" Pierre, and many more. Art direction by Bay Area artist/ activist David Solnit. This performance is funded in part through the generous support of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).

fusion ballet

FUSION BALLET with Jorge Mendoza
6 week workshop

Fridays, September 21 – October 26
7:00-8:30 / Studio E
Ages: 16+ / $12

Fusion Ballet blends basic ballet technique with many other dance disciplines such as modern, jazz, Latin and contemporary. Class includes yoga influenced floor stretches for warm up and strengthening, repetitious basic ballet technique exercises, choreographed center dance routines and finishing with a series of cool down stretches. Originally from El Salvador, Jorge has danced for many Bay Area companies. He was the Artistic Director of the late Lynette Steven DeFazio’s Ballet Arts.

floral watercolor exploration

Floral Watercolor Explorations series
with Nataliya Tyaglo

Tuesdays from Septemebr 18th - October 30th
First Class FREE Sept. 18 for Beginners
6:00-7:00pm / Studio D / Ages: 6+ / $12
$72 / 6 classes paid in full

Learn basic watercolor techniques and color mixing through explorations of floral painting from life and from photographs. Materials required: Watercolor paint, Watercolor Paper, small jar for water, 2 watercolor brushes, pencil, eraser, sketch paper. (Materials provided for the first class for pre-registered students.) Nataliya A. Tyaglo is the founder of Fine Art Adventure and an international artist specializing in drawing, painting, and live art performance.10 people required for this workshop to begin and continue. 6 week series goes from Sept. 25 to Oct. 30.

papel picado

Dia de los Muertos Workshop:
Papel Picado and Cempazuchitl Flowers

Saturdays, Starting September 15th
10:00am-12:00pm / Studio D
Ages: 10+ / $80 for 8-week series or $15 drop-in

MCCLA is honored to announce that Dora Luz Sanabria will teach an 8-week workshop on the Mexican folk arts of making Cempazuchitl and papel picado. The Cempazuchitl flower, also known as flor de muertos ("flower of the dead") in Mexico, is traditionally used for Dia De Los Muertos because of its vibrant color and aroma. Students will learn how to make the flowers and create their own original festive papel picados, which are a sure sign of the festivities of the season

september 2012
tattoo story

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

September 6th - 16th / Lorraine Hansbury Theater
450 Post Street, Union Square San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $10-$35, consult website below for showtimes

A Play by Paul S. Flores
Directed by Michael John Garcés
Starring Ric Salinas with Cristina Frias, Luis 'Xago' Juárez, Sarita Ocón, Juan C. Parada and
Ricky Saenz

Placas: barrio slang for "tattoos." Starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash, and set in the barrio of San Francisco, PLACAS is a stage drama about a Salvadorean gang member trying to free himself from his past, unite his family and take control of his life. Bay Area playwright Paul Flores weaves a masterful story about the benefits and risks of tattoo removal, while touching on timeless themes of loyalty, family, transformation, and redemption. Join MCCLA for a special 35th Anniversary reception at the PLACAS performance on September 13 at 6:30 pm. Consult website for more details.
Discount tickets: use code "MCCLA"
Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com

cine y mas

Cine + Mas Latino Film Festival

Saturday Sept. 22 & Sunday Sept. 23
All Screenings in MCCLA Theater Admission:
$12 Gen. Admission, $10 Youth and Seniors
Consult the MCCLA website for more information about films
Group discounts available Ages: 16+ / $12

Saturday Sept. 22
1 pm Shorts Program
3 pm Maestra (Cuba/USA) / La Linea Invisible (Mexico/France/ USA)
5 pm Justice for My Sister (Guatemala/USA)
7 pm Clubbing (Argentina)

Sunday Sept. 23
1 pm Voices of Chile (Chile/Iran/US) / God Only Watches (Puerto Rico)
3 pm Children of Memory (El Salvador/USA)
5 pm Not So Modern Times / Tiempos Menos Modernos (Argentina/Chile/Germany)

space through gender

Space Through Gender

Opening Reception: August 29, 6:30-9:30 pm / $5 suggested donation
August 25 - September 28 / Gallery

Featuring the distinct viewpoints of 10 women from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Space Through Gender showcases the emerging generation of influential Latin American women in architecture. Presented through 3D models, photographs, videos, drawings, and installation, the exhibition seeks to introduce the significant role of Latin American women in contemporary design and architecture. The exhibition also celebrates Architecture and Latin American month.

drum and dance


Saturday, September 29th
2:30 - 3:30pm
MCCLA Lobby / Free

Join a life celebration for Omulu Capoeira master, Carlos Aceituno, beloved teacher and founder of the award winning Fogo Na Roupa Carnaval group in 2012. Carlos generosity and sympathy touched people throughout the Bay Area and around the world. He taught scores of youth and adults about Brazilian culture and the art of Capoiera. Carlos was the recipient of the prestigious "Si Se Puede" award, given to those who espouse the values of our honored elder, Cesar Chavez

august 2012
mas show second session

MAS Show
Second Session

Thursday August 2, 4:00 - 6:00 pm & Friday August 3, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Theatre / $5

Hip Hop - Mariela Morales / Tap Dance - Bianka Dominguez / Latin Grooves - Brigitte Knight / Poesia, Fabulas y Literatura - Lidia Cortina / Theater - Hector Zavala / Capoeira - Kaya Hirose / Caribbean Moves/Percussion - Juan de Dios Soto Fashion Design - Lidia Cortina / Mexican Folk Dance - Zenon Barron / Art Studio: Printmaking - Patricia Torres (Display of Prints in Lobby) / Traditional Folk Art de los Abuelos - Hector Zavala (Display of artwork in Lobby)

sunday streets

MCCLA @ Sunday Streets

Sunday August 5, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
BART Plaza @ 24th & Mission / FREE

Join Mission Cultural Center and a crew of creative people on the corner of 24th and Mission. We'll be jammin' live Latin rhythms, live Zumba classes and lots of other fun activities. Bring a blank t-shirt to print a free image designed by Mission Grafica artists. See you there!

festival of harps

Festival of Harps - Next Generation

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 pm / Theatre / General Admission $20
Students, Children and Seniors $16

The "Festival of Harps: Next Generation"is a concert featuring three emerging young harpists who each offer a unique take on the instrument. Amelia Romano and Misha Khalikulov perform world and original music on electric lever harp and cello, exploring modes, time signatures and improvisation to create a sound uniquely their own. Harpist and vocalist Liza Wallace will share the percussive sounds and melodic and rhythmic sensibilities of Latin and Jazz music. Classical harpist Sage Po performs selections ranging from the intricate Baroque dances of Antoine Francisque to the lush romanticism of Gabriel Faure. The Festival is a benefit to provide Latino children with access to harp lessons through the Multicultural Music Fellowship.


PLACAS: "Tell Your Tattoo Story"
Video Shoot Party

Saturday August 18 / 6:30pm / MCCLA Theatre
FREE – (RSVP requested for interviewees)

You've got a good story about your tattoo(s)... and we want to hear it! Join the MCCLA, San Francisco International Arts Festival and the stars of the soon-to-premiere, PLACAS for a tattoo-video party. When did you got your tattoo? Why? What do your tattoos mean to you? We'll video record your story and, if selected, play it back on the PLACAS website and in the theater before upcoming performances of PLACAS starring Ric Salinas (Culture Clash). PLACAS premieres at Lorraine Hansberry Theater on September 6.

This party, hosted at Mission Cultural Center, will turn the MCCLA theatre into a film studio where Salinas, and the cast of PLACAS will interview people about their tattoos.

To RSVP: www.sfiaf.org

rafael mendoza

Rafael Mendoza w/ Alfredo Gomez

***Evento Bilingüe***

Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm / Theatre
General Admission $18 / Advance Purchase $15
Youth and Seniors $12

Rafael Mendoza es un compositor que suena a nuestro tiempo. Sus canciones se acercan a los diferentes géneros de la música popular del mundo, y su cercanía con la canción mexicana es profunda. Nació en la Ciudad de México y desde el inicio de los ochentas se presenta en cuanto foro le abre sus puertas. Solo se presenta un solo show en San Francisco en está gira: No te lo pierdas!

youth latin ensemble

Mission Grafica & San Francisco Center for the Book presents a Weeklong Screenprinting Intensive

August 17, 20-24 / 10:00am-6pm / Mission Grafica
Cost: $400 / Materials fee: $65
To register contact: https://sfcb.org or call SFCB at 415-565-0545

This five-day workshop will introduce you to the stencil printmaking method of screenprinting. You will learn various image-making methods using paper stencils, monotype techniques, fluid techniques, screen filler, and direct-emulsion photographic stencils. You'll work with color in multi-run editions and become familiar with the mark-making possibilities of screenprinting while expressing and expanding on your personal style. This workshop will be taught at Mission Grafica in the historic Mission District. Mission Grafica is located at 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Materials to bring:

10 plastic containers for mixing inks (no food containers—we recommend visiting Tap Plastics); drawing paper (8.5” by 11”) X-ACTO knife with extra blades; pencil; note pad.

july 2012
mas show first session

MAS Show
First Session

Thursday July 5, 4:00 - 6:00 pm & Friday July 6, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Hip Hop - Mariela Morales / Tap Dance - Bianka Dominguez / Traditional Haitian Dance - Florencia Pierre / Poesia, Fabulas y Literatura - Zenon Barron / Theater - Hector Zavala Capoeira - Kaya Hirose / Percussion - Jeff Pierre / Latin Grooves - Djenane St. Juste / Fashion Design - Lidia Cortina / Mexican Folk Dance - Zenon Barron / Art Studio: Printmaking - Patricia Torres (Display of Prints in Lobby) / Traditional Folk Art de los Abuelos - Hector Zavala (Display of artwork in Lobby)

alfonso maya

“Todo el Universo"

Alfonso Maya in concert

Saturday, July 21, 7:00 doors, 7:30 show / MCCLA Theatre
General $12 (advance with paypal) / $15 (door)
Students and Seniors $10 (advance with paypal) / $12 (door)

Welcome our brother from the South: Alfonso Maya, who celebrates the release of his new CD, "Todo el Universo." The concert falls on the 20th anniversary of La Peña del Sur. Alfonso will be accompanied by a crew of Mission trovadores, músicos and poetas. Musicians: Fernando Meza, piano, David Pinto, bajo; Dan Howard, guitarra; Axel Herrera, batería. Featuring: Alfredo Gomez, Maria Loreto, Marta Sevilla, and Mamacoatl.

plant pallette

Plant Palette - Screen Print with Plant Dye
by Helena Keeffe

July 24th - 27th / 10:30 am - 5:30pm / Mission Gráfica, 4th Floor @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Purple cabbage, eucalyptus, onion peel and sourgrass may sound like odd companions, but one thing they all have in common is that they make beautiful plant dye. This workshop will teach you how to make your own dye and use it for screen printing on fabric and paper.

Provided Materials:
Screens, Emulsion, Source Material for Plant Imagery, Plant Dye Ingredients, Acetate (for film positives) Markers (for drawing on films) Fabric and Paper for Printing

june 2012

La Quebradora

"Lucha Libre in Contemporary Mexican Art"

Opening Reception: June 6, 6:30-9:30 pm
June 2- August 4 / 7:00 pm / Gallery

Visit the Gallery

Curated by Amy Pederson, La Quebradora explores the theme of lucha libre, the popular Mexican sport of "free wrestling," as a platform for mapping Mexico's cultural history and the imbricated social relations that are echoed beyond its borders. Through video, sculpture, painting, and performance the exhibit addresses central concerns such as redemption, salvation, identity, and the spectacle. The dynamic selection of artists includes: Carlos Amorales, Gina Arizpe, Artemio, Juan Bastardo, Edgar Cobian, Christian Franco, Enrique Hernandez, Nina Hoechtl, Felipe Manzano, Israel Martinez, Antonio Monroy, Ruben Gutierrez, and Joaquin Segura.

end of semester show

***Evento Bilingüe***

End of Semester Show

Saturday June 9, 2:00 pm / MCCLA Theater / General Admission $5

The MCCLA presents our semi-annual show highlighting student talent in the performing arts. See your favorite teachers, students and classes perform LIVE in our theater. If you’ve never been, stop through and see what **You** could be doing at MCCLA!
Ballet w/Omar Vasquez, Brazilian Carnaval Dance & Percussion w/Metzi Henriquez and Jose Rivera, Belly Dance for Fitness & Fun w/Dannhae, Samba Jam Brazilian Percussion w/ Fernando DeSanjines, Mexican Folk Dance w/Zenon Barron, Salsa-Merengue Popular w/Mario L. Alabi, Argentine Tango w/Nora Dinzelbacher, Zumba for Fitness & Fun w/BrendaPerdue, Brazilian Samba w/Maisa Duke, Silkscreen w/Calixto, and Musical Drawing w/ Nataliya Tyaglo.


Stories of Queer Diaspora
at Mission Cultural Center

Sunday June 17th/ MCCLA Theater
$5-$20 (sliding scale, no one turned away!)
* wheelchair accessible *

As part of The 15th Annual National Queer Arts Festival:
Join us in celebrating how Queer im/migrant, undocumented, and 1st generation folks unapologetically navigate their bodies, gender, culture, sexuality, and history through a night of intergenerational performance art, music, mixed media, and spoken word!
Guest Artists include: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Yosimar Reyes, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, La Loba Loca, Amir Rabiyah, Terisa Tinei Siagatonu, Jean Melesaine, and SQD Youth Artists. Curated by: Erika Vivianna Céspedes

www.queerculturalcenter.org | www.facebook.com

zambra flamenca

Zambra Flamenca

Thursday June 21, 8:00 pm / Theater / General Admission $20 / Students & Seniors $16

The zambra is an historically unique flamenco form made popular during the 50's. It has a rich history as a form of sung poetry. During this special evening, experienced dancers, singer and musicians will explore and three distinct incarnations: the Spanish 'classical' zambra of the 50's, the Arabic-influenced zambra with Moorish/Andalucian vocal stylings and, finally, a modern take on the zambra danced by Antonio Arrebola. Featured artists/musicians: singer Kina Mendez, dancer Kerensa DeMars, and violinist Ryan Feldthouse. Also featuring singer Roberto Zamora, guitarists David Paez and Gopal Slavonic, and guest dancer Antonio Arrebola.

neo and carnaval

Carnaval Video Party

Saturday June 23, 2:00 pm

Our annual post-Carnaval Video Party is a community gathering to celebrate the efforts of the MCCLA 2012 Carnaval contingent. Join with contingent dancers, their families and friends for a free video screening of Carnaval SF produced by our very own Multi-media Department! Refreshments provided!

Check out the video of the MCCLA CARNAVAL contingent “JUNGLA Y CUMBAMBA” with choreography by Neo, costumes designed by Mario Chacón, and of course, all the dedicated and dazzling dancers and musicians that form the core of our MCCLA team. The video also includes images from SF Carnaval 2012.

punta y tacon

Punta y Tacon IV (Flamenco)

La Tania Baile Flamenco Student Performance

Sunday June 24, 7:00 pm / Theater
You can pick your tickets from:
Mondays: 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00-4:00 p.m.
or the same day of the Event at the Box Office.

La Tania Baile Flamenco School presents its fourth annual full-length student recital. World-class Flamenco dancer and master teacher La Tania will showcase new and unique choreography based on traditional flamenco dance, to be interpreted by her students. In addition, professional dancers and musicians will also perform. This recital is a unique opportunity to look inside the learning process, with beginning and advanced dancers sharing the stage together. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

may 2012

El Clásico: More Than a Game

SF Premiere of Doc on the Barcelona-Real Madrid Soccer Rivalry

Wednesday, May 2 / 7:00 pm / Theater
Gen. Admission $10, Students and Seniors $8

In conjunction with filmmaker Kelly Candaele (“A League of Their Own”) and students from CSU-Chico, the MCCLA presents the Bay Area premiere of El Clásico – More Than a Game, the first American film about the historic soccer rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. El Clásico is about Spanish history, politics, loyalty, passion, and of course, SOCCER! Featuring commentary from European league stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Bay Area-based writer Daniel Alarcón and many more!

Image of a video

Solo ESAS Mujeres:
Documenting the Universal | Material

Visit the Gallery

March 17-May 5
Opening Reception: March 21 6:30-9:30p

Curated by iona rozeal brown and Veronica Jackson, this 25th Annual "Solo Mujeres" exhibition utilizes photography, watercolor, video, and mixed-media to explore aspects of female empowerment through documentation. The distinguished line up of artists includes:Nina Chanel Abney, Dawn Black, Zöe Charlton, Gina M. Contreras, Lisa Cortés, Martha Diaz, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Deborah Grant, Jessica Ingram, Nicole Markoff (Nicacelly), Kelly Ording, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Chuleta), Stephanie Syjuco, and Robyn Twomey.

Sunday Streets - TOKESON

Tokeson LIVE! @ Sunday Streets!

Sunday, May 6 /12:00 - 4:00 pm
BART Plaza (@24th and Mission) / Free

It’s a party at 24th Street BART Plaza. Join MCCLA for live screen printing, Mixcoatl Anahuac Aztec Dancers, and Bay Area cuuuuumbia leaders, TOKESON! ALSO, check out Mission Gráfica in the streets! Bring a light-colored t-shirt to get a free silkscreened Mission-inspired image. Check our website for the full program, and schedule.

color of my spirit

The Color of My Spirit

Friday, May 11 / 7:00 pm / Theater
Gen. Admission $10, Students and Seniors $5, no one turned away

Back by popular demand! Community United Against Violence (CUAV) and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts invite you to an evening of queer and trans artistic offerings in honor of survival and resistance. Join us on Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm for this follow-up to last year’s wildly successful revue of local LGBTQ talent. Artists will share a collective vision of liberation through video, song, poetry and dance. Poet Yosimar Reyes returns to MC a spectacular line up including Nomy Lamm, Maisha Z. Johnson, Josh Merchant, and more.

carnaval parade

Carnaval Parade 2012
"Jungla y Cumbamba"

Sunday, May 27th / All Day / Mission and 24th Street

Celebrate MCCLA 35th anniversary with our theme "Jungla y Cumbamba!". This year we'll be dancing to the intoxicating rhythms of the Caribbean with Bomba, Fusion, y Merengue. Join our contingent today! Either way, we'll see you in the streets!. For more information visit:

Los Cubanas

***Evento Bilingüe***

Dos Cubanas, dos libros

Thursday, May 31 / 7:00 pm / MCCLA Theater
Gen. Admission $10, Students and Seniors $8

MCCLA, CubanaBooks, the Center for the Art of Translation, and Litquake SF welcome two Cuban women authors, as they celebrate the first English translations of their respective works published through Cubanabooks. Mirta Yañez and Nancy Alonso will share readings from Yañez’s "Havana is a Really Big City" and Alonso’s "Disconnect/Desencuentro." Audience Q and A follows the reading.
The evening also features a live performance by Azucar Con Aché, an effervescent all-woman, Bay Area-based salsa and latin jazz ensemble.
(Presentation in Spanish, with English translation of the readings and interpretation of the Q & A provided).

april 2012

An Evening with Santiago de Radio Venceremos

Sunday, April 1 / 2:00 pm / Theater / Free

During the Civil War from 1980-1992 Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, aka “Santiago,” was the most recognized voice in El Salvador. Broadcasting on the FMLN’s “Radio Venceremos,” his courageous tone kept people’s spirits up as he denounced the daily violations of human rights committed by the Salvadorian military. Join us for this compelling discussion on historic memory and the role of community media.

Precious Poster

"Precious" (2009)

Wednesday, April 4 / 7:00 pm / Theater / Free

Precious (2009) Executive Produced by Lisa Cortés, Directed by Lee Daniels Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Precious is a 2009 American drama film, an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. The story follows the life of Precious, who, in Harlem, is an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child. She is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. See the trailer here:

(FREE admission for all screenings, in MCCLA Theater. Space is limited, RSVP to 415.643.2775 or galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org)

Hous Project with Jenay

Project House with Jenay

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30pm / Studio A
8 Week Performance Workshop beginning
February 15, 2012 through April 4, 2012

$10/class (13-17 yrs old), $12/class (18+ yrs old)

An 8-week performance workshop series for ages 13 and up. In project house we will explore basic house foundational footwork, different rhythmic patterns, practice in repetition, engage in movement across the floor and learn fun and dynamic choreography and most importantly introduce the element of freestyle. This will be an 8 week workshop and ending with a Spotlight Performance on April 6, 2012.

Jenay's Biography and Class Information

Workshop with Momo

Hip Hop Performance Workshop with Momo! (Winter Session)

February 16 - April 5 / Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30pm / 10$/12$ / Studio B

8 Week Workshop beginning February 16, 2012 through April 5, 2012

$10/class (13-17 yrs old), $12/class (18+ yrs old)

Challenge yourself to be the best you can be in this dynamic, fast-moving, hip hop dance workshop. Learn fresh choreography, pick up fun new dance moves, and showcase what you've got at an end-of-session Spotlight Performance in the MCCLA Theater! You'll be learning from Momo, a ‘So You Think You Can Dance” Vegas Finalist whose personality and upbeat teaching style will inspire you to jack it up on stage! Don't miss out...sign up now and come prepared to DANCE! All levels are welcome! Teens (13+) & Adults. Kids younger than 13 yrs. with dance experience are welcome to participate, subject to teacher’s approval. There will be a Spotlight Performance after the 8 week workshop. Details TBA. Advanced registration is encouraged and students should attend all 8 classes if they want to perform.

Momo's Biography and Class Information



Friday, April 6 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Theater / $5

Join us for this energy-packed revue of recent Master Workshops in hip-hop, house dance, digital music composition and digital photography. This performance features instructors Momo, JenAy, the Beatshop, Mercedes Romero and special guests Mix'd Ingrdnts, Starr Studded Entertainment, Bay Area Steppers, Yeni Lucero.

Check out the moves and grooves of the Bay Area’s next generation of performers. Don’t miss it!


Concert Honoring Mercedes Sosa

Saturday, April 7 / 7:00 pm / Theater / $5 - $10

In conjunction with La Peña del Sur, MCCLA presents an evening of music inspired by Mercedes Sosa, as performed by Rafael Manriquez, Ingrid Rubis, MamaCoAtl, and a host of Bay Area talent!


"The Woodsman" (2004)

Wednesday, April 11 / 7:00 pm / Theater / Free

The Woodsman (2004) Co-Produced by Lisa Cortés, Directed by Nicole Kassell The Woodsman is a 2004 drama film directed and co-written (with Steven Fechter) by Nicole Kassell, based on Fechter's play of the same name. The movie stars Kevin Bacon as a convicted child molester who must adjust to life after 12 years in prison. See the trailer here:

(FREE admission for all screenings, in MCCLA Theater. Space is limited, RSVP to 415.643.2775 or galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org)

Youth Theater Project

The San Francisco Mime Troupe
"Youth Theater Project 2012"

Saturday, April 14 / 7:00 pm & Sunday, April 15 / 2:00 pm
Theater / Free

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe presents the 16th Annual Youth Theatre Project. Teens from San Francisco and Oakland will perform two outrageous original ensemble-created shows. The performances are the culmination of a playmaking workshop in the Mime Troupe style of political satire.

Youth Theater Project is an after-school program for Bay Area teens (14-18) where students learn stage production, acting, playmaking, improvisation and earn a small stipend. The primary goal of the Youth Theater Project is to use theater as a means to artistically and creatively express the opinions of young people on topics that are relevant to their lives.

Founded in 1959, the San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater; their work is political satire and anything but silent. Winner of three OBIE awards and a Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, about which The New York Times stated, “Anyone concerned about the state of global politics -- and about the state of political humor -- should listen to the Mime Troupe’s message,” creates plays that make sense out of the headlines, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on their personal lives. The New York Post called the Mime Troupe “America's oldest and finest street theater,” with the The Boston Globe concurring, “You're never only watching a political theater piece, but rather a double barreled re-invention of politics and theater at once.” To make this work accessible to the broadest audience possible, the Mime Troupe performs as a regional touring company, presenting their work at a price everyone can afford: free.


"Antonia" (2006)

Wednesday, April 18 / 7:00 pm / Theater / Free

Antonia (2006) Directed by Tata Amaral, Produced by Tata Amaral, Geórgia Costa Araújo, Rui Pires Determined to escape their poverty-stricken lives, four talented young women living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, form an all-female rap group but find their road to success is riddled with sexism, racism, and violence. One by one, they succumb to their grim realities...until they discover that out of struggle come strength, and out of strength, the courage to continue on.
See the trailer here:

(FREE admission for all screenings, in MCCLA Theater. Space is limited, RSVP to 415.643.2775 or galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org)

Poetry Projection Project

Poetry Projection Project

Saturday, April 21 / 2:00 pm / Theater / Free

Lights! Camera! Poetry! In conjunction with National Poetry Month and WritersCorps, MCCLA co-hosts a screening of original videos from filmmakers exploring the power of young people’s words and voices. All videos are based on work scribed by Bay Area youth.


"Sol, Piedras y Sombras"

Monday, April 23 / 7:00 pm / La Salita 2do piso / Gratis

Con la Biblioteca Pública de San Francisco, MCCLA presenta un club literario para adultos en la comunidad de la Misión para leer y discutir libros en español. El Club comenzara con la lectura de “Sol, Piedras y Sombras – Veinte Cuentistas Mexicanos de la Primera Mitad del Siglo XX” -- Edición de Jorge F. Hernández. Habrán copias gratis de este libro para los primeros 15 lectores que participen. Para más información, por favor llamen a Ricardo Antoni, Bibliotecario de Adultos de la Biblioteca Misión al (415) 355-5738.

Night in Conversation

"Night in Conversation"

Wednesday, April 25 / 6:30 pm / Gallery / Free

Join participating artists and curators, moderated by Dr. Ella Diaz (Visiting Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, SFAI), as we explore their various processes and motives, in so doing, their relationship to the conceptual line of the exhibition― identity explored through documentation. FREE admission. RSVP requested by April 18. 415.643.2775 or galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org

Ella Maria Diaz faculty profile:

ninos on mission

MCCLA and Tradición Peruana Cultural Center Present:


Saturday, April 28 / 1:00 pm / MCCLA Theater / Free Admission

Come celebrate family fun day with a Drum workshop for kids with Juan De Dios Soto, Dance and theater performance by Bochinchito - Juan De Dios Soto and Paul Purizaga, Latin movements for kids taught by choreographer Lydia Soto, Jaranon y Bochinche, Afro-Peruvian Dance & Music Company.




Sunday, April 29 / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
MCCLA Gallery (2nd floor) / Donación $25

Featuring Yolanda Aranda & Enrique Coria La Familia Peña-Govea Los Cenzontles

Antojitos típicos vinos finos & cervezas selectas

march 2012
Musa del Sol

Musa del Sol en Concierto EVENTO EN ESPANOL


Saturday, March 3, 7 pm THEATER Gen Adm: $15
Student and Senior tickets available day of event at box office: $10

La artista de voz, Musa del Sol, presentará “De Mi Corazon Al Tuyo,” un recital íntimo. La noche tambien cuenta con presentaciones del grupo de Danza Azteca “Kalpulli Kiaketzalli” y de la bailarina de “Belly Dance,” Ms. Karen Lara.

Mujeres De Arena

“Mujeres de Arena” (Women of Sand)

Saturday, March 10, 7 pm THEATER, Gen Adm: $15
Student and Senior tickets available day of event at box office: $10

Ciudad Juárez, a border city located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is known internationally because of the homicides that have put it on the map of injustice and violence against women. Since 1993, hundreds of women, many of them young and poor maquiladora workers, have been brutally murdered or have disappeared.

The play “Mujeres de Arena” written by the Mexican dramaturg Humberto Robles and based on texts by Antonio Cerezo Contreras, Denise Dresser, Malú García Andrade, María Hope, Eugenia Muñoz, Marisela Ortiz and Juan Rios Cantú, is a testimony about the women in Ciudad Juárez.

Collagraph Event

Collagraph Workshop for Women and Transgender People @ Mission Grafica

Saturday, March 24th / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$30 for advance registration, class limited to 8 students

In honor of Women’s History Month, Mission Gráfica hosts a Collagraph Print Workshop for Women and Transgender People. Collagraph is a collage based printmaking technique where printable matrices are created by gluing various materials to a cardboard base. Instuctor: Mission Gráfica Coordinator, Marsha Shaw.

february 2012
Silk Screen Workshop

El Güegüense

February 4 / 6:00pm / Admission $20 / MCCLA Theater

En conmemoración al fallecimiento de Rubín Darío. Segunda presentación de la obra danzante "El Güegüense" y noche Cultural a cargo del Ballet Folklórico Nicaragua Viva, El grupo “Hijos del Maíz” y los cantantes Carlos del Sol y Carlos Daniel. In commemoration of the death of Ruben Dario. Second presentation of the dance performance "The Gueguense", and Cultural night by the Ballet Folklorico Nicaragua Viva, the group "Children of the Corn" and singers Carlos del Sol and Carlos Daniel.

Info: www.chavalo.com

Phone: (415) 871-4613

Silk Screen Workshop

Corazon del Barrio

Saturday, February 11 / 12:00 - 4:00pm / Lobby / FREE

Celebrating our 35th anniversary, we’ll sponsor a public screen printing workshop. Bring a T-shirt to print your own image inspired by the Mission. We’ll feature cumbia, salsa and Latin beats performed live in the MCCLA Lobby. And don’t miss the kick-off of Carnaval season with the MCCLA contingent’s first class of the year! All free and open to everyone.

Refreshments served all day!
12:00- 4:00 FREE Silkscreen Printing
(Bring a shirt or fabric and print our
version of the "Mission Loteria" on it!)

12:45 Sang Matiz Live in the Lobby
1:30 Orquesta Adelante Live in the Lobby
3:00 MCCLA's First Carnaval Class of 2012 (w/ choreographer Neo Garcia)
All events broadcast live with KIQI 1010 am, and radiobilingue.org

Silk Screen Workshop

“Isn’t it what’s on the inside that counts?”

Saturday, February 11, 2-5p / Inti Raymi Project Gallery / FREE

Guest Artist, Porous Walker, creates dynamic iterations of the You Are Beautiful message in the form of an interactive, on-going installation in the MCCLA Project Gallery. Porous invites “YOU” to (re)activate his work by bringing it into the streets! For more information and to confirm participation Please RSVP to galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org or 415.643.2775

For more information please visit our You Are Beautiful section in our gallery page.

Silk Screen Workshop

Sol del Amor
w/ Carmen Vicente, curandera de Ecuador

Tuesday, February 14 / 7:00pm / $5, no one turned away

Following the popular demand from last year’s ceremony, Sol del Amor is a celebration and community conversation with Carmen Vicente, followed by a South American "Blossoming" Ceremony and a choir of ceremonial singers guided by Chilean folksinger Natalia Contesse. Carmen Vicente is a Medicine Woman from the border of Ecuador and Peru. For nearly 50 years, she has advocated for the autonomy of traditional practices and teachings. She has worked principally with traditional peoples in the Amazon, and homeless and incarcerated communities in Quito. Please bring one red carnation to participate in the ceremony.

You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

Ends Saturday, February 25
Main Gallery

You Are Beautiful is a simple, powerful statement aspiring to create moments of positive self realization. The exhibition is an anonymous collective of community based projects and interventions, using drawings, photographs, found objects, sound, and installation to engage this fundamental concept in innovative and diverse ways. Also on view, is the You Are/ I Am Book Series, a global, collaborative project from the 2005 exhibit in Chicago.

Bay Area Beatshop

2012 Bay Area Beatshop

Begins February 7 / Audio Production Studio, 3rd floor / $ 5 per Class

BeatShop Bay Area is a unique music program for aspiring Bay Area musicians who want to explore the technological side of music-making. This educational program covers the use of audio recording software including sequencing, MIDI, synthesizer and drum programming, sampling, equalization, compression, delay, reverb, song structure, mixing, and much more. No prior experience required and all are welcome to join the class at anytime. This 12-week program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays (5-7pm) $5.00 per class (Limited space, so sign up today!)

Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Begins Monday, February 13, 7 - 9pm / Studio D
$150 (paid in advance for 12hr/6wk)

Digital Photography Fundamentals is a 12 hour Workshop taught by Mercedes Romero. This class is designed for beginning photographers. It will cover the principles of composition and lighting, basic settings and functions, understanding ISO, f/stops, shutter speeds, lenses, exposure basics, flash and color temperature, and do's and don'ts in picture taking. All types of cameras, compacts, and DSLR are suitable.

Mercedes Romero's Biography and Class Information

Silk Screen Workshop

“A Leap Forward!: Poetry for All”

Wednesday, February 29 / 7:07pm / Theater / FREE

Tonight we celebrate the leap year with a poetry reading in response to the call from the World Poetry Movement. Similar readings will be held in 131 countries around the world. Locally, we look to the guidance and organizing prowess of two veteran poets: Jack Hirschman and Nina Serrano from the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. After this reading, there will be no going back.

Poets reading: Devorah Major, Mary Rudge, Avotcja, MamaCoatl, Jorge Argueta, Jack Hirschman, Nina Serrano, Adrián Arias and Anais Azul.

For more information click here A LEAP FORWARD PAGE

January 2012
La Posarela

Concierto de Reyes Coro Hispano de San Francisco
Directed by Juan Pedro Gaffney R.

Saturday January 7th, 2012, 2:00 pm in the 2nd floor Main Gallery
Refreshments & piñata – FREE admission / entrada GRATIS

A concert for kids – concierto para niños
En Celebración del dia de reyes “La Epifania”
A chorus of Spanish-speaking communities exploring Latino choral literature.

Founded in 1975, the Coro Hispano de San Francisco is a chorus of the Spanish-speaking communities of the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to exploring and performing the choral literature of the peoples of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Ranging from the 12th through the 20th century, this repertory embraces both classical and folk music from all parts of the Hispanic World, as well as ethnic music in Amerindian tongues. Conjunto Nuevo Mundo is an ensemble of professional vocalists and instrumentalists dedicated to the parallel repertory of vocal chamber music and solo literature of Iberian and Latin American composers. Performing together as a company, the Coro and Conjunto provide a rich and vibrant energy that makes every concert a celebration.

For more information about CORO HISPANO: http://www.corohispano.org/concert_2011.html

You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

Wednesday January 18th, 6:30 pm / Main Gallery
Main Gallery, Cash Bar and Light Snacks/ $5 admission

You Are Beautiful is a simple, powerful statement aspiring to create moments of positive self realization. The exhibition is an anonymous collective of community based projects and interventions, using drawings, photographs, found objects, sound, and installation to engage this fundamental concept in innovative and diverse ways. Also on view, is the You Are/ I Am Book Series, a global, collaborative project from the 2005 exhibit in Chicago.

Somos el 99%

Somos el 99%!:
Latino Artists Respond to the Call of the Occupy Movement

Thursday, January 19 / 7:00pm / Theater / $5

Since its inception last October, Latino Poets, screen printers, popular theater practitioners, musicians and dancers have focused their talents to proudly declare, "Somos (tambien) el 99%!" These artists have profoundly impacted the education and mobilization of thousands of everyday people participating in actions throughout the US. To celebrate their participation, MCCLA hosts a panel discussion of artists moderated by presente.org's Roberto Lovato. Featured artists include Melanie Cervantes, Silencio Muteado, xago Juarez and Yosimar Reyes. Audience Q and A follows the discussion!

Silk Screen Workshop

Silkscreen Workshop

Saturday, January 28 / 2:00 - 5:00pm / $5

Join us for an introductory demonstration on silkscreen techniques, using an original image from the You Are Beautiful project. Each participant will create a print to take home.

Limited space, RSVP by Jan 21 to galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org or 415.643.2755

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