Santiago Mejia (photojournalism)

Exhibit dates: May 15th to June 8th

Curator: Alejandro Meza

Raised in the Mission District, Santiago Mejia is a Mexican American photographer currently on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle.

While at Abraham Lincoln High School, he only considered photography a hobby. He never imagined it would become his profession.

Santiago's classes at City College of San Francisco consisted mostly of math and science. He wanted to become a doctor to save lives, but there was one exception: a photojournalism class.

His friend suggested he join the college newspaper and Santiago joined as a photographer. He later became the editor in chief.

Santiago later volunteered at El Tecolote and interned at the San Francisco Chronicle. He later interned at The New York Times before being hired at The Chronicle in 2016.

Santiago, age 24, is the proud son of immigrants and is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), as well as an alumnus of Newseum Institute's Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute


MAPP - Mission Arts and Performances Project

SATURDAY | June 2nd| 6:00pm-8:30pm
Lobby & Main Gallery

The Mission Arts and Performance Project happens the first Saturday of every other month, with the artistic talents of the SF area. Come and enjoy a magical night!

Live music in the lobby.

“Intimate Aphorisms” art exhibition at the Main Gallery (2nd floor).


Punta y Tacon VIII

JUNE 3RD 2018 | 7PM
General Admission $20

La Tania Baile Flamenco presents its seventh annual full-length student showcase, Punta y Tacon VIII at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

Join us for an intimate look at the evolution of the beautiful art of Flamenco. Award winning dancer and master teacher La Tania, presents new and unique choreographies celebrating traditional flamenco dance with students showcasing performances from beginning to advanced levels. Special guests join us for this popular and highly anticipated event.



WEDNESDAY | June 6th| 7:00pm-8:30pm
FREE | El café de la Muerte (Second floor)

In coordination with the Public Library of San Francisco, MCCLA presents a book club for the community.

Book of the month: Pedro Paramo

written by Juan Rulfo (reading in Spanish)

For more information please contact: Ramon Hernandez | 415-355-2800 |

Cine Con Cultura


WEDNESDAYS | 7:00pm-9:00pm | $7 Donation | THEATRE

We are exploring many different layers of Latin-american Cinema, this month we are presenting Earth Poetry. Half the price of a commercial complex double the fun and culture.

Movies with Subtitles in English.

June 6th: Nostalgia de la luz. Patricio Guzman. 2011.

Nostalgia for the Light opens with a view of a telescope and images of our moon. The narrator, Patricio Guzmán, describes how he came to love astronomy and begins to remember his childhood during which “only the present moment existed.” Soon, Chile became the center of the world as astronomers and scientists flocked to Chile to observe the universe through the thin and clear skies. We next see Guzmán walking in the Atacama Desert, a place with absolutely no moisture, so much so that it resembles the surface of Mars. This desert, and its abundance of history, becomes the focus of the documentary. Because of how dry it is, the desert hosts the untouched remains of fish, mollusks, Indian carvings, and even mummified humans.

Astronomer Gaspar Galaz is introduced and comments on how astronomy is a way to look into the past to understand our origins. It is generally a science seeking answers, but, in the process, creates more questions to answer. He comments that science in general, like astronomy and geology, is a look into the past; even sitting there having this interview, he comments, is a conversation in the past because of the millionths of a second light takes to travel and be processed. Lautaro Núñez relates astronomer’s endeavors to his own; archeologists and astronomers have to recreate the past while in the present by using only a few traces.

June 13th: Baraka. Ron Fricke. 1992.

Baraka is a documentary film with no narrative or voice-over. It explores themes via a compilation of natural events, life, human activities and technological phenomena shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period. The film is Ron Fricke's follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's similar non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio’s film, and for Baraka he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Koyaanisqatsi. Shot in 70mm, it includes a mixture of photographic styles including slow motion and time-lapse. To execute the film's time-lapse sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements.

Locations featured include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Ryoan temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smouldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subwayterminal, tribal celebrations of the Maasai in Kenya, and chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery.

The film features a number of long tracking shots through various settings, including Auschwitz and Tuol Sleng, over photos of the people involved, past skulls stacked in a room, to a spread of bones. It suggests a universal cultural perspective: a shot of an elaborate tattoo on a bathing Japanese yakuza precedes a view of tribal paint.

June 27th: La sal de la tierra. Wim Wenders. 2014.

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.


Memoria del Silencio en el Pais de la Eterna Primavera: AUDITIONS

Audition dates:
June 14th and 15th, 6 to 9 pm
June 16th, 4 to 7 pm

Show dates: August 18-25 2018 | 8PM
First Floor Theatre

Memory of Silence in the Land of Eternal Spring

A New Play by Linda Maria Girón

MEMORIA explores the relationship between memory, trauma and how the mark of a wound may flow deeper than blood. Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the population of ghosts outnumber the living, nearby villages are disappearing and roses grow larger than cattle; la familia Noguera face the boundaries of love when tested by the realities of life— aging, war and illness.

Bio: Linda Maria Girón is Guatemalan-American actor and playwright born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She holds BA in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she was awarded the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize for Acting and Playwriting and Michael Mansfield and Randy Sweringen Social Justice Award for her play, Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera. Her short play, white iris, received its first premiere at Pianofight's Shortlived VI. Linda has performed in various companies across the Bay, including the New Conservatory Theater Center, BATCO, Brava Theater Center, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, The Utopia Theatre Project and FaultLine Theater where she is also an associate artist. She is honored to receive her first theatre residency with MCCLA to stage Memoria del Silencio’s world premiere.