• Double Trouble 2v2 B Boy B Girl Battle

    Double Trouble: 2v2 BBoy/Bgirl Battle

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • From 2 PM to 9 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • $12 Admission

    Teams of 2 dancers will go head to head in battle, dancing to funk and hip hop music selected by DJs Jus Jones and Grandmixer G. The winners will receive a $500 award!

    Organized by Rahul Doraiswami.

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  • Jurakán Nacíon en Resistencia

    Jurakán: Nación en Resistencia

    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • From 6 PM to 10 PM
    • Theatre (1st Floor)
    • $10 to $20 Sliding Scale

    Jurakán: Nation in Resistance documents the historical struggle of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean nation that refuses to disappear. It is narrated by 40+ boricuas— artists, experts, politicians and activists— of different perspectives. The documentary has been praised by prominent Puerto Rican figures like Nelson Denis, Blanca Eró and Congressman Luis V Gutiérrez.

    Meet filmmakers Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez at the west coast premiere of their film about Puerto Rico. Having just returned from a trip to the island, Mazzini and Gutierrez will report on local rebuilding efforts and the movement to reclaim Puerto Rico from venture capitalism and colonialism.


    • 6:00 pm - Food Served (Lobby)
    • 6:30 pm - Live Music by Madelina y los Carpinteros (Theatre)
    • 7:00 pm - Film Showing (Theatre)
    • 8:30 pm - Talk with Filmmakers Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez
    • 9:00 pm - Bombazo with Taller Bombalele class Community

    San Francisco Premier of Jurakan Film Draws Sold Out Crowd

    On Saturday, May 11th, as part of a three-day visit to the Bay Area, filmmakers Rosa Emmanueli Gutierrez and Gonzalo Mazzini presented their documentary of the past and present situation in Puerto Rico to over 160 people at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Boricuas, latinos, and allies were inspired and moved by the film, presentations and cultural performances at the program sponsored by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, the Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico, La Tertulia Boricua, and Puerto Ricans in Action LA.

    Crowd in the MCCLA lobby at the West Coast premiere of Jurakán.

    La Tertulia Boricua is a Puerto Rican cultural circle building community since 2011. The energy and emotion in the room was strong from the opening welcome by Jennie Rodriguez of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, who reminded attendees of the 42-year history of the Cultural Center in the struggle for Latino culture and rights. Aixa Gannon from the Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico welcomed the crowd and acknowledged the importance of the joint collaboration that made the event possible, and invited the audience to learn about and support the efforts to rebuild and reclaim Puerto Rico.

    The crowd sang and clapped from the first chords of musica jìbara from the mountains and nueva trova performed by Madeleine y los Carpinteros. Introducing the film, Rosa and Gonzalo explained that their mission was to present the roots of the colonial situation of Puerto Rico in order to build a new way forward. Rosa said that growing up in Puerto Rico, she was not taught her history or culture. Through interviews, footage of resistance over the decades, and stunning shots of the beauty of the island, a portrait of a Puerto Rico past present and future was made.

    Following the film, in an emotional appeal, Bethsaida Ruiz from BAASPR shared her experience working with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste, a women’s led grassroots organization offering educational workshops to the communities on the west side of Puerto Rico and supporting the reconstruction of houses. Since the end of September 2017 after Hurricane Maria the organization that has rebuilt over 20 homes. Bethsaida appealed for financial support to continue these efforts.

    The filmmakers answered questions from the crowd who were eager to contribute ideas to support the struggle to rebuild and defend the island.

    Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez answering questions about their film, Jurakán.

    The crowd left the auditorium following the drums and songs of Taller Bombalele, the Bay Area Bomba and Plena dance and music group led by Julia Cepeda and Denise Solis. Taller Bombalele was founded in September 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis. Taller Bombalele strives to promote the Afro Puerto Rican roots music and dance tradition of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in the community.  

    The crowd participated in a Bombazo in the entryway of the MCC for Latino Arts, dancing and singing as a unit until La Borinquena was sung. The crowd left reluctantly around 11 pm,
    hearts and spirits full.

  • Mission Art & Comic Expo

    • Sunday, May 5, 2019
    • From 12 PM to 6 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)

    Join us for the first annual Mission Art and Comic Expo!

    This event will celebrate the rich zine culture in the bay area and highlight the talents of artists of color and within the LGBTQ community. Over sixty comics creators and zinesters will be in attendance selling comics, books, and prints, exhibiting the importance of their artistic voice in our communities. Come out to the historic Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and support small press comics by buying work directly from the creators!

    Mission Art and Comic Expo May 5 Noon to 6 PM at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St San Francisco CA Visit MissionArtAndComicExpo.com for more information.

    Exhibitor Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and fundraisers!

  • Nuestras Vidas son los Ríos

    Tertulias Literarias: Nuestras Vidas Son los Ríos

    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • From 7 PM to 8:30 PM
    • La Salita (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission

    Tertulias Literarias is a Spanish Book club held in coordination with the SF Public Library, Mission Branch. Book of the month: Nuestras Vidas Son los Ríos by Jaime Manrique.

    For more info call 415-355-2800 or email Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org

  • Community Meet and Greet

    Community Meet & Greet

    • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    • From 6:30 PM to 8 PM
    • Main gallery (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission

    Everyone is welcome at our first community meeting of 2019! This is your opportunity to meet our board members and staff, and learn about our programming, activities, upcoming events, and special projects for the year.

    You will also get to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions, and explore volunteering opportunities!

  • Paseo Artístico The People's Voice

    Paseo Artístico: La Voz Del Pueblo • The People’s Voice

    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • From 1 PM to 5 PM
    • Studio D (3rd Floor)
    • Theatre (1st Floor)
    • Free Admission

    This month's Paseo Artístico will connect the fight for justice, labor and immigrant rights with poetry, music, and visual artists whose work reflects solidarity with social movements.

    Join us from 1 PM to 3 PM in Studio D for a clay sculpture class and workshop with Alejandro Meza! And stay from 3:30 PM to 5 PM in the Theatre for a Word Jazz Poets & Musicians Jam featuring poets Thea Matthews, Paul S. Flores, and Tongo-Eisen Martin performing with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Trio!

  • Luna Negra Unidad A Través de la Mujer

    Luna Negra: Unidad A Través de la Mujer

    • Friday, April 12, 2019
    • From 6:30 PM to 9 PM
    • Theatre (1st Floor)
    • $15 Admission

    MCCLA presents the 14th Luna Negra: Unidad A Través de la Mujer • Unity Through Women - a night of poetry and musical awakening, featuring artists Diana Gameros, Leticia Hernandez, La Doña, and Tres Lunas! Come celebrate, and receive the energy of the moon with us!

    Special Guest: Adrian Arias.


    6:30 pm - Reception @ Lobby
    6:50 pm - Open Doors @ The Theater
    Special - Presentation Adrian Arias
    7:00 pm - Presentation of agenda Luna Negra by Chelitz López
    7:10 pm - Leticia Hernandez, Poetry
    7:35 pm - Diana Gameros, Alternative Latin
    8:05 pm - Tres Lunas. Latin Jazz
    8:35 pm - La Doña, Reggaeton

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    Leticia Hernández-Linares is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. She is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl (Tía Chucha Press, 2015). Widely published, she has presented her poemsongs throughout the country and in El Salvador. A 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate, she is a three-time recipient of San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grants. She is a long time community worker and Mission resident, and she teaches in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

    Diana Gameros: If difficult times call for extraordinary voices, Berkeley singer-songwriter and guitarist Diana Gameros is the woman for the hour. The Mexican-born songstress draws on her long experience without papers to explore the plight of border crossers of all stripes, bringing luminous humanity to a topic defined by searing heat rather than light. Her albums, Eterno Retorno, and Arrullo, are an artistic triumph for these ethnophobic times. Gameros has shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony, Taylor Mac, Bebel Gilberto, Natalia Lafourcade, and her songs and story have been featured on Billboard, Mother Jones, NPR, and PBS, to name a few.

    Tres Lunas: Luna Alonso-Glasner is a Bay Area native and is the product of the confluence of music and cultures the area has to offer. She began playing the cello at age nine and was trained classically through college, attending Bard in New York. After growing up surrounded by the Spanish, Latin American, and specifically Cuban music scenes through her father (flutist Chus Alonso) she has more recently began to incorporate herself as a cellist in the same music she grew up with. She currently sings locally as well and is a cello instructor with the Mission Cultural Center's Mission Music SF program.

    Sara Herrera was born in Honduras. She spent her formative years in Long Beach California where she started playing violin at the age of 10. After playing classical music most of her life she was introduced to jazz, re-ingniting her love of playing. She currently plays with Calle Ocho and Bay Areas famed La Orquesta Moderna Tradicion.

    Laura Sherman has been playing piano since the age of five. Her first piano teacher was her father, Abe Sherman , who also taught music at UC Berkeley. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UC Santa Cruz. She has been playing in clubs and cafes around the Bay Area for many years both solo and with various bands. Currently she plays twice a week at Roma Espresso Caffe in Berkeley. In 2019 she released her first CD entitled Earth Resonance, with 5 original works.

    La Doña (born Cecilia Peña-Govea) began playing Latin music professionally at 7 years old with her family band Conjunto La Familia Peña-Govea as a vocalist, percussionist, and trumpeter. She currently works as a music educator for SFUSD’s mariachi program and at SFJazz, as well as a Latin Music Analyst for Pandora Radio. Now, after launching her anticipated solo career last year, La Doña is actively releasing and performing new music, and is rapidly gaining fans. True to her roots, she produces music that effectively melds Latin folk music traditions with contemporary electronic dance genres like reggaeton and hyphy music. Her music features live instruments, and layered harmonies, and explores themes of place-based identity, sexuality, radicalism and resistance, and perreo. A natural star, La Doña’s authenticity shines through her music. Her powerful voice will ignite admiration and inspiration in any listener.

  • El Héroe Discreto Mario Vargas Llosa Tertulias Literarias

    Tertulias Literarias: El Héroe Discreto

    • Thursday, April 4, 2019
    • From 7 PM to 8:30 PM
    • La Salita (2nd floor)
    • Free Admission

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

    Book of the month: El Héroe Discreto by Mario Vargas Llosa. (Reading in Spanish)

    For more information please contact Ramon Hernandez at Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org or call 415-355-2800.

  • Cine Con Cultura Tomorrow

    Cine Con Cultura: Tomorrow

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    • From 7 to 9 PM
    • Theater (1st floor)
    • $7 Admission
    • Ages 18 and up

    We need a new direction, objective... a new dream! "Tomorrow" sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level.

    Spanish language movie with subtitles in English.

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