•        Desierto

    Cine Con Cultura: Desierto


    Wed Aug 15, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Desierto. Jonás Cuarón. 2016

    A group of Mexican migrant workers seek a better life by crossing the US border illegally; when the truck carrying them breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the driver points the migrants and his partner Mechas in the direction of the United States and wishes them luck. Moises (Gael Garcia Bernal) is also a member of the migrants and follows as the group splits in two while trying to pass the border.

    Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is a merciless, rifle-toting vigilante who, with his faithful but vicious Malinois dog, Tracker, hunts for rabbits near the border and notices the group trespassing; with the help of Tracker and the use of his M1 Garand rifle, Sam kills most of the group, including Mechas and leaves Moises and Adela (Alondra Hidalgo) as the sole survivors after a long chase. Unable to follow the last two, Sam decides to continue his hunt the next day and leaves with Tracker.

  •        Paseo Artistico

    Paseo Artístico – Every Child Is Blessed: Niños Unidos


    Sat Aug 11th, 2018 • 3 to 4 pm
    Lobby (first floor) • Free

    Paseo Artistico, the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District Free Community Arts Stroll event will promote the safety and creative opportunities for children in the Mission District and beyond through fun youth arts activities featuring youth and adult artists who also claim heritage from Mexico and Central America.

    The August 11 event aims to raise awareness about children and their families at the US-Mexico border detained by the current administration, as well as highlight the value of our children in the community through a dynamic display of artists and artistic disciplines.

    Live music and dance from Latino, indigenous, Hip-Hop, and tropical artists, poetry and literary arts from Central American authors and writers, as well as indigenous food demonstration, interactive arts and crafts workshops for all ages will be presented for free to the entire community.

  •        Frida Kahlo: Herstory

    Frida Kahlo Herstory: Wings To Fly – Alas Para Volar


    Sat Aug 4th, 2018 • 5:30 to 8:30pm
    Theater (1st floor) • $10

    Frida Kahlo: Wings to Fly - Alas para volar is an interactive and interdisciplinary lecture in which Dr. Gloria Arjona addresses the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, through texts, media, music and Tableaux Vivants or living pictures.

    The title of this presentation refers to the maxim "Feet, what do I need you for, if I have wings to fly?" that Frida adopted after the amputation of her right leg to gain confidence. In using this quote, Dr. Arjona emphasizes how Frida used language, music, and painting to sublimate her constant physical and emotional suffering.

  •        Tertulias Literarias

    Tertulias Literarias: En el Tiempo de las Mariposas


    Wed Aug 1st, 2018 • 7pm to 8:30pm
    Free • El café de la Muerte (2nd floor)

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

    Book of the month: En el Tiempo de las Mariposas by Julia Alvarez. (reading in Spanish)

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


    Matria: Documentary Screening


    Thurs Jul 26th & Fri Jul 27th, 2018
    $12 • Theater (1st Floor) • 7 to 9 pm

    Screening and discussion panel with director Fernando Llanos.

    Matria is a documentary film about Mexican charros against Nazis, around the Second World War. Antolin Jimenez fought alongside Pancho Villa, represented the state of Oaxaca in Congress, and was the president of the National Charro Association. In 1942, as rumors spread of a Nazi invasion of Mexico, Jimenez formed and trained a group of 100,000 fighters to repel the attack.

    Exploring two universes—the personal and the recent history of our country—is a great challenge and achievement of Matria, the cinematographic project, in which Fernando Llanos, better known for his plastic and visual work than his cinematographic career, entrains the spectator to unravel the past of his family, while he reveals us aspects that are little-known, but always indispensable for learning and reflecting our history. It is undoubtedly a work that merits further consideration and that seems to set the starting point of a promising trajectory of this talented Mexican artist in search of new discourses and narratives.

    Program for Thursday 26th:
    7:00 Doors open
    7:15 Music by Mi Reyna
    8:00 Performance by Adrian Arias
    8:15 Movie
    9:20 Q&A

    Program for Friday 27th:
    7:00 Doors open
    7:15 Music by Mi Reyna
    8:00 Special Presentation by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Balitronica Gomez
    8:15 Movie
    9:20 Q&A

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  •        Short Films Para Frida

    Short films para Frida


    Wed July 25th, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    Cine Con Cultura Presents Fiestas Fridas! Different documentaries and films tell us the life of Frida Kahlo: her circumstances, challenges, and the vision of a great artist.

    Movies with subtitles in English.

    Short films and artists:
    Frida in the Mirror (Adrian Arias)
    Shit Happens (Lita Cabelut)
    The life and Death of Frida Kahlo (David and Karen Crommie)

  •        Raices de Puerto Rico

    Raíces de Puerto Rico


    Sat, July 21st 2018 • 7:30 to 9:30pm
    Concert • $15 • Theatre (1st Floor)

    An evening of Bomba, Plena y Música Jíbara Puertorriqueña y Latinoamericana featuring cultural treasure Jesus Cepeda Brenes with Taller Bombalele, Madeline y Los Carpinteros with Pedro Pastrana Camacho, Julio Pérez and guest artists. Come witness members of this family of cultural ambassadors, who have been practicing their musical tradition for seven generations uninterrupted.

    Taller Bombalele was founded in September 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis (founder/director of Las Bomberas de la Bahia). Taller Bombalele offers Bomba percussion and dance classes and hosts Bombazos (Bomba performed informally in the community) throughout the Bay Area. Currently Taller Bombalele classes are offered on Saturday afternoons at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA; please visit their website for more information on classes (www.rhythmix.org).

    The Taller Bombalele Ensemble features students from the classes as well as other musicians from the Bay Area and is directed by Denise Solis and Julia Cepeda. Taller Bombalele strives to promote our 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. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning.

    Madelina y Los Carpinteros is a multicultural Latin American ensemble following the tradition of the Nueva Canción and Nueva Trova – movements that came out of The Americas' liberation struggles to freshly embody the folk roots with an enriched lyricism. The group sings original compositions as well as unique interpretations of music from Puerto Rico to South America and the Andes. The group features the vocal interpretations of Madelina Zayas (Puerto Rico) and the richly layered and deeply rooted acoustic performance by Fernando Feña Torres (Chile), Denis Schmidt (France), Craig Thomas (US), and special guests.

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  •        Frida: Naturaleza Viva

    Frida: Naturaleza Viva


    Wed July 18th, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    Cine Con Cultura Presents Fiestas Fridas! Different documentaries and films tell us the life of Frida Kahlo: her circumstances, challenges, and the vision of a great artist.

    "Frida: Naturaleza Viva" by Paul Leduc. 1983.

    Movie with subtitles in English.

    The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible pain and affliction, her friendship with Trotsky and painter Alfaro Siqueiros, her marriage to Diego Rivera, her miscarriage, her political commitment, her love affairs and the anticipated exhibition of her works.

  •        Diez Fridas

    Diez Fridas: Collective Exhibition


    Opening: Tues July 17th, 2018
    6:30pm to 9pm • Donations Welcome
    Ch'In Kana Gallery (3rd floor)
    Runs through September 5, 2018
    Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm

    Diez Fridas is a collective presentation about faces and symbols of the artistic universe of Frida Kahlo. Ten visual artists show us their conception of the figure and permanence of a great artist.

    Curators: Maria Motta, Alejandro Meza.

    List of artists:
    Carlos Pillado
    Jhovany de la Ala
    Mara P Hernandez
    Maria Motta
    Marsha Shaw
    Roberto Marosi
    Sonia Leticia
    Shane Izykowsky
    Sakino Wu
    Victor Navarrete

    Information contact: events@missionculturalcenter.org


    Frida Kahlo, Entre el Dolor y el Placer


    Wed July 11th, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    Cine Con Cultura Presents Fiestas Fridas! Different documentaries and films tell us the life of Frida Kahlo: her circumstances, challenges, and the vision of a great artist. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Gabriel Santander's "Frida Kahlo: Entre el Dolor y El Placer" is a biographical documentary about the life and work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Throughout nearly an hour we can enjoy this research where fundamental characters appear in the interpretation of what is Frida Kahlo today. Some of the participants in the documentary include Hayden Herrea, the most prominent biographer of the artist, the singer Lila Downs, and the director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Hilda Trujillo, among others.

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