Cine Con Cultura: Baraka


    Wed June 13th, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of 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.

    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.

  •        Ana Aranda: Un Color Donde Vivir

    Un Color donde Vivir (A Color to Live In)


    Opening: Tuesday June 12th, 2018
    6:30 to 9pm • Free or by donation
    Ch'in Kana Gallery (3rd Floor)
    Exhibit dates: June 12th to July 13th
    Tuesday to Saturday • 10am to 5pm

    A solo show by Ana Aranda.

    Colors shelter us, like the home of our childhood. Even though we leave home behind, we carry the colors that remind us of it. With a series of illustrations, Mexican visual artist Ana Aranda explores the meaning of home: its transportability and the fantastical elements that shape it.

    Ana’s Biography:

    Ana Aranda was born and raised in Mexico City, where she studied design. From there, she moved to France, where she completed her undergraduate studies in illustration. She now lives in San Francisco, where she obtained her MFA in Illustration.

    Ana’s work has been featured in galleries and museums in the United States, France, Mexico, and Italy. In San Francisco, she has painted murals in the Mission District, for the Consulate General of Mexico, and for the prestigious de Young Museum.

    Her illustrations can be found in picture books published in France and Italy. Ana’s US debut picture book The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (written by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Penguin Random House) was released March 2017. She is currently working on her second picture book and a picture book that she both writes and illustrates.

    Her biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. Her work focuses on transforming the everyday into fantastical situations, and often include images from nature and whimsical creatures.

  •        MCCLA End Of Semester Show

    End of Semester Show


    Sat June 9th 2018 • 2pm to 5pm
    Theatre and Lobby • $5 Admission

    Join us for our twice yearly performance by students in the MCCLA arts classes. Featuring exhibition of Arte Flamenco, Mixtiso, Afro-Latin Drumming, Capoeira, Printmaking, our Carnaval dancers, and more! Our talented instructors have been working with their students all semester long to bring forth an incredible, fun, and diverse show. Join our vibrant arts community and see what you could be doing at MCCLA.

  •        Lyrics of Sada - Event

    Lyrics of Sada


    Fri June 8, 2018 • 6:30pm to 10pm
    Theatre • $15 Admission

    Music with friends of Pangea FC and Barrio Manouche, photography by Marc Hors, and films by Miguel Angel Astudillo.

    Lyrics of Sada is an international sonic journey of storytelling and cultural exchange through original music led by refugee musicians and supported by Bay Area artists. We'll hear the first ever live performances by local talent of original music written by refugees across the globe. We'll premiere the first film about a Syrian vocalist living in Athens, Greece followed by a question and answer session with refugees live, via skype.

    Directed by Miguel Astudillo Hirsch, produced by Hassan El-Masri, and with photographs by Marc Hors, AMALI follows a young multifaceted artist, Hussain Badran, who navigates Greek society in the chaos of what is known to be "refugee crisis." Hussain, like many refugees, is currently waiting for an answer from European authorities to his request for political asylum. While he remains in Athens, he supports himself as a visual artist has become an essential voice in a collective of displaced musicians.

    These musicians have written and composed two original songs in collaboration. One of the songs is a poetry peace written by a Syrian poet أحمد عبد الرؤوف "Ahmed Abdel-Raouf", who is currently living in a Syrian town called Ras Al-Alin where Hussain Badran was born.


    Cine Con Cultura: Nostalgia de la luz


    Wed, June 6th 2018 • 7pm to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of 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.

    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.

  •        Tertulias Literarias

    Tertulias Literarias


    Wed June 6th, 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: Pedro Paramo

    written by Juan Rulfo (reading in Spanish)

    For more information please contact:
    Ramon Hernandez • 415-355-2800 • Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org


    Punta Y Tacon VIII: Annual Student Showcase


    Sun June 3rd, 2018 • 7pm
    General Admission: $20

    La Tania Baile Flamenco presents its seventh annual full-length student showcase, Punta y Tacon VII 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.

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    Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP)


    Sat June 2nd, 2018 • 6pm to 8:30pm
    Lobby and 2nd floor Galleries • Free

    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).


    Open Stage (Escenario Abierto)


    Thurs May 24th 2018 • 6pm to 8pm
    Theatre • Free Admission • 18+

    Open stage is a free performance space, open for theater, dance, comedy, poetry, and all other forms of performance. Registration is free! Performers, please prepare an act, no longer than five minutes.

    Registration: events@missionculturalcenter.org or in person the day of the event, between 6 and 6:30 pm - limited space!


    WAART: We Are All Refugee Artists


    Thurs May 17th, 2018 • 6pm to 8pm
    Theatre • $7 Admission

    By Marc Hors and Indira Urrutia.

    WAART is a project that facilitates the arts as a platform for communication, cultural exchange and integration.

    Marc Hors, documentary photographer and activist from Barcelona, Spain; Indira Urrutia, artist, teacher, and activist from La Calera, Chile, have traveled to Greece on several occasions since 2015, where they participated and documented the chaotic situation of the greatest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, the refugee crisis from the middle east.

    Through the photography and videography, they will share the complex situation faced by thousands of refugees from the Middle East who are confined between the European borders. A chaotic situation that found in the arts, a way to relive their pain, bring voice to their dreams and facilitate the integration into a new society.

    As the refugee crisis is a fact in the present in need of constant actions, it's another fact that we need to expand our social activism network. In collaboration with Hassan El-Masri and Miguel A. Astudillo, we like to introduce you to an ongoing project "Lyrics of Sada" a project that connects refugee musicians in Athens, Greece, to collaborate with musicians in the Bay Area. The creative journey and cultural exchange have been documented as they compose original music led by voices of refugees and supported by local Bay Area talent to compile a documentary telling story of migration, displacement and the pursuit of dreams.

    - 12 Min film will be released -

    Please know more about this projects and activist on the following links: www.marchors.com www.indiraurrutia.com www.lyricsofsada.org

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