Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Crucero - Spring Arts and Craft Bazaar 2010

Blogeritos, you are cordially inviated to Galeria de la Raza's Crucero Artero, at Studio 24th, in San Francisco. Don't miss this seasonal art bazaar in the heart of The Mission! A mellow, laid back preview happens on Friday the 9th. Join the crowd on Saturday the 10th, as the community celebrates The Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival. Sunday the 11th is the last day for this amazing weekend long bazaar. Don't miss fun spring clothing by Iztapalot, and Michelle's adorable sugar creations. I'll have plenty of DIY kits for your pleasure. Please join us!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mayo Crowns of Flowers

Sorry it is taking me so long to post, I'm having technical difficulties. Enjoy this beautiful series of children wearing crowns of flowers. It comes via Flickr, thanks to the gracious Memo Vasquez. They show a Mayo Easter celebration. The Mayo is an indigenous group of Northern Sinaloa an Southern Sonora, Mexico.

According to the potographer the children are referred as Marias and Joses, or simply "Promeseros", all participants of the feast are referred as promise keepers. On Easter Friday children light up candles and look over the grown up's prayers.

According to Memo: "On the feast of resurrection (children) have a job. They sing the "Gloria" and throw flower petals, like confetti, up in the air. At noon, once they have ran out of petals, they take off the crowns at thow them up in the air as well, with great joy. Life continues". Happy Spring, everyone!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mission Paper Birds

Someone set up a paper-cut out installation at Mission and 18th street yesterday. The artist made pigeon cutouts and taped them to clear fishing line that was strung between two poles. It was nice to see the paper birds flutter with the wind. As you can see, it caught the attention of several people. Thanks for the sweet, simple and elegant street art!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Life for Abandoned Cinema Spaces

It is very sad to see a beautiful cinema theater deteriorate. Here in San Francisco, we have many old theaters that have been wonderfully preserved, like the Castro Theater. Across the Bay the Fox Theater found a new life after being closed for more than 40 years. It is now a music venue and the permanent home of The Oakland School for The Arts.

Other old cinema houses have found less than stellar ends, like the amazing Alhambra on Polk street (it became a gym) and several theaters on Mission street. These theaters were being used as churches and in recent years, dollars stores. El Capitan is now a parking lot, and only the facade remains. Several more theaters like the Tower and the New Mission sit abandoned. Sadly just recently we lost other neighborhood treasures like the Coronet on Geary street.

Here is a new idea from Projecto Oxido (Project Rust) an artistic effort in Mexico City. On December of last year this project showed a documentary and a neon art installation in a grand old abandoned theater, The Cine Opera.

The project set up a free standing screen in the auditorium. Folding chairs were set up among the old decaying seats of the original theater. A documentary by Catalonian film maker Mireia Sellarés was projected for three consecutive days, and a neon installation titled "Las Muertes Chiquitas" (The small deaths) was set up in the lobby. Sellarés interviewed many women in her documentary. She covered subjects as varied as sexuality, rape and violence against women. The theater itself became part of the installation, alluding to subjects like neglect and abandonment.

Cine Opera debuted in 1949, with a capacity to host almost 4,000 movie goers. After becoming a concert venue during its later years, it finally closed in the early 90's. The future of this wonderful old movie house is uncertain, but I'm glad the project and the documentary raised awareness for women's issues as well as architectural preservation. Enjoy more photos from the Cine Opera, thanks to Rocio Echeverri Renteria and other contributors from the Mexico City threat at Skyscraper City. The following photos of Cine Opera are by photographer Olivia Vivanco


A couple of links that deal with preservation of historic movie houses in San Francisco:

Save the Harding

Friends of 1800