Galería de la Raza Home


10/7/2006 | 7:00 pm
What are you doing tonight?
A taste of San Antonio is coming. It’s not Breakfast Tacos, but it’s the next best thing! Last April M.A.C.L.A., The National Performance Network, and La Peña Cultural Center unleashed the South Texas performance collective on to Bay Area audiences with the production of Pocho/a! This October, the San Francisco Mission District’s Galería de la Raza proudly presents, “What Are You Doing Tonight?” The San Antonio based troupe, madmedia/RESET Collective, is back, better and stingingly funnier than ever. By weaving together staged dramas and video satire, this multimedia performance blurs the lines between TV’s romantic sensationalism and the not so glamorous day-to-day drama of making relationships work. Helping to guide the way is DJ Love Notes, the soulful mystic and host to an evening in the lives of ordinary people.

10/10/2006 | 7:00 pm
Day of the Dead (SOMArts)

Galería de la Raza co-presents the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration, held at SomArts Cultural Center and curated by Rene Yañez and Rio Yañez.

10/13/2006 | 7:00 pm

Part of the de Young Museum’s “$5 after 5” series, this special evening of Xicano poetry, teatro, video and music is co-presented by Galería de la Raza and curated by Galería’s Program Manager, Marc Pinate. Juxtaposed against the backdrop of Cheech Marin’s Chicano Visions exhibition, you don’t want to miss this all out bonanza of Brown pride and performance. Featuring some of the very BEST Xicano performers from California and Texas including poetry by Tomas Riley, Milta Ortiz, Meliza Bañales and Nicolas Valdez, videos by madmedia/RESET Collective, teatro Xicano by headRush and music by Grito Serpentino, FUGA and DJ Agana. 5 bucks gets you all this plus admission to the selected exhibitions in the museum.

10/14/2006 | 7:00 pm
African By Legacy Mexican by Birth Workshop

The Mexican Museum presents a free photo essay workshop taught by Oakland-based photographer, Diana Sanchez.  Participants construct a collage portrait based on the photography exhibition African By Legacy, Mexican By Birth, on view at Galería de la Raza.

10/28/2006 - 11/25/2006
Graphic Witness: Works by Jesus Barraza & Juan R. Fuentes

Graphic Witness: Works by Jesus Barraza and Juan R. Fuentes, showcases work by two Chicano master printmakers: the bold graphics of Jesus Barraza’s political images and the brilliant linoleum block prints created by his mentor and colleague, Juan R. Fuentes.

11/2/2006 | 1:00 pm
Day of the Dead Workshop: Sugar Skull Making and Decorating

Galeria de la Raza invites you to a great way to celebrate the Day of the Dead for the entire family- a sugar skull making workshop. Learn more about Day of the Dead traditions as you make your way to the Day of the Dead procession.  The sugar skulls have long been a Day of the Dead tradition and this year we are excited to welcome the Quintana Brothers of Mexico as they demonstrate their many years of experience making beautiful sugar skulls. They will be on hand to teach you cool tips to make and decorate your skull.  Workshop includes skulls and all materials.

11/2/2006 | 7:00 pm
Dia de los Muertos BOMBAZO

Dia de los Muertos BOMBAZO!  Featuring members of the East Bay bomba group, Cacique y Kongo, Las Bomberas de la Bahia and the Bay Area bomba community. Galeria de la Raza and the Bay Area bomba community will be raising the spirits for this special Dia de los Muertos BOMBAZO.

11/5/2006 | 7:00 pm

Ease yourself back to the world of the living (and out of Dia de los Muertos) with a special harvest moon LUNADA dedicated to reaping some nuggets of knowledge to store away for the coming dark months.

Featuring: Adriana Cabrera Garcia, Silvana Straw and Guillermo Gomez-Pena.

11/11/2006 | 7:00 pm

7 acts of government defying agitation-propaganda in 2 hours! In the tradition of Brecht, Carpa, and the “Guerrilla Theatre” movement of the 1960s and 1970s spearheaded by such groups as SF Mime Troupe, Teatro Campesino, and Bread and Puppet Theatre, TEATRAZO! showcases an eclectic range of multimedia, inter-discipline work by the newest generation of activist dramatists who are taking political theatre to the streets, schools and the next level.

Featuring: Nicolas Valdez, Ariel Luckey, Xago, Body In Action Workshop, Indigenous Chaos, Baktun12 and Teatro Feo. 

11/17/2006 | 7:00 pm
Broken Arrow

A Benefit for The Freedom Archives and Galeria de la Raza featuring former Looters’ front man Matt Callahan and Swiss songstress Yvonne Moore. Special guests include performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena, poet Nina Serrano, and exhibits by Jesus Barraza and Juan Fuentes.

12/5/2006 | 7:00 pm

Galería's Lunada Literary Lounge and open Mic Night featuring The Genie and Yosimar Reyes.

12/8/2006 | 7:00 pm

Pachanga 2006 is Galeria de la Raza’s largest fundraiser of the year. Friday, December 8 beginning at 7pm, join scores of community, artists and collectors for a live auction with over 50 pieces. Mistress of Ceremonies Miss Coco Lopez (a.k.a. Ray Ferrer) performing from her Cuban-Irish repertoire of dance and music, mambo and cumbia beats from DJ Chago Julius and an arts leadership award for Tere Romo. Proceeds from the auction support  Galeria de la Raza’s 2007 roster of arts education and exhibition programs. Join us!

2/2/2007 | 7:00 pm

Lunada Literary Lounge and Open Mic featuring James Kass and Maceo Cabrera Estévez.

3/3/2007 | 7:00 pm

Lunada Literary Lounge and Open Mic featuring Aya de Leon.

3/9/2007 - 4/28/2007
There's Gonna Be Sorrow

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow is Julio Cesar Morales’ first solo exhibition at the Galería de la Raza. The exhibition is inspired by singer David Bowie’s 1974 failed theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

3/10/2007 | 7:00 pm
Thieves in the Temple

Special Viewing of Aya de Leon’s new film: Thieves at the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip-Hop – THE MOVIE.  Special performances by Paul Flores and Maceo Cabrera will be featured along with the screening.

3/14/2007 | 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: There's Going To Be Sorrow

An evening with artist Julio Cesar Morales in discussion of his exhibition at Galeria de la Raza, There's Gonna be Sorrow.

3/27/2007 | 7:00 pm
Intergenerational Writers Lab

Intergenerational Writers Lab is a collaboration of Kearny Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts, and Galería de la Raza.

4/2/2007 | 7:00 pm

Lunada Literary Lounge and open Mic featuring Gina Amato & Somos One with Entre Musicos.

4/7/2007 | 7:00 pm
Spoken Word Poetry in The Mission

Latino Poets Showcase featuring poets: Cesar Cruz, MC AGANA, Oscar Bermeo, Pablo Rodriguez, Elz Cuya and Yosimar Reyes. Hosted by Paul S. Flores.

4/7/2007 | 7:00 pm
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world's most dangerous tortilla art collective. Modeling themselves after the Free Masons, artists Jos Sances, Rene Yañez, and Rio Yañez bring the gospel of tortilla art to the masses like no other. 

4/20/2007 - 4/21/2007 | 7:00 pm
Now Printing: 2 Day Art Print Demo/Exhibit/Sale

Plan B Gallery (Rene & Rio Yañez and Jos Sances) presents a new and original concept of exhibiting and selling artwork. In collaboration with Alliance Graphics we are featuring affordable and high quality prints, shirts, and more from our exhibiting artists.

4/22/2007 | 7:00 pm

A night of contemporary experimental films from Mexico curated and presented by Jorge Lorenzo Flores and Rosario Sotelo.

5/2/2007 | 7:00 pm

Galería's monthly open mic night featuring Ariel Luckey and Ruby Veridiano-Ching.

5/11/2007 - 6/30/2007
Pistolitas de Azúcar

Pistolitas de Azúcar is a multi-media exhibition featuring 9 artists who play with the whimsical magic of the everyday. Participating artists include: Mitsy Avila Ovalle, Monica Canilao, The Date Farmers, Amanda Lopez, Txutxo Perez, Juan Carlos Quintana, and Michele Munnig. Curated by Raquel de Anda.

Stencil Workshop by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes

As a satelite project of Galería's Youth and Media Project, Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes led a one day stencil workshop with Mission youth. Stencils were spray painted onto Galería's Bryant St. billboard.
*Organize Da Bay image by Jesus Barraza

5/18/2007 | 7:00 pm
Corazón de la Mission

El Corazón de la Mission is an 80-minute audio tour of the Mission scripted and narrated by renowned writer, border activist and performance provocateur Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who will perform live on The Mexican Bus with his longtime collaborator, cyborg senorita Violeta Luna.

5/23/2007 | 7:00 pm
Intergenerational Writers Lab

IWL Night 3 featuring Thy Tran, Uchechi Kalu, and IWL participants  is a collaboration of Kearny Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts, and Galería de la Raza. 

5/31/2007 | 7:00 pm

Galeria's full moon open mic series Featuring Filpino-American writer/performer, cultural worker, arts educator Aimee Suzara.

6/15/2007 | 7:00 pm
Mi Cuerpo, Mi Revolucion

Featuring- Meliza Bañales, Yosimar Reyes, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan ("Fat Girl Chocha Ghetto Gurl" film), MC Natro, S-Flo, DJ Emancipacion, and more!!!!

8/5/2007 - 9/28/2007
No Distance Is More Awesome

No Distance Is More Awesome examines immigration issues from the perspective of 19 contemporary Latino artists. Participating artists include: Ana Adarve, Enrique Chagoya, Liz Cohen, Jamex + Einar de la Torre, Sergio De La Torre, Andy Diaz-Hope, Francisco Dominguez, Ana T. Fernandez, Dolissa Medina, Jaime Mendoza, Julio Cesar Morales, Camilo Ontiveros, Dulce Pinzon, Alex Rivera, Favianna Rodriguez, Luz Maria Sanchez, and Shannon Spanhake. Curated by Carolina Ponce de Leon.

8/5/2007 - 9/28/2007
Digital Mural Project: Jaime Mendoza
Immigration: The New Black
As part of the Picturing Immigration series Jaime Mendoza designed Immigration: The New Black. Created as a statement on the heated immigration debate, the public mural ran in conjunction with No Distance is More Awesome. The public response to the mural was extremely significant causing the image to change on a weekly basis through a variety of graffitti incidents.

8/10/2007 | 7:00 pm
Pinta Tu Propio Muindo

The poetry and performance series, Pinta tu Propio Mundo spotlights women artists negotiating their dedication to their craft with the needs of their communities in order to produce transformative creative work. Founder and organizer, Leticia Hernandez, launched this event in 2001 at Galería de la Raza in response to the question, where are all the Latina women poets and performers? Under its original name, Pinta tu Propio Mundo, which translates as paint your own world, the focus of this series is to create an intimate and dedicated space for literature and art by women of color.


Featuring: Lorna Dee Cervantes, Opal Palmer Adisa, Mamacoatl, Las 'Manas, Maceo Cabrera Estevez, Leticia Hernandez, Chamindika Wanduragala.

8/25/2007 - 8/26/2007 | 7:00 pm

Galeria de la Raza proudly presents the world premier of Alarma! A postmodern myth for the apocalyptic times we find ourselves in, Alarma! is a multidiscipline, hybrid performance blending elements of movement, spoken word, sound and video to explore the issue of immigration in the shadow of Western consumerism. Commissioned by Galeria de la Raza as part of its Picturing Immigration Project – a year-long exposition of art exhibitions, film screenings and performances inspired by the 2006 May Day immigrant’s rights marches around the country – Alarma! uses non-linear narrative techniques combined with powerful imagery and text to go beyond the mainstream media rhetoric and reveal the underlying relationships between rich and poor, compassion and hate, us and them, love and fear which lie at the heart of the immigration debate. 

Featuring: Sara Shelton Mann, Eric Aviles, Maya Chincilla, Milta Ortiz, Gerardo Perez, Marc David Pinate, Yadira de la Riva, and Nicolas Valdez.

10/13/2007 - 11/3/2007
Oaxaca: Aqui No Pasa Nada

Oaxaca: Aquí No Pasa Nada [Oaxaca: Nothing Is Going On Here], an exhibition and public billboard that responds to the social-political conflict that erupted in Oaxaca between 2006 and 2007, featuring photography, visual art, videos, and a sound installation by artists living and working in Oaxaca, MX. Artists include Demian Flores, Antonio Turok, Radio Plantón, and a selection of videos entitled "Visual Resistance", curated by Isabel Rojas.

10/13/2007 - 11/3/2007 | 12:00 am

In Oaxaca, Aqui NoPasa Nada, Demian Flores presented work that reclaimed the public exercise of stenciling inspired by the young artists who used graffiti to paint Oaxaca’s streets with images of political resistance. Embracing the stencil in a contemporary fashion, Flores employs the image of 19th century Mexican president and indigenous hero, Benito Juárez, to underscore the historical resonance of Oaxaca’s current situation. A variety of guests were invited to collaborate on the billboard produced for this exhibition.

11/14/2007 - 12/11/2007
Youth Media Project: YOUTH RIOTS!

An exhibition featuring work created in a variety of digital media by youth participating in Galería's Youth Media Project.

11/24/2007 | 7:00 pm

Lunaderos! Galeria’s final LUNADA of the year ushers in the coming winter with live Brazilian music and poetry from a LUNADA O.G.  November’s LUNADA features the amazingly talented guitar playing of Ian Faquini and a reading by Mary Mendoza who hosted and produced the original Bay Area LUNADAs in San Jose in the late 90s.  We hope you can join us!

1/11/2008 - 2/23/2008
Living Under The Trees

An exhibition of photographs by David Bacon documenting the lives of Indigenous Mexican farmworkers. Along with 36 large color photographs, six panels of oral histories were included which presented the voices of migrants themselves. The project was presented in partnership between David Bacon, California Rural Legal Assistance, and the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations.

Black & Brown Visions
A community-building event addressing issues concerning our Black and Brown communities including live painting, graffiti slide shows, artist vendors, poetry, song, and hip-hop performances featuring:Rogelio Romero, Aixa Seales, Nazbah Tom, Suzanne del Mazo, Jaylon, Mexica Queen, Erica Benton, Khalil Anthony, Karina Gonzalez, Giggology, Octavio de la Paz, Kristina Lovato-Hermann, Joseph Greco, Melanie Cervantes, Refa Onel, Janet Ishigame.  With special guest MC: MYSTIC

1/27/2008 | 7:00 pm
Film Benefit
A film screening of new work by director John Leaños & QUE VIVA LA LUCHA, a film by Gustavo Vazquez. Live music performance by Oakland-based Latin fusion band CARNE CRUDA.

2/9/2008 | 7:00 pm
Love's Labour Lost: The Duende

Aardvark celebrates Valentine's Day by celebrating Shakespeare and Duende, Pushkin and Duende, Music and Duende and in the works of the authors below. Duende is magic or sometimes seen as a spirit or elf in Spain, but isn't it also Puck, from Midsummer Night's Dream? think of... Portuguese Faro, Madredues and Sevillanas and Flamenco. Think Neruda, Lorca, Urdu. It is that quality of passion and perhaps rapture that you hear in Amalia Rodriguez or see at a Flamenco show but we also hear it in Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Pakistani devotional chants, in Eddie Vedder. You see it in Jackson Pollack, not in Warhol, in Tango, not in Two-Step, in Gertrude Stein and C.D. Wright, but oddly enough not in Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Join us for an exceptional evening (Copeland, not Sousa) and serious humor as is befitting Shakespeare and magic. If Love is a universal theme, Duende is its essence. -amor y paz

Featuring: AARDVARK, Myron Michael Hardy, Nefasha Ayer, Jack Morgan, Taelur Kim, Nadia Gori, Elizabeth Terrazas, Clive Matson, Polly Conway, Mike Larkin, Donna de La Perriere, Gloria Frym, Joseph Lease, and Opal Palmer Adisa.

2/20/2008 | 7:00 pm

Freddy Gutierrez  (host of the Pittsburg Word Open Mic) waxes poetic along with the deep harmonics of Khalil Anthony and Cellist Boima Tucker.

The Invisible Nation

An evocative large scale installation by Salvadorian Artist, Victor Cartagena. The exhibition includes video, sound and sculptural installations, as well as a public billboard on Galería's Bryant Street corner.

3/7/2008 | 7:00 pm
Paper Jam Sessions

Launching of the Paper Jam Sessions! Featuring an artist talk by Mike Lai, a stencil workshop conducted by Andre Eamiello and the rhythms of DJ Chango Julius.

3/8/2008 | 7:00 pm
La Ultima Palabra
An International Woman's Day Celebration curated by poet and community worker featuring Leticia Hernandez, Avotja, Kriya Traber, Susana Aragon and Mamacoatl. 

3/9/2008 - 5/16/2008
Digital Mural Project: Victor Cartagena
A digital mural by El Salvadoran artist, Victor Cartagena, created in conjunction with his solo exhibition, Invisible Nation.

3/20/2008 | 5:00 pm
Paper Jam Sessions
Feat. Audiopharmacy and a workshop/ presentation by Marc Pinate & St. John's Educational Threshold Center In collaboration with SNAG (Seventh Native American Generation)


Re-enacting Community!

An exciting open workshop and dialogue, which explores issues of empowerment through education, performance and community. ACT-OUT is a skills-building workshop that will teach the basics of performance, creative writing and with a special presentation on college-access programs and the how to’s of getting into college.

3/21/2008 | 7:00 pm

Galería's full moon open mic series features The renown pioneer of "scratch guitar", The Genie who blends blues, jazz, electronica, bossa nova, latin and middle-eastern rhythms via slide guitar, beatboxing, and live sampling, to create a visually stunning and truly unique show.  Also featured is Missions own Lorna Dee Cervantes.

4/5/2008 | 7:00 pm
Out the Black Hole
An evening of comedy hosted by San Francsico performer, Norman Zelaya featuring Jaime Crespo, Karim Scarlata and Estela de la Cruz.  Like a meteor hurtling through the vastness of space, writer and performer, Norman Zelaya found himself caught in the gravitational pull of domestic obligation and the responsibility that comes with age. For three years, he drifted in the celestial ether. Then in April of 2006, a flash was spotted, a speck of brilliance moving slowly towards the nearest mic. Now, Norman is back to shake off the galactic dust and share cosmic tails about running out of fuel, an epic collapse and the journey back to himself.

4/20/2008 | 7:00 pm

Galería's full moon open mic series features Naomi Helena Quinone and Erica Nalami Benton this month. 

[newer 50] [older 50]

Galería de la Raza: an Interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought and Activism
2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 click here for directions to galería