Day of the Dead in SF’s Mission district: gentrification, cultural appropriation and politics

San Francisco’s Day of the Dead procession, which last year attracted anywhere between 10,000 and 100,000 (I know, that’s a big gap! Like almost everything else that one looks to quantify in terms of change in the Mission, the response is colored by the agenda of the responder) is set to be even bigger, following … Continue reading Day of the Dead in SF’s Mission district: gentrification, cultural appropriation and politics

Update on sugar skull-making in SF’s Mission District

How lucky are we to live in a neighborhood with so much rich Mexican culture and cuisine?! Aside from the option to participate at Galeria de la Raza, learning to make sugar skulls for Dia de Los Muertos with Michele Simons  now there’s another opportunity, at the Mission Community Market, today, Thursday, Oct. 30th. Check … Continue reading Update on sugar skull-making in SF’s Mission District

Meet Your Mission Neighbor: Michele Simons, Sugar Skull Artist

 As Dia de Los Muertos approaches, puestos, or market stalls, selling sugar skulls, begin to appear all over Mexico; and even here in San Francisco’s Mission District, at Galeria de La Raza. Rarely produced outside of Mexico because of the molds required to make them, Michele Simons has found a way to create sugar skulls, … Continue reading Meet Your Mission Neighbor: Michele Simons, Sugar Skull Artist