Neighborhood Notes: Piri Pica Set to Open, Plus the Latino Film Festival

By Abraham Rodriguez, Lydia Chavez and Mission Local Staff | Mission Local

Photo by Maria C. Ascarrunz

Accion Latina: Ode to Our Barrio

An art exhibition showcasing two Latina artists, Natalie Alemán & Jasmin Cañas, will be running on Sept. 1 and feature paintings and photographs of the Mission district. Titled Ode to our Barrio, the exhibition will have live music by the band Los Compas and explore themes of gentrification and the defining characteristics of the Mission. The event starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. The exhibition will run until Oct. 30. More available on their website.

Piri Pica’s Preview

Chef Telmo Faria’s (Uma Casa, Tacolicious) newest Portuguese spot will open in the old Frjtz space as Piri Pica. The fast-casual restaurant will feature Portugal’s famous flame-grilled, succulent chicken with, among other zesty flavors, a traditional piri piri sauce, made with bird’s eye chili peppers from southeast Africa.

Diners can choose a whole bird, a half, or a quarter, and opt for sides that span many of Portugal’s exotic culinary influences: couscous, braised greens, grilled corn, and spicy fries. Faria and partner Khalid Mushasha (Black Cat, Lolinda) have long dreamed of opening up such an eatery in the Mission to share the wonders of the treasured dish. The soft-opening, attended by friends, media, and celebrity PBS Chef Joanne Weir, focused on the enthusiastic and efficient service, the bright airiness of Craige Walters’ design, and Faria and Mushasha’s passion for this most varied cuisine. Portuguese wine and beer will be offered, along with California options. Piri Pica expects to hit the ground running on September 4, 2018. For the full menu, go to – M. Ascarrunz

10th Annual CineMas Latino Film Festival schedule released

Scheduled for the latter half of September, the CineMas Latino Film Festival will return to San Francisco in time for the fall. Beginning on Sept. 14, the festival will kick off at the Alamo Drafthouse with a viewing of the documentary “Ruben Blades is Not My Name” and a simultaneous showing of short films produced by Bay Area locals at the Roxie Theater at 7 p.m.

Films from Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the United States will be featured across multiple venues in San Francisco and the East Bay. Have you Seen Her, La Mision, will include a number of shorts – some 20 years old – looking at the responses to the changes in the Mission. The filmmakers include the long-time resident Vero Majano and former Mission Local editor, Armand Emamdjomeh. Have you Seen Her will show on the 15th at 5 p.m. at the Roxie. All tickets and info here. AR

Cesar Chavez’s co-founder of the United Farmworkers gets her own school

A bit a far from the Mission, but Fairmont Elementary School on 65 Chereny will be renamed Dolores Huerta Elementary School for the co-founder of the United Farm Workers. Already, her counterpart in the UFW has his name bestowed on the Cesar Chavez Elementary School,

“By adopting the name of a strong Latina leader, we also would like to send a message of empowerment to all our female students, particularly our female students of color,” said Luis Rodriguez, the school’s principal, in a press release..

Founded circa 1864, Fairmount has a schoolwide Spanish Dual Immersion Program, beginning with 80% of instruction in Spanish in kindergarten and decreasing to 50% by 5th grade.

The other public school getting a name chance is the Chinese Education Center, which will become the Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School. All changes will happen through this school year, according to the district.