My City: Prayer listening, murals and cheeseless pizza 

Faves and raves by Keith Hennessy

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AGE: 50

YEARS IN THE CITY: 27

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mission

OCCUPATION: Artist-citizen, director of Circo Zero Performance, Ph.D. candidate in performance studies at UC Davis, award-winning and internationally recognized. His Web site is
www.circozero.org.

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Middle-aged performance artist who lives in the Mission, grew up in northern Ontario, and works regularly in Europe; more queer than gay and mostly prefers the problems of coupling to the problems of being single.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD RESTAURANT
The Atlas Cafe
WHERE: 3049 20th St. at Alabama Street
WHAT: No Cheese Pizza with roasted yams, portobello and tofu
INFO: (415) 648-1047 or www.atlascafe.net

I’m crazy about the no cheese pizza with roasted yams, portobello and tofu. The smoked trout salad is great when I’m not as hungry for hearty. On warm days the back porch is a delight. Favorite comfort dessert: the pumpkin chocolate bread/cake sold at Harvest & Rainbow.

FAVORITE PLACE TO DANCE
The corner studio of Dance Mission Theater
WHERE: 3316 24th St. at Mission Street
WHAT: An expansive view of Bernal Hill and devout Christians praying in Spanish below
INFO: (415) 826-4441 or www.dancemission.com
 
I like hearing devout Christians praying in Spanish above the 24th Street BART through cheap PA systems complete with the Dance Brigade Grrrl Brigade learning Taiko drumming in the studio next door while I dream up my next performance.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE DANCE
The Garage Artspace
WHERE: 975 Howard St. at Sixth Street
WHAT: Chronically marginal, queer and underfunded space for emerging artists
INFO: (415) 885-4006 or www.975howard.com
 
On a recent evening, Laura Arrington’s “Fingerbird” stole my heart and queered my pop culture, with further performance provocations by choreo/performers Jesse Hewitt and Alicia O. This chronically marginal and underfunded space provides a laboratory for emerging artists.

FAVORITE MEDITATIVE SPOT
Top of the bluff at Land’s End
WHERE: El Camino del Mar and 32nd Avenue
WHAT: Sublime

Top of the bluff, near the labyrinth at Land’s End, looking towards the Golden Gate and the Headlands, waves crashing below. I feel lucky to be alive and in San Francisco every time I’m there. Nature is violent and sexy.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE STREET ART
Clarion Alley
WHERE: Between Mission, Valencia, 17th and
18th streets
WHAT: The right mixture of tradition, experimentation, grit and entertainment

I like the palimpsest effect of visiting over the years, watching works fade or get defaced and how some of the newer works don’t completely cover the previous.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PROTEST
Justin Herman Plaza
WHERE: 1 Market St. at The Embarcadero
WHAT: Good launching point for protests
INFO: www.yelp.com/biz/justin-herman-plaza-
san-francisco

My favorite place to protest is Justin Herman Plaza, but not when the site is a mass rally. I like it best as a launching site for multiple actions intended to disrupt the many San Francisco-based corporate raiders of the common treasury. I like to stop traffic, disrupt business and challenge people directly at the point where cruel and violent decisions are made.

FAVORITE PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH
Dolores Park
WHERE: Between 18th, 20th, Church and
Dolores streets
WHAT: Protests, festivals, Easter Sunday with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
INFO: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Park

Easter in Dolores Park with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is particularly delightful for the mix of hipsters, old- and new-school gays and queers, and families of all kinds and tourists.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS
The Mission
WHERE: From 14th to 30th streets, from Dolores to Potrero
WHAT: Murals, culture and performance
INFO: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_District,_San_Francisco,_California

To stroll through The Mission on a mural tour from Balmy Alley to Clarion Alley with a slight detour to include The Women’s Building and an unusual performance at CounterPULSE
(1310 Mission St., at Ninth Street).

FAVORITE PARK
Corona Heights
WHERE: Roosevelt and Museum Ways
WHAT: Terrific view of The City, up Market Street to the Bay Bridge and over to the East Bay
INFO: www.coronaheights.com

I enjoy Corona Heights for its little scrap of undeveloped rock, its history of rituals and acid trips, and its excellent view of The City.

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