Discussions of the dichotomous nature of the Mission approach tedium, with shootings in front of valet stands, or the whole “delicate flower” thingcreating enough dramatic tension to launch a thousand newspaper columns.
The organizers of the Mission Arts Performance Project (MAPP) aren’t content to just wring their hands: they’re doing what they can to boost the Mission’s thriving arts community while acknowledging its more challenging sides with their bi-monthly, multidisciplinary, intercultural event night.
Connecting visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers and poets, MAPP weaves together storefronts, warehouses, studios and homes to form an art walk that seems to turn into a huge multi-block party. Homeowners lay down stages in their living rooms, scraggly artists gussy up and serve hors d’oeuvres. Appeal contributor Cassidy Friedman was at the last MAPP, on Saturday, April 4 (next MAPP is Saturday, June 6), where he did this video report. — Eve Batey