SF prima ballerina talks Cinderella and growing up in Cuba

Lorena Feijoo, the Cuban-born ballerina who portrayed Cinderella in choreographer Val Caniporali’s “A Cinderella Story,” speaks with El Tecolote about that experience and her journey to becoming one of the most celebrated ballerinas in recent history

City’s forgotten Latino LGBT pioneer

By Mabel Jiménez Most people in San Francisco have heard of Harvey Milk, but few…

Album Review: Cuban sisters’ debut mixes past and present, points toward future

By Atticus Morris Ibeyi—pronounced ee-bey-ee—is a Yoruban, Nigerian word that translates roughly to the concept…

Actor’s real life experience inspires directorial debut

By Laura Waxmann With an acting career that spans nearly two decades, Kuno Becker has…

Film will pay tribute to life of tragically slain teen 20 years later

The name of the girl was Cecilia Rios, the one who was 15 when she was stabbed to death after getting out of school. And now 20 years later, local filmmaker Jay Francisco Lopez is planning to make a film in her memory called “Love, Cecy.”

Chicano poet launches new book

Poet Francisco X. Alarcón’s book, “Borderless Butterflies: Earth Haikus and Other Poems,” (Poetic Matrix Press, 2014) reads more like a beautiful experience than a book of poems.

Legendary music festival back for 33rd consecutive year

The Encuentro del Canto Popular festival returns to San Francisco Nov. 21-22 for its 33rd year of music from local and international singer-songwriters, in support of progressive cultural and political movements for Latinos and Caribeños.

Day of the Dead: The fight to stay traditional

Juan Pablo Gutierrez—the 62-year-old who for the last three decades has vehemently fought off those attempting to profit from San Francisco’s Day of the Dead Ritual Procession—had the look of a man who just didn’t “have it” that night.

Mission native turned painter brings Chicano history to life

Those passing by Philz Coffee on 24th Street probably can’t help but pause to check out the colorful paintings—the ones that display the Día De Los Muertos-inspired characters wearing San Francisco Giants apparel, and the one that shows a clenched raised fist atop a United Farm Workers flag.

Latest Mission mural pays tribute to Santana

The neighborhood’s newest mural is ready to view on 19th and San Carlos streets.