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Artful Dodger


artist Julie Crosby; courtesy of Root Division

Let’s face it: We spend a lot of our precious weekend nights cooped up in a noisy bar or a crowded restaurant, and not necessarily soaking up much culture. If anything, we’re trying to impress a member of the opposite sex with flirtatious glances and quips about the latest “it” band. Yes, that basil gimlet at Rye is great, and that person you’ve had your eye on for a week has been casually checking you out, but wouldn’t it be better to get your drink on while scoping out talented local artists and maybe some eligible singles?

artist Stephanie Choo; courtesy of 1890 Bryant
This weekend, head over to the first annual Mission Open Studios art walk where nine studios—all within walking distance of each other—will open their doors for a public viewing. Kick off the weekend-long festivities at the Friday night opening from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. where each studio will host its own reception party. Just think of it as a high-culture Mission pub crawl. After you discover your new favorite local artist at the open studios, saunter over to some of the neighborhood watering holes, like favorites Bruno’s, Phone Booth, Beauty Bar, El Rio and Nihon for some artful discussions over icy cocktails. Don’t fret if you can’t make the Friday night reception; the studios are also open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Check out the Mission Arts map charting the participating galleries.