Mission Cultural Center
Making mole right is a science, and when it's done to a T, it's a beautiful thing. The Mexican sauce (whose origins are claimed by Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala), usually concocted with nuts, seeds, chocolate, plantains, grapes, garlic, onions, and a bevy of chili peppers, spices and herbs gets a starring role at tonight's Mole To Die For contest at the Mission Cultural Center. At the contest's 6th year running, you'll get to taste dozens of different moles (they'll also offer small plates of chicken smothered in green mole) and vote for your favorite.
El Tecolote (which means "The Owl") has chronicled every bit of change in the Mission since it was first published 40 years ago. In those 40 years, the newspaper has amassed a staggering photo collection of the political, cultural and social changes that have swept the neighborhood, which they are putting on glorious display in "Imagining the Mission: Pasado, Presente, Futuro" at the Mission Cultural Center this month.