Hot spots fire up Julio Cesar Morales’ artistry: Aidin Vaziri | Internationally renowned artist Julio Cesar Morales, who founded the famed Mission District gallery Queen’s Nails Annex and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, is serving as the adjunct curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His current exhibition, “Tropical Vulture,” featuring the works of Bay Area filmmaker George Kuchar and Mexican artist Miguel Calderón, runs through Jan. 17. Morales tells us about some of the places around they city that fuel his creative drive.
Pirate Cat Cafe and Studio, 2781 21st St. “This ‘unlicensed’ radio station (currently online only) in the Mission is quite amazing as it doubles as a cafe within its corner storefront, with windows that reveal the radio studio and DJs in action. The coffee rocks. It’s the best in the city. There really is nothing better than lounging around Pirate Cat and enjoying a coconut latte while listening to great local music.” Read more.