Sarah’s Birthday Mix 2019

Today is my love’s birthday. To celebrate I put together a mixtape with songs dedicated by some of her closest friends. Happy Birthday Sarah!

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Ways of honoring Rene Yañez on this, the first anniversary of his passing

-Draw in a sketchbook

-Smoke a joint

-Drink a rum & coke

-Eat a slice of banana cream pie from Mission Pie

-Listen to a Leonard Cohen song

-Visit his garden at SOMArts

-Get a cup of coffee at Muddy’s

-Look for hidden meanings or images in a tortilla

-Look at something in 3D

-Get your favorite non-profit arts administrator stoned

-Remind yourself that art can’t always pay the bills but it can soothe the soul in a way that’s priceless.

Rene Yañez One Year Memorial Gathering

Hi Everyone,

Wednesday, May 29th marks the one year anniversary of Rene’s passing. To honor his work and friendship with us there will be a gathering at the (de)Appropriation Wall at 11:30am to put art on the wall and share memories of Rene.

Patrick Piazza will be placing a large portrait of Rene on the wall and I’m inviting you to come put up your own work in the spirit of Rene, share songs, poetry, and performances. Wheat Paste will be provided.


Rene Yañez Memorial Gathering

What: Putting up art on the (de)Appropriation Wall in the spirit of Rene

When: 11:30am-3:00pm (but feel free to do things on your own time as well)

Where: The (de)Appropriation Wall  1240 Valencia St (between 24th and 23rd), San Francisco, CA 94110



What: Come gather with us for a drink and a bite to eat at Rene’s old favorite the Rite Spot.

Where: The Rite Spot  2099 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

When: 6:00pm 

El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my friends and lovers! El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards are back in the mix to get their kicks! This is the 13th year of my cards and it’s turned into my longest running project yet. Enjoy! As always, please post these cards on the pages of your social media friends, foes, polyamorous quadrangle booty calls, instagram thirst traps, sanchas, and Tinder regrets. To see a complete collection of El Rio’s Valentine’s Day Cards visit:


Happy Valentine’s Day,


Rio’s 2019 Birthday Mix

Today I’m 39. On the real, 38 was the hardest year of my life. I’m still struggling with the losses and struggles of the past 12 months. I miss my Dad and Samantha every moment of every day. After everything that’s happened the one thing I can say is that I’m incredibly grateful for the friends and chosen family that have been my support system. The most humbling experience I’ve ever had is the kindness and patience you’ve shown me this past year.

I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to being a year older than I’ve been now facing 39. I want this to be a fresh start, a year of renewal and growth. With that in mind I’ve put together my annual birthday mix with an eye on songs that have brought me comfort and solace in the past few months. If you’ve reached out to me or spent time with me this past year, this is my thanks to you.