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NOW: Married women from across the state will be competing for the title of MRS. CALIFORNIA United Nation, in a March pageant. For an application, call 805-493-0605.
JAN. 6 FEB. 27: Sofia Carmi and Brent Bushnell exhibit PAINTINGS in oil and watercolor in "Windows to Inner and Outer Nature." Reception: Feb. 11, 3:30 5:30 pm. Gallery hours: Mon. Sat., 9 am 5 pm. Gallery Sanchez at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 822-9581.
FEB. 1 26: The Encore Theater Company premieres a new PLAY by Leigh Fondakowski, I Think I Like Girls. Thurs. Mon., 8 pm. Thick House, 1695 18th St. 401-8081.
FEB. 1 28: PUNK COLLAGE artist Winston Smith exhibits "New Obscenities and Relics from the Vault." Reception: Feb. 3, 7 11 pm. Gallery hours: Wed. Sun., 2 7 pm. Culture Cache Gallery, 731 Florida St. 642-2360.
FEB. 2: Feb. 2 is the deadline to apply for the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners' (SLUG) free Gardening and Composting Educator Training Program. Course is Feb. 17 May 26 on Saturdays, 10 am 4 pm, and five Wednesday-night sessions, plus a 50-hour volunteer commitment. Call 621-2423 for application and course outline.
FEB. 2: APRIL HENRY signs her new Claire Montrose mystery, The Heart-Shaped Box. 6:30 7:30 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 2, 3 & 10: A BLUEGRASS and Old-Time Music Festival features the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rayna Gellart and Frank Lee, and the Crooked Jades on Feb. 2; John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Jack Straw, and Bluegrass Intentions on Feb. 3; and Any Old Time, the Kathy Kallick Band, and Dark Hollow on Feb. 10. 7:30 pm. The Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
FEB. 2 4 & 8 11: Kim Epifano choreographs an all-male ensemble in Below Zero, inspired by Ernest Shackleton's shipwreck and trek across ANTARCTICA in 1914. 8 pm. Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St. 621-7797.
FEB. 2 & 16: Cine/Club for teenagers features a screening of All About Eve on Feb. 2, and I Am Cuba on Feb. 16. 7 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 864-2026.
FEB. 3, 10 & 17: The Randall Museum sponsors an investigation of birds' nests on Feb. 3, Derique's workshop to make a "wacky groovy" BAG HAT on Feb. 10, and the creation of thumbprint animal cards on Feb. 17. 1 4 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.
FEB. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Mission Branch Library offers FAMILY STORY TIME, in English at 11:30 am, and in Spanish at noon. 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.
FEB. 3 25: Last Planet Theater and the CCAC master's program in writing present MICHAEL McCLURE'S Obie Awardwinning play Josephine the Mouse Singer. Thurs. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. SomArts Theater, 934 Brannan St. 845-2687.
FEB. 3 28: The 30th Street Senior Center exhibits FIBER ARTS, including original quilts, silk paintings, and prints. Reception: Feb. 6, 2 to 7 pm. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. 292-8879.
FEB. 4: St. Paul's Mass of Thanksgiving and REDEDICATION of the retrofitted church will be followed by a reception and display of memorabilia. 12:15 pm. 221 Valley St. 648-7538.
FEB. 4: THOMAS PERRY signs his latest novel, Death Benefits, from 2 to 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 4: Contralto Roberta Wain-Becker and soprano Ellen Glikbarg Shea perform a CONCERT of contemporary and cabaret music. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
FEB. 4: Women can learn the techniques of CHALLA BAKING. 5:30 pm. 360 Valley St. Call Leah, 821-7046.
FEB. 6, 13 & 27: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children ages 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
FEB. 7, 14, 21 & 27: The LAPSIT at the Noe Valley Library features songs, stories, and fingerplays for infants, toddlers, and their parents. 7 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
FEB. 7: "A few good people, a few great kids, and a few interesting dogs" are needed to help celebrate EARTH DAY, April 22, at Sutro Heights Park. Meet to discuss it Feb. 7, 6:30 pm, at 947 Church St., #5. 206-0760.
FEB. 7 MARCH 14: Learn to read HEBREW in six Wednesday classes. 8 9:30 pm. 360 Valley St. Call Rabbi Gedalia Potash to register, at 821-7046.
FEB. 8: A low-cost PET VACCINE CLINIC operates from 6 to 7:30 pm; no appointments necessary. Noe Valley Pet Company, 1451 Church St. 282-7385.
FEB. 8: The MAHA KUMBHA MELA, which happens in India once every 12 years, is featured in a slide show. 7:30 9:30 pm. Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
FEB. 9: British archaeologist Dr. David Price Williams discusses the treasures and Homeric adventures of the TURQUOISE COAST in Turkey. Reception: 6 pm. Presentation: 7 pm. Value Vacation, 3901 23rd St. 824-2550.
FEB. 9: "LIVE FROM NEW YORK" features singer/songwriters Andrew Kerr, Anne O'Meara-Heaton, Edie Carey, Sam Shaber, and Teddy Goldstein. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
FEB. 9 & 10: Cultural Odyssey presents the Underground JAZZ CABARET, hosted by Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones. 8 pm. ODC Theater, 3135 17th St. 292-1850.
FEB. 10: Francine Mathews signs her latest Jane Austen mystery, The Cutout, from noon to 1 pm; Michael Connelly brings back former FBI agent Terry McCaleb in his new MYSTERY, A Darkness More Than Night; and George Pelecanos introduces a new series in Right As Rain, from 4 to 5 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 10 & 17: The San Francisco Cinemathèque presents three newly restored WARHOL FILMS: Couch (1964) and Sunset (1967) on Feb. 10, and Imitation of Christ (1967-69) on Feb. 17. 8 pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 822-2885.
FEB. 10 MARCH 1: Tom Fowler exhibits new work in "The BLACK PAINTINGS: A Failure of Rational Thought." Reception: Saturday, Feb. 10, 6 pm midnight. Gallery hours: Wed. Sat., 11 am 6 pm. Live Art Gallery and Studios, 151 Potrero Ave. 695-0119.
FEB. 11: The SPCA's Valentine ADOPTION FAIR features rescue groups, docent tours, a tunnel of love, a singles bar, and a kissing booth. 11 am 3 pm. Alabama Street, between Florida and Harrison. 554-9427.
FEB. 11: Dog and PUPPY ADOPTION Day raises funds for Second Chance Rescue. Noon 3 pm. Noe Valley Pet Company, 1451 Church St. 282-7385 or SCR at 721-1721.
FEB. 11: LOUISE RAFKIN, author of Different Daughters, speaks at the monthly PFLAG support group. 2 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.
FEB. 11: The El Camino High School Orchestra joins the CMC Orchestra and trumpeter Dave Scott in CONCERT. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.
FEB. 11: The San Francisco Merionettes, the city's synchronized SWIM CLUB for ages 6 to 12, premieres its new season at 5:30 pm at Balboa Pool, San Jose and Havelock. 273-5402.
FEB. 12: The San Francisco MYSTERY Bookstore will be open on a Monday, especially for Dennis Lehane to sign his latest thriller, Mystic River. 1 2 pm. 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 13: Register by today for volunteer training for the California AIDS HOTLINE, scheduled for Feb. 2325. 487-8014.
FEB. 13: "Manifest and Live Your DREAMS" is a workshop offered by Array of Light. 7 9:30 pm. 4291 24th St. 642-9249.
FEB. 14: Thomas B. Lewis, MD, discusses the biological aspect of relationships in a lecture, "A General Theory of LOVE." 12:10 1 pm. UCSF Brown Bag Lecture Series, Health Sciences West Building, Room 300, 513 Parnassus Ave. 476-4394.
FEB. 14: Dance Kaiso performs AFRO-CARIBBEAN DANCE, drumming, and percussion, to celebrate Black History Month. 6:45 pm. Glen Park Library, 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.
FEB. 15: PRESCHOOL PREVIEW night features information about more than 80 local schools, businesses, and resources. 6 8:30 pm. San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue near Lincoln. 563-1041.
FEB. 15: See a slide show on Cuba and discuss Muni Rescue and neighborhood development issues at the Thursday FRIENDS OF NOE VALLEY meeting. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 821-4087.
FEB. 16: The deadline is upon us for pickup of AUCTION items for Alvarado School's "Not So Silent Auction" and rummage sale on March 3. Call 641-4322 or 206-9400 for information.
FEB. 16: OMAR SOSA and John Santos perform a concert at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
FEB. 17: A CHILDBIRTH ADVOCACY workshop offered by Natural Resources reviews options for labor and birth. 1307 Castro St. Call 550-2611 for time.
FEB. 17: The San Francisco PIPERS' CLUB performs "The West Coast Piping Tionol," with Sean Potts and Gay McKeon. 8:15 pm. The Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.
FEB. 18: S.J. Rozan signs Reflecting the Sky from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, and Sujata Massey signs the latest MYSTERY in the Rei Shimura series, The Floating Girl, from 2 to 3 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 18: The FOXGLOVE ENSEMBLE performs a Mozart piano quartet, the Berkeley horn trio, and a string trio by Irving Fine. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9444.
FEB. 19: Array of Light's director, Trish Hollenberg, introduces her own TAROT ARCHE-TYPING system. 7 9:45 pm. 4291 24th St. 642-9249.
FEB. 20: Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 will marvel at FILMS specially chosen for them, at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.
FEB. 20: The Gray Panthers host a discussion by Graham Browenstein of TURN (The Utility Reform Network) and Charles Kalish of the Campaign Against UTILITY RATE HIKES. 12:30 3 pm. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.
FEB. 21: The WINTER TROUBADOURS, the singing branch of the Ministry to Nursing Homes, is looking for volunteers; they will be entertaining at 2 pm at the Sheffield Convalescent Home, 1133 South Van Ness Ave. For info, call Doug Barnett at 647-0288.
FEB. 21: "The SPIRITUAL PATH: What and Where Is It?" taught by Swami Karunanandama, provides insights for both beginners and longtime practitioners of yoga. 6 7:30 pm. Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.
FEB. 22: Edward Von der Porten discusses the search for Sir Francis Drake's landing and his harbor at Nova Albion, in a lecture and slide show sponsored by the San Francisco History Association. 7 pm. Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 678 Portola Drive. 750-9986.
FEB. 22: The UPPER NOE Neighbors monthly meeting has neighborhood development issues on the agenda. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Recreation Center, Day and Sanchez. 285-0473.
FEB. 24: A BOOKMAKING and writing workshop is based on The Artist's Way. 9:30 am. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
FEB. 24: The Older Women's League (OWL) sponsors a hands-on workshop, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the INTERNET." 10:15 am 12:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Call 989-4422 for required reservations.
FEB. 24: Church Street M.D. Daphne Miller leads a PEDIATRIC FIRST-AID workshop, to help parents decide when a doctor is needed. Natural Resources, 1307 Castro St. 550-2611 for times.
FEB. 24: ALAN JACOBSON follows up his bestselling False Accusations with The Hunted. 3 4 pm. S.F. Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 24 & 25: A PSYCHIC HEALING FAIR samples crystals, massage, readings, and full-spectrum lighting. Noon 5 pm. Array of Light, 4291 24th St. 642-9249.
FEB. 26: Tim Cockey signs his new MYSTER. 1 2 pm. S.F. Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.
FEB. 27: Syndicated SEX COLUMNIST Isadora Alman introduces her new book, Doing It. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.
FEB. 27 APRIL 3: San Francisco's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, NERT, offers a free six-week EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS class on Tuesday evenings. 6:30 pm. Davies Medical Center, Castro & Duboce. Call 558-3459 to enroll.
MARCH 2: San Francisco School Volunteers invites you to join in National READ ALOUD DAY at local public schools. Sign up by calling 749-3700.
MARCH 3: Three Noe Valley AUTHORS -- Cara Black, Ruthanne Lum McCunn, and Heather Drohan -- will read and talk about their work. 2 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.