Noe Valley Voice July-August 2003


NOW: St. Philip's Grammar School class of 1958 is planning a reunion dinner in October; please call Consuelo Hooper-Aguilar at 415-435-0941, fax 925-671-2684 or 415-435-1462, or e-mail

JULY 1 ­ 7: Helen Friedman exhibits POTTERY at Ruby's Clay Studio and Gallery. 552A Noe St. 437-1642.

JULY 1, 22 & 29; AUG. 5 & 26: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

JULY 1- AUG. 29: LIVING T'AI CHI of Noe Valley offers classes in meditation and Qigong, taught by Chris Sequeira. Mon. and Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Douglass Park, 27th and Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

JULY 2: "Whose Flag Is It Anyway?" is a ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION of the flag as a symbol of both patriotism and dissent. 7 pm. Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave. 561-5500.

JULY 2: The East & West of Castro Street Improvement Club meeting features a discussion of IDENTITY THEFT and how to prevent it. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 647-3753.

JULY 4: Yerba Buena Gardens hosts its sixth "Ol' Fashioned Fourth of July Alternative FAMILY PICNIC," featuring the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and a cupcake walk with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 11 am ­ 4 pm. 543-1718.

JULY 5: A beautification WORK PARTY at Dolores Park is sponsored by the Rec and Park Dept. 9 am ­ noon. 864-4614.

JULY 6: St. Paul's Church holds a BLOOD DRIVE. Come to the donor coach parked in the church's upper parking lot on 29th Street between Church and Sanchez. 8 am ­ 1 pm. Preregister with Jill Alcantar at 586-8911.

JULY 6: Lynne Hudson reads from The Making of "Mammy Pleasant": A Black Entrepreneur in 19th-Century San Francisco; the Henry Irvin Trio and vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits will also perform. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

JULY 6 & AUG. 3: Rocket DOG RESCUE will be stationed in front of Zephyr Real Estate with some good dogs who need homes. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. (between Castro and Noe). 642-4786.

JULY 6 & 20; AUG. 3 & 17: San Francisco CITY GUIDES hosts a free walking tour of the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Meet at noon at 20th and Church. 557-4266.

JULY 7 ­ SEPT. 4: The WRITING SALON offers 16 creative writing classes, from one-day workshops to eight-week courses. For more information, call 642-9793 or visit

JULY 8: MAGICIAN Gerald Joseph performs interactive feats for children ages 2 to 5. 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

JULY 8: The New College of California School of Law offers a workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St. 241-1300.

JULY 8 & 15: ADAIR LARA is one of the talespinners in "Wild Women Wander the Globe." 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

JULY 8 & 22: A WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP at the Bernal Library meets at 7 pm. 500 Cortland St. 695-5160.

JULY 9: Bryce Stillwater, the BALLOON LADY, has stories, puppets, and magic for all ages. 11 am. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.

JULY 9 ­ AUG. 23: Mitchell Durkee exhibits "geo/graphic SCULPTURES" in "Adventures in Geometric Repressionism." Wed. ­ Sat., noon ­ 5 pm; reception July 11, 6 ­ 8 pm. Space 743, 743 Harrison St. 777-9080.

JULY 10: BONNIE LOCKHART performs songs and games from around the world, especially for preschoolers. 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

JULY 10: The Friends of Noe Valley will focus on the city's Residential Design Guidelines. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 282-4334.

JULY 10 ­ 19: Jesse Kalisher and Jeff Greenwald tell "TRAVEL(MONO)LOGUES: Tales from the Edge." Thurs. ­ Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

JULY 11 ­ 20: ANNE BLUETHENTHAL and Dancers perform the world premiere of Global Heart. Fri. and Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 6 pm. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. 273-4633.

JULY 12: The Greenbelt Alliance leads a hike through community GARDENS in North Berkeley, along the Ohlone Greenway, and lunch at Codornices Park and the Rose Garden. 9:30 am ­ 3 pm. Reservations required; 255-3233.

JULY 12: Children's book author and poet Kristine O'Connell George reads from Little Dog Duncan and Toasting Marshmallows at the ANIMAL STORY HOUR at the Randall Museum. 11:30 am. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

JULY 12: WIRE ARTIST Diane Komater exhibits her work at Chatterbox. Reception 4 ­ 7 pm. 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

JULY 12: The BAGUETTE QUARTETTE performs French cafe music of the 1920s and '30s in a pre-Bastille Day celebration. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

JULY 12 ­ 26: LABORFEST events include a look at working-class summer camps on July 12 at 2 pm; muralist Mike Alewitz discusses his work on July 15 at 7 pm; Labornet Austria founders report on the European labor movement on July 22 at 7 pm; and Reg Theriault, author of The Unmaking of the American Working Class, discusses "growing assaults on our human rights" on July 26 at 3 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

JULY 13: BABY CHAVURAH at Sha'ar Zahav is a vegetarian potluck brunch for children under 2, and their parents and siblings. 10 am ­ noon. Call Sue Bojdak at 861-6932, ext. 302 for location.

JULY 13: The S.F. Bicycle Coalition sponsors a "Sex Work in the City" BIKE TOUR. Noon ­ 3 pm. Meet at the Fulton Street steps of the Main Library. 431-BIKE.

JULY 13: Animal Care and Control celebrates its 14th anniversary with a benefit ANIMAL PARTY, with food, entertainment, and a silent auction, at Enrico's in North Beach; leashed dogs permitted on the front patio. Noon ­ 4 pm. 504 Broadway St. 822-5566.

JULY 13: "DOLORES EATS" is a fundraiser for Dolores Street Community Services, featuring music by Bonnie Hayes and Tim Hockenberry and food from local restaurants. 1 ­ 6 pm. Dolores Park. 282-6209.

JULY 13: The SINGLETARIANS invite men and women 45 and up to a potluck (bring a dish to share) at 1 pm, followed by folk dancing. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 821-7865 or 922-3033.

JULY 13: A speaker from the GLBT Native American group Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits speaks at the monthly meeting of PFLAG support group. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

JULY 13 & 20: The INA CHALIS OPERA Ensemble performs Die Fledermauss by Johann Strauss. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

JULY 14 & 28: Strybing Arboretum offers Bean Sprouts FAMILY GARDENING days with hands-on activities for children ages 5 through 10. 11 am ­ 1:30 pm. Golden Gate Park. Preregister at 661-1316, ext. 307.

JULY 15: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 include Doctor DeSoto, Foolish Frog, and Where the Wild Things Are. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

JULY 15: "LIVING WELL for Less in San Francisco" is discussed by City College instructor Liz Scotta. 7 pm. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way, 753-7135.

JULY 16: The Noe Valley Democratic Club hosts a conversation with MAYORAL CANDIDATES Gavin Newsom, Susan Leal, and Angela Alioto. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-4010.

JULY 17: A professional SOCCER PLAYER from the San Jose CyberRays discusses life as an athlete. 10:15 am. Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St. 337-4735.

JULY 17: "Drive-By Shooting" screens short VIDEOS by eight artists who worked from moving vehicles. 8 pm. New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom St. 626-5416.

JULY 17 ­ 24: The 23rd annual JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL includes Four Short Films About Love (July 24, 8:15 pm), directed by Alex Baum, Max Staley, and other local teens. Castro Theater. For a complete schedule, call 621-0556.

JULY 18: The seventh annual ART FOR AIDS auction benefits the UCSF AIDS Health Project. Silent auction and viewing, 5:30 pm; live auction, 7 pm. Bonhams and Butterfields, 220 San Bruno Ave. 502-7276.

JULY 19: A GARDENING WITH CHILDREN workshop is offered by the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG). 10 am ­ noon. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton. Preregister at 255-4493.

JULY 19: BOOKS BY THE BAY celebrates independent booksellers with speakers, signings, and activities for all ages. 10 am ­ 4 pm. Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Fourth. 282-9246.

JULY 19: The Crooked Jades and the Earl Brothers perform BLUEGRASS and old-time music. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

JULY 20: AIDS WALK San Francisco raises funds for the S.F. AIDS Foundation and other local charities. Check-in at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 9 am; 10K walkathon, 10:30 am; concert and celebration, 12:30 pm. Register at 615-WALK or

JULY 20: Randolph Fromme performs unaccompanied suites for CELLO by Johann Sebastian Bach. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

JULY 23: CLOWN Chiquy Boom performs magic and music, South American-style, for all ages. 11 am. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.

JULY 23: The Pacific Academy of HOMEOPATHY hosts an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 1199 Sanchez St. 695-2710.

JULY 24: BILL YENNE discusses "San Francisco Then and Now," with photographic comparisons, at the monthly meeting of the S.F. History Association. 7 pm. Mission Dolores School Auditorium, 16th & Church. 750-9986.

JULY 24 ­ AUG. 16: Savage Eye, four short plays by Noe Valley resident Hal Savage, is an homage to the film noir era of the 1940s and 1950s. Thurs.­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 5 pm. Phoenix Theater, 414 Mason St. 364-3070.

JULY 25: Sam Green and Bill Siegel's DOCUMENTARY FILM The Weather Underground examines a radical movement of the 1970s. Castro Theater, 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

JULY 25 ­ 27: Fresh Voices IV features new MUSIC THEATER by local composers and librettists. Fri. and Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. Goat Hall Productions, 400 Missouri St. 289-6877.

JULY 26: A PUNK ROCK BIKE TOUR visits historical sites in the city, including the former site of Mabuhay Gardens; sponsored by the S.F. Bicycle Coalition and V. Vale and ReSearch Publications. 10 am ­ 3 pm. Meet at City Hall, Polk Street entrance. 431-BIKE.

JULY 26: STARKO THE CLOWN brings magic, comedy, and juggling to the Glen Park Library. 1:30 pm. 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.

JULY 26 & 27: The Northern California CACTUS and Succulent Association holds a show and sale with free seminars. 9 am ­ 5 pm. County Fair Building, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. 510-236-6090.

JULY 26 & AUG. 2, 9 & 16: LAPSITS for babies, toddlers, and their parents feature songs, stories, and finger plays. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

JULY 27: POET Armando Garcia-Davila reads from his work; open mic follows. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

JULY 30: South American music duo COLIBRI performs at 3 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.

JULY 31: A WORKSHOP in releasing tension in the neck and shoulders concentrates on Hatha Yoga poses. 7:30 ­ 9 pm. Integral Yoga Institute. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

AUG. 5: The Integral Yoga Institute offers a women's YOGA WORKSHOP addressing the needs of the female body. 6 ­ 7:30 pm. Integral Yoga Institute. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

AUG. 8-10: SHIFT PHYSICAL THEATER performs "Giving Strength to this Fragile Tongue," dances inspired by Pilipino writer Carlos Bulosan, with music by transgender composer Jess Rowland. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. 282-4765.

AUG. 9: Michael Capozzola, Jennifer Giles, and Kelley Kerslake are featured in a group ART SHOW at Chatterbox. Reception Aug. 9, 4 ­ 7 pm. 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

AUG. 9: GUITARISTS of many styles, Dale Miller, Teja Gerken, and Patrick Landeza, perform at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

AUG. 12: MUSICAL STORYTIME for ages 2 to 5 features songs and dances with Gina Silverman. 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

AUG. 13: Nine Bay Area POETS--Yvonne Cannon, Jack Darrow, Michael Fiala, Ken Hoffman, Leslie Kenna, Ana Lichterman, Cesar Love, Ellen Singletary, and Karen Windus--read from their new anthology, Tongue Painting. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

AUG. 18: FALL SEMESTER classes begin at City College; look for a schedule at any library branch. 239-3000.

AUG. 19: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 include Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Mole and the Lollipop. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

AUG. 25: O. Henry prizewinner and biographer of Jane and Paul Bowles MILLICENT DILLON speaks at the Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 ­ 9 pm; no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza at 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

SEPT. 1: The Greenbelt Alliance hosts a HIKE from San Francisco to Sausalito and over the Marin Headlands, returning by ferry. 10 am ­ 6:45 pm. 255-3233.

Remember September

Since we're on vacation for a month, the next edition of the Voice you will see in Downtown Noe Valley will be the September 2003 issue, to be distributed on or before Sept. 1. If you have a September event you'd like publicized, please make sure we hear about it by Aug. 15. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to Thanks for your help.