Noe Valley Voice March 2004


April Approacheth

The next edition of the Voice will be distributed on or before April 1, 2004. The deadline for April calendar items is March 19. Please note that because of space limitations, Noe Valley events take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to


NOW: The Superior Court needs VOLUNTEERS to serve on the 2004 ­ 05 Civil Grand Jury; applications are available at the Civic Center Courthouse, 400 McAllister St., Room 008, S.F., CA 94102, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am t o 4:30 pm. 551-3605.

NOW: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) trains TUTORS 55 years and up to help in city elementary schools. 731-3335.

MARCH 1 ­ 21: The PRINCESS PROJECT gives new and nearly-new prom dresses and accessories to girls who couldn't otherwise afford them; A Girl and Her Dog is the local drop-off place, 3932 24th St. For guidelines and information, call 215-7303.

MARCH 1 ­ 31: Chris Sequeira holds classes in T'AI CHI on Mon. and Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Upper Douglass Park, 27th and Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

MARCH 2, 9 & 30: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MARCH 3 ­ 14: Anne Galjour's DARK COMEDY Okra premieres at the Brava Theater Center. Wed. ­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. 2789 24th St. 647-2822.

MARCH 3 ­ 18: PAINTINGS by David Bienkowski are on display at the Blue Room Gallery. Wed. ­ Sat., 1 ­ 9 pm; reception Feb. 5, 6 ­ 9 pm. 2331 Mission St. 282-8411.

MARCH 5: JO FREEMAN discusses her book At Berkeley in the Sixties: The Education of an Activist, 1961 ­ 1965. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

MARCH 5 ­ 26: The House of BLUEGRASS features the Road Oilers March 6, the Bastard Brothers and the Shiftless Rounders March 12, Earthquake Country March 19, and Amy and Karen's Old-Time String Band on March 26. Maxfield's, 398 Dolores St. 255-6859.

MARCH 6: GUITAR greats Peppino D'Agostino and Duck Baker perform solo and duo. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

MARCH 6 & 20: LAPSITS feature stories, songs, and fingerplays for babies, toddlers. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MARCH 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE will show off adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

MARCH 7: San Francisco CITY GUIDES hosts a free walking tour of the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Meet at noon at the gold-painted fire hydrant at Church and 20th. 557-4266.

MARCH 7: Gay and Lesbian Sierrans host a WALKING MEDITATION at the Asian Art Museum. Meet at the museum entrance at 1 pm. For details, e-mail

MARCH 7 ­ 28: See Jane Run Sports sponsors a free 5K FUN RUN/WALK, Sundays at 10 am. Meet at 3870 24th St. 401-8338.

MARCH 7 ­ 28: MARK SHETABI exhibits artwork at Ratio 3 Gallery. Sundays, noon ­ 5 pm, and by appointment: 903 Guerrero St.

MARCH 8: Bay Area Radical Women honors International WOMEN'S DAY with a panel on reproductive rights at 7:30 pm. (Dinner, 6 pm.) New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.

MARCH 8 & 12: The IRISH STUDIES department of New College of California hosts two discussions, "The Irish Language in America," March 8, at the New College Theater, 666 Valencia St., and "Irish Americans in the Labor Movement," March 12, at 777 Valencia St. 7:30 ­ 9:30 pm. 437-3427.

MARCH 8 ­ APRIL 5: LAURIE TOBY EDISON exhibits nude photographs from her two books Familiar Men and Women En Large. Reception Sat., March 13, 4 ­ 7 pm. Chatterbox Gallery, 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

MARCH 9: The New College School of Law holds a workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St., 2nd floor.

MARCH 10: "BOWL for Change" with supervisors Matt Gonzalez and Chris Daly, and Chronicle columnists Leah Garchik and David Lazarus at a fundraiser for Central City Hospitality House. 5:30 ­ 9 pm. Presidio Bowling Center, 93 Moraga St. 749-2184.

MARCH 10: A JACK KEROUAC birthday celebration, hosted by Gerald Nicosia and A.D. Winans, includes readings and recollections. 7 pm. North Beach Library, 2000 Mason St. 274-0270.

MARCH 10, 17 & 24: Learn the basics of CROCHET at a three-session Wednesday class at ImagiKnit. 7 ­ 9 pm. 3897 18th St. Call 621-6642 to register.

MARCH 11: Senior Action Network's GRAY CABARET features song and dance, piano music, and novelty acts in a diverse show hosted by Supervisor Fiona Ma. 1:30 ­ 4:30 pm. Castro Theater, 439 Castro St. 546-1333.

MARCH 11: St. Luke's Hospital offers VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION for helpers in occupational and physical therapy, arts and crafts, nutrition service, the information desk, and the gift shop. 3 ­ 5 pm. Volunteer Services Office, 3555 Cesar Chavez St., first-floor rear. For an application, call 641-6538 or e-mail

MARCH 11: Noe Valley artist Marlene Aron discusses the life and work of VINCENT VAN GOGH in a slide presentation sponsored by City College. 7 ­ 9:30 pm. Marina Middle School. 561-1860.

MARCH 11: Many Noe Valley shops will stay open until 8 pm on the SECOND THURSDAY of the month, to allow neighbors to shop late.

MARCH 11 & 25: A NEW DADS SUPPORT GROUP led by Lawrence Shweky meets on a drop-in basis the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-8369.

MARCH 12: Katherine Baird leads RHYTHM KIDS, an eight-week music and movement class for toddlers, 18 months to 3. 10:40 ­ 11:20 am. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-8369.

MARCH 12: A group ART SALE, "Off the Wall," features artists from the AIDS program Continuum. 6 ­ 9 pm; pieces will be sold off the walls starting at 7 pm. Build, 483 Guerrero St. 863-3041.

MARCH 13: Friends of Glen Canyon Park leads a spring FLOWER WALK. 10 am. Meet behind the park's Recreation Center, Elk and Chenery. 584-8576.

MARCH 13: S.F. BICYCLE COALITION sponsors a ride visiting the sites of Satanic cults in "Heaven and Hell, Part 1: Hell on Wheels." 11 am. Meet at McLaren Lodge, Stanyan and Fell. 431-BIKE or e-mail

MARCH 13: A SILENT AUCTION fundraiser at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy features live music. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4235 19th St. 241-6276.

MARCH 13: Soprano Elender Wall and pianist Brian Kong premiere "The Poetry of DONALD RUMSFELD: Fresh American Art Songs," and other works by Kong, Mueller, Bolcom, and Duke. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 665-2996.

MARCH 14: CHARLIE VARON leads a workshop on publicizing shows, "Increase Your Audience Size... Safely and Without Side Effects." 1 ­ 5 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 641-0235.

MARCH 14: Jennifer Sarche from the Department of Public Health discusses HIV VACCINES at the monthly meeting of PFLAG Support Group. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

MARCH 14: A free pet MICROCHIPPING clinic at Animal Care and Control runs 1 to 4 pm. 1200 15th St. 822-5566.

MARCH 14: Make SOCK DOGS at a family art workshop (ages 9 and up) sponsored by the Crissy Field Center. 2 ­ 4 pm. Call 561-7752 to register.

MARCH 14: JULIE ANN GIACOBASSI plays English horn and oboe d'amore in a recital of works by Vaughan Williams, J.S. Bach, and Glinka at the Second Sundays Series at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. 5 pm. 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-5142.

MARCH 15: Writer/filmmaker DAN BESSIE reads from his book Rare Birds and discusses his father, Alvah Bessie, a blacklisted member of the Hollywood 10. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. Odd Mondays Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

MARCH 16: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be shown at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MARCH 16: Beadissimo offers a class in EARRING CONSTRUCTION. 6:30 ­ 9 pm. 1051 Valencia St. 282-BEAD.

MARCH 17 ­ 21: The S.F. Flower and GARDEN SHOW features garden exhibits, seminars, and workshops. Wed. ­ Sat., 9 am ­ 8 pm; Sun., 9 am ­ 6:30 pm. Cow Palace. 1-800-829-9751.

MARCH 17 ­ 31: Natural Resources offers a PREGNANCY support group on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-8369.

MARCH 17 ­ APRIL 21: UCSF Medical Center offers a six-session MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL covering diverse topics. Wed., 7 ­ 9 pm. 476-2557.

MARCH 18: Noe Valley author Ramón Sender Barayón reads from and signs his SPANISH CIVIL WAR family memoir, A Death in Zamora. 7:30 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-2317.

MARCH 19 ­ 29: Mission artist Liz Worthy exhibits whimsical CERAMICS at Ruby's Clay Studio. 10 am ­ 7 pm; reception March 20, 6 ­ 9 pm. 552A Noe St. 558-9819.

MARCH 20: DAVID AULD, Ph.D., discusses "Think Like a Therapist, Act Like a Parent: Understanding Your Child," at the Waiting Room. 10 ­ 11 am. 1448 Church St. Register at 642-0333.

MARCH 20: Phil Frank, author of the "Farley" comic strip signs his latest collection, Don't Parade on My Reign! 1 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

MARCH 20: ROCKET DOG RESCUE'S third annual "Bark for Art" fundraiser includes an art show, silent auction, and other entertainment. 6 ­ 11 pm. The Center, 1800 Market St. 642-4786.

MARCH 20: Alvarado School's annual "Not So Silent AUCTION" features live music by Go Van Gogh; sales of artwork, services, and merchandise; and refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. 7 ­ 11 pm. Fort Mason Center. 563-6238.

MARCH 20: The 20-piece ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jaya performs music and dance of BALI with Balinese composer I Nyoman Windha. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

MARCH 23: DEVORAH MAJOR, Mahru Elahi, Michelle Matz, and Writers Corps Youth Poets read from their work. 7:30 pm. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St. 626-2787.

MARCH 24: The 23rd annual Northern California BOOK AWARDS begin with a reception at 5 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

MARCH 24: The Pacific Academy of HOMEOPATHY offers a free introductory seminar. 7 ­ 9 pm. 1199 Sanchez St. 695-2710.

MARCH 25: Naval historian Edward Von der Porten discusses the "Galleon in the Dunes," the 1576 eastbound vessel, at the monthly meeting of the SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY Association. 7 pm. Mission High School Auditorium, 16th and Church. 750-9986.

MARCH 25: Marine Biologist Peter Pyle discusses the "Trans-Pacific Migrations of the Albatross" in the NATURAL HISTORY lecture series at the Randall Museum. 7:30 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

MARCH 25 ­ 27 & APRIL 1 ­ 3: COMPANY CHADDICK performs "Eclipse" at ODC Theater. 8 pm. 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

MARCH 26: J. Byrd Hosch and friends perform a CHILDREN'S SHOW with singalongs, stories, and activities. 6:30 pm. Dolores Park Cafe, 18th and Dolores. 621-2936.

MARCH 26: STRANGE DE JIM gives a slideshow presentation from his pictorial history book Castro. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

MARCH 26: ROVA Saxophone Quartet's Larry Ochs joins avant-garde koto master Miya Masaoko and former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

MARCH 27: An Infant and CHILD CPR class at Natural Resources is certified by the American Heart Association. 9 ­ 1 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-8369.

MARCH 27: The Older Women's League (OWL) holds a panel discussion on "WOMEN in California Political History." 10:30 am ­ 12:15 pm. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 989-4422.

MARCH 27: The Deborah Slater DANCE THEATER performs Blue-Footed Boobies and Other Animals of the Galapagos, sponsored by Family Arts in Action. 1 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

MARCH 27 & 28: The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council's Gardening and Composting Program offers a two-day workshop on BEEKEEPING. Sat., 10 am­ 4 pm; Sun., 10 am ­ 2 pm. Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue at Lawton. Preregistration required: 731-5627.

MARCH 28: The San Francisco Vegetarian Society sponsors a symposium, "MAD COW Madness," featuring speakers, recipes, and samples. 11 am ­ 2 pm. County Fair Building, 9th Avenue at Lincoln. 273-5481.

MARCH 28: WOODWIND QUINTET City Winds performs the music of contemporary Middle-Eastern composers, in "Wandering in the Desert." 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

MARCH 29: Robin Stuart, M.F.T., gives a lecture, "On CO-DEPENDENCY and Spiritual Recovery," at a Noe Valley location. 6:30 pm. Call 707-829-7711 for required pre-registration.

MARCH 29: Human rights activist DOROTHY PATTERSON discusses the U.S. Patriot Act and its ramifications. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. Odd Mondays Series, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

MARCH 30: The Young Performers Theater brings The Real MOTHER GOOSE to the Mission Library, especially for ages 3 to 6. 11 am. 300 Bartlett St. Space is limited--call 355-2800 for reservations.

APRIL 1 ­ 3: Pacific Playback Theater presents "Stories from the Workplace," IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER based on real-life stories from the audience. 8 pm. Traveling Jewish Theater, 470 Florida St. 282-8558.