Noe Valley Voice February 2005


NOW: Enrollment begins for weeklong SUMMER CAMPS at Crissy Field for ages 6 through 11, scheduled June 20 through Aug. 19. For information call 561-7690 or visit

FEB. 1, 8 & 22: Preschool STORY TIME, for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

FEB. 1 ­ 28: Chris Sequeira holds classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. & Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Upper Douglass Park, 26th & Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

FEB. 3: Jenni Olson, author of The Queer Movie Poster Book, discusses the evolution of GAY CINEMA, with clips of movie trailers. 7 pm. Limelight Books, 1803 Market St. 864-2235.

FEB. 3 ­ 15: The S.F. INDIE FEST at the Castro and Roxie theaters and the Women's Building includes Noe Valley filmmaker Michael Ferris Gibson's 24 Hours on Craigslist. For schedules, 820-3907, or

FEB. 3 ­ 24: Chris Fernie leads QIGONG classes Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 305-4692.

FEB. 4: The sixth annual S.F. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL stars Rafe Stefanini, the Shiftless Rounders, and Kenny Hall & the Long Haul String Band at 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 5: James Lick's annual SALSA DANCE PARTY and silent auction benefits student trips to Mexico. 6 ­ 10 pm. SomArts, 934 Brannan St. 695-5675.

FEB. 5: Jazz composer and guitarist BILL FRISELL and the 858 Quartet perform at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 5 ­13: Young Performers Theater presents BEAUTY and the Beast, with actors and live puppets. Sat., 1 pm; Sun., 1 and 3:30 pm. Room 300, Building C, Fort Mason Center. 346-5550.

FEB. 5, 12, 19 & 26: A 10-block Mission Trail MURAL WALK, sponsored by Precita Eyes Mural Arts, meets at 11 am near the 24th Street BART Station at Cafe Venice, 3325 24th St. 285-2287.

FEB. 5, 19 & 26: LAPSITS for infants and toddlers feature songs, stories, and finger plays. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

FEB. 6: A workshop for adults and teens, "Cooking for CHINESE NEW YEAR," teaches traditional delicacies. 11 am ­ 2 pm. Crissy Field in the Presidio. Registration required, 561-7752.

FEB. 6: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

FEB. 6: Pianist Sarah Cahill performs "Playdate," a musical exploration of the mysteries of childhood. 4 pm. Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

FEB. 6: MARK BITTNER reads from his book The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 6, 13, 20 & 27: An eight-week SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE class teaches the basics; no partner required. Sundays, 6:30 pm. S.F. Youth Ballet Academy, 3149 Vicente St. 333-9372.

FEB. 7: Authors Margo Perin and Jeannette Ferray read from their books about food and mother-daughter relationships at the Odd Mondays Series, 7 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. No-host dinner, 5:30 pm, at Noe Valley Pizza, 24th and Sanchez; RSVP to

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

FEB. 8: CARNAVAL San Francisco hosts a Fat Tuesday celebration with Mission District drum and dance ensemble Loco Bloco. 8 pm. Roccapulco Supper and Dance Club, 3140 Mission St. 626-5222, ext. 30.

FEB. 8 & 10: The S.F. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at 12 Galaxies features the Shut-Ins, Jimbo Trout & the Fishpeople, and Hillstomp on Feb. 8; and the Laurie Lewis Bluegrass Band with Tom Rozum and Todd Phillips, the Stairwell Sisters, and Donner Mountain on Feb. 10. 8:30 pm. 2565 Mission St. 309-9240.

FEB. 8, 15, 22 & MARCH 1: Tom Molanphy teaches a class for students ages 12 to 16, "Memories and Souls--An Introduction to POETRY." Tuesdays, 6 ­ 8 pm. 826 Valencia St. 674-9689 or e-mail

FEB. 9: The Rec and Park Department's 28th annual SENIOR VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE includes live music and refreshments. 12: 30 ­ 3:30 pm. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. 666-7079.

FEB. 9: The upcoming renovation is the main topic at the Noe Valley Library Campaign COMMUNITY MEETING, sponsored by Friends of the S.F. Public Library. 6:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 626-7512, ext. 103.

FEB. 9: Comedian Betsy Salkind performs "ANNE FRANK, Superstar," a satiric continuation of Anne "Franxploitation." 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

FEB. 9: Judy Irving's DOCUMENTARY about Mark Bittner and a flock of cherry-headed conures, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, opens at Embarcadero Cinema. 7 pm. 267-4893.

FEB. 10: St. Luke's Hospital conducts VOLUNTEER training the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

FEB. 11: A HIGH TEA, with pet psychics, tarot card readers, and massage therapists, benefits Rocket Dog Rescue's proposed Urban Sanctuary. 5:30 ­ 9:30 pm. Lovejoy's Tea Room, 1351 Church St. Space is limited; reserve at 642-4786 or

FEB. 11: The S.F. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL features John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Due West, and Jeff Kazor & the Swerve Beats at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 12: The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council offers a WORKSHOP on natural pest control. 10 am ­ 1 pm. Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue at Lawton. Preregister at 731-5627.

FEB. 12: The SPCA and Animal Care and Control hold a joint ADOPTION FAIR featuring dog and cat personal ads and a "tunnel of love." 11 am ­ 3 pm. 243 Alabama St. and 1200 15th St. 522-3569 or 554-9427.

FEB. 12: Jackstraw, Crooked Still, and Matt Bauer perform at the S.F. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 12: Dance as they did in Jane Austen's novels at ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE classes, led by caller Tom Roby and accompanied by music from Bangers and Mash. No partner necessary. 7:30 ­ 10 pm. Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 821-2654 or

FEB. 13: City Guides offers WALKING TOURS of the Castro, "Tales of the Village." Meet at 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market. 557-4266.

FEB. 13: S.F. Animal Care and Control offers a free PET MICROCHIPPING clinic for dogs and cats. 1 ­ 4 pm. 1200 15th St. 822-5566.

FEB. 13: A SUPER RAFFLE at St. Paul's benefits the church's roof and Preservation Fund. 2 ­ 4 pm. Parish Center, 221 Valley St. 648-7538.

FEB. 13: Author Angel Stork leads a WEDDING PLANNING WORKSHOP for couples, 2 to 4 pm. Register at 285-2571 or

FEB. 13: Francine Ramsey from the ZUNA INSTITUTE for Black Lesbians discusses advocacy work at the monthly meeting of PFLAG. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

FEB. 13: BEADISSIMO offers a class in basic earring design and construction. 2 ­ 4:30 pm. 1051 Valencia St. 282-2323.

FEB. 13: DancEsteem MODERN DANCE students hold a performance and bake sale to raise money for a trip to Japan. 3 ­ 4:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 665-3914.

FEB. 13: Jane Wolff discusses and reads from Delta Primer: A Field Guide to the CALIFORNIA DELTA. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 13: The Excelsior Branch Library holds a VALENTINE'S DAY dinner, dance, and auction to benefit the library. 6 pm. Italian American Social Club, 25 Russia St. 626-7512, ext. 115.

FEB. 14: POETS Jack Hirschman (I Was Born Nameless) and Neeli Cherkovski (Naming the Nameless) read from their new chapbooks. 7:30 pm. Bird and Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 15: "SNIP & CHIP" DAY at the SPCA includes a spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs, with free microchipping and nail clipping. Surgery, 7 am ­ noon. 2500 16th St. Appointments required; call 554-3084.

FEB. 15: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 screen at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

FEB. 15: In honor of Black History Month, DESTINY MUHAMMAD, "Harpist from the Hood," performs acoustic, jazz, and classical music for ages 4 and up. 11 am. Eureka Valley Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

FEB. 15: SOCIAL SECURITY privatization will be the topic at the monthly meeting of the Gray Panthers. 12:30 ­ 3 pm. Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.

FEB. 15: Look into the future at James Lick Middle School's SCIENCE FAIR. 6 ­ 7:30 pm. School gym, 1220 Noe St. 695-5675.

FEB. 15: "From Noe Valley With Love" is a BENEFIT for South Asia tsunami victims, sponsored by Friends of Noe Valley, the Noe Valley Merchants Association, and the Noe Valley Farmers' Market, featuring a live-bid auction by Supervisor Bevan Dufty, hors d'oeuvres, and a no-host bar. 6 ­ 8 pm. Bliss Bar, 4026 24th St. 206-0231.

FEB. 15: Local author ERIC MARTIN signs his latest novel, Winners, at a book release party and benefit for the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, with special musical guests Spidey (Psychokinetics), Equipto, Will Hammond Jr. (Soul Folk), and Gadget. 8 pm. Café du Nord, 2170 Market St. 861-5016.

FEB. 16: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILD CARE LICENSING orientation from 9 to 11:30 am, and a support information workshop from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, the third Wednesday of each month. Children's Council of San Francisco, 445 Church St. 343-3333.

FEB. 17: The Planning Commission holds a PUBLIC HEARING on a Dolores Street development's request to pay a fee in lieu of providing an affordable housing unit. 1:30 pm. Room 400, City Hall. 558-6422.

FEB. 17 ­ 25: The S.F. School of the Arts performs JEKYLL AND HYDE...The Musical. Thurs. ­ Sun., 7:30 pm. 555 Portola Drive. 695-5720.

FEB. 18: Nigel and Tom from EATWELL FARM discuss their organic farm in the southern Sacramento Valley, near Dixon. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

FEB. 18 ­ 20: To commemorate Jean Paul SARTRE's 100th birthday, the North American Sartre Society holds its 14th biennial conference with lectures and discussions. USF, Lone Mountain Conference Center. For a schedule, call 422-5116.

FEB. 19: Jayson Wechter's 15th annual Chinese New Year TREASURE HUNT sends more than 1,600 amateur sleuths on a quest through Chinatown, North Beach, and Telegraph Hill. Check-in, 3:30 pm at Justin Herman Plaza; hunt ends, 9 pm, at the plaza with awards and the solution. 564-9400.

FEB. 19: The PETER ROWAN/Tony Rice Quartet and Greencards perform at 8:15 pm at the Noe Valley Ministry. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 20: Winners author Eric Martin gives a READING at Farley's Café, hosted by Christopher Books. 3 ­ 4 pm. 1315 18th St. 648-1545.

FEB. 22: OPERA PICCOLA Theater Company performs The Stolen Aroma, in celebration of Black History Month. 4 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2828 for reservations.

FEB. 23: A planning meeting for a proposed October Noe Valley HARVEST FESTIVAL is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 826-3851.

FEB. 24: STRANGE DE JIM discusses his book The Castro, at the monthly meeting of the S.F. History Association. 7 pm. Mission Dolores School Auditorium, 16th and Church. 750-9986.

FEB. 24: Caretaker and artisan Emmitt Watson gives a lecture/slide show on the history and restoration of the COLUMBARIUM. 7 pm. Richmond Branch Library, 351 9th Ave. 355-5600.

FEB. 24: UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS meets to discuss the loss of Sunday programs at Upper Noe Rec Center, and the status of new housing at 29th and Dolores. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day and Sanchez. 285-0473.

FEB. 25: Alvarado School students perform in the annual AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY assembly. 9 am and 6 pm. 625 Douglass St. 695-5695.

FEB. 26: The future of SOCIAL SECURITY will be discussed at the Older Women's League (OWL). 10:30 am ­ noon. Call 989-4422 for location.

FEB. 26: ROCKET DOG RESCUE hosts a cocktail party to benefit the group's proposed Urban Sanctuary. 6 ­ 9:30 pm. Terra Mia Ceramics Studio, 1314 Castro St. Space is limited; reserve a spot at 642-4786 or

FEB. 26 ­ MARCH 4: SCIENCE FAIR projects by San Francisco Middle School students will be on display at the Randall Museum, with an awards ceremony on Feb. 26, from 10:30 am to noon. Tues. ­ Sat., 10 am ­ 5 pm. 199 Museum Way, 554-9600.

FEB. 27: CARTOONING, taught by Shira Levine, gives kids ages 7 to 10 a grasp of the basics. 12:30 ­ 2 pm. 826 Valencia St. 674-9689 or e-mail workshops

FEB. 27: The WEDDING PLANNING firm Ribbon and Tie hosts an English tea for couples. 2721/2 Jersey St. 370-4771 for reservations.

FEB. 27: Noe Valley Cooperative Nursery School's MARDI GRAS BALL is a family celebration with music, games, refreshments, and a silent auction, all to benefit the school. 4 ­ 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 647-2278.

MARCH 1: A WOMEN'S MEDITATION course led by Angel Stork includes interactive exercises. Seven Tuesdays, 7 ­ 9 pm. Register at 285-2571 or

MARCH 6: A BENEFIT for the San Francisco Treasures Series honors Ellen Sebastian Chang, Merle Kessler, Joshua Brody, Anne Galjour, Dee Spencer, and John O'Keefe. 2 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.


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