Noe Valley Voice March 2006


March 1-31: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60. 12:30 p.m. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Call 648-1030 to make a reservation.

March 1-31: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. and Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am. Call 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857 for location.

March 2-11: The San Francisco School of the Arts performs City of Angels, a Tony Award­winning MUSICAL COMEDY. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 pm; Sat. and Sun., 2:30 pm. 555 Portola Drive. 695-5720.

March 3-April 9: BEN PETERSON exhibits new drawings and sculpture in "You Build It, We Burn It," at Ratio 3 Gallery. Sun., noon-5 pm, and by appointment. 903 Guerrero St. 646-732-3371.

March 4: Jeffrey Halford and the Healers perform rootsy rock at a BENEFIT CONCERT for the Reading Center. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

March 4, 11 & 18: The Noe Valley NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) offers a three-Saturday TRAINING. 9 am-4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 970-2024 or

March 4-26: Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center hosts Mission Trail MURAL WALKS. Sat. and Sun., 11 am and 1:30 pm. For a schedule, call 285-2287.

March 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE introduces pups who need homes. Noon-4 pm. In front of Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

March 5: DanceSF offers SALSA DANCE classes "for everyone!" at Studio J. 4-5:30 pm. 2407 Harrison St. 668-9936.

March 5 & 19: City Guides hosts a tour of the MISSION DOLORES neighborhood on the first and third Sundays of the month. Noon. Meet at the gold-painted fire hydrant on the southeast corner of Church and 20th streets. 557-4266.

March 6, 13, 20 & 27: A Basic SAT WORKSHOP, recommended for students scoring below 1150, covers test-taking techniques. 6-8:30 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-5735 to register.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple offers weekly MEDITATION CLASSES. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.

March 8: The UCSF Women's GLOBAL HEALTH Imperative presents a public briefing on "Women, Poverty, and HIV." 5:30-7 pm. Veterans War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. 731-5539.

March 8: Bill Yenne's San Francisco's NOE VALLEY will be one of the featured titles in a discussion and book-signing for Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. 6-8 pm. Borders Mission Bay, 200 King St. 357-9931.

March 8: A WOMEN'S DAY reading features Diane di Prima, Sharon Doubiago, Dodie Bellamy, Geri Digiorno, and Nancy Keane. 7:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

March 9: St. Luke's Hospital offers an orientation for VOLUNTEERS to assist in the hospital or serve as patient escorts. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

March 9: CARA BLACK signs her sixth Aimée Leduc mystery, Murder in Montmartre. 7 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. 863-8688.

March 9: The FRIENDS of Noe Valley community meeting begins at 7:30 pm. St. Philip Parish Hall, Diamond St. between 24th and Elizabeth. 206-0231.

March 9-April 27: Creativity Explored exhibits "VESSELS," functional items made by artists with developmental disabilities. Mon.-Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108.

March 11: A VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE TOUR, hosted by the S.F. Bicycle Coalition, travels through the Western Addition, the Haight, and Pacific Heights. Meet at 10 am at Alamo Square, Hayes and Scott. 431-BIKE.

March 11: Learn techniques for GROWING FOOD, at a workshop at the Garden for the Environment. 10 am-noon. Seventh Avenue at Lawton. 731-5627.

March 11: A PLANT SALE at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park features native flora. 10 am-1 pm. Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way. 661-1316.

March 11: A LEGAL ADVICE clinic at the Main Library requires sign-ups between 10:30 and noon for free private consultations before 2 pm. Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St. 989-1616.

March 11: The group Radical Women hosts a tribute to SISTER RESISTERS, with poetry and music, to celebrate International Women's Day. International supper at 6 pm; celebration at 7 pm. New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.

March 11: Larry Reed's ShadowPlay Theater presents a show featuring BALINESE shadow puppets and the Gamelan Music Ensemble. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

March 12: The nonprofit organization Boys Hope Girls Hope holds an OPEN HOUSE and dedication of its new academic-based home for youth in the St. Philip convent building. 2-4 pm. 4174 24th St. 291-8166.

March 12: Neighbors opposed to the proposed ROOFTOP HELIPAD at S.F. General meet at 2 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St.

March 12: The SIPPY CUPS band performs two shows at Cafe du Nord, at 1 and 4 pm. 2174 Market St. 861-5016.

March 12: Meghan Elliott from the Safe Schools Coalition discusses the challenges facing LGBT students, at PFLAG. 2-4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

March 12: MUSIC PACIFICA performs works by Vivaldi, Marais, Rameau, and Telemann, and "rustic" music from Spain, Mexico, and Scotland. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

March 12 & 26: City Guides hosts a tour, "CASTRO: Tales of the Village," on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. 11 am. Meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market, under the rainbow flag. 557-4266.

March 13: Screenwriter/author Dan Bessie and his wife, author Jeanne Bessie, read from their books at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. No-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm; program, 7 pm. 1021 Sanchez St.

March 13: The Noe Valley PREPAREDNESS GROUP meets at 6:30 pm. For location and information, call Mindy Kershner at 377-3890.

March 13: The third PROGRESSIVE Reading Series, to benefit the Fighting Dems (Iraq war veterans running for Congress in 2006), features Julie Orringer, Kirk Read, Geoff Brock, Beth Lisick, and Josh Davis, with host Stephen Elliott. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St. 647-2888.

March 13: MATTHEW BARNEY, filmmaker of The Cremaster Cycle, screens De Lamalamina, shot in Salvador, Bahia, during Carnival in 2004. 7:30 pm. San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St. 771-7020.

March 13 & 14: Z Space Studio's Word for Word presents the 11th annual Bon Voyage benefit, Immortal Heart, by AMY TAN. 8 pm. Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida St. 437-6775.

March. 14: New College of California School of Law sponsors a workshop on "How to Present a Case in Small CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St. 241-1300.

March 14: Bill Morgan, author of The BEAT GENERATION in San Francisco, gives a virtual walking tour of local homes and haunts. 6:30-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

March 14: Artery offers a six-week class, "BEADWORK Jewelry," for students 13 and up. Tuesdays, 7-8 pm. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.

March 14, 15, 17 & 29: DPW holds a series of City Hall hearings on proposed rate increases for residential GARBAGE pickup. To confirm times and locations, call 1-866-848-3337;

March 14, 21 & 28: Noe Valley Library's LAPSITS, for newborns through age 3, now take place on Tuesdays at Bethany United Methodist Church. 10:15 am. 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.

March 14, 21 & 28: Noe Valley Library's preschool STORY TIME, for kids 3 to 5, is at 11 am. Bethany Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.

March 15: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation, 9 to 11:30 am, followed by a support workshop, 12:30 pm. Children's Council, 445 Church St. 343-3333.

March 15: AARON SHURIN reads from In the Bars of Heaven and Hell, a history of gay San Francisco in the late 1960s. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

March 15: Supervisor BEVAN DUFTY presents a district update on recent legislation, at the Noe Valley Democratic Club meeting. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-4010.

March 16-26: The 24th San Francisco International ASIAN-AMERICAN FILM Festival includes screenings at the Castro Theater. For a schedule, call 865-1588 or visit

March 17: Chris Myers teaches a six-week class for ages 7 to 9 on ARTBOTS, robots made from found objects. 4-5:30 pm. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.

March 17: Alcoholocaust presents a ST. PATRICK'S DAY blowout, with punk rock karaoke and live music. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. 552-7788.

March 17: MICHELLE TEA introduces her new book Rose of No Man's Land; Stephen Elliott, Tara Jepsen, Beth Lisick, and Katia Noyes read also. 7 pm. Varnish Fine Art, 77 Natoma St. Co-hosted by Modern Times, 282-9246.

March 18: A STOP THE WAR march on the third anniversary of the "Shock and Awe" invasion of Iraq begins 11 am at the Civic Center. 821-6545;

March 18: A four-hour STREET SKILLS BIKE ED course offered by the S.F. Bicycle Coalition stresses safety and enjoyment. 11 am. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 431-BIKE.

March 18: Author Shannon Moffett reads from The Three-Pound Enigma: The HUMAN BRAIN and the Quest to Unlock Its Mysteries. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

March 19: Modern Times Bookstore hosts a PARTY to debut its new T-shirt, designed by artist Ellory Russian. 4 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

March 19: The San Francisco Children's Chorus, directed by Beth Wilmurt, and the Teen Singers, led by Candy Forest, perform International FOLK SONGS and musical theater selections. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

March 20: A GROUP READING of Eliot Weinberger's What I Heard About Iraq marks the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion. 7:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

March 21: Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center offers a community MURAL ARTS education workshop for artists, teachers, and mural admirers. 7-9 pm. 348 Precita St. 285-2287.

March 21: Ingleside Police Station holds its regular POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting. 7 pm. Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane. 404-4000.

March 23: The Nick Barrone PUPPETS perform Puss in Boots, for children of all ages. 3:30 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

March 23: Ken Lajoie discusses "The GEOLOGICAL HISTORY of the Bay Area," as part of the S.F. Natural History Lecture Series at the Randall Museum. 7:30 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

March 24: "Introduction to SOFT PASTEL and Pastel Carre" is a new class at Artsake that runs for six weeks. Fridays, 7-8:30 pm. 3961 24th St. 695-0506.

March 24 & 25: The Noe Valley MUSIC SERIES celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and his 858 Quartet +2. 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

March 24 & 31: CHANTICLEER performs Brumel's Earthquake Mass at Grace Cathedral. 8 pm. 1100 California St. 392-4400;

March 25: The Randall Museum hosts a Corona Heights Park HABITAT RESTORATION work party: weed removal, trail maintenance, and ecosystem education. 10 am-noon. Meet at 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

March 25: Artsake offers a five-week class in CARTOONING and comic strip art. Saturdays, 10:30-12:30 pm. 3961 24th St. 695-0506.

March 25: The S.F. and Oakland chapters of Anything Goes CHORUS celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert. 7:30 pm. First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. 647-6015.

March 26: A panel discussion, "Kitchen Table Talks," explores the future of LONG-TERM CARE in San Francisco. 1-2:30 pm. Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 648-4092.

March 26: The INA CHALIS Opera Ensemble performs Mozart's The Impresario, in honor of the 250th anniversary of his birthday. 2 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

March 27: The ODD MONDAYS series features a film, Daughter from Danang, and conversation with one of the filmmakers, Gail Dolgin. No-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm; program, 7 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.

March 28: The POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting at Mission Police Station begins at 6 p.m. 630 Valencia St. 558-5400.

March 29: In "GENERATION T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt," Megan Nicolay suggests ways to recycle garments into peasant skirts, braided rugs, and even a wedding dress. 5-6:30 pm. Excelsior Library, 4400 Mission St. 355-2868.

March 29: Nature in the City talks continue with "What's Natural About NATURAL DISASTERS?", hosted by the City Lights Foundation and Counterpulse. 8 pm. 1310 Mission St. 626-2060.

March 30: A PORTRAIT AUCTION and party, "Strike a Pose," features likenesses of San Francisco notables, including Gavin Newsom, George Lucas, and Rev. Cecil Williams, by the artists of Creativity Explored. 7-10 pm. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St. 863-2108.

March 30: The S.F. Conservatory of Music performs a CONCERT at the Mission Branch Library. 3 pm. 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800.

March 30: UPPER NOE Neighbors meets at 7:30 pm at Upper Noe Recreation Center at Day and Sanchez streets. Call 285-0473 to confirm.

March 31: KATIA NOYES discusses life, writing, and her debut novel Crashing America. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

April 1: Friends of Noe Valley welcomes new volunteers at "CLEAN SWEEP No. 4," starting at Noe Courts park. Tools and supplies provided. 9 am-noon. Douglass and 24th streets. 206-0231.

April 1: The fourth annual COMEDY NIGHT at 826 Valencia, "An Evening of a Thousand Scowls," features Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, and others, to benefit student programs. Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. 642-5778.

April 1: CARNAVAL SF 2006 chooses its royalty at a King and Queen competition. 8 pm. Historic Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway St., Oakland. 920-0125;

April Flowers

The April 2006 issue of the Noe Valley Voice will be distributed on or before April 1. The deadline for calendar items is March 15. Please note that because of space limitations, Noe Valley events take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send an e-mail to Calendar Editor Karol at