Noe Valley Voice November 2006


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Nov. 1: JOHN NICHOLS discusses his new book The Genius of Impeachment, in a free event co-sponsored by New College and Modern Times Bookstore. 7 pm. New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St. 437-3425.

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Kids ages 5 to 10 are invited to design and paint MURALS. Wed., 3:30-5 pm. Precita Eyes, 2981 24th St. 285-2311;

Nov. 1-29: The S.F. Library's Noe Valley BOOKMOBILE is open Mon. & Wed., 10:30 am-1 pm. 665 Elizabeth between Castro and Diamond. 557-4353.

Nov. 1-30: Myriad musicians play Afro-Cuban salsa, Latin funk, samba, hip-hop, and reggae nightly at the ELBO ROOM. 9 pm. 647 Valencia St. 552-7788;

Nov. 1-30: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, on weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-1030.

Nov. 1-30: After-school ART CLASSES at Precita Eyes Mural Arts include mask, costume, and jewelry creation for kids ages 5 to 10. Tues. & Thurs., 3:30-5:30 pm. 348 Precita Ave. 285-2311.

Nov. 1-30: The NOE STROLLS "playgroup on wheels" departs Holey Bagel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. 3872 24th St.

Nov. 1-30: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. For the location of 10:15 am Wed. & Fri. classes, call 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Nov. 1-30: HOMEWORK HELP for kids in grades K-7 is offered by the Mission Library. Tues., Wed. & Thurs., 4-6 pm. 300 Bartlett St. 557-4277;

Nov. 1-30: City Guides hosts free WALKING TOURS, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays and 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays, 1 pm. Meet at the iron gates at Franklin & Fulton. 557-4266;

Nov. 2: The S.F. DAY OF THE DEAD procession through the Mission begins at 7 pm from 24th and Bryant; altars will be on display at Galleria de la Raza/Studio 24, 2857 24th St. 595-5558;

Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 30: BILINGUAL LAPSITS for babies and toddlers begin at 11 am, and STORY TIME for preschoolers starts at 10:10 am. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 557-4277;

Nov. 2-4, 9-11 & 16-18: AtmosTheatre performs two plays by JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, with optional hair-washing at intermission. 8:30 pm. Every 6 Weeks Hair Salon, 323 Noe St. 626-3343;

Nov. 2-19: El Teatro de la Esperanza hosts the premiere of Tailor from Chihuahua, by CHICANO PLAYWRIGHT Roy Conboy. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. 2940 16th St. 240-9594;

Nov. 3: Taste wine and champagne from Iron Horse, Taltarni, Clover Hill, and Gruet at the second annual "Sparkle San Francisco" benefit for UNDER ONE ROOF, which funds 33 AIDS organizations. 6:30-10:30 pm. St. Regis Hotel, 125 3rd St. 503-2300;

Nov. 3: SHANNON DAY's performance, "Signora... Your Son Is Here" benefits the Rick Middleton Rooftop Fund. 8 pm. James Lick Middle School Theater, 1220 Noe Street. 285-8295.

Nov. 3: Hospitality House hosts an opening reception for recent PAINTINGS, sculpture and illustration by Harry Driggs. 5-7 pm. 146 Leavenworth St. 749-2104;

Nov. 3: Singer JANIS IAN performs a concert, "Folk Is the New Black." 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. 641-7657;

Nov. 3, 10, 17 & 24: San Francisco FOOD ADDICTS in Recovery Anonymous meets on Fridays at 7:30 am. St. Patrick's Church, 756 Mission St. 800-600-6028;

Nov. 4: The Garden for the Environment sponsors a free COMPOSTING WORKSHOP. 10 am­noon. Brooks Park Community Garden, Ramsell and Shields sts. 731-5627.

Nov. 4: Luisah Teish, Thomas Yu Wang, and Dr. Mark Plotkin are among the speakers at PLANTS & MAGIC, a symposium celebrating the sacred role of plants, from noon to 9 pm at the Conservatory of Flowers. Golden Gate Park. 661-1316;

Nov. 4: Artsake gives a free Sennelier Oil PASTELS Workshop, led by Savoir Faire product expert Charlotte Hampton, starting at 2 p.m. 3961 24th St. 695-0506.

Nov. 4: LUIS ALBERTO URREA reads The Hummingbird's Daughter "en Español." 3-5 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800.

Nov. 4: "Sail Away," a gala DINNER DANCE and auction, benefits St. Paul's Church. 6 pm­midnight. Patio Español, 2850 Alemany Blvd. 648-7538;

Nov. 4: An ART WITH ELDERS exhibit features works by residents of 30 long-term care facilities. Artists reception, 6:30­8:30 pm. Moscone Center, Howard between 3rd & 4th. 441-2649;

Nov. 4: Singer/songwriter HOLLY NEAR performs her music in "Show Up." 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. 641-7657;

Nov. 4: Noe Valley MUSIC SERIES presents Jeffrey Halford & The Healers, Jim Brunberg from Box Set, and Nashville songwriter Chris Donohoe. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., 454-5238;

Nov. 4 & 5: JENNIFER BERRY performs Big Pharma, a look at the rise of the antidepressant drug industry. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 641-0235;

Nov. 4 & 18: Bring the kids to a Saturday plant and INSECT WALK in the Presidio. 9:30-11am. Call 561-4323 for location to meet;

Nov. 4, 18 & 25: Saturday WORKSHOPS at the Randall Museum include family ceramics at 10:30 am, and an art and science workshop at 1 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554.9600;

Nov. 4-18: BATS improvisational comedy celebrates its 20th anniversary with shows shows on three weekends. 8 pm. Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason. 474-8935;

Nov. 4-30: "Birds, Birds, Birds from River of Words" is an ART and POETRY exhibit created by children from around the world. Fri.-Sun, 9 am-5 pm. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason St., in the Presidio. 561-7752;

Nov. 5: Get ready for winter sports with a PILATES workshop. 10-11 am. Spring Pilates Studio, 1414 Castro Street, Suite D. 282-8850;

Nov. 5: Rocket Dog Rescue will be petting needy DOGS in front of Zephyr Real Estate from noon to 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

Nov. 5: Decorate an altar, create colorful masks, and enjoy the music by Los Boleros at the Día de los Muertos FAMILY FESTIVAL, a benefit for the Randall Museum's New Toddler Treehouse. 1-5 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9681;

Nov. 5 & 19: Join a docent-led free FAMILY WALK around the San Francisco Botanical Garden. 11 am. Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. 661-1316;

Nov. 5-28: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple schedules introductory BUDDHIST MEDITATION classes on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm, and Sundays from 10 to 11:30 am. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.

Nov. 6: Poets JIMMY HAMMON and JESSE MCWHALEY read from their work. 7:30 pm. Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

Nov. 7: Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on ELECTION DAY, so get out and VOTE. 554-4375.

Nov. 7: The Walgreen's in the Diamond Heights Shopping Center offers a FLU SHOT clinic from 9 am to noon, co-sponsored by the United Way. 5260 Diamond Heights Blvd. Call 211 for info;

Nov. 7: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 2500 16th St. 554-3050.

Nov. 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Glen Park Library hosts a FAMILY STORYTIME for preschoolers. 10:30 am. 653 Chenery Street. 557-4277.

Nov. 7, 21 & 28: Share songs and stories at the infant/toddler LAPSIT at 10:30 am, and the STORY TIME for preschoolers at 3:30 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Nov. 8: STORYTELLER Patricia Bulitt explains "How My Grandmother Found a Story in a Plate." 6:30 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 557-4277;

Nov. 9: Renowned Noe Valley artist RUTH ASAWA's three-dimensional work is the subject of a lecture, "The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa." 1 pm at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. 863-3330;

Nov. 9: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the second Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

Nov. 9: Happy 160th BIRTHDAY, Noe Valley! Celebrate Noe Valley History Month with the Friends of Noe Valley; cake will be served. 7:30-9 pm, St. Philip's Church Parish Hall, Diamond & Elizabeth;

Nov. 9 & 10: Pacific Union presents CONCERTS at the Presidio. 8 pm. Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop. 447-6274;

Nov. 10: Absolute Time Play Festival presents a STAGED READING of The Garden of Dromore by James McLindon. 7:30 pm. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street. 401-9768.

Nov. 10 & 11: The Marsh Theater presents ED HOLMES in "Sub Human: True Tales from Beneath the Sea." 8 pm. 1072 Valencia St. 826-5750;

Nov. 11: The Legion of Honor celebrates VETERANS DAY with free museum admission and an afternoon concert for all military personnel and veterans. Alma Spreckels' Book of Gold will be on display. 9:30 am-5 pm. Golden Gate Park. 750-3614;

Nov. 11: "Big Deal Art Sale" is a benefit for VISUAL AID. 3-8 pm. SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. 552-1770;

Nov. 11: Author Dan Hallford signs his books UPPER NOE (see this month's Last Page) and Pelican Bay at the San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th Street. 2 pm. 282-7444.

Nov. 11: Clarinetist and composer BETH CUSTER & Ensemble bring jazz, classical, and pop music to the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St., 454-5238;

Nov. 11 & 12: Former residents of New Orleans, age 12 to 104, tell tales in "From the Bayou to the Bay: Stories of KATRINA SURVIVORS in Their Own Words." Brava Theater. 8 pm. 2781 24th St. 641-7657.

Nov. 12: The Ancient Art Council presents a SLIDE LECTURE by geographer Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. 2 pm. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. 750-3686.

Nov. 12: Yvonne Cannon reads and signs her new book of POETRY, When This You See. 7 pm. Browser Books, 2195 Fillmore St. 567-8027.

Nov. 12: Bring your pruners to the S.F. ROSE SOCIETY's free sharpening workshop. 1-3 pm. S.F. County Fair Bldg., 9th & Lincoln, Golden Gate Park. 647-4486;

Nov. 13: The ODD MONDAYS Series introduces East and West Coast poets Margot Farrington and Noe Valley's own Kim Shuck. 7 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 821-2090.

Nov. 14: Learn how to present a case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT at a free workshop. 6 pm. New College of California School of Law, 50 Fell St. 241-1300.

Nov. 14: Triskela Celtic Harp Trio and Dram perform a free concert and lecture for the FESTIVAL OF HARPS celebration. 6 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium,100 Larkin Street. 557-4400.

Nov. 14: A FLU SHOT clinic is scheduled from 6 to 9 pm at the Walgreen's on Castro at 18th Street.

Nov. 14, 21 & 28: Librarians from the Noe Valley Library present LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.

Nov. 15: The annual Musée de Noel FUNDRAISER for St. Luke's Hospital includes a luncheon, a fashion show, and a silent auction. 10:30 am. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St. 641-6490.

Nov. 15: Political analyst DAVID BINDER reviews the Nov. 7 election results at the Noe Valley Democratic Club. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 641-5838.

Nov. 15: A free CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation and workshop is offered by the Children's Council. Orientation, 9-11:30 am; workshop, 12:30-3:30 pm. 445 Church St. 343-3333.

Nov.15: Bring your ideas for REVITALIZING the West Letterman/Thornburgh district to a 6:30 pm meeting at the Presidio Officers' Club. 50 Moraga Ave. 561-5418;

Nov. 16: Learn the basics of silkscreen POSTER-MAKING in a monthlong course. Thurs., 6 pm; Sat., 2 pm. 3543 18th St. 821-7282;

Nov. 16 & Dec. 12: The Noe Valley Association hosts two PUBLIC FORUMS to examine long-range plans for Noe Valley's com- mercial corridor. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Church Meeting Hall, 725 Diamond St. 282-9918.

Nov. 16-18, 23-25 & 30: Randy Rutherford performs "This May Feel a Little Funny." 8 pm. THE MARSH Studio Theater, 1072 Valencia St. 826-5750;

Nov. 17-30: STANLEE GATTI's "One: An Earth Installation" is on view at Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers. Tues.-Sun., 9 am-5 pm. 666-7001;

Nov. 18-Jan. 28: A retrospective of artist RUTH ASAWA's work, "Contours in the Air," is on display at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. 863-3330;

Nov. 18: Find that elusive bicycle whatchamacallit at the VELO SWAP. 8 am-5 pm. Concourse Exhibition Center, 7th & Brannan;

Nov. 18: The Older Women's League (OWL) sponsors a STRESS WORKSHOP for mid-life and older women by Melanie Grossman, Ph.D. 10 am-noon. Flood Building, 870 Market St. 989-4422;

Nov. 18: The 18th annual SEA MUSIC concert series includes folksinger Cindy Kallet performing on the deck of the Balclutha, docked at the Hyde Street Pier. 447-5000;

Nov. 18: GEOFF and DANIEL HOYLE perform "No Blood for Hoyle," an evening of new and classic skits, observations, and political comedy. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238;

Nov. 18-30: Explore the lives of HONEY BEES at a free interactive exhibit, "Journey into the Hive." Tues.-Sat., 10 am­5 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600;

Nov. 19: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC's Emerging Artists Concert features pianist Carlos Avila, guitarist Brian Dowdy, and flutist Jeremiah Bills from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street. 648-5236;

Nov. 19: Occasional Sunday Evening MEDITATIONS features "Loving Kindness Meditation Suggestions for Beginners" at 7 pm, a silent meditation at 7:30 pm, a video of David Spero's enlightenment gatherings at 8 pm, and sonic meditation "to the caressing sound of ocean waves" at 8:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.;

Nov. 25: MYSTERY writer/former Noe Valley resident Mark Coggins signs his new novel, Candy from Strangers. 1 pm. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St. 282-7444.

Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 2-3: More than 150 ARTISTS display their fine crafts at the Celebration of Craftswomen, an event that benefits the San Francisco Women's Building. Fort Mason Center, 431-1180, ext. 15;

Nov. 26: The Academy of Sciences' annual run in Golden Gate Park, WILD 5K/10K race, encourages zany costumes. For an entry form call 759-2690 or visit

Nov. 27: Actress JOAN CHEN introduces a free screening of The Blood of Yingzhou District, a documentary about children with AIDS in rural China; sushi and wine reception follows. 6 pm. The Screening Room, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street. 421-8707.

Nov. 27: Selected films from the SPIRITUAL CINEMA Series will be shown at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 821-2090.

Nov.28: Michelle Tea continues the RADAR SALON series with writer/fiddler/magazine editor Melody Allegra Berger and Boston-based writer and artist Sara Seinberg. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Nov. 28: Learn about San Francisco HISTORY at a lecture by John Ralston. 7 pm. Mission High Auditorium, 16th & Church. 750-9986;

Nov. 28: Susan Griffin, Andrew Leland, and Paul Flores present the annual Jackson Phelan Tanenbaum LITERARY AWARDS. 7:30 pm. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St. 626-2787;

Nov. 29: Get the facts about long-term CARE INSURANCE at a free seminar. 6-7:30 pm. CPMC, 2100 Webster St., #106. 923-3155;

Nov. 29: The S.F. JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL screens Dalia Karpel's documentary about the beginnings of the contemporary Israeli state. 7:30 pm. The Screening Room, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2787.

Nov. 29: Learn about efforts to save our native species at a free lecture on FROG RESTORATION. 8 pm. CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St. 626-2060;

Nov. 30: A gala fundraiser for UCSF AIDS HEALTH PROJECT features Will Durst and Mark Leno. 5:30-9:00 pm. UCSF Mission Bay, Robertson Auditorium, 1675 Owens St. 502-7276;

Nov 30: There will be goldfish crackers for the kids and wine for the grown-ups at PEEKABOUTIQUE's Parents Party Night. 5:30-8:30 pm. 1306 Castro St. 641-6192.

Dec. 1-3: The SWING DANCE Festival begins with 1920s "Frisky Frolics" and Charleston lessons on Dec. 1, at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St. Call for details and other events. 305-8242.

Dec. 2: Enjoy a glass of glogg while the kids meet Santa at the 23rd annual SWEDISH CHRISTMAS FAIR. 9 am-4 pm. St. Mary's, 1111 Gough St.

Dec. 3: Thousands of items for BIKE BUFFS and pedal pushers will be for sale at Winterfest Party 2006. 6-10:30 pm. SOMArts Gallery, Brannan & 8th sts.

Dec 3: The Winter Holiday POTTERY & CRAFT benefit sale features hundreds of unique, handcrafted items. 11 am-5 pm. Sharon Art Studio, Golden Gate Park (next to Children's Playground). 753-7005;


The next Noe Valley Voice, our December/January issue, will fly into Noe Valley on Dec. 1. So, if you have calendar items, please send them by Nov. 15. E-mail Or you can write Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Noe Valley events take priority, but we'll try to squeeze in as many other items as possible.