Noe Valley Voice October 2006


November Deadline

The next issue of the Noe Valley Voice will land in Downtown Noe Valley on or about Nov. 1. So, we'd like to have your November calendar items by Oct. 15, please. Send e-mails to Or you may write Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Noe Valley events take priority, but we try to squeeze in as many other nuggets as possible.

Oct. 1-8: Noe Valley residents Paul Araquistain and 4-year-old MARK SHIBATA star in the American Musical Theater of San Jose's performance of Miss Saigon. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm, Sun., 2 pm. San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware, San Mateo. 650-579-5565.

Oct. 1-31: 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;

Oct. 1-31: 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.

Oct. 1-31: Precita Eyes Mural Arts offers after-school ART CLASSES, including mask, costume, and jewelry creation for kids ages 5 to 10. Tues. & Thurs., 3:30-5:30 pm. 348 Precita Ave. 285-2311.

Oct. 1-31: The NOE STROLLS "playgroup on wheels" gets rolling at 11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Holey Bagel. 3872 24th St.

Oct. 1-31: "The QUILTS of Gee's Bend" features more than 60 fabric creations made by four generations of African American women. Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-5:15 pm; Fri. until 8:45 pm. Free admission first Tuesday of each month. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. 863-3330;

Oct. 1-31: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Oct. 2-30: Find a thrilling page-turner at the S.F. Library's BOOKMOBILE, parked at 665 Elizabeth between Castro and Diamond. Mon. & Wed., 10:30 am-1 pm. 557-4353.

Oct. 3: Celebrate LATINO Hispanic Heritage Month with Susan Pena and Miguel Govea, for ages 5 and under. 10:30 am. Eureka Valley Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Oct. 3: League of Women Voters hosts a forum, ELECTION 2006. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 989-VOTE;

Oct. 3: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 2500 16th St. 554-3050.

Oct. 3-31: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple offers introductory BUDDHIST MEDITATION classes. Tues., 7-8:30 pm; Sun., 10-11:30 am. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.

Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24: THEOLOGY on Tap is a series of discussions of faith, politics, and ethics designed for young adults in their 20s and 30s, sponsored by USF. 7 pm. Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary Blvd. 422-2531.

Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24: PRESCHOOL STORY TIME for ages 3-5 begins at 10:30 am. Glen Park Library, 653 Chenery St. 337-4740;

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 31: Librarians from the Noe Valley Library offer LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am on Tuesdays. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.

Oct. 4-14: DANCERS perform "The Live Billboard Project" while suspended on an outdoor billboard. Oct. 4, 9:30 pm; Oct. 5-8 and 12-14, 8 pm and 9:30 pm. BART Plaza, 24th and Mission. 920-9181.

Oct. 5: Upper Noe Neighbors sponsors a LUNCHEON to benefit On Lok's 30th Street Senior Center; Dr. Gene Cohen talks on aging and creativity. 11:30 am­1:30 pm. The City Club, 155 Sansome St. 550-2223.

Oct. 5: CINDY SHEEHAN discusses her book Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism. 7 pm. Modern Times, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

Oct. 5: NINA JABLONSKI, Ph.D., gives a lecture on "Human Skin: Past, Present, and Future." 8 pm. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. 321-8000.

Oct. 5-7: THE MARSH presents Roy Zimmerman's "Faulty Intelligence." 8 pm. 1062 Valencia Street. 800-838-3006;

Oct. 5-8: ARTSHIP Dance/Theater performs "Tarantella, Tarantula." Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm, Sun., 2:30 pm. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

Oct. 5-31: "The Beat Goes On" is a visual tribute to MUSIC IDOLS, including Rod Stewart, Billie Holiday, and Led Zeppelin, by artists with developmental disabilities. Mon.-Fri. 10 am ­ 3 pm, Sat. 1-6 pm. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St. 863-2108;

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Older Writers Laboratory presents a free POETRY WORKSHOP for seniors, led by Brent Armendinger. 1:30-3:30 pm. Bernal Heights Library, 500 Cortland Ave. 355-2810.

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: San Francisco Sound Wave invites women to join their BARBERSHOP harmony group. 7 pm. 665-7960.

Oct. 6-15: Noe Valley's own Michael Smuin kicks off the 2006-07 season of the SMUIN BALLET with the world premiere of "Obrigado, Brazil." Tues.-Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 2 pm and 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St.

Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Find out what's for lunch at the 2 pm SNAKE FEEDING at the California Academy of Sciences. 875 Howard St. 321-8000;

Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27: LIVE JAZZ at Bird & Beckett Books & Records features Don Prell's SeaBop Ensemble (Oct. 6 and 20), The Jimmy Ryan Quartet (Oct. 13), and the Henry Irvin Quartet featuring vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits (Oct. 27). 5:30-8 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733;

Oct. 7: Families with kids age 7 and older are invited to take a free BIRDING WALK. 10 am-noon. Meet at the bookstore near the Main Gate of the Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park. 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way. 661-1316;

Oct. 7: Hike from the Presidio to the Mission to celebrate San Francisco's 230th ANNIVERSARY. 10 am-1 pm. Meets at Presidio Officers Club, walk concludes at Mission Dolores. 561-7752;

Oct. 7: A HEALTH FAIR especially for the Latino community includes free blood pressure, diabetes, and breast exam screenings by St. Luke's Hospital. 10 am-4 pm. Fairmont School, 65 Chenery St. 550-2235.

Oct. 7: FIBER artisans Laura and Karyn Chinn Smoot give a spinning wheel demonstration at the Randall Museum. 1-4 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

Oct. 7: Mel Brooks' COMEDY CLASSIC Young Frankenstein will be shown outdoors in Dolores Park, part of the park film series sponsored by the S.F. Neighborhood Theater Foundation. 8 pm.

Oct. 7 & 8: Four paws up for the first annual CANINE FILM FESTIVAL, featuring Best in Show, The Shaggy Dog, 101 Dalmatians, Old Yeller, and Wallace & Gromit shorts, to benefit PAWS. Castro Theater, 429 Castro St. 979-9550;

Oct. 7 & 8: LITQUAKE features readings by 75 authors including Barry Gifford, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Hack Hirschman. Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Oct. 7 & 8: David Hegarty plays an ORGAN POPS concert. 4-4:45 pm. Legion of Honor. 863-3330;

Oct. 7-31: "Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in CHINESE ARTS" exhibits and explains more than 100 artworks. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm, Thurs., 10 am-9 pm. Free the first Tuesday of the month. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. 581-3500;

Oct. 7, 14 & 28: The Mission Library offers family STORY TIME IN SPANISH for children of all ages. Noon. 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800;

Oct. 8: The SIPPY CUPS perform "Electric Storyland," a rock and roll circus based on their new CD. 1 and 4 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. 335-4422.

Oct. 9: Stephen Elliott hosts the final event of the Progressive READING SERIES, benefiting progressive congressional candidates and featuring Mary Roach, Eric B. Martin, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Keith Knight, and Nora Pierce. 7 pm. The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. 647-2888.

Oct. 10: Author Michelle Tea hosts the Radar SALON Series. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library. 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Oct. 10, 24 & 31: Librarians present LAPSITS for infants and toddlers at 10:30 am, and STORY TIME at 3:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Oct. 11: An open meditative walk on the Noe Valley Ministry's LABYRINTH begins at 6:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 648-1030.

Oct. 11: Historian John Martini discusses fortifications around the San Francisco Bay during the CIVIL WAR. 7-8 pm. Presidio Officers' Club. 561-5500;

Oct. 12: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the second Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

Oct. 13: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts an evening of great GUITARISTS with Peppino D'Agostino and Enrique Coria. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238;

Oct. 14: Recycle your old TVs, monitors, printers, and computers at an ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING Day sponsored by the city. 8 am-5 pm. James Lick School, 1220 Noe St. 850-9492.

Oct. 14: Make tracks to the annual DOGGONE FUN RUN fundraiser for PAWS and the San Francisco SPCA, featuring music, games, and a canine fashion show. 9 am; 5K pledge run/walk begins at 10 am. Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 554-3007 or visit

Oct. 14: Learn about DROUGHT-TOLERANT GARDENING at Garden for the Environment's workshop. 10 am-1 pm. 7th Ave. at Lawton St. 731-5627.

Oct. 14: San Francisco Botanical Garden's October PLANT SALE features trees, ferns, and rhododendrons. 10 am-1 pm, SF Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. 661-1316;

Oct. 14: LIT CRAWL, the closing night of the Lit Quake literary festival, wends its way up and down Valencia Street with events at venues including Intersection, 446 Valencia (5:30 pm), and Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. (7:15 pm). 626-2787.

Oct. 14: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the 3rd annual GEORGE BUSH Going Away Party: An Evening of Political Comedy, with four comedians including Noe Valley's Alana Devich. 8 pm. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness.

Oct. 14: Irregular Resolutions presents its FALL CONCERT with pieces by Carol Belcher, Harry Bernstein, John Bilotta, and others, performed by the Presidio Ensemble. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015;

Oct. 14 & 15: Artists in Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Castro, Duboce, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Mission, and Portola open their doors for the 2006 OPEN STUDIOS. 11 am-6 pm.

Oct. 15: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC presents the Ives String Quartet with the Mockingbird Quartet and violist Jodi Levitz. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236;

Oct. 16: Community Health Resource Center offers a free seminar on long-term care INSURANCE. 10 am-11:30 am. California Pacific Medical Center. 2100 Webster St., Suite 106. 923-3155;

Oct. 17: A MYSTERY WRITING workshop, moderated by Noe Valley author Cara Black, features panelists Laurie R. King, James Calder, Nadi Gordon, and David Corbett. 6-9 pm. 826 Valencia St. 642-5905;

Oct. 17: "On My Mind" includes six strange SHORT PLAYS, script in hand, by John Robinson. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 641-0235.

Oct. 18: Those who wish to care for children in their home are invited to a free CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation and workshop at the Children's Council. Orientation, 9-11:30 am; workshop, 12:30-3:30 pm. 445 Church St. 343-3333.

Oct. 18: Mayor GAVIN NEWSOM and school board member Sarah Lipson are among the speakers at a joint meeting of the Noe Valley Democratic Club and Friends of Noe Valley. 6:30 pm. St. Philip Church, 725 Diamond St. 641-5838 or e-mail rambooks

Oct. 18 & 25: POETRY Writing for Teens is a 10-week class for ages 13 through 19. 4-6 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4497.

Oct. 21: The second annual Noe Valley HARVEST FESTIVAL features performances by Groovus, Playdate, Nitecaps, and juggler Greg Frisbee, plus exhibits by 76 artists. 10 am-5 pm. 24th Street between Sanchez and Church;

Oct. 21: The annual WHOLESALE GEM show at Forbeadin' runs from 11 am to 5 pm. 1195 Church St. 641-1414;

Oct. 21: Anita De Lucio-Brock creates a DAY OF THE DEAD altar and talks about its history. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800.

Oct. 21: Daniel Camacho hosts a papier-mache workshop for DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. 1-4 pm. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. 821-1155.

Oct. 21: Calling all members of Washington High's class of 1976: a 30-YEAR REUNION at Rasselas Jazz Club runs from 8 pm to 1:30 am. 1534 Fillmore St. 987-9727.

Oct. 21 & 22: SECONDHAND CHIC sale to benefit Raphael House shelter offers books, art, dishes, shoes, kids clothing, and toys. 10 am-5 pm. Herbst Hall in the Presidio. 474-4621;

Oct. 21 & 22: Modern Times Bookstore's 35th BIRTHDAY BASH celebrates with two days of musicians, performers, and refreshments. Sat., 2 pm; Sun. benefit dinner at 6:30 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

Oct. 22: St. Paul's Elementary School celebrates its 90th BIRTHDAY with a mass followed by a reception featuring memorabilia and refreshments. 12:15 pm. Church and Valley streets. 648-7538.

Oct. 22: LEDIA CARROLL describes the shoreline of the historic "Lago Dolores" in her Mission Lake Project. Lakeside BBQ and music. 2-5 pm. Mission Park, Valencia between 19th and 20th.

Oct. 22: POETS David Meltzer and Diane Di Prima host a benefit reading for Bird & Beckett Books & Records. 4:30 pm. 2788 Diamond St. Limited seating; for advance tickets: 586-3733;

Oct. 22: A JAZZ VESPERS concert features the Mad and Eddie Duran Quartet. 5 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

Oct. 24: Lisa Atkinson leads a CHILDREN'S SING-ALONG at 10:30 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.

Oct. 24: John Freeman discusses the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 EARTHQUAKE and fire. 8 pm. Mission High Auditorium, 16th & Church. 750-9986.

Oct. 25: Activists Andy Pugni and Erica Swinney will discuss TRASH AND TOXICS. 8 pm. Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St. 626-2060;

Oct. 26: Today is the deadline to enter the "Mole to Die For" CONTEST, sponsored by the Mission Cultural Center. For info, 821-1155 or

Oct. 26: The kids are welcome at Peekabootique's PARENTS' NIGHT, featuring discussion, music, and drinks. 5:30-8:30 pm. 1306 Castro St. 641-6192.

Oct. 26: Want to become a life coach? LIFE COACH Ruth Cardillo talks about this growing field. 7-8 pm. 1342 Church St. 550-1504.

Oct. 26: UPPER NOE Neighbors meets at 7:30 pm. 30th Street Senior Center, 225-30th St. 285-0473.

Oct. 28: A RUMMAGE SALE, featuring almost everything under the sun, benefits the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:30 am-3 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

Oct. 28: Older Women's League (OWL) of San Francisco presents a free workshop discussing FUNERAL COSTS. 10 am-noon. Flood Building, 870 Market St., Room 1185; 989-4422.

Oct. 28: Wear a costume and join in the "ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and pumpkin-carving" at the free FAMILY HALLOWEEN DAY at the Randall Museum. 10 am-2 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

Oct. 28: Celebrate an environmentally-aware Halloween at Crissy Field's HALLO-GREEN PARTY. Kids age 9 and up are invited to the House of Toxic Horrors, "full of sludgy, smoggy ghosts, and goblins in a crazy, cool maze of enviro-horror," from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 to 8 pm. 561-7690.

Oct. 28: ART IN THE PARK, a free public showing of new designs for the park, with live music, chalk art, pumpkin sculptures, arts and crafts. Noon ­ 3 pm. Juri Commons Park, between Guerrero and 25th and 26th streets. 517-0045.

Oct. 28: Noe Valley author BILL YENNE signs his photography book, San Francisco Then and Now. 1 pm. Costco, 450 10th St. 626-4589.

Oct. 28: BOO AT THE ZOO features animals doing the "Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp," a Haunted Nature Trail, and "Creepy, Crawley Critters" in the Insect Zoo. 10 am-3 pm. Great Highway at Sloat Blvd. 753-7071;

Oct. 29: A dog costume contest and kids activities at PET PRIDE DAY benefit San Francisco Animal Care and Control. 11 am-3 pm. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 554-9427;

Oct. 29: Noe Valley author Janis Cooke Newman reads and signs her book MARY: A Novel (about Mary Todd Lincoln); proceeds benefit Synergy School. 4 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

Oct. 30: A main parade ground WORKSHOP updates plans for rehabilitation of the Presidio's largest open space. 6:30 pm. Presidio Officer's Club, 50 Moraga Ave. 561-5418;

Oct. 31: Merchants on 24th Street and Church Street from 24th to 30th Street invite kids in costume to TRICK-OR-TREAT all day. Hoffman Street is also open for thrills and chills from 6 to 8 pm. Happy Halloween.