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Feb. 1-10: The eighth annual SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Music Festival features nightly performances at venues in Noe Valley, the Mission, Potrero Hill, Upper Market, and West Portal. For a schedule, call 665-0408 or check out www.SFbluegrass.org.
Feb. 1-24: First Exposures, a mentoring program for at-risk youth, celebrates its 10th anniversary with "Developing History," an exhibit featuring archival images and the PHOTOGRAPHS of 16 students. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 pm. SF Camerawork, 657 Mission St. 512-2020.
Feb. 2, 3, 10, 11, 13 & 14: Bring your Valentine to "WOO AT THE ZOO," an erotic tour of the animal kingdom for adults only. 6 pm; Feb. 11 at noon. SF Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at 47th Ave. 753-7236; www.sfzoo.org.
Feb. 2, 9 & 23: City College offers a free series of videos and speakers on HEALTHY EATING for older adults, followed by chair yoga and food samples. 8:30 am-noon. The Sequoias, 1400 Geary Blvd. 551-1122.
Feb. 2, 9 & 23: Call in and express your emotional state at Neighborhood Public Radio's STATE OF MIND stations, mounted throughout the Mission District. 1-888-361-4NPR; www.soex.org.
Feb. 2-4: The "San Francisco ARTS OF PACIFIC ASIA" show and sale features rare artifacts from the past 2,000 years. Fri. & Sat., 11 am-7 pm, Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. 310-455-2886; www.caskeylees.com.
Feb. 2-28: The SF Library's BOOKMOBILE is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 665 Elizabeth St. 557-4353.
Feb. 2-28 & March 1-31: "Where the Light Is Good: LEO HOLUB: 70 Years of Photography," is a retrospective of works by Noe Valley resident Leo Holub. Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5:30 pm. The Himmelberger Gallery, 445A Sutter St. 391-8383.
Feb. 2-28: Travel into the incredible world of the HONEYBEE at a free exhibit, "Journey Into the Hive." Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600; www.randallmuseum.org.
Feb. 2-28: Courtly painting and vibrant folk art created during the 18th and 19th centuries are on view at the "Princes, Palaces, and Passion: The ART OF INDIA's Mewar Kingdom" exhibit. Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm, Thurs. 10 am-9 pm. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. 581-3500; www.asianart.org.
Feb. 2-28: The NOE STROLLS "playgroup on wheels" departs Holey Bagel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. 3872 24th St. www.noestrolls.com.
Feb. 2-28: Precita Eyes offers MISSION TRAIL MURAL WALKS. Sat., 11 am (meet at 24th Street BART Plaza in Café Venice); and Sun., 1:30 pm (meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St.). 285-2287.
Feb. 2-28: City Guides offers FREE WALKING TOURS including "Murals and the Multi-Ethnic Mission," Sundays at noon. Meet at the Women's Building, 3543 18th St. 557-4266; www.sfguides.org.
Feb. 2-28: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot and nutritious lunches for people over 60, on weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-1030.
Feb. 2-28: 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.
Feb. 2-28: Bands play Afro-Cuban salsa, Latin funk, samba, hip-hop, and reggae nightly at the ELBO ROOM. 9 pm. 647 Valencia St. 552-7788; www.elbo.com.
Feb. 2-March 6: Ratio 3 Gallery hosts "Thirty-three Days," an exhibition of new work by Mitzi Pederson, who creates three-dimensional SCULPTURE. Sun., noon-5 pm and by appointment. 903 Guerrero St. 821-3371; www.ratio3.org.
Feb. 2-March 31: Noe Valley resident DAN HOYLE's one-man performance "Tings Dey Happen" continues at the Marsh. Thurs. & Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 5 pm. 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006; www.themarsh.org.
Feb. 3: Learn WINTER COMPOSTING at a free workshop at the All In Common Community Garden. 10 am-noon. Corner of 23rd between Folsom & Shotwell. 731-5627; www.gardenfortheenvironment.org.
Feb. 3: In celebration of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, Yolanda Rhodes performs "Under the Nkula Tree" for all ages. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 557-4277.
Feb. 3: Composer TIM RAYBORN presents The Flame and the Shadow, a folkloric ballet in seven acts blending traditional music from the Balkans, Middle East, and India with original orchestral music. 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. 641-7657; www.brava.org.
Feb. 3: TIN HAT performs a concert celebrating the release of its first CD, The Sad Machinery of Spring. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
Feb. 3-25: Little Tree Gallery hosts "Paradise Lost," an EXHIBIT featuring video, sculpture, and drawings by artist Paul Zografakis. Opening reception Feb. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. 3412 22nd Street. 415-643-4929; www.littletreegallery.com.
Feb. 3-25: REBECCA FISHER performs "The Magnificence of the Disaster," her tragicomic story of the new South. Sat., 8 pm, Sun., 7 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006; www.themarsh.org.
Feb. 3-28: THE MARSH presents a solo show by Todd LeJeune, "Don't Let Go of the Potato." Thurs-Sat., 8 pm. 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006.
Feb. 4: Rocket Dog Rescue has some cute CANINES who need homes. Pick one out from noon to 4 pm in front of Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th St. 642-4786.
Feb. 4: Poets DIANE DI PRIMA and SHERI-D WILSON read from their work. 6 pm. Bird & Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
Feb. 5: The ODD MONDAYS SERIES introduces Amy Gorman, author of Aging Artfully, and screens Still Kicking by filmmaker Greg Young. 7 pm at 1021 Sanchez St.; no-host dinner at 5:30 pm at Noe Valley Pizza, 24th & Sanchez. 821-2090; email@example.com.
Feb. 6: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 2500 16th St. 554-3050.
Feb. 6, 13 & 27: Share songs and stories at the INFANT/TODDLER LAPSIT at 10:30 am and the afternoon story time for preschoolers at 3:30 pm. Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
Feb. 6, 20 & 27: 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; www.sfpl.org.
Feb. 6-27: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple offers introductory BUDDHIST MEDITATION classes. Tues., 7-8:30 pm; Sun., 10-11:30 am. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.
Feb. 7: FILMMAKER Judy Irving offers a rough-cut screening of her new documentary, Nineteen Arrests, No Convictions, about bar owner George Farnsworth, the oldest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco on New Year's Day. 6:30-7:30 pm. Mission Bay Branch Library, 960 Fourth St. 355-2838.
Feb. 7: Join Tex Dworkin (Global Exchange), Ella Silverman (Transfair USA), and Tom Neuhaus (Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates) for a panel discussion on FAIR TRADE. 7 pm. Intersection, 446 Valencia St. 626-2787; www.theintersection.org.
Feb. 8: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the second Thursday of the month, from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.
Feb. 8: Friends of Noe Valley sponsors a panel discussion on CRIME IN NOE VALLEY. Guests include the Ingleside and Mission District police captains. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Church Hall, 725 Diamond St. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 8-11: The Theatre of YUGEN presents a solo performance by Shinichi Iova-Koga, Milk Traces. 8 pm. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St. 621-7978; www.theatreofyugen.org.
Feb. 8, 15, & 22: PRESCHOOL STORY TIME for ages 3 to 5 begins at 10:10 am, and a bilingual lapsit for newborns through 3-year-olds starts at 11 am. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 557-4277.
Feb. 8-20: The SF Independent Film Festival screens 100 FILMS in three venues: the Roxie, Victoria Theatre, and the Castro Theatre. For a schedule call 820-3907 or visit www.sfindie.com.
Feb. 9: BLUEGRASS fans, round up your cowboy hats and dancin' shoes for performances by Jackstraw, The Stairwell Sisters, and The Wronglers. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
Feb. 9-11: The San Francisco TRIBAL & TEXTILE ARTS SHOW features pre-1940s artifacts from around the world. Fri. and Sat., 11 am-7 pm; Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. 310-455-2886; www.caskeylees.com.
Feb. 10: Get ready to welcome the Chinese New Year with crafts, entertainment, and flowers and plants for sale at the Lunar New Year FLOWER MARKET. 10 am-2 pm. SF Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park. 661-1316; www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.
Feb. 10: Former ballet dancer Valerie Baadh leads "GAMES Parents Play," one-on-one activities to play with toddlers and early school-age children. 2-5 pm. SF Movement Studio & Workshops, 333 Valencia St. Register at 218-7088 or www.sfmovement.com.
Feb. 10: California POET LAUREATE Al Young reads from his work and discusses his career. 4-5 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.
Feb. 10: Jazz vocalist Shea Breaux Wells and her quartet perform Deep Red Jazz, a benefit for the STOP AIDS Project. 6-9 pm. 575-0160, ext. 260; www.elbo.com.
Feb. 10: The BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL continues with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and the Alhambra Valley Band. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238; www.SFbluegrass.org or www.noevalleymusicseries.com.
Feb. 11: Protect your dog or cat at a free MICROCHIP CLINIC at Animal Care and Control. 1-4 pm. 1200 15th & Harrison. 554-6364.
Feb. 11: The Noe Valley Chamber Music Series presents the ORINDA EMSEMBLE performing a concert of English Baroque song, "Pleasures and Follies of Love." 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236; www.nvcm.org.
Feb. 13: Tureeda Mikell performs a Black History Month program, "Rhythm, RAP, AND RHYME," for ages 5 and younger; sponsored by the Noe Valley Library. 10:30 am. Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393.
Feb. 14: Quiet your mind as you walk the LABYRINTH at the Noe Valley Ministry. 6:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
Feb. 17: Learn to make traditional Chinese New Year dishes with SHIRLEY CHAO. 10 am-2 pm. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason St. 561-7690; wwwcrissyfield.org/center.
Feb. 17: Guy Washington presents a slide show on the Maritime Routes of the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. 1 pm. SF Maritime Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Jefferson and Leavenworth. 447-5000; www.nps.gov/safr.
Feb. 17: KITTY ROSE celebrates the release of her new CD, Kitty Rose Live at the Ryman, originally recorded in Nashville in 1972. 8 pm. LGBT Community Center, Rainbow Room, 1800 Market St. www.kittyrose.com.
Feb. 18: The MARDI GRAS celebration at Bethany United Methodist Church, led by trumpeter and choir leader Dave Scott, will feature New Orleans-style jazz. 11 am. 1268 Sanchez Street. 647-8393 or email@example.com.
Feb. 18: Welcome the YEAR OF THE BOAR with the Zoo's resident warthogs and Kune Kune pigs. 11 am-3 pm. SF Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at 47th Ave. 753-7080; www.sfzoo.org.
Feb. 18: POET Dan Liberthson reads from his new collection, A Family Album. 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.
Feb. 18: The Taylor Eigsti Trio performs a free concert, JAZZ VESPERS. 5 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.
Feb. 19: Author Dick Meister discusses aspects of the LABOR MOVEMENT. 7 pm. The Odd Monday Series, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 821-2090.
Feb. 20: Michelle Tea hosts the RADAR SALON with writer Eileen Myles and poet Justin Chin. 7:30 pm. Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
Feb. 22: PARENT'S PARTY Night at Peekabootique, regularly scheduled for the last Thursday of the month, features refreshments and a chance to meet neighbors. 5:30 pm. 1306 Castro St. 641-6192.
Feb. 22: Perform in "American Fido," an open-mike comedy contest to find the WORST MUSICIAN in San Francisco. Signup 7:30 pm; show 8 pm. The Dark Room, 2263 Mission St. 401-7987; www.amfido.com.
Feb. 23: More than 100 artists create art before your very eyes at the seventh annual MONSTER DRAWING RALLY, sponsored by Southern Exposure. 6-10:30 pm. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St. 863-2141; www.soex.org.
Feb. 24: OWL, the Older Women's League, presents a free HEALTH CARE FORUM. 9 am-12:15 pm. Call 989-4422 for location.
Feb. 24: A garage and BAKE SALE sponsored by 10-year-old Alice Kincaide benefits the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. 10 am-4 pm. 3774 26th St. 824-7535.
Feb. 24: Parents can find out how to apply for financial aid at a FREE CASH FOR COLLEGE WORKSHOP. 1-4 pm. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 202-7944; www.sfcollegeaccess.org.
Feb. 24: Support Rocket Dog Rescue at a fundraising AUCTION featuring gift dinners, spa services, and prizes from the Giants and Gump's. 5-9 pm. Terra Mia Studios, 1314 Castro St. 756-6418.
Feb. 24 & 25: The SYMPHONY OF COLOR Quilt Show features the fabric creations of quilters Alex Anderson and Letitia Chung. Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-4 pm. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St. 661-6285.
Feb. 24-28: 250 winners from 28 schools exhibit their innovative projects at the 25th annual San Francisco Middle School SCIENCE FAIR. 10 am-5 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600; www.randallmuseum.org.
Feb. 25: Composers and singers merge at the second annual MUSICAL MATCHMAKER Event for Fresh Voices IV. 2 pm. Goat Hall, 400 Missouri St. 289-6877; www.goathall.org.
Feb. 26: Chefs of Noe Valley host a five-course DINNER at $175 per plate to raise money for the Kim Family Fund. Seating 5:30 to 9 pm. Incanto Restaurant, 1550 Church St. 641-1500; www.kimfamilyfund.com.
Feb. 27: Jaime Jacinto, Chad Sweeney, and Michelle Matz share the stage with younger writers at a multigenerational READING. 7 pm. Intersection, 446 Valencia St. 626-2787; www.theintersection.org.
Feb. 27: Lucy Jane Bledsoe recounts her adventures in ANTARCTICA and reads from her new book, The Ice Cave. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616; www.sfpl.org.
Feb. 28: The San Francisco JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL screens Jay Heyman's documentary, Bernie. 7:30 pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. 978-2700.
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The next Noe Valley Voice will roar into Noe Valley on March 2. If you have items for our calendar, please send them by Feb. 15. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can 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 items as possible.