Noe Valley Voice April 2008


April 1, 8, 15 & 29: The Noe Valley Library sponsors LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: "Tot/Parent Spanish," sponsored by LANGO, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Chris Sequeira teaches beginner TAI CHI at 6 pm on Tuesdays. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

April 1-20: Noe Valley PHOTOGRAPHERS Angelika Schilli and Alan George are among the exhibitors in "Whimsy" at the Bay Area Photographers Collective. Tues.-Thu., noon-10 pm; Fri.-Sun., 10 am-8 pm. Rayko Gallery, 428 3rd. 495-3773;

April 1-23: CREATIVITY EXPLORED hosts a group exhibition of abstract art, "The Untitled." Reception March 6, 7-9 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

April 1-26: Little Tree Gallery features CASEY LOGAN'S "Come Celebrate the Knowledge You Never Knew You Had." Reception April 5, 6-9 pm; Wed.-Sat., noon-6 pm. 3412 22nd. 643-4929.

April 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon. through Sat., 7 to 8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

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

April 1-May 4: Voice contributor LEO HOLUB exhibits photographs in a group show, "Prelude to Spring," at the Himmelberger Gallery. 445A Sutter. 391-8383.

April 1-May 16: Salvadoran artist Victor Cartagena creates a large MULTIMEDIA installation, "The Invisible Nation." Tues.-Sat., noon-6 pm. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th. 826-8009;

April 1-May 16: Noe Valley resident Janet Kessler exhibits "Myca of Twin Peaks," photos of a COYOTE she met on her daily walks. Seed Gallery, Presidio Bldg. 1014, Lincoln & Torney. 561-7823.

April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Danielle is the STORYTELLER (with help from baby Charlotte) at Cover to Cover's Wednesday story hour. 3-4 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

April 2-26: "GREEN" is the theme of a group art exhibit at CITY ART Cooperative Gallery. Reception April 4, 7 to 10 pm. Wed.-Sun., noon-9 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

April 3: SF Suicide Prevention stages a "Laughs for Life" FUNDRAISER featuring comics Josh Blue, Yayne Abeba, and Doug Ferrari. 6:30-9:30 pm. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus. 984-1900;

April 3 & 4: Grammy winner Susana Baca performs AFRO-PERUVIAN music at Brava. 8 pm. 2789 24th. 647-2822;

April 3-19: DAN HOYLE's Tings Dey Happen returns to the Marsh. Thu. & Fri., 8 pm; Sat. 8:30 pm. 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006;

April 3, 10, 17 & 24: Meet at Holey Bagel for a Thursday STROLLER WALK. 11 am. 3872 24th.

April 4: Todd Berman exhibits PAINTINGS at the Artist Xchange. Reception, 7-10 pm. 3169 16th. 864-1490;

April 4, 11, 18 & 25: Bird & Beckett bookstore hosts a CHILDREN'S STORY TIME Fridays at 11 am. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

April 4, 11, 18 & 25: Friday BINGO at St. Paul's begins at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

April 4-26: Noe Valley resident JAMES JUDD performs a solo comedy, Seven Sins. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th. 861-5079;

April 5: The Swinging GUITARS (8:30 am) and Failure to Disperse (10:30 am) play the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

April 5: The Noe Valley Ministry's fundraiser for an ELEVATOR features a raffle, finger food (5:30-7:30), and music by Orange Sherbet (4:30 pm) and Playdate (7:30-9 pm). 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

April 5: Terra Mia hosts an ART AUCTION to benefit Rocket Dog Rescue. 5-9 pm. 1314 Castro. 642-9911;

April 5: Pianist Davide Verotta presents a program of PIANO WORKS from the 18th to 21st centuries, including Beethoven's Sonata Opus 109. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp.

April 5: Noe Valley band RUPA & the April Fishes celebrates its new release, Extraordinary Rendition. 8 pm. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell. 800-225-2277;

April 5: Artist Richard Lang discusses creativity "From Stonehenge to Shadow Puppets to Electric Works" at the BERNAL BUBBLES Soapbox Lecture. 10-10:30 pm. 397 Cortland. 821-9530;

April 5 & 6: The SF CHORAL SOCIETY performs Welsh composer Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at St. Paul's Church. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7:30 pm. 221 Valley. 392-4400;

April 5-27: Park rangers lead WALKING TOURS along SF's northern waterfront; sponsored by the National Park Service. Sat. & Sun., 10:30-11:30 am. 447-5000;

April 6: Spring Pilates and Yoga hosts "PILATES for the Planet," an Earth Day benefit for BioFuel Oasis, a woman-owned alternative fuel coop. 11 am-noon. 1414 Castro. 282-8850;

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

April 6: Celebrate VINCENT VAN GOGH's birthday with "Working-Class Hero and Spiritual Mystic," a slideshow by Marlene Aron. 1:30-4 pm. Rozanoff Art, 355 29th. Register at 641-5203 or

April 6: The Golden Gate MEN'S CHORUS performs a concert, "Sharing Our Future." 2-5 pm. Vanguard Properties, 2501 Mission. 668-GGMC;

April 6: Soprano Ann Moss, pianist Robin Sutherland and clarinet player Carey Bell perform music by Brahms, Poulenc, and Schubert at Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez.

April 6-June 30: The founding members of A Woman's Eye Gallery exhibit "SPRING Through a Woman's Eye." Reception April 6, noon-5 pm. Sat. & Sun., noon-5 pm. 678 Portola. 731-6470;

April 7: A RESOURCE FAIR for older women is co-hosted by the Jewish Community Center and Kaiser Permanente. 10 am-3 pm. 3200 California. 292-1200;

April 7: New College Law School offers a free WORKSHOP on how to present a case in small claims court. 6 pm. 50 Fell. 241-1300.

April 7: Bay Area poets Katharine Harer and Emmanuel Williams read poems inspired by paintings, at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm, preceded by no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

April 7, 14, 21 & 28: The SF Vegetarian Society and the Cancer Project offer a free COOKING demo and lecture series. 6-8 pm. Institute on Aging, 3600 Geary. Preregister 273-5481.

April 7-May 2: Visit "Dynasty: The Ancestral Arts of China," an EXHIBIT of paintings and sculptures from the Qing Dynasty. SF State, Humanities 510, Font & Tapia. 405-0599;

April 8: Amnesty International hosts a panel discussion, "BEIJING OLYMPICS and Human Rights" (3-5 pm) at the Main Library, 100 Larkin, followed by a rally and vigil (6-9 pm) at the Civic Center. 252-1750.

April 8: Journalist Kelly Corrigan reads from her MEMOIR, The Middle Place, at the Noe Valley Library. 7-8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 647-8393;

April 9: COMEDIAN Brian Wetzel performs Side by Side: A Journey with Depression. 7:30 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006;

April 10: Learn the samba, rhumba, tango, and more at a six-week BALLROOM dancing class for couples on Thursday evenings. Forest Hill Christian Church Hall, 250 Laguna Honda. Preregister 661-2746.

April 10: Senior students from the Visual Arts Department exhibit their ARTWORK in the third floor SOTA Gallery. Reception 5:30 pm. SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola. 695-5720;

April 11: The SF GIRLS CHORUS presents its annual gala and fundraiser. Dinner reception 6:30 pm; concert 7:30 pm. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery. 863-1752, ext. 306.

April 11: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy holds the fourth annual Café con COMEDY, featuring comedians Ali Mafi, Julia Jackson, Gretchen Rootes, Carla Clayy, Lisa Geduldig, and Doug Ferrari. 7:30 pm. Dolores Park Café, 501 Dolores.; 522-3737.

April 11: City College screens The Life and Times of ROSIE the Riveter, at its Mission Campus. 8 pm. 1125 Valencia, Room 254. 239-3899.

April 12: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market hosts MUSIC by the Faux Brummels (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am). 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

April 12: The San Francisco ZOO holds an all-ages volunteer workday, with work gloves, tools, and refreshments provided. Second Sat., 8-11 am. 1 Zoo Road (off Sloat near the Great Highway). 753-7173.

April 12: PLAYWRIGHTS from the SF School of the Arts Creative Writing Department show their latest work. 7:30 pm. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia. 695-5720;

April 12-May 17: SF Nature Education leads walks around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, to observe the Great Blue HERONS and their chicks. Sat., 10 am-1 pm. Follow signs from the Stow Lake Boathouse. 387-9160;

April 13: Drop off ELECTRONIC WASTE (TVs, computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, DVD players, stereo equipment, and typewriters) free at Fairmount School from 9 am to 2 pm. 65 Chenery. 695-5669.

April 13: The California NATIVE PLANT Society offers a free self-paced tour of local gardens. 10 am-2 pm. For locations:

April 15: Nobody from Ipanema performs live samba music at ELBO ROOM. 6 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

April 16: City College sponsors "Visions of Peace & Justice," a ROUNDTABLE on the role of graphic artists in social movements. 7-9:30 pm. 1125 Valencia. 920-6045.

April 16: Susan Griffin reads and signs Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an AMERICAN CITIZEN. 7 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight. 863-8688;

April 17: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the third Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez. 641-6538;

April 17: The UPPER NOE Neighbors meeting includes a 20th anniversary celebration and the election of officers. 7:30 pm. 30th Street Senior Center, 225 30th. 285-0473.

April 18-27: City College's Theater Arts and Music Departments present CABARET, set in 1929 Berlin. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Diego Rivera Theater, 40 Phelan. 239-3100.

April 19: Poet and sculptor Linda King signs her new book, BUKOWSKI Undigested, at the Beat Museum. 7:30 pm. 540 Broadway. 399-9626;

April 19: Jude (8:30 am) and Devil's Slide (10:30 am) perform at the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

April 19: A GARAGE SALE organized by the SF Parents of Multiples Club offers clothing, furniture, and toys for kids. 9 am-3 pm. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. For free admission flyer:

April 19: Sharon Art Studio holds its REGISTRATION for summer art camps for youth 12 to 16. 10 am-noon. Golden Gate Park next to the Children's Playground. 753-7004;

April 19: Southern Exposure invites you to a "VAPOR SYMPOSIUM," a daylong gathering of speakers on climate change and the arts. 10 am-5 pm. Calif. College of the Arts, 1111 8th. at Irwin. 863-2141;

April 19: LYNN HAZEN introduces her new children's book, Cinder Rabbit, at Cover to Cover. 3 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080;

April 19: Hear a talk on whaling ship captain WILLIAM SHOREY, known as the "Black Ahab," sponsored by the National Park Service. 6 pm. Maritime Library, Fort Mason, Building E. 561-7040 or 447-5000.

April 19: A Progressive Reading to Save RENT CONTROL includes appearances by Jane Smiley, Yiyun Li, Charlie Anders, Michelle Richmond, and Jeff O'Keefe. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd. 647-2888;

April 19 & 20: The SF SPCA celebrates its 140th anniversary with activities including a Sunday Animal Assisted Therapy ART AUCTION. 11 am-3 pm. Maddie's Adoption Center, 250 Florida. 554-3000.

April 20: A "South of Cesar" BICYCLE RIDE, sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, travels through neighborhoods below Army/Chavez. 11 am-2 pm. Meet at the southwest corner of Valencia and 24th. 431-BIKE;

April 20: "The Butterfly Effect," a benefit for the Jeffrey Hartgraves CANCER FUND, features Veronica Klaus, Connie Champagne, and Trauma Flintstone. 7:30 pm. Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th. 861-5079.

April 21: Vocalist Raquel Bitton performs "Piaf: Her Story...Her Songs," at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm, preceded by no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

April 21: Erik S. Hagiwara-Nagata discusses the history of the JAPANESE TEA GARDEN at Strybing Arboretum. 7 pm. Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue & Lincoln. 661-1316;

April 21: UCSF Professor Tejal Desai discusses NANOTECHNOLOGY in medicine. 7-9 pm. Atlas Café, 3049 20th. 648-1047;

April 22: The Noe Valley Library shows FILMS for preschoolers at 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 22: SF's Green program coordinators Mark Palmer and Rich Chien will offer tips on GREENING your home or apartment, in honor of Earth Day. 2-3:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin.

April 24: Peekabootique's PARENTS PARTY offers wine, Orangina, and goldfish crackers. 5:30-7:30 pm. 1306 Castro. 641-6192.

April 24: Chris Carlsson speaks on "Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today." 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

April 24: Naturalist Jim Mackey discusses the ecology of San Pedro Valley County Park at the NATURAL HISTORY Lecture Series at the Randall Museum. 7:30 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600;

April 26: Misisipi Mike (8:30 am) and Swing Serenade (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

April 26: Join in a day of SACRED HARP singing at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. 9 am-3 pm. Potluck at noon. 953 De Haro. 510-845-4231.

April 26: Local POET Jane Rice discusses her book inspired by paintings from Paris in the 1930s, Portrait Sitters. 2-3 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 337-4740.

April 26: HOUSTON JONES performs bluegrass, folk, blues, and gospel music at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

April 27: A YOGA BASICS workshop at Spring Pilates and Yoga includes a week of classes. 10 am-noon. 1414 Castro. Preregister at 282-8850;

April 27: The SIPPY CUPS band performs at Bimbo's 365 at 1 pm and 4 pm. 1025 Columbus.

April 27: The Adorno Ensemble performs modern CHAMBER MUSIC from around the world. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez.

April 27: A benefit for Bird & Beckett Books features readings by POETS David Meltzer, Diane di Prima, and Michael McClure. 4-7 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

April 27: The Friends of the Urban Forest and Greens Restaurant co-host "San Francisco Grown," a dinner to BENEFIT FUF's urban greening programs. 5:30-8:30 pm. Fort Mason. 561-6890;

April 28: Author Valerie Mason-Johnson, aka Queenie, and Dalit activist Malati Wankhede discuss Broken Voices: "UNTOUCHABLE" Women Speak Out. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

April 29: Patricia Lynn Henley discusses a book co-written with Elda Del Bino Willitts (1909-2005), The Sugar's at the Bottom of the Cup: Recalling One Woman's San Francisco, at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

April 30: Today is the deadline for applications for ARTISTS who wish to be considered for the Central Subway public art program. Go to

May 1: Learn lively jigs and reels at a free SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Music and Dance Party. Attendees receive $10 coupon good towards fall series for beginners. Bring low shoes. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 841-9456;;

May 1: Apply to the Marsh YOUTH THEATER by May 1 and you'll get a discount on the July/August programs. 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

May 2 & 3: Veriditas presents "Creativity as a Spiritual Path," an urban retreat to explore the LABYRINTH Movement. Fri., 2:30 pm-Sat. 9 pm. Grace Cathedral. 561-2921;

May 3, 10 & 17: A three-part "Introduction to ORGANIC GARDENING includes garden design. 10 am-1 pm. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton. Preregister 731-5627;

May 4: "Big Bash at the Clubhouse" introduces Bird & Beckett's CULTURAL LEGACY Project, a new nonprofit to present local musicians and poets. 2-7 pm. Miraloma Clubhouse, 350 O'Shaughnessey. 586-3733;

May 6: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group moderated by Dr. Betty Carmack. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

May 10: A hundred families will participate in a five-block STREET FAIR and flea market on Fair Oaks Street between 21st and 26th streets. 9 am-4 pm.

May 16-18: SF School of the Arts invites you to "come see something amazing from teenagers" at the school's annual DANCE CONCERT, held at Ft. Mason's Cowell Theater. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. 345-7575;

May Deadline April 15

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the May issue, appearing in Noe Valley by Monday, May 5. If you send us your calendar items by the April 15 deadline, we'll do our best to publish them. Write Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114, or e-mail Note: Events in Noe Valley get first preference, but we'll consider items from all around the city.