Noe Valley Voice February 2008


Feb. 1 & 2: The California Music Educators' Association JAZZ FESTIVAL features groups from the entire Bay Area. 8 am-5 pm. SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Feb. 1-3: TAKAMI & MoBu Dance Group present a dance performance, Illusion 2. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan. 864-4126;

Feb. 1, 8, 22 & 29: City College Older Adults Program sponsors a free discussion series on ARTHRITIS. 9:30 am-noon. The Sequoias, 1501 Post. 551-1122.

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Friday BINGO at St. Paul's begins at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: CHESS CLUB at the Excelsior Library welcomes all skill levels, ages 6 and up. 3:30-5:30 pm. 4400 Mission. 355-2868.

Feb. 1-9: The ninth annual SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Festival features 50 bands in 15 venues. For the lineup, visit or call 664-2044.

Feb. 1-16: Sharon Eberhardt's play Savage Arts is based on the true story of an Indian WITCHCRAFT TRIAL in the 1930s. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006;

Feb. 1-27: CREATIVITY EXPLORED hosts a group exhibition of sculptural found objects, "Finders Keepers." Mon.-Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

Feb. 1-29: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

Feb. 1-29: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7-8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 1-March 1: JORDAN KANTOR exhibits artwork at Ratio 3 Gallery. Wed.-Sat., 11 am-6 pm. 1447 Stevenson. 821-3371;

Feb. 1-March 1: A GROUP SHOW at City Art Cooperative Gallery has an artists' reception Feb. 1, from 7 to 10 pm. Wed.-Sun., noon-9 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

Feb. 1-March 8: Come Home, Jovelyn Richards' solo play about black soldiers and their families during World War II, premieres at the Marsh. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm. 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006;

Feb. 2: The Swinging GUITARS of Tom Huber and Misisipi Mike (8:30 am) and Failure to Disperse (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 2: The Noe Valley Ministry sponsors "Writing the Sacred," a WORKSHOP looking at the poetic elements of the Bible's Psalms and offering a chance to write your own sacred poem. 10 am-12:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 2: The 10th annual Lunar New Year FLOWER MARKET at Strybing Arboretum features performances by Lion Dancers and Chinese acrobats. 10 am-3 pm. Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue & Lincoln. 661-1316;

Feb. 2: The band Alphabet Rockers performs at the "I Love My Playground" event celebrating DOLORES PARK Playground. 11 am-noon. 19th & Dolores. 828-5772;

Feb. 2: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts the SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Music Festival, with performances by the Stairwell Sisters, the Crooked Jades, and Spring Creek. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 2: DICK CHENEY (performed by Ed Holmes of the SF Mime Troupe) delivers the monthly Soap Box Lecture. 10-10:30 pm. Bernal Bubbles, 397 Cortland. 821-9530;

Feb. 3: A community CONVERSATION, "Threat Level Lavender--Deciphering the Code: San Francisco Values and the Media," is moderated by trans media activist Andy Marra and blogger Pam Spaulding. 2-4 pm. 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Feb. 3: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon-4 pm. 4040 24th. 642-4786.

Feb. 3: St. Paul's hosts a SUPER BOWL PARTY with refreshments from 2 to 8 pm. Farana Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Feb. 4-27: SF Library's BOOKMOBILE parks in Noe Valley on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm. 665 Elizabeth. 557-4353.

Feb. 4-28: The Mission Branch Library offers HOMEWORK HELP for kids in grades K-7 Monday through Thursday (except Feb. 18), 4-6 pm. 300 Bartlett at 24th. 355-2800;

Feb. 5: The California PRIMARY ELECTION! Polls are open 7 am to 8 pm. For more information: 1-800-345-VOTE.

Feb. 5: The SPCA's PET LOSS support group is moderated by Dr. Betty Carmack. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26: LANGO holds a "Tot/Parent Spanish" class at 10 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Chris Sequeira gives a beginners TAI CHI class at 6 pm on Tuesdays. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Call to register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds an introduction to MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

Feb. 5, 19 & 26: The Noe Valley Library sponsors LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez. 647-8393;

Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Danielle is the STORYTELLER (with help from her new baby, Charlotte) at Cover to Cover's Wednesday story hour. 3-4 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Feb. 6: Seven authors--Anna Furtado, Gabrielle Goldsby, Karin Kallmaker, JLee Meyer, Ursula Steck, and Diane and Jack Anderson-Minshall--appear at the Lesbian Genre Fiction TOUR at the Main Library. 6-7:45 pm. 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Feb. 7: National Book Award winner WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN signs his new book Riding Toward Everywhere. 7 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight. 863-8688;

Feb. 7: Local author/illustrator Maria Van Lieshout introduces her children's book Bloom! at Cover to Cover. 5 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Feb. 7: Artists' Television Access screens Moments with Fidel, a 2004 DOCUMENTARY about the Cuban leader's life. 7:30-9 pm. 992 Valencia. 824-3890.

Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Meet at Holey Bagel for a Thursday STROLLER WALK. 11 am. 3872 24th.

Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28: The NONVIOLENT VIGIL for Peace and Justice is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and the SF Friends (Quaker) Meeting. Noon-1 pm, every Thursday since Sept. 11, 2001, at the Federal Building, Larkin and Golden Gate.

Feb. 7-March 2: Theater Rhinoceros presents the Mamet PLAY Boston Marriage. Wed.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm; Feb. 10, 7 pm. 2926 16th. 861-5079.

Feb. 8: "NUDES," a group exhibit at Rozanoff Art, features work by Marlene Aron, Anna Efanova, Giovanna Giordano, Igor Koutsenko, Jakob Kalousek, Crystal Morey, and Thorina Rose. Reception 6-9 pm. 355 29th. 917-251-3179;

Feb. 8: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's "LOVE on Wheels" is a dating game for two-wheelers. 6-10 pm. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell. 431-BIKE;

Feb. 8: Jackstraw, the Wronglers, and Fretnot perform at the SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Music Festival. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 8: Electric Vardo at Club Six hosts a night of Urban Fusion BELLY DANCE, with Unmata and Verbatim dance troupes. 9 pm-2 am. 60 6th. 259-8629;

Feb. 8: ELBO ROOM hosts a Free Funk Friday benefit for the International Dyslexia Association. 10 pm-2 am. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Feb. 8-10: The Tribal and TEXTILE ARTS Show features 100 international art dealers. Fri. & Sat., 11 am-7 pm; Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Opening gala Feb. 7, 6-10 pm, to benefit the de Young Museum; call 415-750-7656. Fort Mason. 310-455-2886;

Feb. 9: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market hosts MUSIC by Jude (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am). 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 9: Dr. Pat Zrelak discusses the recognition and prevention of STROKES at the Older Women's League (OWL) meeting. 10 am. 870 Market, Room 1185. 989-4422.

Feb. 9: Garden for the Environment and Orchard Keepers conduct a workshop in basic FRUIT TREE CARE. 10 am-1 pm. 7th Ave. at Lawton. Preregister 731-5627;

Feb. 9: The neighborhood is invited to play and do Valentine crafts at the DEDICATION of the new kids' playground at Noe Courts. 11 am. 24th & Douglass. Friends of Noe Courts Playground,

Feb. 9: The Glen Park Library hosts a VALENTINE CRAFTS workshop for ages 5 to 12. 3-4 pm. 2825 Diamond. Register at 337-4740.

Feb. 7: JEFF KINNEY signs his book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. 11 am-1 pm. Cover to Cover. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Feb. 9: Glen Park couple Jeanne Halpern and Louis Prisco lead a Valentine LOVERS' Hike and potluck lunch on Mount Tam. Bring a dish for six, plus snacks and water. Meet at 9:15 am at the California Alpine Club, 730 Panoramic Hwy, near Mountain Home Inn. 841-1254.

Feb. 9: Noe Valley Pet Co. hosts a GRATEFUL DOGS Rescue Adoption Fair noon to 3 pm. 1451 Church. 282-7385.

Feb. 9: PETER ROWAN Bluegrass Band and Eric & Suzy Thompson fill the SF Bluegrass Fest stage, starting at 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 9 & 10: The third annual NEAL CASSIDY Birthday Bash at the Beat Museum features music, readings, a silent auction, and a guest appearance by Al Hinkle, "Big Ed Dunkel" from On the Road. 10 am-10 pm. 540 Broadway. 399-9626;

Feb. 9-10 & 14-16: WOO AT THE ZOO is an adults-only humorous discussion of animal reproductive rituals, led by former penguin keeper Jane Tollini. 6 pm; Feb. 10 & 16 at noon. SF Zoo, Sloat near the Great Highway. Reservations required: 753-7236;

Feb. 10: A microchipping CLINIC at Animal Care & Control is free for pets of SF residents. 1-4 pm. 1200 15th. 554-6364.

Feb. 10: Emerging CHOREOGRAPHERS from Dancers' Group and CounterPULSE share their work. Free. 2 pm. 1310 Mission. 626-2060;

Feb. 10: Brett Webb-Mitchell discusses his book On Being a GAY PARENT at the PFLAG support group meeting. 2-4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church. 921-8850;

Feb. 10: San Francisco Renaissance Voices and lute player Scott Shubeck perform a musical Feast for St. Valentine at Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez.

Feb. 10, 17 & 24: Learn to KNIT SOCKS on two circular needles in a class at Noe Knit. 2-3:30 pm. 3957 24th. 970-9750.

Feb. 11: New College's School of Law offers a free WORKSHOP, "How to Present a Case in Small Claims Court." 6 pm. 50 Fell. 241-1300.

Feb. 11: Teacher Rhoda Curtis reads from her memoir Her First Ninety Years, at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm, preceded by no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 12: The SF Zoo's SENIOR STROLL is a docent-guided walking tour on the second Tuesday of every month. 9-10:15 am. 1 Zoo Road (off Sloat near the Great Highway). 753-7173.

Feb. 12: San Francisco Atheists celebrate DARWIN DAY with a lecture/discussion about the science of evolution. 5-8 pm. Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Feb. 12: Filmmaker Sarah Feinbloom debuts In Search of the Heart of Chocolate, a "chocumentary" featuring the Noe Valley shop CHOCOLATE Covered. 6:30 & 7:30 pm, followed by a chocolate reception. Delancey Street, 600 Embarcadero. 512-5179;

Feb. 12: Toe to Toe: The Rematch pits dancers against athletes in a benefit for ODC DANCE Commons and Cal Athletics. 6:30 pm. Concourse, 635 8th. 352-7299;

Feb. 13: New College of California hosts a Law School OPEN HOUSE. 6 pm. 50 Fell, Room 210. 241-1300.

Feb. 13: James Lick Middle School kids show off experiments at a SCIENCE FAIR. 6 pm. 1220 Noe. 695-5675.

Feb. 13: The Main Library's RADAR READING series, hosted by Michelle Tea, features Pagan Kennedy, Janell Moon, Raz Link, and Joe Loya. 6-7:30 pm. Latino/ Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Feb. 13: Susie Bright introduces The Best American EROTICA 2008. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Feb. 15: The Older Women's League (OWL) BOOK GROUP features The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Noon-2 pm. 870 Market, room 911. 989-4422.

Feb. 15: In celebration of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, the Freedom Socialist Party screens a documentary film about James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket. 7:30 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278.

Feb. 15: SF Bachelors 'n' Bachelorettes holds a beginners SQUARE DANCE class on Fridays, 7:30-8:45 pm. First two sessions are free. Christ Church Lutheran, 20th Ave. & Quintara. Saul, 647-2483.

Feb. 15 & 16: The SF School of the Arts THEATER Dept. presents Break a Leg: Senior Recital. Three different performances: Fri., 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sat., 7:30 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5720.

Feb. 15-17: Performance artist PENNY ARCADE performs. Fri. & Sat., 10:30 pm; Sun., 3 & 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

Feb. 16: Friends honor the memory of longtime neighborhood resident BOB JOHNSON, owner/operator of Johnson's Tamale Grotto. 1 to 5 pm. 400 Liberty, Apt. 4.

Feb. 16: The Faux Brummels (8:30 am) and Folk This! (10:30 am) perform at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 17: A BOOK RELEASE PARTY for poet Q.R. Hand's Whose Really Blues begins at 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

Feb. 17: Clairdee and the Ken French Trio perform at a JAZZ VESPERS. 5 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 19 & 20: Aileen Barr teaches a basic MOSAIC CLASS for adults at Terra Mia. 6-8 pm. 1314 Castro. Sign up at 642-9911.

Feb. 20: Attorney and former Olympic cyclist Bob Mionske discusses "Bicycling and the LAW" at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 6-8 pm. 995 Market. 431-BIKE;

Feb. 20: Join Modern Times' Janice Flux at a party celebrating her new ZINE, We Are Not the Moon, illustrated by Annie Danger. Bring a hardcover book to receive a free mag. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

Feb. 20: Pollster David Binder discusses the prospects for a Democratic presidency at the Noe Valley DEMOCRATIC CLUB meeting. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 641-5838.

Feb. 21: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the third Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez. 641-6538;

Feb. 21: ANNA BANANA gives a free talk on "Surviving as an Artist." 7 pm. SF Center for the Book, 300 De Haro. 565-0545;

Feb. 21: Nancy DeStefanis gives a lecture/slide presentation about the 1915 PANAMA PACIFIC EXHIBITION. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600;

Feb. 21: Country/honky-tonk band RANCHO DELUXE performs music from its new CD, True Freedom. 8:30 pm. Café du Nord, 2170 Market. 861-5016;

Feb. 22: 130 artists do live art for purchase at a Monster Drawing RALLY sponsored by Southern Exposure. 6-11 pm. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa. 863-2141;

Feb. 22: Janell Moon introduces her new book of POETRY, Riding Free in a New Studebaker. 7 pm. SF Center for the Book, 300 DeHaro. 565-0545;

Feb. 23: Sandy Ross (8:30 am) and Swing Serenade (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 23: VOLUNTEERS can help weed Juri Commons Park, at a rain or shine workday; coffee and pastries provided. 9 am-1 pm. Between Guerrero & San Jose and 25th & 26th.

Feb. 23: Tom Bressan gives a workshop on IRRIGATION SYSTEMS, sponsored by Garden for the Environment. 10 am-1 pm. 7th Ave. & Lawton. Preregister 731-5627;

Feb. 23: Join U.S. park ranger Peter Kasin and volunteer Richard Adrianowicz in a program of African American and Caribbean based WORK SONGS by sailors, dock workers, and fishermen. 3 to 3:45 pm. Aboard the Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. 561-7000.

Feb. 23: The Manring Kassin Darter trio performs a CONCERT at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 24: Celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year with READINGS by detective novelist Ed Lin and poet Lisa Chen. Co-sponsored by the Asian American magazine Hyphen. 3 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

Feb. 25: The ODD MONDAYS series hosts short films from the Spiritual Cinema Circle. 7 pm; no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 25-29: R. J. Reed presents replicas of remarkable INVENTIONS by Black Americans. Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library, 5075 3rd. at Revere.

Feb. 26: Luis J. Rodriguez, Myron Michael Hardy, Beto Palomar, Milta Ortiz, and the WritersCorps YOUTH POETS read from their work. 7:30 pm. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia. 863-2141;

Feb. 28: Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is the topic at the Bernal Heights Book Club. 4 pm. Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland. 355-2810.

Feb. 28: Peekabootique's PARENTS PARTY offers wine, Orangina, and goldfish crackers. Last Thursday of the month. 5:30-7:30 pm. 1306 Castro. 641-6192.

Feb. 28: The group UPPER NOE Neighbors meets at the 30th Street Senior Center at 7:30 pm. 225 30th. 285-0473.

Feb. 29: Women's vocal group KITKA celebrates the release of its new CD Sanctuary. 8 pm. Old First Church, 1750 Sacramento. 474-1608;

March 1: Forbeadin' holds an EARRING DESIGN class from 11 am to 2 pm. 1195 Church. Preregister at 641-1414.

March 2: Cellist Jennifer Culp and pianist Betty Woo perform music by Strauss and Rachmaninoff at Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez.

March 8: The Noe Valley Library reopens with a neighborhood CELEBRATION. 1 pm. 451 Jersey. 647-8393;

March 8: Alvarado School holds its Not-So-Silent AUCTION, with music, food, and fierce bidding on gift certificates, art works, dinners for two, and vacation getaways. 6-11 pm. Janet Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd. 695-5695.

March right over hereand sit down. The next Noe Valley Voice will be the March issue, appearing in Noe Valley on Monday, March 3. If you send us your calendar items by the Feb. 15 deadline, we'll do our best to publish them. Write Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114, or email Note: Events in Noe Valley get first preference, but we'll consider items from all around the city.