Noe Valley Voice October 2008


Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday LAPSIT, for newborns to age 3, begins at 3 pm; an afternoon story time for ages 3 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. Tiny Tots Room, 100 Collingwood. 557-4353.

Oct. 1-12: Theatre Rhinoceros presents MOBY DICK! The Musical, about a drag headmistress who puts on a show to save a girls school. Wed.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun, 3 pm. 2926 16th. 861-5079;

Oct. 1-29: LANGO sponsors weekly classes in Tot/Parent (Mon., 10 am) and Preschooler SPANISH (Tues., 2 pm; Wed., 3 pm) at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

Oct. 1-31: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Monday through Saturday, 7 to 8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Oct. 1-31: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

Oct. 1-Nov. 1: SF Camerawork's interactive group exhibition, "I Feel I Am Free But I Know I Am Not," continues. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 pm. 657 Mission. 512-2020;

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am and wanders over the Castro hill. 3872 24th.

Oct. 3: St. Anthony's 58th anniversary party and dedication of a new GREEN SERVICE Center, housing a free medical clinic and job programs, includes a building tour and refreshments. Noon-1:30 pm. 150 Golden Gate. 592-2736;

Oct. 3-6: Radical Women hosts its 41st anniversary conference, "The Persistent Power of SOCIALIST FEMINISM." Women's Building, 3543 18th. 864-1278;

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: CLARE tells tales for children at Cover to Cover's Friday-morning story hour, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Bird & Beckett bookstore hosts CHILDREN'S STORY TIME Friday mornings at 11 am. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Yell "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Oct. 3-Nov. 21: The Marsh presents Mark Kenward's SOLO SHOW, Towle's Hill, plus a wine-tasting. 8 pm. 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

Oct. 4 & Nov. 1: The Swinging GUITARS of Tom Huber and Misisipi Mike (8:30 am) and Failure to Disperse (10:30 am) play the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Oct. 4: NATURAL RESOURCES fetes its 20th anniversary with food, music, free massages, workshops, and a raffle. 10 am-6 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

Oct. 4: Bring your pet to a BLESSING of the Animals, on the steps of St. Philip Church. 10 am. 725 Diamond. 282-0141.

Oct. 4: DOGTOBERFEST at Upper Douglass Park features costumes, a portrait photographer, and treats to benefit the Dog Play Area. 11 am-2 pm. 27th at Douglass.

Oct. 4: When Modern Was hosts a TRUNK SHOW of sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by Silpada Designs. 11 am-7 pm. 1504 Church. 970-1030.

Oct. 4: Refreshments, a raffle, and JUGGLING by Owen Baker-Flynn will mark the one-year anniversary of Glen Park Library. 2-4 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Oct. 4: Beacon COLLEGE FUNDING Solutions hosts a free seminar on ways to pay for higher education. 8:30-9:30 am. Fort Mason, Building C. Reservations: 550-8040;

Oct. 4: Madman ATOMIC COMICS' Mike and Laura Allred sign copies of "Red Rocket 7" at Neon Monster. 5 pm-midnight. 901 Castro. 206-9644;

Oct. 4: FILM NIGHT features Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo at dusk in Union Square. Powell & Geary.

Oct. 4 & 5: The ninth annual World VEG FESTIVAL offers cooking demos. 10 am-6 pm. County Fair Bldg, Golden Gate Park. 273-5481;

Oct. 4 & 5: LITQUAKE'S Koret Reading Series features appearances by more than 70 writers, including Cara Black, Michael Krasny, Paul Madonna, and Jewelle Gomez. 12:30-4:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin.

Oct. 4-Nov. 9: WAYNE HARRIS plays a Baptist preacher and a porch-sitter in his solo show May Day Parade. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

Oct. 4-Nov. 22: SF Playhouse presents Shining City, Conor McPherson's GHOST STORY set in present-day Dublin. Tues., 7 pm; Wed.-Sat., 8 pm; Sat., 3 pm. 533 Sutter. 677-9596.

Oct. 5: The Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge 12K and 7K RUN/WALK benefits the Special Olympics of Northern California. Start 9 am at the Ferry Building; end at the Presidio Parade Ground for a live concert, 10 am-noon. 995-6899;

Oct. 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off dogs. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

Oct. 5: The free opening reception for OPEN STUDIOS includes work by each of the participating artists, by neighborhood. 4-7 pm. SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan. 861-9398;

Oct. 5: Members of the INA CHALIS OPERA ensemble perform arias and duets in "Songs of Love and Loss." 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp. 826-8670;

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: SF City Guides leads free WALKING TOURS of Noe Valley. 1-3 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

Oct. 6: A free demonstration of the BODY TALK system of holistic healthcare therapy runs 6-8:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. RSVP 282-1294;

Oct. 6 & 22: In "The Climate Project," volunteers trained by AL GORE present a slide show based on An Inconvenient Truth. Oct. 6: Mission Library, 300 Bartlett, 7 pm. Oct. 22: Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond, 6:30-7:30 pm. 355-2800 or 355-2858.

Oct. 7: SF humorist WILL DURST reads from his new book, The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing. 7:30 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight. 863-8688;

Oct. 7: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN discusses The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Oct. 7, 14 & 28: The Noe Valley Library hosts a preschool STORY TIME from 11 to 11:30 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Chris Sequeira gives a beginners TAI CHI class on Tues., 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday morning STORY HOUR, for newborns to age 4. 10 am. 3850 24th. 821-3477.

Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

Oct. 7 & Nov. 4: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

Oct. 8: Hosted by Stephen Elliott, a PROGRESSIVE READING includes appearances by Ishmael Reed, Joe Loya, Ellen Sussman, Chris Cook, Lisa Margonelli, and Will Durst. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd. 647-2888;

Oct. 8: Candidates for District 9 Supervisor participate in a DEBATE from 7 to 8 pm. Women's Building, 3543 18th.

Oct. 8-Nov. 26: The Randall Museum offers an eight-part ANIMAL DOCENT training class for ages 18 and up, with a commitment to volunteer after. Preregister: 554-9600.

Oct. 9: The 2008 LATINO HERITAGE Month Celebration in the Rotunda at City Hall honors Dolores Huerta, La Cocina, QueLaCo, Olivia Fe, and Carolina Echeverria. 5:30 pm. RSVP to 554-6622.

Oct. 9: The Bird & Beckett POLITICAL BOOK discussion group features Violence by Slavoj Zizek. 7 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Oct. 9-Nov. 19: "Fibrocosm" features TEXTILE WORK by artists from Creativity Explored. Reception Oct. 9, 7-9 pm; Mon.-Fri., 10 am-3 pm (Thurs. until 7 pm), Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

Oct. 10-12: CounterPulse presents "HyperREAL," a show by artist Sara Kraft, as part of the 2008 Bay Area NOW Festival. Fri.-Sun., 8 pm. 1310 Mission. 1-800-838-3006.

Oct. 11: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market hosts MUSIC by the Faux Brummels (8:30 am) and Devil's Slide (10:30 am). 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Oct. 11: Filmmaker Ann Hershey presents Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action, a DOCUMENTARY about the activist, author, and former Glen Park resident. 3-5 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Oct. 11: "Raise Your Paws for Rescue Dogs" is a FUNDRAISER for four dog rescue groups at El Rio bar, featuring music, food, and a live auction. 4-8 pm. 3158 Mission. 756-1306.

Oct. 11: The Gas Men perform traditional IRISH MUSIC at the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Oct. 11-Nov. 8: Paul Zografakis exhibits mixed media ARTWORK at Little Tree Gallery. Reception Sept. 6, 6-9 pm; Wed.-Fri., 3-6 pm; Sat., noon-6 pm. 3412 22nd. 643-4929.

Oct. 11: ELBO ROOM and Litquake host readings by writers including Po Bronson, Janis Cooke Newman, and James Haas. 7-8:15 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Oct. 11: Author Camille Cusumano reads from her novel Tango: An Argentine Love Story, as part of the SF literary festival LITQUAKE. 7:15 p.m. Women's Building, 3543 18th, No. 8. 431-1180.

Oct. 12: SCREENWRITER Ira Teller reads from Master of Disaster, based on his experiences on the set of The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee, at 3 pm; violinist Georges Lammam and his emsemble perform at 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Oct. 12: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC kicks off its new season with a musical ode to St. Francis of Assisi by the Artists' Vocal Ensemble. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-5236;

Oct. 12: Noe Valley author/illustrator Maria van Lieshout reads from her new CHILDREN'S BOOK, Splash! A Little Book About Bouncing Back. 7:30 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight. 863-8688;

Oct. 12: PIANIST Emanuele Arciuli performs music by Charles Ives and John Adams, as part of the Old First Concerts series. 1751 Sacramento. 4 pm. 474-1608;

Oct. 13: POETS/community activists Nina Serrano and Neeli Cherkovski read at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; dinner Noe Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Oct. 13-Nov. 17: CounterPulse runs a BOOT CAMP for Artists, "to kick-start your career." Mon., 6:30-9:30 pm. 1519 Mission. Register with

Oct. 14: Small Claims Workshops holds a free CLINIC on how to present a case in small claims court. 6 pm. 760 Market, Suite 1042. 693-9811.

Oct. 14: SF Bicycle Coalition hosts a CAR-FREE Market Street organizing meeting. 6 pm. SFBC Office, 995 Market. 431-BIKE;

Oct. 15: Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen discuss their book URBAN HOMESTEAD: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Oct. 17 & 18: The Castro Theatre shows HORROR FILMS at "Shock It to Me!" 429 Castro. For a schedule: 621-6120;

Oct. 17-30: The Roxie hosts the ninth annual SF DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL. 3117 16th. For a schedule, 863-1087;

Oct. 18: The annual Flea Market RUMMAGE SALE sponsored by the Noe Valley Nursery School and the Noe Valley Ministry offers deals from 8:30 am to 3 pm (half price sale starts 1 pm). 1021 Sanchez. For donation pickup: 436-9813.

Oct. 18: Jude (8:30 am) and Dennis Campagna & Friends (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332.

Oct. 18: Watch Noe Valley NERTs simulate an earthquake emergency at a citywide NERT drill at Upper Noe Rec Center. Day & Sanchez. 9 am-noon. 641-5536.

Oct. 18 & 19: Half Moon Bay's annual Art & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL runs from 9 am to 5 pm. Main Street, between Monte Vista and Mill. 650-726-9652;

Oct. 18 & 19: OPEN STUDIOS third weekend features artists in Noe Valley, Glen Park, Mission, Castro, Duboce, Bernal Heights, and Portola. 11 am-6 pm. For maps and information. 861-9398;

Oct. 18 & 19: Ellen Into displays her PAINTINGS, prints, and postcards. 11 am-6 pm. 4189 24th. 550-8864.

Oct. 19: The Men of St. Paul's hold a PANCAKE BREAKFAST at 9 and 10 am. 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Oct. 20: Today is the last day to REGISTER to vote in the presidential election. Call 554-4411, e-mail, or register at the DMV, library, or post office.

Oct. 20: Dr. Adam Gazzaley discusses MEMORY and the aging brain in a lecture, "Ah, Fuhgettaboudit!" 7-9 pm. Atlas Café, 3049 20th. 648-1047;

Oct. 20: EARPLAY's new music ensemble opens its 24th season with an all-American program. 7:30 pm. Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness.

Oct. 21: Noe Valley Library shows FILMS for preschoolers at two times, 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 21: CLARION ALLEY holds a block party celebrating its murals from noon to 8 pm. Between 17th & 18th at Valencia.

Oct. 21: RADAR SALON, hosted by Michelle Tea, features poet/artist Darin Klein and artist/singer Nicole J. Georges. 7-8:30 pm. 3 Dollar Bill Café, 1800 Market. 557-4353.

Oct. 22: The SF SHAKESPEARE Festival performs a retelling of Romeo and Juliet for children of all ages. 4 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Oct. 22: Bay Area WORKER COOPERATIVES like Rainbow and Inkworks talk about their history and practices. 7:30 pm. CounterPulse, 1310 Mission. 626-2060;

Oct. 22: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy performs "The 5th (and Final) GEORGE BUSH Going Away Party" at 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th. 800-838-3006;

Oct. 23-Nov. 16: Intersection stages Adam Mansbach's Angry Black White Boy, a novel about IDENTITY and race. Thurs.-Sun., 8 pm. 446 Valencia. 626-2787;

Oct. 24: Teens 12-18 are invited to see Blood and Chocolate on TEEN MOVIE DAY at Glen Park Library. 4-6 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Oct. 25: Damond Moodie (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am) perform MUSIC at the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Oct. 25: FAMILY HALLOWEEN DAY at the Randall Museum features ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and treats for ages 2 to 12 and their families. 10 am-2 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

Oct. 25: The Noe Valley HARVEST FESTIVAL has a Punkin' Patch, art and craft vendors, bands on two stages, and kids' activities. A hayride starts at Walgreen's on Castro. 10 am-5 pm. 24th between Church & Sanchez.

Oct. 25: Barbara Sheppard Kominars leads a WORKSHOP, "Write for Life/Paint for Life," combining journal writing with painting. 1-5:30 pm. The Painting Studio, 300 Chenery. Reservations: 333-9515;

Oct. 25: Acclaimed author TAMIM ANSARY discusses West of Kabul, East of New York (the One City One Book pick), at the Noe Valley Library. 2-3 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 25: MoBu DANCE STUDIO holds a grand opening party: meet the teachers from 3 to 6 pm, and enjoy a concert and dance performance by DancEsteem and Blah Blah Woof Woof from 6 to 8 pm. 1605 Church. 602-8557;

Oct. 25: JEFF KALISS discusses his new book on Sly and the Family Stone. 7:30 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Oct. 25: Geoff HOYLE and Dan Hoyle star in "The Two Hoyles: Buy One, Get One Free," at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Oct. 25-Nov. 29: Jane Fisher exhibits PAINTINGS in "Down Time" at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Reception Sept. 6, 5-8 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Oct. 26: Illustrator J. OTTO SEIBOLD introduces his new book, Vunce Upon a Time. 7:30 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight. 863-8688;

Oct. 27: POETS Emmanuel Williams and Katherine Harer and a cross-generational group of artists, dancers, and musicians will perform at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; dinner at Noe Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Oct. 28: Kevin Nelson discusses California BASEBALL at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Oct. 30: The group UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS meets at the newly renovated Noe Valley Rec Center at 7:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.

Oct. 30: Teens (11-18) can craft a MINI-SHRINE from an Altoid tin in honor of the Day of the Dead. 4-5:30 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

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

Oct. 31: View an art exhibition by Anna Efanova and Yong Han during the HALLOWEEN celebration at Rozanoff Gallery. 2-9 pm. 355 29th. 916-0899;

Oct. 31: Pet Poses Photography offers a HALLOWEEN PET photo shoot at Noe Valley Pet Company. 4-7 pm. 1451 Church. 786-3295.

Oct. 31: Halloween ghosts and goblins visit HAUNTED Hoffman Avenue from Spine-Tingling 24th to Eerie Elizabeth. 6-8 pm. 285-6265.

Nov. 4: VOTE! Polls open 7 am-8 pm.

Nov. 8: This, That, and Mora (8:30 am) and Quake City (10:30 am) provide MUSIC at the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the November 2008 issue, appearing in Noe Valley Nov. 4. Mail calendar items by Oct. 15 to or write the Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Events in Noe Valley get priority, but we'll consider items from all around the city.