Noe Valley Voice September 2008



The next Noe Valley Voice will be the October issue, appearing in Noe Valley on Oct. 3. We'd love to receive your calendar items by Sept. 15, but send them along whenever you have them. E-mail 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. Thank you.

Sept. 1-26: The Pacific Center for BOOK ARTS continues its annual member exhibit of handmade volumes. Main Library, 100 Larkin.

Sept. 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Monday through Saturday, 7 to 8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Sept. 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.

Sept. 2 & 9: The Noe Valley Library sponsors an Infant/Toddler LAPSIT at 10:15 am, and a preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Sing along with storyteller Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday morning STORY HOUR, for ages 0 to 4. 10 am. 3850 24th. 821-3477.

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Chris Sequeira gives a beginners TAI CHI class at 6 pm on Tuesdays. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

Sept. 2 & Oct. 7: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

Sept. 2-30: 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;

Sept. 3, 10 & 17: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday STORY TIME, 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.

Sept 3-30: Bay Area PHOTOGRAPHERS Collective presents a group show of members' work: "One Shot x 2." Reception Sept. 13, 1-3 pm; Mon.-Fri., 8 am-6 pm; Sat., 9 am-5:30 pm. Calumet Gallery, 2001 Bryant. 643-9275.

Sept. 4: Eureka Valley Library hosts a performance by the Knuckle Knockers MUSIC DUO, for children of all ages. 10:45 am. Eureka Valley Rec Center, 100 Collingwood. 557-4353; 355-2827.

Sept. 4: A free SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE party kicks off at 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 333-9372;

Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Mission Library offers a bilingual (Spanish-English) Infant/Toddler LAPSIT for ages 18 months to 3. 10 & 11 am. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Sept, 4, 11, 18 & 25: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am; continues through Noe to FitWell and the Castro, then winds up at See Jane Run. 3872 24th.

Sept. 4-Oct. 11: Keith Gaspari exhibits soft lead pencil PORTRAITS in "Allegory" at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Reception Sept. 6, 5-8 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Sept. 4-Oct. 10: Najib Joe Hakim shows PHOTOGRAPHS in "Born Among Mirrors: Lebanon 50 Years After." Reception Sept. 5, 6-8 pm; Tues.-Thurs., 10 am-10 pm; Fri.-Sun., 10 am-8 pm. RayKo Photo Center, 428 3rd. 495-3773;

Sept. 4-Nov. 1: SF Camerawork hosts and interactive group exhibition, "I Feel I Am Free But I Know I Am Not." Receptions Sept. 4 & Oct. 2. 5-8 pm; Tues.-Sat., noon-5 pm. 657 Mission. 512-2020;

Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26: CLARE tells exciting tales for children at Cover to Cover's Friday-morning story hour, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Bird & Beckett bookstore hosts CHILDREN'S STORY TIME Friday mornings at 11 am. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Yell "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Sept. 5-27: CITY ART Cooperative Gallery's 10th anniversary show includes an opening reception on Sept. 5, and a closing party on Sept. 27, both 7-10 pm. Wed.-Sun., noon-9 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

Sept. 6: 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;

Sept. 6: SF Bicycle Coalition holds its second annual FAMILY DAY, featuring a bike parade and scavenger hunt. 10 am-2 pm. 14th Ave east picnic area on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. 431-BIKE;

Sept. 6: The grand re-opening of the Upper Noe REC CENTER features games and entertainment, including a performance by Charity and the JAMBand. 11 am-2 pm. Day & Sanchez.

Sept. 6: See Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, and Rebelution, at the Power to the PEACEFUL Festival. 11 am-5 pm. Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park.

Sept. 6: The PARTY on Block 18, a neighborhood celebration on 18th between Dolores and Guerrero, features a family meal, a wine and beer garden, and children's entertainment, to benefit the Women's Building. Noon-4 pm. 431-1180;

Sept. 6: The Center for Creative Exploration studio offers a free INTRO TO PAINTING class for adults. 2-4 pm. 300 Chenery. Reservations: 333-9515;

Sept. 6: Local author Tamin Ansary, who wrote West of Kabul, East of New York, stops by Modern Times from 5 to 5:30 pm on a citywide bookstore tour sponsored by the SF Library's ONE CITY ONE BOOK project. 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Sept. 6-14: Lunatique Fantastique performs a puppet show about BIRD FLU, Chicken Stocks, at the Marsh. Sat. & Sun., 1pm. 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

Sept. 6-Oct. 4: Chad Moore exhibits PAINTINGS and sculpture in "Oh Bringer of Things!" at Little Tree Gallery. Reception Sept. 6, 6-9 pm; Wed.-Fri., 3-6 pm; Sat., noon-6 pm. 3412 22nd. 643-4929.

Sept. 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off dogs who need homes. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

Sept. 7: A SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE class for ages 7 ? and up begins at the Richmond YMCA. Sundays, 4:30 pm. 360 18th Ave. 333-9372;

Sept. 7-Oct. 18: ART EXHIBIT "Hair-Doozy" features the work of artists from Creativity Explored. Reception Sept. 7, 7-10 pm; Tues.-Sat., 10 am-6 pm. Glama-Rama Hair Salon & Art Gallery, 417 South Van Ness. 861-4526;

Sept. 8: Mission Library hosts a talk on CITIZENSHIP basics. A Spanish-speaking librarian will be present. 6:30-7:30 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Sept. 8: LITQUAKE hosts "San Francisco Stories in the Sunset," readings by Kim Wong Keltner, Kemble Scott, Pam Holm, and Lisa Lutz. 7 pm. Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave.

Sept 8-Oct. 5: Krista Peel exhibits hand-built roomboxes, and Lee Queza shows a group of watercolors titled "What Lies Beneath" at Rozanoff ART GALLERY. Reception Sept. 12, 6-9 pm. 355 29th. 916-0899;

Sept. 9: Low-income clients are encouraged to attend a free WORKSHOP on how to present a case in small claims court. 6 pm. 760 Market, Suite 1042. 693-9811.

Sept. 9 & 10: Brava! Theatre holds ACTOR AUDITIONS from 10 am to 5 pm; prepare a three-minute monologue and a song (optional), and bring three headshots and a resume. Schedule an audition at

Sept. 10: The Department of the Environment's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture discusses ELECTRIC CARS. Noon-1 pm. EcoCenter Office, 11 Grove. 355-3703;

Sept. 11: The Coalition on Homelessness hosts ART AUCTION 2008: "Reframing Homelessness." 5:30-9 pm. SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan. 863-1414;

Sept. 11: The Bird & Beckett POLITICAL BOOK discussion group features The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. 7 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Sept. 11: POET LAUREATE Jack Hirschman reads from All That's Left. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Sept. 11: An introductory SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE class teaches lively jigs and reels. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 333-9372;

Sept. 11: Deadline for submitting VIDEOS for the Oct. 17-18 SF Video Fest 2008 at Mission Cultural Center. Jury will include Follow Me Home director Peter Bratt.

Sept. 12: Deadline for ALTARS or other art works for "Death Without Borders" exhibit Oct. 23-Nov.22. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission. 821-1155;

Sept. 12-Oct. 5: WORD FOR WORD theater presents performances of three stories by Tobias Wolff. Wed.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2:30 pm. Previews Sept. 10-11. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Building D. 441-8822.

Sept. 12-14 & 19-21: Community Boards hosts a Basics of MEDIATION WORKSHOP. Fri., 5-9 pm; Sat. & Sun., 9 am-6 pm. Golden Gate University, 920-3820, ext. 109;

Sept. 13: 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;

Sept. 13: Betsy Clebsch leads a GARDENING WORKSHOP, "Native Salvias with Native Plant Partners." 10 am-noon. SF Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave at Lincoln. 661-1316;

Sept. 13: BEACH BLANKET Babylon holds auditions for company members. Bring music in your key (for an upbeat number and a ballad), resume, and photo. Noon. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach.

Sept. 13: Elbo Room hosts "BRASIL for All," featuring live samba music, to benefit the SF Bay Area Council of Brazilian Citizens. 9 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Sept. 13 & 27: Tim Sullivan leads a participatory PERFORMANCE ART event based on Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. 2-5 pm. SF Camerawork, 657 Mission. 512-2020;

Sept. 14: SUNDAY STREETS, a route from Bayview to Chinatown along the Embarcadero closed to traffic, includes free activities for all ages, including an opportunity to run the bases at AT&T Park. 9 am-1 pm. Map and info:

Sept. 14: The SF Bicycle Coalition hosts a NIGHT RIDE, "Fort Point Vertigo." Meet at 7 pm, at the Panhandle Statue at Fell and Baker. 431-BIKE;

Sept. 14: Friends of Noe Valley's fifth annual MUSIC IN THE PARK features bands, refreshments, and a bouncy tent. 11 am-3 pm. Noe Courts Park, 24th & Douglass.

Sept. 15: Peter Neil Carroll reads poems from Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem, and Jeanette Ferrary reads from her memoir, Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a Food Writer, at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; dinner at Noe Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Sept. 15: Kishore Hari discusses WATER, bottled vs. tap, in "Water Wars." 7-9 pm. Atlas Café, 3049 20th. 648-1047;

Sept. 16: Noe Valley Library shows FILMS for preschoolers at two times, 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Sept. 16: Mayor Gavin Newsom discusses "Politics in the YOUTUBE Era" with YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. 6:30-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Sept. 16: The NOE VALLEY ASSOCIATION meets in the community room of the Noe Valley Library. 6:30 pm; public comment 7:30 pm. 451 Jersey. Info:

Sept. 17: Representatives from 100 preschools answer parents' questions at PRESCHOOL Preview Night sponsored by Parents Place. 5:30-8 pm. Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way. 359-2454;

Sept. 18: Bart and Judy Lewis teach a social BALLROOM dance class for couples on six Thursday nights. Forest Hill Church, 250 Laguna Honda. Details: 661-2746.

Sept. 18: Margo Perrin hosts "CELL SELF: A Reading of Freedom from the Prison Industrial Complex." 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

Sept. 19, 20, 26 & 27: The dancers of PROJECT AGORA perform "With and Without Words." 9 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp. 826-8670.

Sept. 19-Dec. 10: Jean Collier Hurley exhibits her PHOTOS, "The Beach," at the Women's Health Resource Center at CPMC. Reception Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30 pm. 3698 California.

Sept. 20: SCHOLA CANTORUM performs a cappella choral music, as part of the Old First Concerts series. 1751 Sacramento. 8 pm. 474-1608;

Sept. 20: Deadline for entering a POETRY contest with $5,000 in prize money. Send a poem, on any subject, 21 lines or less, to: Free Poetry Contest, 2935 Clay St., Sacramento, CA 95815.

Sept. 20: Jude (8:30 am) and Dennis Campagna (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332.

Sept. 20: Friends of Dolores Park brings a CIRCUS to the playground, featuring Boswick the Clown. 11 am-noon. Dolores Park. 285-3774;

Sept. 20: Hosted by Stephen Elliott, a PROGRESSIVE READING includes appearances by Daniel Handler, Aimee Bender, Glen David Gold, Katie Crouch, and Jane Ganahl. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd. 647-2888;

Sept. 20: FILM NIGHT in the Park features O Brother, Where Art Thou? at dusk in Dolores Park. 19th & Dolores.

Sept. 21: The singer/songwriter showcase at Bird & Beckett features Misisipi Mike Wolf. 4:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Sept. 21: Yaelisa and her Caminos Flamencos perform "CAFÉ FLAMENCO" at ODC Theater. 7-9 pm. Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida. 863-9834;

Sept. 23: The 31st season benefit gala at Theatre Rhinoceros features CAROL CHANNING. 6-10 pm. Levende Lounge, 1710 Mission. 861-5079;

Sept. 23: POETS Diane di Prima and Maria Mazziotti Gillan read from their work at 7 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Sept. 23 & 24: Aileen Barr teaches a MOSAIC CLASS for adults at Terra Mia. 6-8 pm. 1314 Castro. Register at 642-9911.

Sept. 24: Ana Eisner performs her POEMS from Ciphers of Uncommon Origin. 6:30-7:30 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Sept. 24: The Marsh Rising presents Emily Levine's SHOW Five Easy Steps to Metaphysical Fitness. 7:30 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

Sept. 25: Peekabootique's PARENTS PARTY offers wine, Orangina, and goldfish crackers. Last Thursday of the month. 5:30-7:30 pm. 1306 Castro. 641-6192.

Sept. 25: UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS meet at the newly renovated Upper Noe Rec Center at 7:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.

Sept. 26: PARENTS' NIGHT OUT on the last Friday of the month at Bethany United Methodist Church offers games, movies, and naps for children, from 5 to 10 pm. 1268 Sanchez. 647-8397.

Sept. 26: Merle (Ian Shoales) Kessler and Joshua (Raoul) Brody present "Slouching Towards Disneyland," a history of the world in words and MUSIC. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238.

Sept. 26-28: The 36th annual SF BLUES FESTIVAL features performances by Hot Tuna, Buckwheat Zydeco, Johnny Winter, and Elvin Bishop, and a tribute to John Lee Hooker. 11 am-6 pm. Great Meadow at Fort Mason. 979-5588;

Sept. 26-28: A GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL at Annunciation Cathedral runs from 11 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2 pm to 9 pm on Sunday. 245 Valencia. 864-8000;

Sept. 27: Misisipi Mike (8:30 am) and SWING Serenada (10:30 am) perform at the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Sept. 27: Rupa and the April Fishes, Mark Growden, and DJ Felina serenade the unveiling of Mona Caron's MURALS at Vicksburg and 24th. 2-5 pm. 3871 24th. 505-8255.

Sept. 27: Fifty artists, dressed in white, invite you to come dressed in black to participate in "Illusion 7: Dreams/Sueños," an ART happening at Mission Cultural Center. 6-10 pm. 2868 Mission. 821-1155;

Sept. 27-28: Enjoy games, food, and fun at the St. Philip Parish FESTIVAL to benefit St. Philip School. 10 am-6 pm. 24th & Diamond. 824-8467.

Sept. 27-Oct. 4: Enter a BANNED BOOK contest and have a chance to win a $100 Border Books card. For ages 13-18 at participating SF libraries, including the Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Sept. 28: The 25th annual FOLSOM Street Fair runs from 10 am to 6 pm, between 7th and 12th streets.

Sept. 28-Oct. 2: The Roxie hosts a SF Blues Festival FILM SERIES. 3117 16th. For a schedule, 863-1087;

Sept. 24-28: The SF Library holds its BIG BOOK SALE at Ft. Mason. Books $1 or less on Sunday. 557-4400;

Sept. 30: Charity Kahn entertains kids of all sizes with a MUSIC and Movement show at Glen Park Library. 10:30 am. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Sept. 30: Sal DeGuarda (aka actor John Dexter) talks about his life and about the Aquacade at the 1939 TREASURE ISLAND FAIR, at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Sept. 30: David Bacon, Fekkah Mamdouh, and Rinku Sen discuss BOOKS on the global economy and U.S. immigration policy, Illegal People and The Accidental American. 7:30 pm. Modern Times, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

Oct. 1: The deadline to apply to AUDITION for Footloose's ninth annual Women on the Way Festival. Contact Artistic Director Mary Alice Fry, P.O. Box 885393, SF 94188, or

Oct. 3: Native San Franciscans celebrate the NATIVE JAMBOREE with dinner and dancing. 6:30-11:30 pm. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 4540 Powell. 732-7520, ext. 49;

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

Oct. 4: 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: 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: 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, activities, and treats to benefit the Dog Play Area. 11 am-2 pm. 27th at Douglass.

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

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

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.


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the October issue, appearing in Noe Valley on Oct. 3. We'd love to receive your calendar items by Sept. 15, but send them along whenever you have them. E-mail 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. Thank you.