Noe Valley Voice December-January 2009


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the February 2010 issue, appearing on the streets of Noe Valley the first week of February. Email Calendar items by Jan. 15 to or write us at Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Noe Valley events may receive priority. Thanks for your support.

DEC. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday morning STORY HOUR, for newborns to age 4. 10 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

DEC. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:45 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

DEC. 1-JAN. 27: Kids and their caregivers are invited for TOT TIME at Upper Noe Rec Center. Tues. & Wed., 10-11:30 am. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011.

DEC. 1-JAN. 15: Make an appointment to AUDITION on Jan. 16, in San Francisco, Oakland, or San Rafael, for the SF Boys Chorus; ages 5 to 8. 861-7464, ext. 319;

DEC. 1-31 & JAN. 1-29: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Call to reserve a spot, 648-1030.

DEC. 1-31 & JAN. 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7 to 8 am. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

DEC. 1-JAN. 19: Sign up for Spring 2010 classes at CITY COLLEGE; classes start Jan. 19. 50 Phelan Ave.

DEC. 2: SF Board of Supervisors president DAVID CHIU speaks at the Noe Valley Democratic Club Meeting. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond.

DEC. 2-18: Justin Quinn exhibits new ARTWORK on paper at Cain Schulte Gallery. Wed.-Fri., noon-5 pm. 714 Guerrero. 543-1550.

DEC. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday BABY RHYME TIME, for 0-18 months, begins at 1:30 pm; a family story time for ages 2 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616.

DEC. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Infants and crawlers are invited to sing and play in English and Spanish at BILINGUAL BABY PLAY at Mission Library. 10:10 am. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

DEC. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: The Upper Noe SENIORS group meets on Wednesdays for socializing and bingo. Noon-3:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 970-8061 or 695-5011.

DEC. 3, 10. 17, 24 & 31: Pal Mel teaches PAL TIME, a class for tots 18 months to 3 years. 8:30 am. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church. 550-PALS;

DEC. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am. 3872 24th.

DEC. 3-JAN. 2: City Arts hosts a GROUP ART SHOW with work priced $200 or less. Reception Dec. 4, 7-10 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

DEC. 4: The Terry Disley Experience performs The JAZZCRACKER and Other Delights: Tchaikovsky with a Jazz Twist. 8 pm. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive.

DEC. 4 & 5: The Winter Vocal and ORCHESTRAL CONCERT by the School of the Arts includes Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine and Rachmaninov's Bogoroditse Devo. 7:30 pm. 555 Portola. 350-5697.

DEC. 4-23: Creativity Explored hosts its annual HOLIDAY ART SALE. Opening Dec. 4. 6-9 pm & Dec. 5, 1-6 pm; Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10 am-3 pm.; Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

DEC. 4-29: CLARE tells tales for kids at Cover to Cover's story hour. Fridays, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

DEC. 4-29: Yell "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538

DEC. 5: The 26th annual SWEDISH CHRISTMAS FAIR features traditional crafts, music, food, and a visit from Santa. 9 am-4 pm. St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough.

DEC. 5: HOLIDAY CRAFTS Day at the Randall Museum includes instruction in how to make gift soaps, beeswax candles, and candy houses; all ages, children with an adult. 10 am-3 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

DEC. 5: The annual NOEL STROLL includes photos with Santa (11 am-2 pm and 4-8 pm) at Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th St.; and a hayride from Walgreen's on Castro. 4:30-7:30 pm. 509-6261.

DEC. 5: SF Camerawork hosts a benefit AUCTION of vintage and contemporary photographs. 1 pm. 657 Mission. 512-2020;

DEC. 5: Michele Menard and Company perform a PUPPET SHOW of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat. 2-4 pm. Paxton Gate, 824 Valencia.

DEC. 5: British acoustic guitarist ADRIAN LEGG performs at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Advance tickets Phoenix Books, 3957 24th, 821-3477; or 454-5238;

DEC. 5 & 6: Friends of the Urban Forest offers live potted CHRISTMAS TREES for sale from 10 am to 2 pm at City Hall Plaza. 561-6890, ext. 103, or order online at

DEC. 5 & 6: The SF CHORAL SOCIETY performs J.S. Bach's Magnificat and the Christmas Oratorio. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7:30 pm. St. Paul's Church, Church & Valley. 648-7538;

DEC. 5 & JAN. 2: Precita Eyes Mural Arts hosts a MURAL WALK the first Saturday of the month. Meet at 11 am at the 16th Street BART plaza near the Wells Fargo Bank sign. 285-2287;

DEC. 5-JAN. 3: ArtZone 461 Gallery exhibits "Six Centuries of PRINTMAKING" and figurative paintings and drawings. Reception Dec. 5, 5-8 pm; Wed.-Sat., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680;

DEC. 5, 12, & 19: The Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET features fresh produce and music by a variety of performers, including Mick Shaffer and Failure to Disperse (Dec. 5), Jude and Mission Hill (Dec. 12), and the Swinging Guitars and Mississippi Mike (Dec. 19). Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

DEC. 5-JAN. 30: The SUNNYSIDE CONSERVATORY reopens after a year-long retrofit; docents will give tours and historical talks. 11 am-2 pm. 236 Monterey. 334-3601;

DEC. 6: Animal Care and Control offers FREE DOG MICROCHIPPING for city residents. 10 am-1 pm. 1200 15th. 554-6364.

DEC. 6: Friends of Dolores Park hosts a free PUPPET SHOW, "Holiday Treats," featuring the Nick Barone puppets. 11 am.

DEC. 6: Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park holds its POTTERY and Craft Sale. 11 am-5 pm. Sharon Meadow. 753-7005.

DEC. 6: The Haas-Lilienthal House, a 1886 Queen Anne Victorian, opens its doors for a holiday TOUR with Santa. Noon-3 pm. 2007 Franklin. 441-3000.

DEC. 6: Chef Thomas Keller introduces his RECIPES in Ad Hoc at Home. 3:30 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

DEC. 6: San Francisco Choral Artists vocal group performs CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry. 4 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 648-5236;

DEC. 6: The SF Bike Coalition's 14th annual WINTERFEST PARTY runs from 6 to 10:30 pm. SomArts, 934 Brannan. 431-BIKE;

DEC. 6 & 13: SANTA and friends visit the Great Hall of the SF Zoo for brunch from 11 am to 1 pm. 753-7236.

DEC. 6 & JAN. 3: Board the historic SF Maritime National Park VESSELS at Hyde Street Pier free on the first Sunday of the month. 447-5000;

DEC. 6, 13 & 20: The Bliss Bar Sunday Afternoon JAZZ SERIES features saxophonist Noel Jewkes, guitarist Josh Workman, bassist Michael Zisman, and vocalist Marky Quayle (Dec. 6); singer Kim Nalley (Dec. 13); and the Zanza Trio performing Brazilian music (Dec. 20). 3:30-6:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

DEC. 6, 13 & 20: Learn about MISSION DOLORES at a City Guides walk on Sundays, 11 am. Meet at the gold fire hydrant at 20th and Church. 557-4266;

DEC. 6, 13, 20 & 27: The Amazing Bubble Man performs The Greatest BUBBLE SHOW on Earth at the Marsh. 11 am; Dec. 6, 1 pm. 1062 Valencia. 271-3256;

DEC. 6-29: City Guide Dan Sullivan leads "Castro: Tales of the Village," a WALKING TOUR of the Castro, every Tuesday and Sunday. Meet at 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market) under the rainbow flag. 557-4266;

DEC. 6 & 20; JAN. 3 & 17: SF City Guides leads free WALKING TOURS of Noe Valley on first and third Sundays. 1-3 pm. Meet at 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

DEC. 6 & JAN. 3: Rocket DOG RESCUE has dogs who need homes. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

DEC. 7: Poets Peter Weltner and Bill Mayer read at ODD MONDAYS at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP jlsender@ 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

DEC. 7 & 8: A two-evening class, "From the COMIC STRIP to the Animated Short," is geared for beginning and intermediate level cartoonists. 5:30-7:30 pm. Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission. Register: 227-8666, ext. 303 or

DEC. 7-JAN. 25: Chris Sequeira offers a free Monday Introductory QIGONG/TAI CHI session at the Glen Park baseball field, Elk & Chenery, at 10:30 am, and at the Noe Valley Ministry at 6 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 773-8185;

DEC. 8: The RADAR READING at the Main Library, hosted by Michelle Tea, features Eric Drooker, Daphne Gottlieb, and Zoe Kroll. 6-7:30 pm. 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

DEC. 8: SCRAP hosts a workshop, "Reusing Time: Make Gift Bags from Last Year's Calendars," at the Noe Valley Library. 6:30-8 pm. Register at 355-5707.

DEC. 8: TCHO hosts a discussion of premium CHOCOLATE. 7-9 pm. 18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero.

DEC. 8: Darrell Van Citters signs MR. MAGOO's Christmas Carol at the Cartoon Art Museum. 7:30-9 pm. 655 Minna. CAR-TOON;

DEC. 9: SCOTT WIENER, candidate for District 8 supervisor, hosts a holiday party at bar/restaurant Lookout (kids welcome) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Noe and Market. RSVP to

DEC. 9: Jacqueline Mallorca discusses her cookbook, The GLUTEN-FREE ITALIAN. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez.

DEC. 9: The Noe Valley Ministry offers an LABYRINTH walk. 6:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

DEC. 10: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to second-Thursday meetings at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.

DEC. 10: The Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association holds its HOLIDAY BUFFET. 6:30-8:30 pm. Bank of America, 4098 24th. 641-8687.

DEC. 10: The Lily Cai Dance Company and Melody of CHINA perform contemporary works. 8 pm. Cowell Theater at Fort Mason. 345-7575; or

DEC. 11: The HOLIDAY FAIR at the SF Center for the Book includes books, cards, and handmade papers. 5:30-8:30 pm. 300 De Haro. 565-0545, ext. 16;

DEC. 11: Literary Death Match features best and worst HOLIDAY STORIES by Derek Powazek, Lynka Adams, Beth Spotswood, and Elissa Bassist. 6:30-9 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

DEC. 11: The Holiday ART SHOW at Art Explosion Studios includes work by more than 60 artists and craftspeople. 7-11 pm. 2425 17th and 744 Alabama.

DEC. 11: Ben Brussell's "Klezmania!" performs CHANUKAH sing-alongs, klezmer, and Yiddish and Israeli folk songs. 8 pm. Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento. 474-1608.

DEC. 12: LADYBUG GARDENERS invite you to help weed and tend the park at Noe Valley Rec Center. 9 am. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011. E-mail

DEC. 12: Forbeadin's HOLIDAY SALE and Trunk Show features 25% off gemstones. 11 am-5 pm. 1195 Church. 641-1414;

DEC. 12: The Older Women's League hosts a HOLIDAY PARTY from noon to 2 pm. Flood Building, 870 N. Market, room 838. 989-4422;

DEC. 12: Recess Urban Recreation hosts a KID STUFF SWAP from 12:30 to 1 pm; drop off before noon. 470 Carolina. 701-7529;

DEC. 12: The SILENT FILM Festival's winter event features an appearance by Buster Keaton's granddaughter, and screenings of Chang: a Drama of the Wilderness, J'accuse, Sherlock Jr., and West of Zanzibar. 11:30 am-9:15 pm. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro. 621-6120;

DEC. 12: BUTTERFEST '09 at 18 Reasons features demonstrations, tastings, and a potluck. 6-8 pm. 593 Guerrero. RSVP to

DEC. 12: "Hot Glass--Cold Beer," the annual HOLIDAY SALE at Public Glass, spotlights the work of Rob Tribble. 6-10 pm. 1750 Armstrong. 671-4916;

DEC. 12: The SF Bike Coalition hosts its sixth annual CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ride. Meet at 6:30 pm at the Panhandle Statue, Fell and Baker. 431-BIKE;

DEC. 12: WRITERS With Drinks hosts readings by Dan Fante, Joshua Mohr, Mark Coggins, Seanan McGuire, and Mollena Williams, to benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. 7:30 pm. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

DEC. 12 & 13: Indie craft fair BAZAAR BIZARRE San Francisco features over 100 juried artisans. Noon-6 pm. SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

DEC. 12-18: Sign up for Noe Valley REC CENTER winter programs, held Jan. 2-Feb. 26, including cooking, crochet, tot playgroups, and sports. Dec. 12, 10 am-3 pm; Dec. 14-18, 4-7 pm. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011;

DEC. 12 & JAN. 9: Local doulas and MIDWIVES gather on second Saturdays at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

DEC. 12-JAN. 27: Mission resident Jamaica Dyer signs her new graphic novel, Dee's Siren Song, at MISSION COMICS & Art. Reception Dec. 18, 7 pm; Tues.-Sun., noon-8 pm. 3520 20th, suite B.

DEC. 13: TATTOO ARTIST Ed Hardy signs his book, Beyond Skin, at the Beat Museum. 7 pm. 540 Broadway. 1-800-KER-OUAC;

DEC. 13: The Community Music Center HOLIDAY PARTY features Christmas Carols and a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors by the Ina Chalis Opera Ensemble. 11:30 am. 544 Capp. 647-6015;

DEC. 13: Feminist POET Nellie Wong reports on her trip to Australia at the Freedom Socialist Party meeting. 1 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278;

DEC. 13: PASTRY HISTORIAN Greg Patent, author of Baking in America, explains the lineage of desserts. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

DEC. 13 & JAN. 10: PFLAG holds its monthly meeting on the second Sunday of the month, from 2 to 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church. 921-8850;

DEC. 14: The Monthly RUMPUS features authors Andrew Leland, James Nestor, Michelle Gagnon, Robert Mailer Anderson, and Andrew Sean Greer, music by Michael Mullen of the Size Queens, comedy by W. Kamau Bell, and a performance by Dan Wolf from the Traveling Jewish Theater. 7 pm. Makeout Room, 3229 22nd. 647-2888.

DEC. 15: A film about the YOUNG @ HEART senior choir screens at the Main Library. 5:30-7:30 pm. 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

DEC. 16: GALAXYGOO, a Noe-based non profit dedicated to science literacy, hosts a gathering and fundraiser at Bliss Bar to support educational projects. 5:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

DEC. 16 & JAN. 20: The VISUAL ARTS Committee of the SF Arts Commission meets third Wednesdays at 3 pm. 25 Van Ness, Suite 70. 252-2590;

DEC. 16 & JAN. 20: The Noe Valley BOOK Discussion Group meets on third Wednesdays, from 7 to 8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

DEC. 17: The SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Winter Solstice Party features demonstrations of jigs, reels, and strathspeys, with Scottish music. 7:45 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 333-9372;

DEC. 17 & JAN. 21: The EUREKA VALLEY Promotion Association meets the third Thursday of the month. 7:30 pm. Castro Meeting Room, 501 Castro. 437-9414;

DEC. 19: Ehren Reed offers HOMEMADE GIFT ideas for all ages. 2-4 pm. Paxton Gate, 824 Valencia.

DEC. 19: The Glen Park Library hosts a GINGERBREAD CRAFT class for ages 5 and older. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

DEC. 19: LAVAY SMITH and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers performs at Café du Nord. 9 pm. 2170 Market/ 861-5016.

DEC. 19-25: ST. ANTHONY'S invites you to drop off bulk food, canned goods, and clean clothing. Mon.-Fri., 8 am-6 pm; Sat. & Sun., 9 am-3 pm. 150 Golden Gate. 241-2600;

DEC. 20: Bird & Beckett hosts a LUTE/ VOCAL concert. 4:30-6:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

DEC. 20: Pianist Paul Scheffert will be accompanied by sax man R.C. Howell and bassist Ron Belcher at JAZZ VESPERS at the Noe Valley Ministry. 6-7 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

DEC. 21: Cooks Boulevard offers a class, "HOLIDAY COMFORT FOODS," at Katherine Michaels School. 6:15 pm. 1335 Guerrero. 647-2665;

DEC. 21: Filmmaker Chi Jang Yin screens Lighthouse and other short films, at ODD MONDAYS at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

DEC. 22: MAGIC DAN performs a show for ages 3 and older. 10:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616.

DEC. 24-27: The 17th annual Kung Pao KOSHER COMEDY show features Jonathan Katz, Brian Malow, Hilary Schwartz, and Lisa Geduldig. 6 & 9:30 pm; Dec. 27, 5 & 8:30 pm. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific. 275-9005;

DEC. 26: The Oceanic Society announces opening day of weekend GRAY WHALE­watching trips out of San Francisco. Reserve at 474-3385;

DEC. 26 & JAN. 30: Bring usable items, food, and talents to the Really REALLY FREE MARKET the last Saturday of the month, noon. Dolores Park.

JAN. 5: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

JAN. 6: The Bird & Beckett BOOK CLUB features Bliss by Peter Carey. 7-9 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

JAN. 7: Dr. Paul Linde describes his latest book, Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist. 7:30 pm. Books Inc., 2275 Market. 867-6777.

JAN. 9: Recess Urban Recreation offers a class, "Infant, Child, and ADULT CPR." 9-11 am. 470 Carolina. 701-7529;

JAN. 9: WRITERS With Drinks hosts a reading to benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. 7:30 pm. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

JAN. 14: An introductory session of SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING teaches jigs and reels; no partner needed, but wear flat non-slip shoes. 8-10 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 333-9372;

JAN. 16: Friends of Billy Goat Hill hosts a TREE PLANTING on the hill from 9 am to noon. 30th & Laidley.

JAN. 16: Rima Barkett and Claudia Pruett introduce Cooking Dinner: Simple ITALIAN Family Recipes Everyone Can Make. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez.

JAN. 16: Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman's Restaurant in Ann Arbor discusses Zingerman's Guide to Better BACON. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

JAN. 21-MARCH 6: DAN HOYLE brings The Real Americans, his new solo show about America's culture wars, to the Marsh. Thurs. & Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 5 pm. 1062 Valencia.

JAN. 23: The USF Community Counseling Center offers a talk by Dr. Virginia Goodwind, Everything You Wanted to Know About ADHD. Noon. 36 Monterey. 239-9300;

JAN. 24: A benefit for Music on the Hill CHAMBER MUSIC series features the works of Shastakovich. 7 pm. St. Aidan's Church, 101 Goldmine. 820-1429;

JAN. 26: Ecologist Dr. Andrew Gunther gives a free lecture on CLIMATE CHANGE at Alvarado School. 6 pm. 625 Douglass. 695-5695;

JAN. 26: Woody LaBounty tells the story of CARVILLE-by-the-Sea, "San Francisco's Streetcar Suburb," at the San Francisco History Association. 8 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

JAN. 27: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS and Professionals Association meets on the last Wednesday of the month. 9 am. Bank of America, 4098 24th. Robert T. Roddick, 641-8687.

JAN. 28: The Upper Noe Neighbors monthly meeting begins at 7:30 pm a Noe Valley Rec Center. Day & Sanchez. Confirm

JAN. 28: Camilla Fox discusses the COYOTE PROJECT at the Randall Museum's Natural History Series. 7:30 pm. 199 Museum. 554-9600;

JAN. 30-FEB. 7: The Marsh Youth Theater's TEEN TROUPE performs The Wave, a musical by Ron Jones based on a high school history class experiment in fascism. 1062 Valencia. 271-3256;


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the February 2010 issue, appearing on the streets of Noe Valley the first week of February. Email Calendar items by Jan. 15 to or write us at Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Noe Valley events may receive priority. Thanks for your support.