Noe Valley Voice September 2009


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the October 2009 issue, appearing on the streets of Noe Valley the first week of October. Email items by Sept. 15 to or write us at Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Noe Valley events may receive priority. Thank you.


Noe Valley Voice

September 2009

Sept. 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.

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: The Noe Valley Library sponsors TODDLER TALES, 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME, 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

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

Sept. 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7 to 8 am. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Sept. 1-30: Kids and their caregivers are invited for TOT TIME at Upper Noe Rec Center. Mon., 10-11:30 am; Tues., 3-5 pm; and Wed., 3-5:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011.

Sept.1-30: 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.

Sept. 1-30: The Bay Area PHOTOGRAPHERS' COLLECTIVE displays a members' exhibition at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. Reception Sept. 12, 2-4 pm; Tue.-Thurs., 3-10 pm, Fri. & Sat., 11 am-5 pm. 50 Scott. 554-9522;

Sept. 1-30: CREATIVITY EXPLORED exhibits printmaking and drawings. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

Sept. 1 & Oct. 6: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Pal Mel teaches PAL TIME, a class for tots 18 months to 3 years. 9-9:40 am. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church. 550-PALS;

Sept. 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.

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday BABY RHYME TIME, for 0-18 months, begins at 3 pm; a family story time for ages 2 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. 100 Collingwood. 355-5616.

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: The Castro FARMERS' MARKET offers produce from 4 to 8 pm Wednesdays through October. Noe & Market. Merchants of Upper Market & Castro,

Sept. 2-30: Maria Tam teaches a YIJIN TAI CHI class at Upper Noe Rec Center on Wednesdays and Fridays. 7-8:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 828-9436.

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am and rolls through Noe and the Castro. 3872 24th.

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Kiki-Yo offers a PILATES fundamentals class. 6-6:55 pm, Thursdays. 605B Chenery. 587-5454.

Sept. 3-24: "Strange Fruit" features new ARTWORK by the Date Farmers, at Fifty24SF Gallery. Tues.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 248 & 252 Fillmore. 252-9144;

Sept. Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25: CLARE tells tales for kids at Cover to Cover's Friday story hour, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Just Awesome! hosts Friday Night Fun, featuring family-friendly GAMES and pizza, 6 to 8 pm. 816 Diamond. 970-1484; www.justawesome

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

Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26: The Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET features fresh produce and music by a variety of performers. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Sept. 5 & Oct. 3: The LADYBUG GARDENING group at Upper Noe Valley Park meets the first Saturday of the month to plant flowers, pull weeds, and pick up litter. 9 am-noon. Day & Sanchez.

Sept. 5-10: A SING-ALONG Mary Poppins at the Castro Theater screens at 7 pm, with 2 pm shows Sat. through Mon. 429 Castro.

Sept. 6: SUNDAY STREETS features car-free activities along the Great Highway, from Golden Gate Park to the SF Zoo. 10 am-2 pm.

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

Sept. 6: DUB MISSION celebrates its 13th anniversary with the Twilight Circus Dub Sound System with Ryan Moore. 9 pm-2 am. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27: 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;

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

Sept. 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;

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

Sept. 7: Rabbi Leo Michel Abrami reads from his work at ODD MONDAYS at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP jlsender@ 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Chris Sequeira offers a free Introductory QUIGONG/TAI CHI session outdoors at 10:30 am, and at the Noe Valley Ministry at 6 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 773-8185;

Sept. 8: Marcel Allbritton begins teaching CLASSIC YOGA on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Noe Valley Ministry. 6-7 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 200-9825;

Sept. 8: Elizabeth Stark gives a free writing WORKSHOP, "Plot Your Novel," kicking off a seven-month writing binge. 6:30-8 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Sept. 8: Jurek Mazur presents the history of ARGENTINE TANGO. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Sept. 9 & 12: Two eldercare professionals discuss "Families Dealing with DEMENTIA" in a workshop and discussion at the Glen Park Library. Wed., 5:30-7:30 pm; Sat., 3-5 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Sept. 9, 16 & 20: City Guides offers tours of THEATRE in San Francisco, starting 10 am. Meet by the stage at Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between 3rd and 4th. 557-4266;

Sept. 9-20: Actors from 43 companies do a marathon of INDIE THEATER at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Nine venues. 673-3847;

Sept. 10: Bake any flavor PIE to enter a contest at Omnivore Books, or eat and judge for a $5 entry fee; winner splits the door money. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 10: The Dan Aykroyd/Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places is on the screen at Dolores Park MOVIE NIGHT. 8 pm.

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

Sept. 10: The Older Women's League and the League of Women Voters host a panel discussion, "What's Washington Doing about HEALTH CARE?" 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 989-4422;

Sept. 10-17: The MARSH Youth Theater's Teen Troupe auditions kids who'd like to perform the musical The Wave. 1062 Valencia. 826-5750, ext. 3;

Sept. 10-26: DAN HOYLE performs a revival of Tings Dey Happen, his solo play about Nigerian oil politics. Thurs., 8 pm; Sat., 5 pm; Sun., 7 pm. 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

Sept. 10-Oct. 4: The 7th annual ALTERED BARBIE Art Show features creativity by over 60 artists. Reception Sept. 17, 5-10 pm; Tues.-Sat., 1-7 pm; Sun., 1-5 pm. Shotwell 50 Studios, 50 Shotwell. 240-2202;

Sept. 11: 101 Dalmatians and Shaun the Sheep play at FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, sponsored by Video Wave and Fima Photography and featuring free popcorn and other treats. 6 pm. 1414 Castro. 550-7577 or 541-1010.

Sept. 12: Survivors International hosts a conference, "GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: Our Duty to Protect and Heal." 8:30 am-5:30 pm. UC Hastings School of Law, 200 McAllister.

Sept. 12: The Friends of Duboce Park hold their annual TAG SALE along Duboce between Steiner and Scott, 9 am-2 pm.

Sept. 12: The Friends of Dolores Park host a MUSIC TOGETHER CLASS for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with a parent. 11 am-noon. Dolores Park Playground. 647-8596;

Sept. 12: Learn the BIKE BUDDY ROUTE to and from the Golden Gate Bridge. 2 pm. New riders email

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

Sept. 12: Chef Cindy Pawlcyn discusses her Big Small Plates from 3 to 4 pm, and restaurant critic Frank Bruni introduces his memoir, Born Round, from 5 to 6 pm. OMNIVORE Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 12: The ORANGE SHERBET BAND with Jill Pierce and Tamsen Fynn performs a fundraiser concert for the Noe Valley Ministry. 4-5 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Sept. 12: Alonzo King's SF DANCE CENTER celebrates its 20th birthday with a live DJ, food and cocktails, and dancing. 7-11 pm. 26 7th.

Sept. 12-Oct. 18: Artwork by Gage Opdenbrouw and Jose Ramon Lerma is on display at ARTZONE 461 Gallery. Reception Sept. 12, 5-8 pm; Wed-Sun, noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680;

Sept. 13: The 8th annual "Jerseys Off Our Giants" BASEBALL GAME (vs. the L.A. Dodgers) is a fundraiser for La Casa de las Madres. 9:30 am-3 pm. AT&T Park. 503-0500;

Sept. 13: Local author Alfe Murray reads from Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed EMILY DICKINSON's Life and Language. 1-3 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Sept. 13: VEGETARIAN restaurant owner Nancy Mehagian tells her story in Siren's Feast: An Edible Odyssey. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 13 & 27: "YOGA FOR CURMUDGEONS" begins at Cover to Cover bookstore at 7 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Sept. 13, 20 & 27: The Bliss Bar Sunday Afternoon JAZZ SERIES features pianist Larry Vuckovich with Kenny Washington (Sept. 13), Frank Jackson (Sept. 20), and Dana Land (Sept. 27). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Sept. 14: The restaurant's three owners discuss The BIG SUR Bakery Cookbook. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 14: Stephen Elliott holds a RUMPUS, featuring Will Durst and readings by authors D.A. Powell, Robert Mailer Anderson, Minal Hajratwala, Sona Avakian, and Ryan Boudinot. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd. 647-2888.

Sept. 14: Kung Pao KOSHER COMEDY presents Diane Amos, David Hawkins, Ray Ferrer, Brendan Lynch, Dana Cory, and Lisa Geduldig. 7:30 pm. El Rio, 3158 Mission. 522-3737;

Sept. 14, 21 & 28: Infants and crawlers are invited to sing and play in English and Spanish at BILINGUAL BABY PLAY at Mission Library. 1:10 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Sept. 15: GAME INVENTORS and designers are invited to meet at Just Awesome! to share their ideas. 816 Diamond. 970-1484;

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

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

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

Sept. 18: OPENHOUSE and the 30th Street Senior Center host a reception and tour for LGBT seniors (age 60 and over). 3:30-5:30 pm. 225 30th. RSVP by Sept. 11 to 296-8995.

Sept. 18: Toy Story follows Looney Tunes at FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, sponsored by Video Wave and Fima Photography. 6 pm. 1414 Castro. 550-7577 or 541-1010.

Sept. 18-20: The Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park offers residents in the 94114 and 94131 zip codes FREE ADMISSION. So go feed the penguins! 379-8000;

Sept. 19: Danielle Svetcov signs copies of The Un-Constipated Gourmet, at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 10 am-noon. 24th at Vicksburg.

Sept. 19: Giuliano Hazan introduces his Thirty-Minute PASTA, 12:30 to 1:30 pm; Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber discuss their book, In Late Winter We Ate Pears, 3 to 4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 19: "COMMUNITY ART from the Heart" at Precita Eyes debuts Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, a collaboration by over 200 artists and writers. 6:30-9:30 pm. SomArts, 934 Brannan. 285-2287;

Sept. 20: Just Awesome! celebrates a 9-month BIRTHDAY PARTY with cake, coffee, and door prizes. 2-6 pm. 816 Diamond. 970-1484;

Sept. 21: Lisa Carlson and Li Miao Lovett read short pieces at ODD MONDAYS at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP jlsender@ 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Sept. 21: Atlas Café hosts a discussion, "COOL CUISINE: The Global Warming Diet," about changing one's food choices to reduce carbon emissions. 7-9 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047;

Sept. 23: PARENTS PLACE sponsors a workshop on "Choosing a Kindergarten" led by Lee Ann Slaton. 5:30-7:30 pm. 1710 Scott. 359-2454;

Sept. 23: Author MIKE MILLER discusses A Community Organizer's Tale: Money and Power in San Francisco, his book centered in the Mission District. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Sept. 23: The Beat Museum gives a BOOK-SIGNING for Steve Schwartz and his detective novel Boulevard. 7 pm. 540 Broadway.

Sept. 24: Noe Valley Library hosts INFANT MASSAGE, for ages 3 weeks to crawling; bring a mat or blanket. 10:15-11:15 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Sept. 24: Michelle Maisto reads from Gastronomy of a Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love at OMNIVORE Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 24: Community activism around budget cuts and health care will be discussed at a meeting of RADICAL WOMEN. Summer buffet, 6:15 pm; program, 7 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin. 864-1278;

Sept. 24: Local naturalist Liam O'Brien discusses "The Green Hairstreak Project," a BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION effort. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

Sept. 25-27: Celebrate the centennial of St. Philip School and Parish with food, games, and prizes at the ST. PHILIP FESTIVAL. Fri. dinner, 6-10 pm; Sat. & Sun. festival, 10 am-6 pm. Sat. teen dance, 7-10 pm. 665 Elizabeth. 824-8467.

Sept. 25: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT shows The Rescuers and a Pixar short, starting at 6 pm. 1414 Castro. 550-7577 or 541-1010.

Sept. 25: Fairmount Elementary School hosts a FAMILY DANCE/Baile Familiar in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. 6 pm. 65 Chenery. 695-5669.

Sept. 25: The SCANDINAVIAN Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann includes 115 seasonal and traditional recipes. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 25: A RETIREMENT PARTY for Librarian Carol Small begins at 6:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707.

Sept. 26: The SF Bicycle Coalition's TOUR DE FAT features a bike cruise through Golden Gate Park and a jamboree with live music and food. 9 am-4 pm; Speedway Meadow. 431-BIKE;

Sept. 26: Bring usable items, food, and talents to the Really REALLY FREE MARKET the last Saturday of the month, noon. Dolores Park, Dolores & 18th.

Sept. 26: Andrea Nguyen brings ASIAN DUMPLINGS: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Gyoza, and More to Omnivore Books. 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 26: Americana quintet Houston Jones performs for the Blah Blah Woof Woof Singer Songwriter CONCERT SERIES at Mobu Dance Studio. 7:30 pm. 1605 Church. 602-8557;

Sept. 27: Billed as "the world's largest and best-loved leather fair," the FOLSOM STREET FAIR runs from 11 am to 6 pm, between 7th and 12th streets.

Sept. 27: Gayle Pirie, chef and owner of Foreign Cinema Restaurant, discusses her book Country EGG, City Egg. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 29: The Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association meets on the last Tuesday of the month. 9 am. Bank of America, 4098 24th. or call Gwen Sanderson, 550-7577.

Sept. 29: David Lebovitz signs his books, including The Sweet Life in Paris, at OMNIVORE. 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 29: Chris Carlsson of Shaping San Francisco and LisaRuth Elliott of describe their Wiki-based archive of SF history, at the meeting of the San Francisco History Association. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Sept. 30: Deadline to apply for a COMMUNITY CHALLENGE GRANT, to create green spaces, public art, and other neighborhood amenities. 554-4830;

Sept. 30: The Mission Library offers a discussion, "PUBLIC SCHOOLS 101: Choosing an Elementary School." 7-7:45 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Oct. 2: Kids will enjoy Kiki's Delivery Service and then The Pink Panther at Noe Valley's FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. 6 pm. 1414 Castro. 550-7577 or 541-1010.

Oct. 2: The sixth annual San Francisco NATIVE Jamboree and silent auction to benefit the SF Conservation Corps takes place at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Call 732-7520, ext. 49.; email

Oct. 3: Four stores--When Modern Was, Loft 1513, Lynn Antiques, and the new garden store Independent Nature--hold a SIDEWALK SALE along Church Street from Cesar Chavez to 28th. 11 am-6 pm. 1504 Church. 970-1030.

Oct. 3: ALLISON BARTLETT reads from The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. 7-9 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Oct. 3 & 4: ArtSpan holds its preview GALA for San Francisco Open Studios, held weekends in October. (Free public reception on Sunday, Oct. 4.) 7:30-10 pm. SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan.

Oct. 3 & 4: The 10th annual WORLD VEG FESTIVAL, hosted by the SF Vegetarian Society and In Defense of Animals, features lectures, cooking demos, and Veggie Speed Dating. 10 am-6 pm. SF County Fair Building, 9th Ave. at Lincoln. 273-5481;

Oct. 4: An eight-week class for teens (ages 11 and up) to explore RELIGION vs. SPIRITUALITY begins at the Noe Valley Ministry. Noon. 1021 Sanchez. For info contact Heather Grantham, director of Famiily Ministry, 282-8626;


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the October 2009 issue, appearing on the streets of Noe Valley the first week of October. Email items by Sept. 15 to or write us at Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Noe Valley events may receive priority. Thank you.