Noe Valley Voice October 2010


October 2010

Deadline for November

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the November 2010 issue, hitting the streets of Noe Valley the first week of the month. The deadline for Calendar items is Oct. 15. Email to or write Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, P.O. Box 460249, SF, CA 94146. Note: Events in Noe Valley and surrounding neighborhoods receive priority. Thanks for your understanding.

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: CLARE tells tales for kids at Cover to Cover’s story hour. Fridays, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Play “BINGO!” at St. Paul’s Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Oct. 1-16: Ray of Light Theatre performs JERRY SPRINGER the Opera. Wed.-Sat., 8 pm. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th.

Oct. 1-17: “Aqua: Art on Water” continues at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Oct. 1-27: ARTIST Stanley Donwood exhibits paintings in “Over Normal” at Fifty24SF Gallery. 218 Fillmore. 312-4120.

Oct. 1-29: Chris Sequeira offers free introductory QIGONG/TAI CHI Wednesday and Friday at the Glen Park baseball field, Elk & Chenery, 10:30 am; and Mondays at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez, 6 pm.; 773-8185.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 1-29: The Friday night “Jazz in the Bookshop” series at BIRD & BECKETT begins at 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Oct. 1-29: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores. 621-2936.

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

Oct. 1-31: Noe Valley ARTIST Nancy Otto exhibits work at Micaela Gallery, in a show with sculptor Bella Feldman and painter Monica Steiner. 49 Geary. 551-8138;

Oct. 1-Jan. 18: The de Young Museum hosts “VAN GOGH, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay.” Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-5:15 pm (Fri. to 8:45 pm). 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600.

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Andrea’s BELLY DANCE Boot Camp includes strengthening exercises. 12:30-1:30 pm. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church.

Oct. 2-30: Come hear music at the Noe Valley FARMERS’ MARKET, Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Oct. 2-30: City Guides offers WALKING TOURS of the Castro on Saturdays, Sundays, and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays. Meet at 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market) under the rainbow flag. 557-4266;

Oct. 2-30: Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod play RAGTIME at the Atlas Cafe. 4-6 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047.

Oct. 2 & Nov. 6: Precita Eyes Mural Arts hosts a MURAL WALK on first Saturdays. Meet at 11 am at the 16th Street BART plaza near the Wells Fargo Bank sign. 285-2287;

Oct. 3: Voice contributor ERIN O’BRIANT introduces her new novel, Glitter Girl. 8 pm. Eros, 2051 Market. 255-4921.

Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24: 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;

Oct. 3 & 17: SF City Guides leads free WALKING TOURS of Noe Valley, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

Oct. 3 & Nov. 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE has dogs who need you. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

Oct. 4: Rene Redzepi signs Noma: Place and Time in NORDIC CUISINE at 3 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 6: Eyla Moore and Aliyah Dunn Salahuddin perform “DANCE, Intergenerational Trauma and the Diaspora,” at City College’s Ocean Campus. 3-4 pm. 50 Phelan. Room 305, Rosenberg Library. 239-3584.

Oct. 6: “Civilization on Six Legs: The Complex Societies of ANTS and HONEYBEES” features discussion by authors Thomas Seeley (Honeybee Democracy), and Mark W. Moffett (Adventures Among Ants), in conjunction with Litquake. 7 pm. Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences. 800-794-7576.

Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Monday is Bliss Bar’s COMEDY Open Mic Night, starting 8 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Oct. 4-27: NOE VALLEY JOGGERS meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 am and Saturdays at 8:30 am at 23rd and Diamond for a 30-minute walk/jog across local terrain. 509-6261.

Oct. 5: A rep from Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management leads a seminar, “Maximize Your Social Security RETIREMENT BENEFITS.” 6-7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library. 451 Jersey. 955-3717;

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books’ Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for babies to age 4. 10 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Oct. 5, 12 & 26: The Noe Valley Library’s TODDLER TALES features rhymes, movement, and music. 10:15-10:45 & 11-11:30 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 6: In “WOODY GUTHRIE and the Great American Folk Song,” Tim Holt discusses the musician and leads a sing-along. 6-7 pm. Glen Park Library. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Oct. 6: Opium Magazine’s Literary DEATH MATCH features Litquake readers Joel Selvin, Jason Bayani, Karl Kirnan, and David Corbett, and judges Jane Smiley, W. Kamau Bell, and Mark Fiore. 6-9:30 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788;              Oct. 6: District 8 SUPERVISOR candidates debate one another in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 6:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum.

Oct. 6, 20 & 27: Eureka Valley Library’s Wednesday BABY RHYME TIME, for 0-18 months, begins at 1:30 pm; a family story time for ages 3 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616,

Oct. 7: Project OPEN HAND celebrates its silver anniversary with an open house, offering tours of the facility, music, and refreshments. 6-9 pm. 730 Polk. 447-2484;

Oct. 7: The Litquake event “FEMININE WILES” features readings by Elif Batuman, Marisa Crawford, Katie Crouch, Thaisa Frank, Joyce Maynard, Kaya Oakes, and Shawna Yang Ryan. 7-9 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, 295 Day at Sanchez.

Oct. 7-10: Zaccho DANCE THEATRE performs stories of SF’s early African-American leaders along Market Street, between Powell and First. 1-5 pm.

Oct. 7-28: PAL-ERSIZE Adventure in Fitness is a class for kids 18 to 30 months old. 9-9:45 am. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church. 550-PALS;

Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28: A Thursday STROLLER WALK through the neighborhood starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am. 3872 24th.

Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Stephanie Fields leads a BELLY DANCE class for all levels at Cardio Tone. 2:30-3:30 pm. 3813 24th. 557-6392;

Oct. 7-Nov. 20: CREATIVITY EXPLORED hosts a group exhibit, “Ritual/Habitual: Linking Object, Context, and Action.” Reception Oct. 7, 7-9 pm; Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10 am-3 pm, Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

Oct. 8: Countertenor Brian Asawa, cellist Josephine van Lier, and harpsichordist Gilbert Martinez perform works by VIVALDI, Handel, and Geminiani. 7 pm. Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond. 528-1685;

Oct. 8: Mission District FALL OPEN STUDIOS holds a preview of 30 artists’ work at Workspace, Ltd. Oct. 8, 7-10 pm; Oct. 9 & 10, 11 am-6 pm. 2150 Folsom at 18th. 359-8178.

Oct. 8-10: Mission Dolores School’s annual FIESTA, “The World’s Fair,” features a 6 pm spaghetti dinner Oct. 8; games, entertainment, and a silent auction Oct. 9, 10 am to 5 pm, and Oct. 10, 11 am to 4 pm. Mission Dolores Auditorium, 3371 16th. 861-7673.

Oct. 9: The LADYBUG GARDENERS group meets at Café XO to discuss landscape plans for Upper Noe Rec Center. 10 am. 1799 Church. 970-8061;

Oct. 9: Chef VANESSA BARRINGTON signs her new cookbook, D.I.Y. Delicious, at the Farmers’ Market. 10 am. 24th and Vicksburg.

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

Oct. 9: Elaine Schmitz describes Recipes & Recollections of My GREEK-AMERICAN Family. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 9 & 10: Visit OPEN STUDIOS in Noe Valley, Glen Park, the Castro, Bernal Heights, Portola, and the Mission. 11 am-6 pm.

Oct. 10: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC opens its season with the New Esterh‡zy Quartet performing selections from Haydn’s String Quartet. 4 pm. Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks. 648-5236;

Oct. 10: JAZZ PIANIST Don Alberts presents his book of oral histories, Diary of the Underdogs: Jazz in the 1960s in San Francisco, followed by a jam session with drummer Vince Lateano. 4:30-8 pm. Dogpatch Saloon, 2496 3rd. 643-8592.

Oct. 10: The SF BIKE COALITION hosts “Kestral Sound Review, Volume 2: Battle of the One-Man Bands” at Café du Nord. 8 pm. 2170 Market. 861-5016.

Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31: The Sunday Afternoon JAZZ Series at Bliss Bar features Larry Vuckovich performing with Frank Jackson (10/10), Laurie Antonioli, Matt Clark, and John Shifflett (10/17), Josh workman, Bryan Bowman, and Ravi Abcarian (10/24), and Valeriana Quevedo, Buca Necak, and Sanna Craig (10/31). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Oct. 11: Korean-American Sandra Park discusses her memoir If You Live in a Small House, and Shawna Yang Ryan introduces Water Ghosts, about Chinese immigrants, at the ODD MONDAYS series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Oct. 12: Rocio Alejandra Avila and Jose Luis Pavon give a free talk “In Defense of IMMIGRANT RIGHTS.” 1:15-2:45 pm. John Adams Campus City College, 1860 Hayes. 561-1900.

Oct. 12: At a LATINO HERITAGE MONTH celebration and awards ceremony, Mayor Newsom honors contributors to the community. 5 pm. City Hall Rotunda and North Light Court. Reservations: 664-5975.

Oct. 14: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to second-Thursday meetings at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.

Oct. 14-28: The ninth annual SF DOCUMENTARY FILM Festival screens at the Roxie. 3117 16th.

Oct. 14 & Nov. 2: The group Parents for PUBLIC SCHOOLS holds workshops on the how-to’s of SF enrollment. 6:30-8 pm. Oct. 14: Bernal Heights Library, 500 Cortland. Nov. 2: Eureka Valley Library, 16th & Market. 861-7077;

Oct. 15: Randall Museum animal care volunteer Craig Nikitas gives a free LECTURE on “The Owls of California,” at City College’s Ocean Campus. Noon-1 pm. 50 Phelan. Room 300, Science Bldg. 239-3475.

Oct. 15: New York Times writer MELISSA CLARK introduces her book In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite. Omnivore Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 16: City Guides offers a free walking tour of STERN GROVE. Meet 11 am at the main entrance at 19th Ave. and Sloat. 557-4266;

Oct. 16: The Friends of Upper Douglass Dog Park presents DOGTOBERFEST 2010, featuring a canine costume contest, an agility course, and a silent auction, to benefit park improvements. 11 am-2 pm. 27th and Douglass. 407-7281; 

Oct. 16: Courtney Cerruti leads a paper-animal-building WORKSHOP for kids at Paxton Gate. 2-4 pm. 824 Valencia. 824-1872;

Oct. 16: Eureka Valley Library’s Tricycle MUSIC FEST West features a mini-concert by Frances England. 3-4 pm. 16th & Market. 355-5616;

Oct. 16: Connie Green and Sara P. Scott discuss The Wild Kitchen from 3 to 4 pm, and Dorie                   Greenspan introduces Around My French Table from 6 to 7 pm at OMNIVORE BOOKS. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 16: WRITERS with Drinks hosts readings by Marcia Clark, Jamie Freveletti, Ken Scholes, Stephen O’Connor, Kirya Traber, and Daniel Allen Cox. 7:30-9:30 pm. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

Oct. 16: Four LADIES OF JAZZ—Cathi Walkup, Jennifer Lee, Leanne Weatherly, and Melissa Dinwiddie—perform at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8: 15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Oct. 16 & 17: Half Moon Bay’s Art and PUMPKIN FESTIVAL features art and entertainment on Main Street, between Miramontes and Spruce. 9 am-5 pm. 650-726-9652;

Oct. 16 & 17: The SF BACH CHOIR opens its 75th season with Chandos Anthems and an organ concerto by Georg Frideric Handel. Oct. 16, 8 pm; Oct. 17, 4 pm. Calvary Presbyterian Church, Fillmore & Jackson. 441-4942.

Oct. 17: “My Youth as a Train” features readings by POETS Michael Rothenberg, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, and Micah Ballard. 2-4 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Oct. 17: The Randall Museum’s HOOTENANNY on the Hill has crafts, games, and square dancing to local “honky-tonk cow-punk” band Gen 11. 2-5 pm. 199 Museum. Reservations: 554-9681.

Oct. 18: The Upper Noe Neighbors groupo holds its monthly meeting. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, 295 Day at Sanchez.

Oct. 18-21: SF Camerawork hosts a four-day workshop, “Care and Identification of PHOTOGRAPHS,” focusing on preservation techniques. 9:30-5 pm. 657 Mission. 512-2020. Register at

Oct. 19: FILMS for children age 5 and under and their families screen at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 19: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers classes for people over age 50, hosts an OPEN HOUSE, 12:30-2 pm. SFSU Creative Arts Building, room 152. 1600 Holloway. 817-4243;

Oct. 19: Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito introduce their dessert cookbook, Baked Explorations. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 19 & 26: Eureka Valley Library’s Tuesday TODDLER TALES for ages 18 months to 3 years starts at 10:30 am. 16th & Market. 355-5616;

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

Oct. 20: Emmy Award-winning TV CHEF Michael Chiarello introduces his new Southern Italian cookbook. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 20: The BOOK DISCUSSION group at the Noe Valley Library meets from at 7 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707.

Oct. 20: The Noe Valley DEMOCRATIC CLUB sponsors a panel on the state of education in SF schools. 7:30 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond.

Oct. 21: Bernal Heights Library hosts a WORKSHOP on “Parents Transforming Schools,” led by Parents for Public Schools SF. 6:30-8 pm. 500 Cortland. 861-7077;

Oct. 21: The EUREKA VALLEY Promotion Association meets the third Thursday of the month. 7-8:30 pm. Chase Bank Conference Room, 2112 15th. 437-9414;

Oct. 22: SALTED by Mark Bitterman includes more than 50 recipes. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 23: The sixth annual Noe Valley HARVEST FESTIVAL includes a hayride, a costume contest for kids and pets, a pumpkin patch, and more than 65 art and craft booths, plus entertainment and food. 10 am-5 pm. 24th between Church and Sanchez.

Oct. 23: David Casuto, founder of Senior Surf, discusses getting on the Web at the monthly meeting of the Older Women’s League (OWL). 10 am-noon. Main Library, Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin. 989-4422;

Oct. 23: David Tanis introduces his book Heart of the ARTICHOKE and Other Kitchen Journeys. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 23: BILL FRISELL performs with the 858 Quartet at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Oct. 24: Muralist Chor Boogie leads a free WALL PAINTING activity for all ages, sponsored by the SF Arts Commission and DPW. 10 am-2 pm. Civic Center Plaza, between McAllister and Grove, Larkin and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett.

Oct. 24: A memorial for photographer LEO HOLUB will be held at the San Francisco Art Institute, beginning at 11 am. 800 Chestnut.

Oct. 24: SF Animal Care & Control’s PET PRIDE DAY runs from noon to 3 pm in Sharon Meadow of Golden Gate Park. 554-6364;

Oct. 24: “The Julia Child of Mexican cooking” Diana Kennedy introduces Oaxaca al Gusto. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 24: MUSIC ON THE HILL hosts the Mélange Ensemble, from Russia, England, and Australia, performing works by Brahms, Mozart, and George Pikler. 7 pm. St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 820-1429;

Oct. 25: WIDME (Women’s Interfaith Dialogue on the Middle East) cosponsors a discussion of peace in the Middle East, featuring Waldorf teachers Shepha Vainstain and Karin Gierlach. Odd Mondays series, 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Oct. 26: Omnivore Books is standing room only for TYLER FLORENCE’S discussion of Tyler Florence Family Meal. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 26: Richard Torney discusses sanitation in the city following the 1906 EARTHQUAKE at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Oct. 26: Journalist David Templeton performs Wretch Like Me, “a one-sinner show” about his life as a teenage fundamentalist, at the Marsh Theater. 7:30 pm. 1062 Valencia. 826-5750.

Oct. 27: At Home with MADHUR JAFFREY features recipes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 27: Mel Ash leads a BEAT SPIRIT workshop at the Beat Museum, from 7 to 10 pm. 540 Broadway. 399-9626;

Oct. 28: Rajat Parr and Jordan McKay tell Secrets of the SOMMELIERS at Omnivore Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 29-Nov. 7: Community Boards offers a 40-hour BASICS OF MEDIATION class to prepare volunteers for its Neighborhood Mediation Program. For info and signup call Liora, 920-3820.

Oct. 30: Pet Poses Photography takes digital HALLOWEEN PET PHOTOS at Noe Valley Pet Company. 11 am-3 pm. 1451 Church. 282-7385.

Oct. 30: Kids can enjoy ghoulish games and CREEPY CRAFTS at the Randall Museum’s Family Halloween Day. 10 am to 2 pm. 554-9600;

Oct. 30: Paxton Gate hosts a HALLOWEEN PARTY and apple “shrunken head” workshop from 11 am to 1 pm. 824 Valencia. 824-1872;

Oct. 30: In Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours, PASTRY CHEF Sarabeth Levine features classic dessert recipes. 4-5 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 30 & 31: BOO AT THE ZOO features a haunted nature trail, treats for the animals, and candy stations for kids. 10 am-4 pm. Sloat at the Great Highway. 753-7080;

Oct. 30 & 31: Noe Valley artist Irene Hendrick shows watercolor paintings at San Francisco Open Studios. 11 am-6 pm. Hunters Point Shipyard, 400 Innes Avenue, Building 101.

Oct. 31: Willie Brown is grand marshal of the 3.5-mile BARBARY COAST Trail Walk; meet 9 am at Mint Plaza, 5th and Jessie. Walk passes through Chinatown and North Beach, and ends with an 11 am celebration at Aquatic Park. 537-1105, ext. 100;

Oct. 31: A HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL hosted by the Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center features indoor and outdoor activities for families and dog owners. 11 am-3 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day and Sanchez.

Oct. 31: Noe Valley novelist MICHAEL CASTLEMAN introduces A Killing in Real Estate at the SF Mystery Bookstore. 3 pm. 4175 24th. 282-7444;

Nov. 1: LOUISE NAYER reads from Burned: A Memoir, about a gas explosion that affected her family, at the Odd Mondays series. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP jlsender@ 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Nov. 2: Election Day. Get out there and vote for supervisor. Polls are open 7 am to 8 pm. 554-4375.

Nov. 2: The DIA DE LOS MUERTOS reception at Mission Cultural Center unveils the winners of the altar contest, on display until Nov. 20. 6-10 pm. 2868 Mission. 643-2785.

Nov. 5: The Manring Kassin Darter TRIO performs at the Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Nov. 6: Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry hosts a performance by TANGO No. 9. 8:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the November 2010 issue, hitting the streets of Noe Valley the first week of the month. The deadline for Calendar items is Oct. 15. Email to or write Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, P.O. Box 460249, SF, CA 94146. Note: Events in Noe Valley and surrounding neighborhoods receive priority. Thanks for your understanding.