Noe Valley Voice September 2010


September 2010

Deadline for October

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the October 2010 issue. The deadline for Calendar items is Sept. 15. Email notices 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.

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: 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,

Sept. 1-29: NOE VALLEY JOGGERS meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 am and Saturdays at 8:30 am at the corner of 23rd and Diamond for a 30-minute walk/jog across local terrain. 509-6261.

Sept. 1-29: CREATIVITY EXPLORED hosts a group exhibit, “And Then╔,” featuring sequential art that tells a story. Mon.-Wed. & Fri,., 10 am-3 pm, Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th.  863-2108;

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

Sept. 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7 am. 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. Call to reserve a spot, 648-1030.

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: A Thursday STROLLER WALK through the neighborhood starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am. 3872 24th.

Sept. 2-30: PAL-ERSIZE is a class for kids 18 to 30 months old. 9-9:45 am. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church. 550-PALS;

Sept. 2-Oct. 27: ARTIST Stanley Donwood exhibits paintings in “Over Normal” at Fifty24SF Gallery. Reception Sept. 2, 7:30-10 pm. 218 Fillmore. 312-4120.

Sept. 2-Oct. 31: Noe Valley ARTIST Nancy Otto exhibits work at Micaela Gallery, in a show with sculptor Bella Feldman and painter Monica Steiner. Reception Sept. 2, 5-7 pm. 49 Geary. 551-8138;

Sept. 3: Meagan Brown of Edward Jones Investments discusses “Paying for EDUCATION.” 10 am. 4190 24th. 282-4079;

Sept. 3-24: The Friday night “Jazz in the Bookshop” series at BIRD & BECKETT begins at 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Sept. 3-24: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores. 621-2936.

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Shout “BINGO!” at St. Paul’s Friday nights at 7 pm. Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Sept. 3-24: CLARE tells tales for kids at Cover to Cover’s story hour. Fridays, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Sept. 4-25: Come hear music at the Noe Valley FARMERS’ MARKET, held Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Sept. 4-25: Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod play RAGTIME and blues at the Atlas Cafe. 4-6 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047.

Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Andrea’s BELLY DANCE Boot Camp includes strengthening exercises. 12:30-1:30 pm. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church.

Sept. 4-28: 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;

Sept. 4 & Oct. 2: 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;

Sept. 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE has dogs who need you. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

Sept. 5: Harpsichordist Lillian Gordis and violinist Lucien Pagnon perform BAROQUE MUSIC by Marini, Locatelli, Couperin, and Bach. 3 pm. 152 Chattanooga. Reservations: 510-524-4318;

Sept. 5: DUB MISSION celebrates its 14th anniversary with Dr. Israel backed by Patch Dub and Katrina Blackstone, plus a live set by Turbo Sonidero Futuristico. 9 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Sept. 5, 12 & 19: 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. 5 & 19: 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;

Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27: You can be funny on Mondays at Bliss Bar at COMEDY Open Mic Night, starting 8 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Sept. 7, 14 & 28: The Noe Valley Library’s TODDLER TALES feature rhymes, movement, and music for 18 months to 3-year-olds. 10:15-10: 45 & 11-11:30 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Sept. 7-28: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books’ Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for babies to age 4. 10 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Sept. 8: Permit hearing for High Bridge Arms, located at 3185 Mission. 1 pm. 850 Bryant, room 458. http://sfappeal .com/news/2010/08/neighbors-fight-the-re-opening-of-sfs-only-gun-shop.php.

Sept. 8-19: The SF FRINGE FESTIVAL offers innovative theater works from 43 companies at eight city locations. 673-3847;

Sept. 8-Oct. 9: “Celebrate! San Francisco” displays work by local artists at the MISSION CULTURAL Center. Reception Sept. 15, 6-9 pm; Tues.-Sat., 10 am-4 pm. 2868 Mission. 643-2785.

Sept. 9: DEADLINE for fall quarter registration at Community Music Center, 544 Capp. 647-6015;

Sept. 9: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to second-Thursday meetings at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.

Sept. 9: Georgia Pellegrini introduces FOOD HEROES: Culinary Artisans Preserving Traditions at Omnivore Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 9: Attend Art Auction ’10, a BENEFIT for the Coalition on Homelessness. 5:30-10 pm. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan. 346-3740, ext. 307;

Sept. 9: A SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING party and lesson begins at 7:50 pm; basic class starts Sept. 16. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 333-9372;

Sept. 9-Oct. 1: The 8th annual ALTERED BARBIE SHOW features workshops, panel discussions, poetry, and comedy. Come dressed as your favorite Barbie at the reception Sept. 16,  5-11 pm; Mon.-Sat., 1-7 pm, Sun., 1-5 pm. Shotwell 50 Art Space, 50 Shotwell.

Sept. 10: Cara Black is one of the featured readers at the Literary DEATH MATCH hosted by Opium magazine. 6-9:30 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Sept. 10: You can learn salsa while enjoying Mexican food at a BAILE Familiar (family dance) and fundraiser at Fairmount School. 6:30-9:30 pm. 65 Chenery at Randall. 695-5669;

Sept. 10-Oct. 16: Ray of Light Theatre performs the West Coast premiere of JERRY SPRINGER the Opera. Wed.-Sat., 8 pm. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th.

Sept. 11: LADYBUG GARDENERS invites you to help weed and tend the park at Upper Noe Rec Center on the second Saturday of the month. 9 am-noon. Day & Sanchez. 970-8061;

Sept. 11: Sally Love Saunders’ LIVE POETS GATHERING runs from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Cultural Integration Fellowship. 2650 Fulton. 668-1559;

Sept. 11: Local doulas and MIDWIVES gather on second Saturdays at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

Sept. 11: WRITERS with Drinks hosts the Strange Horizons 10th anniversary party. 7: 30-9:30 pm. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

Sept. 11 & Oct. 5: A representative from Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management leads a seminar, “Maximize Your Social Security RETIREMENT BENEFITS.” Sept. 11, 11 am-12:30 pm; Oct. 5, 6-7: 30 pm. Noe Valley Library. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Sept. 12: Noe resident A.D. Winans reads from his latest book of POETRY, Love-Zero. 2-4 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Sept. 12: Elisabeth Crawford brings Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey Through Northeastern ITALY to Omnivore Books. 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 12, 19 & 26: The Sunday Afternoon JAZZ Series at Bliss Bar features Larry Vuckovich performing with Hamir Atwal (9/12), the Faith Winthrop Trio (9/19), and Kenny Washington and Jeff Chambers (9/26). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Sept. 13: Emannuelle Antolin introduces her film about the lesbian response to the early AIDS crisis, We Were There, and Karen Ande discusses her photographs of children affected by AIDS 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.

Sept. 13: Atlas CafÄ’s BOOK CLUB discusses Dead Men Do Tell Tales, by William R. Maples. 7-9 pm. Books, Inc. 601 Van Ness. 648-1047;

Sept. 13: The Caper Cutters celebrate their 60th year with SQUARE DANCE classes for individuals and couples, all levels. 8-9:30 pm. St. Paul’s Church Hall, 43rd and Judah. 648-1459;

Sept. 14: Eureka Valley Library’s Tuesday TODDLER TALES for ages 18 months to 3 years starts at 10:30 am. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Sept. 15: The VISUAL ARTS Committee of the SF Arts Commission meets third Wednesdays at 3 pm. 25 Van Ness, Suite 70. 252-2590;

Sept. 15: The Noe Valley Library’s BOOK DISCUSSION group gathers from 7 to 8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

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

Sept. 15-Oct. 17: “AQUA: Art on Water” at ArtZone 461 Gallery features works by a group of Bay Area artists. Reception Sept. 19, 3-6 pm; Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Sept. 16: SOMMELIER Evan Goldstein matches wines with recipes from his favorite chefs in Daring Parings. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 16: Candidates for District 8 SUPERVISOR are scheduled to speak at the Upper Noe Neighbors meeting. 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, 295 Day at Sanchez.

Sept. 16: Lepidopterist Liam O’Brien discusses the recovery plan for the endangered Mission Blue BUTTERFLY on Twin Peaks. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600;

Sept. 17-25: Students of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts perform the musical Tom Sawyer. Thurs.-Sat.,

7:30 pm; Sun., 2 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Sept. 18: City Guides offers a free walking tour of STERN GROVE. Meet 11 am at the main entrance at 19th Ave. and Sloat. 557-4266;

Sept. 21: FILMS for children age 5 and under and their families screen at 10:15 and 11 am; please park strollers by the elevator. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Sept. 21: Gesine Bullock-Prado introduces her MEMOIR, My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books,  3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 21: SHA SHA HIGBY performs In Folds of Gold, a work-in-progress, at the Marsh Theater. 7:30 pm. 1062 Valencia. 826-5750.

Sept. 22: A panel from the Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals discusses ways to keep our animal companions safe. 6:30-7:30 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Sept. 23: The SF Planning Commission holds a hearing on the draft EIR for CPMC’s development plan for St. Luke’s and other hospital campuses. 1:30 pm or later. Room 400, City Hall. 558-6422.

Sept. 23: Vanessa Barrington brings D.I.Y. DELICIOUS: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Foods from Scratch to Omnivore Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 23: The Good Vibrations 5th annual Indie EROTIC FILM Festival screens at the Castro Theatre. 7 pm. 429 Castro. 777-4908;

Sept. 23: Learn the samba, tango, and more at a six-week BALLROOM dance class for couples on Thursday evenings. Forest Hill Christian Church Hall, 250 Laguna Honda. Preregister 661-2746.

Sept. 24-26: St. Philip’s Parish holds its 72nd annual festival with three days of entertainment, food, games, and raffles. Parish dinner, Sept. 24, 6 pm. Festival, Sat & Sun, 10 am-6 pm. Diamond & 24th. 824-8467;

Sept. 24-26: The GREEK FOOD Festival “A Taste of Greece” also features music, dance, and cultural exhibits. Fri. & Sat., 11 am-10 pm; Sun., noon-9 pm. Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia. 864-8000.

Sept. 25: The Older Women’s League (OWL) hosts “November ELECTION MADNESS,” examining current initiatives and charter amendments. 10 am-noon. Mechanics Institute, 57 Post. 989-4422;

Sept. 25: The SF Composers Chamber Orchestra performs new works—some pop, some minimalist—by Bay Area composers. 8 pm. Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento.  474-1608;

Sept. 25: Fairmount Elementary School holds a benefit CAR WASH and Bake Sale from 10 am to 3 pm. Enter on Randall at San Jose. 695-5669;

Sept. 25: The SF Bike Coalition leads a ride through SF SEWER HISTORY in the Mission District and around Mission Creek. Meet 2 pm at Workspace Ltd., 2150 Folsom. 431-BIKE;

Sept. 25: Rachel Saunders’ The Blue Chair JAM COOKBOOK includes preserving pointers. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Sept. 26: The first SF LYMEWALK raises awareness for Lyme Disease research; wear lime green, and bring signs and green balloons. 1 pm. Start from Larkin and Fulton. 202-0174;

Sept. 27: Editor Delia Moon and RamŚn Sender BarayŚn read from the new posthumous edition of Eugene Ruggles’ POEMS, Roads of Bread, 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.

Sept. 28: LITQUAKE’s “Pitchapalooza” features critiques of author teams promoting their work. 7-8:30 pm. Variety Preview Room, 582 Market. 750-1497;

Sept. 28: Mike McDowell describes the various SFFD badges worn by firefighters since the 1860s at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Sept. 28: The Friends of Noe Valley annual election meeting begins at 7 pm, and the Residents of Noe Valley TOWN SQUARE meeting follows at 7:30 pm. James Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe. 695-5675.

Sept. 29: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS and Professionals Association holds a breakfast meeting hosted by Noe’s Nest, 1254 Guerrero. 9 am. Robert Roddick, 641-8687.

Sept. 29: Kung Pao KOSHER COMEDY presents the 11th annual Funny Girls, featuring Shazia Mirza, Carla Clayy, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Lisa Geduldig. 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2781 24th.

Sept. 30: Paxton Gate offers an INSECT MOUNTING class on the last Thursday of the month. 4-7 pm. 824 Valencia. 824-1872;

Oct. 2: Explore the library’s Language Learning DATABASES at a class at the Glen Park Library. 4-5 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

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

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

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: District 8 SUPERVISOR candidates debate in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 6:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way.

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.

Deadline for October

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the October 2010 issue. The deadline for Calendar items is Sept. 15. Email notices 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.