Noe Valley Voice October 2011


October 2011

Fall for Autumn

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the November issue, hitting the streets the first week of that very month. Our deadline for calendar items is Oct. 15. Email or write Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, P.O. Box 460249, San Francisco, CA 94146. Note: Events in Noe Valley may get priority. Thanks for your help.


Oct. 1-23: MARGA GOMEZ performs her ninth solo show,Not Getting Any Younger. Thurs. & Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 8:30 pm; Sun., 3 pm (no show Sept. 23). The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

Oct. 1-29: Come hear country, bluegrass, and folk music at the Noe Valley FARMERS’ MARKET held each Saturday, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Oct. 1-30: Meet under the rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market) for a walking tour, “CASTRO: Tales of the Village.” Sat., Sun., or Tues., 11 am. 557-4266;

Oct. 1-31: The Noe Valley OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS group meets Monday through Saturday, 7 am, at St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive.

Oct. 2 & 16: SF City Guides leads a free WALKING TOUR of Noe Valley on first and third Sundays at 1:30 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

Oct. 2-30: Learn about MISSION DOLORES at a City Guides walk Sundays, 11 am. Meet at the gold fire hydrant at 20th and Church. 557-4266;

Oct. 2-Nov. 20: The len Park Village FARMERS’ MARKET continues through Nov. 20. 10 am to 2 pm. Glen Park BART parking lot, Bosworth & Arlington.

Oct. 3: Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett reads from The Man Who Loved Books Too Much at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm ( Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Oct. 3-31: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves lunches for people over 60, weekdays at noon. St. Philip’s Hall, 725 Diamond. Reserve a lunch, 648-1030.

Oct. 3-Nov. 15: District 5 Supervisor Jane Kim introduces an exhibit, The ARTery Project: PHOTOGRAPHS of Central Market. Reception Sept. 23, 5-7 pm; Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm. City Hall Room 282.

Oct. 4: Omnivore Books hosts FOOD TRIVIA NIGHT, based on Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 4, 11 & 25; Nov. 1: Little ones enjoy the rhymes and songs at the Noe Valley Library’s TODDLER TALES. 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25; Nov. 1: Tuesday, 10:30 am, is the time the Eureka Valley Library offers its TODDLER TALES, for children 18 months to 3. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Oct. 4-26: Chris Sequeira offers adult TAI CHI classes Tuesdays at 7 pm, and free senior qigong classes Wednesdays 1-3 pm at Glen Park; register at;

Oct. 5: Celebrate international WALK TO SCHOOL DAY; Supervisor Wiener plans to join Fairmount Elementary students. 554-6968.

Oct. 5: The first annual POETRY WORLD SERIES features two teams of Bay Area poets, working on a theme supplied by the audience. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, Latino Room. 100 Larkin.

Oct. 5: Bliss Bar’s COMEDY REVIEW happens on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Oct. 5-26: Sing along with Patrick Sosa and Alison Faith Levy at Phoenix Books’ Wednesday STORY HOUR, for babies to age 4. 11 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Eureka Valley Library’s Wednesday BABY RHYME & PLAYTIME, for infants to 18 months, starts at 1:30 pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: AL-ANON meets Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 pm at St. Philip’s Church. 725 Diamond. 834-9940;

Oct. 6: A PAJAMA STORY TIME (ages 5 and under) at the Noe Valley Library will include Laura Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama. 10:15-10:45 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 6: A benefit for tenants displaced in the Sept. 10 FIRE on 24th Street will include a raffle with prizes. 6 to 9 pm. Valley Tavern, 4054 24th. To contribute, contact Catherine Bergstrom, 894-2284.

Oct. 6: The Bird & Beckett BOOK CLUB discusses Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. 7 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Paxton Gate hosts a free STORY TIME for children of all ages. 11 am-noon. 766 Valencia. 252-9990;

Oct. 6-Nov. 20: CREATIVITY EXPLORED hosts “Hands On Clay,” a group show of sculpture. Reception Oct. 6, 7-9 pm; Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108.

Oct. 7: Omnivore Books owner CELIA SACK introduces her own book, The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper, designed by Susan Fleming6-8 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 7: The Wind Ensemble CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs a concert at 7:30 pm. Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola.

Oct. 7 & 8: SUPERVISOR SCOTT Wiener’s office is open Friday, 10 am to noon, at City Hall, Room 274; and Saturday, 10 am to noon, at Creighton’s Bakery in the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. Call to confirm: 554-6968.

Oct. 7 & 8: Local designer Pratima Sethi brings jewelry to a TRUNK SHOW at Gallery of Jewels’ new Union Square location (grand opening party Oct. 15, 6-9 pm). Noon-7 pm. 427 Post. 285-0626.

Oct. 7-15: LITQUAKE 2011 features nine days of events, ending Oct. 15 with Litcrawl, featuring SF Writers Grotto and Snap Judgment at Elbo Room, 7:15 to 8:15 pm. 647 Valencia.

Oct. 7-28: The Friday night “Jazz in the Bookshop” series at BIRD & BECKETT begins at 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Oct. 7-28: Yell “BINGO!” at St. Paul’s on Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Oct. 7-28: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday-night MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores.

Oct. 8: LADYBUG Gardeners welcomes help at the park at Noe Valley Rec Center, Day and Sanchez, on second Saturdays, 9 am to noon.

Oct. 8: Natural Resources invites you to come meet local doulas (2-4 pm) and home-birth MIDWIVES (4-6 pm). 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

Oct. 8: SPORTSWRITER Simon Kuper signs his new book, The Soccer Men. 3 pm. Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary. 885-4074.

Oct. 8-9: HARVEY MILK Photo Center and Sharon Art Studio present paintings, glass, ceramics, photos, jewelry, and sculpture by 60 artists and photographers as part of ArtSpan Open Studios. 10 am-5 pm. 50 Scott. 554-9522.

Oct. 9: The fourth annual MILES FOR MIGRAINE Run/Walk benefits the UC Headache Center. 9 am, Golden Gate Park. 510-384-7403;

Oct. 9: The monthly PFLAG support group meets 2 to 4:15 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Market. 621-2635.

Oct. 9: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC begins its 19th season with a performance of Spanish Chamber Music and Argentinean Tango, 4 pm; “Musical Conversations” pre-concert talk at 3:15 pm. Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks. 648-5236;

Oct. 9-30: The Sunday JAZZ series at Bliss Bar features saxophonist Sonya Jason (Oct. 9); the Jack Conway Trio with vocalist Juanita Harris (Oct. 16); saxophonist Anton Schwartz (Oct. 23); and Latin percussionist John Santos with Larry Vuckovich on piano (Oct. 30). 4:30-7:30 pm. Oct. 9, 3:30-6 p.m. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Oct. 10: The PORCHLIGHT storytelling series tackles “Are We Good?” featuring Donnell Alexander, Susan Freinkel, Jillian Lauren, Marc Maron, James Reichmuth, and Vanessa Veselka. 8 pm. The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa.

Oct. 12: The CANADIAN WOMEN’S CLUB hosts a luncheon, featuring a speaker from the SFPD and his canine partner. 11 am. Old Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace. Reservations: 824-9745.

Oct. 12: SHANTI’S 37th annual benefit, “Compassion Is Universal,” features dinner, a silent auction, and a performance by Michael P. Nguyen. 5:30-8:30 pm. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason.

Oct. 12: Kathleen Finn introduces Kitchen Counter Cooking School, about turning NOVICE COOKS into experts. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 12: LITQUAKE hosts “Numina Femenina: The Voice of the Feminine in MEXICAN LITERATURE,” featuring readings by Carmen Boullosa and Pura L—pez Colomé. 6 pm. Tres, 130 Townsend.

Oct. 12: The GREAT BOOKS Discussion Group, hosted by Clifford Louie, meets from 6:15 to 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 12: Join UPPER NOE Neighbors on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.

Oct. 13: Drop in to the monthly LGBT SENIOR discussion group on second Thursdays at 30th Street Senior Center. 10-11:30 am. 225 30th. 296-8995, ext. 5.

Oct. 13: GAME DAY at the Noe Valley Library features board games for ages 6 to 10. 3: 30-5:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 14: LITQUAKE hosts NORDIC NOIR, featuring readings from Scandinavian crime fiction. 8 pm. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market.

Oct. 14: BOMBSHELL BETTY and her Burlesqueteers perform a benefit show. 9 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Oct. 14 & 15: New York designer Russell Jones brings his jewelry to a TRUNK SHOW at Gallery of Jewels. Fri., 5-8 pm; Sat., 11 am-6 pm. 4089 24th. 285-0626.

Oct. 15: Help parents and students and Friends of the Urban Forest plant a garden and 12 TREES at Mission Education Center (Kate Kennedy School). 9 am-12:30 pm. 1670 Noe. 561-6890.

Oct. 15: Friends of Upper Douglass Dog Park hold a CLEANUP of the park at Douglass and 27th streets. 10 am-1 pm. 407-7281.

Oct. 15: The Noe Valley HARVEST FESTIVAL, sponsored by the Noe Valley Association, includes games, costume contests (1:30 pm), a pumpkin patch, a hayride, and 14 bands. 10 am-5 pm. 24th between Church and Sanchez.

Oct. 15: ADAM MANSBACH visits Small Frys to sign his children’s book parody Go the F**k to Sleep. 2-4 pm. 4066 24th. 648-3954.

Oct. 15: Erik Cosselmon and Janet Fletcher bringKokkari: Contemporary GREEK FLAVORS to Omnivore Books, 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 15: The grand opening of the new INTERNATIONAL ART MUSEUM of America features free admission from 3 to 5 pm. 1025 Market. 376-6344.

Oct. 15: View works by 400 artists and enjoy food trucks and prizes at the 2011 SF OPEN STUDIOS free public reception. 6-9 pm. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan. 861-9838;

Oct. 15: Shaman performance artist Frank Moore’s “Exploring the Taboos of INTIMATE FUN” event begins at 8 pm. Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission. 255-1155;

Oct. 15: The LATINO CULTURAL FESTIVAL at Annunciation Cathedral Hall benefits El Tecoletenewspaper. 8 pm-1 am. 648-1045;

Oct. 15-Nov. 16: Openhouse, the SF LGBT Community Center, and Queer Cultural Center sponsor a free art show, “When I Grow Up: A Lifetime of Perspective by LGBT Elders.” Reception Oct. 15, 1-4 pm. 1800 Market. 296-8995.

Oct. 16: Rocket DOG RESCUE has good dogs looking for homes. Noon-5 pm. 501 Castro. 642-4786.

Oct. 16: Community MUSIC CENTER celebrates its 90th birthday with free performances, class demos, an instrument petting zoo (2 to 6 pm), and an all-ages Latin Dance party with Potingue (7 pm). 647-6015;

Oct. 17: VENDELA VIDA discusses her novels, including The Lovers, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, and Girls on the Verge, at the Odd Mondays series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm ( Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Oct. 18: FILMS for children 5 and under screen at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 18: Writers and foodies are invited to share a monthly “Feast of Words: A LITERARY POTLUCK.” 7-9 pm; SOMArts Cultural Center, 934

Oct. 19: Noe Valley Ministry’s “Mangia del Arte” DINNER THEATER, featuring star acrobats and jugglers, begins at 6 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Oct. 19: The Noe Valley BOOK discussion group meets on third Wednesdays at the Noe Valley Library. 7 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Oct. 19: HYDRA MENDOZA, president of the school board, and Ken Tray, a teacher at Lowell High School, will be among the panelists at a forum on public schools hosted by the Noe Valley Democratic Club. 7:30 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 994-4610.

Oct. 20: CBS reporter KATE KELLY will help Immaculate Conception Academy celebrate “Education That Works,” a fundraiser for students at ICA Cristo Rey, 3525 24th. 6 pm. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery. 824-2052, ext. 40.

Oct. 20: Omnivore Books hosts a party for Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough’s BI-RITE MARKET’s Eat Good Food, which features recipes from the in-house kitchen 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 20: “Financing Your Child’s College Education” is the topic at a free PARENTING series offered by City College. 7 pm. Nov. 3: “Financial Understanding for Parents of School-Age Children.” MUB 255, Ocean & Phelan. 239-3172.

Oct. 20-26: The 16th annual Berlin & Beyond FILM FESTIVAL screens at the Castro Theatre. 429 Castro. 621-6120;

Oct. 21: LAUREN SHOCKEY introduces Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 21 & 22: The FALL VOCAL CONCERT at the Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts begins at 7:30 pm. 555

Oct. 22: Your dog is begging to go to DOGTOBERFEST, where he can enter costume, agility, and obedience contests, meet a vet, and get free snacks. Upper Douglass Park, 27th & Douglass. 11 am-2 pm. 407-7281.

Oct. 22: OZZY OSBOURNE signs copies of his book, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy, at the Booksmith. 3 pm. 1644 Haight863-8688;

Oct. 22: Christopher Kimball brings The COOK’S ILLUSTRATED Cookbook to Omnivore Books3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 22: Lauren Owenmark leads a workshop, “Self-Exploration Through CREATIVITY: An Introduction to SoulCollage.” 3-5 pm. Noe Valley Library. 451 Jersey. Sign up: 355-5707;

Oct. 22: Due Zighi Baci tenor Michael Van Why sings songs from the cafes of Italy at 3 pm, and Alexandra Amati-Camperi discusses ITALIAN OPERA, with film clips, at 4 pm. Glen Park Library. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Oct. 22: The 12th annual Potrero Hill HISTORY NIGHT features barbeque from Thee Parkside and music by the Apollo Jazz Group at 5:30 pm; Country Joe McDonald interviews Joel Selvin about the local music scene from 7 to 9 pm. International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro. 863-0784.

Oct. 22: The 2011 AFROFUNK FESTIVAL offers performances by Sila and Black Nature. 8 pm. Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission.

Oct. 22-Nov. 27: A group show by The Realists and an exhibit of portraits by William Wolff are on display at ARTZONE 461 Gallery. Reception Oct. 22, 5-8 pm; Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Oct. 23: Collect original “stamps” from 13 artists at PASSPORT 2011, a DIY art-collecting event held by the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery. Noon to 4 pm. Home base: Eureka Valley Library, 16th & Market. 554-6080;

Oct. 23: Omnivore Books introduces Fany Gerson’sPALETAS: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pop. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 23: Cary Friedman invites Noe Valley artists and writers to an ARTIST SALON modeled on French salons of the 19th century. 4:30-6 pm. La Boulange Bakery & Café, 3898

Oct. 23: Music on the Hill kicks off its 2011 season with a CONCERT by the Eos Ensemble (SF Opera Orchestra members), featuring string works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Villa Lobos. St. Aidan’s, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 820-1429;

Oct. 25: MISSION POLICE STATION holds its regular community meeting, beginning at 6 pm. 630 Valencia. 558-5400.

Oct. 25: Lori Ungaretti discusses her forthcoming book,Then and Now: SF’s SUNSET DISTRICT, at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Oct. 26: MISSION CULTURAL Center hosts a fundraiser, “Death in Parallel/Muerte Paralela,” featuring music by Cascada de Flores and catering from the San Jalisco Restaurant6-9:30 pm. 2868 Mission. 821-1155.

Oct. 26-Nov. 20: The ninth annual ALTERED BARBIE exhibition features an opening reception on Oct. 28, 7 to 10 pm; a dinner and fashion show on Nov. 3, 7:30-10:30 pm; Barbie Poetry Night on Nov. 9, 7 to 10 pm; and a closing reception Nov. 18, 7 to 10 pm. Gallery hours Wed.-Sat. 1-8 pm; Sun., 1-5 pm. 50 Shotwell.

Oct. 26-Dec. 7: Artist AIKO CUNEO teaches a class in “The Art of Paper.” Wed., 10 am-noon. SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market.

Oct. 27: HAWAIIAN NIGHT at Omnivore Books features Alan Wong and Arnold Hiura’s  Blue Tomato. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 28: A workshop for teens, “MONSTER MAKE-UP Made Easy,” at the Glen Park Library runs from 4 to 5:30 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Oct. 28: Editor Emilia Terragni discusses the new revised version of The Silver Spoon cookbook at an Italian POTLUCK6-8 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 29: Come in costume to Basho and Friends’ RAP FOR TOTS, the Upper Noe Rec Center’s monthly concert. 9-11 am. 295 Day.

Oct. 29: The Halloween PET PARTY at Noe Valley Pet Company includes a photo shoot. Noon-3 pm. 1451 Church. 282-7385.

Oct. 29 & 30: BOO AT THE ZOO has a Hay Maze, a Haunted Nature Trail, and a Pumpkin Chomp ’n’ Stomp for the animals; no rubber masks, please. 10 am-4 pm. Sloat near the Great Highway. 753-8135.

Oct. 30: Jessie Oleson introduces CAKESPY Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Oct. 31: Celebrate HALLOWEEN in Noe Valley at shops along 24th Street, starting midday, and on Fair Oaks Street between 21st and 26th streets.

Nov. 3: BEAT POET ruth weiss reads from her new book,can’t stop the beat, accompanied by percussionist Hal Davis. 7 pm. 540 Broadway. 399-9626.

Nov. 3: UCSF and the Bay Area Science Festival sponsor a hands-on SCIENCE Education Workshop for children 8 to 14; includes strawberry DNA extraction. 4-5 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Nov. 4: The Rotunda Dance Series at City Hall features a performance by GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA at noon. 920-9181;

Nov. 4: Children 7 to 12 are invited to design their own comic book at a GRAPHIC NOVEL workshop at the Noe Valley Library. 4-5 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Nov. 5: Noe Valley Pet Company hosts “Muttville,” a SENIOR DOG RESCUE adoption. Noon-3 pm. 1451 Church. 282-7385.

Nov. 7: Hypnotherapist Janelle Moon reads and signs her new book, Salt and Pepper: 65 Candles, at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Nov. 8: A ticket to JACQUES PEPIN in conversation with Joanne Weir includes a copy of Essential Pepin. 7 pm. Delancey Street Theater, 600 Embarcadero. For tickets: Omnivore Books, 282-4712;

Nov. 8: It’s ELECTION DAY. Vote for mayor; polls open 7 am to 8 pm. 554-4375.


Fall for Autumn

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the November issue, hitting the streets the first week of that very month. Our deadline for calendar items is Oct. 15. or write Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, P.O. Box 460249, San Francisco, CA 94146. Note: Events in Noe Valley may get priority. Thanks for your help.