Noe Valley Voice February 2012


Jose Gonzalez, Ava Soifer, Phil Santos, and Margaret Tait perform “Music from the Diaspora” at St. Aidan’s Church March 4.


Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: 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;

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: The Castro Farmers’ Market offers fresh PRODUCE on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 pm. Noe at Market.

Feb. 1-29: The Noe Valley OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS group meets Monday through Saturday, 7 am, at St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive.

Feb. 1-29: Noe Valley PHOTOGRAPHER Don McCunn exhibits his work at Castro Tarts. 564 Castro. 8 am-6pm.

Feb. 1-29: Pablo Calderon shows paintings at CREATIVITY EXPLORED in “Nine Years in the Making.” Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

Feb. 1-29: 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.

Feb. 1-29: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves lunches for people over 60, weekdays at noon. St. Philip’s Hall, 725 Diamond. Reserve a lunch, 648-1030.

Feb. 1-29: 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; ­

Feb. 1-29: AL-ANON meets Wednesdays 8 to 9:30 pm at St. Philip’s Church. 725 Diamond. 834-9940;

Feb. 1 & March 7: The GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM offers a free day on the first Wednesday of the month. 11 am-7 pm. 4127 18th. 621-1107.

Feb. 1 & March 7: Bliss Bar’s COMEDY OPEN MIKE is emceed by Treena Meyer on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Feb. 2: Learn samba, rhumba, tango, and more at a six-week BALLROOM dance class for couples. Forest Hill Christian Church, 250 Laguna Honda. Preregister 661-2746; ­

Feb. 2: Scott Wiener’s District 8 OPEN HOUSE features a reception for artists Augusta Talbot and Ron Cox. 5-6:30 pm. City Hall, Room 274. 554-6968.

Feb. 2-25: MARGA GOMEZ performs her ninth solo show, Not Getting Any Younger. Thurs. & Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 8:30 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24: The Friday night “Jazz in the Bookshop” series at BIRD & BECKETT features Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble (Feb. 3), the Jimmy Ryan Quintet (Feb. 10), the Third Quartet (Feb. 17), and The Chuck Peterson Quintet with Dorothy Lefkovits (Feb. 24). 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Feb. 3-24: 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.

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

Feb. 3-March 1: “Visions Beyond the Badge” features PHOTOGRAPHS by city firefighters and police officers. Reception Feb. 3, 6:30-9 pm. Harvey Milk Photography Center, 50 Scott. 554-9522.

Feb. 4: The Tech Search Party, a high-tech team SCAVENGER HUNT, starts at James Lick (1220 Noe) at 5:15 pm; clues given at 6 pm, and search ends at 8 pm, at the Valley Tavern (4054 24th) .

Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25: The Noe Valley FARMERS’ MARKET features live musicians from 8 am to 1 pm. 3861 24th. 248-1332;

Feb. 4-28: Meet under the rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro and Market) for a walking tour, “CASTRO: Tales of the Village.” Sat., Sun., or Tues., 11 am. 557-4266;

Feb. 5: Shannon O’Malley puts the “mmm” in meltdown with APOCALYPSE CAKES: Recipes for the End. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 5 & 19: 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;

Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26: The Sunday JAZZ series at Bliss Bar features vocalist Kenny Washington with Larry Vuckovich and Nat Johnson (Feb. 5); vocalist Elaine Lucia and Jonathan Alford, Pierre Archain, and Alan Hall (Feb. 12); vocalist Rachael Magidson and the Sophisticated Ladies Jazz Quartet (Feb. 19); and vocalist Dima with Grant Levin (Feb. 26). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Feb. 5-26: Learn about MISSION DOLORES at a City Guides walk held on Sundays, 11 am. Meet at the gold fire hydrant at 20th and Church. 557-4266;

Feb. 7: Storytellers from the Asian Art Museum describe “NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS Across Asia,” for ages 5 to 11. 4-4:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Feb. 7: Kids age 6 to 11 are invited to make VALENTINE CRAFTS with Sophie. 3:30-4:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 7, 14 & 21: The Eureka Valley Library offers its TODDLER TALES on Tuesdays, 10:30 am. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Feb. 7 & 28: Little ones enjoy rhymes and songs by Children’s Librarian Catherine at the Noe Valley Library’s TODDLER TALES. 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 8: Noe Valley resident Carol Storen invites CANADIAN WOMEN’S CLUB members to hear guest speaker Ms. Cassie Doyle, Canada’s Consul General. 11 am. The Old Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace. Reservations required: 824-9745.

Feb. 8: The GREAT BOOKS discussion group, centering on philosophy and literature, meets on second Wednesdays at the Noe Valley Library. 6:15 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707; 750-1786;

Feb. 9: Drop in to the LGBT SENIOR discussion group on second Thursdays at 30th Street Senior Center. 10-11:30 am. 225 30th. 296-8995, ext. 5.

Feb. 9: The Friends of Noe Valley host a pre-Valentine’s Day Wine and CHOCOLATE TASTING at Bliss Bar. 5-7 pm. 4026 24th. 

Feb. 9: Pam Pierce introduces her guide to growing local food, Golden Gate GARDENING. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 9 & 18: Johanna Friedman leads a chair-based GENTLE YOGA class. Feb. 9, 11 am-noon; Feb. 18, 3-4 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 9-23: The Roxie Theater hosts the 14th SF Independent FILM FEST. 3117 16th.. For a schedule: 820-3907;

Feb. 10: Betsy Barron brings jewelry to a TRUNK SHOW at Gallery of Jewels. 4089 24th. 285-0626.

Feb. 10: The Rotunda Dance Series at City Hall features Ensambles BALLET FOLKLORICO de San Francisco at noon. 920-9181;

Feb. 10: The SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Festival features the Foghorn Stringband, Jeff Kazor & Lisa Berman, and Anne & Pete Sibley. 8 pm. SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937;;

Feb. 10-12: Ensemble Parallele performs the OPERA version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 3rd and Howard. 503-6279.

Feb. 10-19: The 13th annual SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Festival offers events at Café du Nord, St. Cyprian’s, Slim’s, and the Plough and Stars. For a schedule, see

Feb. 11: The LADYBUG Gardeners group welcomes volunteers at Upper Noe Rec Center on second Saturdays, 9 am to noon. 295 Day.

Feb. 11: Lily Holbrook performs at the Upper Noe Rec Center’s monthly CONCERT, geared to ages 5 and under. 9-11 am. 295 Day.

Feb. 11: “A Sweet Note” at Whole Foods offers free COOKIE DECORATING for kids, with music by Alison Faith Levy. Noon-3 pm. 3950 24th. 282-4700.

Feb. 11: The Glen Park Library hosts Urban Fauna’s FELT FLOWER sewing workshop for ages 6 and up. 2-4 pm. 2825 Diamond. Sign up at 355-2858.

Feb. 11: The Bi-lingual READERS’ THEATRE reads chapters of Flaubert’sMadame Bovary in alternating French and English. 2-4 pm. North Beach Library, 2000 Mason. 274-0270.

Feb. 11: Natural Resources invites you to come meet local doulas (2-4 pm) and home-birth MIDWIVES (4-6 pm). 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

Feb. 11: The SF SHAKESPEARE Festival performs a 55-minute adaptation ofMacbeth. 3 pm. Noe Valley Library Garden (weather permitting), 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 11: Public Glass hosts a GLASSBLOWING demonstration by T.J. Ossola, from 6 to 10 pm. 1750 Armstrong, 671-4916.

Feb. 12: The monthly PFLAG support group meets 2 to 4:15 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church near Market. 921-8850;

Feb. 12: “Second Sundays” hosts B-Boogie Dance and Jenny McAllister/13th Floor DANCE Theater in free performances at CounterPULSE. 2-4 pm. 1310 Mission. 920-9181;

Feb. 12: POETS Judith and Ramon Sender read from their work at 2 pm, and Joshua Lowe & the Juncos perform BLUEGRASS at 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Feb. 12: Second Sundays JAZZ at Phoenix Books features the Nick Culp Trio. 5 pm. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Feb. 13: Agatha Hoff discusses Judge Hoff, Jesus Loves You, But the Rest of Us Think You’re an A**hole!, her tales from a 20-year stint as a San Francisco court commissioner, at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Feb. 13: Overwrought romance writing is featured at “Love Hurts,” a LITQUAKE-sponsored Valentine’s Day reading. 7: 30 pm. The Make-Out Room, 3225

Feb. 14: Charity Kahn leads a VALENTINE’S DAY program of singing and dancing for ages 0-5; bring a handmade valentine to add to the “Love the World” poster. 10:30-11:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 14: The SF Arts Commission presents an “Art Impact Valentine’s Day” with soul singer MARTIN LUTHER. 7-10 pm. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission. http: //

Feb. 15: A Career Gateway JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP at the Glen Park Library runs from 3 to 5 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Feb. 15: The Noe Valley BOOK discussion group meets on third Wednesdays at the Noe Valley Library. 7 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 15: The Noe Valley DEMOCRATIC CLUB hosts political discussions on third Wednesdays at St. Philip Church, 725 Diamond; 7:30 pm.

Feb. 16: The General Meeting of the FRIENDS of Noe Valley begins at 7 pm. James Lick Middle School, 1220

Feb. 16-20: The 9th SF WRITERS CONFERENCE features more than 100 speakers and 50 sessions covering creative and business topics. Mark Hopkins Hotel, 1 Nob Hill. 673-0939;

Feb. 17: The SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Festival features Duo Night with Nell Robinson & Jim Nunnally and Misner & Smith. 8 pm. SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937; 

Feb. 18: The CUPCAKE CONTEST at Omnivore Books is free to entrants, $5 for eaters, and the winner splits the door money with the shop3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 18: The SF BLUEGRASS Festival features the Rita Hosking Band, the Evie Ladin Band, and the Blushin’ Roulettes. 8 pm. SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937; 

Feb. 19: Rocket DOG RESCUE has good dogs looking for homes. Noon-5 pm. 501 Castro. 642-4786.

Feb. 19: CHANTICLEER vocal group appears in a free performance at SF State’s McKenna Theatre. 3 pm. 338-2467;

Feb. 19: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC hosts the Musica Pacifica Baroque Ensemble performing works from the 17th and 18th centuries. 4 pm. Holy Innocents Church, 455 Fair Oaks. 648-5236;

Feb. 19: Cary Friedman invites Noe Valley artists and writers to an ARTIST SALON. 4:30-6 pm. La Boulange Bakery & Café, 3898 24th.

Feb. 19 & March 18: ARTZONE 461 Gallery is accepting online applications from California realist artists for a group show (due Feb. 19) in March, and a solo show (due March 18) in April. 441-8680;

Feb. 20: The PORCHLIGHT storytelling series’ topic is “Young Love.” 8-10 pm. The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa.

Feb. 21: FILMS for children 5 and under screen at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 21: “Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck” features Maxine Hong Kingston and Yasmin Golan on the topic “AT WAR.” 7-9 pm. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan;

Feb. 22: James Lick Middle School’s SCIENCE FAIR is on display from 5 to 8 pm. 1220 Noe. 695-5675;

Feb. 22: Litquake and Noise Pop host “Way Behind the Music: From Ozzy to Jewel,” readings from MUSICIANS’ AUTOBIOGRAPHIES. 7:30 pm. The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

Feb. 23: Nina Simonds introduces her cookbook: Simple ASIAN MEALS. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 23-25, March 2 & 3: Students at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts perform The Producers, a MUSICAL based on the Mel Brooks film. 7:30 pm; Sat. matinees 2 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5120;

Feb. 25: A JURI COMMONS work day, to weed and tidy the small park, runs 9 am to noon between San Jose Ave and Guerrero and 25th and 26th streets.

Feb. 25: St. Anthony’s DINING ROOM hosts a celebration to say goodbye to its old building, featuring entertainment and speakers. 11 am-2 pm. 45 Jones. 241-2600;

Feb. 25: Local florist Kathleen Dooley demonstrates FLOWER-ARRANGING at the Glen Park Library. 2-3 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Feb. 25-26: Find a world of art and crafts at the SF FLEA event, a curated flea market to benefit ECO SF. Sat., 11 am-6 pm; Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion. 990-0600;

Feb. 26: Get free flu shots, dental screening, and tax preparation and health care application assistance at the WEConnect Resource Fair, held at John O'Connell High School. 10 am-4 pm. 2355 Folsom. 888-235-1541;

Feb. 26: Coleman Andrews discusses The Country Cooking of ITALY at Omnivore Books, from 3 to 4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 26 & March 4: Paxton Gate offers a two-hour TERRARIUM CLASS at Curiosities for Kids. 11 am-1 pm. 766 Valencia. Registration required: 824-1872;

Feb. 27: Rabbi Michael Lerner discusses “Embracing Israel and Palestine” at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Feb. 27: MISSION POLICE STATION holds its regular community meeting, beginning at 6 pm. 630 Valencia. 558-5400.

Feb. 28: Yolanda Rhodes tells interactive FOLKTALES from the African Diaspora, for ages 6 and younger. 10:30-11 am. Eureka Valley Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Feb. 28: Geordie Lynch discusses his film about San Francisco in the Gilded Age, City of White Gold, at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986; 

Feb. 28: LITQUAKE’S Epicenter series continues with novelist/editor Steve Erickson in conversation with journalist Kevin Berger. 7 pm. Tosca Café, 242 Columbus.

Feb. 29: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS and Professionals Association meets the last Wednesday of the month. 9 am. Bank of America, 4098 24th. 641-8687.

Feb. 29: Essays from the past 30 years by Gerald Asher tell the stories of various WINES, in A Carafe of Red. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 3: Whole Foods welcomes representatives from their “Nickels for NONPROFITS” campaign: Hayes Valley Farm, Arriba Juntos, and Muttville senior dog rescue. Noon-3 pm. 3950 24th. 282-4700.

March 3 & 4: The SF HISTORY EXPO features mini-museums, photographs of historic garages, and Alan Zimmerman’s paintings of Gold Rush San Francisco. 11 am-4 pm. The Old Mint, 88 5th. 537-1105, ext. 100;

March 4: Music on the Hill presents “Souvenirs: Music from the Diaspora,” featuring 20th-century JEWISH COMPOSERS from Eastern Europe, Israel, and the U.S. 7 pm. St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 820-1429;

March 5: Emily Leider reads from Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.



Truth Marches On

The next Noe Valley Voice will be the March 2012 issue, hitting the streets the first week of the month. Our deadline for calendar items is Feb. 15. Email or write Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, P.O. Box 460249, San Francisco, CA 94146. Note: Events in Noe Valley receive priority. Thanks for your help.