Noe Valley Voice February 2002


The next issue of the Voice will be distributed free in Noe Valley and surrounding neighborhoods starting March 1, 2002. If you would like to be included in the March calendar, please send in your items by Feb. 15. The address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send e-mail to

FEB. 1 ­ MARCH 23: Bruce Pachtman performs a ONE-MAN SHOW, Don't Make Me Look Too Psychotic. Thurs. ­ Sat., 8 pm. Bannam Place Theater, 50 A Bannam Place. 986-4607.

FEB. 3: The CASTRO BUBBLE BATH volunteer brigade will scrub the sidewalks along 18th Street, between Castro and Collingwood. Meet at 8 am, on the corner of 18th and Collingwood, and "wear your worst clothing." For information, call block captain Drew Bertagnolli at 552-9331.

FEB. 3: Baroque VIOLONCELLIST Monica Scott performs J.S. Bach's 4th, 5th, and 6th Suites for Violoncello Solo. 3 pm. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th St. 863-6811.

FEB. 4: Dr. Dean Blumberg discusses today's TEEN DRUG CULTURE at a meeting of the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area High Schools. 7:30 ­ 9 pm. San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic St. 389-9411.

FEB. 5, 12 & 26: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children ages 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

FEB. 6, 13, 20 & 27: The LAPSITS at the Noe Valley Library feature songs, stories, and fingerplays for infants, toddlers, and their parents. Wednesdays at 7 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

FEB. 6 ­ 27: A FELDENKRAIS movement class, led by Leigh Sealy and Barbara Wright, meets Wednesdays from 8 to 9 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 759-5934 or 337-6276.

FEB. 7: MIME Momo Casablanca performs at 4 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 695-5090.

FEB. 7: BEN FONG-TORRES discusses his book The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio, with KFRC deejay Bobby Ocean. 7:30 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. 863-8688.

FEB. 7 ­ 16: ODC Theater presents Jess Curtis and Gravity Physical Entertainment in the DANCE premiere of Fallen. Wed. ­ Sun., 8 pm. 3153 17th St. 863-9834.

FEB. 8: Linda Johnson signs her book The Complete Idiot's Guide to HINDUISM, and describes her travels through Bengal and meetings with great masters and mystics of the Hindu tradition. 7 pm. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St. 575-6100.

FEB. 8 & 9: Satirist and co-founder of the Yippies PAUL KRASSNER explores mainstream culture in The Devil in Me. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

FEB. 9: A Lunar New Year FLOWER MARKET at Strybing Arboretum features traditional plants, including orchids, lucky money plants, the Vietnamese Tet plant, and Buddha's hand citrus. 10 am ­ 2 pm. Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. 661-1316.

FEB. 9: A fancy-dress FAMILY VALENTINE BALL, featuring live music, dancing, a costume parade, tiny cakes and finger sandwiches, and goodies for sale, benefits the Noe Valley Nursery School. 5 ­ 8 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 647-2278.

FEB. 9 ­ 17: The 13th annual Valentine's Day SEX TOUR at the S.F. Zoo features courtship tales of many species, and champagne and truffles for refreshment. Sat. and Sun., 9 am and 3 pm; Thurs., Feb. 14, 9 am and 4 pm. 1 Zoo Rd. For reservations, call 753-7165.

FEB. 10: The deadline to register a team in the San Francisco WOMEN'S FLAG FOOTBALL League; spring season begins March 10. For information, contact Cheri Tsai, 398-5165.

FEB. 10: A one-day RETREAT sponsored by the Integral Yoga Institute includes Hatha Yoga, meditation, silence, and a vegetarian lunch. 9 am ­ 5 pm. 770 Dolores St. Call 821-1117 to register in advance.

FEB. 10: The third annual Valentine ADOPTION FAIR, sponsored by the SPCA and Animal Care and Control, features the "personal ads" of adoptable animals, animal rescue groups' "tunnel of love," a "single's bar" with baked goods and coffee, and a "kissing booth," with Polaroid photos. 11 am ­ 3 pm. 243 Alabama St. and 1200 15th St., connected by "Cupid's Lane," Alabama Street. 522-3569 or 554-9414.

FEB. 10: A BLUEGRASS CONCERT features True Blue and Open Road, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Noe Valley Nursery School. 2 pm. Golden Gate Lutheran Church, 601 Dolores St. 647-5050.

FEB. 10: The CHAMBER ENSEMBLE of the Pacific performs the Brahms Op. 60 and Faure Op. 15 piano quartets. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

FEB. 10: Noe Valley residents Alexa Rogers, Sarah Burns, and Abby Haber perform SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING with the San Francisco Merionettes. 4 pm. Balboa Pool, 273-5402.

FEB. 10: Greg Rickman, editor of The FILM COMEDY Reader, and several co-contributors sign copies at 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 10: A VICTORIAN VALENTINE TEA precedes a concert of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and love songs, from Purcell to the present. 5 pm. Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-7630.

FEB. 11: The Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry features the Rocky Mountain Participation Nursery School's retired director Effie Kuriloff, and Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider's DOCUMENTARY FILM Scenes From a Nursery School. 7 ­ 9 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 863-5755.

FEB. 12: The New College of California School of Law offers a free workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St., 2nd floor. 241-1300.

FEB. 12: The Berkeley Art Center introduces The Whole World's Watching, an ANTHOLOGY of writings and photo-graphs documenting social movements of the 1960s and 1970s in the Bay Area. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

FEB. 13: A MARDI GRAS party at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church begins at 6:30 pm. 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-7630.

FEB. 14: The DAY OF HEART PUJA is a devotional service to ask for blessings and love as a way to connect with the divine, followed by a meditation. 11:30 am ­ 12:40 pm. Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

FEB. 14: The Golden Gate AUDUBON SOCIETY hosts Daniel Edelstein's discussion of "Bird Songing." 7 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, 431-6837.

FEB. 14: JAZZ DRUMMER Eddie Marshall conducts a workshop on drumming performance and technique. 8 pm. Musician's Union, 116 9th St. 575-0777.

FEB. 14: Fito Renoso and Ritmo y Aromia perform SALSA MUSIC for Valentine's Day at 10 pm. Elbo Room, Valencia near 17th St. 552-7788.

FEB. 14 ­ MARCH 6: Mark Kenward performs The Yoga of MOBY-DICK; "Twist and Spout," a yoga class, will be included in the show, Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24 and March 3 and 10. Thurs. ­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

FEB. 14 ­ MARCH 30: AMANDA MOODY performs Serial Murderess: A Play in Three Axe at Venue 9. Thurs. ­ Sat., 8 pm. 252 9th St. 289-2000.

FEB. 15: BRAVA! For Women in the Arts presents an evening for peace in Afghanistan, with Coleman Barks interpreting 13th-century Persian poet RUMI, accompanied with harmonium and vocals by Jai Uttal; Jo Krieter and Flyaway Productions perform The Economics of Place, an aerial dance work. 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2789 24th St. 392-4400.

FEB. 16: The third annual S.F. BLUEGRASS and Old-Time Music Festival hosts a performance by Darol Anger and the American Fiddle Ensemble, and Eric and Suzy Thompson. 8:15 pm, Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 17: A scenic, historic SEWER TOUR, sponsored by the S.F. Bicycle Coalition, traces the creeks and beaches that are beneath the city's streets.
10 am ­ 4 pm. Meet at Precita Park, Precita and Folsom St. 431-BIKE.

FEB. 17: Members of the SCHOOL OF AMERICAS WATCH and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade discuss the ongoing campaign to close the government's School of the Americas, called the "School of the Assassins," in Fort Bennington, Ga. 3:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 19: FILMS for preschoolers age 3 to 5 will be shown at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

FEB. 19: The monthly meeting of the GRAY PANTHERS, themed "Whose Democracy?", features Bill Moyers' video, The Road to Clean Elections, Ethics Commission Director Ginny Vida's update on Prop. O, and Wendy Chan from the League of Women Voters, discussing instant runoff voting. 12:30 ­ 3:30 pm. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.

FEB. 19: Friends and students of DIANE DIPRIMA hold a poetry reading featuring Maxine Wyman, Gail Leyton, and Elizabeth Gjelton. 7:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 20: Feminist theorist BELL HOOKS discusses her latest book, Communion: The Female Search for Love. Noon. SF State University, Chavez Student Center, Jack Adams Hall. 338-2444.

FEB. 20: A Year of the Horse celebration at the Glen Park Library includes music and storytelling. 6:30 pm. 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.

FEB. 20: Members of the DHAIA TRIBE, an international collective of poets, read from their work addressing the theme "War and Peace." 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

FEB. 22: The 2002 WritersCorps Youth POETRY SLAM League performs at 7 pm at the Mission Cultural Center. 2868 Mission St. 252-4655.

FEB. 23: A "Colors, Candles, and Stones" WORKSHOP, led by energy therapist Sue Loyd and Janice from Eye of the Day, examines the energy and healing properties of color. 10 am ­ 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 863-5755.

FEB. 23: WINTER PRUNING of fruit trees is discussed by Richard Meachum, in a free workshop sponsored by the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG). 10 am ­ 1 pm. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton St. 285-7584.

FEB. 23: A PURIM CARNIVAL at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav includes food, games, and entertainment. Noon ­ 1:30 pm. 290 Dolores St. 861-6932.

FEB. 23: The Sound Ensemble quintet performs music, in the tradition of Charles Ives, that "expresses musical emotion." 8:30 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

FEB. 24: Alumni, parishioners, and neighbors are invited to celebrate St. Paul School's 85th anniversary at an OPEN HOUSE, following the 12:15 pm mass; classrooms will be set up by decades.

FEB. 24: KAREN BJORNEBY reads from and signs Hurricane Season: Stories from the Eye of the Storm; short-story writers Kat Meltzer and Steve Starypan will also read. 4:30 pm. Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

FEB. 25: LOUISE NAYER reads from her writings, including her new book, Flashfires, and How to Bury a Goldfish/113 Rituals for Everyday Life, co-authored with Virginia Lang. 7 pm. The Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 863-5755.

FEB. 28: The San Francisco Natural History Series presents "History As Told by a Strawberry," Peter Holloran's look at the native local landscape. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Call 554-9600 for a schedule of classes.

MARCH 5: Polls for the California Primary ELECTION will be open 7 am to 8 pm. To register to vote (by Feb. 19), print out a form at and mail it in. Or stop by the Department of Elections at City Hall. 554-4411. 1-800-345-VOTE.

MARCH 14: The Noe Valley Library staff and Friends of Noe Valley invite the neighborhood to attend a meeting on plans to renovate the Noe Valley Library. City Librarian Susan Hildreth will attend. 7:30 pm. 451 Jersey St. Library, 695-5095. Jeannene Przyblyski, 282-4334.