Noe Valley Voice May 2004


The next edition of the Voice will be distributed on or before the first Friday in June, 2004. The deadline for May calendar items is May 15. Please note that because of space limitations, Noe Valley events take priority. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Or you may send e-mail to


MAY 1 ­ 29: Creativity Explored's group ART SHOW, exhibiting the work of developmentally disabled artists, continues through May 29. Gallery hours: Mon. ­ Fri., 10 am ­ 3 pm; Sat., 1 ­ 6 pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108.

MAY 1, 8, 15 & 22: LAPSITS for infants and toddlers feature songs, stories, and finger play. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MAY 3 ­ 31: Chris Sequeira holds classes in T'AI CHI Mon. and Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. & Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Upper Douglass Park, 27th and Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

MAY 3 ­ 31: A group art exhibit, "The Closing Act: Redefining Seduction," features works by local WOMEN ARTISTS. Reception Sat., May 8, 4 ­ 7 pm. Chatterbox Gift Gallery, 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

MAY 4, 11 & 18: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MAY 4 ­ 25: KNITTING 201 samples various techniques, including cables, lace, and intarsia, in a four-session Tuesday class at ImagiKnit. 7 ­ 9 pm. 3897 18th St. Call 621-6642 to register.

MAY 5: A SAVE OUR PARKS RALLY, sponsored by the Neighborhood Parks Council, convenes on the Polk Street steps of City Hall, 3 pm. 621-3260.

MAY 5: Lynn Farrugia leads a class in homeopathic FIRST AID. 7 ­ 9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.

MAY 5: "An Intimate Evening with MICHAEL FRANTI," with guest artist Moped, benefits the School of the Arts. 8 pm. 555 Portola Drive. 695-5720.

MAY 5 ­ 31: Susan Peterson and Carol Wedemeyer exhibit CERAMICS inspired by the life of Vincent van Gogh. Reception May 7, 6 ­ 9 pm. Ruby's Clay Studio, 552A Noe St. 437-1642.

MAY 6: Arts Forum San Francisco sponsors a community conversation with Mayor Gavin Newsom, led by author DAVE EGGERS. 6 ­ 7 pm. War Memorial, 401 Van Ness. 626-2787.

MAY 6, 13, 20 & 27: Chris Fernie leads a class in QI GONG on Thursdays at 6:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Call to register, 305-4692.

MAY 7 & 8: CHAVA ALBERSTEIN, "the Joan Baez of Israel," performs at 8 pm. Brava Theater, 2789 24th St. 647-2822.

MAY 7 ­ 22: PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE 2004 is a series of nine concerts highlighting new music, dance, and spoken word. Opening night, May 7, 8 pm, features all three genres and a champagne reception. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 584-3526. Go to for complete schedule.

MAY 7 ­ 28: The House of BLUEGRASS features Homespun Rowdy on May 7, Dark Hollow on May 14, the Circle "R" Boys on May 21, and Suzie Glaze and the Eight-Hand String Band on May 28. 7 pm. Maxfield's, 398 Dolores St. 255-6859.

MAY 8: The 29th annual Fair Oaks Neighbors STREET FAIR and Flea Market offers five blocks of treasures. 9 am ­ 4 pm. Fair Oaks from 21st to 26th. Rain date is May 15.

MAY 8: A CAR WASH and barbecue at James Lick benefits next year's school yearbook. 9 am ­ 2 pm. Enter upper schoolyard on 25th Street, between Noe and Castro. 1220 Noe St. 695-5675.

MAY 8: The FELDENKRAIS Worldwide Centennial Celebration features free demonstrations. 9:30 am ­ 5 pm. Synergy School, 1387 Valencia St. 661-1852.

MAY 8: Elizabeth Street's annual GARAGE SALE runs from 10 am to 4 pm, on and around the 500 block.

MAY 8: A PHOTO EXHIBIT called "Shades of the Mission" opens with bilingual music and stories, Irish dance, and a discussion with illustrator Yuyi Morales. Noon ­ 5 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2828.

MAY 8: Ken Litchfield of the S.F. Mycological Society leads a workshop in culinary and medicinal MUSHROOM GARDENING, in the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council's Gardening and Composting Program. 10 am ­ 1 pm. Garden for the Environment, 7th Avenue at Lawton. Preregister at 731-5627.

MAY 8: Precita Eyes Mural Arts presents the 14th annual MURAL AWARENESS FESTIVAL, including a "paint-off." 1 ­ 5 pm. Precita Park. 285-2287.

MAY 8: The Crooked Jades and Los Cenzontles perform a Cinco de Mayo CONCERT of traditional and vintage music. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

MAY 8 & 14: Charlie Varon hosts SPOKEN WORD artists Wayne Harris, Ron Jones, and Mark McGoldrick (May 8); and Joe Dunn and Doreen Maller (May 14). 8 pm. St. Aidan's Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 584-3526.

MAY 8 ­ JUNE 5: Alexis Fajardo, creator of the online comic strip "Plato's Republic" and graphic novel Kid Beowulf, teaches a CARTOONING and comic strip art class. Saturdays, 1 ­ 3 pm. Artsake, 3961 24th St. Class size limited to 10; register at 965-0506.

MAY 9: David Armstrong leads a spring BIRD WALK in Glen Canyon Park, 9 am. Meet behind the Glen Park Rec building, Elk & Chenery. 584-8576.

MAY 9: The Italian Catholic Federation hosts a BAKE SALE at St. Paul's Church, 9 am to noon. 221 Valley St. 648-7538.

MAY 9: In honor of MOTHER'S DAY, the Koret Foundation sponsors free admission to the Asian Art Museum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Exploratorium, the Fine Arts Museums, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, the Judah Magnes Museum, the S.F. and Oakland zoos, SFMOMA, and Zeum.

MAY 9: Angela Pettit discusses "CHANGING SEXES: Male to Female," at the PFLAG Support Group. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

MAY 9: In "Building the Bridge," violinist Jorja Fleezanis and pianist Karl Paulnack perform 20th-century works by Messiaen, Mennin, Davidovsky, and Tavener. 4 pm. Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

MAY 9 & 16: Conductor Bryan Baker hosts two concerts featuring selections from OPERAS and MUSICALS. Singers Heather Antonissen, Erin Neff, and Mike Rogers perform May 9, 3 pm; Antonissen, Jessica Deardorff, and Josh Elder on May 16, 6 pm. St. Aidan's Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 584-3526.

MAY 9 & 23: Children ages 2 to 5 and their parents can learn about Noah's Ark and the Jewish calendar at Or Shalom's Yad B'Yad (Hand in Hand) TOT SERVICES, with circle time, storytelling, and arts and crafts. 10:30 ­ 11:45 am. 20 Woodside Ave. 242-9911.

MAY 10: Artsake offers a BEGINNING WATERCOLOR class. 3961 24th St. Call 965-0506 for times and registration.

MAY 11: The New College School of Law holds a workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St., 2nd floor.

MAY 11: Laurie Jacobson, author of Dishing Hollywood, discusses 43 TINSELTOWN SCANDALS, and recipes to match. 7 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 3555 16th St. 554-9445.

MAY 12: Meet the architects and view the latest plans for the renovation of the NOE VALLEY LIBRARY. 7 pm. 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MAY 12: The Pacific Academy of HOMEOPATHY hosts a free introductory seminar. 7 ­ 9 pm. 1199 Sanchez St. Call 695-2710 to reserve a place.

MAY 12: Jeff Greenwald performs his wanderlust MONOLOGUES, Strange Travel Suggestions. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 641-0235.

MAY 13: St. Luke's Hospital offers VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION from 3 to 5 pm. Volunteer Services Office, 3555 Cesar Chavez St., first-floor rear. For an application, call 641-6538 or e-mail

MAY 13: The Noe Valley Democratic Club and the Noe Valley Kerry Campaign host a "BEAT BUSH BASH" and fundraiser for John Kerry; Susan Leal will be there. 7 ­ 9 pm. Le Zinc, 4063 24th St. Call Richard May, 206-0231.

MAY 13: Many neighborhood shops will stay open until 8 pm on SECOND THURSDAYS, to make shopping easier for residents who work 9 to 5.

MAY 13 & 15: Performance Showcase 2004, hosted by musician Ed McClary, presents JAZZ and new music from pianist Terry Disley and the Del Sol String Quartet (May 13); and jazz duo Mike Wollenberg and Julian Smedley and the Magnetic Poets (May 15). 8 pm. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 584-3526.

MAY 13 ­ 16: DocFest, presented by the S.F. Independent Film Festival, features nonfiction FILMS AND VIDEOS at the Roxie Cinema, 3125 16th St., and the Women's Building, 3543 18th St. 820-3907 or

MAY 13 & 27: A NEW DADS SUPPORT GROUP, led by Lawrence Shweky, meets on a drop-in basis the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-8369.

MAY 14: Participants share highlights from the national REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS demonstration in Washington, D.C., at the Radical Women dinner, 6:15 pm, and meeting, 7:30 pm. New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.

MAY 14: WireTap Magazine, an online source for socially conscious youth, presents a guide to the 2004 ELECTION, Storming the Polls: How to Vote Your Views and Change the Rules. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

MAY 14: The INA CHALIS OPERA ENSEMBLE performs Gian Carlo's Help, Help, Globolinks. 7:30 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 647-6015.

MAY 14: The Musica Pacifica BAROQUE ENSEMBLE performs early music by Vivaldi, Handel, and Telemann. 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 510-444-4113.

MAY 14 & 15: The SPCA offers PET FIRST-AID workshops, covering CPR and poisoning protocols; please, no pets in class. May 14, 9 am ­ 1 pm; May 15, 10 am ­ 2 pm. 243 Alabama St. Call 530-342-1380 to register.

MAY 15: The West Portal Library celebrates its 65TH ANNIVERSARY with an open house, music, refreshments. 10 am ­ 6 pm. 190 Lenox Way. 753-7135.

MAY 15: Gay and Lesbian Sierrans host a POTLUCK PICNIC for prospective new members. 11 am ­ 2 pm. Glen Park, Chenery and Elk. 752-7593.

MAY 15: Alvarado School invites the neighborhood to its SPRING CARNIVAL in the schoolyard at 625 Douglass St. 11 am ­ 4 pm. 695-5695.

MAY 15: FiestaVal at FAIRMOUNT School features an auction, crafts booths, and food from local purveyors. Noon ­ 5 pm. 65 Chenery St. 695-5669.

MAY 15: Stephen Kent performs Australian Aboriginal music on the DIDJERIDU. 1 pm. Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way. 554-9523.

MAY 15: "May Mahj Madness" at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav features MAHJONG games and classes for beginners. 7:30 pm ­ midnight. 290 Dolores St. 861-6932.

MAY 15: The S.F. Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents a free OUTDOOR SCREENING of the S.F.-based comedy film What's Up, Doc? 8 pm. 465-FILM;

MAY 15 & 23: CHANTICLEER performs Tomás Luis de Victoria's Missa Salve at Mission Dolores. May 15, 8 pm; May 23, 7 pm. 3321 16th St. 252-8589.

MAY 16: An HONORS RECITAL features graduating Community Music Center students, in collaboration with Noe Valley Chamber Music. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 647-6015.

MAY 16: Music on the Hill hosts a CONCERT by guitarists the Falsafi Brothers and Kamran Modirian playing the tonbak. 7 pm. St. Kevin's Church, 704 Cortland Ave. 820-1429.

MAY 16 ­ JUNE 13: RAJKAMAL KAHLON exhibits "Imports and Exports," paintings on the pages of Cassell's Illustrated History of India. Sundays, noon ­ 5 pm, and by appointment: Ratio 3 Gallery, 903 Guerrero St.

MAY 18: Dan Fahey from Veterans for Peace and environmental activist Maurice Campbell discuss the "Contamination of War, and What We Can Do About It," at the GRAY PANTHERS meeting. 12:30 ­ 3 pm. Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.

MAY 19: Janet McCandless discusses healing emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies with CRYSTALS and gemstones. 7 ­ 9 pm. Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1173 Valencia St. 821-0997.

MAY 20: BIKE TO WORK Day includes morning and afternoon Energizer Stations at various locations, and a party at the DNA Lounge, 11th and Harrison, from 7 pm to 3 am. 431-BIKE.

MAY 20: The 25th annual senior adults' SENIOR PROM features dancing to live music from Misha's Band. 12:30 ­ 3:30 pm. County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue near Lincoln Way. 666-7079.

MAY 20: UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS meets at 7:30 pm at the Upper Noe Rec Center, Day and Sanchez. 285-0473.

MAY 20 ­ 23: The Young People's Musical Theater Company performs "Strictly SONDHEIM," a tribute in music and dance. Thurs. ­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9523.

MAY 21: James Lick Middle School art teacher Alexandra Redfield's students exhibit their ARTWORK for sale. 6 ­ 8 pm. 1220 Noe St. 695-5675.

MAY 21 & 22: Performance Showcase 2004 winds up with two evenings of DANCE from artists Sara Shelton-Mann, Stephen Pelton, Amy Seiwert, Alisa Rasera, Leyya Tawil, Tara Brandel, Natasha Carlitz, and Kelly Kemp. 8 pm. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 584-3526.

MAY 22: Jillian Chelsen addresses "STRESS MANAGEMENT for the New Mother" at the Waiting Room Lecture Series. 10 ­ 11 am. 1448 Church St. Register at 642-0333.

MAY 22: The Older Women's League (OWL) discusses "HEALTH CARE COSTS and Aging Women." 10:30 am ­ 12:15 pm. Call 989-4422 for location.

MAY 22: City Guides offers STAIRWAY WALKS in Eureka Valley, Bernal Heights, and Fairmount Heights, all beginning at 1 pm. 557-4266;

MAY 23: Andrew Sean Greer and writers from McSweeney's Quarterly Concern read at a mini-fundraiser for MODERN TIMES Bookstore. 2 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

MAY 25: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 include Foolish Frog, Owen, and The Dingles. 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

MAY 26: Peter Linenthal gives a lecture, illustrated with historic photos, on POTRERO HILL. 7 pm. Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th St. 695-6640.

MAY 26 ­ JUNE 23: Otis Haschemeyer leads a class, "Starting Your Novel," at the WRITING SALON. Wed., 7 ­ 9:30 pm. 673 Moultrie St. RSVP: 642-9793.

MAY 28: J. BYRD HOSCH and friends perform a children's show of live music and stories at the Dolores Park Café. 6:30 pm. 18th at Dolores. 621-2936.

MAY 29 & 30: CARNAVAL San Francisco features a parade in the Mission, 9:30 am ­ noon. For complete schedule, call 920-0125;

MAY 30: The Bicycle Coalition hosts a THRIFT STORE BIKE TOUR. Meet at the Atlas Cafe, 20th and Alabama. Call Kitten, 425-0768;