Noe Valley Voice December-January 2011


December 2011 / January 2012


Clerestory sings early Renaissance and modern American music at Noe Valley Chamber Music on Sunday, Jan. 29. 

Dec. 1: UCSF epidemiologist Ruth Greenblatt, M.D., speaks about “HIV and AIDS in Women” on World AIDS Day at City College’s Ocean Campus, Science Building, Room 11. 3:30-5 pm. 50 Phelan Ave. 239-3475; 

Dec. 1: 24 HoliDAYS on 24th Street kicks off at Whole Foods Market with samples and a live harpist. 3950 24th. 4-7 pm.

Dec. 1-4: Anne Sportun brings jewelry to a TRUNK SHOW at Gallery of Jewels. 4089 24th, Dec 1 & 2; 2115 Fillmore, Dec. 3 & 4. 285-0626.

Dec. 1-17: 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;

Dec. 1-24: HoliDAYS on 24th Street features hayrides, musical entertainment, a wine walk, store discounts, a menorah lighting, and visits from SANTA. 641-8687;

Dec. 1-Jan. 18: Ashley Thayer exhibits her hand-dyed QUILTS at Tartine Bakery. 600 Guerrero. 487-2600.

Dec. 1-Jan. 31: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves lunches for people over 60, weekdays at noon. St. Philip’s Hall, 725 Diamond. Reserve a lunch,

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

Dec. 2: The Rotunda Dance Series at City Hall features a performance of excerpts from The Revolutionary NUTCRACKER Sweetie by Dance Brigade at noon. 920-9181;

Dec. 2: The Stairwell Sisters and Cascada de Flores perform at SF LIVE ARTS. 8 pm. St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937; 

Dec. 2, 9 & 16 : WINE Friday at Gallery of Jewels begins at 4 pm. 4089 24th. 285-0626.

Dec. 2 & 16; Jan. 6 & 13: Cut the Crap! with Semi-Motivational GURU Clam Lynch performs at 10:30 pm (8 pm in January). The Dark Room, 2263 Mission. 401-7987.

Dec. 2-22: The 2011 Holiday Art Sale at CREATIVITY EXPLORED features original prints, paintings, sculpture, and textiles. Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

Dec. 2-Jan. 27: The Friday night “Jazz in the Bookshop” series at BIRD & BECKETT begins at 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Dec. 2-Jan. 27: 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.

Dec. 2-Jan. 27: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday night MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores. 621-2936;

Dec. 3: Come have cookies and cider with SANTA. Noon-3 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 695-7707.

Dec. 3: Molly Stevens introduces All About ROASTING. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Dec. 3: Paxton Gate hosts two anniversary HOLIDAY PARTIES, at Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia, 3-6 pm, and at 824 Valencia, 7-10 pm.

Dec. 3: The Holiday Sale at PUBLIC GLASS, “Hot Glass, Cold Beer,” features artist Nanda Soderberg. 6-10 pm. 1750 Armstrong. 671-4916.

Dec. 3: Wake the Dead and the Rowan Brothers perform at SF LIVE ARTS. 8 pm. St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937; 

Dec. 3, 10 & 17: A Holiday HAYRIDE clip-clops up and down 24th Street. Dec. 3, 11 am to 3 pm; Dec. 10 & 17, noon-3 pm. Pickup at Walgreens, Castro, and Jersey. 

Dec. 3, 10 & 17; Jan. 7: Performers at the Noe Valley FARMERS’ MARKET include Jude, Dennis Campagna, and the Biscuit Wheels Band (Dec. 3); Mick Shaffer and Failure to Disperse (Dec. 10); and Damond Moodie, Kif, and Noe Valley Flutes (Dec. 17). The market resumes on Jan. 7. 8 am-1 pm. 3861 24th. 248-1332.

Dec. 3-Jan. 8: “The Dynamics of Painters,” featuring works by gallery and Bay Area artists, and a side show of “interesting things” are on display at ARTZONE 461 Gallery. Reception Dec. 3, 5-8 pm; Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Dec. 3-Jan. 31: 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;

Dec. 4: Tom Mueller discusses Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of OLIVE OIL. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Dec. 4: Music on the Hill presents “CHRISTMAS IN PARIS,” early music for harpsichord, violin, viola da gamba, and Baroque flute. 7 pm. St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 820-1429.

Dec. 4: AMY SEDARIS appears at the Roxie Theater to demonstrate her book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. 3117 16th. 7:30 pm. 863-1087.

Dec. 4, 11 & 18: The Sunday JAZZ series at Bliss Bar features blues/jazz vocalist Leah Tysse and Mike Blankenship on keyboard (Dec. 4); vocalist Jennifer Bryce and guitarist Cedricke Dennis (Dec. 11); and the Gaucho Gypsy Jazz Band (Dec. 18). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200; 

Dec. 4 & 18; Jan. 1 & 15: 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;

Dec. 4-Jan. 29: 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;

Dec. 5: Vera Haile and Emily Murase discuss the status of women in San Francisco at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Dec. 6: The Bay Area Youth HARP ENSEMBLE and Celtic Harp Trio Triskela perform a holiday concert6-7 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin.

Dec. 6 & 13; Jan. 3, 10, 24 & 31: Little ones enjoy rhymes and songs at the Noe Valley Library’s TODDLER TALES. 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Dec. 6-Jan. 17: Radical Women host a FEMINIST READING CIRCLE to discuss Frederick Engels’ Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. 747 Polk. 864-1278.

Dec. 6-Jan. 31: The Eureka Valley Library offers its TODDLER TALES on Tuesdays, 10:30 am. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Dec. 6-Jan. 31: 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;

Dec. 7: James Thomas Mullane signs his book A Store to Remember: The Story of I. MAGNIN. 4-8 pm. Cliché Noe, 4175 24th. 282-5416.

Dec. 7: The Noe Valley HOLIDAY WINE WALK takes you to shops all along 24th Street, 4 to 8 pm. Tickets ($30) available at the Farmers Market lot at 24th and Vicksburg;

Dec. 7, 14 & 21: The Castro Farmers’ Market offers fresh PRODUCE on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 pm. Noe at

Dec. 7 & Jan. 4: Bliss Bar’s COMEDY REVIEW happens on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

Dec. 7-Jan. 25: 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.

Dec. 7-Jan. 25: 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;

Dec. 7-Jan. 25: Sanchez Street Studios offers a Wednesday class, BREATHING YOGA. 6-7 pm. 1589 Sanchez. 648-4911.

Dec. 7-Jan. 25: AL-ANON meets Wednesdays 8 to 9:30 pm at St. Philip’s Church. 725 Diamond. 834-9940;

Dec. 8: Students from Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory and Theater School sing a CONCERT in front of Zephyr Real Estate. 4-5 pm. 4040 24th. 695-7707.

Dec. 8: Phoenix Books hosts a BOOK PARTY for 33 Days by rock musician Bill See; Chuck Prophet also performs. 6:30 pm. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Dec. 8 & Jan. 12: 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.

Dec. 9: The SF Museum and Historical Society hosts its annual HOLIDAY TEA at the Old Mint. 2 and 4 pm seatings; Mint vault tours 1:30, 3:30 & 5: 30 pm. 88 5th. 537-1105, ext. 100;

Dec. 10: Eleven bands from the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market new music CD perform a series of TOT CONCERTS. 10 am-4 pm, Noe Valley Rec Center, 295 Day. 970-8061.

Dec. 10: Santa visits the Animal Company for PET PHOTOS. Noon-5 pm. 1307 Castro. 647-8755.

Dec. 10: The Sitdown Readers’ Theatre takes on SHAKESPEARE’s All’s Well That Ends Well. 2-5 pm. North Beach Library, 2000 Mason. 274-0270.

Dec. 10: Chef STEPHANIE IZARD introduces her Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats, and Drinks. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Dec. 10: Sally Love Saunders reads her POETRY at Sacred Grounds Café. 3:30 pm. 2095 Hayes. 387-3859.

Dec. 10: When Modern Was hosts a fundraiser and raffle for ROCKET DOG RESCUE. 5-10 pm. 4037 24th. 642-4786.

Dec. 10: “Third Strike: 100 Performances for The Hole,” an artistic mini-marathon, features three NOE VALLEY ARTISTS, Amber Hasselbring, Peter Witra, and Claire Bain. 5:58 pm-midnight. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan;

Dec. 10 & Jan. 14: The LADYBUG Gardeners group welcomes volunteers at Upper Noe Rec Center on second Saturdays, 9 am to noon. 295

Dec. 10 & Jan. 14: Natural Resources invites you to come meet local doulas (2-4 pm) and home-birth MIDWIVES (4-6 pm). 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

Dec. 11: The Women’s Building hosts an LGBTQ FAMILY POTLUCK, with a gingerbread-making station and arts and crafts for kids, from noon to 2 pm. 3543 18th. 981-1960;

Dec. 11 & Jan. 8: The monthly PFLAG support group meets 2 to 4:15 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church near Market. 921-8850;

Dec. 12: Hugh Acheson discusses his COOKBOOK, A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Dec. 12: Denise Sullivan reads from Keep on Pushing: BLACK POWER MUSIC from Blues to Hip Hop, along with Michelle Tea and young poets from 826 Valencia. 6:30 pm. Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Dec. 12: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy features Karen Ripley, Sammy K. Obeid, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Delores Trevino, and Nick Leonard. 8 pm. El Rio, 3158 Mission. 522-3737.

Dec. 14: Tito from the Hipwaders band performs CHRISTMAS SONGS for kids and families at Phoenix Books. 11 am-noon. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Dec. 14: Noe Valley resident Carol Storen invites CANADIAN WOMEN’S CLUB members to the annual Christmas Party, featuring a silent auction and bake sale fundraiser. 11 am. The Old Presidio Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace. Reservations required: 824-9745.

Dec. 14: NARFE SF Chapter 65 celebrates its 60th anniversary with a luncheon at Technique at Le Cordon Bleu, at the California Culinary Academy. 350 Rhode Island.

Dec. 14: The Glen Park Library hosts a docent lecture and slide show, “HOLIDAYS: Christmas, Chanukah & Other Festive Celebrations.” 6:30-7:30 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Dec. 14 & Jan. 11: The GREAT BOOKS Discussion Group meets from 6:15 to 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;; 750-1786;

Dec. 15: Small Frys invites kids to a HOLIDAY BOOK READING with beanie baby gifts. 10 am. 4066 24th. 648-3954.

Dec. 15: Bookends BOOK CLUB for grades 2-5 discussesThe Candymakers at Phoenix Books. 5 pm. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

Dec. 15: SANTA and two LIVE REINDEER visit Just for Fun for photos and hot chocolate. Reindeer, 4-7 pm; Santa, 5-7 pm. 3982 24th. 285-4068.

Dec. 16: A Holiday Youth MARIACHI CONCERT features three local groups. 7:30 pm. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission. 643-2796.

Dec. 17: BLIND LEMON PLEDGE plays acoustic blues at the west parklet on 24th Street. 12: 30 pm. 3982 24th.

Dec. 17:  Santa comes for photos and an ART SALE benefiting disabled adults. 11-3 pm. Hill & Co. Real Estate, 3899 24th. 824-1100.

Dec. 17: The city parking lot next to Le Zinc at 4063 24th will host LIVE MUSIC with No Strings Attached performing classical and holiday tunes. Noon-2 pm.

Dec. 17: Local STRING DUO Raina & Jules Christeson performs from 1 to 3 pm. Raquel Settels Metalsmith, 4126 24th St. 821-9979.

Dec. 17: The Mele Kalikimaka HULA DANCERS sway from 2 to 2:30 pm at the west parklet. 3982 24th. 285-4068.

Dec. 17: The HOLIDAY PARTY at the Older Women’s League (OWL) features a potluck and board member elections. 4-6 pm. 870 Market, Room 1185. 989-4422.

Dec. 17: Local author Brendan Hay introduces Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge at MISSION COMICS and Art. 1-4 pm. 3520 20th. 695-1545.

Dec. 18: ANTHONY CAVAZOS sings and plays acoustic guitar at the east parklet near Martha & Bros. Coffee. 3-5 pm. 3868 24th.

Dec. 18: The Chelm Feelharmonic KLEZMER BAND performs at Bird & Beckett. 4:30-6:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Dec. 18 & Jan. 15: Rocket DOG RESCUE has good dogs looking for homes. Noon-5 pm. 501 Castro. 642-4786.

Dec. 19: Alvin Orloff, who works at Dog Eared Books, reads from his third novel, Why Aren’t You Smiling? at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Dec. 19: The PORCHLIGHT storytelling series’ topic is “Oh My God.” 8-10 pm. The Verdi Club, 2424

Dec. 20: Kids age 9 to 13 can learn to KNIT at the Eureka Valley Library; bring your own needles and yarn if you want to start a project. 2:30-3:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Dec. 20 & Jan. 17: FILMS for children 5 and under screen at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Dec. 21: Small Frys hosts a children’s HANUKKAH READING, with cookies. 10 am. 4066 24th. 648-3954.

Dec. 21: An interfaith MEMORIAL SERVICE to honor SF’s homeless dead is sponsored by the Coalition on Homelessness and SF Network Ministries; bring a candle. 5:30 pm. Polk Street at Civic Center.

Dec. 22: The GRAND MENORAH LIGHTING starts at sundown, with gelt, latkes, and singing. 24th & Noe.

Dec. 23-25: The 19th annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy features ELAYNE BOOSLER, Avi Liberman, Jeff Applebaum, and Lisa Geduldig. Fri. & Sat., 6 & 9:30 pm; Sun., 5 & 8:30 pm. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific. 522-3737.

Dec. 24: CAROLERS from the SF City Chorus will stroll 24th Street, from 3 to 4 pm, just as the snow begins to fall…

Dec. 27: Lee Weiss sings and plays guitar in a HOLIDAY MUSIC program for ages 2 to 6, with accompanying adults. 10:15-11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Dec. 27 & Jan. 31: MISSION POLICE STATION holds its regular community meeting, beginning at 6 pm. 630 Valencia. 558-5400.

Dec. 29: The Eureka Valley Library hosts a day of BOARD GAMES for ages 6 to 13. 10 am-noon & 2-5 pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Jan. 9: Daniel Sudran of Mission Science Workshop discusses “Whale Bones in Noe Valley” at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm ( Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Jan. 11: PROBATE LAWYER Stuart Bronstein leads a workshop, “Write Your Will;” bring a blue, non-erasable pen. 6-7:30 pm. Glen Park Library. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

Jan. 11: The UPPER NOE Neighbors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 285-0473.

Jan. 11: 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;

Jan. 18: The Noe Valley BOOK discussion group meets on third Wednesdays at the Noe Valley Library. 7 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Jan. 18-21: James Lick Middle School students performWEST SIDE STORY. 6 pm. 1220 Noe. 695-5675.

Jan. 20: Librarian Catherine Stars leads a Craft/SCIENCE STUDY class for ages 6 to 11. 3:30-4 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Jan. 21: RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOT performs at SF Live Arts. 8 pm. St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937; 

Jan. 23: Writer Lizette Wanzer reads at the ODD MONDAYS series in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm ( Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

Jan. 27: Asian Art Museum Storytellers share CHINESE NEW YEAR traditions with kids age 5 to 11. 4-4:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Jan. 28: Charles the CLOWN performs for ages 3 and up. 10:15-11 am.. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Jan. 28: The Triskela HARP TRIO performs music especially for ages 10 and younger. 3-3:45 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

Jan. 28: The Noe Valley Library hosts a DISASTER PREPAREDNESS class by the American Red Cross. 3-4 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Jan. 29: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC presents “Resolutions,” by 10-man a cappella group Clerestory. 4 pm. Holy Innocents Church, 455 Fair Oaks. 648-5236;

Jan. 31: Paul Rosenberg takes “A Madcap Romp Through SF POLITICAL HISTORY” at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;