Noe Valley Voice February 2004


NOW: The 30th Street Senior Center needs VOLUNTEERS to help make patchwork blankets for abused and neglected women and children. For information call 550-2214.

NOW: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) trains TUTORS 55 years and up to help in city elementary schools. 731-3335.

FEB. 1 ­ 7: Artist Ben Wood projects digital images of Mission Dolores' hidden ALTARPIECE PAINTINGS on the interior dome of the Basilica Church. Mon. ­ Sat., 10 am ­ 4 pm; Sun., 1:30 ­ 4 pm. Dolores at 16th.

FEB. 1 ­ 29: A VALENTINE ART SHOW, "Psst, Hey! Be Mine," includes artists from Chatterbox Gallery and Creativity Explored. Reception Sat., Feb. 14, 4 ­ 7 pm. 1185 Church St. 647-0900.

FEB. 1 ­ 29: See Jane Run Sports sponsors a free 5K FUN RUN/WALK, Sundays at 10 am. Meet at 3870 24th St. 401-8338.

FEB. 1 & MARCH 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE will show off adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

FEB. 2: See Jane Tri, a 12- to 15-week TRIATHLON TRAINING program for beginners, aims for the May 15 Napa Sprint Tri. An intermediate training program begins Feb. 23. For information and registration, call 401-8338 or go to

FEB. 2: Stacy Kinkade-Erickson leads a three-session class in HYPNOBIRTHING. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. Call 550-2611 for info.

FEB. 2: Episcopal Bishop William Swing discusses the United Religious Initiative (in an even Monday program) at the ODD MONDAY SERIES at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

FEB. 2 ­ 27: Chris Sequeira holds classes in T'AI CHI on Mon. and Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Upper Douglass Park. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

FEB. 3, 10 & 17: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

FEB. 3, 10, 17 & 24: FAMILY STORYTIME at the Glen Park Library begins at 10:30 am; on Feb. 3 and 17, films will be shown at 11 am. 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.

FEB. 4: CRAIG A. NEWMARK, founder of, discusses his web site in a luncheon sponsored by the USF MBA Alumni Society. 12:45 ­ 1:30 pm. The Carnelian Room, 55 California St. Reservations mandatory; call 422-6431.

FEB. 5: A book party for Mark Bittner's The WILD PARROTS of Telegraph Hill (A Love Story...With Wings) will be held at the Bohemia Lounge, 1624 California St., from 5 to 8:15 pm. Judy Irving's documentary feature about Bittner and the parrots premieres at the Lumiere Theater, 1572 California St., at 7 and 9 pm. 362-2420.

FEB. 5: A PREGNANCY LOSS support group is led by childbirth educator Summer Anderason. 7 ­ 9 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.

FEB. 5 ­ 15: The sixth annual INDIEFEST features the film short Only You Can Be Me by Noe Valley residents Alexandra and Kurt Nangle, on Feb. 8 at noon and Feb. 12 and 13 at 5 pm. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. For the full program, call 820-3907.

FEB. 5 ­ MARCH 14: Parisian-style CABARET Les Fauxlies Fantastique features Noe Valley resident and gender illusionist David Teng. Evening and Sunday afternoon performances; call for times. Venue 9, 252 9th St. 626-2169.

FEB. 5 ­ MARCH 18: PAINTINGS by David Bienkowski are on display at the Blue Room Gallery. Wed. ­ Sat., 1 ­ 9 pm; reception Feb. 5, 6 ­ 9 pm. 2331 Mission St., 282-8411.

FEB. 6: DOCUMENTARY FILM Straight Outta Hunters Point will be followed by a discussion with director Kevin Epps, in a program sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party and the S.F. Bay View Newspaper. 6 pm, hearty snacks; 6:30 pm screening. New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St. 864-1278 or 671-0449.

FEB. 6 ­ 28: The audience-participation ROMANTIC COMEDY How We First Met, written by Noe Valleyan Jill Bourque, is performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. The Velvet Lounge, 443 Broadway, 845-4314.

FEB. 7: The American Heart Association will teach an infant and CHILD CPR workshop at Natural Resources. 9 am ­ 1 pm. 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.

FEB. 7: Supervisor Bevan Dufty sponsors an ICE CREAM SOCIAL to introduce school board member Heather Hiles. 1 ­ 3 pm. Isabella's Dessert Cafe, 1300 Castro St.

FEB. 7: The Bay Area Committee to Defend Reproductive Rights holds a meeting to plan for the April 1 FREEDOM OF CHOICE rally in Washington, D.C. 1 pm. New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.

FEB. 7: The Sit-Down Readers' Theater reads from JAMES JOYCE's Finnegan's Wake. 2 pm. North Beach Branch Library, 2000 Mason St. 274-0270.

FEB. 7: The 14th annual S.F. Chinese New Year TREASURE HUNT through Chinatown, North Beach, and Telegraph Hill begins at Justin Herman Plaza, at the foot of Market Street. Check-in and team assignments, 3:30 pm; hunt 4:30; awards, 9 pm. Preregister at 564-9400.

FEB. 7: The PICKPOCKET ENSEMBLE combines "Parisian bal musette, Eastern European, and klezmer music, with folk, jazz, and swing." 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 7 & 8: In "The Boys Do BETTE AND BABS," the S.F. Gay Men's Chorus showcases the songs of Midler and Streisand, with dueling drag divas. Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 and 7 pm. ODC Theater, 3157 17th St. 865-3650.

FEB. 8: "My FURRY VALENTINE," a pet adoption fair, is held in conjunction with a free pet microchipping clinic at Animal Care and Control. Fair, noon ­ 4 pm (rain cancels); clinic, 1 ­ 4 pm. 1200 15th St. 822-5566.

FEB. 8: PFLAG Support Group will discuss SOUL FORCE, an interfaith movement to end spiritual violence against GLBT people. 2 ­ 4 pm. 152 Church St. 921-8850.

FEB. 8: Internationally acclaimed pianist STEPHEN PRUTSMAN plays works by Scriabin and Rachmaninoff and a bit of jazz, in a solo recital. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

FEB. 8: Cellist Emil Miland and organist Jonathan Dimmock perform an ALL-BACH CONCERT at the Second Sundays Series at Holy Innocents' Church. 5 pm. 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-5142.

FEB. 8 & 22: San Francisco CITY GUIDES hosts a free walking tour of murals and buildings in the Mission District. Meet at noon at the Women's Building, 3543 18th St. 557-4266.

FEB. 9: A screening of the FILM A House in Umbria, starring Maggie Smith, will be followed by a discussion with a member of the Italian Cultural Society at the Odd Monday Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

FEB. 10: In celebration of Black History Month, S. Kwaku Daddy gives an AFRICAN DRUMMING concert. 3:45 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2800 for reservations.

FEB. 10: The Children's Council offers a workshop, "Men in CHILDCARE." 6:30 pm. 445 Church St. 343-3309.

FEB. 11: CHARLIE VARON performs topical humor in Visiting Professor of Pessimism. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 641-0235.

FEB. 12: An open neighborhood meeting about the Real Food closure and the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET runs from 6 to 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2474.

FEB. 12: Readings by authors of GirlSource: A Book by and for Young Women about Relationships, Rights, Futures, Bodies, Minds, and Souls, begin at 6 pm. Cover to Cover Booksellers, 1307 Castro St. 252-8880.

FEB. 12: The Friends of Noe Valley's meeting features a representative from CITY CARSHARE. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 282-4334.

FEB. 12 & 26: A NEW DADS SUPPORT GROUP, led by Lawrence Shweky, meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-8369.

FEB. 13 ­ 15 & 20 ­ 22: The Young People's Teen Musical Theater performs Rags, a MUSICAL set in 1910 New York. Fri. and Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Randall Theater, 199 Museum Way, 554-9523.

FEB. 14: The BOX SET DUO performs a concert at 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 14: "Love Swirl," an art and GIFT SHOW benefiting the American Heart Association, features local designers and jewelers, crafts for kids, and a cakewalk. 10 am ­ 4 pm. First Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St. 752-0171.

FEB. 16: Americans for Safe Access hosts a MEDICAL MARIJUANA Week 215 Party, featuring live bands and performers. 8 pm. Elbo Room, Valencia near 17th. 552-7788.

FEB. 16 ­ MARCH 21: The PRINCESS PROJECT gives new and nearly-new prom dresses and accessories to girls who couldn't otherwise afford them; A Girl and Her Dog is the local drop-off place, 3932 24th St. For guidelines and information, call 215-7303.

FEB. 17: The GRAY PANTHERS discuss ways to ensure fairness in elections, electronic voting machines, and initiatives on the March ballot. 12:30 pm. Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.

FEB. 17: The Main Library hosts a panel, "REVERSING VANDALISM: How Communities Can Transform Hate Into Healing." 6:30 ­ 8 pm. Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

FEB. 18 ­ MARCH 14: Anne Galjour's DARK COMEDY Okra premieres at the Brava Theater Center. Wed. ­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. 2789 24th St. 647-2822.

FEB. 19: Modern Times Bookstore hosts an Indie Press Party for the CARTOONISTS of Slave Labor Graphics. 7:30 pm. 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

FEB. 20 ­ 22: The ARMENIAN FILM Festival showcases 30 feature-length and short films. Delancey Street Theater, 600 Embarcadero. Call 468-3399.

FEB. 21: Designer Christiane Parker signs her chapbook, A Client Guide to CLOTHING DESIGN, at her studio. 10 am ­ 5 pm. 319 Eureka St.

FEB. 21: Bernal Heights CHILDREN'S BOOK authors Ashley Wolff and Jane Wattenberg tell stories and talk about their books. 2 pm. Bernal Heights Library. 500 Cortland St. 695-5160.

FEB. 21 & 22: St. Philip's Parish Community INFORMATION FAIR includes happenings for preschoolers through seniors. Sat., 6 ­ 7 pm; Sun., 9 am ­ 2 pm. St. Philip's Large Hall, 725 Diamond St. 282-0274.

FEB. 21 ­ 29: The San Francisco BLUEGRASS Festival at the Noe Valley Ministry features 7:30 pm concerts by Open Road, Uncle Earl, and Another Day on Feb. 21; the Lonesome River Band and Dark Hollow on Feb. 22; the Papermill Creek Ramblers, the Earl Brothers, and Thompsons' String Ticklers on Feb. 27; and Peter Rowan and the Bluegrass Intentions on Feb. 28. A children's concert on Feb. 29 at 3 pm features Gayle Schmitt and the Toodala Ramblers. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

FEB. 22: Learn HULA KAHIKO, an ancient Hawaiian dance, at a family workshop (ages 4 and up) sponsored by the Crissy Field Center. 2 ­ 4:30 pm. Call 561-7752 to register.

FEB. 22: The IVES QUARTET performs two quartets by Beethoven. 4 pm. Noe Valley Chamber Music at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

FEB. 23: Licensed midwife Abigail Reagan leads a four-part DOULA TRAINING series. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. Call 550-2611 for dates and times.

FEB. 23: IANTHE BRAUTIGAN, writer, teacher, and daughter of the late Richard Brautigan reads from her memoir about her father at the Odd Monday Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

FEB. 23: Mary Smith from the National Endowment for the Arts presents an overview of the NEA GRANTS process. 7 ­ 8:30 pm. Film Arts Foundation, 145 9th St. 552-8760.

FEB. 24: The SPCA's SPAY DAY offers free microchipping, nail clipping, and a complimentary breakfast from Peet's Coffee. 7 am ­ noon. 2500 16th St. Call 554-3000 for an appointment.

FEB. 24: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be shown at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

FEB. 24: A FAT TUESDAY Crab Festival features music, dance, and crab enchiladas. 8 pm. Roccapulco Supper Club, 3140 Mission St. 920-0125.

FEB. 25 ­ 28: MARGA GOMEZ performs her seventh solo piece, Los Big Names. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 641-0235.

FEB. 27: J. Byrd Hosch and friends perform a CHILDREN'S SHOW of sing-alongs, stories, and activities at 6:30 pm. Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores St. 621-2936.

FEB. 27: A GAME NIGHT, introducing crossword board game WildWords, is a fundraiser for Rocket Dog Rescue, sponsored by WildWords Game Co. and Cover to Cover. 6 ­ 8 pm. 1307 Castro St. 647-5185.

FEB. 28: Dr. Abby Caplin discusses "Growing Whole with CHRONIC ILLNESS," at the Waiting Room Lecture Series. 10 ­ 11 am. 1448 Church St. Call 642-0333 to register.

FEB. 28: A free winter BIRDING WALK in Golden Gate Park is offered by the California Academy of Sciences; ages 8 and up (rain cancels). 9 ­ 11:30 am. Meet at the back entrance to the Academy, at Middle Drive Road. 750-7143.

FEB. 28: Dr. Jamie Sampayo, research scientist at the Buck Institute on Aging, discusses "How and WHY WE AGE," at the monthly meeting of the Older Women's League (OWL). 10:30 am ­ 12:15 pm. First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. 989-4422.

FEB. 29: The Schola Cantorum performs a service of Lenten EVENSONG at the Second Sundays Series at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. 3 pm. 455 Fair Oaks St. 824-5142.

MARCH 1: Ex-Noe Valleyan CYRA MCFADDEN discusses her writing at the Odd Monday Series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm; no-host supper at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

MARCH 2: Calif. Primary ELECTION.

MARCH 3: The first meeting of the Noe Valley Library Capital Campaign PLANNING COMMITTEE is scheduled for 6:30 pm. 451 Jersey St. 437-4859.

March Right Up!

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