Noe Valley Voice September 2004


SEPT. 1 ­ 5: MARGA GOMEZ performs a one-woman show, "Intimate Details." Wed. ­ Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 & 7 pm. Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. 861-5079.

SEPT. 1 ­ OCT. 22: A solo exhibition by Noe Valley artist MARLENE ARON includes two site-specific installations and mixed-media work on canvas, wood, and paper. Reception Sept. 17, 7­ 9 pm; gallery hours Mon. ­ Fri., 9 am­ 6 pm. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St. 575-6242.

SEPT. 1 ­ 30: Chris Sequeira holds classes in T'AI CHI. Mon. and Tues., 6 ­ 7:30 pm, at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. & Fri., 10:15 am ­ noon, at Douglass Park, 27th & Douglass. 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

SEPT. 2 ­ 25: Charlie Varon directs Dan Hoyle's comic account of his GLOBALIZATION studies, Circumnavigator. Thurs. ­ Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 826-5750.

SEPT. 2 ­ OCT. 9: "You Are Here" exhibits maps painted by the artists of CREATIVITY EXPLORED. Reception Sept. 2, 7 ­ 9 pm; gallery hours Mon. ­ Fri., 10 am ­ 3 pm, and Sat., 1 ­ 6 pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108.

SEPT. 3 ­ 24: The House of BLUEGRASS features alt-country by Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved on Sept. 3, the Mercury Dimes on Sept. 10, Amy & Karen's Old-Time String Band on Sept. 17, and Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys on Sept. 24. 7 pm. Maxfield's, 398 Dolores St. 255-6859.

SEPT. 4: A march and RALLY to protest Nutraceutical Corporation's yearlong closure of Real Food Company starts at the Farmers' Market on 24th Street near Vicksburg at 11:45 am and proceeds to Real Food's storefront, 3939 24th St. 285-7406.

SEPT. 4 ­ 6: The San Francisco MIME TROUPE gives its final performances of Showdown at Crawford Gulch. Live music at 1:30 pm; curtain up at 2 pm. Dolores Park. 285-1717.

SEPT. 4 & 11: LAPSITS for infants and toddlers feature songs, stories, and fingerplays. 10:30 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

SEPT. 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE will show off adoptable dogs in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon ­ 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

SEPT. 7, 8 & 10: At her new art school ARTERY, Paula Benton teaches a six-week parent and child (6 to 24 months) craft class on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am, beginning Sept. 7; and an eight-week preschool art class on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am, beginning Sept. 8, and on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm beginning Sept. 10. "Every Child Can Learn to Draw," for ages 10 to 12, meets eight Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 pm, beginning Sept. 8. 1311 Church St. 285-0235.

SEPT. 7 & 9: CARYN LESCHEN, Ask Aunt Violet cartoonist, teaches two eight-week art classes for adults: "Drawing on Both Sides of the Brain," 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 7, and a watercolor workshop 7 to 9 pm on Thursdays beginning Sept. 9. Artery, 1311 Church St. 285-0235.

SEPT. 7 & 28: Preschool STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

SEPT. 7 ­ DEC. 17: Marie Riccobene teaches DRAMATIC ARTS, including audition preparation, for teens 11 and up. 4 ­ 5:45 pm, Tues. & Thurs. or Wed. & Fri. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 647-1456.

SEPT. 8: The Pacific Academy of Homeopathy hosts an OPEN HOUSE to introduce teachers, students, and alumni. 7 ­ 9 pm. 1199 Sanchez St. 695-2710.

SEPT. 8, 15, 22 & 29: Learn to read music for mandolin and violin in Nicola Swinburne's four-session Wednesday class, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. A MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA meets every other Thursday from 7:30 to 9 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 647-6491.

SEPT. 8 ­ 19: The 13th annual S.F. FRINGE FESTIVAL features original theater in seven venues, including the Marsh and El Rio. For a schedule, call 673-3847 or visit

SEPT. 9: VOLUNTEER training at
St. Luke's Hospital is held the second Thursday of each month from 3 to 5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538.

SEPT. 9: Representatives from the S.F. Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and the American Institute of Architects discuss CITY PLANNING at the Friends of Noe Valley meeting. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 282-9918.

SEPT. 9: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE hosts an introductory party at 8 pm; an eight-week basic class, teaching lively jigs, reels, and strathspeys, begins Sept. 16. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 333-9372.

SEPT. 10: FIMO FUN, a six-week class for adults, is taught by Kathleen Halbert, who has recreated Disney and Charles Schulz characters for the toy-collecting industry. Fridays, 7 ­ 9 pm. Artery, 1311 Church St. 285-0235.

SEPT. 10: Peter Berg, director of the Planet Drum Foundation, discusses erosion control, habitat restoration, organic recycling, and renewable energy in "SUSTAINABLE CITIES: The Second Wave of Ecology." 7 ­ 9 pm. New College Theater, 777 Valencia St. 285-6556.

SEPT. 10: Many neighborhood shops will stay open until 8 pm on SECOND THURSDAYS, for after-work or after-dinner shopping.

SEPT. 10 ­ OCT. 10: Ben Peterson exhibits large-scale ink and GRAPHITE DRAWINGS of domestic disturbances in "The War of the Roses." Sundays, noon ­ 5 pm, or by appointment. Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero St. 646-732-2767.

SEPT. 10 ­ OCT. 22: Noe Valley furniture designers Mary Little and Peter Wheeler are among the 75 exhibitors in "CALIFORNIA DESIGN 2004." Mon. ­ Fri., 9 am ­ 5 pm; Sat., 1 ­ 4 pm. 600 Townsend St. 458-3535.

SEPT. 11: A "Bark and Howl" BIRTHDAY PARTY (and fundraiser) for Rocket Dog Rescue and founder Pali Boucher includes barbecue, live music, and doggie treats. 3 ­ 8 pm. El Rio, 3158 Mission St. RSVP to 282-3325.

SEPT. 11: The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council sponsors a three-month gardening and composting EDUCATOR TRAINING program on Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, and seven Wednesday evenings. Preregister at 731-5627.

SEPT. 11: "9-11 Truth Day: A Global Day of Action" begins with a 10 am RALLY in the Panhandle at Ashbury, and a 10:15 am parade up Ashbury to Haight Street and west to Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, where the 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival features live music. 865-2170.

SEPT. 11: San Francisco's Music in the Parks concert series begins with a free performance featuring the MOTOWN music of Edna Love and special guests. Cosponsored by Friends of Noe Valley's 24th Street revitalization group. 3 ­ 5 pm. Douglass Playground, Douglass & 26th. 750-5224.

SEPT. 12: Davina Kotulski discusses her new book, Why You Should Give a Damn About GAY MARRIAGE, at the monthly PFLAG support group. 2 ­ 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

SEPT. 12: TENOR Dmitri Anissimov performs a solo recital with Ina Chalis at the piano. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. 826-8670.

SEPT. 12, 19 & 26: The Integral Yoga Institute hosts a series, "Practical Steps to HAPPINESS." 11 am ­ 1 pm. 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

SEPT. 12: Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party host a 70th birthday celebration for poet and feminist activist NELLIE WONG. 2 ­ 6 pm. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. 864-1278.

SEPT. 12, 19 & 26; OCT. 3: The Mission Library offers a four-session basic S.A.T. WORKSHOP, recommended for students who scored below 1150. 10 am ­ 12:30 pm. 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2800 to register.

SEPT. 12 ­ OCT. 16: The 13th annual ART WITH ELDERS exhibit features works by residents of long-term care facilities throughout the Bay Area. Reception Sept. 12, 1:30 ­ 3:30 pm. Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. 441-2650.

SEPT. 13: Retired S.F. State professor Manfred Wolf discusses his book Amsterdam: A Traveler's Literary Companion at the ODD MONDAY series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7 pm, following a no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, on 24th and Sanchez, at 5:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317 or

SEPT. 13 ­ DEC. 17: Dance Mission Theater offers a YOUTH DANCE program, with classes in ballet, hip-hop, salsa, and tap for toddlers through teens. 3316 24th St. Call 273-4633 for a schedule.

SEPT. 14: FILMS for preschoolers 3 to 5 will be on view at 10 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 695-5095.

SEPT. 14 : The New College School of Law holds a workshop, "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St., second floor.

SEPT. 15: The fourth annual Rally for ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS meets at 10 am on the Polk Street steps of City Hall. 750-4180.

SEPT. 15: Dr. Adam Brock discusses current diets and the role of exercise and lifestyle in LOSING WEIGHT. 7 ­ 9 pm. St. Luke's Hospital, Griffin Room, 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 647-8600.

SEPT. 16: A MOON SALUTATION workshop "nourishes and supports the feminine in body, psyche, and spirit" through nine basic yoga postures; also beneficial for men. 6 ­ 7:30 pm. Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores St. 821-1117.

SEPT. 16: Kristin Henry, founder of GALAXYGOO, signs the computer-animation anthology to which she contributed, Masters of Flash. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

SEPT. 16: In "Bay Area BIRTHING OPTIONS," postpartum doula Alexandra Tower gives an overview of hospitals, birth centers, and home choices. 7 ­ 9 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.

SEPT. 18: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Modesto Rivera Lemus, his wife Angela, and Bonnie Larson introduce HUICHOL INDIAN culture and crafts, for all ages. Noon. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. Call 355-2800 for reservations.

SEPT. 18: A BICYCLE SAFETY FAIR sponsored by the S.F. Bicycle Coalition, the DPT, SAFE, and the Neighborhood Safety Partnership features information, food, music, and a raffle. Noon ­ 3 pm. Hayes Valley Playground, Hayes and Buchanan St. 431-BIKE.

SEPT. 18: Beach Blanket Babylon holds AUDITIONS for male and female singers who can dance, starting at noon. Club Fugazi, 678 Green St. For questions, fax 421-0578 or e-mail

SEPT. 18: Brazilian-born artist Vera Costa offers "Caterpillars,"a one-day ART SHOW of paintings based on themes of transformation. 2 ­ 6 pm. Kaplan residence, 271 Jersey St.

SEPT. 18: "Dance When You're Broken Open," a POETRY CONCERT, features Kim Rosen, Jami Sieber, Michaelle Goerlitz, and Rhiannon. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

SEPT. 18 ­ OCT. 23: The Stanford Arthritis Center hosts a Saturday ARTHRITIS and fibromyalgia self-help course at St. Paul's, to help manage pain, fatigue, and depression, employ relaxation techniques, and use medications effectively. Church & Day. Limited space; preregister at 648-6275.

SEPT. 19: The brand-new VALENCIA STREET FAIR features live music, art, and food. 11 am ­ 6 pm. Valencia St. between 20th and 22nd.

SEPT. 19: The City Guides' STREETCAR ADVENTURE tests team members knowledge of S.F. history with puzzles, riddles, and clues. Noon ­ 5 pm. Starts at the Koret Auditorium in the Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4266.

SEPT. 19: The Petaluma POETRY WALK includes performances at seven venues in six blocks, from noon to 7 pm; Nancy Keene (the 3300 Press and Poetry at the 33), Geri Digiorno, and Smooth Toad read at Zebulon's Lounge at 6 pm. 707-763-4271.

SEPT. 19: A PEÑA/BLOCK PARTY at San Jose Park, the triangle formed by San Jose, 28th, and Guerrero streets, will give neighbors a chance to meet, eat, and discuss "traffic calming" with Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano, St. Luke's Hospital reps, and city services staff. Sponsored by San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets. 1 ­ 4 pm. 285-8188.

SEPT. 19: Bird and Beckett Books hosts a POETS REUNION, inviting anyone who has read there in the past to join a four-hour poetry marathon. 1 pm. 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

SEPT. 21: The ZOOMOBILE brings live animals to the Glen Park Library. 11 am. 653 Chenery St. 337-4740.

SEPT. 21: Members of HOMEY (Homeys Organizing Mission to Empower Youth) and the S.F. VETERANS FOR PEACE discuss how to resist America's growing militarism. 12:30 ­ 3 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. 552-8800.

SEPT. 22: Political commentator MOLLY IVINS discusses the shortcomings of George W. Bush's foreign and domestic policies. 6 pm. Metropolitan Ballroom, The Argent Hotel, 50 Third St. Reservations required: 293-4600, or e-mail

SEPT. 23: 1964, called "the last innocent year," and "the year everything changed," will be discussed at a slideshow sponsored by the S.F. HISTORY ASSOCIATION. 7 pm. Mission Dolores Auditorium, 16th & Church. 750-9986.

SEPT. 23: Julie Matthews leads a class, "Nutrition for a HEALTHY PREGNANCY. 7 ­ 9 pm. Natural Resources, 816 Diamond St. 550-2611.

SEPT. 23: Author MICHELLE TEA and illustrator Laurenn McCubbin discuss Rent Girl, an illustrated novel published by Last Gasp. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

SEPT. 23: Science curator John Dillon lectures on "The Heyday of NATURAL HISTORY," the mid-19th century in America and Britain. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

SEPT. 24: Academy Award­winning antiwar documentary (1975) about the VIETNAM WAR, Hearts and Minds, begins a short run at the Castro Theater. 429 Castro St. 621-6120.

SEPT. 25: The Older Women's League (OWL) hosts a PANEL DISCUSSION, "Women on Their Own." 10:30 am ­ noon. Call 989-4422 for location.

SEPT. 25: The Main Library offers a talk on how to work effectively with an ARCHITECT. 2 pm. Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

SEPT. 25: San Francisco's MUSIC IN THE PARKS concert series continues with a free performance in Glen Park. 3­5 pm. For information call 750-5224.

SEPT. 26: A celebration of WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY features cooking demonstrations, food samples, education, and entertainment. 10 am ­ 8 pm. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. 273-5481.

SEPT. 25 & 26: The ST. PHILIP'S FESTIVAL features arts and crafts, ethnic food, children's games, and live entertainment to benefit St. Philip's School. 10 am ­ 6 pm; dinner Saturday, 6 pm. 24th & Diamond. 282-0141.

SEPT. 27: The ODD MONDAY series features Aileen C. Hernandez, founding member of Black Women Stirring the Waters, 7 pm, following a no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, on 24th and Sanchez, at 5:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

SEPT. 29 ­ NOV. 17: Women's Circle, an eight-week ARTS GROUP for women, incorporates movement, drawing, improv, writing, and ritual. Wednesdays, 6:30 ­ 9 pm. Studio 320, 3435 Cesar Chavez St. Register at 206-9630.

SEPT. 30: Neighborhood Parks Council's third annual ART IN THE PARKS fundraiser includes auctions, carriage rides, music, and oysters and champagne. 6 ­ 9 pm. South Park, South Park Ave. between 2nd & 3rd. 621-3260.

SEPT. 30 ­ OCT. 3: The 40th annual BIG BOOK SALE of the Friends of the S.F. Public Library features 135,000 books. 10 am ­ 6 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason. 437-4857.

OCT. 2: The CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO performs jazz, classical, surf rock, and original music. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.


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