Noe Valley Voice February 2006


Feb. 1-28: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60. 12:30 p.m. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Call 648-1030 to make a reservation.

Feb. 1-28: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. and Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.; Wed. and Fri., 10:15 am. Call 415-773-8185 or 650-756-6857 for location.

Feb. 2-25: The DICK 'N' DUBYA Show features humor by Ed Holmes and Amos Glick. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. Call 641-0235.

Feb. 3­13: The seventh annual BLUEGRASS and Old-Time Festival kicks off at the Noe Valley Ministry with performances by the Papermill Creek Rounders, Kleptograss, and High Country. 7:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Feb. 3-19: LUMA light show, directed by Marlin, plays at the Victoria Theater. Thurs.-Sun., 8 pm; Sat. and Sun., 2 pm matinees. 2961 16th St. 863-7576.

Feb. 3-20: Liz Worthy exhibits ceramics in her solo show "Pieces of CHINA." Reception Feb. 3, 6-9 pm. Ruby's Clay Studio, 552A Noe St. 558-9819.

Feb. 4: See Jane Run offers a RUNNING CLINIC from 8 am to 1 pm at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. Sign up at 401-8338, or

Feb. 4: A FRENCH MARKET, "Le Marché de la Saint-Valentin," features antiques, crafts, African and Basque items, refreshments, and travel info. 9:30 am-12:30 pm. French-American School, 150 and 151 Oak St. 558-2000.

Feb. 4: Central American women speak out against CAFTA at the Radical Women meeting. Salvadoran supper, 6 pm; discussion, 7:30 pm. New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission St. 864-1278.

Feb. 4: Bonnie Hayes headlines the Blue Bear MUSIC FOR YOUTH benefit concert and dance party. 7 pm-2 am. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St. 673-3600.

Feb. 4: Peter Rowan performs with Sharon Gilchrist at the BLUEGRASS and Old-Time Festival, along with the Boulder Acoustic Society. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Feb. 4-12: The Young Performers Theater stages SLEEPING BEAUTY with live actors and puppets. Sat. and Sun., 1 and 3:30 pm; matinees Dec. 19-21, 1 and 3:30 pm. Fort Mason, Building C, third floor, room 300. 346-5550.

Feb. 5: Rocket DOG RESCUE showcases adoptable dogs. Noon-4 pm. In front of Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

Feb. 5-26: Takeshi Murata debuts a new DIGITAL VIDEO in "Silver Equinox" at Ratio 3 Gallery. Sundays, noon-5 pm and by appointment. 903 Guerrero St. 646-732-3371.

Feb. 6-27: Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center offers a LIFE DRAWING workshop every Monday, from 7 to 9:30 pm. 348 Precita St. 285-2311.

Feb. 7: Preschool STORY TIME, for kids 2 to 5, begins at 10 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

Feb. 7: Jonathan Bracker reads POEMS from his new collection, Paris Sketches. 7 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Feb. 7: Social critic TODD GITLIN discusses his book Intellectuals and the Flag: Reclaiming the American Liberal Tradition. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. 282-9246.

Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Branch Library offers an AFTERNOON STORY TIME for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. 3:30 p.m., 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple offers weekly MEDITATION CLASSES. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.

Feb. 9: The 29th annual Senior Adults' VALENTINE DAY DANCE, sponsored by the Recreation and Park Department, features music and dancing. 12:30-3:30 pm. S.F. County Fair Building, 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. 666-7079.

Feb. 9: St. Luke's Hospital offers an orientation for VOLUNTEERS to assist in the hospital or serve as patient escorts. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez. 641-6538.

Feb. 9: Brenda Knight, author of Women of the BEAT GENERATION, discusses the era with Eileen Kaufman, Mary Norbert Korte, Jamie Cassady, and Joanna McClure; Ruth Weiss reads poetry with a jazz accompaniment. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400.

Feb. 9: The S.F. BICYCLE COALITION hosts "Love on Wheels" at the Cafe du Nord. 6-9 pm. 2174 Market St. 431-BIKE.

Feb. 10: Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, and Byrds' founder Chris Hillman and banjo player Herb Pedersen, perform at the BLUEGRASS and Old-Time Festival. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Feb. 11: Learn "Sustainable WEED MANAGEMENT" at a workshop at the Garden for the Environment. 10 am-1 pm. 7th Avenue at Lawton. 731-5627.

Feb. 11: Park lovers are invited to help the Neighborhood Parks Council catalog and rate our city's PLAYGROUNDS. Meet at Duboce Park, Duboce and Scott streets, at 9 am. For information, go to

Feb. 11: A PLANT SALE at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park features winter bloomers. 10 am-1 pm. 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way. 661-1316.

Feb. 11: Today is the LAST DAY the Noe Valley Library will be open before seismic renovations begin. Say goodbye at a party from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, featuring music, food, and entertainment for children. 451 Jersey St. 355-5707.

Feb. 11: Bring old photos and memorabilia to the SUNNYSIDE HISTORY FAIR and school REUNION. Noon-3 pm. Sunnyside Elementary School's Margaret Penn Auditorium, 250 Foerster St. Call Jennifer Heggie: 412-5548.

Feb. 11: The 16th annual Chinese New Year TREASURE HUNT, with three difficulty levels, begins with a 3:30 pm check-in. 4:30-9 pm. Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market. 564-9400;

Feb. 11: The BLUEGRASS and Old-Time Festival features the Drew Emmitt Band and the Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Feb. 11, 12, 14, 17 & 18: The 17th annual Valentine's Day adults-only SEX TOUR at the zoo includes "romantic refreshments" and a mashed-potato bar. Feb. 11 and 12, 10 am and 2 pm; Feb. 14, 17 and 18, noon. 1 Zoo Road. For reservations, 753-7030.

Feb. 12: The Critters & Kids VALENTINE'S CARNIVAL, hosted by Animal Care and Control and the SPCA, features family fun and adoptable pets. 11 am-3 pm. Alabama and 16th. 522-3500.

Feb. 12: S.F. City Treasurer José Cisneros and Miguel Bustos, senior policy aide to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, discuss Latino gay men working in the public sector at the PFLAG Support Group. 2 to 4 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. 921-8850.

Feb. 12 & 26: City Guides hosts a tour, "CASTRO: Tales of the Village," on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. 11 am. Meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market. 557-4266.

Feb. 13: The PROGRESSIVE READING Series, to benefit New Mexico Attorney General Patsy Madrid, features Tobias Wolff, Jonathan Ames, Jennifer Traig, and Stephen Elliott. 7 pm. The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St. 647-2888.

Feb. 13: The Noe Valley PREPAREDNESS Committee holds its monthly meeting at 6:30 pm. Call 377-3890 for meeting location.

Feb. 14: New College of California School of Law sponsors a workshop on "How to Present a Case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT." 6 pm. 50 Fell St. 241-1300.

Feb. 15: Community Care Licensing offers a CHILDCARE LICENSING orientation, 9 to 11:30 am, followed by a support workshop, 12:30 pm. Children's Council, 445 Church St. 343-3333.

Feb. 15: African-American GLBT writers, including JEWELLE GOMEZ and Frederick Smith, read from their work in a program called "Beautiful Diversities." 6:30 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Feb. 15: The Noe Valley Democratic Club hosts a panel discussion on MEDICARE'S new prescription drug plan. 7:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-4010.

Feb. 16: Lori Feldman hosts a free STOP SMOKING event for people who have made a New Year's resolution to quit. 3 pm. QuitSmart Smoking Cessation, 3884 24th St. Registration required at 285-9770.

Feb. 16: Supervisor Bevan Dufty will report on Noe Valley's grocery stores at a COMMUNITY MEETING co-sponsored by the Friends of Noe Valley, Noe Valleyans for Community and Social Justice, and Upper Noe Neighbors. 7:30 pm. St. Philip Parish Hall, Diamond between 24th and Elizabeth (parking available in lot on 24th). 206-0231.

Feb. 16-March 5: The fifth annual Bay ONE-ACTS FESTIVAL features 12 new works by Bay Area playwrights. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson St. Call 776-7427 for a schedule.

Feb. 18: MANRING KASSIN DARTER performs a 25th anniversary concert of innovative music. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238.

Feb. 19 and 26: Neighbors concerned about the proposed ROOFTOP HELIPAD at San Francisco General Hospital will meet on Feb. 19 at 2 pm, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro St., and on Feb. 26 at 4 pm at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave.

Feb. 19: Soprano Christine Brandes performs "A Voice in the Valley," selections from Hindemith's Das Marienleben and Stravinsky's Songs on Three Japanese Lyrics. 4 pm. Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-5236.

Feb. 20: POET Eric Park performs "Shakespeare's Blues"; a poetry open mic follows. 7:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733.

Feb. 21 & March 21: Precita Eyes Mural Arts holds WORKSHOPS on how to design and direct a community mural. 7 to 9 pm. 2981 24th St. 285-2287.

Feb. 21: "An Evening with DANIEL HANDLER (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)" features a performance by Word for Word of 4 Adverbs from Handler's new novel, and an interview with writer Andrew Sean Greer. 7 pm. 4 Adverbs will be performed Feb. 24-March 12, Wed.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida St. 437-6775.

Feb. 21: Ingleside Police Station holds its regular POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting starting at 7 pm. Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane. 404-4000.

Feb. 22: NATURE in the City's Peter Brasrow and Ruth Gravanis give an overview of San Francisco's natural environment, in a talk hosted by the City Lights Foundation and Counterpulse. 8 pm. 1310 Mission St. 626-2060.

Feb. 23: See Jane Run offers TRIATHLON and marathon training programs. Sign up at 3910 24th St., call 401-8338, or visit

Feb. 23: UPPER NOE Neighbors meets at 7:30 pm at Upper Noe Recreation Center at Day and Sanchez. 285-0473.

Feb. 24: Noe Valley resident JANET THORNBURG reads from and signs her new collection of short stories, Rhubarb Pie. 7 pm. Cover to Cover Booksellers, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080.

Feb. 24: Volunteers for the 2005 Noe Valley Harvest Festival are invited to a THANK-YOU PARTY, with music, refreshments, and a discussion of this year's festival. 7:30-9 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St.

Feb. 25: Beth Friedricksen holds a WORKSHOP, "Memory-Keeping at Its Best," to create a personal photo/short-story card, at the monthly meeting of the Older Women's League (OWL). 10 am-noon. Call 989-4422 to make a reservation.

Feb. 25: The Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC) invites the public to a free talk by the photographer, writer, and educator Margaretta Mitchell, author of Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life. 2-4 pm. 50 Scott St. 554-9522.

Feb. 25: The Noe Valley Preparedness Committee offers a free FIRE EXTINGUISHER safety demonstration. Meet at 11 am at Noe Valley Farmers' Market on 24th between Sanchez and Vicksburg. 377-3890.

Feb. 25-March 3: The 24th annual San Francisco Middle School SCIENCE FAIR features projects from 30 public and private schools. Awards ceremony Feb. 25, 10:30 am-noon. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

Feb. 27-April 3: The San Francisco Fire Department offers a free six-session Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training (NERT). Mondays, 6-9 pm. Dolores Plaza, 1839 15th St. Register at 970-2024 or

Feb. 28: In celebration of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, Marijo tells "Stories from the Drinking Gourd: Folktales from African-American Heritage," for ages 5 and older. 10:30 am. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616.

Feb. 28: The POLICE-COMMUNITY meeting at Mission Police Station begins at 6 p.m. 630 Valencia St. 558-5400.

March 1: A representative from PG&E will discuss power OUTAGES on 24th Street at a meeting of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association. 9 am. Bank of America, 24th and Castro. 648-3954.

March 2: The 11th annual BARK & WHINE BALL is a fundraiser for the San Francisco SPCA. 7-10:30 pm. S.F. Gift Center Pavilion, 888 Brannan St. 522-3535.

March 4, 11 & 18: Noe Valley NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) will welcome new members after a TRAINING on three Saturdays in March. 9 am-4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. Call 970-2024 or

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?

The March 2006 issue of the Noe Valley Voice will be distributed on or before March 3, 2006. The deadline for calendar items is Feb. 15, 2006. 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 an e-mail to Calendar Editor Karol Barske at