Noe Valley Voice December-January 2007


The next Noe Valley Voice will be our February issue, coming out Feb. 1, 2008. Please send us your calendar items by Jan. 15, to It will help us immensely if you put the date of your event near the top of the e-mail. Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Noe Valley events take priority, but we try to squeeze in as many other items as possible.


Dec. 1-8: Merle (Ian Shoales) Kessler and Joshua (Raoul) Brody present a SATIRICAL history of the world, in "Slouching Towards Disneyland." Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 800-838-3006;

Dec. 1-9: ODC/Dance performs The Velveteen Rabbit, with narration by Geoff Hoyle and music by Benjamin Britten. Yerba Buena Center, 700 Howard. For schedule: 978-2787;

Dec. 1-17: "Fresh Paint," an exhibit of WATERCOLORS, is on display at the Noe Valley Ministry. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Dec. 1-23: The Great DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR features Victorian amusements for all ages. Sat. & Sun., 11 am-7 pm. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva. 800-510-1558;

Dec. 1-30: The Beat Museum offers free WALKING TOURS of North Beach. Tues.-Sun., 2 pm. 540 Broadway. 399-9626;

Dec. 1-31: Painter Ben Dominguez exhibits ART at Castro Computer Services, 1500 Castro. 647-6050; 826-6678.

Dec. 1-31: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7-8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Dec. 1-31: The "Da Vinci" SHOW, with 150 reproductions of machines made by Leonardo, continues at the Metreon, 101 Fourth.

Dec. 1-31: REINDEER ROMP at the SF Zoo features an ice skating rink and a village housing three reindeer. 10 am-5 pm. Sloat & Great Highway.

Dec. 2: Noe Valley Pet Co. hosts SANTA PAWS, a photo shoot for pets and their families, to benefit Rocket Dog Rescue. 11 am-4 pm. 1451 Church at Cesar Chavez. 282-7385.

Dec. 2: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off dogs who need homes, in front of Zephyr Real Estate. Noon-4 pm. 4040 24th. 642-4786.

Dec. 3: San Francisco author Joseph Sutton and Berkeley author Summer Brenner discuss their work at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm, preceded by no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Dec. 3-26: SF Library's BOOKMOBILE parks in Noe Valley on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm. 665 Elizabeth. 557-4353.

Dec. 3-31: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

Dec. 4: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group moderated by Dr. Betty Carmack. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

Dec. 4, 11 & 18: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds an introduction to MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

Dec. 4, 11 & 18: "Tot/Parent Spanish," a LANGO, Foreign Language for Kids class, begins at 10 am. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

Dec. 4, 11 & 18: The Noe Valley Library sponsors LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez. 647-8393;

Dec. 4, 11 & 18: Chris Sequeira leads a beginners TAI CHI class. 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Call to register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Dec. 4, 11 & 18: ImagiKnit offers "SOCK It to Me," a three-session sock-knitting class, from 7 to 9 pm. 3897 18th. 621-6642.

Dec. 5: The FAMILY CAREGIVER Alliance holds a free seminar, "Holiday Blues." 3-5 pm. 1333 Bush. Rsvp required: 1-888-886-6565.

Dec. 5: The TREE-LIGHTING ceremony in the rotunda at City Hall (6 pm) begins with a concert by the SF Boys Chorus (5:30 pm), and concludes with a party until 8 pm.

Dec. 5: Alvarado School's annual WINTER FAIR features student performances and a marketplace. 6-8 pm. 626 Douglass. 595-5695.

Dec. 5: The SBA offers a class, "BLOGGING 101 for Small Business Owners." 6-8:30 pm. SBA Entrepreneur Center, 455 Market, 6th floor.

Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Danielle is the STORYTELLER at Cover to Cover's Wednesday story hour. 3-4 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Dec. 5-Jan. 31: "AFFORDABLE ART for the Holidays" is on display at City Art Cooperative Gallery every day, noon to 9 pm, through Dec. 23. Reception Dec. 7, 7-10 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

Dec. 6: Cover to Cover hosts BOOK NIGHT to benefit James Lick School; 15% of purchases between 4 and 9 pm will be donated. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Dec. 6: Steve Dalachinsky and Gerald Nicosia read from their contributions to the anthology Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of JACK KEROUAC's On the Road. 7 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

Dec. 6: The Main Library screens a video of the 1968 cult classic BARBARELLA. Noon. 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27: "Roll, baby, roll" at an ongoing Thursday STROLLER WALK. Meet at 11 am at Holey Bagel, 3872 24th.

Dec. 7: Hill & Co. hosts a BLOOD DRIVE from 11 am to 3 pm, on the corner of 24th and Vicksburg. 921-6000.

Dec. 7: Lick-Wilmerding High School presents its Winter JAZZ Gala Concert, featuring Duke, Monk, Mingus, and Latin and funk. 7:30 pm. 755 Ocean. 469-5652.

Dec. 7 & 8: SF School of the Arts Vocal Music Department and Orchestra present a WINTER CONCERT featuring Handel's Oratorio, Israel in Egypt. 7:30 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Dec. 7-8 & 14-15: The "Risk Is This" experimental PLAYS festival continues with Trojan Barbie (Dec. 7 &8) and Lighthouse (Dec. 14 & 15). 8 pm. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy. 419-3584.

Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28: CHESS CLUB at the Excelsior Library welcomes all skill levels, ages 6 and up. 3:30-5:30 pm. 4400 Mission. 355-2868.

Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Main Library offers a WORKSHOP for teens called "Beyond Journal Writing." Contact librarian Betsy Levine, 557-4497.

Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Friday BINGO at St. Paul's begins at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Dec. 7-28: A HOLIDAY SALE features artwork by more than 100 artists with developmental disabilities. Opening Dec. 7, 6-9 pm. Mon.-Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108.

Dec. 7-Jan. 3: Artists Laura McHugh and Alicia DeBrincat examine "Art from the NAUGHTY LIST," at Bluespace Gallery. Reception Dec. 7, 7-10 pm. 593 Guerrero. 431-BLUE.

Dec. 8: PG&E doles out free LED holiday lights, and Jude (8:30 am) and Ian Shaul (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Dec. 8: Spring Pilates hosts a holiday TRUNK SALE by Groovyboutique, featuring eco-fashion, Japanese kimonos, purses, and jewelry. 1:30-3:30 pm. 1414 Castro.

Dec. 8 James Lick's SALSA NIGHT fundraiser for parents and school supporters runs from 5 to 9 pm at El Rio. 3158 Mission. 695-5675.

Dec. 8: Singers/musicians in YA ELAH, led by Kitka's original director Bon Brown; and dancer Miriam Peretz perform holiday works from various faiths. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Dec. 8 & 9: Photographer/artist PAMELA GERARD offers "Holiday Shopping in an ART STUDIO," with an array of handmade gifts. Sat., 10-3 pm; Sun., 11-4 pm. 3936 25th. 821-7245.

Dec. 8 & 9: The 37th annual KPFA CRAFTS and Music Fair welcomes the East Bay Heritage Quilters, who donate their work to children living with HIV and AIDS. 10 am-6 pm. Concourse, 635 8th. 510-848-6767;

Dec. 8 & 9: The SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom BAND performs the 2007 Dance-Along Nutcracker: Ratified! (from the rats' point of view). Dec. 8, 2:30 & 7 pm; Dec. 9, 11 am & 3 pm. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission. 978-ARTS.

Dec. 8 & 9: The SF BACH CHOIR presents its annual holiday concert. Dec. 8, 8 pm; Dec. 9, 4 pm. Calvary Presbyterian, Fillmore & Jackson. 441-4942.

Dec. 9: Chabad of Noe Valley and Just for Fun co-sponsor a MENORAH lighting (5 pm) and Hanukkah celebration, with latkes, dreidels, arts and crafts, and music. 3-5 pm. 3982 24th. 285-4068.

Dec. 9: A microchipping CLINIC at Animal Care & Control is free for pets of SF residents. 1-4 pm. 1200 15th. 554-6364.

Dec. 9: Soprano Carri Abrahms, violinist Katherine Kyme, cellist David Goldblatt, and harpsichord player Yuko Tanaka perform cantatas by Handel and Bach at Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez.

Dec. 9, 11, 16 & 18: The Golden Gate MEN'S CHORUS performs "Noel!" at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. 3281 16th.

Dec. 9, 16 & 17, 18-23 & 27-30: "MAGIC HOLIDAY" features David Hirata & Friends doing magic and juggling. 1 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006;

Dec. 10: The final Upper Market Community Planning WORKSHOP begins at 6 pm. Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th. 558-6314;

Dec. 11: Modern Times' Spanish-language BOOK group meets to discuss La Puta De Babilonia by Fernando Vallejo. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

Dec. 11: A fall JAZZ concert at City College offers a tribute to legendary drummer Max Roach. 8 pm. Diego Rivera Theater, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan. 239-3580.

Dec. 11: The SF Zoo's SENIOR STROLL is a docent-guided walking tour on the second Tuesday of every month. 9-10:15 am. 1 Zoo Road (off Sloat near the Great Highway). 753-7173.

Dec. 11: LEMONY SNICKET talks about and signs his new book, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story. 6 pm. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight. 863-8688;

Dec. 12: JANE SMILEY and other contributors read from the new anthology The Other Woman: 21 Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Dec. 12: Brad Kintzer of Sharffen Bergen Chocolate offers a HOT CHOCOLATE tasting. 7-8:30 pm. Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue & Lincoln. Registration required: 661-1316;

Dec. 12: The Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association's HOLIDAY PARTY runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the 24th Street Bank of America.

Dec. 12: Meet Sabrina Gschwandtner, author of KNITKNIT, at a book-signing and knitting demonstration at ImagiKnit. 6:45-8 pm. 3897 18th. 621-6642.

Dec. 12: The SF SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL performs Twelfth Night. 7 pm. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox. 355-2886.

Dec. 12: ELBO ROOM hosts a benefit for Fosters Assisting Fosters, featuring What It Is?, Kal Eckhardt, Paul Hansen, Zoe Ellis, DJ Delon, and the Hip Hop All Stars Dance Troupe. 9 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

Dec. 13: Toni Mirosevich reads from Pink Harvest in an Ecstatic MONKEY event. 7:30 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia. 282-9246.

Dec. 14: Julie Dillon performs music at a champagne reception for a group ART SHOW at Rozanoff Art. 6-9 pm. 355 29th. 917-251-3179;

Dec. 14: RICHTER SCALES performs a cappella holiday music and funny skits at 8 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

Dec. 14: Madame Jo and Trio perform the songs of EDITH PIAF in "Piaf Remembered." 8 pm. SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Dec. 14: The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance MEN'S CHORUS performs "Rejoice! Songs of the Season." 8 pm. St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th. 861-1436;

Dec. 14-Jan. 6: The Marsh Youth Theater presents SIDDHARTHA, The Bright Path. 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006; for a schedule:

Dec. 15: The Faux Brummels (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am) PLAY the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Dec. 15: Ceramics, beading, and paintings will be in the Holiday Craft SHOW at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center. 10 am-3 pm. 6101 Fulton. 666-7091.

Dec. 15: BAZAAR BIZARRE offers handmade gifts, workshops, and live music. 11 am-6 pm. SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park.

Dec. 15: SANTA and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pose for photos on 24th Street, at the request of Zephyr Real Estate. 11 am-2 pm. 4040 24th. 695-7707.

Dec. 15: The Alliance Française screens a concert documentary, PIAF: Her Story, Her Songs. 7 pm. 1345 Bush. 923-1375.

Dec. 15: FAMILY MOVIE DAY at James Lick School features the comedy Ratatouille at 3:30 pm and fantasy Transformers at 6 pm. 1220 Noe. 695-5675.

Dec. 15: Connie Champagne performs "A Holiday Affair with JUDY GARLAND." 7:30 pm. SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Dec. 15-18 & 22-25: St. Anthony Foundation is accepting CURBSIDE DONATIONS of clothing, housewares, and food. Weekdays, 8:45 am-6 pm; weekends, 9 am-3 pm. 121 Golden Gate. 592-2738;

Dec. 15-Jan. 19: The Glen Park Library hosts a WINTER READING program for children. 2825 Diamond. 337-4740.

Dec. 16: The SF Center for the Book's HOLIDAY FAIR features limited-edition 2008 calendars, handmade journals and cards, and decorative papers. Noon-5 pm. 300 DeHaro. 565-0545;

Dec. 16: Three staged readings celebrate RICHARD WRIGHT's 100th birthday. 2 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Dec. 16: Network Ministries hosts an hour of CAROLING in the Tenderloin; refreshments follow. 4:30 pm. 559 Ellis. 928-6209;

Dec. 16: Bethany United Methodist Church celebrates the HOLIDAYS with international music and poetry. 5 pm. 1268 Sanchez. 647-8393.

Dec. 17: Leonard Pitt reads from his book A Small Moment of Great Illumination at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Dec. 20: Original 78 rpm records from the Richard Walberg archive, including early Armstrong and ELLINGTON, will be played on an open-horn Victrola. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

Dec. 20: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the third Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez. 641-6538;

Dec. 20: Rev. Glenda Hope leads an interfaith HOMELESS memorial service, to remember people who died on city streets in 2007. 5:30 pm. Outside City Hall.

Dec. 22: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market features FLUTE CAROLING with the Noe Valley Flutes from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Dec. 22-25: SHELLEY BERMAN headlines Lisa Geduldig's Kung Pao KOSHER COMEDY, to benefit the Jewish Community Free Clinic. Sat. & Mon., 6 & 9:30 pm; Sun. & Tues., 5 & 8:30 pm. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific. 522-3737.

Dec. 23 & 24: Bethany United Methodist Church and Dolores Street Baptist Church invite you to a service of traditional CAROLS on Dec. 23, 11 am; and a "Journey to Bethlehem" drama with carols and candles on Dec. 24, 7:30 pm. 1268 Sanchez. 647-8393.

Dec. 27: Peekabootique's PARENTS PARTY offers wine, Orangina, and goldfish crackers. Last Thursday of the month. 5:30-7:30 pm. 1306 Castro. 641-6192.

Dec. 31: "Eclectic Fever," a NEW YEAR'S EVE extravaganza, benefits Human Action for Humanity's fundraiser for the House of Hope School in Uganda. 9 am-3 am. Gift Center, 888 Brannan. 377-4879;

Jan. 2-30: JORDAN KANTOR exhibits artwork at Ratio 3 Gallery. Wed.-Sat., 11 am-6 pm. 1447 Stevenson. 821-3371;

Jan. 5: Guitarists Tom Huber and Mississippi Mike (8:30 am) and Failure to Disperse (10:30 am) PLAY the Noe Valley Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Jan. 5: The Noe Valley Music Series features folkie RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez.; 454-5238.

Jan. 7: Dr. Paul Blanc discusses "How Everyday Products Make People Sick" at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm, preceded by no-host dinner at Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (rsvp 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Jan. 8, 15 & 29: The Noe Valley Library sponsors LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez. 647-8393;

Jan. 12: A RUMMAGE SALE and pancake breakfast at James Lick benefits school programs. Breakfast, 8-10:30 am; sale 9-3 pm. 1220 Noe. 695-5675.

Jan. 12: Jude (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am) perform at the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332.

Jan. 12: SF School of the Arts hosts a JAZZ CONCERT. 7:30 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Jan. 15: James Lick students perform Novio Boy, written by Gary Soto, to BENEFIT the Costa Rica Scholarship Fund. 1220 Noe. Call 695-5675 to confirm show times.

Jan. 18-Feb. 16: Sharon Eberhardt's new play, Savage Arts, is based on the true story of an Indian WITCHCRAFT TRIAL in the 1930s. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 1-800-838-3006;

Jan. 19: The Faux Brummels (8:30 am) and Devil's Slide (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley Farmers' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg.

Jan. 19: JAZZ SAXOPHONIST Oliver Lake premieres a solo piece at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Jan. 21: UC Berkeley entomologist Dr. Gordon Frankie discusses current concerns about the HONEY BEE population. 7 pm. Strybing Arboretum, 9th Avenue & Lincoln. Registration required: 661-1316;

Jan. 24: The UPPER NOE Neighbors group meets at the 30th Street Senior Center at 7:30 pm. 225 30th. 285-0473.

Jan. 25: "Shakespeare 2008: An Elizabethan Evening" features the Theater Department's SHAKESPEARE Acting Competition. SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Jan. 26: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts international BASS NIGHT, with Michael Manring, Edo Castro, and Yves Carbonne. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 1 & 2: The California Music Educators' Association JAZZ FESTIVAL features groups from the entire Bay Area. 8 am-5 pm. SF School of the Arts, 555 Portola. 695-5720;

Feb. 2, 8 & 9: The Noe Valley Music Series welcomes the SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Festival with Peter Rowan, the Stairwell Sisters, the Crooked Jades, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and others. 7:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;