Noe Valley Voice May 2007


The June 2007 issue of the Noe Valley Voice will arrive in the neighborhood on Friday, June 1. The deadline for June calendar items is May 15, but we might give you a couple days' leeway this month. E-mail your items to We'd love it if you would put the when, what, and where at the top of the e-mail, and include a phone.

Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Noe Valley events take priority, but we try to squeeze in as many other items as possible. May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Librarians from the Noe Valley Library host LAPSITS for babies and toddlers at 10:15 am, and preschool STORY TIME at 11 am. Bethany UMC, 1268 Sanchez St. 647-8393;


May 1-31: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Monday through Saturday, from 7 to 8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

May 1-31: The NOE STROLLS "playgroup on wheels" departs Holey Bagel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. 3872 24th St.

May 1-31: The Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, on weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648-1030.

May 1-31: Chris Sequeira leads classes in TAI CHI. Mon. & Tues., 6 pm, at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. For location of 10:15 am Wed. & Fri. classes, call 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

May 1-31: The Kadampa Buddhist Temple offers weekly BUDDHIST MEDITATION classes. Tues., 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th St. 503-1187.

May 2-20: Theatre Rhinoceros presents the world premiere of Nicky Silver's comedy Past Perfect. Wed.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm. 2926 16th St. 861-5079.

May 2-30: The SF Library's BOOKMOBILE is open Mon. & Wed., 10:30 am-1 pm. 665 Elizabeth St. 557-4353.

May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Preschool STORY TIME for ages 3-5 is 10:10 am. A BILINGUAL LAPSIT for babies and toddlers is at 11 am. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800;

May 3-26: The run of Noe Valley resident Dan Hoyle's one-man performance "Tings Dey Happen" has been extended for the sixth time. Thurs. & Fri., 8 pm, May 6 at 7 pm, May 12 at 8 pm, and May 19 and 26 at 5 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006;

May 3-June 14: The artists at CREATIVITY EXPLORED exhibit self-portraits. Reception May 3, 7-9 pm; exhibit Mon.-Fri., 10 am-3 pm, and Sat., 1-6 pm. 3245 16th St. 863-2108;

May 4-30: Noe Valley ARTIST Royce Vaughn's California landscapes and Chinese tangram-inspired "Afrigrams" will be on display in Building 200 of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 8 am-noon. 4150 Clement St. 826-7419;

May 4: 826 Valencia hosts a BOOK PARTY for Paul Madonna's All Over Coffee, City Lights Press' compilation of his Chronicle graphic comic strip. 7-10 pm. 312 Valencia St. 642-5905;

May 4: Lick-Wilmerding High School performs a choral and orchestral CONCERT. 7:30 pm. Ehrer Theatre, 755 Ocean Avenue. 585-1725, ext. 287;

May 4 & 5: City College Theatre students present "Aftermath of WAR: In Their Own Words," based on interviews, letters, and blogs of servicepeople in Iraq. 8 pm. Diego Rivera Theatre, CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave. 452-7274;

May 4, 11, 18 & 25: "Fantastic Fridays" PLAY TIME for ages 2 to 5 features outdoor exploration and indoor nature crafts. 10-11:30 am. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason St. 561-7690;

May 4, 11, 18 & 25: Bird & Beckett Books hosts LIVE JAZZ. 5:30-8 pm., 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733;

May 4-June 10: In "Multidimensional Warp" Ara Peterson debuts wall-mounted ARTWORK based on synthesized wave formations. Reception May 4, 6-8 pm; gallery hours, noon-5 pm Sundays, and by appointment. Ratio 3, 903 Guerrero St. 821-3371;

May 5: MUSIC at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market includes performances by Tom Huber, 8:30-10 am, Goat Hill Morris Dancers, 10-10:30 am, and Failure to Disperse, 10:30 am- 1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

May 5: The SF Bicycle Coalition and Garden for the Environment offer a free BICYCLE GARDEN TOUR and compost workshop. 9 am-noon. Meet at Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market. 731-5627;

May 5: Most Holy Redeemer's CASINO ROYALE fundraiser to benefit AIDS support groups features blackjack, craps, roulette, entertainment, and refreshments. 7 pm. Ellard Hall, 100 Diamond St. 863-1581;

May 5: "HONKY TONK Showdown: Cinco de Mayo Americana Style" features bands the Cowlicks, Rancho Deluxe, Good Luck Thrift Store Outlet, Sam Dead and the Good Sams, and Tom Armstrong. 9 pm. Café du Nord, 2170 Market St. 861-5016.

May 5: Calling all plant lovers to the 40th annual SPRING PLANT SALE at Strybing Arboretum. 10 am-2 pm. SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. 661-1316;

May 5: The annual BOOK ARTS and Printers' Fair, sponsored by the Pacific Center for Book Arts, features hands-on printing demonstrations, mini-workshops for children and adults, and items for sale. 9 am-4 pm. Fort Mason, Bldg A.

May 5 & 12: The Bicycle Coalition offers a class at the Main Library, "How to Bike Anywhere and Fix a Flat." 10 am-noon. Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium. 431-BIKE;

May 5-12: The Marsh Youth Theater presents "SIDDHARTHA, The Bright Path." May 5, 5 pm; May 6 & 12, 2 pm; May 11, 7:30 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006;

May 5-27: Precita Eyes offers Mission Trail MURAL WALKS. Sat. & Sun, 11 am & 1:30 pm (Sat. 11 am, meet at 24th St. BART Station Plaza in Café Venice). Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, 2981 24th St. 285-2287;

May 5-27: Artist DAVID O. JOHNSON's solo show, "Loiter," features neon sculpture and drawing. Reception May 5, 6-9 pm. Little Tree Gallery, 3412 22nd St. 643.4929;

May 6: St. Paul's BLOOD DRIVE runs from 8 am to 1 pm; look for the Bloodmobile on Church Street near 29th. 586-8911.

May 6: City Guides offers a free WALKING TOUR of Fairmount Hill, with views of the Poole-Bell Mansion and tales of Mary Ellen Pleasant. 10 am. Meet at Glen Park Library, 653 Chenery St. 557-4266;

May 6: The third annual "DOG DAY on the Bay," a two-hour champagne brunch sail on the Bay, benefits programs at the San Francisco SPCA; one dog per adult. Noon-2 pm. Pier 3 on the Embarcadero.

May 6: If your home needs a dog, Rocket DOG RESCUE has some dogs who need homes. In front of Zephyr Real Estate from noon to 4 pm. 4040 24th St. 642-4786.

May 6: Healing Yoga Foundation sponsors an evening of VEDIC CHANTING led by T.K.V. Desikachar. 7-8:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez St.

May 7: Lisa Mundy discusses "Everything Conceivable: How ASSISTED REPRODUCTION is Changing Men, Women, and the World" at the Commonwealth Club. Wine and cheese reception, 5:30 pm; program, 6 pm. 595 Market St., 2nd floor. 597-6705;

May 7 & 21: The ODD MONDAYS series features three short films from the Spiritual Cinema Series (May 7) and communal living interviews from Sonoma County (May 21). No-host pizza, 5:30 p.m. at Noe Valley Pizza, 24th & Sanchez. RSVP (dinner) to 7 pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 821-2090.

May 8: "A Night with the Stars" features performances by formerly homeless San Franciscans, to benefit COMMUNITY HOUSING. Reception, 6 pm; talent show, 7:30 pm. Brava Theater, 2789 24th St. 929-2470, ext. 304;

May 8: Gary Norris discusses his new book The Grayline, a history of the lives of disabled Black Americans. 7 pm. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St.

May 9: Sixties folk group the NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS performs a "Restore Hetch Hetchy" concert. 7:30 pm. San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. 209-536-9278;

May 9: "Rock for Revolution" with five bands, including the Gibbs and Trannysaurus Sex, at a fundraiser to benefit the Freedom Socialist Newspaper. 8 pm. El Rio, 3158 Mission St. 864-1278;

May 9: Walk the Noe Valley Ministry's LABYRINTH from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. 1021 Sanchez St. 282-2317.

May 10: Join the Neighborhood Parks Council and the Rec and Park Department at a FORUM on ways to raise funds for park improvements. 6-7:30 pm. Room 34, City Hall. RSVP 621-3260;

May 10: The Friends of Noe Valley hosts a PANEL DISCUSSION, "Making Noe Valley Even Better," in conjunction with SF Better Streets, Livable City, Friends of the Urban Forest, and the DPW. 7:30 pm, Droubi & Co., 4128 24th St. E-mail

May 11-13: MISSION OPEN STUDIOS features diverse artwork by over 300 artists and craftspeople who work in nine studio buildings between Mission, Potrero, and 17th Street. Preview Fri., 7-11 pm; Sat. & Sun., 11 am-6 pm.;

May 12: The seventh annual COMMUNITY HEROES AWARDS honors individuals and groups who have made a positive impact on the environment. 2-4 pm. Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason St. 561-7690;

May 12: The third annual Older Adult MOVIE FESTIVAL includes free screenings of short films that focus on aging, including Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road, a documentary about a colorful Miami Beach woman. 1-3 pm. SF Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St, Room 206.

May 12: Entertainment at the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET includes music by Jude, 8:30-10:15 am; a talk on produceby author/chef Eric Gower, 10:15-10:45 am; and a performance by the Quake City Band, 10:45-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

May 12: Join the District 8 COMMUNITY CLEAN TEAM to sweep streets and sidewalks, tend trees and plants, and paint out graffiti in three locations: Glen Park BART Station, Mission Playground at 19th and Linda, and Everett Middle School, 450 Church St.; supplies and lunch provided. 9 am-noon. 552-9201;

May 12: SFPUC is giving away free COMPOST 9 am to 2 pm. Oceanside Treatment Plant, 3500 Great Highway between Sloat & Skyline Blvd. 554-3289;

May 12: A GARAGE SALE sponsored by the SF Parents of Multiples Club offers clothes, toys, and furniture for newborns through 8-year-olds. 9 am-3 pm. SF County Fair Bldg., Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue & Lincoln Way.

May 12: Fair Oaks Street residents hold a five-block garage sale, with barbecued and baked goods for sale, at the annual FAIR OAKS STREET FAIR to benefit Jamestown Community Center. 9 am-4 pm. Fair Oaks between 21st & 26th. (Rain date is May 19.)

May 12: Receive a free consultation at a LEGAL ADVICE and Referral Clinic. Sign up between 10:30 am and 12 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room.

May 12: The Church Street Professionals' Used BOOK SALE benefits the Noe Valley Library renovation; books will be for sale 11 am to 4 pm at participating Church Street merchants from Elizabeth to 30th Street;

May 12: The Randall Museum hosts a MOTHER'S DAY art workshop to create cards and notepaper. 1-4 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600;

May 12: Insofar King introduces My Bombay Kitchen, a cookbook of Parsi recipes. 5 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro St. 282-8080;

May 12: Global Exchange and the National Lawyers Guild present an exhibit and live auction of PHOTOGRAPHS of Venezuela to benefit the Barrio Coche neighborhood of Caracas; attorney Eva Gollinger discusses her book Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela. 7 pm. Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St. 255-7296.

May 12: The James Lick Middle School Band performs at "Blue Bear Live" youth music education benefit. 8 pm. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St. 885-0750;

May 12: Country Joe McDonald gives a tribute to WOODY GUTHRIE with songs and stories. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Music Series, 1021 Sanchez St. 454-5238;

May 12 & 26: FORBEADIN' offers a one-session Beginning Techniques class, focusing on earring and necklace construction. 10 am-12:30 pm. 1195 Church St. 641-1414.

May 13: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC's Gala Finale and silent auction features performances by composer/pianist Jake Heggie and singers Marnie Brekenridge, Cathy Cook, Nicole Folland, and Ann Moss. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 648.5236;

May 13: The Golden Gate MEN'S CHORUS and the Peninsula Women's Chorus perform Stravinsky's Mass at Mission Dolores Basilica. 4 pm. 3321 16th St. 650-725-2787;;

May 13: Mitzi Wortman & Friends perform a multimedia extravaganza and reading to celebrate MOTHER'S DAY. 4:30 pm. Bird & Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond St. 586-3733;

May 14: The Noe Valley DEMOCRATIC CLUB hosts a panel discussion, "Wounded Iraq War Veterans' Treatment and Re-integration into Society," with Iraq veterans Romeo Horvath and Antoine Brooks. 7 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St. 641-5838.

May 14: Contestants at Small Press Distribution's celebrity SPELLING BEE include Mollie Katzen, Tobias Wolff, Matt Gonzalez, Michelle Tea, Susie Bright, Beth Lisick, and Daniel Mason. 7:30 pm. Crown Point Gallery, 20 Hawthorne St.

May 15: Learn how to present a case in SMALL CLAIMS COURT at a free workshop. 6 pm. New College of California School of Law, 50 Fell St. 241-1300.

May 15: Saxophonist Craig Handy performs at City College's Spring JAZZ CONCERT. 8 pm. Diego Rivera Theater, 50 Phelan Ave. 239-3580.

May 16: MICHELLE TEA hosts the ongoing Radar Salon with authors Kaui Hart Hemmings and Michelle Richmond. 7-8:30 pm. Eureka Valley­Harvey Milk Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616;

May 16: The Mission Creek MUSIC FESTIVAL features King City, the Dodos, Alela Diane, Two Sheds, and the Hallflowers. 8 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. 552-7788;

May 16: Carla Zilber-Smith portrays 30 characters in "WEDDING SINGER Blues," a humorous look at "heartbreak, humiliation, and bad wedding songs." 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006;

May 16-27: The San Francisco ARTS FESTIVAL "The Truth in Knowing/Now: A Conversation Across the African Diaspora" features music, dance, theater, film, and exhibitions citywide.

May 17: BIKE TO WORK Day, encouraged and sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition, culminates in a "Bike Away From Work" party from 5 to 9 pm, at the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street. 431-BIKE.

May 17: St. Luke's Hospital holds a VOLUNTEER orientation the third Thursday of the month. 3-5 pm. 3555 Cesar Chavez St. 641-6538;

May 17-20: SOTA students present their 25th annual DANCE CONCERT. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 pm. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center. 345-7575;;

May 18: ENDANGERED SPECIES Day at the SF Zoo stresses the importance of wildlife conservation. 10 am-2 pm. Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway.

May 18: STUDENT FILMS of every genre will be screened at San Francisco State University's 27th annual film finals. 7 pm. McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Bldg., 1600 Holloway Ave.

May 18: CHANTICLEER performs the West Coast premiere of "And on Earth, Peace: A Chanticleer Mass." 8 pm. Grace Cathedral, 1051 Taylor St. 252-8589;

May 19: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market offers MUSIC by Damond Moddie from 8:30 to 10:30 am, and Misner & Smith from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

May 19: Bargains and treasures will fly out the door at a GARAGE SALE benefiting the Older Women's League's educational programs. 10 am-2 pm. 639 Elizabeth St. 989-4422;

May 19: Mission Library's annual OPEN HOUSE features Mexican folk dance by Grupo Folklorico de South San Francisco at noon, hip-hop theater and spoken word by Colored Ink at 1 pm, and Mexican Trova by singer Alfredo Gomez at 2 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800;

May 19: The free FAMILY FIELD TRIP at the Botanical Garden includes exploring, activities, and crafts. 1-4 pm. Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue & Lincoln Way. 661-1316;

May 19: Noe Valley comic MARGO GOMEZ performs in the ninth annual "Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians," a benefit for GirlVentures. 8 pm. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. 522-3737;

May 19 & 26: Take a free tour of the Chinese SHRIMP BOAT Grace Quan. 1 pm. Hyde Street Pier, 447-5000;

May 22: Coeditors Katherine V. Forrest and Jim Van Buskirk introduce Love, CASTRO STREET, an anthology of personal essays. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St. 557-4400;

May 22: Celebrate ASIAN/PACIFIC-AMERICAN Heritage Month with Helen Zia, Justin Chin, Madeleine Lin, Mickel Paris, and Rafaelito Sy. 7:30 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 3555 16th St. 355-5616;

May 22 & 29: The Eureka Valley Library hosts an afternoon STORY TIME for preschoolers at 3:30 pm, and an infant/toddler LAPSIT at 10:30 am. 3555 16th St. 355-5616;

May 23: The Excelsior Library Arts and Culture Salon hosts an evening of poetry and conversation with DIANE DI PRIMA. 7-8:30 pm. 4400 Mission St. 337-4735;

May 26: Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET hosts music by Jude from 8:30 to10:30 am, and Misner & Smith, from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

May 26: The Randall Museum sponsors a volunteer WORK PARTY for habitat restoration at Corona Heights Park. 10 am. Meet at Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600, ext. 16;

May 26 & 27: The 29th annual CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO showcases Latin American and Caribbean music, food, and dance; festival Sat. and Sun. on Harrison between 16th and 24th; parade Sun., 10 am, begins at 24th and Bryant. 920-0125;

May 27: The San Francisco OPERA performs a free concert in Dolores Park at 2 pm. Dolores & 18th;

May 28: The city's MEMORIAL DAY Observance at the Presidio features a tribute to two San Francisco soldiers killed in Iraq. Parade 10:30 am, Main Post Parade Grounds; commemoration 11 am at the National Cemetery. 561-5500; 29: Registration for new students at St. James Elementary School is 3 to 6 pm. 321 Fair Oaks St. For a registration packet, call 647-8972;

May 29 & 30: 826 Valencia offers a two-part COMIC-BOOK WRITING workshop led by Todd Pound and Jenny Traig. 6-7:30 pm. 826 Valencia St. 642-5905.

May 31: Global Exchange's seventh annual HUMAN RIGHTS Awards honors writer Alice Walker and David Suzuki, host of science television series The Nature of Things. 6:30-11 pm. Gift Center Pavilion, 888 Brannan St. 558-6931;

May 31-June 30: John O'Keefe performs a solo adaptation of WALT WHITMAN's "Song of Myself." Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. 800-838-3006.

May 31-June 25: JESSICA HAGEDORN debuts her new play Fe in the Desert. Thurs.-Sun., 8 pm. Intersection, 446 Valencia St. 626-2787;

June 3: Day Street between Sanchez and Church will be closed to traffic for a BLOCK PARTY with food and entertainment. Noon-4 pm.

June 5: The 2007 Noe Valley GARDEN TOUR features tours of local back yards. 10 am-3 pm. For info, e-mail

June 5: The SPCA offers a free drop-in PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama St. 554-3050.


The June 2007 issue of the Noe Valley Voice will arrive in the neighborhood on Friday, June 1. The deadline for June calendar items is May 15, but we might give you a couple days' leeway this month. E-mail your items to We'd love it if you would put the when, what, and where at the top of the e-mail, and include a phone.

Our address is Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Noe Valley events take priority, but we try to squeeze in as many other items as possible.