Noe Valley Voice February 2009



The next Noe Valley Voice will be the March 2009 issue, distributed in Noe Valley starting March 4. Mail calendar items by Feb. 15 to or write the Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Events in Noe Valley get priority, but we'll consider items from all around the city.


Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22: The Bliss Bar Sunday Afternoon JAZZ SERIES features pianist Larry Vuckovich and guest artists. 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200.

Feb. 1-March 1: William Wolff and Jane Fisher exhibit PAINTINGS at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

Feb. 2, 9 & 23: Infants and crawlers are invited to sing and play in English and Spanish at BILINGUAL BABY PLAY at Mission Library. 1:10 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Feb. 2-26: Kids in grades K-7 can get HOMEWORK help at the Mission Library Monday through Thursday, 4-6 pm. 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Feb. 2-27: Children and their caregivers are invited to KIDS GYM at the Upper Noe Rec Center. Mon.-Fri., 10-11:30 am. Enjoy the Music Man on Mon., 10:30 am; Wed., 11 am. Day & Sanchez. 695-5011.

Feb. 2-27: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-1030.

Feb. 2-28: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Monday through Saturday, 7 to 8 am. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27: CHESS CLUB at the Excelsior Branch Library (ages 6 and older) runs from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. 4400 Mission. 355-2868.

Feb. 3, 10 & 17: The Noe Valley Library sponsors TODDLER TALES, for ages 18 to 36 months, at 10:15 am; and FAMILY STORY TIME at 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for newborns to age 4. 10 am. 3850 24th. 821-3477.

Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Chris Sequeira gives a beginners TAI CHI class Tuesdays, with a free introductory session. 6 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Register: 773-8185 or 650-756-6857.

Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

Feb. 3-25: LANGO sponsors weekly classes in Tot/Parent (Mon., 10 am) and Preschooler SPANISH (Tues., 2 pm; Wed., 3 pm) at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

Feb. 3 & March 3: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25: MoBu Studio's Pal-ersize Adventures in Fitness presents PAL TIME-4-TOTS, a class for kids, 18 months to 3 years, to practice motor skills. 9-9:40 am. 1605 Church. 550-PALS.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25: The Upper Noe SENIORS group meets on Wednesdays for socializing and bingo. Noon-3:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, Day & Sanchez. 970-8061 or 695-5011.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday LAPSIT, for newborns to age 3, begins at 3 pm; an afternoon story time for ages 3 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. Tiny Tots Room, 100 Collingwood. 355-5616.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Kiki-Yo offers a drop-in KIDS YOGA class from 4:45 to 5:30 on Wednesdays. 605B Chenery. 587-5454.

Feb. 4-27: Maria Tam teaches a new YIJIN TAI CHI class at Upper Noe Rec Center on Wednesdays and Fridays. 7-8:30 pm. Day & Sanchez. 828-9436.

Feb. 4-28: The City Art Gallery hosts "HOT! Hot! Hot!" an exhibit of erotic art. Reception Feb. 6, 7-10 pm; Wed.-Sun., noon-9 pm. 828 Valencia. 970-9900;

Feb. 5-8: Theatre Rhinoceros presents Falsettos, a MUSICAL "about lesbians, gay men, an ex-wife, their child, and a straight psychiatrist." Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 & 7 pm. 2926 16th. 861-5079;

Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26: A Thursday STROLLER WALK starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am and rolls through Noe and the Castro. 3872 24th.

Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26: CANDLELIT YOGA at Kiki-Yo emphasizes deep relaxation. Thursdays, 7 pm. 605B Chenery. 587-5454.

Feb. 5-22: The 11th SF Independent FILM FESTIVAL screens at the Victoria Theatre. 2961 16th. 820-3907;

Feb. 5-26: Fifty24SF Gallery exhibits "MAGIC TRICK" by Anthony Lister and "Seeing Things" by Greg.Craola.Simkins. Reception Feb. 5, 7-9 pm; Tues.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 248 & 252 Fillmore. 252-9144.

Feb. 5-March 5: Visit the national traveling exhibition Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, showing at the Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Feb. 6: See a "Bee Mine" ART reception featuring Noe Valley artist Irene Hendrick. 7-11 pm. Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant. 641-8882;

Feb. 6 & 7: The Marsh's Youth Theater Teen Troupe performs FEARS OF YOUR LIFE, based on the book by Michael Bernard Loggins from Creativity Explored. 8 pm; also 2 pm Feb. 7. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27: CLARE tells tales for children at Cover to Cover Booksellers' Friday-morning story hour, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Bird & Beckett bookstore hosts CHILDREN'S STORY TIME Friday mornings at 11 am. 653 Chenery. 586-3733.

Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27: Yell "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Feb. 7: The Swinging GUITARS of Tom Huber and Misisipi Mike (8:30 am) and Failure to Disperse (10:30 am) play the Farmers' Market. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 7: The Noe Valley Farmers' Market hosts a "Thank You and Farewell" ceremony for BELL MARKET, with cake and speeches for the departing staff. 11 am, in the horseshoe next to the Farmers' Market, 24th & Vicksburg.

Feb. 7: Help YOLANDA RHODES celebrate African American History Month with music and movement. 11:30 am. Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission. 355-2868.

Feb. 7: Usher in the CHINESE NEW YEAR of the Ox with fireworks, drummers, and Lion Dancers from the Yau Kung Mood dance troupe. 2 pm. In front of Zephyr Realty, 4040 24th. 695-7707.

Feb. 7: M.F.K. Fisher biographer discusses her new book, Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a FOOD WRITER at Omnivore Books. 2-3 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 7: The seventh Scary Cow FILM FESTIVAL features shorts by local filmmakers. 3 pm. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro. 621-6120;

Feb. 7: The SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Music Festival at the Noe Valley Ministry hosts the Crooked Jades, Huckleberry Flint, and the Water Tower String Band. 7:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 7 & 21: Handmade JEWELRY, including ornaments by Dona, make up the trunk show at When Modern Was. 11 am-6:30 pm. 1504 Church. 970-1030.

Feb. 8: David Cameron Strachan discusses his work as the Intersex Outreach director for MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA at a PFLAG support group meeting. 2-4:30 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church. 921-8850.

Feb. 8: Gwen Mazer presents her new book, WISE WOMEN, Wild Talk. 2:30 pm. Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Feb. 8: The ODD MONDAYS series hosts an Even Monday event: Lee Gordon discusses Arab-Jewish bilingual schools in Israel. 3-6 pm. 101 Lombard Community Room. RSVP required: 821-2090;

Feb. 8 & 22: Learn about AFRICAN enslavement and stories of escapes, at "Maritime Routes of the Underground Railroad," a free ranger talk at Hyde Street Pier. 1:30 pm. 447-5000;

Feb. 9: Berkeley professor Michael Nagler discusses "Making Peace Possible from Here to the Middle East," at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7:30 pm; dinner Noe Valley Pizza, 5:30 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

Feb. 9-April 9: The exhibit The African American Concert Singer, 1900-1960 pays homage to both well-known and forgotten classical music stars. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Feb. 10: Learn how to set up and use an E-MAIL account. 2-3 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 337-4740.

Feb. 10: Attend a free SMALL CLAIMS COURT workshop. Low-income encouraged. 6 pm. 760 Market, Suite 1042. 693-9811.

Feb. 10: Janis Cooke Newman discusses Mary: A Novel, the story of MARY TODD LINCOLN. 6:30-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Feb. 10: BETH LISICK reads from Helping Me Help Myself at 7:30 pm. 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Feb. 11: Bring your child for YOGA with Rebecca Blake; toddlers, 2:30 pm; school-age kids, 4 pm. 2:30 pm. Mission Library, 300 Bartlett. 355-2800.

Feb. 11: The RADAR READING hosted by Michelle Tea features Bana Witt, Hilary Goldbery, Lauren Logiudice, and Elan Margolis. 6-7:30 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 557-4400;

Feb. 11: The SF Fun Raisers hold a CHARITY DATE AUCTION to benefit What Now America, a local organization working with inner-city youth. 6 pm-midnight. 330 Ritch. 786-9669;

Feb. 11: Attend a DEBATE on the ethics of personal genetics, as part of DARWIN DAYS at the Exploratorium. 7 pm. 3601 Lyon. 563-7337.

Feb. 11, 18 & 25: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday BABY RHYME TIME, for newborns to 18 months, begins at 3 pm; a family story time for ages 2 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. 100 Collingwood. 355-5616.

Feb. 12: The SF Center for the Book sponsors an exhibit, "Wings for Words: New BOOKWORKS from Korea and Japan." Reception Feb. 12, 6-8 pm; Sat., noon-4 pm. 300 De Haro. 565-0545.

Feb. 12-Oct. 29: The ACADEMY of Sciences launches "NightLife," $10 evenings featuring music, food, cocktails, and science. Thursdays, 6-10 pm. Golden Gate Park.

Feb. 13: The SF Bicycle Coalition presents the "Love on Wheels DATING GAME" at the Rickshaw Stop. 6-9 pm. 155 Fell. 431-BIKE;

Feb. 13: Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick, founders of the Good Ol' Persons, perform at the SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Music Festival. 7:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 13 & 14: Scott Capurro Goes Deeper features the answers to uncomfortable questions in the form of a COMIC MONOLOGUE. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

Feb. 14: Noe Valley Farmers' Market MUSIC begins with Michael Shaffer (8:30 am) and continues with Jude (10:30 am). 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 14: Friends of the Urban Forest host a TREE PLANTING in the Castro. 9 am-noon. For info, call Naomi at 561-6890, ext. 100.

Feb. 14: The SF SILENT FILM Festival at the Castro Theatre features A Kiss from Mary Pickford, Sunrise, and The Cat and the Canary. Box office: 833 Market. For schedule see; 1-800-838-3006.

Feb. 14: Mani Niall, executive chef for Just Desserts, talks about SWEET! and Covered in Honey at Omnivore Books. 2-3 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 14: Meet local doulas and MIDWIVES at an ongoing second-Saturday event at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

Feb. 14: Catch Del Williams, Blue & Lonesome, and Homespun Rowdy at the SF BLUEGRASS & Old-Time Music Festival at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

Feb. 14: An ALT-BLUEGRASS show at Café du Nord features Los Duggans, Kemo Sabe, The Shut-Ins, and Ledbetter. 8:30 pm. 2170 Market. 861-5016;

Feb. 15: Noe Valley Ministry's free JAZZ VESPERS service features the Dave Rocha Quartet. 5-6 pm. Upper Hall, 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

Feb. 15: DUB MISSION presents a live dub confrontation and recording between the Warsaw Poland Brothers and the Uprite West Coast Collective. 9 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788.

Feb. 15 & March 1: SF City Guides leads free WALKING TOURS of Noe Valley on first and third Sundays through April. 1-3 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

Feb. 16: Chris Anderson from the BIOENGINEERING department at UC Berkeley discusses treating cancer with e coli. 7-9 pm. Atlas Café, 3049 20th. 648-1047;

Feb. 18: Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Whole Foods' Glen Moon attend a TOWN HALL at the monthly meeting of the Noe Valley Democratic Club. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's Church, 625 Diamond. 641-5838.

Feb. 18 & April 21: Parents Place sponsors a WORKSHOP, "Handling Anger: Yours and Your Child's." 6-8 pm. 1710 Scott. Register 359-2454;

Feb. 19: Valerie Thomlinson entertains with DANCING PUPPETS and ventriloquism. Groups, call for reservations. 10:45 am. Eureka Valley Library, 100 Collingwood. 355-2827.

Feb. 19: The City Planning Commission is set to hear WHOLE FOODS' permit application for a store at Bell Market on 24th Street. 1:30 pm. City Hall, Room 400.

Feb. 19: Craig Dawson, founder of the MT SUTRO Stewards, discusses the restoration of hiking trails and the development of the summit garden. 7:30 pm. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

Feb. 19-April 5: CHARLIE VARON performs his solo play Rabbi Sam. 8 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 641-0235;

Feb. 19, March 12 & 26, April 30: City College holds a free Thursday festival in IRANIAN CINEMA. 1 pm. Rosenburg LLRC, Room 305. 452-5569;

Feb. 20: Former leaders of the Weather Underground BILL AYRES and Bernardine Dohrn discuss their book Race Course: Against White Supremacy. 7:30 pm. 888 Valencia. 282-9246;

Feb. 20-22: The Pacific Institute hosts the first annual International FILM FESTIVAL on Aging at the AMC Van Ness 14 and Castro theaters. For a schedule: 861-3455;

Feb. 20-March 27: "Future Landscapes Designed by Women" is the 22nd annual SOLO MUJERES art exhibit at the Mission Cultural Center. Reception Feb. 20, 7-10 pm. 2868 Mission. 821-1155;

Feb. 21: The Farmers' Market hosts MUSIC by Sandy Ross (8:30 am) and They Call Me Lucky (10:30 am). 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 21: PUBLIC GLASS offers an "Intro to Beadmaking" workshop. 10 am-4 pm. 1750 Armstrong. 671-4916;

Feb. 21: Small Plates, Perfect Wines by LORI NARLOCK features 50 small-plate recipes. Wine and appetizers served from 2 to 3 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 21: St. Paul's third annual CRAB FEED benefits the parish's athletic programs. 7-10 pm. 221 Valley. 648-7538.

Feb. 21-April 25: SF Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park offers a 10-week training for VOLUNTEERS to inform visitors about plants, conservation, and environmental issues. Saturdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Registration required: 661-1316, ext. 412;

Feb. 22: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC presents the Chamberbridge duo, performing "I Hate Music but I Love to Sing," childhood explored through art song. 4 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 648-5236;

Feb. 22: Duo Metis performs MUSIC for piano and cello by Debussy, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. 4 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp. 826-8670;

Feb. 22: The Which Way West? concert at Bird & Beckett features the group TANGO No. 9. 4:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Feb. 24: Enjoy FILMS for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 at the Noe Valley Library at 451 Jersey St. 10:15 & 11 am. 355-5707;

Feb. 24: Musician/journalist Tim Holt plays "WOODY GUTHRIE and the Great American Folksong." 7-8:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

Feb. 24: Rand Richards discusses his book about the 1849 GOLD RUSH, Mud, Blood, and Gold, at the monthly meeting of the SF History Association. 7 pm. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

Feb. 24 & 25: In a statewide celebration called "Manga for PEACE," Pasta Pomodoro donates 20 percent of food sales to the nonprofit Roots of Peace. 4000 24th. 920-9904;

Feb. 25: Learn about the "Colony Collapse Disorder" that is afflicting commercial BEEKEEPERS, at a free "Talks!" event at CounterPulse, 1310 Mission. 7:30 pm. 626-2060;

Feb. 25-March 7: Former Warhol Factory superstar PENNY ARCADE performs the regional premiere of Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! at Brava Theater. 8 pm. 2789 24th. 561-6565.

Feb. 26: The Bernal Heights Library BOOK CLUB discusses The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. 4 pm. Coleridge Park Homes, 190 Coleridge. 355-2810.

Feb. 26: Radical Women host a BLACK HISTORY MONTH homage to poet Audre Lorde, with a screening of A Litany for Survival, followed by a tribute by Merle Woo. Dinner, 6:15 pm; program 7 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin, Suite 202. 864-1278.

Feb. 26: UPPER NOE Neighbors holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 pm at the Upper Noe Recreation Center, Day & Sanchez. Call to confirm: 285-0473.

Feb. 27 & 28: A COMEDY MARATHON at the Purple Onion features "5 Funny Females, 5 Funny Friends, 5 Funny Fags, and 5 Funny Filipinos." 140 Columbus. Call 956-1653 for times and lineup.

Feb. 28: Damond Moodie (8:30 am) and Dennis Campagna & Friends (10:30 am) play the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

Feb. 28: The Juri Commoners welcome VOLUNTEERS to a workday in Juri Commons park. Between Guerrero & San Jose, and 25th and 26th. E-mail

Feb. 28: Technicians from the SF Health Department will check children's car seats for safety, from 10 am to noon. For location, and to reserve a free space, call 581-2400.

Feb. 28: Stephanie Rosenbaum discusses Love Signs in the Kitchen, the connection between ASTROLOGY and food, at Omnivore Books. 2-3 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

Feb. 28: Louise Nayer, author of How to Bury a Goldfish, discusses ways to create family RITUALS. 3-4 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 337-4740.

Feb. 28: The Chuck Peterson Quintet performs JAZZ at Bird & Beckett. 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

Feb. 28: See new works by the SF COMPOSERS Chamber Orchestra. 8 pm. 1751 Sacramento. 474-1608;

Feb. 28-March 6: The SCIENCE FAIR projects of SF middle school students are on display at the Randall Museum. Tues.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm. 199 Museum Way. 554-9600.

March 1: Board the historic SF Maritime National Park VESSELS at Hyde Street Pier free on the first Sunday of the month. 447-5000;

March 1: Rocket DOG RESCUE shows off dogs who need homes. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

March 4: The SFSPCA celebrates its 140th BIRTHDAY with a dinner at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchant Exchange Building. 465 California. For ticket information, 522-3564 or


The next Noe Valley Voice will be the March 2009 issue, distributed in Noe Valley starting March 4. Mail calendar items by Feb. 15 to or write the Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114. Note: Events in Noe Valley get priority, but we'll consider items from all around the city.