Noe Valley Voice April 2010

If you missed the all-women clown troupe Circus Finelli last month at the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market, you can catch the slapstick performers on weekends in April at the Stage Werx Theater, 533 Sutter Street. The star cast features (l-r) Z Smith, Luz Gaxiola, and Noe Valley native Molly Shannon, a graduate of James Lick Middle School.
Photo by Micaela Gaxiola


April 2010

Noe Valley Voice

April 1: The EDIBLE ART CONTEST at Omnivore Books is free to entrants, or $5 to look, judge, and eat. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 1-4: Big Bunny's SPRING FLING at the SF Zoo offers a bunny patch, puppet show, and crafts. 10 am-4 pm. 753-7080.

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: PAL TIME is a class for kids 18 months to 3 years. 8:30 am. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church. 550-PALS;

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: A Thursday STROLLER WALK through the neighborhood starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am. 3872 24th.

April 1-30: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves hot lunches for people over 60, weekdays at 12:30 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. Call to reserve a spot, 648-1030.

April 1-30: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7 am. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

April 2-25: All-women slapstick CLOWN TROUPE Circus Finelli performs Frau Bachfeifengesicht's Spectacle of Perfection at Stage Werx Theater. Fri.-Sun., 8 pm. 533 Sutter. 800-838-3006;

April 2-28: Andy Ristiano exhibits his work in "Escape from Dullsville," a solo show at MISSION COMICS. Reception April 2, 7 pm; Tues.-Sun., noon-8 pm. 3520 20th, Suite B.

April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores. 621-2936.

April 2-30: CLARE tells tales for kids at Cover to Cover's story hour. Fridays, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

April 2-30: Shout "BINGO!" at St. Paul's Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538

April 3: Noe Valley's third annual benefit EASTER EGG HUNT at Douglass Playground also features an egg-coloring table, a photographer, and food, games, and prizes. 10 am-noon. 401-6300.

April 3: The SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Stern Grove offers egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatlables, and refreshments. 11 am-3 pm. 831-2700;

April 3: Rainbow Grocery's Gordon Edgar discusses CHEESEMONGER: A Life on the Wedge. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 3, 10, 17 & 24: Come hear David Kesler, Mike Shaffer, and the Rag Time Skedaddlers (April 3); the Swinging Guitars of Tom Huber & Mississippi Mike and Dennis Campagna & Friends (April 10); Damond Moodie and Mission Hill (April 17); and Andy Gillis & Nathan Borofka, the She's, and the Psychotherapists (April 24) at the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET, held Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

April 3, 10, 17 & 24: Andrea's BELLY DANCE BOOTCAMP includes strengthening exercises. 12:30-1:30 pm. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church.

April 3, 10, 17 & 24: Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod play RAGTIME and blues at the Atlas Cafe. 4-6 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047.

April 3-27: City Guides offers WALKING TOURS of the Castro on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Meet at 11 am at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market) under the rainbow flag. 557-4266; www.sfcity

April 3 & May 1: Precita Eyes Mural Arts hosts a MURAL WALK on first Saturdays. Meet at 11 am at the 16th Street BART plaza near the Wells Fargo Bank sign. 285-2287;

April 4: The 88th EASTER SUNRISE service at Mt. Davidson begins at 7 am; music begins at 6:50 am. Shuttle buses run every 15 minutes, starting at 4:45 am, from Forest Hill Station. 566-8393.

April 4, 11 & 18: Learn about MISSION DOLORES at a City Guides walk on Sundays, 11 am. Meet at the gold fire hydrant at 20th and Church. 557-4266;

April 4 & 18: SF City Guides leads a free WALKING TOUR of Noe Valley, 1 to 3 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

April 4 & May 2: Rocket DOG RESCUE has dogs who need you. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

April 5: Atlas Café's BOOK CLUB discusses The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. 7-9 pm. Books, Inc. 601 Van Ness. 648-1047;

April 5: The ODD MONDAYS series hosts a screening of Papers, the story of the challenges facing undocumented youth. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

April 5: PETER MAY, author of the "China thrillers" Firemaker and Chinese Whispers, gives a talk at the SF Mystery Bookstore. 7 pm. 4175 24th. 282-7444.

April 5, 12, 19 & 26: You can be funny on Mondays at Bliss Bar at COMEDY Open Mic Night, starting 8 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

April 5-30: Chris Sequeira offers free Wednesday and Friday introductory QIGONG/TAI CHI at the Glen Park baseball field, Elk & Chenery, at 10:30 am, and at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez, at 6 pm Mondays.; 773-8185.

April 6, 13 & 20: The Noe Valley Library sponsors TODDLER TALES, 10:15 am. Family Time follows at 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 6, 13, 20 & 27: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for babies to age 4. 10 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

April 6, 13, 20 & 27: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:45 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

April 6, 13 & 27: The Noe Valley Library's Family STORY TIME, a read-aloud program for kids of all ages, runs from 11 to 11:30 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 6 & May 4: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

April 7 & 9-11: The SF International WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL screens at the Roxie, 3117 16th, 863-1087; www.roxie .com., and the Women's Building, 3543 18th, 431-1180;

April 7, 14, 21 & 28: Eureka Valley Library's Wednesday BABY RHYME TIME, for 0-18 months, begins at 1:30 pm; a family story time for ages 2 to 5 starts at 3:30 pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616.

April 8: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to second-Thursday meetings at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.

April 8: "SENIOR SCAMS: How to Fight Back" gives advice on avoiding legal and financial fraud. 11 am-12:30 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

April 8: The city sponsors a community meeting on plans for a MINIPARK at Noe and 24th streets. 6:30 pm. St. Philip's Church, Diamond & Elizabeth. Andres Power,

April 9: Meagan Brown holds a seminar in "Tax-Free INVESTING." 10 am. Edward Jones, 4190 24th. Reserve at 282-4079.

April 9: Literary DEATH MATCH features Opium Magazine, from 6:30 to 9 pm; Free Funk Friday at 10 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

April 9: Women's Vocal Ensemble KITKA performs a concert at the Old First Church. 8 pm. 1751 Sacramento. 510-444-0323;

April 10: LADYBUG GARDENERS invites you to help weed and tend the park at Upper Noe Rec Center on the second Saturday of the month. 9 am-noon. Day & Sanchez. 970-8061;

April 10: The Glen Park Library hosts an afternoon of JAPANESE CULTURE, including crafts, music, and snacks, from 1 to 4 pm, and a performance by koto player Shoko Hikage from 1:30 to 2:30. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

April 10: The 2010 Cesar CHAVEZ PARADE begins at noon in Dolores Park, and ends with a festival on 24th Street between Harrison and Bryant, from 1 to 6 pm.

April 10: Local doulas and MIDWIVES gather on second Saturdays at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

April 10: As part of Noe Valley Celebrates the Book Week, ALICE WATERS signs copies of her cookbook In the Green Kitchen. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 10: WRITERS With Drinks hosts readings by Pia Erhardt, Diane Lefer, and Dan Lichtenberg, to benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. 7:30 pm. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

April 10: Latin JAZZ/SALSA band Mestiza performs to benefit the SOTA Vocal Department. 8 pm-midnight. Elan, 839 Howard. 396-3936.

April 11: The SF Bike Coalition hosts a North Waterfront FAMILY RIDE. Meet at 10:30 am at Little Marina Green, corner of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan. 431-BIKE;

April 11: BIRD & BECKETT holds a celebration for its first publication, Amerarcana 2010, featuring a spectrum of authors. 1-4 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

April 11: The monthly PFLAG meeting runs from 2 to 4 pm at St. Francis Lutheran Church. 152 Church. 921-8850;

April 11: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry features CMASH (soprano Ann Moss, pianist Steven Bailey, and the Picasso Quartet). 4 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 648-5236;

April 12: Cynthia Nims plays food trivia and suggests snacks in Gourmet GAME NIGHT. 5:30-6:30 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 14: Cover to Cover bookstore celebrates Noe Valley Book Week with a PAJAMA PARTY and storytelling, featuring authors Debra Sartell and Jane Wattenberg. 7-9 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

April 15: The LIZARD LADY Teressa Killeen brings reptiles to the Glen Park Library. 4-5 pm. 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

April 15: Authors Allison Hoover Bartlett, Tony DuShane, and Clare Willis; poet Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet; and musician Ted Savarese celebrate PHOENIX BOOKS and Noe Valley Book Week. 6-8 pm. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

April 15: The UPPER NOE Neighbors group meets at 7:30 pm at the Upper Noe Rec Center. Day & Sanchez. 285-0473;

April 15: The EUREKA VALLEY Promotion Association meets the third Thursday of the month. 7:30 pm. Castro Meeting Room, 501 Castro. 437-9414;

April 15: LitUp Writers presents "Prepare for Departure," TRAVEL STORIES by local writers and comedians. 7:30 pm. Space Gallery, 1141 Polk. 699-9186;

April 16: Authors Cara Black, Kelli Stanley, and Seth Harwood appear at the San Francisco MYSTERY Bookstore for Noe Valley Celebrates the Book. 7-9 pm. 4175 24th. 282-7444.

April 16: The 14th annual LIBRARY LAUREATES dinner features a dinner and reception from 7:30 to 10 pm; a party for urban-legend storytelling begins at 10 pm. Main Library, 100 Larkin. 626-7500;

April 16 & 17: The 30th Street Senior Center holds a GARAGE & YARD SALE to benefit senior activities and purchase a new piano. 10 am-4 pm. 225 30th, 3rd floor. 550-2223.

April 16 & 17: The SF CHORAL SOCIETY performs the Schubert Mass No. 6 in E flat major at Calvary Presbyterian Church. 2515 Fillmore. 392-4400;

April 16-May 2: The sixth annual CubaCaribe FESTIVAL includes Afro-Caribbean dance, music, classes, and film screenings. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th. 826-4441;

April 17: Join the District 8 Community Clean Team to tidy up Christopher Playground. 9 am-noon. Diamond Heights Blvd. at Duncan. 641-2600;

April 17: BUG DAY at the Randall Museum features displays, crafts, and workshops, 10 am-2 pm. 199 Museum. 554-9600;

April 17: McKinley Elementary's DOGFEST offers contests for dogs, activities for kids, a live auction at 12:30 pm, and a performance by the Busy Bee Dogs at 2:30 pm. 11 am-4 pm. Duboce Park.

April 17: Rose Levy Beranbaum introduces Rose's Heavenly Cakes. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 17: Paxton Gate hosts an EARTH DAY party, with a vegan cooking workshop and a performance by the band Dead Flowers. 3-6 pm. 824 Valencia. 824-1872;

April 17-May 30: ArtZone 461 hosts "Introductions 2010," featuring the work of five new OIL PAINTERS. Reception April 17, 5-8 pm; Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

April 18: Meet at 4:30 am at Lotta's Fountain (Market, Geary, and Kearny) to count down the minutes until the 5:12 am 1906 EARTHQUAKE festivities.

April 18: The 29th annual Northern California BOOK AWARDS features a talk by Nancy J. Peters, co-owner of City Lights Books. Noon-5 pm. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

April 18: The SF School of the Arts performs "Love's Philosophy: An OPERA GALA," featuring arias, duets, and scenes from a variety of works. 2 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5700;

April 18: Anna Getty's Easy Green ORGANIC features seasonal and local ingredients. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 18: The Moh Alileche Ensemble plays music of the NORTH AFRICAN Imazighen, or Berbers, at "Which Way West?" Sun., 4:30 pm. 4:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

April 18: The Castro Theatre hosts a 1906 QUAKE MEMORIAL, featuring a screening of the 1936 film San Francisco and live music by Blackie Norton's Paradise Club Band. Concert, 6:45 pm, movie 8 pm. 429 Castro. 621-6120.

April 18 & 25: The Noe Valley Ministry offers JAZZ VESPERS at 5 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

April 19: LOCAL WRITERS discuss their work at Odd Mondays at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

April 19: Atlas Café hosts a discussion, "The Fabric of REALITY," with Emmy Noether. 7-9 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047;

April 20: The Noe Valley Library screens FILMS for children from 11 to 11:45 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 20: "Is SOLAR for Me?" is an eco-salon on reducing the costs of roof solar installation. 7 pm. Noe Valley Library. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 21: The VISUAL ARTS Committee of the SF Arts Commission meets third Wednesdays at 3 pm. 25 Van Ness, Suite 70. 252-2590;

April 21: SF CAMERAWORK hosts "Looking Forward, Giving Back," an evening of music, refreshments, photography, and a silent auction to benefit the youth mentoring program. 6-9 pm. 657 Mission, 512-2020.

April 21: The Noe Valley BOOK DISCUSSION Group meets 7 to 8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

April 22: The Center for the Book hcelebrates EARTH DAY with squid prints, postcard printing, and activities for kids. 1-5 pm. 300 De Haro. 565-0545, ext. 15.

April 23: The Friday night "Jazz in the Bookshop" series at BIRD & BECKETT welcomes the Chuck Peterson Quintet. 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

April 23-25: Art Explosion Gallery hosts its 10th SPRING OPEN STUDIOS. 744 Alabama.

April 24: The Garden for the Environment offers an intro to raising CHICKENS AND DUCKS in San Francisco. 10 am-noon. 7th Ave. at Lawton. 731-5627.

April 24: The SF ZOO brings games, crafts, and animal surprises to Paxton Gate's "Curiosities for Kids" program. 2-4 pm. 824 Valencia. 824-1872;

April 24: Bruce and Eric Bromberg introduce the Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon COOKBOOK, featuring recipes from their New York restaurant. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 25: Día de los Niños and the Reading Tree host an afternoon of multicultural music, dance, storytelling, art, and a book giveaway. 1-4 pm. SF Library, 100 Larkin.

April 25: The 12th GLEN PARK FESTIVAL offers arts and crafts booths, food, and live music by Orange Sherbet, Los Trainwreck, and Whiskey Pills Fiasco. 10 am-4:30 pm. Diamond, between Chenery and Bosworth.

April 25: Leslie Bennett, owner of GARDEN FARE, discusses the design and installation of edible gardens. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 27: The Center for the Book hosts its second Spring ART SHOW and silent auction of work from 100 artists. 6 pm. 300 De Haro. 565-5045.

April 27: Charles Fracchia discusses the the San Francisco GOLD RUSH at the monthly SF History Association meeting. 7 pm refreshments; 8 pm talk. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

April 28: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS and Professionals Association welcomes newcomers to its monthly meeting. 9 am. Bank of America, 2nd Floor, 4098 24th. Robert Roddick, 641-8687.

April 28: Filmmaker Yun Suh appears at a public SCREENING of City of Borders, about the lives of five Israelis and Palestinians who visit Jerusalem's only gay bar. 7 pm. City College Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan. 239-3580;

April 29: Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough discuss their book HAM: An Obsession with the Hindquarter. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

April 30: A "Noe Valley Uncorked" WINE event and benefit for the Noe Valley Ministry features wines from Argentina. 6-9 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317;

April 30-May 2: COUNTERPULSE celebrates its birthday with three nights of shows, including Agitprop Cabaret, "The Happening," and Dance Extravaganza. 8 pm. 1310 Mission. 800-838-3006.

May 1: Mick Shaffer and Renée de la Prade, Squeezebox Goddess, perform at the FARMERS' MARKET, held Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

May 1: The Noe Valley Music Series hosts a CONCERT by Dirk Hamilton and David Gans. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

May 2: Music on the Hill presents Les Graces, performing "Passion and Rebirth: Sacred Music of the GERMAN BAROQUE." 7 pm. St. Aidan's Church, 101 Goldmine. 820-1429.

May 3: LOCAL POETS read at the Odd Mondays series at the Noe Valley Ministry. 7:30 pm; no-host dinner Haystack Pizza, 6 pm (RSVP 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

May 5: Creativity Explored hosts "Art Changes Lives 2010," its sixth annual ART AUCTION and "a celebration of color." 6:30-10 pm. Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission. 863-2108;

May 8: The annual Fair Oaks STREET FAIR features blocks of garage sales between 21st and 26th, 9 am-4 pm.

May 8: The jazz/funk/Latin/rock BETH CUSTER Ensemble performs a concert at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

May 8: WRITERS With Drinks hosts readings by Molly Gloss and Karen Tei Yamashita. 7:30 pm. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd.

May Calendar Deadline

April 15 is the deadline for next month's Calendar in the Noe Valley Voice, distributed the first week of May. But please go ahead and send items. We might relent. Email items to or write Calendar, Noe Valley Voice, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F., CA 94114. Note: Events in Noe Valley and surrounding neighborhoods may receive priority. Thank you.