Noe Valley Voice May 2010

Calendar: May 2010


May 15 is the deadline for next month's Calendar in the Noe Valley Voice, distributed the first week of June. 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.

May 1: Cover to Cover bookstore celebrates KIDS "OTTER" READ by the Bay Day, featuring authors Thacher Hurd, Jon Agee, Tim Myers, and Liz Hockinson. 1-3 pm. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

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 1-23: The Marsh presents workshop performances of Geezer, by Noe Valley actor and comedian GEOFF HOYLE. Fri. 8 pm, Sat. 8:30 pm, Sun. 7 pm (except May 9, 8 pm). 1062 Valencia. 271-3256;

May 1-29: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Mon.-Sat., 7 am. 1021 Sanchez. 282-2317.

May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Hear singing and strumming by local bands while you shop at the Noe Valley FARMERS' MARKET, held Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm. 24th & Vicksburg. 248-1332;

May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Andrea's BELLY DANCE BOOTCAMP includes strengthening exercises. 12:30-1:30 pm. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church.

May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod play RAGTIME and blues at the Atlas Cafe. 4-6 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047.

May 1-30: 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;

May 1-June 2: Ben Walker exhibits his artwork in "Those Wicked Woods," a solo show at MISSION COMICS. Reception May 1, 7 pm; Tues.-Sun., noon-8 pm. 3520 20th, Suite B.

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 2 & 16: SF City Guides leads a free WALKING TOUR of Noe Valley, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

May 2, 9, 16 & 23: 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;

May 3: Margaret Kaufman and fellow POETS read from The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the SF Bay Area Watershed 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 3-28: 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.

May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: You can be funny on Mondays at Bliss Bar at COMEDY Open Mic Night, starting 8 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

May 3-31: 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.

May 4 & 11: 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;

May 4, 11, 18 & 25: Sing along with Patrick Sosa at Phoenix Books' Tuesday-morning STORY HOUR, for babies to age 4. 10 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

May 4, 11, 18 & 25: Kadampa Buddhist Temple holds MEDITATION on Tuesdays. 7-8:45 pm. 3324 17th. 503-1187.

May 4 & June 1: The SPCA offers a free PET LOSS support group. 7:30-9 pm. 243 Alabama. 554-3050.

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 5, 12, 19 & 26: 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.

May 5-30: ArtZone Gallery exhibits new artists in "Introductions 2010," and works by representational artist GORDON COOK. Wed.-Sun., Noon-6 pm. 461 Valencia. 441-8680.

May 6-15: Claire Kessler-Bradner's MFA exhibition, "NOE VALLEY: A Narrative Archaeology," is on display at California College of the Arts. Reception May 6, 6-9 pm; daily 10 am-7 pm. 1111 8th. 703-9500;

May 6-27: Paxton Gate hosts a STORY TIME for children of all ages. 11 am-noon. 824 Valencia. 824-1872;

May 6, 13, 20 & 27: PAL TIME is a class for kids 18 months to 3 years. 8:30 am. MoBu Dance Studio, 1605 Church. 550-PALS;

May 6, 13, 20 & 27: A Thursday STROLLER WALK through the neighborhood starts at Holey Bagel at 11 am. 3872 24th.

May 7: The Freedom Socialist Party screens a DOCUMENTARY, Sacco and Vanzetti. Hearty Italian supper, 6:30 pm; film 7:30 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin #202. 864-1278.

May 7, 14, 21 & 28: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores. 621-2936.

May 7, 14, 21 & 28: CLARE tells tales for kids at Cover to Cover's story hour. Fridays, 10:30 am. 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

May 7, 14, 21 & 28: The Friday night "Jazz in the Bookshop" series at BIRD & BECKETT begins at 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

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

May 8: 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. Call to confirm, 970-8061;

May 8: The annual Fair Oaks STREET FAIR features five blocks of garage sales. Fair Oaks between 21st and 26th (and Dolores and Guerrero). 9 am-5 pm.

May 8: The Noe Valley Library hosts "Roots Review," a tour of AMERICAN MUSIC and dance for all ages. 11 am-noon. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

May 8: A SENIOR RESOURCE Fair at the Main Library features health screenings, information, and entertainment. Noon-4 pm. 100 Larkin. 557-4400.

May 8: Local doulas and MIDWIVES gather on second Saturdays at Natural Resources. 2-4 pm. 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

May 8: Laura Werlin celebrates the 10th anniversary of her first book, The New American CHEESE. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

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 8, 9, 14-16: The Marsh Youth Theater performs MOZART'S The Magic Flute. May 8, 5 pm; May 9, 15 & 16, 2:30 pm; May 14, 7:30 pm. 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

May 9: A monthly PFLAG meeting runs from 2 to 4 pm at St. Francis Lutheran Church. 152 Church. 921-8850;

May 9: In Bite-Size DESSERTS, Carole Bloom compiles recipes for sweet treats. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 10: Atlas Café's BOOK CLUB discusses Unscientific America, by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum. 7-9 pm. Books, Inc., 601 Van Ness. 648-1047;

May 11: COMEDIANS Sammy Wegent and Allison Page perform sketches, improv, and monologues. 7-8:30 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

May 12: The dedication ceremony for ZHANG HUAN's copper sculpture Three Heads Six Arms begins at 10 am in Civic Center Plaza, on the Larkin side; the artist gives a talk at the Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin) from 7 to 8 pm. 581-3500;

May 13: The SF Bike Coalition's 16th annual BIKE TO WORK DAY features a party and fashion show from 6 to 10 pm at the Rickshaw Stop. 155 Fell. 431-BIKE;

May 13: Openhouse Outreach invites LGBT SENIORS to second-Thursday meetings at 30th Street Senior Center. 10 am. 225 30th. 296-8995.

May 13: RADICAL WOMEN celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a panel discussion. Buffet 6:15 pm; program 7 pm. New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin, suite 202. 864-1278.

May 14: Opium Magazine's literary DEATH MATCH features readers from 6:30 to 9 pm; Free Funk Friday begins at 10 pm. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

May 14-16: Teens from the SF School of the Arts present their annual DANCE CONCERT. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. 345-7575;

May 15: The Spring CONSIGNMENT SALE, hosted by the SF Parents of Multiples Club, offers clothes and toys for youngsters up to age 8. 9 am-3 pm. St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough.

May 15: The Garden for the Environment gives a talk on creating and maintaining BEE HABITATS in San Francisco. 10 am-noon. 7th Ave. at Lawton. 731-5627.

May 15: The Women of St. Paul host their sixth annual HIGH TEA, to benefit the organization. Rectory, 221 Valley. RSVP by May 8 to 333-8814.

May 15: Victoria Wise, who cooked the first meal at Chez Panisse, explains the creation of SAUSAGE. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 15 & 30: City Guides hosts a free walking tour of Sigmund STERN GROVE. Meet at 11 am at 19th Ave. and Sloat. 557-4266;

May 16: Mixt SALADS, by Andrew Swallow, features more than 60 recipes. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 17: Emergency room PSYCHIATRIST Dr. Paul Linde discusses his book Danger to Self 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 17: New York Times FOOD EDITOR Kim Severson introduces her new memoir, Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 17: Atlas Café hosts a discussion, "Mendel, EVOLUTION, and Your Hairy Knuckles," with Scott Weitze of SFSU. 7-9 pm. 3049 20th. 648-1047;

May 18: FILMS for children age 5 and under screen from 10:15 to 11:45 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

May 18: The Noe Valley Library hosts a DISCUSSION of the city's GreenFinanceSF program. 7-8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

May 18: San Francisco Choral Artists group performs a CHORAL MUSIC concert, including Frank La Rocca's Miserere and Trevor Gomes' Sunscape. 8 pm. Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento. 474-1608.

May 18: Amy Besa, co-owner of Cendrillon restaurant, talks about Memories of PHILIPPINE Kitchens. 5:30-7:30 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 18: Zephyr Realty and host a free seminar on the value of HOME IMPROVEMENTS. 7-8 pm. 2523 California. RSVP to

May 19: The VISUAL ARTS Committee of the SF Arts Commission meets third Wednesdays at 3 pm. 25 Van Ness, Suite 70. 252-2590;

May 19: The Noe Valley BOOK DISCUSSION Group meets 7 to 8:30 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

May 20: The Noe Valley Merchants & Professionals Association's BUSINESS SOCIAL honors letter carrier Dan Price, Jane Warner of the Special Patrol, and several longtime local businesses. 6 pm. Wells Fargo Bank, 4023 24th. 550-0128.

May 20: The EUREKA VALLEY Promotion Association meets the third Thursday of the month. 7:30 pm. Castro Meeting Room, 501 Castro. 437-9414;

May 21: The Randall Museum hosts a two-hour "BIRDING on the Hill" walk around Corona Heights Park. 8 am. Meet at 199 Museum. 554-9600;

May 21: Family Builders honors Supervisor BEVAN DUFTY at a luncheon 11:30 am-1 pm, at Marines' Memorial Club, 609 Sutter. RSVP by May 14: 510-272-0204.

May 21: Author Sarah Max Feldner takes A Cook's Journey to JAPAN: Fish Tales and Rice Paddies. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 21: JOSIE ISELIN introduces her new book, Beach: A Book of Treasure. 7 pm. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal. 564-8080;

May 21-23: Visit the SF FINE ART FAIR, showcasing 500 modern and contemporary artists. Fri., noon-8 pm; Sat., 11 am-7 pm; Sun., 11 am-6 pm. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason.

May 22: The Older Women's League (OWL) hosts a discussion, "Moving Around the City: Let's Stay Active," especially for persons with limited mobility. 10 am-noon. Mechanics Institute, 57 Post. 989-4422;

May 22: Janet Moyer created the Forest Hill GARDENS on the SF Botanical Garden Society's tour of urban gardens for families. 10 am-2 pm. 661-1316, ext. 354;

May 22: Tom Miller signs copies of The Wave at the SF MYSTERY Bookstore. 1-2 pm. 4175 24th. 282-7444.

May 22: OPEN HOUSE at Sanchez Street Studio offers introductions to Pilates, Rolfing, yoga, and Ayurvedic medicine. 1-3 pm. 1589 Sanchez. 648-4911.

May 22: Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim offer recipes to FEED YOUR PET RIGHT. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 22: Robert Philipson hosts a launch for his new book of POEMS, Very Good-Looking Seeks Same. 5-6:30 pm. SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market. 865-5555;

May 22: The CROOKED JADES and the Kate Weare Dance Company perform a concert at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

May 23: Take a relaxed RIDE along the city's new bike lanes from Potrero Hill to the Panhandle, sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Meet at Illinois & Third at 3 pm. 431-BIKE;

May 23: Barbara Passino discusses her book, CHOCOLATE for Breakfast. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 23: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC at the Noe Valley Ministry features tenor Thomas Glenn and composer/pianist Jack Perla, a silent auction, and refreshments to close the 2010 season. 4 pm. 1021 Sanchez. 648-5236;

May 23: LITQUAKE hosts The Epicenter, a new free monthly series of gatherings for writers and readers. 7-9 pm. Fivepoints Arthouse, 72 Tehama. 989-1166;

May 24: Former PASTRY CHEF Kim Boyce includes 75 recipes in Good to the Grain. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 25: Wendy Jorae discusses her book, The Children of CHINATOWN: Growing Up Chinese-American in San Francisco, 1850-1920, at the monthly SF History Association meeting. 7 pm refreshments; 8 pm talk. St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986;

May 26: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS & Professionals Association welcomes newcomers to its monthly meeting. 9 am. Bank of America, 2nd Floor, 4098 24th. Robert Roddick, 641-8687.

May 26: The Noe Valley Democratic Club hosts a panel discussion on the country's new HEALTH CARE REFORM law, moderated by Dan Bernal. 7:30 pm. St. Philip's, 725 Diamond.

May 27: In STIR-FRYING to the Sky's Edge, Grace Young offers a guide to mastery of the technique. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

May 28: Former POET LAUREATE of Portsmouth, N.H., Mimi White reads from her book, The Last Island. 7 pm. Cover to Cover, 1307 Castro. 282-8080.

May 29: The AFRICAN VIOLET Society offers free workshops on culturing, growing, and designing. 9 am-5 pm. SF County Fair Building, 9th Ave. at Lincoln. 664-9308.

May 29 & 30: SF CARNAVAL 2010 features music, dance, crafts, food, and activities for children. Parade 9:30 am, from 24th and Bryant; festival 10 am-6 pm, Harrison between 16th and 22nd.

May 31: PLANET DRUM's Peter Berg and Judy Goldhaft discuss their book Envisioning Sustainability 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.

June 5: The San Francisco Guitar Quartet and Teja Gerken hold a GUITAR SUMMIT at the Noe Valley Music Series. 8:15 pm. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez. 454-5238;

June 6: 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;

June 7: Rocket DOG RESCUE has dogs who need you. Noon-4 pm. Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th. 642-4786.

June 7: Irving Saraf and Allie Light introduce their FILM Empress Hotel 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.