Noe Valley Voice March 2012


Author and historian Jack Tillmany will talk about San Francisco’s old trolleys and movie theaters, such as the no. 9 streetcar and the Lyceum at 3350 Mission St., at a meeting of the San Francisco History Association at St. Philip’s Church on March 27, 7 p.m. 1947 photo courtesy Jack Tillmany


March 1-30: Noe Valley SENIOR CENTER serves lunches for people over 60, weekdays at noon. St. Philip’s Hall, 725 Diamond. Reserve a lunch, 648-1030.

March 1-31: The Noe Valley OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS group meets Monday through Saturday, 7 am, at St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive.

March 1-31: Meet under the rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro and Market) for a walking tour, “CASTRO: Tales of the Village.” Sat., Sun., or Tues., 11 am. 557-4266;

March 2 & 3: Students at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts perform The Producers,a MUSICAL based on the Mel Brooks film. 7:30 pm; Sat. matinees 2 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5120;

March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: The Friday night “Jazz in the Bookshop” series at BIRD & BECKETT features Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble (March 2), the Jimmy Ryan Quintet (March 9), Peterson-Foster-Prell-Marabuto (March 16), the Chuck Peterson Quintet (March 23), and the Dave Parker Quartet (March 30). 5:30 pm. 653 Chenery. 586-3733;

March 2-30: Yell “BINGO!” at St. Paul’s on Friday nights at 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm). St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 221 Valley. 648-7538.

March 2-30: Dolores Park Cafe hosts Friday night MUSIC and spoken word. 7:30-10 pm. 501 Dolores. 621-2936;

March 3: Whole Foods welcomes representatives from their “Nickels for NONPROFITS” campaign: Hayes Valley Farm, Arriba Juntos, and Muttville senior dog rescue. Noon-3 pm. 3950 24th. 282-4700.

March 3 & 4: The SF HISTORY EXPO features mini-museums, photographs of historic garages, and Alan Zimmerman’s paintings of Gold Rush San Francisco. 11 am-4 pm. The Old Mint, 88 5th. 537-1105, ext. 100;

March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: The Noe Valley FARMERS’ MARKET hosts live musicians from 8 am to 1 pm. 3861 24th. 248-1332;

March 3-April 8: E. Dale Erickson exhibits PAINTINGS, drawings, and prints in “PreOccupied,” at ArtZone 461 Gallery. Reception March 3, 5-8 pm; noon-6 pm Wed.-Sun. 441-8680;

March 4: Paxton Gate offers a two-hour TERRARIUM CLASS at Curiosities for Kids. 11 am-1 pm. 766 Valencia. Registration required: 824-1872;

March 4: Joy Wilson introduces her Joy the BAKER Cookbook. 3-4 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 4: Music on the Hill presents “Souvenirs: Music from the Diaspora,” featuring 20th-century JEWISH COMPOSERS from Eastern Europe, Israel, and the U.S. 7 pm. St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. 820-1429;

March 4 & 18: SF City Guides leads a free WALKING TOUR of Noe Valley on first and third Sundays at 1:30 pm. Meet at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 557-4266;

March 4, 11, 18 & 25: The Sunday JAZZ series at Bliss Bar features Ken Berman and Michael Abraham (March 4); vocalist Myrna DelRio (March 11); Brazilian music vocalist Sandy Cressman (March 18); and vocalist Suzanna Smith (March 25). 4:30-7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

March 4-25: Learn about MISSION DOLORES at a City Guides walk held on Sundays, 11 am. Meet at the gold fire hydrant at 20th and Church. 557-4266;

March 5: Emily Leider reads from Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm ( Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

March 6: The Board of Supervisors honors Catherine Berstrom, Beth Spotswood, and Kate Ryken for their efforts following fires that dislocated tenants in Noe and the Castro. 3:30 pm. City Hall. 554-6968.

March 6: Omnivore Books hosts a PANEL DISCUSSION, “What Meat-Eaters Need to Know. 6-7 pm. Revival Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck, Berkeley. 282-4712;

March 6, 13, 20 & 27: The Eureka Valley Library offers its TODDLER TALES on Tuesdays, 10:30 am. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

March 6, 13 & 27: Little ones enjoy rhymes and songs by Children’s Librarian Catherine at the Noe Valley Library’s TODDLER TALES. 10:15 and 11 am. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 6-28: Chris Sequeira offers adult TAI CHI classes Tuesdays at 7 pm, and free senior qigong classes Wednesdays 1-3 pm at Glen Park; register at, 773-8185;

March 7, 14, 21 & 28: Eureka Valley Library’s Wednesday BABY RHYME & PLAYTIME, for infants to 18 months, starts at 1:30 pm. 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

March 7-28: Sing along with Patrick Sosa and Alison Faith Levy at Phoenix Books’ Wednesday STORY HOUR, for babies to age 4. 11 am. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

March 7-28 & April 4: AL-ANON meets Wednesdays 8 to 9:30 pm at St. Philip’s Church. 725 Diamond. 834-9940;

March 7 & April 4: The GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM offers a free day on the first Wednesday of the month. 11 am-7 pm. 4127 18th. 621-1107.

March 7 & April 4: Bliss Bar’s COMEDY OPEN MIKE is emceed by Treena Meyer on the first Wednesday of the month, starting at 7:30 pm. 4026 24th. 826-6200;

March 8: Drop in to the LGBT SENIOR discussion group on second Thursdays at 30th Street Senior Center. 10-11:30 am. 225 30th. 296-8995, ext. 5.

March 8: Tanya Denckla Cobb discussesReclaiming Our Food: How the GRASSROOTS FOOD MOVEMENT Is Changing the Way We Eat. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 8-April 25: CREATIVITY EXPLORED hosts a group show, “Parallel Visions.” Reception March 8, 7-9 pm. Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10 am-3 pm; Thurs., 10 am-7 pm; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 pm. 3245 16th. 863-2108;

March 9: Will Durst and Roy Zimmerman perform ELECTION-YEAR COMEDY in “Live from the Starving Ear.” 8 pm. SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk at Lyon. 218-7937; 

March 9: Bombshell Betty and her BURLESQUETEERS perform at Elbo Room. 9 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

March 9 & 10: The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts hosts a Wind Ensemble CONCERT on Friday, and a concerto concert on Saturday. 7:30 pm. 555 Portola. 695-5120;

March 10: The LADYBUG Gardeners group welcomes volunteers at Upper Noe Rec Center on second Saturdays, 9 am to noon. 295

March 10: DOGS who need homes will be at the SPCA Mobile Pet Adoption event from 11 am to 3 pm. Noe Valley Pet Company, 1451 Church. 282-7385.

March 10: Whole Foods hosts a Whole Planet Foundation BBQ FUNDRAISER to start sustainable businesses in impoverished areas. Noon-4 pm. 3950 24th. 282-4700.

March 10: Natural Resources invites you to come meet local doulas (2-4 pm) and home-birth MIDWIVES (4-6 pm). 1367 Valencia. 550-2611;

March 10: Occupy San Francisco Women’s Alliance sponsors an International WOMEN’S DAY march, beginning 3 pm at Justin Herman Plaza, ending with a rally at Sue Bierman Park. 864-1278;

March 10: Shauna Sever bringsMARSHMALLOW MADNESS to Omnivore Books3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 10: The Upper Noe Rec Center hosts a free MOVIE SCREENING of the original version of The Parent Trap,               starring Hayley Mills; popcorn and cartoons, too. 6-8 pm. 295

March 11: Safe schools advocate Carolyn Laub discusses the FAIR Education Act at the monthly PFLAG support group meeting. 2 to 4:15 pm. St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church near Market. 921-8850;

March 11: To kick off Friends of Noe Valley’s WORD WEEK, “My Favorite Book” will be read by Mark Leno, Scott Wiener, Debra Niemann, Ramon Sender, and Bevan Dufty and his daughter Sydney. 3-4 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 11: Yuriko Romer’s film about Keiko Fukuda, MRS. JUDO: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, screens at 3 pm. Castro Theater, 429 Castro. 621-6120.

March 11: Noe Valley CHAMBER MUSIC hosts the Rhythm Sisters at 4 pm; a pre-concert talk begins at 3:15 pm. Holy Innocents Church, 455 Fair Oaks. 648-5236;

March 11: Second Sundays JAZZ at Phoenix Books features the Nick Culp Trio. 5 pm. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

March 11: CHAMBER MUSIC group the Bernal Hill Players performs a CD release concert for San Francisco: In and About the City. 8 pm. Community Music Center, 544 Capp. 647-6015;

March 12: Chloe Coscarelli introducesChloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the VEGAN Way. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 12: NONFICTION NIGHT, organized by Judy Levy-Sender, features readings by Bill Yenne, Ginny Pizzardi, Mike Miller, Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, and Robert Warren Cromey. 7-8:30 pm. Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-3477.

March 13: Laura Flynn Siler, Michael Aleynikov, Carolyn Cooke, and Chris Cole tell how they got their first books published at a reading/booksigning at St. Philip’s. 7-8:30 pm. 665 Elizabeth. 824-8467.

March 13-May 8: Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party offer a Tuesday class, “Overcoming RACISM.” 6:30 pm supper, 7-8:30 pm class. New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk. 864-1278;

March 14: Noe Valley resident Carol Storen invites CANADIAN WOMEN’S CLUB members to hear guest speaker Marilyn St. Germain Hall discuss the North West Services Peace Program. 11 am. The Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco. Reservations required: 824-9745.

March 14: Bliss Bar hosts a five-minute time limit POETRY OPEN MIC. 7 pm signup. 4026 24th. 826-6200.

March 14: Kathy Gunst brings Notes from a MAINE KITCHEN: Seasonally Inspired Recipes to Omnivore Books. 6-7 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 14: The GREAT BOOKS discussion group, centering on philosophy, meets on second Wednesdays at the Noe Valley Library. 6:15 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707; 750-1786;

March 14: The UPPER NOE NEIGHBORS meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Upper Noe Rec Center, 295 Day.

March 14, 21 & 28: The Castro Farmers’ Market offers fresh PRODUCE on Wednesdays March 14-Nov. 19. 4-8 pm.Noe at Market.

March 15: Celebrate Word Week at a BIRTHDAY PARTY for Phoenix books, featuring writers from local MFA programs, music by McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and cake. 6:30-8:30 pm. 3957 24th. 821-3477.

March 16: STUDENT prize winners from six Noe schools will read their literary works. 4-5 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 17: The Upper Noe Rec Center’s monthly CONCERT, geared to ages 5 and under, runs from 9 to 11 am. 295 Day.

March 17: Teatro Calamari performs The Three BILLY GOATS GRUFF for all ages. 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 17: The 161st St. Patrick’s Day PARADE begins 11:30 am at 2nd and Market, and proceeds to the Irish Festival at Civic Center Plaza, from 11 am to 5 pm.

March 17: WORD WEEK wraps up with “A Taste of Paris: Words, Wine, and Crime,” introducing Cara Black’s new novel, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge. 4-5:30 pm. Le Zinc French Bistro, 4063 24th.

March 17: “El Arte de la Suerte,” a SCHOOL AUCTION, benefits Alvarado Elementary’s academic and enrichment programs. 6-11 pm. The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa. 650-291-1330;

March 17: Carolina Lugo and Carolé Acu–a’s BALLET FLAMENCO performs at 8 pm, at the Brava Theater, 2781 24th.

March 18: Rocket DOG RESCUE has good dogs looking for homes. Noon-5 pm. 501 Castro. 642-4786.

March 19: Writers Lizette Wanzer and Robert Chrisman celebrate black history at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.

March 19: “GUYWRITERS” reading at Elbo Room include Heklina, Joshua Grannell, James Brian Judd, Lewis DeSimone, Jim Provenzano, Donald Currie, and Oscar Raymundo. 7 pm. 647 Valencia. 552-7788;

March 19: A benefit for LITQUAKE features local authors and foodies; the winner of the Barbary Coast literary award will be announced. Jardinere, 300 Grove.

March 20: Preschool FILMS based on well-known picture books screen at 10:15 and 11 am. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 21: Barb Stuckey suggests you Taste What You’ve Been Missing: The PASSIONATE EATER’S Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 21: Marlene Aron’s slide show “Five Fabulous WOMEN ARTISTS of the 1880s” discusses Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, Eva Gonzales, and Camille Claudel. 6:30-7:30 pm. Glen Park Library, 2825 Diamond. 355-2858.

March 21: The Noe Valley BOOK discussion group meets on third Wednesdays at the Noe Valley Library. 7 pm. 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 21: The Noe Valley DEMOCRATIC CLUB hosts a panel discussion, “Occupy SF, Occupy Oakland: What’s It All About?” 7:30 pm. St. Philip Church, 725 Diamond. 994-4610;

March 22: Tracie McMillan examines The American Way of EATING: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 23: Ages 6 and up are invited to watch the MOVIE How to Train Your Dragon.. 3-4:40 pm. Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey. 355-5707;

March 24: The Sitdown READERS’ THEATRE reads poems by William Butler Yeats. 2-4 pm. North Beach Library, 2000 Mason. 274-0270.

March 24: Early childhood music educator Barbara Murphy introduces lap songs, fingerplays, and SING-ALONGS for ages 5 and younger. 3-3:45 pm. Eureka Valley Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court (16th & Market). 355-5616;

March 24: Andrea Nguyen brings ASIAN TOFU to Omnivore Books. 3-4 pm. 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 24 & 25: The Marsh Youth Theater performs STARHAWK’S The Last Wild Witch. 2 pm. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia. 826-5750;

March 26: MISSION POLICE STATION holds its regular community meeting, beginning at 6 pm. 630 Valencia. 558-5400.

March 27: Historian Jack Tillmany discusses “The THEATRES of Mission Street and the Trolleys That Took Us There” at the SF History Association meeting. 7 pm. St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond. 750-9986; 

March 28: The Noe Valley MERCHANTS and Professionals Association meets the last Wednesday of the month. 9 am. Bank of America, 4098 24th. 641-8687.

March 28: Willi Galloway introduces Eat Grow Cook: A Food Lover’s Guide to VEGETABLE GARDENING. 6-7 pm. Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez. 282-4712;

March 31: The Radio Havana BAZAAR features artists from Noe, Bernal, and the Mission. 10:30 am-2:30 pm. 1109 Mission. 824-7659.

April 1 & 8: The Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market offers fresh PRODUCE on Sundays, April 1-Nov. 18. 10 am-2 pm. Glen Park BART parking lot, Bosworth and Arlington.

April 6: The Rotunda Dance Series at City Hall features SF BALLET SCHOOL Trainee Program members performing at noon. 920-9181;

April 9: Poets Evelyn Posamentier and Judith Levy-Sender read at the ODD MONDAYS series. 7 pm; no-host supper at Haystack, 5:30 pm (RSVP Phoenix Books, 3957 24th. 821-2090.