I'm going to ridiculously overuse this phrase. You were warned. I've left Mindo and am exploring the Northern Highlands: Otavalo, Ibarra, and Valle de Chota through Carnaval. I most certainly will get splashed with water, as that is the tradition around here. Everyone's already wet from the rain, but that deters no one. Highlights of my week, then onto The Week Intro: translating a Maroon 5 song for my hostel manager, trying to explain the ins and outs of the prison industrial complex, and realizing parking lot attendant sounds much more professional in Spanish. Look at Jessy's blog for detailed info of good stuff shaking around SF. The Ocean Film Festival is screening at Fort Mason Center. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE February 5. I don't care if your lot in life is fine and you don't want to "impose your views" on other people. Much of the US population doesn't have your life. Move your selfish ass to Myanmar, Banda Aceh, or Khazakstan where you don't have much option to participate in democracy. Thursday, January 31st:
  • Hop around the galleries downtown with your own wine glass-cup-jar. Eat some cheese for me
  • Food Not Bombs at 16th St BART 6pm
  • Free Movie Night at Station 40. Some film about Russian, Stalin, maybe borsht 9pm

Friday, February 1st:

  • Art Murmur in Oakland if you want a little B'ART in your life
Saturday, February 2nd:
  • Station 40 loves Oaxaca, and wants you to love it too. Free tamales, music, film, art. Drinks for sale and donations accepted 6.30pm
  • Chinatown New Year's festival today and tomorrow afternoon. Yours of the Roman calendar wasn't good enough

Sunday, February 3rd:

  • Something called "Firestone abuses human and environmental rights in Liberia" aka the Superbowl XXXCDDDIIII is happening
  • Vietnamese New Year party in the streets (Loin!) all day

Cuy jerky, anyone?

I'm off to Mindo, Ecuador until February 12th. Hostel Gypsy is gonna be rad after I'm done revamping it. I'm doing a needs assessment for the place. Maybe soon it will be a skill share center, eco-reserve, or carbon trade offset. Quien sabe? Look at my erstwhile posts and links for ideas of what to do whilst I'm away, and I'll try to update with cool stuff from down south and mix it with events here in SF. *Update: I just walked ino the Mindo internet cafe, and updating this might not be so easy. El internet no es tan rapido aqui. Learn Spanish if you could not guess what that meant. I'll try my darndest to keep you all updated and to re-learn the latino keyboard, but no promises. Jessy's blog will keep you informed. And volunteer at Project Open Hand, as they don't have my dextrous appendages helping them out for the next few weeks. Friday, January 25th:
  • Sean Hayes show at the Independent.
  • Trapped in the Closet sing'a'long at Mezzanine
Saturday, January 26th:
  • Enjoy your paved sidewalks and check out the SFBC's walking tour of Treasure Island
  • Alemany Farm Workday
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm at 110 Capp/16th
  • Botticellis, Au Revoir Simone, & Loquat at the Independent
Sunday, January 27th:
  • The really really Indie Mart is today. go get hip.
Monday, January 28th:

The Do It Center

Tons o' stuff to do this week, so get on it. People to see; places to do; volunteering to get done; things to go; funny, pertinent, and irreverent articles to read...especially after attending the New Energy Economy for California "sustainable" Summit and before the primaries. Okay, go paint the town a low VOC red. Plus volunteer at Project Open Hand and read Jessy's blog. Tuesday, January 15th:
  • "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq" author Dahr Jamail speaks about how much we F'd up 7.30pm $5-10 Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia
  • Free jazz at Mojo Bicycle cafe 7.30
  • Cheap-o beer at Little Chihuahua and Bean Bag Cafe on Divis. Err'day
  • Free karaoke at Amnesia 8.30pm (do this after your beer hop on Divis)
  • "At the River I stand" film honoring MLK, Jr at 2489 #28 Mission/21st 7pm free
Wednesday, January 16th:
  • This birthday show at the Rickshaw Stop seems intriguing. French pop. Fingers crossed for cupcakes! 8pm $8
  • Holiday regifting party at O'Neill's Irish Pub. Free food and music, plus free admission if you bring something to trade (ie: that IRA, mace, or emergency flashlight/radio/cell charger your mom got you) 6.30-8.30pm
  • "Love your fat! The anti-diet show" at Swankety Swank and Neon Cafe. Films, art, chats about body image from all perspectives 7-10pm free McCallister/Divis
  • Free Gaucho jazz at Amnesia 8pm
  • The Guy Guys, Photo Booth, and Teutonics show at the Knockout. This show will be pretty rockin' 10pm $5
Thursday, January 17th:
  • Going to this crazy post-Mac-World thing. Spur of the moment decision. Come with me 5-midnight
  • BYOA (Art) event at AAACC. Goodie bags, networking, and how to get your stuff into galleries 6-9pm
  • Get your ne-on at Dan Deacon's show Great American Music Hall $too much to hang out with people who want to be from Williamsburg
  • Cool Kids show at the Independent $13 Free beer 8.30 whilst thee olde supplies lasteth (must RSVP)
  • Anti-Gentrification potluck and discussion at my pal's house 7.15pm. Email me if attending
Fri, January 18th:
  • Good Vibes Polk St Turns 5! Party. Cake, libations, sale on other "treats" 6-8pm Polk/Sacramento
  • Velvet Da Vinci Gallery: Jewelry and Metalwork showcase reception 6-8pm Polk/Pacific
  • "Lebanon: July War and Beyond" film, discussion, etc at Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission 7.30pm donation at door
  • My Mollusk: a neon monster art show 7pm 901 Castro/22nd
  • "Busted! True stories of getting caught in the act" spectacular from Fray Magazine 7pm free at Booksmith 1644 Haight/Cole
  • Big Umbrella Studios meet the members show 7.30-the 12th stroke of midnight at Divis/McCallister
  • Punk Rock Joel's Belated Birthday show at 924 Gilman with cake and the Avengers RSVP by sending Punk Rock Joel a myspace message
  • The Blacks are opening for the Blakes and Magic Bullets at Bottom of the Hill $10 doors at 8.30pm. Be punctual, as the Blacks are a-m-a-z-i-n-g
Saturday, January 19th:
  • It's The Great Compost Campaign, Charlie Brown! SF Environment is giving info and eco-bags out at the Safeway at Fulton/Great Highway 10am
  • Roe v. Wade anniversary march 10.30am
  • Swap SF clothing swap. Probably not as cool as Jessy's swap, but worthwhile 12-3pm $5 with clothes/$10 without. To be clear, that means bringing clothes to swap saves you $5. Please don't come nude
  • Don't want 91% of your income to go towards rent? Attend the Save Rent Control Convention 1-4pm
  • Crafternoon in Bernal 12-5pm. Blanket & maybe even harness making, cookies & cake. Email me for more information
  • Oh, you didn't follow my advice and go to the Bart Davenport show Monday night where Devendra Banhart played a surprise set? Lucky for poor decision making you, Devendra is playing a free show at Amoeba 2pm. His show at MOMA Thursday sold out, so all the cheapo's and professional hobos will be here today
  • Disposable Film Festival at ATA. Unplanned, unrehearsed, unstudio'd footage taken with today's fickle media gadgets 8-11pm $5-8
  • Punk Rock Joel's Belated Birthday show at 924 Gilman with cookies and Von Iva RSVP by sending Punk Rock Joel a myspace message
Sunday, January 20th:
  • Free mimosas at Metro Katmandu every January Saturday and Sunday brunch. Wootwoot!
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Super fun, plus your weeding skills earn you fresh organic produce!
  • If you consider.... an ambient audio adventure through Golden Gate Park with Jeremy Dalmas (hilarious interactive musician/city guide) 2332 Fulton/Stanyan 12-4pm. Email for details
Monday, January 21st:
  • Castanets show w/Sholi and El Olio Wolof could be a'ight, though the door staff at Cafe du Nord has yet to impress me with their hospitality 9pm $10

Decisions, decisions

Many happenings are overlapping this week, so choose wisely. Or just close your eyes and point to something on this list. You'll experience at least a modicum of fun along the way, whether it be sharing the Muni with some snippy Ron Paul supporter, meeting hotties at the event, finding an oven mitt en route, or being called an ersatz Mary Magdalene by a cackling shoe shiner. Bless and damn this city for having so much to do. I'll see you at everything, unless I jet off to Ecuador on a whim. Okay, so I don't ride a bike, but you should attend the numerous events listed for this week endorsed by the SFBC. They provide thorough details and don't lead you on with mysterious pictures of Donald Sutherland pointing and screaming. Plus I feel overwhelmed writing about everything happening, so check out the links to the right and SF Sketchfest. And don't forget to register to vote. Make this country suck less. Look for updates throughout the week. Wednesday, January 9th:
  • POH
  • Warm Planet Bikes Grand Opening to celebrate new bike valet system 11.30am Caltrain Station at 4th and Townsend. Ribbon Cutting! Lunchtime snacks! Listening to speeches by regional transportation officials! This will be a regular ole hootenanny
  • SFBC Volunteer Night.
  • Banished, a documentary about segregation, plays 6-7.30pm at the Main Library
  • Gaucho Jazz at Amnesia Jazz pm free
  • El Olio Wolof is decent. Loquat is good. Black Heart Procession is not my cup of tea. These bands are playing tonight at Bottom of the Hill. Your choice 8pm $15
Thursday, January 10th:
  • Creativity Explored art center opening reception of FindersKeepers show featuring found art 7-9pm 16th/Guerrero. Put some junk in your trunk
  • Another show that puts bands I enjoy (Mariee Souix, Little Wings, Leebob Watson) with one I don't (The Entrance Band). To each their own $13 Great American Music Hall
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version) plays at Station 40's free movie night 9pm. Come on, you can deal with being in a co-op/commune to see Spok and the Fly fight aliens
Friday, January 11th:
  • Sips, nibbles, design, and music at Secession 6.30-9.30 across from Safeway on Mission
  • Joseph Childress plays at Fort Gallery (really, still no good website?) 83B Weise 16th Mission/Valencia. Free, m'thinks
  • Soma FM party. Their IndiePopRocks station is incredible and heart it a million times over. 8-midnight 1890 Bryant St. You need an invite or a smooth talkin' mouth.
  • SPCA show at 1554 Market St Gallery reception6-9pm. Expect to be bombarded by ridiculously cute or heartbreakingly ugly animals, live and in art
  • "Detroit" art opening 6-8pm at Electric Works 130 Eighth St. Photography of buildings seems interesting, really
  • "Guise" show and reception at 6pm Gallery 16 seems interesting
  • "Four Solo Exhibitions" artist chat 6.30pm and reception 7pm that will hopefully be more exciting than the show's name. Taking place at Southern Exposure
  • Citay show with others at 12 Galaxies $8 could be good
Saturday, January 12th:
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • Learn to sew real good at Sewing Workshop's open house 11-2pm 2010 Balboa
  • If you were cool and on it (I wasn't) and got tickets already, enjoy the Kate Nash and Minipop show at 330 Ritch. Tell me how the sold out show was
  • Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down and others at Cafe Du Nord $10 concert time. Sometimes she plays her guitar with a toothbrush! Madness
  • The Onion's 2nd Annual Celebration of Broken Resolutions 9.30pm $10 at The Mighty. Supposedly great unique bands and comedy will help you realize you're never going to run a marathon or give up refined sugar
Sunday, January 13th:
  • Gavin is hosting family fun day or something. Free museums, maybe even the ones that cheated me out of free first Tuesdays by using the loophole that the real first Tuesday was January 1st. When they were closed. I'm talking to you, jerky MOMA. Oh, and you might have to glom onto an actual family and show city ID to get in fo' free
  • Trash Mash Up is exhibiting their Maskostumes 10-3pm at SF Environment's EcoCenter 11 Grove St. This programs recycles people's junk into a program teaching kids art, expression, and how to make pretty shiny things
  • KUSF's Rock n' Swap Music Lovers' Fair 10-3pm USF's McLaren Hall $3 (or $20 if you don't know how iTunes work and you want the early bird special at 6am). Buy, sell, trade, sit, roll over, shake, stay. Good hipster
  • Clothing swap at my pal's house 1.13-5pm. Contact me for a VIP invite
  • Emily Jane White is pretty good $6 Make Out Room 8pm
  • Spiderman 3 at the Dark Room's Bad Movie Night 8pm $5 for popcorn, banjo, and witty commentary
  • Many of my colleagues enjoy Lupe Fiasco, but few of them would pay $30 for his Fillmore show 8pm
Monday, January 14th:
  • Bart Davenport sounds similar to Van Morrison, and Van Morrison is good, so by the transitive property or some other faulty logical argument that I was taught in a required college class, go to this show 9.30pm $5 Cafe Du Nord

Nappy Dew Mirror

2008 has arrived, and while the first few days were a bit sleepy, the week has proved itself eventful. Volunteer at Project Open Hand, go see some art, and get your Seattle on in this rain. The above is by my pal Tim. And here are some articles of note about this country's prison system (skip to the middle for the juicy facts) and e-waste. Thursday, January 3rd:
  • First Thursdays gallery openings downtown, plus 111 Minna's January opening. Let the free wine loosen your tongue and compliment the artists. I cede the podium to FecalFace for the week's art stuff
  • Join in my vocabulary vice and come see Michael Bernard Loggins read from his new quirky word book 7pm free Adobe Books
  • Bike Porn at the Roxie 7pm $7 with bicycle, $10 with bipeds
Friday, January 4th:
  • Art opening of "The Gentleman's Gang" 7pm Gallery 1988 (1173 Sutter at Polk)
  • Oakland Art Murmur
  • And if you've already BARTed, might as well check out a party at RockPaperScissors Collective and the Trainwreck Riders show 6pm $6 at 924 Gilman
  • Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution/US Aggression in Latin America 7-9pm 2489 Mission Rm 28 $3-5 suggested donation. This discussion is put on by the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and there will also be a party in your tummy because they are serving refreshments
Saturday, January 5th:
  • Epifania 2008 free concert at Mission Cultural Center 1pm seems pretty rocking, celebrating Day of the Kings with Spanish-Portuguese music and possibly delicious treats
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • Boomerang art opening 6-11pm and free film at 7pm
  • People Eaters and Foot Foot play with possible free BBQ at 7 or possibly 8pm at Fort Gallery, which needs much better marketing and clearer information and is at 83B Weise between Mission and Valencia on 16th St
  • WomenRock benefit concert for Girls Rock Summer Camp 9pm $5 and up donation Bottom of the Hill
  • Benefit for Post-Katrina documentary on Latino New Orleans at Station 40 with bands galore $5 suggested donation 9pm
Sunday, January 6th:
  • Any of you dorks play frolf?
  • Similar to fearlessly flying after a terrorist threat because security is so tight, the SF Zoo is holding an endangered species/"look we're putting our animals in smaller, more restrictive cages!" party with free food and tours 1pm
  • JUST found out about free Veggie vs. Beef Hot dog event at Frankenmart 515 Balboa 1-7pm
  • Snakes on a Plane projects at the Dark Room for Bad Movie Night $5 includes popcorn, banjo, and acerbic commentary
  • I spent most of last Sunday's afternoon on my L Word obsessed pal's couch sampling cookies and cocktails whilst conducting an ethnographic study of lesbians on and off screen. This Sunday, I can spend my evening at the Rickshaw Stop watching the Season 5 premiere 6pm doors 8pm show $10 donation benefits Human Rights Campaign
Monday, January 7th:
  • Cupcake and current events party at your house? I'm in
  • Do you eat? Panel on food sustainability and legislation 6.30pm free Ferry Building
  • Free bluegrass 8pm at Amnesia
  • Trivia night at Noe Valley Tavern 8.30pm free. Just discovered you can get a leg up by looking at the topics beforehand. It might help you win that $50 bar tab
Tuesday, January 8th:
  • MOMA and SF Camerawork be free today and my pal says the exhibits are Amazing
  • "What the hell are you doing out on a 2sday?" at DoubleDutch Bar. "RSVP here for secret weekly drink special pass also confirm at"
  • New Year's List Slam with Sasha Cagen. She is the force behind Quirky Alone and a great To-Do list book. Expect some chuckles and bring a list to share if you wish 7.30pm free Modern Times Bookstore
  • A.N.S.W.E.R. Photo presentation of 2007's protests and issues 7-8.30pm 2489 Mission Rm 30