April's Hours

Bring May's flowers, which will be pollinated by bees (if they survive colony collapse), which will produce food for your body. This article should encourage you to visit Alemany Farm and understand food systems a bit more. And if you feel super crafty and can justify possible fumes....get sewing. Extended events listing! Wednesday, April 16th:
  • Of course, Project Open Hand and SF Environment are having their volunteer appreciation parties on the same night. I'm going to both. You hear that Muni? You will not stop me
  • New Bar Every Wednesday group meets at El Rio 8-11pm. For every person that comes, El Rio gives $5 to Wonder Dog Rescue. No drinking required!
  • League of Pissed Off Voters Ballot Party at Atlas Cafe 7-9pm 3049 20th. Considering the headlines of this administration's 'all systems go' torture policy, consider yourself and everyone else in the League of Pissed On Voters
Thursday, April 17th:
  • Station 40 be giving lots of stuff away 12-4pm 3030B 16th
  • Food Not Bombs 5pm 16th St BART
  • Then free movie at Station 40 around 9pm. This place loves Thursdays
  • New show up at Madrone Lounge Divis/Fell 6-9pm. Free bad wine!
  • Art reception and trunk show with sips and nibbles 7-10pm Le Burge`t 2737 20th at Hampshire/York
  • Good old country music. Like before Toby-Keith-Urban-McGraw 8pm free Cafe Royale 800 Post
  • Black Diamond Heavies and Or, The Whale play at Hemlock 9.30pm $7. I'd call it hard folk
  • Rilo Kiley plays the Concourse $35
Friday, April 18th:
  • SOMA Arts Spring 2008 Open House and SF Suicide Prevention Benefit 689 Bryant/5th 6-9pm + drinks and snacks
  • Secession Art and Design opening reception 6.30-9.30pm. Good company, good art, good design, good nibbles and sips
  • "The Question Is Known: Where is Latin American/Latino Art?" reception at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art 2868 Mission/24th 7-10pm
  • Big Umbrella Studios holds its Spring Showcase 7pm-12am Divis/McCallister. Cute young USF grads put up art and give you wine
  • Ecconovation/SF Green Guild Design 7-11pm 427 Bryant. Cool veggie fueled bus, fried goodies, and drinks, fo' free
  • The end of Cardburg, some funky civilization experiment made of cardboard at Cellspace 2050 Bryant 8pm free, donations accepted. Dancing, drinks, craziness. Only in SF. Possibly also could happen at Burning Man, but seems cooler
  • Dengue Fever at The Independent $15. Dick Dale meets that music they play in Vietnamese restaurants, even though the singer is Cambodian
  • Marked Men show at Thee Parkside seems loud and boppy. Relive your sophomore of college and listen to some powerpunkpop 8.30pm $8
  • Botticellis (record release) and others at Cafe du Nord
  • Les Hormones and others play Hemlock
  • Some dude I met is in the Paranoids, a band having their CD release at Bender's
Saturday, April 19th:
  • Pick up that Flamin' Hot Cheetos bag you forgot last week before it chokes a fish: Beach clean up with pizza party afterwards 9am-1pm Ocean Beach Parking Lot, Stairway #17
  • SFBC has all sorts of activities going on today: pothole stenciling, bike swaps....
  • Garden for the Environment has a sustainable landscaping class 10-12pm free
  • Let It All Hang Out Day: line dry your laundry national endeavor
  • Might as well start out your Earth Day celebrations in the park with some generous Yelper's mimosas 11.30am near the Park Chalet 47Th/John F. Kennedy
  • Ooooo, then go on Jeremy's tour of the park. Super fun and unique. Funique?
  • Alemany Farm Earth Day Festival 10am-3pm. Plant, share food, listen to music... This will be hella fun
  • Marked Men play another show at Knockout 4pm $5
  • Nick Meyer wants you to be his friend and will bribe you with pizza, beer, and art at Iceberger Gallery 7-9pm 3150 18th St/Treat #109
  • "Flashdance" event at 24th St BART 7-9pm. Some person DJs and you dance and try to get the local Mission-aries to groove with you
  • 5 Year Anniversary Show and reception at Varnish Fine Art 77 Natoma btwn Mission/Howard and 1st/2nd St 7-10pm.
  • Station 40 holds a benefit for Cycles of Change (yea for kids biking) 8pm dinner, music, raffle, drinks. Dance party begins 10.30pm and goes into the early morn' $3-10 donation
  • Many noise bands make noise at 848 Divis 8.48pm $2-5. Earplugs

Sunday, April 20th:

  • Green Apple Music Festival in Golden Gate at Speedway Meadows noon. Famous crunchy performers, people watching, and lots of environy
  • Thread fashion event 12-6 San Francisco Design Center Galleria 103 Henry Adams St (kind of Potrero Hill) cost could be $10, but includes crappy vodka
  • River of Words Awards ceremony 1.30-4pm at Main Library. This org works with youth, art, the environment, etc. The Banana Slug String Band is playing. How could you not go?
  • Cherry Blossom Festival 1pm starts behind City Hall and strolls up to Post and Fillmore
  • Cafe du Nord show seems calm, cute, enjoyable, but maybe a bit soporific. Weinstein sounds good $10

Monday, April 21st:

  • Project Open Hand evening shift
  • Art opening "How I Learned To..." at Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia 6-9pm
  • Juno shows at the Independent 7.30pm. I wouldn't see it again, but you might as well go see it for free tonight with popcorn provided

Tuesday, April 22nd:

  • Get a coupon for free Tully's coffee at BART stations: Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery, Embarcadero, Oakland 12th St. and Downtown Berkeley 6-9am. Wait, A.M.? Tell me how it goes
  • Eco City World Summit begins today and dominates through Saturday
  • See the Inconvenient Truth slideshow live at Main Library 12-1.30pm. Stick around for 30 min and attend a discussion on green building 2-3.30pm
  • Man Man plays a free show at Amoeba 6pm
  • Composing Biology art opening at Swell Gallery 7-9pm
  • Hey, remember when Cosco Busan f'ed up our bay in November? Oil spills are gross. Talk about it 7pm County Fair Building 9th Ave/Lincoln
  • The Teenagers and LoveLikeFire play 8pm $16 Independent. Free beer or something 8.30-9.30pm if you RSVP
Wednesday, April 23rd:
  • Cool arty crafty thing at Main Library 6-7.30pm called Crooked Correspondence: A Beginner's Primer. Design your own postcards
  • SFBC Volunteer night 5pm til it gets done
  • The Onion give you beer at Hotel Utah 6pm til supplies last. RSVP to sfpromo@theonion.com with "HOTEL UTAH" in the subject field
  • MyOpenBar has some great stuff listed. Click the link to the right
  • Time to clone yourself and spend all your money on concerts: Raconteurs at Bimbo's; Death Cab + Cave Singers at Fillmore; Man Man + Yeasayer at Great American Music Hall; Caribou + Fuck Buttons at Independent
Thursday, April 24th:

Friday, April 25th:

  • Mission Open Studios 7-9pm
  • Curiosity Shoppe art opening 855 Valencia 6-9pm. Snacks and googly eyes
  • Bay Area National Dance Week starts today and continues for a bit
  • Some dude wrote in to recommend the comedy shows at The Dark Room tonight and tomorrow night 8pm $10. I think this means TheWeekIntro is famous

Saturday, April 26th:

  • Bernal Spring Fair Garfield Park 10.30-3pm 26th/Harrison. BBQ involved. Fight the neighborhood kids for the Flamin' Hot Cheetos
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • Yerba Buena gallery walk 1-6pm. Free admission and refreshments
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Dolores Parque
  • Southern Exposure art gala and auction. I'm volunteering to get around the ticket charge
  • Fire dancing 7.50pm Union Square free. Hot
  • Listen to the smoove grooves of David Dondero at Hemlock 9.30pm $10. Similar, but not congruent, to Conor Oberst

Sunday, April 27th:

  • Indie Mart Anniversary 12 Galaxies 1-7pm with afterparty & bands 8pm!
  • Cut//Copy plays a free show at Amoeba 2pm
  • Some pinhole photo bus thingy gets rolling at noon with a reception at 3pm Rayko Photo 428 Third St
  • UC Alumni Chorus does Brahms. Free high culture!
  • Kacey Johansing, Hallflowers, and Conspiracy of Venus play at Make-Out Room 8-11pm $7. CofV is performing their new cover of "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk"

Monday, April 28th:

  • Cinewhore presents Butterfield at ATA. Film, food, floosies, and fun 7pm doors 8pm show donations requested
  • No Country for Old Men plays fo' free at The Independent 7.30pm doors/8pm show. Plus popcorn!
  • Barefoot Nellies play bluegrass 8.30pm Amnesia free
  • Spandex & Big Thighs AIDS Ride benefit at Elixir 16th/Guerrero 8.45pm-close

Tuesday, April 29th:

  • 30th ever Ben and Jerry's free cone day. Environy: the company is against global warming, yet its product requires contribution to the problem (freezers!). For fatalism and fat, indulge anyway
  • Stiff Little Fingers play at Slim's $20. First encountered their music on a crazy night in Buenos Aires
  • I'm not from Barcelona, nor is the band I'm From Barcelona. They are Swedish $20 The Independent
  • Former Transportation Secretary speaks about infrastructure and the future of road trips at the Commonwealth Club 5.30pm reception 6pm program

Wednesday, May 1st:

  • Get gluttonous again at Baskin Robbins 5-10pm. 31 cent scoops benefits firefighters. They will need the support to carry your artery-clogged-from-all-the-freakin'-ice-cream-this-week-body if ever your abode is aflame
  • The Onion wants to kill your liver: free Newcastle 6-8pm Overtime Sports Bar & Grill 398 7th/Harrison. Please RSVP to sfpromo@theonion.com with “Newcastle” in the subject field
  • Live Diggnation show at The Mighty 7pm free. My pal Brett is a guest, and he will be wearing a hat
  • Hot surfer girls, beer, snacks, free film, raffle, Sports Basement....Thanks Roxy! 6pm-? RSVP on website
  • Meet Errol Morris, Oscar-winning film maker at the Apple Store. Talk about how much Abu Ghraib sucks 7pm free
  • Varnish Fine Art is hosting a "RESFest Retrospective," in this month's Moving Pictures presentation free 7-9pm
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday benefits AIDS Cycle for Life at Wish 1539 Folsom/10th. Just show up and the bar gives $5 to that week's organization

F U Sandwich

This ocelot is waving goodbye to its brethren and other species Chertoff hates. I had named this entry something happy and quippy, but then this article came to my attention and I got angry. What a big middle finger to the nation from Homeland Security, sandwiched between disregarding the environment and abusing human rights. We got served. Holy hell, this administration sucks. For your political events fix, go to IndyBay and Global Exchange. Wednesday, April 9th:
  • Torch stuff. You should know what I'm talking about
  • SFBC volunteer night. I definitely don't go for the food, cause, or hot bikers 5-8pm
  • Collaborating for Change panel at The Commonwealth Club 5.30pm reception 6pm program. This is where I work (for free)
  • Chamber of Commerce wants you to work it at the job forum 6.30-8.30pm
  • Design Green Now discussion should be fascinating 6-8.30pm
  • Every Other Wednesday Club raises hell and funds at Liberties 22nd/Guerrero 7pm. You and your 10 friends just show up, and the bar gives moola for a kickass kid program
  • Free jazz and such at Amnesia 8pm. I remember lots of cute people at this bar
  • Phantom Planet plays at Bottom of the Hill. Jason Schwartzman used to be their drummer
Thursday, April 10th:
  • Food Not Bombs 5pm 16th St BART, then free movie Lonely Are The Brave at Station 40 (3030B 16th)
  • Opening reception for a neat recycled art show 5.30-7.30pm Sculpturesite Gallery
  • Adam Werbach speaks and gets a pat on the back and parties with INFORUM. Sold out, I like to think because of my mad interning skills
  • Girl + guitar Rebecca Cross gets good scores from others 8pm free at SoCha (great cafe at the Mission-Valencia merge)
  • Dolores Park free movie night 8pm: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Friday, April 11th:
  • Project Open Hand midday shift
  • "When Hell Freezes Over" art opening looks cool 6pm Gallery 16
  • Shake Your Peace and Sonya Cotton play Hotel Utah 9pm $6
  • DJ thing called "The Magnificent 7" $5 at 12 Galaxies. Usually DJ dance things aren't posted on here, but usually they don't have names of theme songs I played in marching band
  • Pal's pal's band plays at House of Shields.
Saturday, April 12th:
  • Great Compost Campaign 10-1pm at Andronico's (Funston/Irving) Like trick or treating, but you give them info about waste diversion. Go to Arizmendi afterwards
  • SF Moma Jewelry Trunk Show 10-3pm. Buy some indie bling
  • Farm! Alemany stylee 12-5pm
  • Taste 2008 Exhibition 7pm. Try not to eat all the art
  • Thao Nguyen plays with XiuXiu at Bottom of the Hill. Wowsers, it will be packed
  • If I were cool and rich enough, I'd go to the Nick Lowe and Robyn Hitchcock show at the Fillmore 9pm $35
Sunday, April 13th:
  • Can't spell 'authors' without 'hot.' Main Library throws down with the Northern California Book Awards 1pm free
  • I think I should camp at Bottom of the Hill this week: The Blacks (awesome) play with Enon (is this band good?)
Monday, April 14th:
  • Free bluegrass every Monday at Amnesia 8.30pm
  • Noe Valley Tavern hosts a trivia night every Monday 8.30pm

Tuesday, April 15th:

  • I've heard Handsome Furs are good, but I forget who told me that. Good luck at Bottom of the Hill
  • Screening of Body of War at Embarcadero Cinema 7pm with panel afterwards. Probably not free, but amazing

Follow the Light....

If it is solar powered, but not if powered by Chinese coal or human rights abuses. Tons of social action going on this week, much centered around the Olympic Torch visit and all its implications. Listing all programs separately would be tedious and inefficient and cut into my sleep time, so check out Global Exchange and IndyBay for great events. If you have some bucks to spend, or are a member, or an intern extraordinaire and get in for free, Commonwealth Club churns out some great speakers. For your supply of art, look right to Fecal Face.
Wednesday, April 2nd: Thursday, April 3:
  • Eat out today at any of the restaurants giving to SFWAR
  • 1st Thursdays gallery openings downtown. Most people don't care about the art
  • Single in the City panel of women writers 5.30pm reception at my new gig INFORUM. Should be gossipy and enjoyable. Who's bringing the cosmos?
  • Some crazy civilization experiment in cardboard opens tonight at Cell Space 7pm. Gotta love this city
  • Botticellis play at Aqua Surf shop 1742 Haight 7.30pm
Friday, April 4th:
  • Art Murmur in Oakland
  • "Cultured! A Gallery Hop in the Lower Haight" 7pm. I would have called it Art Stumble
  • City Art Cooperative Gallery reception of their Green show. Kermit is involved, for reals 828 Valencia 7-10pm
  • New show up at Artist Exchange 3169 16th St at Guerrero/Valencia 7-10pm
Saturday, April 5th:
  • Urban composting class at Garden for the Environment 10-noon. Yes, 10am, but you get to play with worms and then go to Arizmendi Bakery
  • Hate 98, but 99 is fine. SF Tenants Union is spreading this message, and you can too. Meet at 1015 Masonic to save rent control 11am
  • DIY is fly. Come hang out with food, fringe, friends, and other f'ing cool things at the SF Spring DIY Expo 1-6pm free at Benders 806 South Van Ness
  • 24th and Mission Art Walk 6-9pm. Where and what all in the title. Good job
  • Bernal Bubbles on the Cortland strip has their monthly Soapbox Lecture at like 10pm or something. Go hang out with quirky people and their wine
Sunday, April 6th:
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Bring the friends you met Wednesday night
  • Clothing swap 1-3pm $5 if you bring clothes to trade, $7 if not. Benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mimosas and vegan treats!
  • Frankenmart's 2nd birthday! Free hot dogs (veggie too!)! 1-6pm! Exclamation!
  • Show at Cafe du Nord seems good and down-homey 7pm $10. If your parents are visiting, take them to this
Monday, April 7th:
  • Bart Davenport and Les Sans Culottes 9pm $5 The Knockout's Smiling 60s Party. Don't wear your dress pants.
Tuesday, April 8th:
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