Sundry September

Check back constantly for updates and alluring articles. I also have the inside scoop if you want to volunteer and get in free to any big upcoming events. Be penny-pinching and posh. Look ahead: some events require RSVPin'.

Since no one I know can afford a house here in SF, be a greener renter. Grab a bucket and start offsetting your 101 gallons of water a day. Iraqis wish they could have even a fraction of that. And the One City One Book of the month is West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary. Now you'll have something to talk about on the bus. Besides where you are going to donate blood (the city supply is low).

Mon, Sep 1:

  • 6th Annual Cowgirlpalooza 3-9pm El Rio Mission/Valencia $10 for music and gumbo

Tues, Sep 2:

  • Make it a 4 day weekend and visit all the museums on Free First Tuesday
  • Love As Laughter plays Rickshaw 155 Fell/Van Ness

Wed, Sep 3:

  • Exploratorium be free today
  • Green Drinks 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd-Mission/Howard. Get there early for a free beverage, and stay for networking. Sponsored by Greenbelt Alliance this month
  • Architecture in the City Film Series: Brilliant Simplicity 6-7.45pm + panel discussion Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Free Stella and beginning cooking lessons, plus tastes 6.30pm Macy's Cellar 170 O'Farrell
  • Big, Sure show opens 6.30-9pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery. Gotta RSVP for these trees
  • Green and Tonic meets 7pm-12am Le Colonial 20 Cosmo/Taylor-Post-Sutter. Buy a drink, plant a tree. Live jazz 7pm
  • Rumble: a free indie dance party, booze, and music 8pm Harlot 46 Minna. Gotta RSVP
  • Centro-matic and Sleepercar are great, and they are playing in a great place 8pm $12 Rickshaw Stop. Du Nord has a show in a similar vein, but mellower. The Mumlers are fab
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday milks Milk to benefit India Knowledge Exchange Program 8.30pm 1840 Haight/Stanyan. The bar gives $5 for everyone who shows up, drinkers or not

Thurs, Sep 4:

  • Altered States (1980) screens as a tribute to CA Academy of Sciences 12pm Main Library
  • Downtown gallery crawl. Click the Fecal Face link to the right, and BYO wine jar. MyOpenBar also has some good stuff listed today
  • Help immigrant professionals practice interview skills with Upwardly Global 50 California/Market 5.30-8.30pm. Refreshments and do-gooding provided
  • Pentagon Papers author Daniel Ellsberg compares Vietnam and Iraq wars 5.30pm $8-15 Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd
  • Flowers and Fishnets art opening 6-8pm Good Vibes 1620 Polk/Sacramento

Fri, Sep 5:

  • Lebowskifest.
  • Urban Re:Interventions reception 6pm Center for Architecture + Design Gallery 130 Sutter
  • Sew-Op is a cool skill-share org that benefits when you benefit by giving $5 CellSpace 2050 Bryant/18th 6.30pm-1.30am. Bar, giveaways, Sparks, and good bands such as Man/Miracle
  • Magazine Soiree for Art XX Magazine with artists, DJs, films, readings, wine, snacks, and performances 7pm Femina Potens Gallery 2199 Market/Sanchez $10-15 sliding scale
  • September group show Artist Xchange 3169 16th/Valencia 7-10pm
  • City Art 10th Anniversary reception 7-10pm
  • Poetry + Pizza 7.30pm $5 suggested donation Escape From NY Pizza 333 Bush/Montgomery
  • Why does D-Structure hate/love my liver so much? Open bar and snacks 8pm-late 520 Haight/Fillmore

Sat, Sep 6-Sun, Sep 7:

Ghiradelli Square Chocolate Fest. Gorge for Project Open Hand, and ask if the sweets are fair trade

Sat, Sep 6:

  • Power to the Peaceful begins with a Panhandle rally, then rages thru to Speedway Meadows in GG Park 10am-5pm
  • CA yo-yo championships 10am-4pm Exploratorium $9-14
  • Autumn Moon Festival 11am-5pm Chinatown
  • Party on Block 18 food sales benefit Women's Bldg 12-4pm
  • SF Double Dutch jumps around 1-3.30pm Hayes/Octavia. Reliving your schoolyard days or fabricating memories: free
  • When Doilies Go Bad opening 6pm Soap Gallery 3180 Mission/Powers
  • Out of the Bubble: Artists on Queer Travel opening Femina Potens Market/Sanchez 7pm

Sun, Sep 7:

  • GGNRA Endangered Species Presidio Expedition 8am-2pm free w/ RSVP. Hunt endangered species. Or something
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm 200 Larkin/McCallister
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Organic Gardening Mag is doing a photo shoot today, and providing food
  • Grind for the Green: solar powered hip hop 12-5pm Yerba Buena Mission/3rd free. Breakdancing, biodiesel, business skills. Plus the Trunk Boiz will be there
  • Some TV marketing ploy with free pie involved 12-5pm Ghiradelli Square 900 N Point
  • Hornucopia presents Brasstastic 2nd Line parade + cookout Dolores Park 12.30pm. Parade starts 11.50am 24th St BART
  • Opera in the Park 1.30pm free Hippies' Hill GG Park
  • Creativity Explored combines forces with Glama-Rama Salon for Hair Doozy! 7-10pm 417 S Van Ness/15th free
  • Free show 8pm Grant & Green (North Beach) with Your 33 Angels, Blank Tapes, Indianna Hale. See Jessy's blog for deets
  • Throw Me The Statue (cute Seattle band) and Bodies of Water (Arcade Fire jangly-esque) rock Bottom of the Hill 9pm $10 17th/Texas

Mon, Sep 8:

  • Learn how to green your club/bar/restaurant 2.30-5.30pm Temple SF 540 Howard/1st. Expert advice and prizes given
  • Mirah and Spectratone International play Swedish American Hall 2174 Market/Sanchez 7.30pm $15
  • Downstairs from Mirah is Music in Schools Today benefit 9.30pm $12 Cafe du Nord
Tues, Sep 9:
  • Blame it on the Bossa Nova, celebrated with a live band 6-8pm Main Library
Wed, Sep 10:
  • SFBC volunteer night 5pm-done. Dinner and pals provided
  • Greenbelt Alliance 50th anniversary celebration and/or an orientation with an org that gives the finger to media 'beauty.' Contact me to volunteer at either one
  • Architecture in the City Film Series: Learning from Bob and Denise 6-7.45pm + shorts Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • City Bites gives you a drink, tastes, and skillz with local chefs 6.30pm $10 Macy's Cellar. This one involves honey, and proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels
  • Green Guerrillas Happy Hour 7pm El Rio
  • Tarts & Crafts 7pm Center for Sex & Culture $5 donation 1519 Mission/11th. Bring your projects and share skills
  • Botticellis and Citay 9pm Knockout

Thurs, Sep 11:

  • No Artist Left Behind 11am-5pm Brava Theatre open house. RSVP for a free drink
  • Andromeda Strain (1971) screens as a tribute to CA Academy of Sciences 12pm Main Library
  • Lube jobs courtesy of SFBC 5-7pm Market/Octavia
  • Coalition on Homelessness “Reframing Homelessness: Art for Walls, Roofs for People” dinner and auction benefit $10-be generous 5.30-9.30pm SomArts 888 Brannan/8th. Music, art, dancing, buffet dinner, and open wine/beer bar
  • Bike and silkscreen for bike reform 6pm 988 Valencia. Email me for details
  • Independent TV Service and KQED screen Chicago 10 Main Library 6pm + panel discussion. The doc explores The Chicago 1968 DNC event
  • Dinner and discussion of immigrant women issues 6.15pm cena/7pm charla New Valencia Hall 625 Larkin $7 donation
  • Machuca film marks 35th anniversary of US backed Chilean coup 7.30pm $6 ATA Valencia/21st
  • Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) in conversation and song with Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) 8pm $20 Herbst Theatre
  • DP Movie Night: The Incredibles 8pm. Make your cape out of flannel
  • Extra Action Marching Band y mas blow at Rickshaw 8pm $13/15. Part of Hornucopia
Fri, Sep 12:
  • Critical Manners gets polite on your ass and obeys traffic laws. You can take your family on this ride, even though they might think Critical Mass would count for church attendance 5.45pm Mail Library Grove/Larkin
  • Gallery 16's 15 Year Celebration 6-9pm 501 Third/Bryant. Free show by Or, The Whale
  • Secession opening party! Snacks, DJ, wine, design 6.30-9.30pm Mission/30th across from Safeway
  • Fiesta de la Independencia 6.30-9.30pm El Patio 3193 Mission/Valencia. Movies, art, poetry
  • Rebel Reading Series hits Knockout with "Free Sex" authors 7pm. Free, and possibly sexy
  • In Search Of Good Food screening 7pm 865 Florida/20th. Cool local funny food doc
  • Muevete mi Gente/Dance my People party, dinner, and POWER benefit 8pm $10 Women's Bldg 18th/Guerrero
  • Creatures & Devices art opening 8pm Space Gallery 1141 Polk/Post
  • Guerrilla Outdoor short film screenings 8.30-9.30pm 16th/Florida
  • NJ4 Benefit party 10pm El Rio
Sat, Sep 13:
  • Clean up the parks so you have somewhere to sit and drink your PBR. Lots of park workdays 10am-12pm. Eat bagels and meet old people
  • Work and breakfast with SF Tenants Union to stop tenant harassment 11am 558 Capp
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • Arara grand opening and fashion compassion event benefits Princess Project 12pm-10pm 665 San Jose/29th. Fashion, food, raffle, prom
  • Dance and art and film and music and yea! 12pm free Yerba Buena Gardens
  • Farming The Seas film and discussion on aquaculture 1pm free Chinese Culture Center 750 Kearny. Magazines, recipes, and snacks provided
  • Bay Area Photographers Collective opening 1-3pm Calumet Photo 2001 Bryant/18th
  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated with music, snacks, and Dewey Decimal 2-4pm Mission Library 24th/Bartlett
  • A Baker's Dozen art opening 7-10pm Root Division 3175 17th/S Van Ness
  • Writers with Drinks 7.30-9.30pm Make Out Room 22nd/Mission $3-5 sliding scale. Authors imbibe with you
  • I have no idea what to expect here, except cocktails and cookies. Chris Onstad and the Great Outdoor Fight 8pm-12am Isotope 326 Fell/Gough
  • Cannons and Clouds play Hotel Utah 400 4th/Bryant 9pm $8
Sun, Sep 14: Mon, Sep 15: Tues, Sep 16:
  • Go noodle dance for change: Hot Buttered Rum, String Cheese Incident, and others play Music for Democracy benefit $25-1000 5.30pm-late Oakland
  • League of Young Voters endorsement party 7-9pm Atlas Cafe 20th/Alabama. AlObama?
  • CitySpeaks brings together Gavin and YouTube 6.30-7.30pm Main Library
Wed, Sep 17:
  • Architecture in the City Film Series: Playtime (1967) 6-7.45pm Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Brainy people from UCSF are holding a talent show to benefit Memory Walk 6pm Cole Hall 513 Parnassus, donations accepted. Then we will kill braincells at....
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday 8.30pm Hobson's Choice 1601 Haight/Clayton. This event Saves Bunnies, hence I am renaming the bar Hopson's Choice
Thurs, Sep 18:
  • Life Aquatic screens as a tribute to CA Academy of Sciences 12pm Main Library
  • No on Prop 8 Bar Fundraiser 5.30pm 15 Romolo Place Broadway/Columbus-ish. Drink for marriage equality!
  • Tease-O-Rama Roadshow Pre-Party 6.30-8pm Good Vibes Valencia/17th
  • Good art show and leukemia fundraiser listed on MyOpenBar; link to the right
Fri, Sep 19:

Sat, Sep 20-Sun Sep 21: Treasure Island Music Fest. Volunteering gets you in free

Sat, Sep 20:

  • Statewide Coastal Clean-up 9am-noon all over the city. Sunrise yoga 8am Ocean Beach
  • Revolution conference 8.30am-7.30pm USF. Check out the site
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center block party: music, bball, bingo, art, food, and voter registration 11am-3.30pm Eddy/Jones
  • Vegan Brunch Cartel: Grudge Match Part II Dolores Park 11.30am. Really just a vegan potluck
  • Birthday/benefit carnival party for Mama Hope 11am Marx Meadow GG Park $20 donation. "Think bouncy castle, live music, face painting, hula hooping, dancing, raffle, taco trucking, lots of laughing, and raising $ for a good cause"
  • Roadworks: screenprinting with a steamroller 12pm 300 De Haro/16th
  • Buz Blurr's cool stencils and such 6pm Babylon Falling 1017 Bush/Jones
  • 16 X 16: Dog Eared Books turns 16 and 16 year olds from 826 Valencia read 7pm 900 Valencia/20th. PIE!
  • Keith Knight cartoon opening reception 8-10pm Hostelling International 658 Ellis/Larkin
  • O Brother Where Art Thou screens Dolores Park dusk
  • Tilly and the Wall and others play Treasure Island Fest afterparty Mezzanine 10pm. Free with RSVP!
Sun, Sep 21:
  • From beach to bees: apiary workshop and workday 12-5pm Alemany Farm

Mon, Sep 22:

  • Porchlight's theme this month is "The Skin We're In: Tales of the Human Body." This could be grossly hilarious, and vice versa 8pm Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa/Potrero $12

Tues, Sep 23:

Wed, Sep 24:

  • SFBC Volunteer night 5pm-done. Food and folding
  • Drinks By Design 5.30pm Axis Cafe 8th/16th/Wisconsin. Be a punctual networker and get a free drink
  • Architecture in the City Film Series: Art & Science of Renzo Piano 6-7.45pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Panel discussion of the New CA Academy of Science follows film
  • Young Entrepreneurs for Social Good meets up 7pm Extreme Pizza 1062 Folsom. Don't know if their will be socially shared slices
  • Something People Like comedy show 7.30pm $8 Purple Onion 140 Columbus. These people are nice and good and Moshe Kasher (funny) is performing
  • Art of Democracy + tenor sax concert 7.30-9pm free Meridian Gallery 535 Powell
  • Africa discussion: colonization, politics, food, etc 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission free
Thurs, Sep 25-Mon, Sep 29: Thurs, Sep 25-Sat, Sep 27:
  • West Coast Green: innovation, exhibits, and Gore. This be in San Jose, and I have free tix if you want to go
Thurs, Sep 25-Sun, Sep 28: Thurs, Sep 25:
  • A Space Odyssey screens as a tribute to CA Academy of Sciences 12pm Main Library
  • Benefit for Breast Cancer Action El Rio 5-9pm $20-40 suggested donation. Auctions - dating and silent - may result in silent dating
  • Guardian Hellraisers present Doctoberfest: giveaways, Germans, sausages, and documentaries 5.30-8pm Elbo Room 647 Valencia/17th
  • Reflections of the Bay art showcase to benefit Boys & Girls Club Tenderloin Club House 6-8.30pm 1035 Market
  • New art and free wine 6-9pm Madrone Divis/Fell
  • Lawrence Rinder's "At Home" opening 6pm 1632C Market/Rose
  • Lots of cool stuff listed on IndyBay
  • How We Fight: Iraqi Short Films 8pm $6 ATA Valencia/21st
Fri, Sep 26-Sun, Sep 28: Fri, Sep 26:
  • Best day ever
  • Commuter Fair 11.30am-1pm Mint Plaza Jessie/5th. Fingers crossed for bagels
  • Tribute to John Lee Hooker: part of SF Blues Fest 12-1.30pm free Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Bldg. You could just laze around there til Critical Mess
  • Graze The Roof: Garden Opening Celebration 4.30-7pm Glide Memorial. Speakers, Day of Action for Green Jobs, and chlorophyl
  • Lots of cool stuff listed on IndyBay today, too
  • Locksmithing workshop 6-8pm 826 Valencia/19th. Pick something besides your nariz
  • Closing party/bbq for Heat & Light 6-9pm Art 94124 Gallery
  • Youth, imagination, and transformation art opening 6-9pm Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia
  • Poker Run, part of Pedal Monster Weekend and Bike!Bike! 7.15pm Dolores Park $7
  • Photo opening of live music shots 7.30pm Space Gallery 1141 Polk/Sutter

Sat, Sep 27-Sun, Sep 28:

Sat, Sep 27:

  • CA Academy of Arts opening 8.30am free, but f'ing crowded. Lots of cool activities
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Hoe it up
  • Expo for Independent Arts 11am-6pm Dolores Park. DIY workshops, double dutch, circus stuff, etc.
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Dolores Park. Really!
  • Evolving Leaders conference in the Presidio. This month focuses on food. RSVP $20 suggested donation 1-3.30pm
  • Noe Valley Mural celebration with music by Rupa and the April Fishes + others 2-5pm 3865 24th/Sanchez
  • I Heart Magazine throws an 80s party/opening 111 Minna/2nd free til 10pm, $5 til 11pm, $10 after
  • Brazilian Girls and Submarines play Mezzanine 9pm $25. Go to this if you aren't at...
  • Cyclecide for drinks, food, and post-apocalyptic bike-powered merriment 5pm $10 Ace Junkyard 2255 McKinon/Upton. You will get lost if you don't ride with others

Sun, Sep 28:

  • Comedy Day 12-5pm 19th/Lincoln Golden Gate Park. Five whole hours of comedy, potentially as unfunny as their website. Unless that is also a joke
  • Frida mania 2-7pm MoMA free live music and fake unibrows
  • Mission Dolores Basilica Organ Concert 5pm free 16th/Dolores. No homily involved
  • *Special long listing for Obama* 10am-6pm: Phoning swing state voters in Nevada. (pick any two hour block or just stop in for as long as you can) Obama Headquarters 939 Market/5-6th. Then 6pm: Dinner at Bissap Baobab 20% of all proceeds go to the Obama campaign 2323 Mission/19th. Then 8pm: Party & Fundraiser at Little Baobab/Bollyhood 19th/Mission-Capp

Mon, Sep 29:

  • Brian Jenkins talks about nuclear terrorism 6pm Commonwealth Club 2nd/Market free-$18
  • Man/Miracle rock Elbo Room
  • Bike Kitchen Benefit El Rio. Mechanic races, music, cool kids. Part of Bike!Bike!
  • BiteClub's open bar 9pm-2am 85 Campton Union Square. Gotta RSVP
Tues, Sep 30:
  • Political Cartoons, The Supreme Court, and The Constitution discussion 6.30-7.30pm Main Library
  • Nader. Commonwealth Club.
  • Bike pump station with SFBC 5-7pm Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Bldg
October Preview: Wed, Oct 1:
  • SF Green Drinks 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd.
  • Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer play free 6pm Amoeba Records Haight/Stanyan. Mandolin and bluegrass and such
Thurs, Oct 2:
  • Noah and the Whale is/are getting much buzz and are giving a free show 6pm Amoeba

August August

This month surely is "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur," or could be if you worked at it. Look at previous listings for venues' links. Check back constantly for updates of cool articles and events. Suggestions welcome.

Get growing! No yard, no problem. Attend Slow Food Nation and get inspired. Read up on the issues beforehand and get tipsy with Idealbite, so you can thrive, not just survive.

Fri, Aug 8th:

  • Burma Day rally Union Square 4-7pm, with art show Frey Norris Gallery 456 Geary 6-9pm
  • de Young Fridays with neat-o music 5-8.45pm free, if you don't gallery it up
  • Some crazy altered Barbie show at some crazy venue 5pm free Art 94124 Gallery 3900B 3rd/Fairfax
  • Brownies Vintage/Local boutique art opening 6-9pm 2001 Milvia in Berkeley
  • While on the east side, attend Educate One's fundraising party 7pm $5 Moo-licious
  • Killer robot art reception 7pm Lower Haters 597 Haight/Steiner
  • Wallpaper and Hot Tub make you dance The Independent Divis/Hayes 9pm $12
  • The Knockout presents Night of the Oldies, with lots of doo wop and soul 9pm $3
  • I liked what I heard when I myspaced the headliner, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, at Hemlock 9.30pm $7 Polk/Sutter

Sat, Aug 9th:

  • Clean & Green Alta Plaza Park 9am Steiner/Clay. Bagels and coffee in exchange for litter
  • Vintage Paper Fair 10am-6pm free County Fair Bldg 9th Ave/Lincoln in Golden Gate Park
  • Chinese puzzle party! 12-4pm Chinese Culture Center 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • The Music Store 10 year anniversary party12-10pm. Tunes, tastes, prizes, and awesomeness in West Portal. Yes, that neighborhood is in SF
  • Weaving workshop and Craft mag release party 12-5pm The Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/19th
  • Beijing Olympics Film Series: Year of the Yao 2-4pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove free
  • Bikes. 80s Costumes. Karaoke. Madonna. You. All in Dolores 4pm
  • Toronado's 21st Anniversary Party 547 Haight/Fillmore. No word about free beer or specific time
  • 3-Minute Film Festival Black Tie Gala & Screening 7-11pm $5-20 Root Division 3175 17th/South Van Ness
  • Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid screens 8pm Union Square ($3-6 suggested donation)
  • Sugar Shack with burlesque and oldies seems super fun 10pm $5 Elbo Room 647 Valencia/17th. Email with "Sugar" to win tix
  • The Blacks play with Immigrant 1opm $10 Bottom Of The Hill

Sun, Aug 10th:

  • Vintage Paper Fair again, as on Saturday, 10am-4pm
  • Pistahan Festival celebrating Philipino culture with food and music and such 11am free Yerba Buena Gardens 4th/Mission
  • Civil Liberties act of 1988: Reagan's apology for Japanese internment camps 1.30-4.30pm Main Library free. Cool panel of officials and experts. Reception 3.30pm
  • Camp food cooking demo 2pm Sports Basement Bryant/15th
  • Free BBQ: 3-7pm Benders 806 South Van Ness/19th; 3-ish Delirium 16th/Valencia; 3-ish 500 Club Guerrero/17th
  • Bart Davenport, Mia Doi Todd, and Kasey Johansing croon 9pm $7 Hemlock
  • Botticellis play Cafe du Nord 9pm $10
  • More doo wop at The Knockout 9pm free

Mon, Aug 11th:

  • Benefit for World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) orphanage and transition house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 5-8pm free food and auction Oola Restaurant 850 Folsom/4th
  • Free bluegrass 8pm Valencia/19th Amnesia
  • Trivia 8.30pm Noe Valley Tavern 24th/Castro. Get there early for sittin' space
  • Zeitgeist Film Fest 9pm 199 Valencia/Duboce $5
Tues, Aug 12th:
  • Yoga 5.45-7.30pm 848 Divis/McCallister. See Jessy's blog for deets
  • Earthquake preparedness workshop 6.30-7.30pm Main Library free. Relieve your Midwestern family's fears by telling them the New Madrid fault line under them is more active than the San Andreas
  • Free jazz 8pm Divis/ Hayes Mojo's Bicycle Cafe

Wed, Aug 13th:

  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5pm-done. Food, friends, and bikes
  • Bring fair-trade chocolate to Dolores for Global Exchange's S'mores Happy Hour 6-8pm
  • Food and jazz history of Fillmore 6pm Macy's Cellar 170 O'Farrell. Savor music and snacks
  • Double art opening 6-9pm The Lab 2948 16th/Capp
  • French Pop Night 8pm free Cafe Royale 800 Post/Leavenworth
  • Free jazz and such Amnesia 8.30pm
  • Get lucky with New Bar Every Other Wednesday and help support Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 8.30pm Lucky 13 Bar 2140 Market/Church-Sanchez. You show up, drink or don't drink, and the bar gives $5 a head to the week's cause
  • See neurologists behind Elixir's bar, ironically serving you things that damage your brain 9pm 16th/Guerrero. This is a fundraiser for the Memory Walk in October
Thurs, Aug 14th:
  • Seven Days Without Plastic Challenge begins today. Will/can you go a week without buying plastic?
  • Free yoga 2.30-3.30pm Women's Building 18th/Guerrero
  • $2 drafts 3-6pm Sellers Market 2nd/Market
  • Water is Gold show 5-7pm Kathleen McMahon Fine Arts Gallery Treat/18th
  • Party With A Purpose benefits Artists for Charity Children's Home in Ethiopia 5pm-2am 111 Minna/2nd $10 suggested donation. Music, auction, and warm fuzzies from housing HIV+ orphans. Actually, you might be a horrible person if you don't go
  • Centralization of Food Systems panel 5.30pm Commonwealth Club $12-18. You'll never buy Kraft or Tyson again
  • SFJazz Summer Fest 6pm Union Square. Free, and drink proceeds go to music education
  • Group show "Tasty" with art inspired by food, plus sips and nibbles 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Works here are cheap and great, made by developmentally disabled artists
  • Nancy Pelosi speaks 7pm free Cowell Theatre-Fort Mason Marina/Buchanan. Speaker of da House
  • Banished, a doc about too-contemporary ethnic cleansing in the US, screens 7.30-9pm ATA Valencia/21st
  • International Pop Overthrow 8pm $8 Rockit Room 406 Clement/5th Ave. The Barbary Coasters are great
  • JAWS! screens Dolores Park Movie Night dusk free. Bring your flannel
  • Free bluegrass concert 8-10pm Atlas Cafe 20th/Alabama
Fri, Aug 15th:
  • 111 Minna gives you free Peroni and Fernet 4-5.30pm hosted bar; 4-7pm snacks; music til 9.30pm. Cost options: $3 before 6pm and $5 after, or free with RSVP to
  • Opening of Sullivan's Travels 6-8pm The Curiosity Shoppe
  • New art up Big Umbrella Studio 7pm-midnight Divis/McCallister. This place throws down
  • From Here To Awesome festival 8pm-2am Mezzanine 5th/Jessie free. You decide which movies will play. Register for free tix
  • Some kind of maybe new agey yoga party with food and reflection 8.30-10.30pm Yoga Tree Castro 97 Collingwood (one block west of Castro)/18th
  • Or, The Whale; The Federalists; and Emily Jane White serenade Great American Music Hall 859 O'Farrell/Polk 9pm $13/15

Sat, Aug 16th:

  • Alamo Square annual flea market 9am-4pm Scott/Fulton/Hayes
  • Hayes Valley Block Party 11am-4pm. Basketball, food, music, and community Buchanana btwn Hayes/Grove
  • 90th Anniversary party of Italian Athletic Club 11am-5pm Washington Square/North Beach. Art, music, dancing, food, and Gavin!
  • Viva Las Americas celebrates Latino culture with music, giveaways, etc. 12-4pm Pier 39
  • Clean, Green, and Everything In Between showcase and rally City Hall 12-2pm. Learn and play
  • Cooking lesson 1-3pm Bloomingdale's. Spoonbread samples!
  • Bike Ed: Day One - Street Skills 1-5pm Golden Gate Valley Library 1801 Green/Octavia free. Registration required, and BYOLunch
  • Blind Shaft, part of Beijing Olympic Film Series, screens 2-4pm Main Library free. Miners and murderers
  • Supposedly free films and pancakes 4-8pm Argus Lounge 3187 Mission/Valencia
  • Ragtime and blues 4-6pm Atlas Cafe 20th/Alabama free
  • Brave New Travelers event 9pm-2am 111 Minna $15. Matador Travel is a cool writing site that is sponsoring youth travel. Food, DJs, and expanding kids' world perspectives all included

Sun, Aug 17th:

  • DIY Days gives you a forum to discuss independent media production with workshops, speakers, and peer support 10am-7.30pm 111 Minna/2nd
  • Lindy in the Park has free swing lessons and dance sessions noon. This week has a BBQ celebrating their 12th anniversary JFK Dr/8th-10th Ave 11am-3pm
  • Bike Swap Summer Party 12pm Panhandle - Masonic/Fell. BYOBBQ, raffle, barter, donate parts, all benefiting Cycles of Change
  • Alemany Farm Workday. Dig a little and take some harvest home 12-5pm
  • The Everywhere Game leads you around SOMA and benefits the Neurological Foundation 2pm Mezzanine Jessie/5th $10/player
  • Live jug band music 2-4pm Main Library free. Bands of jugs!
  • Judgement Day (string metal!), Geographer, and Cotillion play du Nord 9pm $10
  • Jeppe, Gravy Train, and Hot Tub move your feet Bottom Of The Hill 9pm $10

Mon, Aug 18th:

  • Project Open Hand evening shift. Chop!
  • Sign up for Slow Food Nation volunteer shifts City Hall Victory Garden 5-7pm

Tues, Aug 19th:

  • Grab the last Slow Food Nation volunteer shifts City Hall Victory Garden 5-7pm
  • Roman Holiday screens Union Square 6pm free. Bring some luggage/backpacks to donate to foster kids thru Trip Advisor
  • IdeaRaising meetup and chat about social business and trying to use money for non-evil 7-9pm 440 Scott/Fell

Wed, Aug 20th:

  • Chef Brian O'Connor of Cliff House gives you treats 1-3pm Bloomingdale's
  • Sustainability Tools for Small Business Workshop 3-5pm free 1010 Mission, Suite B
  • Bike photo booth 5-7pm Valencia playground @19th. The SFBC takes your bike's pic in case it's stolen
  • Food Not Bombs 5.45pm City Hall. By the Victory Garden, costing $180,000 while Gavin cut other food and care services
  • Mission Streetscape city planning workshop 6-8.30pm Women's Bldg 18th/Guerrero free
  • Planes, Trains, And Automobiles screens 6pm Union Square. Bring luggage to donate
  • INFORUM presents Top Chefs Tell All 6.30pm $15-95 Commonwealth Club. Call ahead to get your tix to see Bravo's stars, sip vodka with them, and maybe dine afterwards. Cool wine program/panel tonight here, too
  • Iraq Veterans Against War speak 7pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission $6
  • Trainwreck Riders and Pine Hill Haints make you feel all Midwestern inside with their great country-punk tunes 8pm free Matador 6th/Market

Thurs 21st-Sun 24th:

Thurs, Aug 21st:

  • Dress and drink like a hot mom at Noe Valley's Ambiance Customer Appreciation Night 5-9pm 3985 24th St
  • Building A Slow Food Nation panel and Israeli Cuisine At 60 speaker both 5.30pm reception, 6pm program Commonwealth Club
  • Pumpkin Cutter zine party with wine and nachos 8pm ShoeBiz 877 Valencia/20th. Honey, now don't make yourself sick

Fri, Aug 22nd-Sun, Aug 24th:

Fri, Aug 22nd:

  • Stick it to the EPA for not living up to its potential (aka sucking) 9.30am-1.30pm EPA HQ 75 Hawthorne 2nd/3rd St & Folsom/Howard
  • Design Guild SF 1st Anniversary party 6-10pm 427 Bryant/2nd. Innovation, community, food, and wine
  • Learn how to pick locks! 826 Valencia/19th 6pm free. Watch out for pirates
  • 1st Anniversary party! Celebrate with food, wine, music, and sales 6.30pm-9.30pm Secession Gallery Mission/30th across from Safeway. This place rules
  • Raj Patel speaks 7pm Books Inc 601 Van Ness/Golden Gate free. He is also discussing his awesome book Stuffed And Starved next Wednesday at Commonwealth Club

Sat, Aug 23rd:

  • Skate/Chili-off 9am 25th/Utah free. Hosted by Toad and Salmon (possible ingredients in the cook-off)
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • Chocolate cooking demo and sampling 12pm Williams-Sonoma 340 Post/Stockton. Snooty sweets
  • Kundun, part of Beijing Olympic Film Series, screens 2-4pm Main Library free. Scorsese's doc on the Dalai Lama
  • Help raise funds for leukemia/lung cancer medical bills 4-7pm Ethical Clothing 122 Kentucky/Petaluma (11th/Market). Raffle, food, wine, and fashion
  • Nowtopia author Chris Carlsson instructs how to get off the grid and other ways of taking care of business 7pm Red Hill Books 401 Cortland free
  • Parkerpalooza: Kelley Stolz, Still Flyin', Spiral Stairs, y mas! 12 Galaxies Mission/22nd 6pm (free pancakes til 7pm), music 8pm $15
  • The Blank Tapes and more bands play Tempest 8pm
  • California Honeydrops play Amnesia 8pm $10 9pm

Sun, Aug 24th:

  • Project Open Hand's Plate To Plate event: 5k event fundraiser, including gym passes, a Giants game, food, and fun. They need volunteers!
  • Arab Cultural Festival 11am County Fair Bldg 9th/Lincoln in GG park $6
  • Rock Make Street Festival gives you great local bands, local art, and fun all for free 11am-5pm 18th/Treat
  • Pretty & Nice rock Cafe du Nord 9pm $10

Tues, Aug 26th:

Wed, Aug 27th:

  • Bloomingdale's cooking demo 1-3pm with Chef Seiji Wakabayashi. I really just wanted to type that name
  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5pm-done. Food, friends, and bikes
  • Drinks By Design 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd. Designers, planners, engineers...come early for a free drink and network
  • Music industry networking/community building hosted by YonasMedia 5.30-8pm ArtHouse 1360 Mission. Followed by Bay Rising's Battle of the Bands finals 8pm $15 Great American Music Hall
  • Guardian's Hellraiser happy hour 6-8.30pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Valencia. Raffle/treats!
  • Raj Patel: activist, academic, and author of the amazing Stuffed and Starved. Plus he's dreamy 6.30pm $7-20 INFORUM/Commonwealth Club
  • Tips to the guest bartenders go to Clean Air-Cool Planet 9pm-2am Elixir 16th/Guerrero

Thurs, Aug 28th-Sun, Sep 7th:

Thurs, Aug 28th-Mon, Sept 1st:

  • Slow Food Nation Conference. Lots of famous foodies and such. Way too many great events to list, so do your own darn research

Thurs, Aug 28th:

Fri, Aug 29th:
  • Spare the Air Day, so public trans should be free if you want to sweat on Muni
  • Art, design, philanthropy, music, sips, and nibbles 6-9pm SomArts 934 Brannan/8th

Sat, Aug 30th:

  • Thai Art and Food Fair 10am-4pm $5 County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln. Thai one on with food, kickboxing, and dancing
  • Planetwalker speech 12-2pm Main Library. This dude was silent for 17 years and has walked the earth. Hence the name
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Big wigs from Slow Food will be touring here
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Dolores Park. You bring stuff (or not) and take stuff (or not). Free
  • Help fund a doc about foster kids and get music, education, and burlesque $10 El Rio 3-8pm
  • Pacific Reverb Society convenes 7-9pm IceBerger Gallery 18th/Treat. Some ridiculously creative music art project thingy
  • Shakespeare's Pericles (this version set in the wild west) starts tonight 7.30pm and continues thru Sep 21st Lincoln/Montgomery free
  • Activism Through Documentary screens Struggle, a film about voting corruption, Third Wave: A March for Women's Lives, and Equality, a film about gay marriage 8pm $6 ATA Valencia/21st. Wine, snacks, and mind-opening provided
  • DJs, art, and open bar 9pm D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore
  • Have a rompin'stompin' good time with Slim Cessna, Thee Oh Sees, and Second Cousins 9pm $14 Great American Music Hall
  • Teenage Dance Craze Party is super keen! 10pm $2 Knockout
  • Some crazy block party Cat Club/Icon 1192 Folsom. Free well drinks 10-11pm

Sun, Aug 31st:

  • Sunday Streets connects Bayview to Chinatown for car-free fun. Streetwalking has never been so promoted as family friendly 9am-1pm
  • Thai Fair again. See Saturday
  • Doin' It In The Park gives you free BBQ, DJs, arcade games, a jumpy house, and a reason to explore Golden Gate Park noon-sunset Elk Glen 25th/Lincoln
  • Your Dolores Park Scenester Sunday will be augmented by Xicana Moratorium Day: live salsa-cumbia-merengue, arts, and pride 12-5pm
  • Slow Food films: King Corn 12.30pm and The Future of Food 2.10pm Main Library
  • Brazilian percussion extravaganza 1-3pm Yerba Buena 3rd/Mission free

September Preview:

Mon, Sep 1st:

  • 6th Annual Cowgirlpalooza 3-9pm El Rio Mission/Valencia $10 for music and gumbo

Tues, Sep 2nd:

  • Make it a 4 day weekend and visit all the museums on Free First Tuesday
  • Love As Laughter plays Rickshaw 155 Fell/Van Ness

Wed, Sep 3rd:

  • Green Drinks 5.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd-Mission/Howard. Get there early for a free beverage, and stay for networking. Sponsored by Greenbelt Alliance this month
  • Centro-matic is great, and they are playing in a great place 8pm $10/12 Rickshaw Stop
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday milks Milk to benefit India Knowledge Exchange Program 8.30pm 1840 Haight/Stanyan. The bar gives $5 for everyone who shows up, drinkers or not
Fri, Sep 5th:
  • Lebowskifest.
Thurs, Sep 11th:
  • Extra Action Marching Band y mas blow at Rickshaw 8pm $13/15. Part of Hornucopia