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

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