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

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