Let's see how oval Obama's office is. And sign at least one petition for a ceasefire in Gaza. And this one supporting a sustainable USDA. We should be living on 13 gallons of water/day, at the most...try it out. Sketchfest brings some great acts into town. The Main Library brings you: Remembering Paul Newman film series, Thursdays at high noon. ----- ----- ----- -----
Thurs, Jan 1:
  • Two-thousand fine!
  • Start the year green by volunteering at Crissy Field Bldg 988 (beach clean up 9am-12pm) or Land's End (trail restoration 1-4pm). Snacks provided. Bring water and wear work clothes
  • First Thursday art crawl downtown. Bring a wine jar

Fri, Jan 2:

  • New art and mural installation reception and open bar 8pm D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Free w/ RSVP
Sat, Jan 3:
  • SFBC monthly pothole pointer-outer ride 10am-12pm. Check the site for deets
  • Film production of The Living Unborn Dead, Frankenart's freshly written B movie 1-8pm 515 Balboa/5th. "Come help with cheesy special effects, bad acting, and fake gore"

Sun, Jan 4:

  • Asian Art Museum Free First Sunday 10am-5pm Larkin/Grove. This month brings you great films, Afghans for Afghans knitting group, yoga, and knowledge
  • Mendelssohn by young chamber musicians 12-5pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Free Hot Dog Day - beef or veggie 1-6pm Frankenart Mart 515 Balboa/5th. Also, "Come get your custom map made - examples: Map of lost love, Map of smells, Map of teenage hangouts...you get the idea"

Tues, Jan 6:

  • First Tuesday museum crawl. Lots be free, all over town
  • Colter Jacobsen does painting from memory and generally just seems cool CA College of the Arts Wattis Institute 1111 8th/Hooper. Talk 7pm, reception afterwards
  • OPENRestaurant with Slow Food Nation 7pm YBCA 701 Mission $15/20 for meal, free discussion. Eat, live, and learn urban gardening, foraging, and gleaning
Wed, Jan 7:
  • Exploratorium be free today
  • Green Drinks 5.30-8.30pm Varnish 77 Natoma/2nd. Get tipsy, raffle-winny, and networky with other tree hugging professionals
  • Sean Hayes and Michael Musika help celebrate Rickshaw Stop's 5th birthday 155 Fell/Van Ness $15 doors 8pm
  • The Rumble presents LoveLikeFire...and French Miami..and DJs...8pm Harlot 46 Minna/1st. Free w/RSVP or $5 at the door
Thurs, Jan 8:
  • Awesome Africa photos by kids 5pm SF Cameraworks 657 Mission/3rd
  • Bike Ed - Day One: Street Skills 5.30-9.30pm SFBC 995 Market/6th. Free, RSVP required
  • Lots 'o art shows today. Check Laughing Squid and Fecal Face
  • Creativity Explored's reception for new show "Legend: Myth and Memory" 7-9pm 3245 16th/Guerrero
  • The American West At Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery is read by its authors 7pm Books, Inc Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness/Turk
  • Gaza Strip film and discussion 7.30pm ATA 992 Valencia/20th $6
  • Brent Weinbach and Moshe Kasher 8pm Purple Onion 140 Columbus/Jackson $10. Great local comedians

Fri, Jan 9:

  • Fruit and nut tree planting/workshop 10am-3pm Permaculture Garden 18th/Rhode Island. Learn, dig, and discuss over apricot, pluot, fig, and almond saplings
  • "The Airport Project" art opening 6-8pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna-Mission. I'm flyyyyyyiinng!
  • Be turned into a living saint via photography 6-9pm Frankenart Mart 515 Balboa/6th. Iconoclast this!
  • Pizza and Poetry 7.30pm 333 Bush/Montgomery $5 goes to charity and gives you all you can handle pizza, poetry, salad, and soda
  • Viva Cuba screens 7.30-9pm ATA 992 Valencia/21st. 50th year of Cuban revolution. $6, no one turned away for lack of funds
Sat, Jan 10:
  • Let Gaza Live! rally 11am-noon Civic Center Square Larkin/Grove
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • Poor Magazine's Pay-2-Paint Fun-Raiser/opening party 12-5pm 2926-2948 16th/Capp. Celebrate the new office with art, food, music, murals, and social justice
  • Celebrate the western snowy plover 1-4pm Crissy Field Center 603 Mason. You won't be receiving an Endangered Species Big Year award, but you will eat free food and see cute birds
  • "Mads Lynnerup: You Are the Artist, You Figure It Out" opening 4pm Baer Ridgway Exhibitions 172 Minna/3rd. Parody meets public art
  • "POP POP! FIZZ FIZZ!" surrealism show opening 7-10pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • Wholphin selections screen 8pm ATA 992 Valencia/2oth $6
Sun, Jan 11: Mon, Jan 12:
  • Mark Bittman reads from his new work Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating 6pm Book Passage - Ferry Bldg
  • Burn After Reading screens free 7.30pm doors 8pm film The Independent Divis/Hayes. "Two drink min," but you'll be alright. Free popcorn.
Tues, Jan 13:
  • "The Art of Change: Influence of Rock Music and Art on Social Change" opening 5.30-7.30pm City Hall. Coincidentally/full of fate, I wrote a bad paper on this for 1818 History in high school. I didn't have pictures of Bowie, though
  • Ask a Scientist: Bigfoot and Other Wild Men of the Forest 7pm Axis Cafe 1201 8th/16th-Wisconsin. What about the Amazons?
  • "A Trip Down (False) Memory Lane" reception 7-9pm Lexington Club 3464 19th/Lex-Valencia. This art show pays homage to this infamous bar
  • Shuckin' & Jivin' dance party 9pm free Knockout Mission/Valencia. Doowop, stomp, bop, and free fried chicken and bisquets. So basically....heaven?
Wed, Jan 14:
  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5-8pm. Collate, converse, and consume
  • About Face meetup and volunteer night 7-9pm Thrive House 1100 Broderick/Eddy. Boo to negative marketing of women, yay to this organization and eating pizza
  • Rumpus Raiser features Margaret Cho, other funny local writers, live music, and burlesque 7pm Make-Out Room 3225 22nd/Mission $10-25
  • Grassroots Alternative Economics meeting 7.15pm Box Dog Bikes 494 14th/Guerrero. Discuss co-ops, gift economy, better non-profits, etc
Thurs, Jan 15:
  • SFBC will pump you up 5-7pm Mission Park Valencia/19th. Free inflation and patch kits
  • "Sensuality and Space" art show 6-8pm Good Vibrations 1620 Polk/Sacramento. Food, wine, and hot stuff
  • Rohstoff closing party for "Always On" 6-8pm BAVC 2727 Mariposa/Bryant
  • *East Bay event! It must be good if I'm listing it. Get ready.....Flight of the Conchords Season 2 Premiere with free food and drink 7-10pm. Gotta RSVP
  • The Blacks 8pm $10 Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness. They are a great band
Fri, Jan 16:
  • Jonathon Franzen speaks 'bout writing 6pm CA College of the Arts 1111 8th/16th-Wisconsin
  • Thomas Wold shows off his sculpture and furniture 6-8pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/19th. He should make a chair called "Rock Your Wold"
  • Artist reception "Signs of Change" 7-10pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd
  • Big Umbrella Studios show opening 7pm-12am Divis/McAllister
  • Great show: Black Bird Raum, Indianna Hale, Stitchcraft, Foxtail Brigade 8pm Caretakers 848 Divis/McAllister. $5 or more donation goes to fund space's solar tubing project. Baked goods and drinks for sale

Sat, Jan 17:

  • Celebrate 35 years of hipster recycling Buffalo Exchange anniversary Valencia/23rd
  • Annual Scion Exchange 12-3pm UC Mission Center 1855 Folsom/15th. Cuttings, not cars. CA Rare Fruit Growers grafts and roots. $3 donation
  • Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren demo and discuss their cookbook A16 Food & Wine 3pm Omnivore Books 3885A Cesar Chavez/Church
  • Art soiree 6-9pm Axis Cafe 1201 8th/16th-Wisconsin. Beauty, beats, fire, and food provided
  • Neighborhood cleanup, incentivized by $8 all you can drink beer 4-8pm 15th/Shotwell. Sponsored by Truck Bar
Sun, Jan 18:

Mon, Jan 19:

  • MLK, Jr. Celebration 9am-5pm Bill Graham Civic Auditorium by City Hall. Music, speeches, films, teach-ins, arts/crafts, etc. Free, I believe, plus transit deals
  • Really Really Free Market planning meeting 7pm Cafe La Boheme 24th/Mission by The Attic

Tues, Jan 20:
  • NextArts Inauguration Concert and Party 7am-noon City Hall. Free, and please bring new socks/underwear to donate
  • End Bush party under the street sign that says it 9am Presidio/Bush
  • Finally. Obama's inauguration celebration and broadcast 9am-12pm Main Library
  • Onion Society for Beer Enjoyment 6-8pm Julien's 101 4th/Mission. RSVP sfpromo@theonion.com with subject OBAMA for free suds and snacks
  • Party and SF Food Bank Fundraiser 6-10pm Electic Works 13o 8th/Mission $10 for a full heart and mouth
  • Inauguration Skater Ball 7-11pm FunkyTown Rink 1720 19th/Wisconsin $10 + $5 skate rental. Roll with revolution
  • Raj Patel, amazing author of amazing Stuffed and Starved, speaks 7pm CA College of the Arts 1111 8th/16th-Wisconsin
  • League of Young Voters Inaugural Ball 8-11pm El Rio Mission/Valencia-ish $5-more sliding scale. Free baked goods and democracy
Wed, Jan 21:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free today. Get there early
  • Bye Bye Bush rally 4-7pm City Hall. Wear white and join others in supporting immigrant rights, civil liberties, and every other thing the new admin needs to fix
  • SFBC Service Station 5-7pm Caltrain 4th/King near Warm Planet Bikes
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday meets 8.30pm Dalva 3121 16th/Valencia. The bar gives $5/person, drinkers or teetotallers. This week benefits People's Legal Center
  • My pals' band The Facekicks kicks your face 9.30pm $6 Boom Boom Room Geary/Fillmore

Thurs, Jan 22:

  • Dreams from the Monster Factory: author talk and panel about prison reform and cutting recidivism 6-7.30pm Main Library
  • "Trying to Deal with Things that Aren't Human" opening reception 6-9pm David Cunningham Projects 1928 Folsom/15th
  • Mattress Recycling Design Competition Idea Showcase and Awards Reception 6-9pm 271 9th/Folsom. Free food, drink, innovation, art, and wit: "We should all be grateful for our mattresses; after all, most of us were conceived on one"
  • Edward Hasbrouck speaks on his book The Practical Nomad 7-9pm Get Lost Books 1825 Market/Valencia. Cool world travel tips
  • Think Outside the Bottle campaign community mtg 7pm Wilderness Society office 655 Montgomery/Washington Suite 1000
  • Amy Sedaris converses with Daniel Handler 8pm Herbst Theatre 410 Van Ness/Grove $20. You might wet your pants
  • The Ettes and others rock Rickshaw 155 Fell/Van Ness 8pm $10. Email sfpromo@theonion.com with ETTES in the subject line for tix
Fri, Jan 23:
  • Underground restaurant featuring a 6 course vegan meal with wine $30 Caretakers 848 Divis/McAllister 6pm cocktails 7pm meal
  • Opening reception for wood drawings/sculpture 6-8pm Four Barrel Roasters 375 Valencia/15th
  • Secession art show closing party 6.30-9.30pm Mission/30th across from Safeway. Drinks, DJ, art, food, and pretty people
  • Sizzle: Superhero edition 7.30pm Femina Potens Gallery 2199 Market/Sanchez. Monthly reading/open mic with hot words and hot popcorn $10/$5 performers
  • Lil Miss Hot Mess dance party 12am The Cinch Polk/Wash-Clay. Free admission and free popcorn
Sat, Jan 24:
  • Rally to support choice, immigrant rights, and civil liberties 10.30am Market/Embarcadero
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Hoes
  • Celebrate the opening of Bhatki Studio with free yoga 12-2pm 2417 Harrison/21st
  • Book swap 2pm Ateliette 1994 Union/Buchanan
  • Free detox vinyasa yoga 3-4pm Yoga Mayu 2041 Harrison/16th
  • "One Off Stimulations and Dirty Thoughts" artist reception 6-9pm Soap Gallery 3180 Mission/Cesar Chavez-Val
  • Wet Hot American Summer screens with cast members 12am $12 Clay Theatre
Mon, Jan 26:
  • INFORUM's green job fair and panel 6pm Commonwealth Club Market/2nd. Members free/students $7/others $18
  • Wall-E screens free 8pm Independent Divis/Hayes. Free popcorn, loosely enforced 2 drink minimum
Tues, Jan 27:
  • ITVS and KQED present Tulia, Texas, a doc about how nonsensical our war on drugs is 6-7.30pm Main Library
  • Homeless Count 7pm-late. Volunteers are needed to survey the number of homeless in order to obtain funds for social services. Support and training provided. Email HomelessCount@sfgov.org or call at 558-2346 for more info
Wed, Jan 28:
  • SFBC Volunteer Night 5-8pm. Collate, converse, and consume
  • Drinks by Design 5.30pm Rye 688 Geary/Leavenworth. Network and sip with designers, architects, engineers, etc
  • Opening of "School Buildings - The State of Affairs" 6-8.30pm AIA 130 Sutter. Gotta RSVP
  • Women and Socialism study group 7pm 110 Capp/16th #202
  • Change SF discussion and dance 7pm-12am Temple 540 Howard/2nd $5/10. We'll see if visionaries can shake it
  • Heart Shaped Box 90's rock smackdown 9pm Matador 10 6th/Market. Ping pong, chicken & biscuits, cheap drinks, and 6th Street charm
  • Club 1964 11pm Edinburgh Castle 950 Geary/Larkin. Free mod/soul dance party

Thurs, Jan 29:

  • Cool Hand Luke. Main Library. Noon. Eggs
  • Winter Walk'n'Wine Festival 5-8pm Post Tower Apts 737 Post/Jones. Free wine, nibbles, and hoitytoityness
  • Concert and happy hour to support Daraja Academy in Kenya 8pm Park Chalet 1000 Great Highway. Acoustic indie and education are a perfect match
  • KEXP (Seattle's amazing radio) party 9pm free Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Bartlett-Mission. Good music guaranteed

Fri, Jan 30:

  • Hyde Street Gallery opening for John Wood 6-8pm 1987 Hyde/Union
  • Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser discuss Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: By Writers Famous and Obscure 7pm Books Inc. Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness/Turk. "Attendees are also welcome to bring along their own personal 6-word memoirs"
  • D-Structure party with screenprinting, music, and open bar 8pm 520 Haight/Fillmore. RSVP to get in fo'sh
  • HOTTUB heats up Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness 10pm $10
  • Teenage Craze Dance Party 10pm $3 Knockout Mission/Valencia. Awesome doo-wop, twist...and free buttons

Sat, Jan 31:

  • Vintage Paper Fair 10am-6pm County Fair Bldg 9th/Lincoln GG Park free. Pretty things
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Balazo Gallery 2187 Mission/18th. Take stuff, bring stuff, make stuff, share skills, etc. Free
  • What's the Big Idea party 9pm-12am YBCA 701 Mission/3rd. Free pizza, dance parties, tea, and crowds. RSVP for 8.30pm admission
Sun, Feb 1:
  • Asian Art Museum is free 9.30-5pm Grove/Larkin.  Yoga 2pm, Year of the Ox party 12-4pm
  • Vintage Paper Fair 10am-4pm County Fair Bldg 9th/Lincoln GG Park free. Pretty things
  • Amy Ray plays 1pm Amoeba Records free Haight/Stanyan
  • Frankenart Mart free hot dog (veggie or flesh) 1-6pm 515 Balboa/5th. Cool little art space
  • Free figure drawing class 6-8pm Go For A Loop Gallery 1458 San Bruno/25th by the skate park. Bring sketching materials and snacks and drinks and talent to share. They are providing models. Maybe a movie afterwards, and maybe we'll be inspired to figure skate
  • Luscious Garage art show reception 6-9pm 459 Clementina/6th Howard-Folsom. "Booze, snacks, art, and company"
  • Mind Field skate film 7pm and 9pm free Victoria Theatre 2961 16th/Capp
  • Slow Motion Cowboys, Jesse DeNatale, and Conspiracy of Venus 8pm show $7 Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission. What better way to spend your post StuporBowl evening?
Mon, Feb 2:
  • Matt and Kim 8pm $10 Cafe Du Nord
Tues, Feb 3:

Wed, Feb 4:

  • Exploratorium is freeum today
  • The Rumble 8pm Harlot 47 Minna/1st. Free w/RSVP
  • Delta Spirit 9pm $12 Bottom of the Hill
Thurs, Feb 5:
  • Bay Bridged 3rd Anniversary Bash with The Heavenly States, Birds & Batteries, and Geographer 8pm $10/12 Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness. Great bands and great local music group

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