Feb

NoisePop reverberates Feb 24-Mar 1. Art, film, music, and some free shows if you RSVP. Plus some amazing free happy hours with NoisePop artists spinning and performing (email me). The Museum of the African Diaspora is free all month. Film buffs: SF Indie Film Fest lights up screens Feb 5th-22nd. Let's do a Dolores Park clean up then make clothes out of the hipsters' American Spirits cigarette butts. But unlike Victoria's Secret, prisoners won't make this garb.

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-Fri, Feb 6:

  • Design San Francisco. Lots of refreshment, innovation, design, green stuff, and networking. SF Design Center 15th-ish/Kansas

Wed, Feb 4:

  • Exploratorium is freeum today
  • Green Drinks 5.30-8.30pm Varnish Gallery 77 Natoma/2nd-Mission. This month's networking and boozing sponsored by 350. org and 3rdWhale
  • The Rumble 8pm Harlot 47 Minna/1st. Free w/RSVP
  • Penny Archade showcase of local bands 8pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission. My pal says his band Floating Robot Familiar is great
  • Delta Spirit 9pm $12 Bottom of the Hill
  • Cannons And Clouds fog up the windows at Elbo Room 9pm Valencia/17th $5 or so
Thurs, Feb 5:
  • Grab your wine jar and art appreciation off the shelves: First Thursday Art Crawl downtown. Hit Fecal Face link to the right for deets
  • Re-Forming Paper art show 6pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena/Mission
  • Echoes of the 2009 Davos World Economic Forum 6.30-9pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Jackson. Gotta RSVP
  • 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
  • SF Indie Fest Opening Night and Opening Bash with Extra Action Marching Band 9pm Cellspace $7/free with ticket stub
Fri, Feb 6:
  • Camp out at 111 Minna: Look Out Weekend 4-9pm free beer/fernet with RSVP, Bay Area Graffiti Book release party 5-9pm 111 Minna, and then Women's Film Festival 80s Dance Party fundraiser 9pm-2am $7<10pm>$10. You're gonna need a cab home from 111 Minna/2nd
  • Benefit Concert for the Rehabilitation of Ugandan Child Soldiers 5-11pm USF Campus McLaren Hall $5-8. Great bands (Man/Miracle plus many more) working to raise funds
  • Super hero themed art opening 6-9pm Arkay Workshop 2869 24th/Florida. Costumes encouraged and rewarded
  • Iranian Literary Arts Festival 6.30pm Friends of the SFPL 391 Grove/Gough
  • Anarchists Against the Wall presentation 7.30-9.30pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission. Hear from a direct action group fighting for justice in Gaza
  • Plastic Dreams art opening 8pm-12am D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Music and free open bar. RSVP
  • Films about Lebanon and Palestine 8-10pm Bound Together Bookstore 1369 Haight/Masonic free
  • Fortune Records triple cd release party. Lots o' bands. Chinese food 9pm Bottom of the Hill $10
  • The Seven 9pm-2am Space Gallery 1141 Polk/Sutter. 7 visual artists and 7 fashion designers and 7 culinary artists interpret the 7 deadly sins. $7 suggested donation
  • Oldies Night 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $2<10pm>$4. Twist, doo wop, etc
Sat, Feb 7:
  • Valentine's Love: A Fair 10am-2pm Design Within Reach 2299 Alameda/Potrero. Local designer fair
  • CUESA's Citrus Celebration 10am Ferry Bldg Farmers' Market. No to scurvy
  • Urban composting class 10am-noon Garden for the Environment 7th/Lawton free. Global worming
  • Censored 2009 10.30am-noon Main Library Larkin/Grove. Hear about stuff the man prevented you from hearing about last year
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • We Heart The Mission walkaround party and sales at local shops noon-night. No to American Apparel and its gold spandex unitards
  • MAPP: Mission Arts and Performance Project. Family MAPP 1-4pm, Party walk 7pm-midnight
  • Art Bazaar 2-9pm Galeria de la Raza 2857 24th/Bryant free. Local Latino DIY designers
  • Scary Cow 7th Film Festival 2.30-10pm Castro Theatre $9.50 for all day pass to 25 indie films
  • Arctic Technology opening 4pm Hosfelt Gallery 430 Clementina/5th. Snow way!
  • Chinese New Year Parade 5.15-8pm Market/2nd to Kearny/Jackson
  • Film, Food and Music for the People's Struggle in Morelos, Mexico presented by ARCO- Collective Action and Resistance 7-10pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission. Greek food and drink sold. Screening of 13 Villages Defending Water, Air and Land
  • Cinch-The Art of Corsetry opening and demo 7-10pm Femina Potens Gallery 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • Benefit dinner for In Search of Good Food 7-10pm Million Fishes Collective 2501 Bryant/23rd $40-100 sliding scale. A ridiculously good menu to support this doc about food systems, plus klezmer music and such. RSVP
  • Debaser's Riot Grrrl Valentine's Party 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $5/free with babydoll dress or flannel before 11pm

Sun, Feb 8:

  • Beer to Breakers benefit for Rocket Dog Rescue and World Bicycle Relief and the demise of your liver 10am-5pm roving all around town $10. Lots of free stuff and debauchery
  • Coffee Shoppe Boutique benefit for Old Skool Cafe 2-7pm Temple 540 Howard/1st $7-11. Local designers and DJs do it for this cool org
  • Bijou: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder 7pm Martuni's 4 Valencia/Market $5. Isn't he/she lovely?
  • More dancing at the Knockout: Doo wop jive night 9pm free

Wed, Feb 11:

  • SFBC volunteer night 5-8pm 995 Market. Dinner and deft office skills provided
  • SF Bay Area Community Exchange meeting 7-9pm Cafe La Boheme 3318 24th/Mission. "This is the first meeting of a group of enthusiastic people who are interested in starting a local currency and/or bartering network in order to facilitate a more just and sustainable local economy. If you are interested, subscribe to sfbacommunityexchange-subscribe@yahoogroups.com"
  • Lost Landscapes III: Film Fragments of San Francisco 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th. Freeeee
  • Dog Eared Books short-fiction based reading consortium: Amy Hempel 8pm 900 Valencia/20th. "Discussion will be had, beverages shall be supplied"

Thurs, Feb 12:

  • Sandbox Suites Open House 4-8pm 123 10th/Mission. Check out their new space, though your perspective might be altered by the free margaritas. RSVP
  • "Spiraling Echoes" opening reception 5.30-7.30pm City Hall Rotunda. Site specific sound sculpture
  • Violence Against Women and the Darfur Genocide film 6-8pm Women's Bldg 18th/Guerrero free. Then a panel discussion
  • "Observing" discussion of "Invisible Landscapes" 7-9pm Exploratorium. These salt flats are pretty cool. Free, m'thinks
  • Mortified takes the stage 8pm Makeout Room 22nd/Mission $12/15. Annual DOOMED Valentine's Day show of the bestest most horriblest personal readings
  • "What Kind of Liberation?" 8pm Green Arcade 1680 Market/Gough. Author talk on women and the occupation of Iraq

Fri, Feb 13:

  • Food From the Heart benefit for Slow Food SF 5-8pm Ferry Bldg $2-8 tickets for food/wine. Whilst there, mingle then...
  • Milonga de Amor 5.30-8pm Ferry Bldg. Free tango
  • Secession Art & Design artist reception 6.30-9.30pm 3361 Mission/30th across from Safeway. Always a good time with good food and good wine and good looking people
  • Sweet cookbook reading & eating 7pm Red Hill Books 401 Cortland/Andover. Eat treats by Michael Jackson's former chef. Bring a mug for hot cocoa
  • The Spare Room presents "For Lovers and Fighters" 7-10pm 270 Anderson/Cortland. "This exhibition features artworks, historical documents, and ephemera in which love is a foundation for change within our personal lives and communities"
  • Mortified takes the stage 8pm Makeout Room 22nd/Mission $12/15. Annual DOOMED Valentine's Day show of the bestest most horriblest personal readings

Sat, Feb 14:

  • Intro to rooftop gardening 11am-1pm Glide Memorial 330 Ellis/Jones. "Graze the Roof"
  • Break Up with Bank of America 11.30am in front of Coffee Bean 773 Market/Powell BART. Jjoin Rising Tide Bay Area in demanding that Bank of America stop its funding of the coal industry and its unjust foreclosures and evictions of working families"
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • Guided walk from the Exploratorium to Fort Mason 2pm. "We'll investigate the tenuous relationship between land and water." (I hope they can work it out for Valentine's day)
  • Telephone and Soup art party 2-5pm 744 Alabama/19th. "We also recently started a nonproft that's dedicated to creating, printing, and distributing local language books in West Africa. We'll be selling one zine all about Mali where all the proceeds go towards that"
  • QuirkyAlone Day List Slam 7pm Red Hill Books 401 Cortland/Andover
  • St. Valentine's Day Noir live readings 8pm Ha-Ra Club 875 Geary/Larkin free. "Join us for an evening of unbridled transgression"
  • For the Love of Abolition: A Benefit for Critical Resistance Oakland 9pm-2am Baker's Dozen 733 Baker/McAllister. "We'll bring the DJs and drinks. You bring the love!"

Sun, Feb 15:

  • I don't know what this is, but if you're in Oakland: East Bay Hella Free Day "high noon till darkness. Lake Merrit Bandstand (north side with all the columns). Bring anything you would like to share such as music, food, clothes, art, whatever"
  • Labyrinth Walk 1-4pm 2808 Mariposa/Florida. Donations benefit PeaceCamp, which brings Palestinian and Israeli youth together
  • Another guided walk from the Exploratorium to Fort Mason 2pm. "We'll investigate the tenuous relationship between land and water"
  • Noche Boliviana cultural/musical event 5.30pm Women's Bldg 18th/Guerrero donations accepted
  • Escape to New York dj night 9pm-2am Knockout Mission/Valencia. I'm going for the free vegan snax

Tues, Feb 17:

Wed, Feb 18:

  • CA Academy of Sciences is free. Get there early
  • About Face meet-up and volunteer night 7-9pm Thrive Youth House 1100 Broderick/Eddy. Learn about this great org that teaches media literacy about body image and such. Plus meet cool people, fold some paper, and eat pizza. RSVP

Thurs, Feb 19:

  • "Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present" 12-4.30pm CA Historical Society 678 Mission free for kids and members/$3 non members
  • Free bartending class and bar-bites 5.30-7pm Cortez 550 Geary/Jones. Tequila
  • An Exhibit of Radical Underground Newspapers from the 60s and 70s 6-9pm Babylon Falling 1017 Bush/Jones
  • Empowering Ourselves and Our Daughters lecture 6.30-8.30pm Ladies Who Launch In 2762A Octavia/Union. This looks pretty great (also Tues 24/2)
  • A Taste of Green: organic tastings and samples and gift bags and networking and such 7-8.30pm Spring 2162 Polk/Vallejo. RSVP for guaranteed entry
  • HEARTwarming, a League of Pissed Off Voters fundraiser 8pm-12am Sub-Mission Art Space Mission/18th $10-25. DJs, food, drink specials, auction...

Fri, Feb 20:

  • "Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism" discussion and slideshow 7pm Get Lost Books 1825 Market/Guerrero. WWGM? (What Wouldn't Google Map?)
  • Change of Strange artist reception 7-10pm Varnish 77 Natoma/2nd
  • Cracks in the Asphalt author reading 7pm Red Hill Books 401 Cortland/Andover. Urrrban gardening
  • Apparently, Eugene Mirman's new book will make you die of laughter 7.30pm Booksmith 1644 Haight/Belvedere. Hope he lives up to the hype
  • Noise Pop Art Show: Photos by Lauren Dukoff Eleanor Harwood Gallery 1295 Alabama
  • Oldies Dance Night 9pm Knockout Mission/Valencia $2<11pm>$4
Sat, Feb 21:
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Mushroom cultivation workshop
  • A freegan's paradise: 2nd Annual NorCal Grilled Cheese Championship 1pm Dolores Park. 500 people can be judges for $2 donation. Go Golden State Cheese Warriors!
  • Evolve: Bad Science Films 1-3pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Screening of 1958's Monster On Campus with MST3K-like commentary
  • Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Groundbreaking Ceremony 1-4pm 55 Taylor/Turk. Help celebrate cool community stuff in the Tenderloin with art, music, refreshments, etc. Some interactive art-dancy benefit thing at night $10+
  • Small Plates, Perfect Wines author appearance and tasting 2-3pm Omnivore Books 3885a Cesar Chavez/Church
  • Soul Music Spectacular screenings 8pm $10 w/RSVP Oddball Film + Video 275 Capp/18th
  • Dead Westerns + The Blank Tapes 9pm Caretakers 848 Divis/McAllister $donation for solar tubing

Sun, Feb 22:

  • Move the Bike Kitchen 11am rides back and forth from SoMa to Mission. RSVP to Cara volunteer@bikekitchen.org with subject "critical move"
  • “Dishing It Out: Career Waitresses Across the U.S.A.” 1-2.30pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. Exhibition opening with the photographer and a panel discussion on work labor issues, on the side
  • Balboa Theatre Birthday Bash and Oscar Party 1pm/5pm combo tickets $15, Guardian special $13. Bday party is an old film plus live vaudeville. Oscar party is a live broadcast, live music, etc.
  • Manic D 25th Anniversary Celebration 2-9pm Bird and Beckett Books and Records 653 Chenery/Castro. Party it up with indie publishers
  • Food Not Bombs vegan potluck/meeting 5-8pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission

Mon, Feb 23:

  • SFBC service station: free lube jobs 5-7pm Fell/Masonic
  • The Foot Fist Way screens 8pm Independent Divis/Hayes
  • Film about Noise Pop 2008 screens 8.15pm Madrone Divis/Fell

Tues, Feb 24:

  • Free short stack 7-10am IHOPs. Tip
  • 7th Human Rights Film Festival 1-9pm USF free. Amazing films and many director speeches
  • 'Survivors International talk on Reauthorization of the Torture Victims Relief Act, with a screening of "My Brother's Keeper", a documentary film by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims examining today's torture through the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture' 5.30-7.30pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Your first Abita beer is free til 9pm Bin 38 3232 Scott/Lombard
  • "Ring the Changes" cacti pics reception 5pm Marx & Zavattero 77 Geary/Grant
  • Nuclear power panel 6-8pm International Forum on Globalization Oddfellows Bldg 26 7th/Market
  • Empowering Ourselves and Our Daughters lecture 6.30-8.30pm Ladies Who Launch In 2762A Octavia/Union. This looks pretty great
  • Cesar Chavez bike friendly planning meeting 6.30pm Leonard Flynn Elementary School 3125 Cesar Chavez/Harrison
  • John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats in convo and song with Tobias Wolff 8pm Herbst Theatre $20 (though I know a legal free avenue)

Wed, Feb 25:

  • 7th Human Rights Film Festival 1-9pm USF free. Amazing films and many director speeches
  • SFBC volunteer night 5-8pm 995 Market/6th. Dine and distribute
  • Drinks By Design 5.30pm Swig 561 Geary/Jones. Architects, landscapers, graphic designers, and more all network and imbibe here
  • Community town hall on immigrant rights 5.30-8pm Horace Mann Middle School 3351 23rd/Bartlett. Gavin!
  • Night/Light Exhibition artis reception 6-8pm Afi + Associates Portfolio Real Estate 200 Brannan/Delancey Unit 100. "The artwork explores both the peaceful and invigorating aspects surrounding Bay Area nightfall"
  • ClaireNicole's "Pearls Before Swine" opening reception 7pm-late Fly Bar 762 Divis/Fulton
  • TalkSoup HQ brings you the founders of SonicLiving, talking about online music and the lack of space keys 7pm 525 Brannan/4th 3rd floor RSVP
  • Bees in the City talk about Colony Collapse Disorder 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th
  • Science talky talks at Dorkbot SF 7.30pm PariSoma 1436 Howard/11th
  • The French Kicks + The Broken West 8pm $15 Independent Divis/Hayes. And other NoisePop shows
  • **New Bar Every Other Wednesday 8.30-close pm Homestead 19th/Folsom. Show up and the bar gives $5 to Haitian hurricane relief org Bellot Diva. All you Ash Wednesday-ers don't have to imbibe, just come

Thurs, Feb 26:

  • 7th Human Rights Film Festival 1-9pm USF free. Amazing films and many director speeches
  • NoisePop happy hour 5-8pm Bender's 19th/S Van Ness. Scissors for Lefty + Man/Miracle. And other NoisePop shows
  • SF Vegan Drinks 6-8pm Martuni's Market/Valencia. No open bar, but lots of hot vegans
  • Mission Statement meet the designers reception 6-9pm 3458 18th/Mission
  • Yoga for runners 6.30pm Sports Basement 15th/Bryant. Free class
  • Performance of Voices with Howard Zinn, Benjamin Bratt, Josh Brolin, Diane Lane, Stairwell Sisters, Clarence Thomas, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright Penn, and more 7pm Mission High School 18th/Dolores $20
  • Babble On author readings 8pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th
Fri, Feb 27:
  • Bardot A Go Go + Pollo Del Mar sass up The de Young 5-8.45pm free
  • Lots of good NoisePop business
  • Group show "Portrayals" 6-8pm Mina Dresden 312 Valencia/14th
  • International Women's Day 2009 Fundraiser for the Women of Gaza 6pm cocktails 7pm film: Occupation 101 donations accepted The Pink House 1519 Sanchez/28th
  • Underground restaurant 6-10pm Caretakers' 848 Divis/McAllister. Vegan/raw Mexican feast! $15 pre fixe + $10 wine pairing, cocktails available. "Many courses of tacos, tamales, enchiladas, salsas, bocaditos, and dessert"
  • Southern Exposure's 9th Annual Monster Drawing Rally 6-11pm Club Verdi 2424 Mariposa/Potrero $5 donation
  • Cluster party and sale 7pm Gravel and Gold 18th/Treat. Birthday beer and cake!
  • Teenage Dance Craze Party! 10pm-2am Knockout Mission/Valencia $2. Oldies and twist and such

Sat, Feb 28:

  • Juri Commons park workday 9am-12pm Guerrero/26th
  • Day of free film school 10am-5pm SF School of Digital Filmmaking 2565 3rd/23rd
  • Noise Pop N' Shop 12-4pm Club Verdi 2424 Mariposa/Bryant
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Balazo Mission/18th
  • Woody Guthrie talk and tribute 1.30-3pm Mission Library 24th/Bartlett
  • Art party 6-9pm Studio 3579 499 Dolores/18th. Bubbly and sales
  • Queens Nails Projects "Fun-a-Day" 7-11pm 3191 Mission/Valencia. Lots of folks did an art project each day of January
  • Pass the guitar show 8pm Adobe Books 16th/Valencia. Artists: Indianna Hale, Paleo, The Blank Tapes, and more

Sun, March 1:

  • Asian Art Museum is free 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Perennial vegetables workshop along with workday Alemany Farm 12-5pm
  • Hot Dog Day: free beef or veggie furters 1-6pm Frankenart Mart 515 Balboa/6th
  • Free show 2pm Knockout Mission/Valencia. Trainwreck Riders play 4pm

Mon, March 2:

  • Coalition to Save Public Health informational town hall 6-8pm First Unitarian 1187 Franklin/Geary
  • I do want to fall in love: Chris Isaak performs 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
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