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Glad I'm not Ms. Universe and that Obama is working on shutting down that prison. Now, when will he legalize hemp? It could be grown in the White House Victory Garden. Oh, and maybe order soyrizo once a week. Do it for our depressed world (funny Grist video). Cheer Earth up with easy local food movement actions (canning swap! glean! potluck! forage!)

Some ongoing April business: Free coffee every Monday 8-10am Four Barrel Valencia/14th through April 20. Oh no, where to dork out with drinks on Thursday nights: Exploratorium After Dark or CA Academy of Sciences? Get your shoes ready: Bay Area Dance Week

Wed, April 1:
  • Exploratorium is free today
  • Cheat Neutral and Fossil Fools 12-1pm Justin Herman Plaza and Embarcadero BART. Watch out for effusive environmentalists
  • Naked Earth Happy Hour 5pm Zebulon 83 Natoma/2nd. Free wine tastings and appetizers. Discuss the environy of drinking organic French wine in SF at....
  • Green Drinks 5.30-8pm Varnish 77 Natoma/2nd. Talk shop and sip with fellow tree huggers
  • The Rumble with Leopold and His Fiction 8pm Harlot 46 Minna/1st free. Gotta RSVP
  • Cracks In the Asphalt: SF Community Gardens talk 6-7.30pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Also Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebration. Should be a colorful night
  • Lessons in Adventureneering: Symposium of General Knowledge 7.30pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Ask a Generalist: Anything
  • SurfAid International Fundraiser 8pm-2am Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th. Raffle, DJ, free veg food!
  • Dolores Park Movie Night Pre-Season Party 9pm Elixir 16th/Guerrero. Vote, fundraise, etc
Thurs, April 2:
  • First Thursday art crawl downtown. Check out the Fecal Face link at right and bring a wine jar
  • Historic Causes and Responses to Homelessness in America 6pm free CA Historical Society 678 Mission/3rd
  • Women Reading, Women Writing 6pm Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia free
  • Composing Thoughts 6-7.30pm Mechanics' Institute 57 Post/Market. Live string quartet music and music composition discussion
  • Public Barber Salon art event 7-10pm 571 Geary/Jones. Wine and chocolate
  • Wild turkey 7.30pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln free. Lecture about birds, not hooch
Fri, April 3:
  • Health Consequences of Iraq War discussion 4-8pm UCSF Cole Hall 513 Parnassus
  • Cherry Bleeds Literary 5pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia free. "Enjoy words, contests, prizes, cheap drinks, and insults!"
  • Branch store-inside-a-store opening 6-8pm Eco Citizen 1478 Vallejo/Polk. Cocktails, snacks, and Friends of the Urban Forest benefit
  • Literature, improv, and music 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/19th
  • Poetry & Pizza 7.30pm Escape From NY Pizza 333 Bush/Montgomery $5 donation goes to Artists For A New South Africa and gets you all you can eat slices/salad/soda
  • "3rd Works" opening 8pm D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Gotta RSVP for entry and drinks
  • Botticellis 9pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Cesar Chavez $5
  • Oldies Dance Night 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $2<11pm>$4
Sat, April 4:
  • Exhibit Darfur photo collection 9am-4pm SFSU Downtown 835 Market/Powell
  • Women In Sustainability symposium 10am-1pm UC Berkeley Extension 425 Market/1st. RSVP free
  • Bike Coalition Potluck Picnic 12-2pm GG Park 14th Ave/Rose Garden
  • Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival. Parade begins noon 19th/Guerrero, Fair 1-5pm 24th/Bryant
  • New cute show "Me Vs Me" reception 6-10pm Receiver Gallery 1415 Valencia/25th
  • Mission Arts & Performance Project walk around 7pm. Start at New Door 3075 21st/Shotwell
  • FlashDance 7-9pm CA State Bldg McAllister/Van Ness
  • Fundraiser for arrested BART protesters 10pm-2am Thee Parkside 1600 17th/Wisconsin $5
  • Debaser 90's dance party 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $5 or free if wearing flannel before 11pm
Sun, April 5:
  • Asian Art museum is free today 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Native Plant Garden Tour 11am-3pm. Self guided - get your map here
  • East Bay Hella Free Day 12-4pm Lake Merritt Grand/Lakeshore. Potluck and free market
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • Masticate all you can 1pm raw potluck Community Room Valencia Police Station Valencia/17th $3 non SF Veg Society members; $8 without dish. BYOPlate, Utensils
  • Free veggie hot dogs 1-6pm Frankenart Mart 515 Balboa/5th
Mon, April 6:
  • 50% off Community Thrift Valencia/17th. Give to yourself and the community
  • "Bioanthrophony" opening 6-9pm CCA SF Campus 8th/16th
  • 6.30pm 111 Minna/2nd $15/25 includes program + 2 drinks + appetizers
Tues, April 7:
  • Museums around town are free today. Go get learned
  • Ask A Scientist: Yucky Parasites 7pm Axis Cafe 1201 8th/16th
Wed, April 8:
  • Anti-War Then and Now lecture 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free
  • Broke Ass Stuart's F' The Recession party with Sugar & Gold 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $5 RSVP. Also a keg of beer, IndieMart DIY stations, and general debauchery. Then drunkenly hop on the 49 Muni to....
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday lounges at Argus 3187 Mission/Cesar Chavez-Valencia 8.30pm. Show up and the bar gives $5 to Mission Learning Center
Thurs, April 9:
  • "Paul Robeson: Concert Singer" 111th birthday and closing reception 5.30pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove
  • Learn about El Salvador's new president Mauricio Funes and his political party FMLN 7-9pm Dolores St Community Services 938 Valencia/20th free
  • Conspiracy of Venus, Emily Jane White, and Pete Bernhard doors 8pm show 9pm Rickshaw Stop $8
Fri, April 10:
  • "Pogonophora" opening 6pm RayKo Photo Center 428 3rd/Harrison. Beard photos for days
  • Teeeth 7" release party w/Vitiligo and Cheetahs On The Moon 9pm Kimo's 1351 Polk/Sutter $5. Win a free turntable, no doubt
Sat, April 11:
  • Lao New Year celebration 10am-5pm Civic Center free. Lao'd and proud with cultural performances and activities
  • Northern CA Cherry Blossom Festival 11am Post/Buchanan
  • Corporate Bail Out protest 11am Federal Reserve Bank 101 Market/1st
  • The Mission's Secret History Bike Tour 11am Dolores/18th free for SFBC members/$5 for non-members
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • New short films 5pm/7pm Ever Gold Gallery 441 O'Farrell/Taylor $5 complimentary beverages...perhaps this?
  • "Living Grid" reception 6pm The Lab 2948 16th/Capp. Interactive malleable art
  • Taste 2009 Preview 7-10pm Root Division 3175 17th/S Van Ness $2-20 sliding scale. Food, drink, music, workshops, prizes
  • Lost Vegas debaucherous casino madness CellSpace 2050 Bryant/19th $20. Crazy fundraiser for Swimming Cities art boat project with motorcycle jump, gambling, booze, and general hedonism
Sun, April 12:
  • Welcome back, JC
  • Northern CA Cherry Blossom Festival 11am Post/Buchanan
  • BYOBig Wheels annual Easter Race 4pm Potrero Hill 20th/Vermont
  • "Missed Connections" 6pm Climate Theatre 285 9th/Folsom free. Improv pieces based on the best Craigslist category. "Casual Encounters" after-party
  • Kayaking lesson 11.30pm City Kayak Pier 40 Embarcadero/Townsend. Free basic skills taught under the moon

Mon, April 13:

  • "How Art and Music Can Save the World" discussion and songs 1pm Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia/19th
  • Wavves 9pm Bottom of the Hill 17th/Missouri $8. Good earpluggy music

Tues, April 14:

  • ZipCar party 5.30pm Temple 540 Howard/1st. Green info, Twitter founder, food, drink, driving credits (not to be used too soon after the event!) RSVP

Wed, April 15:

  • CA Academy of Sciences is free today
  • Guardian Green Issue launch party 5-8pm Temple 540 Howard/1st. Free thai bites, networking, and sustainability talk (6pm)
  • Art & Politics: Russell Howze - Stencil Nation 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free
  • Illy Bogart free show 7.30-9.30pm Epicenter Cafe 764 Harrison/3rd. "Jazz/funk/latin/hip hop/soul sax, bass and drums"
Thurs, April 16:
  • Cocktail College 6-7.30pm Cortez 550 Geary/Jones. Free, gotta RSVP. featured spirit: Makers Mark
  • Italian food/wine demo 6pm Macy's 170 O'Farrell/Stockton
  • Caffeinated Comics party Mission/Valencia. If you're gonna be a dork, be a green caffeinated one
  • Abundance League's local food potluck and discussion 6.30pm-later Citizen Space 425 2nd/Harrison #100
  • Mission Street Food benefits Meals on Wheels. Usual amazingness, plus a style contest this week
  • Dolores Park Movie Night: Madagascar 7pm music, film at dusk
  • Instant City reading and release party 8pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th
  • 3 Minute Film Festival screening 8pm Madrone 500 Divis/Fell
Fri 17th-Sun 19th: Fri, April 17:
  • Timbuk2 bag party 6-10pm 506 Hayes/Octavia. Music, cerveza, stencils
  • Opening party 6.30-9.30pm Secession 3361 Mission/30th across from Safeway. Drinks, pretty things and people, snacks
  • PostcardsFromYoMomma founders and editors speak and read 7pm Books, Inc. 3515 California/Locust
  • Caretakers' Pizza Night 7-11.05pm 848 Divis/McAllister $15 for 4 courses
  • Night of the Oldies dance party Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $2<11pm>$4
Sat, April 18:
  • Solar power community training 9.30am-5pm PG&E Howard 851 Howard. Free: registration and RSVP required. Lunch provided (sun dried tomato?)
  • Save Muni hearing of fare increases and service decreases 10am-2pm 1 South Van Ness 2nd floor Atrium Conference
  • Spring Cleaning: Swap Meet 10am-4pm 111 Minna/2nd $5 with stuff to swap, $10 without. Music, art, drink deals, new-to-you styles. Benefit for Larkin St. Youth Services
  • Northern CA Cherry Blossom Festival 11am Post/Buchanan
  • Alemany Farm Earth Day BBQ and workday 12-5pm. "Music, food, dirt, & nice people = fun" Slow Motion Cowboys play
  • Record Store Day: giveaways, Kelley Stolz and Loquat and Aesop Rock performances, John Vanderslice DJ set, sales Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • Spring party and sale 6-9pm Studio 3579 499 Dolores/18th. Local design, white sangria, margaritas
  • Trainwreck Riders and The Devotionals play 7pm Ever Gold Gallery 441 O'Farrell/Taylor $5 complimentary beverages...perhaps this?
Sun, April 19:

Mon, April 20:

  • Black Kids, Mates of State, Judgement Day doors 7.30pm Independent Divis/Hayes $20. Dancing shoes required. Also Tuesday

Tues, April 21:

  • Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's around town. Yes, they have sorbet
  • ITVS presents Crips & Bloods: Made in America doc 6-7.30pm Main Library
  • About Face volunteer night 7-9pm Thrive House 1100 Broderick/Eddy. RSVP to eat pizza and help girls become media literate
  • Black Kids, Mates of State, Judgement Day doors 7.30pm Independent Divis/Hayes $20. Dancing shoes required
Wed, April 22:
  • Super awesome food big-wig activists/authors talk about commons vs commodity 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday gives love to Big City Mountaineers 8.30pm Cassanova Valencia/17th. Show up and the bar gives $5 to this great non-profit
Thurs, April 23:
  • SoupStock planning meeting along with regular Food Not Bombs cooking/serving 3pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission
  • Many Open Studios opening parties. Get your walk and art on
  • Panel on Guatemala and Violence against women 5-7pm Hastings 200 McAllister 2nd Floor RSVP
  • PariSoma's music/technology talk with Rusty of SomaFM.com 6pm 1436 Howard/10th. Snacks, beer, and internet radio
  • Victoria Smith's "Sunday in the City" opening reception 6-8pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/19th
  • "An American Western" opening reception 6-8pm Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia/14th. Great space, great coffee, great people
  • Mission Statement meet the designers 6-9pm 3458 18th/Mission. Sales, sips, nibbles
  • Taking Root: Wangari Maathai screens 7.30-9pm Coffee to the People 1206 Masonic/Haight. This doc about 2004's Nobel Peace Prize winner is great
  • Beggar's Banquet 8pm Dark Room 2263 Mission/18th $6 with dish to share, $10 without. Local singersongwriters and a big potluck
  • Geographer, Harbours, and Michael Zapruder 8pm doors 9pm show Cafe du Nord Market/Sanchez $10. Good stuff
  • The Fresh & Onlys record release 8pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $5. Rockin'
  • Karaoke Benefit for SF Women Against Rape 8pm-2am Mission Hill Saloon 491 Potrero/17th. Donate to sing, donate to stop the singing
Fri, April 24:
  • Bay Area Dance Week Kick Off Conga Line Event 12pm Union Square. Hella dancing
  • More Open Studios opening parties. Get your walk and art on
  • Upper Haight Salon 5-9pm Haight between Central and Stanyan. Art, food, drinks, sales, etc
  • Victory Gardens Party/Fundraiser 6-10pm David Baker + Partners 461 2nd/Harrison #127 $10-100 donation. Food, drink, local goods, plant info, music, all around goodness
  • Robot! 7pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Jackson free: must RSVP
  • "Secret of the 9th Planet" art event 7-11pm Queen's Nails/Photo Epicenter
  • I met cool French dudes that organized free French music at Rite Spot tonight...8pm? 17th/Folsom

Sat, April 25:Link

  • In case you are in Los Angeles and a freegan
  • Juri Commons park workday 9am-noon Valencia-San Jose/25th-26th
  • SF Walk Against Rape 10am Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Bldg to Dolores Park
  • Free music, food, kayaking, and sailboating 11am-4pm Treasure Island Sailing Center
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Hoes
  • $1 Earth Day Sale Buffalo Exchange Valencia/23rd and in Upper Haight
  • Mission Open Studios
  • Anthony's Cookies grand opening 1-3pm 1417 Valencia/25th. Free sweets
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Dolores Park
  • Burger Queen political discussion 5.30pm Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia/19th. Free vegan eats
  • Yerba Buena Gallery Walk 1-6pm free, then wine reception 6-8pm Hotel Palomar $5 donation
  • Survey of American structural and formal film 6pm Ever Gold Gallery 441 O'Farrell/Taylor
  • KUSF's birthday party w/ Kelley Stolz and Ty Segall 8pm Peacock Lounge 552 Haight/Fillmore $10-20 sliding scale
Sun, April 26:
  • Sunday Streets: bikes and pedestrians rule Embarcadero between Aquatic Park and the Ferry Bldg 9am-noon
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum is free 11am-5pm Mission/3rd
  • "How Pluto Lost Its Status as a Planet (And Why It Had It Coming)" lecture 11am Galeria de la Raza 24th/Bryant
  • Impact of US Weapons on Civilians in Gaza panel 2-4pm Dept of Health, Public Hearing Room 300 101 Grove/Van Ness
  • Mission Open Studios
  • IndieMart 11am-4pm Independent Divis/Hayes. Local designers, bar, decent capitalism. Probably a $2 donation
  • Figure drawing class 6-8pm Go For A Loop Gallery 1458 San Bruno/25th free. Art materials and refreshments there, but please augment
Tues, April 28:
  • Minnie Wilde's store closing party 3266 21st/Valencia. Cupcakes
  • Cold War Kids perform 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan free
  • Armenian Genocide discussion and film 6-7.30pm Main Library
  • AIDS Life Cycle fundraiser 7pm-late El Rio Mission/Valencia $5<8pm>$10 sliding scale. Food, bands, date auction, silect auction
Wed, April 29:
  • Is HIV Treatment HIV Prevention? panel 5.30pm Women's Bldg 3543 18th/Valencia free
  • Drinks by Design 5.30pm Mr. Smith's 34 7th/Market. Sip and network with engineers, graphic designers, event planners, etc
  • Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods 6pm Ferry Bldg Port
  • Commission Hearing Room $10. CUESA gives you agricultural activists and tastes of rare foods
  • CSR in a Recession: Doing Well by Doing Good in Not-So-Good Times 6-8pm Temple 540 Howard/2nd $10. Hear from big wigs in Corporate Social Responsibility and enjoy light refreshments
  • Permaculture Transformation: Urban Life Off the Grid 7.30-9pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th. Greywater, self sufficiency, backyard farms, etc

Thurs, April 30:

  • Dining Out For Life all over town. Eat at these restaurants and support HIV/AIDS research
  • Protest Muni tax hikes 2pm City Hall Room 400. Nat Ford, head of MTA, makes $314,140 a year, but now wants to charge $60 for a FastPass
  • New show by Yuliya Singh 5.30-8.30 ArtPeople 50 Post/Market
  • SF Vegan Drinks 6pm Martuni's Valencia/Market. Network with other herbivores
  • Closing reception "Newspaper Show" 6-9pm Ever Gold Gallery 441 O'Farrell/Taylor
  • "From Pyramids to Spacecraft" design discussion and reception 6.30pm doors 7.30pm talk SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Washington. Gotta RSVP
  • Tweed Ride 6.30pm Union Square. Wear tweed, ride your bike, and Tweeder to your pals how neat it is
  • Creativity Explored's new show reception "Repetition" 7-9pm 3245 16th/Guerrero. Always good people and snacks
  • Bubblegum Pop Film 7pm doors/8pm screening 9th St Independent Film Center 145 9th/Natoma $5. Catchy music and beer (free?)
  • Obo Martin, David Dondero, and Mikael Jorgensen door 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $10
  • Thao w/ The Get Down Stay Down + others doors 7.30pm Independent Divis/Hayes $15
  • Babble On reading series with local authors 8pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th
  • News Bash for Toxic Hot Spot Reporting 9pm-2am New Delhi Restaurant 160 Ellis/Powell $15/20. Enjoy DJs, food, and supporting independent environmental journalism

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