Sat, Aug 1:
  • Inner Sunset 2-for-1: Composting workshop 10am-noon Garden for the Environment 7th Ave/Lawton. Then bring your worms to...
  • Summer Garden Fair 10am-3pm SF Botanical Gardens 9th Ave/Lincoln GG Park. Then go to Arizmendi Bakery for me on 9th/Irving
  • Pretty in Pink screens 8pm Dolores Park. Bring blankets for warmth and for picnic fare
Sun, Aug 2:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm 200 Larkin/McAllister
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • Hot Dog Ride 1pm. Meet at Bike Kitchen 20th/Florida, Wiggle it just a little bit, then convene at Frankenmart Art for free beef/veggie hot dogs 515 Balboa/6th Ave (free dogs 1-7pm)
Mon, Aug 3:
  • Tequila cocktail contest and tasting 7.30-10.30pm Rye 688 Geary/Leavenworth
Tues, Aug 4: Wed, Aug 5:
  • Explore your torium (it's free today)
  • Flow screens 6.30pm Workspace Unlimited 2150 Folsom/17th free, $5 donation for refreshments
  • Mustache Cinema screenings 7pm El Rio Mission/Valencia. Free film and facial hair
  • Lessons in Adventureneering 7.45pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Spectacles galore!
  • The Rumble: Company of Thieves and A B & Sea play 8pm Harlot 47 Minna/2nd. Goooooood tunes. Free w/ RSVP
  • Guardian's Best of the Bay party 8pm Mezzanine 444 Jessie/Mint free <9pm>$5. Music, art, party. Colleen Mauer of Secession Art & Design and Mission Statement won best jewelry designer!
Thurs, Aug 6:
  • Grab your wine jar: art crawl downtown. Check the Fecal Face link at the right
*Thank Johnny at FunCheapSF: his listings this week are fantastic and are my surrogate til I get on the ball again. Seriously, check his site for free coffee, Muni films, and East Bay love* Sat, Aug 8:
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Also a BBQ Fundraiser for Alemany residents
  • Dear and Yonder screening, great bands, girls on skateboards, and cool shizl 5-10pm Potrero del Sol skatepark 25th/Utah
  • Gravel & Gold art party 6-9pm 3326 21st/Valencia
  • 3 Minute Film Festival 7-11pm Root Division 17th/S Van Ness $5-20 sliding scale
  • Ego-less exhibit opening reception 7.30pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
Sun, Aug 9: Mon, Aug 10: Tues, Aug 11:
  • Ask a Scientist: Secrets of the Sleeping Brain 7pm Axis Cafe 1201 8th/16th/Wisconsin. Zombies already know
Wed, Aug 12:
  • Classic 1968 film Boom screens 7pm Museum of Performance & Design 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Free, RSVP required.
Thurs, Aug 13:
  • Pacific Environment's Toast to Tiger Conservation happy hour party 5-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Light bites provided (not from the tigers). Stick around for ZipCar's Green Confessions party (drink tix for members new and old)
  • Free drinks and food for some reason 6-9pm Mercury Lounge 1582 Folsom/12th
  • "Introductions" opening 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Always fun, affordable art with interesting people. And good snacks
  • Annie Hall screens dusk Dolores Park
Fri, Aug 14:
  • Green Generations benefit for youth eco programs 5-9pm Temple 540 Howard/2nd $12 adv/$15 doors. Food, raffle, networking, etc
  • Sila and the Afrofunk Experience perform free 6pm Fillmore Jazz Center Fillmore/Geary
  • BellJar opening reception for MicroHabitat 6pm 3187 16th/Guerrero
  • Secession Art & Design 2 Year Anniversary Party 6.30-9.30pm 3361 Mission/30th across from Safeway. Food, wine, DJ, pretty things and people all together to celebrate 24 months of local independent design that benefits local non profit organizations
  • Out of the Blue by Youth for Asian Theatre 7pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Free short plays by talented kids
  • Literary Death Match 7.30pm Elbo Room 647 Valencia/17th $5-20 sliding. Indie bookstores send their fave authors into the ring
  • Kamikaze Girls screening 8.15pm Japantown Peace Plaza Buchanan/Post
Sat, Aug 15:
  • Hit & Run Hula!
  • Bernal Heights hill-wide garage sale 9am-4pm
  • Alamo Square Flea Market 9am-4pm. Ritzy neighbor cast-offs, local crafters, non profits, and stores vend their wares to raise funds for Alamo Square Park (the new Dolores?)
  • Fig Festival 10am-1pm Ferry Bldg Farmers' Market
  • J-Pop Summit Festival 11am-6pm Post/Webster-Buchanan free. Modern Japanese cultural extravaganza
  • Bike against Chevron 11.30am Richmond BART Station. Music, food, and rally
  • Samba music from Rio 1pm Yerba Buena Gardens 3rd/Mission
  • Taming of the Shrew 1pm Dolores Park put on by Woman's Will, an all woman cast. Also Sunday
  • Protest hate radio 2-4pm outside Clear Channel 340 Townsend/4th
  • Toronado's 22nd Anniversary party 547 Haight/Fillmore. "Food & fun for all"
  • Experimental Art Rocktail Party indie film fundraiser with carnival games, design, drinks, and more spectacles! 9pm-2am Workspace Unlimited 2150 Folsom/17th. Click for event and ticket info
Sun, Aug 16:
  • Gears and Grills bike ride/potluck 11am meet at Fell/Baker, eat at Precita park
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Soil yourself
  • IndieMart 12-6pm Thee Parkside 16th/Wisconsin. DIY demos, cheap drinks, local designers, DJs/live bands, food for sale, indie all around $2 suggested donation
  • Taming of the Shrew 1pm Dolores Park put on by Woman's Will, an all woman cast
  • Iranian green revolution discussion 1pm New Valencia Hall 625 Larkin/Eddy Suite 202 $3-5 donation + optional $8 lunch
Mon, Aug 17:
  • Cello Madness 8pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Valencia. "Strings and things"
Tues, Aug 18:
  • If you need something loud tonight: Pissed Jeans and Mi Ami bust some ear drums 8pm Bottom of the Hill 17th/Missouri $12
Wed, Aug 19:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free today. Get there early
  • Lombard Street turns into live Candyland! Kids, interactive boardgame, and cake. Sugar starts 10am
  • "El Grito de la Mision" opening reception 5pm Southern Exposure 417 14th/Valencia. Creative teens show their creations
  • Surfrider benefit and book signing 8pm Riptide 3639 Taraval/46th Ave. Food and raffle and DJ and ocean love
  • Klunkerz screens 8pm Good Hotel Bike-in Movie 117 Mission/7th. Raffle and free bike parking
Thurs, Aug 20:
  • Mission Statement designer party, sale, and raffle 6-9pm 3458 18th/Valencia. Sips, nibbles, and fashion
Fri, Aug 21:
  • Four Barrel Coffee free drinks plus cake & ice cream whilst they last 7am-5pm Valencia/14th. Obvi
  • Grand Opening party of local/ethical indie store Nooworks 5-9pm 1798-B McAllister/Divis. Refreshments, DJ, etc
  • Rebel Reading Series 7-9pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Improv groups, authors, and literati
  • Tough Times release party 8pm FivePoints Arthouse 72 Tehama-Howard/2nd. Live music, food, raffle, drinks by donation
  • All night art walk meets 8pm Triple Base Gallery 3041 24th/Treat
Sat, Aug 22:
  • Zine Fest 11am-6pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln. Dork out with your Bjork out
  • SF Streetfood Festival 11am-7pm Folsom/25th-26th. Deliciousness that benefits La Cocina? Duh
  • School Lunch Sound Off 12-2pm A.muse Gallery 618 Alabama/18th. Join kids, community folks, families, educators, and Marilu Henner(!) for food, planting, art, and nutritional advocacy
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • 826 Valencia Ice Cream Social 3-5pm Garfield Park 26th/Harrison. Literature and licks
  • Jay Reatard plays 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • S. Clay Wilson party and Underground Comix show 6-8pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna
  • StreetWorthy Zine release party 8pm Box Factory 865 Florida/20th. Art, zines, live music, booze, readings, food, DJ
  • Rock Make pre-party 8pm Rite Spot Folsom/17th free. Good bands gear you up for Sunday's festival
  • On The Waterfront screens Union Square 8pm
Link Sun, Aug 23:
  • Rock Make Festival 11am-6pm Treat/17th-18th. Amazing: awesome local vendors of independent design, lots of great bands...brought to you by The Bay Bridged
  • Zine Fest 11am-6pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln. Dork out with your torque out
  • J Tillman (of Fleet Foxes) and others croon 8pm Cafe du Nord 2170 Market/Sanchez $11/13. His tunes are great
Tues, Aug 25:
  • Fruit Bats play 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan. Or pay 2 hours later....
  • Fruit Bats, Death Vessel, and A B & The Sea show 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes $12/14
Wed, Aug 26-Sun, Aug 30: Wed, Aug 26:
  • Walk With Earth: a trek from CA to Chile 6-7.30pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • 826 Quarterly release party 6.30pm 826 Valencia/19th. Youth read from their writing projects
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday holds court 7pm Triple Crown Market/Octavia. Just show up and the bar gives $5 per head to the week's non-profit. This one benefits Gay Men's Chorus. Plus $2 Pints and 2-for-1 food til 9.30pm
  • "Face Value" opening reception 7-10pm Cowboys & Angels Salon & Art Gallery 207Powell/O'Farrell #400
  • The Vegan Table cooking tips and book signing 7.30pm Books, Inc Castro 2275 Market/16th
  • Save the Waves benefit and Outside Lands pre-party 8pm Riptide 3639 Taraval/46th Ave. Free food and raffle (Outside Lands tix) and DJ and ocean love
  • Phenomenal Handclap Band 9pm Knockout Mission/Valencia $8. New York disco from the future
Thurs, Aug 27:
  • Forgiveness...with a free taco? Taco Del Mar
  • ReMake Lounge launch party 5.30-8pm Crocker Galeria 50 Post/Montgomery. DIY workshops, organic sips & nibbles, music, prizes. RSVP
  • Woody Tasch's Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered 5.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $8/15
  • Babble On Reading Series 8.30pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Local authors get their word on
Fri, Aug 28:
  • Ty Segall plays 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • The Velvet Teen and others play 9pm Thee Parkside 17th/Wisconsin $10
Fri, Aug 28-Sun, Aug 30: Fri, Aug 28- Thurs, Sep 3: Sat, Aug 29: Sun, Aug 30:
  • Grind for the Green 12pm Yerba Buena Gardens 3rd/Mission. Solar powered hip hop
Mon, Aug 31:
  • Naughty By Nature performs 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • Nice by nature: Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review 8pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Valencia $5
September Preview: Tues, Sep 1:
  • Lotsa free museums around town. My loop: de Young, Conservatory of Flowers, MoMA
  • SF Green Drinks 5-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Absinthe and tree huggers? West Coast Green and Bioneers raffle ticket raffle
  • Ask a Scientist: Take a Tour of Your Brain 7pm Axis Cafe 1201 8th/16th-Wisconsin
Wed, Sep 2:

Julysses S. Grant

This has little to do with the 18th president, though he was chosen as the Republican candidate in 1868 in Chicago (the city I'm in for this month). So please keep on keepin' your eyes and ears open for cool SF events and email me the info. I promise I'll be back soon. Check out the quality links at the right. SF Labor Fest strikes July 2-31. Bicycle Film Festival hits SF July 14-18. Mission Creek Music Festival late thwamps late July. If you don't mind the quality of what you are consuming, as long as it's free: McDonald's Mocha free 7am-7pm every Monday til Aug 3rd. And the Atlantic Ocean is getting as plasticky as the Pacific. Gross. Wed, July 1:
  • Exploratorium be freeeee today
  • PB & J sandwich making/eating/distribution party 7pm 849 Valencia/19th. Feed your soul, social calendar, and hungry folks. Bring bread-PB-$ to share
  • Lessons in Adventureneering variety showcase spectacular 7.30pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. "Guaranteed to change the way you think about the things that you think about when you are thinking about things!"
  • The Rumble 8pm Harlot 46 Minna/1st. RSVP and get in free to see Local Natives. Cute band that's easy on the eyes and ears
Thurs, July 2:
  • Whatever worked: Manhattan by Woody Allen screens 12pm Main Library
  • Downtown gallery crawl. Grab your wine jar and click the Fecal Face link at right
  • Oy Vey Thursday 5-8pm Contemporary Jewish Museum 3rd/Mission free/$5 for programs/exhibitions
  • Divisadero Art Walk 6pm Divis from Haight to Geary. Bars, shops, art, food, wine, hipsters who've outgrown the Mission
Fri, July 3:
  • Venezuelan music and dance fest 12.15pm Yerba Buena Park
  • Free beer (6-7pm) and DJ sets 6-9pm Laszlo 2526 Mission/20th. RSVP yo
Sat, July 4:
  • Check out Johnny's red white & blue listings on FunCheap
Sun, July 5: Tues, July 7:
  • Museums around town be free. Get learn'd
  • Lots of bike-o-philes will be attending this speech by Enrique Penalosa 5.30-7.30pm Main Library. Also it's the launch of SF Great Streets
  • Green Drinks 5.30-8.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Schmooze and drink with other tree huggers
  • Emergency AIDS and Emergency Breast Cancer Fund event 6-8pm Epi Center Spa 450 Sutter/Powell. Mai tais, mojitos, and summer eats. Plus a raffle. Seems refreshments are free: check when you RSVP to
Wed, July 8:
  • Old Time Jam (of the bluegrass type) 6-8pm Caretakers 848 Divis/McAllister. Bring your strings!
Thurs, July 9:
  • Classic Coppola film The Conversation screens 12pm Main Library
  • Art and Labor Today 5-7pm SomArts 934 Brannon/8th. Reception for group show, then a cool looking film...directed by Tim Robbins
Fri-Sun: Fri, July 10:
  • Gas Free Fridays posts up at City Hall's Polk Street steps 7.30am-9.30am. Bring a mug
  • Artist reception 6-8pm Curiosity Shoppe Valencia/19th. Everything there is cute
  • Closing party art auction 6-9pm Art 94124 3rd/Fairfax
  • Group show 7-10pm Art Explosion 744 Alabama/19th
Sat, July 11: Sun, July 12:
  • Orange Alley BBQ and mural project 1-5pm Valencia-Mission/25th-26th behind Receiver
Bicycle Film Festival hits SF July 14-18 Tues, July 14:
  • Jon Ginoli reads from his book Deflowered: My Life in the Pansy Division 6-7.45pm Main Library
  • Bastille Day Shitty Kitty meet up 6.30-8.30pm Shotwell's Bar Shotwell/20th. Guillotine provided
  • About Face meet-up and volunteer night 7-9pm Thrive House 101 Broderick/Eddy. RSVP for pizza and media literacy training
Wed, July 15: Thurs, July 16:
  • Mission Statement Party 6-10pm 3458 18th/Mission. Treats and sales
  • Thermo acoustic refrigeration talk! 6.30-9pm SwissNex 333 Montgomery/Bush. RSVP
  • "Buddy System: A Project of Little Paper Planes" reception 7-9pm Rare Device Gallery 1845 Market/Guerrero
Fri, July 17:
  • "Sustained Decay" opening 7pm Adobe Books 3166 16th/Valencia
Sat, July 18:
  • Produce to the People jam sale and benefit 8am-10pm Mission Pie 2901 Mission/25th. Your mouth and community will thank you! Go get that plum frangipane tart
  • Renegade Craft Fair! 11am-7pm Fort Mason. Sunday too
  • Chocolate tasting and demo 12-2pm Williams Sonoma 340 Post/Stockton
  • For some reason, a cameraphone is throwing a mad BBQ 12-5pm Speedway Meadows GG Park 25th Ave/Fulton. It's called 'darBQ. Or if you're in the East Bay...
  • BioFuel Oasis grand opening party 12-5pm 1441 Ashby. Free food at a gas station, obvs.
Sun, July 19: Tues, July 21:
  • Is this fair trade? Buy a drink at Starbucks (ask for shade grown in your reusable mug) and get a free pastry today from opening til 10.30am. Then go for more diabetes....
  • Free sample of Ben & Jerry's 11am-3pm Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Bldg
Wed, July 22: Thurs, July 23: Fri, July 24
  • Hella great events on FunCheap! Check it out, as time escaped me this week. Seriously, these are quality
  • Bernal extravaganza! Secession Art & Design party 6.30-9.30pm 3361 Mission/30th across from Safeway. DJs, art, food, wine. Then head to.....
  • The Fiber Show opening 7-10pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland. More than bran: a collaborative scarf, felt skillshare, awesomeness
Sat, July 25:
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Hoes
  • Hella great events on FunCheap! Check it out, as time escaped me this week. Seriously, these are quality
  • Art party 6-9pm Studio 3579 at 449 Dolores/ 18th. Good art and sips and nibbles
Sun, July 26:
  • Hella great events on FunCheap! Check it out, as time escaped me this week. Seriously, these are quality
  • Banquet in the Streets: Celebrating Hotel Workers' Campain for Fair Process 4.30pm-midnight Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf Hotel 555 North Point. Free food and speech. Please RSVP and come dressed in banquet attire
Wed, July 29:
  • Art Seed benefit party 8pm Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th Ave. Free surf films, Mexican food, plus a raffle for a hot vacay
  • Bike-In movie night: Rad 8pm Good Hotel 112 7th/Mission free
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday descends upon Fly Bar for Leukemia Lymphoma' Team in Training. Go to 762 Divis/Fulton 8.30-11.30pm and the bar donates $5 for everyone who shows up
Thurs, July 30: Fri, July 31:
  • Bring your mug to Gas Free Friday 7.30-9.30am Ferry Bldg for some coffee (and snacks)
  • Look Out Weekend moves to Bambuddah Lounge 601 Eddy/Larkin 4-4.30pm open bar, plus poolside BBQ
  • Sonya Cotton, Honeybody Moontree, and Devotionals 7pm Noe Valley Ministry 1052 Sanchez/24th $5
  • Curiouser and Curiouser: Of White Rabbits and Orange Marmalade opening reception 7-10pm A.Muse Gallery 614 Alabama/18th