Gin-uary

That's one way to stay warm. And even though alcohol is a diuretic, let's think about switching to dry-composting toilets...hey, Cuba and astronauts do it. And note that when talking to the wo/man in the mirror, it may talk back to you about water use.

Watch out for your credit card company keeping a % of your donation money. Sign this petition and demand they stop! I vote for donating to Partners in Health for Haitian quake relief. Also, see if where you or your friends work matches donations...Google does this, for instance. Coordinate giving! Kevin at CityDish has many food & drink related fundraisers listed.

Move Your Money! Watch this video, check out the site, and investigate which local bank is best for you. I'm moving dough into Mission National Bank. No bail outs in community banks, plus they do cool things such as sponsor local kids sports teams, lend to public housing, and support local businesses. Uplifting: Sketchfest runs Jan 14-Feb 2

Not uplifting: forced labor masked as a rehab center in Mexico DF

SFMoMA 75th Anniversary: Free admission and special concerts and events Sat, Jan 16-Mon, Jan 18! (Matmos concert Sat 9.30pm)

Good deal through January: 50% off dinner at Maharani 5-6.30pm Sun-Thurs. They run Kindness Kitchen, linked at the right.

LinkMan Up fashion/booze event is Fri 29th, Sat 30th, and Sun 31st at various hours CA Modern Art Gallery 1035 Market/7th. Seems decent, if they let females in. (February preview at bottom of post) Sun, Jan 31:
  • Old Fashioned Neighborhood Social 3pm Rosy's Restaurant 2341 Folsom/19th. Chat and nibble with the Urban Innovation Alliance
  • Mixtape Society: Cities Vs. Towns 4-6pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission. Make and bring a mixtape = receive a mixtape
Sat, Jan 30:
  • Haitian Support Circle benefit 12-6pm 925 Brazil/Munich $20 min donation. Haitian food and 3 DJs! RSVP to erin.kohl at gmail dot com
  • Bernal Library Branch reopening festivities 1pm 500 Cortland/Moultrie. Lion dancers, refreshments, and Gavin!
  • Punch-making contest and tasting 4pm Omnivore Books 3885 Cesar Chavez/Church. Free for contestants, $5 for non-punch makers. No fists thrown, please
Fri, Jan 29:
  • SFBC energizes bikers 8-10am Duboce bike path Duboce/Market/Safeway. Coffee and treats and velo advocacy
  • Amazing Runaround 2pm Civic Center. Coalition on Homelessness 'survival hunt' thru social service maze. $20 or more, individual or team registration here
  • Secession Art & Design happy hour party 6.30-9.30pm 3361 Mission/30th. Big sale, big pours of wine, big pretty things, big focus on local independent design
  • Stranger's Story w/ music by Brook Browne Saracino and photos by Greg Bartlett 7-10pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland. Then walk over to Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center 515 Cortland/Moultrie for a square dance 7.30pm! Might be donations suggested
  • Big Umbrella Studios closing reception 7-10pm 906.5 Divis/McAllister
  • Kacey Johansing, Honeycomb, and Michael Musika perform thru a variety of media 7.30-11.59pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st donations accepted. Baked goods and elixirs for sale. Please come in your sylvan best
Thurs, Jan 28:
  • Underground (oops!) Farmers Market 5-11pm 199 Capp/17th. Sample amazing home-made products, buy some stuff, BYOB, listen to some bands, have a good time, all by donation. Brought to you by ForageSF
  • Live cute poetry, food & drink, Bourbon 101, live painting, and DJ 5.30-7.30pm Union North Condos 2125 Bryant/19th. Then meander down to....
  • Bird photo closing 5.30-8.30pm Arkay Workshop 2869 24th/Bryant. Art, snacks, drinks, sale
  • Authors read at Dog Eared Book's MidWinter Madness literature night 7pm 900 Valencia/20th
  • "Recipies for an Encounter" book launch and performance 7pm Southern Exposure 3030 20th/Alabama
  • 8pm Free Face-off: comedy at Amnesia Valencia/19th vs. bluegrass Atlas Cafe 20th/Alabama
Wed, Jan 27:
  • Obama closes many overseas military bases, gives us affordable health care, discontinues pennies, renews the Assault Weapon Ban, repeals Don't Ask Don't Tell, and sings "Peace Train" 6pm State of the Union Address. Fun game here
  • Global Food Crisis panel 6-8.30pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/24th. Digest and discuss
  • SF Urban Forest panel 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th. Tree talk
  • SF Ocean Film Fest opening party 8pm-2am Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th Ave. Raffle, free food, music, surf movies
Tues, Jan 26:
  • Eco Tuesday with David Pascal of the Carbon Collaborative 6.30-9pm The Box SF 1069 Howard. Structured tree hugging networking
  • 826 Five Minute Reading Series 7-8pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/19th. Hosted by the most mirthful Margaret
  • A Night of Hopeful Laughter 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $15 donation goes to Hope Flight Foundation
  • Mid Winter Workers' Ball 8pm-2am El Rio 3158 Mission/Cesar Chavez. If you serve, you will get served....good stuff
Mon, Jan 25:
  • Gracias Madre opening 5-7pm Mission/18th. Free vegan food and wine
  • Down To A Science...Pond Scum to Power: Algae Fuel 7pm Atlas Cafe 20th/Alabama
  • Funny People screens free 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "2 drink minimum"
  • Brass Menazeri + Ezra Lipp + other great folks rock to benefit Haitian relief efforts 7-11pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Cesar Chavez $5-10. Monday at El Rio = $1 PBR and $2 well
Sun, Jan 24:
  • The Waffles Deluxe 12-4pm A Number Station 250 Loomis/Industrial. Free and delicious. Tips encouraged
  • Conspiracy of Beards sings 9pm Rite Spot 17th/Folsom
Sat, Jan 23:
  • Rally for women's rights, rallying against anti-choice campaign 10am Justin Herman Plaza Ferry Bldg
  • Vegansauras bake sale 11am-4pm Patricia's Green Hayes/Octavia (Mercury Cafe 201 Page/Octavia if raining). Benefits Haitian relief, but not your waistline
  • Access Cafe 11am-3pm Box Factory 865 Florida/21st. Brunch by donation/work barter
  • Arty party 6-9pm Studio 3579 499 Dolores/18th. Sips and nibbles and paintings
  • Big Up 6 Launch 7-9pm D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore. Open bar, giveaways, DJs
Fri, Jan 22:
  • Bay Area Benefit for Glide and Haiti relief. Buy your tickets by today $45....it'll be $60 starting tomorrow. The event is Jan 30 and called Recess: a night of music, nibbles, and open bar in a penthouse on Market. Woot!
  • Party with some cool women entrepreneurs 6-9pm My Boudoir Lingerie 2488 Union. Wine and hor de'oeuvres
Thurs, Jan 21:
  • I Build The Tower screens 12pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • SFHomeless.net party 5.30-8pm 111 Minna/2nd $10 donation
  • SF StreetsBlog party and benefit 6-9.30pm LGBT Community Center 1800 Market/Octavia. Free music, food, and drinks...expect donation appeals
  • "The Retail Revolution: How WalMart Created a Brave New World Business" author talk 7pm Modern Times 888 Valencia/20th
Wed, Jan 20: Tues, Jan 19: Mon, Jan 18:
  • MLK, Jr National Day of Service! Lots of opportunities: Golden Gate Parks Service, Good Idea Day. Also: All Stars Talent Show Network 12.30pm SF Dance Center 26 7th/Market. (RSVP to cdonnola at allstars.org
  • Eat at Papalote and they'll donate 15% to Haitian relief efforts. Mmmmm, delicious donation
  • District 9 screens free 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "2 drink minimum"
  • Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots tour 10pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/19th
Sun, Jan 17:
  • Speakeasy Stage: a play by Tenderloin hotel residents 2pm Jefferson Hotel 440 Eddy/Hyde $1-15 sliding scale
  • Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots tour 5pm Green Arcade 1680 Market/Gough
  • Seaweed Sway Showcase 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7. Emily Jane White, Foxtails Brigade, and Devotionals, plus MC Jeremy Dalmas
Sat, Jan 16:
  • Free yoga and other events all day Laughing Lotus 16th/Dolores
  • Winter's Most Wanted event 11am-2pm Crossroads Clothing Trading Irving/7th Ave. DJ, goodie bags, sales, refreshments. Reusing and recycling clothes, whatwhat!
  • Architecture bike ride 1.30pm 995 Market/6th free for SFBC members/$5 non-members
  • New works by Amy Casey 6pm Michael Rosenthal 365 Valencia/15th. Cute paintings
  • Doctors Without Borders fundraiser party/concert 7pm-midnight Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire $10 suggested donation includes beer, music, pizza. Plus, great stuff being raffled off
Fri, Jan 15:
  • "Shook Ones" opening 5-8pm BellJar 16th/Guerrero
  • "Restless Dust: A Ghost Walk With Darwin" opening 6-8pm Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th
  • "Rust Belt" opening reception 6pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna. Photos of dilapidating buildings in Detroit, Philly, and Buffalo
  • Author of Everything But The Coffee: Learning About America From Starbucks speaks 7-8.30pm Green Arcade 1680 Market/Gough
  • Music by Brooke Brown Saracino and art by Greg Bartlett 8pm SoCha Cafe Mission/Valencia
  • "Protagonist" group show 8pm Space Gallery 1141 Polk/Post. Artists and snacks present
Thurs, Jan 14:
  • Chris & Don: A Love Story screens 12pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Best of the Decade awards and press reception 12pm RateItAll 2601 Mission/22nd Suite 400. My doubt about this event is tempered by the tapas
  • ReVisions: New Creations from SCRAP 5.30-7.30pm SF Environment EcoCenter 11 Grove/Larkin
  • "Filling Space" reception 5.30-9.30pm Baxter & Cook Art Advisors 2 Henry Adams/8th/Division Suite 358. Cool social justice pieces
  • Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots tour 7.30pm Dolores Community Services 938 Valencia/20th
Wed, Jan 13:
  • Wear blue to support National Ocean Policy. Plus, 11.30am rally at City Hall
  • Dine About Town launch party 6pm Westfield Dome Market/5th $20. Wine, vodka, classy bites, DJ. Benefits Meals On Wheels. Buy tix early
  • Prohibition panel 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th. Pot and Pucker
  • Wet Wednesday benefit for Sharon Studio Teen Art Camp 8pm-2am Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th Ave. Raffle, free pizza, music
Tues, Jan 12:
  • "Climate Change and Species Distribution" science talk 5.30pm Center for Biological Diversity 351 California. Gotta RSVP
  • Wear red at this rally to support Ethnic Studies in schools 6pm SF Unified School District 555 Franklin/Fulton. Speeches, food, and academic activism will be provided
Mon, Jan 11:
  • Inglourious Basterds screens free 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "2 drink minimum"
  • Bluegrass night with Toshio Hirano 8.30pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/19th
Sun, Jan 10:
  • Vintage Paper Faire 10am-4pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th Ave/Lincoln
  • Lots of free yoga today Yoga Loft 321 Divis/Page
  • No Pants subway ride 1.30-6pm. Details here
  • Urban letterboxing adventure 2.30pm Main Library. Fun olde timey activity. Bring supplies or obtain there $3
  • Western swing band and other cute folky music 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/19th
Sat, Jan 9:
  • Many park workdays, such as Panhandle 9am or Duboce 10am. Digging and usually coffee/bagels
  • Endangered species observation bike ride 9.30am Bazaar Cafe California/21st Ave. Ride ends Sports Basement Presidio 1pm for the Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year Kick-Off Party: pizza, sale, and search for the Western Snowy Plover
  • Free composting class 10am-12pm Garden for the Environment 7th Ave/Lawton. If there aren't Arizmendi treats, there, go to the bakery itself
  • Vintage Paper Faire 10am-6pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th Ave/Lincoln
  • Street Utopia: film-food-art-urban design festival 5.30pm 1 Columbus/Clay. Sustainability, speakers, film, art, food cart vendors
  • Hootenanny 7pm International Cafe Haight/Fillmore $5 donation requested
  • Sudan 365: The Time is Now film, drum, and speaker event 7-9pm Temple Eman-uel 2 Lake/Arguello
  • Raj Patel reads from Value of Nothing 7.30pm Booksmith 1644 Haight/Clayton
Fri, Jan 8:
  • New group show 6-9pm The LAB 2948 16th/Capp
  • New group show 6-9pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/19th
  • New group show 7-10pm Artist Xchange 3169 16th/Guerrero
  • New group show 7-9pm Southern Exposure 20th/Florida
  • Poetry & Pizza 7.30pm Escape from NY Pizza 333 Bush/Montgomery. All you can care to consume pizza, soda, salad, and pentameter. $10 donation goes to Women on Writing
Thurs, Jan 7:
  • Art crawl downtown and all around. Grab your wine jar and checkout the FecalFace link at right. Other suggestions: CellSpace and Creativity Explored in the Mission
Wed, Jan 6: Tues, Jan 5:
  • Museums around town be free
  • MoMA is free, plus playing Rocky at noon
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Mingle with other tree huggers, and bring your extra gifts to donate
Mon, Jan 4:
  • Community Thrift 50% off err'thang Valencia/17th
Sun, Jan 3:
  • Asian Art Museum be free
  • Electronic recycling collection 12-4pm Rainbow Grocery 14th/Folsom. Bring out your dead (TVs)
  • Free veggie dogs 1-6pm Frankenart Mart 515 Balboa/5th
Sat, Jan 2:
  • Debaser 90s rock dance 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia free w/ flannel before 11pm after $5
FEBRUARY PREVIEW: Tues, Feb 2:
  • Museums around town be free
  • Filmore Cocktail Crawl 6.30-9.30pm register at Yoshi's 1330 Fillmore/Eddy $5 donation. A) Gotta sign up for this Nirvino thing for tix B) Sponsored by Don Q, an amazing rum with a great sampling bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico (way more generous than Bacardi). Just sayin'

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