I thank all that does or does not exist below and/or above for this great month of free and quality events. And for the internet, which provides info about said/typed events and also great articles (which will come soon).

And seriously, look at this plethora of independent, local, quality craft and gift fairs. Get off Amazon, go into the city, meet new folks, drink some drinks, meet and shop from people who make stuff. Yay or Boo? Green border crossings with I support it because of my environment loving ways? Or is that supporting that the militarized borders exist at all? What's a bleeding heart liberal hyper-conscious greenie to do? Speak out against Don't Ask Don't Tell. More than 13,500 trained service members have been discharged thru this discriminatory regulation. RSVP now for a free Geographer concert on Wed, Jan 5th at 111 Minna.

Mon, Dec 27:
  • Krazy for Karaoke Pizza Party 7pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Free Escape from New York slice and awesomely bad singing. Yes and yes
  • Cat's Pajamas presents quirky performers and film 8pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $5
Wed, Dec 29:
  • SeaweedSway and Orange Room present: Dina Maccabee and the Excellent Spellers + Holly Mae and the Painted Room + Sylvain Room Quartet + Tenderfoot 9pm show Milk 1840 Haight/Stanyan $5
Thurs, Dec 30:
  • Kacey Johansing + Rad Cloud + Sparrows Gate 9pm show Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $7
Fri, Dec 31:
  • Free Muni starting 6pm. Even the cable cars!
  • Johnny at SFfuncheap has compiled an amazing NYE event list: free booze, cab rides, music, coffee.....
  • Fresh & Onlys + Sonny & The Sunsets 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $20. Free champagne toast, and food (not sure if grub is free)
Sun, Jan 2:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band swing in the new year 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
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  • Sit and eat against Sit/Lie 4pm Macy's: Geary St across from Union Square
  • 826 Valencia volunteer 5 minute reading series 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th
  • Inception screens 7.30pm doors Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "Free w/ 2 drink minimum" 21+
  • Smile! Xmas Extravaganza 9pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $7. Bart Davenport + Helene Renault + Cris Armijo + Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates + Dina Maccabee
  • Lunar eclipse and solstice and stuff.....the crazies are coming out tonight!
Tues, Dec 21:
  • Pauline's Pizza 25th Anniversary 6-10pm 260 Valencia/Duboce. Gotta RSVP for some free 'zza
Fri, Dec 24:
  • Peet's Coffee gives you free coffee/tea for donating to local charities all day various Peet's's around town. Bring a mug!
Sat, Dec 25: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mon, Dec 13:
  • All-Night Krazy 4 Karaoke Pizza Party 7pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia no cover, and maybe free slices?
Tues, Dec 14:
  • Everything You Know is Pong literary celebrity tournament! 7.30-9.30pm 190 Capp/17th $10-20 donation to 826 Valencia
  • "Coming of Age" authors event 10pm-12am The Summit 780 Valencia/19th
Wed, Dec 15:
  • Cheap Art Show 5-8pm Pop's 24th/York. Local art <$50
  • ITVS screens The Calling 5.45pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. Doc following folks becoming professional religious leaders
  • SF Women's Political Committee holiday party 6-9pm Carnelian By The Bay 1 Ferry Plaza/Ferry Bldg. First 100 ladies get free bubbly, first 200 get a drink ticket
  • SF Community Land Trust fundraising party 6-11pm El Rio Mission/Valencia $5-20 suggested donation. Food for $donation, live music, presentations on gentrification, karaoke, networking
  • PlayWorks benefit and sale 6.30-8.30pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Free beer and snacks and such
  • Glow In The Dark Garden opening 7pm 165 Grove/Van Ness. "The show brings together light sculpture, interactive projects, sound art, and tactile experiences that reflect on the condition of blindness and visual impairment"
  • Green Party Holiday Hoopla 7pm Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/13th. DJs and dancing and politicos
Thurs, Dec 16:
  • Beethoven's 240th Birthday concert with hella musicians 2.40-11pm Kaleidoscope 3109 24th/Folsom $5-20 donation to musicians
  • Teen dance off!!!!! 4-8pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. High school troupes work it
  • Last Mission Community Market til April. Go get veggies and gifts 4-8pm 22nd/Bartlett. Hella street food carts, live music from The Heated, and tasty local foods
  • Fourteen Hills release party 7pm Coffee Bar 1890 Bryant/Mariposa free. Lots of local authors reading
  • Ghost Bird screens 7pm and 9.15pm Roxie Theatre 16th/Valencia $9.75. Documentary about the long lost (and found?) Ivory-bill
  • Mustaches for Kids 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $10. Folks have been growing facial hair to raise money for low-income schools. The molester 'staches will be gone soon.
(RAINRAINRAINforever) Fri, Dec 17:
  • "Stirred + Simmered" graphic design + food + community opening reception 3-6pm 18 Reasons 593 Guerrero/18th. Great project benefiting La Cocina, plus delicious samples
  • Singapore 60s dance happy hour 5.30-9.30pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. Then go-go to....
  • Holiday and opening party for Hilary Williams and Bughouse 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Bring a mug for some homebrew!
  • "The Last Kodachrome" opening reception 6pm RayKo Photo Center 428 Third/Harrison. Awesome old photos using a discontinued film
Sat, Dec 18:
  • Garfield Square Park cleanup and picnic 10am-2pm 25th/Treat. Please RSVP
  • Sidewalks Are For People day of action 11am-6pm all over SF. Stand up against Sit/Lie law: throw your own event, or join in others! Knit-ins, picnics, community, civil rights, marching bands....Rain or Shine
  • Underground Farmers' Market 11am-4pm (take home stuff) and 6-11pm (eat it now) SomArts 8th/Brannan $5 for one shift, $8 for both. Gotta sign up to be a member online (free)
  • Renegade Craft Fair 11am-7pm Concourse 7th/Brannan. Over 200 independent vendors of handmade awesomeness. Then head hungry back to the Mission....
  • New Taste Marketplace 4-9pm St. Greg's 500 DeHaro/Mariposa. Lots of local food vendors sell you delicious things
  • Veronica de Jesus book release party 6pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Thoughtful art obituaries. Mosey on over to....
  • Cluster F@#k art show 7-11pm Mission Comics & Art 3520 20th/Valencia. "Hella fine art." Plus, they are having a food drive, so chip in!
  • La Victoria Kitchen Sinfull holiday party 7pm-1am 2937 24th/Alabama. Free conchita if you donate a coat or toy!
  • Unsilent Night 7.30pm Dolores Park. Download the song and waterproof your boombox
Sun, Dec 19:
  • Art party and craft time 11am-3pm Pear Tree Studio collective 1890 Bryant/Mariposa. Make stuff, sip stuff, buy stuff
  • Renegade Craft Fair 11am-7pm Concourse 7th/Brannan. Over 200 independent vendors of handmade awesomeness
  • Holiday Hootenanny Bluegrass Brunch 12-4pm Hotel Utah 4th/Brannan. Music free. Southern menu not
  • Free yoga classes! 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Yoga Loft 321 Divis/Page
  • Seaweed Sway Showcase goes jam with Chasing the Moon 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7. The Beehavers + New Cadence + Sourmash Jug Band + premiere of Magic Leaves video. MC Jeremy Dalmas and the Absurdists will be reenacting PERFECT STRANGERS between sets!
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  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Eco networking. First 25 in good holiday sweaters get a free drink
  • Megan Keely and Calliope croon 7pm El Rio Mission/Valencia freeeee
  • Fight Fire With Fire benefit 7.30-10.30pm Coda 1710 Mission/14th $10-$100. Great line up of various musicians
  • Good folky-peppy music from Big Tree, The Lumineers, and Kelly McFarling 9.30pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Wed, Dec 8:
  • Curious Affair experience gift fair 5-9pm Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire $10 includes a cocktail and donation to Pie Ranch. Get gift certificates for glass blowing, wine making, etc
  • League of Pissed Off Voters meet-up open-house party 6-8pm Mason Social House 50 Mason/Market/Turk. "Calling the curious! Calling artists, wonks, activists, newbies, zinesters, campaigners, calling all and sundry" to get involved with politics via drinks, info booths, local political celebrities, etc
Thurs, Dec 9:
  • ARTery launch celebration 5-7pm 1007 Market/6th. Facelift for this area gets a kick-off party with music, mirth, and marketing
  • BAYCAT holiday party and screening 5-8pm 2415 3rd St/20th. Cool youth art video celebration
  • Art walk up and down lower Divisadero 5-11pm. Openings, sales, drinks specials, merriment
  • IndieMart takes over CA Academy of Sciences 6-10pm $12. Hipster accessories for Claude, the albino alligator? Rad DJs, vendors, and performances (AB & The Sea!)
  • Bernal Holiday Stroll 6-9pm Cortland Ave. Lots of small local businesses giving you sips and snacks and sales
  • Holiday Party for Hellraisers 6-10pm Bruno's 2389 Mission/21st. Join activists from Rainforest Action Network, Corporate Ethics Network, Ruckus Society, and more for drinks (punctual = free), appetizers, and dessert competition
  • Believer release party with music, authors. Part of "Stella Luminosa" 7.30-9.30pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna. Art by Dave Eggars, Matt Furie, other hip folks
  • Wits'n'Ass 8pm Dark Room 2263 Mission/18th $10. Hella funny local ladies
Fri, Dec 10:Sat, Dec 11:
  • Bazaar Bizarre holiday indie craft fair 12-5pm Fort Mason Center Marina/Buchanan free. Cocktail and craft special party 7-10pm $10
  • While up there, why not? 25th Annual Tibet Day fair 11am-7pm Fort Mason Center A $10
  • Annual "H" sale 4-8pm Root Division 3175 17th/S Van Ness. Everything under $100. Lots of awesome things
  • 14th annual Postcard Show opening reception 7-10pm The Lab 2948 16th/Capp
  • Shannon and the Clams rock out 9.30pm Hemlock Polk/Post $5
Sun, Dec 12:
  • Free when you show your SF Public Library Card 10am-5pm Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission/4th. Plus your illiterate (non card holding) friend can get in, too
  • Bazaar Bizarre holiday indie craft fair 12-6pm Fort Mason Center Marina/Buchanan free
  • La Posarela takes the stage 2pm Victoria Theatre 16th/Capp. Cool Mary/Joseph play modernized to touch on immigration
  • Shhhhhh.......Undercover Capture the Flag game 2-5pm undisclosed mall location....check here to get details
  • When in Berkeley....Berk Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has it all today: atlernative gift fair, human rights discussion + dinner + film, and a singles potluck!
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  • First Thursday art crawl. Check FecalFace link at right for details. Below are some highlights, grouped by 'hood:
  • Renaissance and Working Solutions art bazaar and fundraiser 3-7pm Old MacArthur Restaurant 607 Front/Jackson
  • 111 at 111 Minna/2nd 5pm-late. 111 artists. 1 piece each
  • Indie craft 826 Valencia fundraiser 6-9pm Hotel Rex 562 Sutter/Mason
  • 4th anniversary and holiday party 7-10pm Suite Five Salon 305 Grant/Sutter 5th Floor. Bubbly plus art by Matt Gonzalez (yes, Ralph Nader's running mate) and Ben Irvine
  • Goodbye party & storewide sale 5.30-8pm Get Lost Travel Books 1825 Market/Guerrero
  • Hayes Valley block party 6-9pm Hayes/Octavia. Lots o' businesses giving you lots o' treats
  • Pear Tree Art holiday opening party 5-8pm 1890 Bryant/Mariposa
  • SpaceCraft monthly art series does comedy 7-10pm CellSpace 2050 Bryant/19th. See 4 comediens, art, music, and drinks in your hand 4 free
  • Benefit for Liberation Institute 7pm doors Swedish American Hall 2170 Market/Sanchez $12/$15/$40 VIP ticket (food, drink, gifts, artist hobnob). Music by Annie Bacon's Folk Opera, Audiofauna, The Seedy Naturalists
Fri, Dec 3:
  • "Stella Luminosa" opening 6-8pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna. Art by Dave Eggars, Matt Furie, other hip folks....
  • Holiday fair fundraiser 6-8pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/17th
  • Creativity Explored holiday opening 6-9pm 3245 16th/Guerrero. Awesome non profit that puts on great parties
  • Live mural painting 6-9pm Art 94124 3900B 3rd/Fairfax. Art, cider, and marshmallows
  • Lower Haight art walk and scavenger hunt 6-9.30pm Haight/Steiner-Webster. Sales, drinks, merriment
  • El Salvador Film & Video Fest 7pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th $10/$8 students
Sat, Dec 4:
  • Supermarket Sweep bike race-food fundraiser 12pm Embarcadero/Folsom - Cupid's Arrow sculpture. Free to watch, $ to shop whilst racing
  • Produce to the People jam and other great things sale 12-4pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission
  • Outside In #9: Outside India food cart extravaganza to benefit Doctors Without Borders 12-5pm El Rio Mission/Valencia. Hot curry and cool DJs
  • Noise Pop'n'Shop 12-5pm Verdi Club 2727 Mariposa/York. Crafts, music, food vendors, food bank donation drop off, fun
  • Etsy craft bazaar 1-9pm Urban Bazaar 1379 9th Ave/Judah. Cheap drinks, quality handwork, and sweets
  • El Salvador Film & Video Fest 2-9.30pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th $10/$8 students
  • Chocolate chip cookie class 3-4pm Omnivore Books 3885a Cesar Chavez/Church
  • Aaron Rodriguez opening 7-9pm Gravel & Gold 21st/Valencia. Mountain climbing photos
Sun, Dec 5:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 200 Larkin/McAllister
  • El Salvador Film & Video Fest 2-6pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th $10/$8 students
  • Capsule design and local fashion fair 1-8pm Warehouse 1131 Mission/8th. Free to browse 70+ independent artisans
  • SFBC's Winterfest 6-10.30pm SomArts 8th/Brannan $15 members/$40 non (includes membership). Hella bikers to check out, art pieces to bid on, raffle tickets to purchase, beers to drink, crafts to buy


Get out and go do stuff in this great city! Here are some leads.

RSVP NOW for a free Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees show on Sat, Dec 11! Simplified: driving = NO MORE CHOCOLATE. (Climate change may affect cocoa production) Books to read over the winter. Cleaning products aren't clean. Go with these 5 and save $, health, and the environment. Good article on local food foraging and such. Wowser photos about activism around the world. So many good shows at the Independent this month! Check out George Bernard Shaw's Arms & The Man various performances Nov 12th-21st. Free, donations encouraged.

Tues, Nov 23:
  • African Queen screens 7.30pm aboard Eureka, a big ol' boat Hyde Street Pier $5 benefits Maritime Associaton
Wed, Nov 24:
  • Salsa dance night + lessons + pizza 7pm-late Cafe Cocomo 650 Indiana/18th freeeee. Shimmy off the pepperoni
  • Roller Disco 9pm Mighty 119 Utah/15th $5 and $5 skate rental. Pre-work off that food tomorrow
Thurs, Nov 25: Fri, Nov 26: Sat, Nov 27: Sun, Nov 28: Mon, Nov 29:
  • INFORUM presents..."Reza Aslan and others: Bridging Middle East and America Through Culture" 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd members free/students $7/$20
  • Porchlight presents: "Cringe: Moments You Wish You Could Forget" storytelling 6.30pm Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk/Post $5
Tues, Nov 30:
  • Mark Twain 175th birthday celebration 7-8.30pm Bernal Library 500 Cortland/Moultrie
  • SeaweedSway presents: Sonya Cotton + Red River + Ayla Nereo soothing songstresses 8pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $7-15 suggested donation
Wed, Dec 1:
  • Fillmore cocktail crawl 6.30-9pm Yoshi's 1330 Fillmore/Ellis $5 advance/$10 door benefits African American Art & Culture Complex. Cinco Tres Agaves bebidas!
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  • 826 Volunteer 5 minute reading series Amnesia 953 Valencia/20th free
  • Amy Sedaris speaks 8pm Herbst Theater 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Sold out, but scalp some tix or volunteer
  • Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin 9pm show Bottom of the Hill 17th/Missouri $10
Tues, Nov 18:
  • Darwin Awards 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7/$12/$20. So a guy decides to test his first parachute prototype off the Eiffel Tower.....
Wed, Nov 17:
  • Dine-Shop-Drink Around to benefit AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund various locations
  • Muni Diaries + I Live Here SF shindig 5-8pm SomArts 8th/Brannan. Plus pop-up shop from Secession
  • Nerd Nite with Mars, penguins and gonorrhea 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $8. "Discovery Channel...with beer"
  • Broke as F party with Broke Ass Stuart 9.30pm-2am Doc's Clock Mission/22nd. Giant connect four, cheap beer, free PB&J
Thurs, Nov 18:
  • "33 and 1/3" opening 7-10pm The Summit 780 Valencia/19th
  • Switchback: USF graduate school's literary journal issue 12 launch party 7.30-9pm Books & Bookshelves 99 Sanchez/14th
  • SeaweedSway and SongBird present....Razor Skyline + FuzzPod + Conspiracy of Venus 8.30pm show Milk 1840 Haight/Stanyan $10
  • BASS of the Pyramid global music DJ benefit for Global Initiatives and Haas for Students 8.30pm Bollywood Cafe 3372 19th/Mission $5
Fri, Nov 19:
  • Singapore 60s happy hour dance party 5.30-10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia
  • Art for the House auction 6-10pm Shooting Gallery 839 Larkin/Geary. Enjoy/buy art made by folks in Tenderloin community programs
  • Pancake fest + concert + benefit 7pm-2am Coda 1710 Mission/Duboce $10. Food + Sila performs + $ goes to Doctors Without Borders
  • Arty happy hour 6.30-930pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Design and jam-tasting and wine. Bring a jar
Sat, Nov 20:
  • Rally to support farmworkers/Immokalee and tell Traitor Joe's what's up 10.30am Civic Center Park MLK Jr Way/Center Berkeley
  • Pancake fest + concert + benefit 11am-4pm Coda 1710 Mission/Duboce $10. Food + Sila performs + $ goes to Doctors Without Borders
  • Veggie thanksgiving cooking demo 2pm Macy's 170 O'Farrell/Powell
  • "Biosynthesis" opening reception 6pm Gallery Hijinks 2309 Bryant/21st
  • Celebrate People's History book release party 7pm Center for Political Education 522 Valencia/16th
Sun, Nov 21:
  • SeaweedSway Showcase and Chasing the Moon present Steve Taylor, Ever Isles, and DaMaDa 8pm show Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7. Plus premiere of Devotionals' podcast
Mon, Nov 22:
  • Cat's Pajamas presents: Bali or Bust 8-11pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $5
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  • Solidarity sit-in against Sit/Lie 12-6.30pm City Hall Polk/Grove
  • Lots of live music 8pm Heart Wine Bar 1270 Valencia/24th free
Tues, Nov 9:
  • Dine Out for Meals on Wheels at participating restaurants. Part of your bill goes to this great org
  • Kurt Vile + The Violators, Soft Pack 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $12/14
Wed, Nov 10:
  • Eat out again for Mission Graduate's benefit Food For Thought at participating restaurants. Raffle!
  • Delorean 8pm show Great American Music Hall O'Farrell/Polk $14/16
  • Guardian's 22nd Annual Goldies afterparty 9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Performances and DJs to honor the best in SF arts
Thurs, Nov 11:
  • Ski Film 6pm! Bike ride 6.30pm! Bikes Rock Concert 9pm! Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Drinks and snacks afterwards
  • Wits'N'Ass 8pm Dark Room 2263 Mission/19th $10. All female comedy line-up
  • Thee Oh Sees + Intelligence 8pm Eagle Tavern 12th/Harrison $cover? Predicted $9 maybe
Fri, Nov 12:
  • Big old $2 sale at Goodwill around town
  • On Point: Art + Graffiti opening 6-9pm Art 94124 3900B 3rd St/Fairfax
  • Big Things grand opening 6pm 3265 17th/Capp. New website party with art, music, etc
  • Happy Town Menagerie opening 6-9pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/20th
  • SeaweedSway presents Lazarus + Benoit Pioulard 7.30-9.30pm Amnesia 953 Valencia/20th $5
Sat, Nov 13 - Sun, Nov 14: Sat, Nov 13:
  • KivaWalk perambulates around the city Ferry Bldg 9am Ocean Beach 12pm Sports Basement Presidio 3pm for celebration
  • SFAQ symposium 5-10pm Arts Institute 800 Chestnut/Jones. Bands, art talk, drinks, food, view
  • Paws&Play 6-8pm Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia. Lots of free goodies, lots of vendors, lots of animals you can adopt. 8.30pm = bingo: $40 for cards, chili pie, and great prizes. Benefit for Rocket Dog Rescue
  • Bollywood classic Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi screens 7pm Japan Peace Plaza Post/Buchanan
  • Slavic Soul Party midnight dance soiree Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th. Freeeee
Sun, Nov 14:
  • Free yoga all day 9am-5pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Sales, snacks, savasana
  • Diary of a Lost Girl discussion and screening 1pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. Faux or legit premise? Still a mystery
Mon, Nov 15:
  • Amy Sedaris speaks 8pm Herbst Theater 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Sold out, but scalp some tix or volunteer
  • Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin 9pm show Bottom of the Hill 17th/Missouri $10
Wed, Nov 17:
  • Muni Diaries + I Live Here SF shindig 5-8pm SomArts 8th/Brannan. Plus pop-up shop from Secession
Sat, Nov 20:
  • Veggie thanksgiving cooking demo 2pm Macy's 170 O'Farrell/Powell
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tues, Nov 2 VOTEVOTEVOTEVOTE:
  • SFBC's Bike the Vote energizer station 8-10am 12th/Market. Coffee and snacks for democracy!
  • Hella museums be free today
  • Bring in your voting stub and get a 50 cent drink at participating bars. Your reward for participating in democracy
  • SF Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with other greenies and compare how you voted
  • Best of Bernal films from Bernal Heights Film Fest 7-9pm Bernal Library 500 Cortland/Andover
  • Dia de los Muertos procession 7pm 22nd/Bryant snaking to Mission/24th and all around
Wed, Nov 3:
  • Exploratorium be free
  • Graze the Roof garden opening celebration 4-6pm Glide Church 333 Taylor/Jones
  • SFBC volunteer night 5-8pm 833 Market/5th. Bike advocacy admin work, plus grub
  • The Rumble: RSVP and get into this rock show for free 8.30pm Milk Bar 1840 Haight/Stanyan. Haven't checked out the bands yet, but think rock-shoegaze-indiepop
Thurs, Nov 4:
  • INFORUM presents Alice Walker 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7/12/20
  • Free Rogue Wave show 9pm Great American Music Hall Polk/O'Farrell. Pick up your gratis tix beforehand at various locations
Fri, Nov 5:
  • I Live Here: SF opening reception 6-9pm SomArts 8th/Brannan
  • Unveiled: Women & Power in the Middle East opening reception 7-10pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • Oldies Night! Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $2<11pm>$4
Sat, Nov 6 - Sun, Nov 7:
  • Green Festival Concourse Center 8th/Brannan $15 but lots of discounts online. Speakers, samples, salutations
Sat, Nov 6:
  • Hands on winemaking 1-5pm The Winery SF 200 California/Fremont Bldg 180. Squish some grapes! RSVP to get in free
  • Why not get tipsy and look at fancy watches and headphones on a Saturday afternoon? 3-5pm Bloomingdale's 845 Market/5th. Nylon mag and Nixon enable you to do this
  • ARTasting 5th annual party 5-9pm SubMission 2183 Mission/18th $20 advance/$25 door. Music, appetizers, wine tasting, plus benefit raffle and other food for sale
  • "Fuck You All" opening reception 6-9pm 941 Geary/Larkin. Big name skater artists
  • "Pieces of Youtopia" opening 6-9pm Soap Gallery 3180 Mission/Valencia
  • Time Standing Still opening reception 6-10pm Watermelon Sugar Salon 1201a Guerrero/24th. Sips and nibbles and music
  • Set your clock back an hour/party another hour/sleep in/do something regrettable in the magical hour that disappears. Daylight Savings Time ends
Sun, Nov 7:
  • Sleep in another hour. It's really 1oam, not 11am. Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Afghanistan Summit 9am-5pm UC Berkeley MLK Center. Free, and please register
  • While you're in East Bay....Wonderfest! Science! Free!
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Day in the Dogpatch craft fair 11am-4pm Acupuncture Kitchen 2339 3rd/2oth. Local artists, baked goods contest!
  • IndieMart 12-6pm Thee Parkside 16th/Wisconsin $3 donation. Great bands! Designers, workshops, DJ, cool peeps. After-party inside 6-9pm with good music
  • Hands on winemaking 1-5pm The Winery SF 200 California/Fremont Bldg 180. Squish some grapes! RSVP to get in free
  • Conspiracy of Beards croon 9pm Rite Spot 17th/Folsom. Dozones of handsome gents sing Leonard Cohen songs a capella
  • Megan Keely + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia 953 Valencia/20th $5


Ke$ha wants you to enjoy this month by attending the events below. She advises: don't stop, make October hot, and don't forget to set your clock one hour ahead in a few weeks.

Gear up for Halloween with Zombie Town, a play worth the ticket price at Stage Werx on Thurs, Fri, and Saturdays 8pm $24. Best line: "Sleep diggin'"

Litquake shakes the city til October 9th. Get learn'd.

Central Market Arts programs all month. Dance, design, danger.

Mon, Oct 25:
  • Shanti Breast Benefit party and workshop 6-9pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez $12-20. Dedicated to the sexy recoveryof Tiffany Majors
  • Cat's Pajamas presents a conspiracy show with Conspiracy of Venus and lots of other great acts 8-11.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $5
Tues, Oct 26:
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico reinterpreted by SF's musicians 6.30pm and 9.30pm Coda 1710 Mission/14th $15-20. Whoa
Wed, Oct 27:
  • SeaweedSway presents Foxtails Brigade + Poor Bailey + Il Gato 8.30pm show Cafe du Nord Market/Sanchez $10/$12
Thurs, Oct 28:
  • Mission Treat presented by Bold Italic and lots of cool spots in the Mission who will be handing out lots of booze and food 7-9pm 24th/Shotwell-Bryant
Fri, Oct 29:
  • Halloween Beer Hootenanny 4-9pm Speakeasy Brewery 1195 Evans. Music by Brothers Komatose, vanilla and punkin beers!!!!
  • Muni Diaries Live 7.30m Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $5. Lots of good local celebrities, comedians, and commemoration!
  • Rebecca Cross + New Cadence + Beehavers 8pm doors Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $donation
Sat, Oct 30:
  • Rally to Restore Sanity/Rally to Restore Fear 9am Civic Center. Left-west-best coast edition of Stewart/Colbert's DC marches. Free breakfast and indoor viewing 8am-1pm EZ5 684 Commercial/Kearny
  • All My Friends Are Dead book signing 12pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th
  • Journey to the End of the Night 7pm Justin Herman Plaza $donation. Street chase-puzzle-costume game with hundreds of folks. Get there early
Sun, Oct 31:
  • Klezmer Brunch 12-2pm Porto Franco Records 953 Valencia/20th. Sliding scale for food + music
  • SF Civic Symphony concert 1-3pm Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell/Post. Free and classy
  • The Metamorphosis of Karaghiozis 7-8pm Hallidie Plaza 5th/Market. Free Greek puppet theatre with live music and italics
  • Johnny FunCheap reigns again and reins in all the funfree Halloween events! And to get home after them, Luxor Cabs has free rides starting 10pm. Tell them Berg Injury Lawyers are picking up the tab 415 282 4141
  • Emperor Norton's Jazz Band does grunge-dixie covers 8.30pm Revolution Cafe 22nd/Bartlett. Your Sunday night plans are set
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mon, Oct 18:
  • MEH: CANCELLED! Belle and Sebastian play 12pm Amoeba BERKELEY free. In case the weather or your bank account kept you from Treasure Island
  • 826 Valencia's 5-minute volunteer readings 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th. There will be more than one
Tues, Oct 19:
  • Brower Youth Awards: honoring amazing environmental leaders 7.30-9pm Herbst Theatre Van Ness/McAllister free. Or ball and attend $100 VIP fundraiser 5.30pm
Wed, Oct 20: Thurs, Oct 21:
  • Open Show: community photo and food potluck 7-9pm Academy of Art 491 Post
  • Foreign Cinema's Laszlo 10 year anniversary party 8pm-late 2526 Mission/21st. DJ, free drinks 8-9pm, free appetizers, and trendy folks
Fri, Oct 22:
  • SeaweedSway and Chasing The Moon present Thao & Mirah's podcast premiere, plus live performances by Dina Maccabee, Mike Sempert of Birds & Batteries, and Travis Vick 8pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $donation
Sat, Oct 23:
  • Heart of Haiti launch party 1pm Macy's O'Farrell/Powell. Haitian music, artisans, and refreshments
  • EventBrite throws a fundraiser for Spark women social justice programs 9pm-late PublicWorks 161 Erie/Mission/13th-14th $15. Open bar, DJ, silkscreening...
Sun, Oct 24:
  • Sunday Streets: Civic Center and Tenderloin takeover 10am-3pm. Enjoy car-less streets!

Tues, Oct 12 and Wed, Oct 13:
  • Business Ethics Network conference in Berkeley $45 for great speakers, discussions, awards ceremony, hobnobbing, etc.
Wed, Oct 13:
  • CA Nights: vintage edition 5-8pm CA Historical Society 678 Mission/3rd. Enjoy wine, snacks, and swing music
  • Type frantically as Free Night of Theatre tix are released 6pm!
  • Awesome author Mac MeClelland reads and discusses her book For Us Surrender is Out of the Question 7pm Get Lost Books 1825 Market/Gough
Thurs, Oct 14:
  • Wrath of Katrina: When the Levees Break I & II screens noon Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Dave Eggers in conversation with Beth Lisick, discussing Zeitoun 6-7.30pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Two super great authors on a fascinating subject...get there early
  • Dia de los Muertos alter building meetup 7pm Garfield Park 26th/Treat
  • Readings from Punk Rock Saved My Ass, plus other authors 8pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th
Fri, Oct 15:
  • Bike The Vote coffee and snack pitstop 8-10am Market/6th. SFBC will tell you about bike friendly candidates
  • YBike fundraiser 6-10pm David Baker + Partners office 461 Second/Bryant $donation for music and fun
  • Splurge for Girls + Holy Shit + The She's 9pm Fillmore $22.50. Get around the $10 bullshit ticket charge if you can
Sat, Oct 16 and Sun, Oct 17: Sat, Oct 16:
  • Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair, Trolley Dances, Potrero Hill Fest, Taste of Fillmore, Open Studios - SoMa....
  • Bakesale fundraiser 11am-3pm and Food Cart party fundraiser 6-10pm La Victoria Bakery 24th/Alabama! Eat and eat and eat for a good cause
  • Community Grows fundraiser 1-4pm Koshland Gardens Page/Buchanan $20 donation, no one turned away. Live music and food along with support to green programming for youth!
  • Arepa cooking demo and sampling 2pm Macy's O'Farrell/Powell. Yummy Venezuelan food from Pica Pica
  • Tastes and recipes from The Wild Kitchen: foraged foods 3-4pm Omnivore Books 3885a Cesar Chavez/Church
  • Splurge for Morning Benders + Twin Sisters + Cults 9pm Fillmore $20. Get around the $10 bullshit ticket charge if you can
Sun, Oct 17:
  • Fiesta on the Hill - Bernal, Trolley Dances, Capsule - Hayes Valley, Open Studios - SoMa
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Pie contest!!!!! 2pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission
  • SeaweedSway Showcase: Odawas + Ayla Nereo + Sleepy Todd 8pm show Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7. Plus, host Jeremy Dalmas and friends will be performing a radio noir show
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tues, Oct 5:
  • Hella museums be free today
  • SF Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with other greenies, learn about sustainable food systems from some pro's, and get there early for a free drink!
  • New Orleans and the Rise of Jazz 6-8pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Feast of Words literary potluck 7-9pm SomArts 934 Brannon/8th $donation, free with potluck dish. Three sentence throwdown, open mic, guest authors....
  • McSweeney's Fall Harvest: lots of authors and shenanigans 7pm JCC 3200 California/Presidio free
Wed, Oct 6:
  • Lessons in Adventureneering 8pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th free. Psychic Pictionary, music, readings, etc
  • The Rumble presents Sunsets, Dana Falconberry, and White White Lights 8pm Cafe du Nord Market/Sanchez free w/RSVP
Thurs, Oct 7:
  • Art crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for details
  • Grand opening party 6-9pm SandBox Suites 567 Sutter/Powell. Wine, great bites, music, raffle, cool shared office hub
  • Etsy Craft Bar 6-9pm Museum of Craft & Folk 51 Yerba Buena/Mission/3rd $5/free for students. Make plushies, drink beer, eat snacks, stitch something, have fun
  • Hibiscus and Szechuan Peppercorn beer tasting 7pm Pac Brew Labs 214 Clara/5th/Folsom-Harrison. Homemade suds. Bring a few donkers to donate
  • "Ritual/Habitual" opening reception 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Always awesome folks, art, and treats
Fri, Oct 8 - Sat, Oct 9 - Sun, Oct 10: Fri, Oct 8:
  • Bike The Vote coffee and snack pitstop 8-10am Market/Guerrero. SFBC will tell you about bike friendly candidates
  • 2 Blocks of Art 4-8pm 6th/Market-Howard. Oh, 6th Street.....
  • Art opening party 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Wine, DJ, Sataysfied vending outside, snacks inside, pretty people and things. Bring a jar for wine
Sat, Oct 9 and Sun, Oct 10:
  • Art Publishing Now clustersummit 11am-6pm Southern Exposure 3030 20th/Alabama. Cool gathering of cool folks and cool art. Free. Afterparty on Saturday 6pm
Sat, Oct 9:
  • Teachers 4 Social Justice conference 8.30am-5pm Mission HS 18th/Dolores. Please register. Freeeeee and Grrrreeeeeeaaaat
  • All Roads Film Fest 11am-5pm Main Library Larkin/Grove. Hella awesome National Geographic flicks about cool stuff
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • El Rio's 32nd birthday party 3pm-close Mission/Valencia. Bands, BBQ, cheap-o drinks!
  • Slideluck Potshow 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd $5 register early. Fabulous community art event that is usually a highlight of the year
  • Litquake LitCrawl!!! 6-9pm up and down Valencia. Words and crowds
Sun, Oct 10: Mon, Oct 11:
  • Iron Man 2 screens 8pm Independent Divis/Hayes. Free w/ "2 drink min" 21+
Tues, Oct 12 and Wed, Oct 13:
  • Business Ethics Network conference in Berkeley $45 for great speakers, discussions, awards ceremony, hobnobbing, etc.
Sat, Oct 16 and Sun, Oct 17:


This gon'be a great month, maybe the best. I'm back in the Bay and ready to relay the scoop on quality events. Keep checking back for updates, and look ahead for RSVP spots!

Unique 'music video' that informs about nuclear testing. And, another shitty way to light up the world, but literally shitty.

What up, Traitor Joe's? I say tomato, you say "Screw Farm Workers." (I also heard TJ shares some of the same food sources/production with Kraft. Not so granola.) If I don't grow it myself, I'll get my basil from Big Green Boxes, which plans to convert abandoned warehouses into veggie houses. Oh, and Stephen Colbert makes good on his promise to work the fields. Plus, he testified in front of Congress. Woot!

Oil in your vinegar? Yuk. Monsanto's GM corn and cotton in your mouth in underwear? Yukker.

Pretty cool video (minus whale-didgeridoo sounds) about population and privilege.

Wed, Sep 29:

  • Flow screens 6pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Water, water, everywhere? Free, supposed to register
  • Fair Trade party and fundraiser 8pm Temple SF 540 Howard/1st $10 w/RSVP, $15. Sample fair trade goodness, see a fashion show, dance with other tree huggers
  • West Coast Green conference. Trade show floor hookup here.
Fri, Sat, Sun: Fri, Oct 1:
  • The Drums + Young Friends 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes $15. Happy boppy fun surf dance time
Sat, Oct 2:
  • Sand castle competition Ocean Beach. Go early afternoon to see finished palaces
  • MAPP: Mission Arts & Performance Project 4pm-late all over the Mission
Sun, Oct 3:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Papergirl 2010: art via bike awesome giveaway. Details
  • Mixtape Society: Running Scared 4-7pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission. Bring an actual cassette and get a free drink
  • Emperor Norton's Dixie Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia Valencia/20th $5. Yes
Mon, Oct 4:


Mon, Sep 20:

  • Outside In #7 food cart bonanza and fundraiser for Beacon Culinary Project 5-11pm Casa Sanchez 2778 24th/York. Enjoy music and film, plus bring cooking ware to donate
  • Date Night screens 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. Free w/ "2 drink min"
Tues, Sep 21:
  • Dave Eggers reads from Zeitoun 12pm Books Inc Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness/Golden Gate
  • Local Natives play a free show 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • Golden Age of Soul: 1960-1975 6.30pm Bernal Library 500 Cortland/Moultrie. Clips of the classics
  • Lady of Leisure screens 7pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $5 donation. Cinewhore brings you this film, plus post discussion and special guests
Wed, Sep 22:
  • Slurp! Carnivorous plant party 5.30-8.30pm Conservatory of Flowers GG Park/JFK Drive $5. Buy some drinks, learn about hungry plants
  • A Necessary Ruin and other architectural shorts 6pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Free, supposed to register. Geodesic doom
  • Geek Sewer Panel 7pm WorkSpace 2150 Folsom/17th free. Learn about the city's real underground scene
  • Floodlines and Zeitoun authors Jordan Flaherty and Dave Eggers 7-9pm Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia/20th free
  • Moby Dick screens ON AN OLD TIMEY BOAT 7.30pm Hyde St Pier/Jefferson. Donate $5 to Maritime National Park Association and board the Eureka!
  • Chasing The Moon and Seaweed Sway present hella bands 8-11pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $7-10. Birds & Batteries podcast premier, plus sets from Joseph Childress, WR/DS, The Up Died Sounds, and Pillars & Tongues
Thurs, Sep 23:
  • DIY Delicious: recipes and ideas for simple foods from scratch 6-7pm Omnivore Books 3885A Cesar Chavez/Church. Brewing and pickling primer
  • Burning The Future: Coal in America screens 6-7.30pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Learn about strip mining and 'clean coal'
Fri, Sep 24:
  • Grand opening of cool upcycling-refurbishing-recycling store 4-8pm Design Quarter 1478A Church/27th. Sips and nibbles
  • The Secrets play 6pm, Vanishing of the Bees screens sundown, apply cider served early Hayes Valley Farm Hayes/Laguna $5 suggested donation to support bee education program. BYOChairs and warmth
  • Velocity Circus: films and performances and crafts 6-8.30pm de Young GG Park
  • Galeria 4.0: A Retrospective opening reception 7.30-10pm Galeria de la Raza 2857 24th/Bryant. 40th anniversary party
  • Aida 8pm AT&T Ballpark. Free opera simulcast in the park. Gotta reserve your free tix
  • Rayband 10pm Coda 1710 Mission/Duboce $10. Hella musicians cover hella Ray Charles songs
Sat, Sep 25: Sun, Sep 26:
  • Polk Street Blues Fest 10am-6pm
  • Mission Bike Festival 12-6pm 18th/Valencia-Lapidge. Games, coffee, pancakes, local vendors, bike repair, raffle, etc
  • Comedy Nite 9pm The Showdown 10 6th/Market $5. Stand up, sit down, fightfightfight: comedians pro and not-so-pro


Wed, Sep 15:

  • CA Academy of Sciences be free 9.30-5pm GG Park
  • Infinite Space: Architecture of John Lautner 6pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Free, supposed to register
  • Women Who Tech 6.30-8.30pm NextSpace 28 2nd St/Market. RSVP to network, nibble, and sip
  • Solidarity against racism community discussion 7-9pm Red Stone Bldg 2nd Fl 2948 16th/Capp
  • Arkay Workshop 2 year anniversary party 7pm-late Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission. Drinks specials and giveaways
  • Ten Fingers story telling 8pm Cafe Royale 800 Post/Leavenworth. Tell great short nonfiction stories, listen to others, maybe win some $
Thurs, Sep 16:
  • 8th annual Altered Barbie show opening reception 5-11pm 50 Shotwell/15th
  • JD Samson of Le Tigre and company take over with film and a MEN dance party 6-9.45pm SFMoMA 3rd/Mission $9 for museum admission, free for members
  • Inside Storytime with great local authors (Raj Patel, OMG!) 6.30pm Cafe Royale 800 Post/Leavenworth $3-5
  • SlideSlam 7-9pm Rayko Photo 428 3rd/Harrison. Community artists show their stuff. RSVP on FB. Also the opening for "1000 Cameras" at 6pm
  • Dancers fly on the Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia 8pm & 9.30pm
Fri, Sep 17:
  • Park(ing) Day all over town early-late. Reclaim parking spots with activities, neighbors, strangers, and relaxing. I recommend Alemany Farm's spot at Rainbow Grocery
  • Whoa: free jeans and She & Him perform Union Square. Giveaway to first 1000 people starts 10am. Bring something to donate to Goodwill
  • Dancers fly on the Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia 10am & 8pm & 9.30pm
  • Happy hour art party 5-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Bring a jar for wine, and some dough for the pizza vendor
  • The Parking Lot screens 7pm Good Hotel parking lot 7th/Mission. Free, plus food carts and raffle to celebrate Park(ing) Day
Sat, Sep 18:
  • On Hannibal's Trail: biking a conquest route discussion and film 10.30am Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • J-Pop Summit 11am-6pm Post/Webster. Pocky eating contest, Japanese food carts, Girls Rock!, etc!
  • Pop-Up Cafe: social food discussion 7pm. RSVP for details, also happening the next few Saturdays. Awesome. This week's topic: productivity
  • Dancers fly on the Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia 8pm & 9.30pm
Sun, Sep 19:
  • Sunday Streets: Western Addition edition 10am-3pm. Skate/walk/bike around carless NOPA and Japantown!
  • SF Center for the Book annual Roadworks block party 12-5pm Rhode Island/16-17th. Steamroll some prints, buy from local vendors, enjoy the festivities
  • IndieMart 12-6pm Thee Parkside 17th/Wisconsin $3. Cheap food and drinks, DJs, great vendors, 7 bands, plus an afterparty with surprise musician
  • Complex and sweet sounds music + art 5-8pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland
  • SeaweedSway Showcase w/KILLBOSSA, Vanessa Verlee & Jeremy Rourke, Anna Ash, and host Jeremy Dalmas reenacting your fave computer game: The Oregon Trail 8pm show Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7


Tues, Sep 7:

  • Hella museums be free today
  • SF Green Drinks 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with other greenies, learn about sustainable food systems from some pro's, and get there early for a free drink!
  • American Gypsy: Stranger in Everyone's Land screening 7.30pm Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission $3-5 donation. Rare doc about traveling culture

Wed, Sep 8:

  • SF Bike Coalition volunteer night 5.30-8pm 833 Market/4th. Snacks, biker pals, office help!
  • Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City architecture film 6pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Free, gotta register
  • The Rumble: Dale Earnhardt Jr.Jr. + Taxes + Oona 8.30pm Milk Bar 1840 Haight/Stanyan. Free w/RSVP
Thurs, Sep 9:
  • Coalition on Homelessness art auction 5.30-10pm SomArts 934 Brannan/8th $25 donation. Live art, live music, libations, food!
  • Put the Sea in Cycling rally 5.30pm Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Bldg, ride to Triple Crown Market/Valencia for afterparty full of food and music. This is to convince Shimano, bike parts maker, to advocate for instead of actively against ocean preservation
  • Release party for Collective, Inc 7-10pm Candystore Collective 3153 16th/Guerrero. Cool creative projects, cupcakes, and sparkly beverages
  • Mosquitos in Yo Grill 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $10. Wild summer hootenanny with lots of great local bands
Fri, Sep 10:
  • Fashion Night Out 5-8.30pm Westfield 865 Market/5th $10 donation goes to Artpoint, and gets you drinks and food
  • West Oakland Schools fundraiser 5-8.30pm Linden Street Brewery in Oakland $10 for some food/drink. Music. Donate school supplies!
  • "The Portrait Show" group opening 6-9pm Soap Gallery 3180 Mission/Valencia. Music and Bea Arthur sketches
  • Fillmore Artwalk 6-11pm Eddy-Post/Fillmore various locations and openings and deals
  • "The Classics: True Bay Area Graffiti" opening 7-10pm 1AM Gallery 1000 Howard
  • Fecal Face 10th Anniversary 6-8pm Luggage Store 1007 Market/6th. Afterparty 9pm-2am Mezzanine 5th/Jessie $8 donation. RSVP to see Kelley Stolz, Ty Segall, etc
Sat, Sep 11:
  • Power to the Peaceful all day in GG Park Speadway Meadows. Yoga, Michael Franti, Rupa & the April Fishes, probably some patchouli, green skaters, etc
  • Solar systems ride 9.45am Page/Buchanan. Pedal power and solar power tour free for SFBC members/$5 otherwise
  • Duboce Triangle hood garage sale 9am-2pm. Good stuff
  • SF Underground Market 11am-4pm, 6pm-11pm SomArts 934 Brannan/8th $5 for one round/$8 for both. Music, workshops, deliciousness, crowds. Gotta become a member (for free)
  • Pop-Up Cafe: Temporality 5.30-8pm Wave Organ. RSVP...I think this dinner-discussion is free?
Sun, Sep 12:
  • La Vida Local 1-4.30pm Cafe Cocomo 650 Indianna/18th. Local music, food and drink tastes, non-profits, etc. RSVP early to get in!
  • Opera in the Park 1.30pm GG Park Hippie Hill/Sharon Meadow. Freeeeeeee

A gust

of gumption blew through me, and I'm passing along info for this eventful month. Still not back in SF, but enjoy the activities below for me! Look to my favorites, SeaweedSway andFunCheapSF for quality events. September Preview! (new post coming soon): Wed, Sep 1:

Thurs, Sep 2 - Sun, Sep 5:

Thurs, Sep 2:

  • Art crawl downtown. Check Fecal Face link at right
  • Divisadero art walk, various locations. I'd go to The Page for California Honeydrops set
  • Etsy Craft Labs: tshirt craftiness 5-9pm Museum of Folk Art and Craft 51 Yerba Buena/Mission/3rd
  • Mind the Gap mystery tour and fundraiser 6.30pm TCHO in Ferry Bldg. Free walking tour, nibbles, and sips. Register

Fri, Sep 3:

Sat, Sep 4 and Sun, Sep 5:

  • SF Zine Fest 11am-4pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln. Creative nerds unite!

Sun, Sep 5:

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thurs, Aug 26:

  • 8/26 Write-a-thon 12-8.26pm 826 Valencia/19th. Sponsor a writer, cheer writers on, eat some brainfood, get silly with calligraphy. Write up your alley
  • Ice Cream Social benefit for Produce to the People 5-9pm El Rio Mission/Precita $10-30. Local and delicious and some vegan and DJ and auction and other treats. Go!
  • SF Arts & Politics Magazine release get-together 8-9.30pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Chill bands and some readings and such
  • Green For All campaign launch and Extinction/Adaption release party 8-10pm Levi's Workshops 580 Valencia/16th. DJ Bob Mould, readings, and design
Fri, Aug 27:
  • Longshot Magazine starts today: content + production in 48 hours. Get started!
  • Dusker: art, brews, music, and agricultural happiness 4.30-8.30pm Hayes Valley Farm Hayes/Laguna $5
  • EatReal Food Fest in Oakland. GO
  • Alite's Camp-in movie night 5-9pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Free: Stand By Me, popcorn, beer. Tents and raffle and sale! Gotta RSVP
  • Scott Albrecht's "Something Mistaken for Nothing" wood pictograph opening 6-9pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/2oth
Sat, Aug 28:
  • Party on Block 18: brews, foods, funs, and fundraiser for hella great non-profits 12-5pm 18th/Guerrero-Dolores
  • EatReal Food Fest in Oakland. GO
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Toad and Salmon's ChiliBowl VI 11-5pm Potrero del Sol Skatepark 25th/San Bruno
  • Regeneration: Intersection for the Arts Artwalk 12pm 446 Valencia/15th. Walk along Mission storefronts and get cultured
  • The F'ing Beatles cover band 8pm Cafe Royale 800 Post/Leavenworth. Can't buy me love: it's a free show
  • Rear Window screens 8pm Union Square free
  • Farewell For Now celebration 8-11pm Levi's Workshops 580 Valencia/16th
Sun, Aug 29:
  • EatReal Food Fest in Oakland. GO
  • Sonny & The Sunsets rock out 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Mon, Aug 30:
  • 2nd Anniversary party!!! 7am-4pm Four Barrel 375 Valencia/14th. Free coffee all day, delicious treats around noon, petting zoo...probably a highlight of my 2009
  • Chris Palmer of Shooting the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom 7pm Green Arcade Books 1680 Market/Gough. Adventure!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tues, Aug 10:
  • Streetside Stories showcase 6-8.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Come learn about this great non-profit at SF Best of the Bay gallery
  • SeaweedSway presents Marie Sioux, Salt Minds, and Windy Gap 8pm Blue Macaw Mission/22nd $8-10
Wed, Aug 11:
  • El Tecolote: Celebrating 40 Years of Mission newspaper opening reception 6-9.30pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/24th
  • Time Bank fundraiser 9pm Elixir 3200 16th/Guerrero. Come drink and support this cool resource-barter community project
Fri, Aug 13: Sat, Aug 14:
  • StreetsmArts mural discussion 5pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/24th
  • Big old crazy arty party at Big Idea Night 9pm-2am YBCA 701 Missionn/3rd. Gotta RSVP for this madness
Sun, Aug 15:
  • SeaweedSway presents Enamoured, Black Bear, and Casual Fog 8pm show Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7
Fri, Aug 20:
  • Third Anniversary Party + opening reception 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Guardian's Best of the Bay gallery!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fri, July 30:
  • "The Magic Hour" art opening 7-10pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland. CUTE
  • Southpaw Records 1st Anniversary concert 9pm Amnesia 856 Valencia/20th $5. Ty Segall, Bare Wires, The Sandwitches
Sat, July 31: Sun, Aug 1:
  • Asian Art Museum be free McAllister/Larkin
  • Outside In art block party 11am-7pm 161 Eerie/Mission/14th $5 donation benefits SF Parks&Trust and Root Division. DJs, finishing a Banksy Mural, fun
  • Social Justice murals bike ride 11.45am-2pm Church/15th $10. RSVP
  • Renegade Craft Fair 11am-7pm Fort Mason
Mon, Aug 2:
  • Warren G. Harding remembrance toast 6pm Pied Piper Bar/Palace Hotel 2 New Montgomery/Market. Gameliel and vampire theories, eh? RSVP
  • You May Die in the Desert rock Retox 628 20th St/3rd St band time, $. Seattle band!
Tues, Aug 3:
  • Hella museums be free today
  • SF Green Drinks special edition: Benefit for Green Generations 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd $15 donation. Hobnob with other tree hugging professionals, nibble on appetizers, and support youth eco-education
  • 389 Miles: Living The Border, a doc about US/Mex immigration, screens 7pm Bernal Library 500 Cortland/Anderson. Free, get there early
Wed, Aug 4:
  • Exploratorium be free today
  • Women Kick Ass (my title) film fest 3.30-7.30pm Main Library Larkin/Grove free. Prison Girl Scouts, karate chick, amazing stuff!
  • UPPERCASE Magazine meet&greet 5-8pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/20th
Thurs, Aug 5:
  • Sister Corita silk screening workshop 3-7pm Levi's Workshops 580 Valencia/16th. Free?
  • Art crawl downtown. Check FecalFace link at right
  • Craft Bar with Etsy Labs 5-9pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art Mission/Yerba Buena Lane $5. Bookmaking and beer and bar food. Before or during, go to this zydeco-cajun concert at Yerba Buena 6-7.30pm
Fri, Aug 6:
  • Free Firestone Walker beer 6-8pm The Republic 3213 Scott/Lombard
  • Murals on Paper: Art from the Women's Bldg 8-10pm Levi's Workshops 580 Valencia/16th
Sat, Aug 7:

Soil Yourself: Colbert and UFW want YOU on a farm

(TheWeekIntro's first ever non-events post......don't fret, just look to the last post for a guide to SF's events)

Soil Yourself: Colbert and United Farm Workers want YOU on a farm

Get thee to a granary, and get thee some green. Running with a (maybe?) joke, Stephen Colbert and United Farm Workers have teamed up to create a legal workforce on our nation’s farms. The July 8th launch of the “Take Our Jobs” campaign combines* economic savvy, workers’ rights, immigration issues, and satire to get people back onto the land. With the country’s unemployment rate way above zero, and food production being an ever-growing sector, it makes sense to put our citizens into a flourishing field: the field.

Basically, UFW and Colbert dare those who say immigrants “steal” “American” jobs to visit and complete the “I want to be a farm worker” form. Participants will be matched with experienced farmers and learn the tricks of the spade. They’ll also encounter what most field workers endure to feed the country: toxic fertilizers, hot hot heat (temperatures and immigration raids), lack of health insurance, and long days of physical stress (you’ll get the gist from these Grist and AP articles). What will happen if we lift the Nitrogen Curtain and US citizens get a behind-the-scenes view of conventional farming by taking advantage of this employment offer?

The possible pros of this collaboration abound. Exposure to food production (artichokes don’t grow marinated in cans?) is key to getting people to care about how food gets to the plate. Soil underneath your or a loved one’s fingers reinforces a connection to what you eat, and also brings the working conditions of farmers closer to home. If a bona-fide US citizen gets an “American” job, they would expectedly demand minimum wage and a safe working environment. As many on the current workforce on today’s conventional farms don’t have these luxuries, I predict the newly recruited workforce would not put up with this manure. After experiencing the current conditions, hopefully they would advocate for more organic practices, more labor and safety standards, etc. If these changes were made, and if amnesty were granted to current workers, the country’s fields would be lush with a legal and healthy workforce. It would once again be patriotic to plow, à la Victory Gardens in the early 20th century. Maybe they would learn more about genetic engineering and confined animal feeding operations, educating their families and friends about these issues….

Before too much idealism, here are some cons: The ugly truth of how big agribusiness treats workers and the earth is quite depressing. The harsh reality of industrial farm jobs could deter people from all interactions with chlorophyll, even backyard gardening, urban community plots, or small-scale organic farming. Another risk is reinforcing the apathy the average citizen has regarding our food system. If growing food takes so much effort, let others in other countries do it for us. While farming is no joke, this could have some viewers, who might be disconnected from food issues, laughing this off as a passing stunt. Which it kinda sorta is/isn’t.

While I don’t predict this quasi-comic campaign to topple Monsanto or procure workers’ rights immediately or revolutionize school lunch programs or shut down factory farms for good by next month, I do think this is a positive side effect of social parody meeting reality. The UFW will get exposure for their proposed AgJobs legislation, which aims to secure amnesty for undocumented farm workers. Colbert will get some funny camera shots with hoes and maybe a Grim Reaper costume. Agricultural science students and young people choosing farming as a career are rare these days, this article states. With Colbert’s popularity with colleges and hip young demographics, maybe this campaign will succeed beyond satire, planting at least a seed of caring about farming. Audiences might be agri-vated enough to take action, asking themselves: “Should I Stay or Should I Sow Now?”

By: Lea Troeh

(*farm wordplay)