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Wed, April 14: Thurs, April 15:
  • Take in a reusable mug, and get a free cup of coffee from Starbucks. Then waste that conserved paper by printing out a coupon for a free Taco Del Mar taco. Remember, corporate giveaways are free, but so are STDs
  • Mission Statement party 5-9pm 3458 18th/Mission. Sales and treats
  • Celebration of the Book 6-8pm Phoenix Books 3957 24th/Noe. Treats, music, drinks, words
  • SlideSlam 7-9pm Gallery 291 Geary/Powell. Ten 5-minute art shows, plus food and beverage potluck
  • "Where Are We?" map themed art opening 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero
  • "Good for What Ails You: Americanitis Elixir" opening 7pm Southern Exposure 3030 20th/Alabama
Fri, April 16; Sat, April 17; Sun, April 18: SoMa Open Studios

Fri, April 16:
  • Trunk show 12-6pm, jam tasting 4pm, and art opening 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Come get cool stuff, eat some sweets, and drink some wine (eat the jam, use the jar for wine)
  • Epidemic Filmfest 4-8pm Castro Theatre Castro/Market. Free! RSVP
  • Cool Americana themed Friday Night at the de Young 5-8.45pm GG Park. Gallery free for students/faculty with ID
  • Underground Farmers' Market 5-11pm SomArts 934 Brannan/8th. Sign up online for your free membership and expedite entry
  • "World Wide Hustler(rs)" opening party 6pm Luggage Store Annex 509 Ellis/Leavenworth. Alley party with street food and cool art
  • Terrarium show 6-9pm Arkay Workshop 2869 24th/Bryant
  • Love Is All + Princeton + Butterfly Bones play 8.30pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $12/14 or go to FunCheapSF and try to win tix
  • jj and others play 8.30pm doors Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th/Missouri $12/14
Sat, April 17:
  • Sun Room open house 8am-4pm Mission Yoga 20th/Mission
  • Counter recruitment training 9am War Memorial Veteran's Bldg 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Learn about military service reality and alternative options for youth
  • Goat Festival 10am Ferry Bldg Farmers' Market. Music, kids, milk
  • Workday and Earth Day BBQ 10am-5pm Alemany Farm
  • Earth Day activities (like meeting an eco-squirrel: Chipper) 10am-2pm Crissy Field
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg plays 12pm Amoeba Records 1855 Haight/Stanyan
  • Cool craft event at New People 1746 Post with food and such, plus Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Twin Peaks watershed walk with Nature in the City 1-3pm $10 donation
  • Sirron Norris spring art show 5.30-10pm 1406 Valencia/25th
  • Tomo's crazy curry party! 6pm Gravel & Gold 3266 21st/Valencia $5 donation. BYOBeverages and forks for eating this good stuff
Sun, April 18: Mon, April 19 - Fri, April 23: Big ol' Earth Day Sale at Mission Thrift 2101 Mission/17th Tues, April 20:
  • "Cool Cuisine: Taking a bite out of global warming" 6pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove
  • 826's monthly 5 minute reading series 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th
  • Almighty Defenders and more play 8pm Great American Music Hall 859 O'Farrell/Polk $16
Wed, April 21:
  • Tapa time 5.30pm Picaro 3166 16th/Valencia. Register and discover Spanish cuisine with other food lovers. Free nibbles, discounted vino, and live music
  • Learn about more evils of bottled water 6pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove
  • Gold Bar benefits Global Glimpse 6.30-11.30pm Gestalt 16th/Guerrero. Show up, sign in, and the bar donates $5!
  • Food, Inc screens 9pm your house on PBS Channel 9
Thurs, April 22:
  • Earth Day's 40th Birthday: B'earthday?
  • Earth Day activities 1pm Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th. Free screenprinting, typography, postcard making
  • City gardening happy hour 5.30-9pm Homestead Bar 19th/Folsom
  • Om Shan Tea
Fri, April 23: Sat, April 24: Sun, April 25:
  • Glen Park Festival 10am-4.30pm Diamond/Chenery. Local art, music, cute stuff in a tucked away neighborhood
  • Walk for Clean Water 10am Speedway Meadows GG Park 25th Ave/Fulton
  • Art Explosion Spring open studios 12-5pm 744 Alabama/19th
  • 1 Year Anniversary party 12-6pm Anthony's Cookies 1417 Valencia/25th
  • People's Earth Day 2pm Women's Bldg 3543 18th/Valencia $10-20 sliding scale donation. Local food, live theatre, panels on environmental justice
  • CarrotMob 2-5pm Duboce Park Cafe Duboce/Sanchez. 50% of your purchase will go towards greening this cafe
  • KUSF's 33rd birthday party 3pm-late Noc Noc 557 Haight/Fillmore
  • Food Not Bombs 30th Anniversary 3pm cooking, 6pm dinner Station 40 3030B 16th/Mission
  • Outside In IV: food cart extravaganza 6-10pm Heart 1270 Valencia/24th. DJs and handheld food
Mon, April 26:
  • Free cafe drinks 4-6pm Roger's Coffee & Tea 20th/San Carlos
  • Nebraska Supersonic 7.30pm doors Independent 628 Divis/Hayes "2 drink minimum" 21+. In association with SF Bike Coalition
Tues, April 27:
  • Fresh Look: Obervations on Artistic and Social Practices in Urban Farming 4pm SF Art Institute 800 Chestnut/Jones free. Live music, panel discussion, treats sold
  • The Yes Men prevaricate, equivocate, and circumlocute with INFORUM 7pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7-20
  • Free namesake drinks 6.30-8pm Pisco Latin Lounge 1817 Market/Octavia
  • Wine, cheese, and supporting a Peruvian service trip 6.30-9pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Donate a few bills, and get your Mom Day shopping done!
  • Kitchen Table Talks: Honeybee & Colony Collapse Disorder 6.30pm food and screening of Pollen Nation, 7pm discussion Virachocha 998 Valencia/21st. Have a few bucks ready for donation
  • Center for the Book party auction 7pm 300 De Haro/16th $20-25 for wine, nibbles, music, supporting this cool spot (6pm $75 for VIP ballers)
Wed, April 28:
  • Spring Affair 7pm-12am Cocoon Urban Day Spa 330 1st/Folsom 2nd Floor. Fashion show 8pm, sips and snacks all night
  • Ecology Emerges: Nature in Cities 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free
  • SeaweedSway and Chasing The Moon present a full pink moon show 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $10. Featuring Sonya Cotton, Honeycomb, Jascha Vs. Jascha, Kris Gruen
  • Free Farm benefit concert 8pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $5-10 sliding. Megan Keely and others
  • Chile tsunami benefit 8pm-late Riptide 3637 Taraval/47th Ave. Raffle, DJs, free pizza, surf films, fun
Thurs, April 29:
  • Dining Out For Life all over the Bay Area. Participating restaurants and bars donate part of your bill to Stop AIDS Project
  • Meltwater Mash-up: social media networking 5.30-7.30pm Mighty 119 Utah/15th free. RSVP to mingle, eat a taco, and drink a drink
  • How-To Homestead: Screening, Tasting, Hoe-down, Square Dance 7pm Southern Exposure 3030 20th/Alabama $10 or free for SoEx members or if you bring something home-made to share. Awesome
Fri, April 30: Sat, May 1 - International Workers' Day:
  • Spring plant sale 10am-2pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th Ave/Lincoln
  • 72 Degrees party 10am-5pm Dolores Park. Clean-up, raffle, music, etc
  • Interanational Workers' Day rally and march 12-2pm Mission/24th. Hang in Dolores Park afterwards 3pm and on for food, soccer, and tabling from radical groups
  • Local Flavor SF tasting party 5-11pm Laskie Alley Mission/8th-9th. Sign up here for free entry
  • "Greek Myth Remix" opening 7-10pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • McSweeney's Clock Without A Face release party 7.30pm Secret Alley 180 Capp/17th #4 free
Sun, May 2: Tues, May 4:
  • Hella museums be free around town
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Mingle with other tree huggers
Wed, May 5: Thurs, May 6:
  • Downtown art crawl. Check Fecal Face link at right
-------------------------------------------------- Thurs, April 1:
  • V-Day Congo teach-in 3.30-4.30pm UC Hastings 198 McAllister Room B. Film and discussion about issues in Democratic Republic of Congo. Information and sandwiches provided
  • Surfer Blood rocks 6pm Amoeba 1855 Haight/Stanyan free show
  • Edible Art contest 6-7pm Omnivore Books 3885A Cesar Chavez/Church free for entrants, $5 to look, taste, judge
  • Craft Bar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/Mission/4th free for students, $5 non-students includeds a free beer and materials. Learn to make cute stuffed animals or cozies from sweaters
  • AIDS Lifecycle fundraiser 6-9pm Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell/Post $25. Come because it's all you can consume good food and fancy drinks, Top Chef personalities will be there, and it's a great cause
  • Readings from God Says No and SF Panorama 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th. Stay afterwards for some Blank Tapes action
Fri, April 2:
  • Lower Haight artwalk 7-10pm. Sales and bands and drinks and stuff
Sat, April 3:
  • Good Roads ride 10am Four Barrel 375 Valencia/15th. Ride around marking dangerous bike conditions, then head to GG Park for Healthy Saturday kick-off picnic potluck 12-2pm 14th Ave Rose Gardens. Thanks, SFBC!
  • Homebrew 101 11am-5pm Clara Brewing 214 Clara/5th/Folsom free
  • "Consumed: Affairs with the Edible" group showing opening 7-10pm Femina Potens Gallery 2199 Market/Sanchez
  • Mission Arts & Performance Project 1pm-11pm. Start at Red Poppy House 23rd/Folsom to get the scoop on locations of a phenomenal number of art and music events. Two very promising MAPP events listed below:
  • "From My Ears to God's Eyes" rock and art posters by Matt Leunig 8pm-late Go For A Loop Gallery 1458 San Bruno/26th. Good bands start 9pm
  • Mira Cook plays cute music and more musicians play Kaleidoscope 24th/Folsom
  • "We Ride At Night" group show opening 7-10pm Gallery Heist 679 Geary
  • (Help) Noelle & Shawn End AIDS Lifecycle benefit dance party 8pm Secret Alley 180 Capp/17th $10. Tandem bike photo booth, cheap drinks, great bands and DJ all in a crazy cool venue
  • Big Idea Night: Under the Influence 9pm-2am YBCA 701 Mission/4th free. Innovative art, drums, and live peace petition
Sun, April 4:
  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm
  • Hella Feaster brunch deals listed on City Dish. Yum. Homemade Peeps, tiramisu stuffed french toast....
  • Alemany Farm workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Homes Not Jails rally 12pm Mission/24th
  • Easter shenanigans 12pm-4pm Eureka Valley Community Center 100 Collingwood/18th: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Hunky Jesus contest....
  • More mayhem 4pm Big Wheels Race 18th/Vermont. This is gonna be extra crazy in the rain
  • Mixed Tape Society: Fools Rush In 4-6pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission free. Themed music exchange. Stay for....
  • Seaweed Sway presents Ash Reiter, Steve Taylor, and Foxtails Brigade 8pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $8
Mon, April 5:
  • Community Thrift 50% off today! Valencia/17th
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox screens 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "2 drink minimum" 21+
Tues, April 6: Wed, April 7:
  • Exploratorium be free today
  • SF Weekly Web Awards 5-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Ceremony party with free food and drinks and fun. Gotta RSVP
  • CA History Night at Historical Society Museum 6-8pm 678 Mission/3rd. Art, info, DJ, refreshments
  • Visualizing Science 6.30pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Clay. It is rocket science, but art helps us comprehend. Gotta RSVP
  • Stir It Up--In The Pot and On The Web: Making Food and Making Media discussion 6-7.30pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove
  • In case you never get up before noon on Sundays: Glide leader talk and gospel performance and reception 6pm Glide Memorial 330 Ellis/Taylor
  • Gold Bar benefits Mission Creek Music Festival 6.30-11.30pm Doc's Clock 2575 Mission/22nd. Show up, sign in, enjoy some Queen covers, and the bar donates $5!
  • Lessons in Adventureneering variety spectacular 7.45pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. "Featuring the very best in music, literature, science, comedy, time travel tutorials, yo yoing, volcano models, and the ever elusive other"
  • Zauber! dance party 10pm-2am SF Underground 424 Haight/Steiner. My pal has her Motown-oldies DJ debut!
Thurs, April 8:
  • Urban zipline 12-5pm Justin Herman Plaza Ferry Bldg. Free and kinda crazy
  • Back To The Future screens 8pm Dolores Park. Bundle up in your Marty McFly vests
Fri, April 9:
  • SF Women's Film Festival 4pm 145 9th/Mission. Free, but gotta get tix online
  • Friday Night at the de Young features Discarded to Divine upcycled fashion, plus Balkan music and crafting 5.30-8.45pm GG Park
  • Health Through Art opening 6-9pm Art 94124 3900B 3rd/Fairfax. Cool social art by youth
  • 100 Records opening 6-9pm Gallery 16 501 3rd/Bryant. Neat music art
  • "Reflections Adrift" opening 7-10pm Heart 1270 Valencia/24th
Sat, April 10: Sun, April 11: Mon, April 12:
  • Free satay sampling at E&O Trading's new spot 11.30am-2pm 314 Sutter/Grant
  • Crafty Crafty community art night 6-9pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th. BYOProjects
  • Gin 209 competition 7-10pm Rye 688 Geary/Leavenworth. RSVP to sample concoctions and snacks
  • Sherlock Holmes screens 8pm Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. "2 drink minimum" 21+
  • Toshio Hirano performs 8.30pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th. Think Williams, Wynette, Presley
Tues, April 13:
  • The Horse Boy screens 5.45pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Doc about Mongolia and unique autism treatment
  • INFORUM's "Eat, Drink, Be Ecological About It" 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd. Authors of Diet for a Hot Planet, Diet for a Small Planet, Stuffed and Starved
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