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:

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  • 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!
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  • 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!
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  • "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 TakeOurJobs.org 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)







I'm still out of town, but that doesn't mean you can't live it up in SF. Look to my favorites, SeaweedSway andFunCheapSF for quality events.
Tues, July 6:
  • Hella museums be free around town
  • SF Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with other tree huggers. Punctual earth lovers get a free drink
Wed, July 7:
  • Exploratorium be free today
  • "Misspelled: Alphabet by Victor Reyes" opening 6-9pm Robert Berman/E6 Gallery 1632 Market/Franklin. Cool A-Z graffiti art
  • Oliver Stone's South of the Border doc screens 7pm Mission Cultural Center 2860 Mission/24th. Get there early, not sure if it's free
  • Lessons in Adventureneering 7.45pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. 2nd anniversary, so maybe cake along with the musical and literary antics
  • The Rumble presents AB & The Sea, What Laura Says, plus So Many Wizards 8.30pm Cafe du Nord Market/Sanchez. Free w/RSVP
Thurs, July 8:
  • Lord Loves A Working Man free concert 12.30-1.30pm Yerba Buena Gardens 3rd/Mission
  • Photos of SF's new murals 5-6.30pm Flax 1699 Market/Valencia
  • Experience Summer sale and sips 5-9pm Loft 1513 Church/27th
  • Faces of Hope: A New Look at African Children and AIDS opening talk and reception 6-8pm World Affairs Council 312 Sutter/Grant
  • Vino & Vinyasa 6.30-8.30pm W Hotel 3rd/Howard RSVP required. Let it flow
  • Planning India: From Chandigarh to NanoCity 6.30-9pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Jackson. Gotta RSVP
  • SF Orchards Project kickoff planning meeting 7-9pm Cafe du Soleil 200 Fillmore/Waller. Please RSVTree
  • Group art opening 7-11pm Artillery 2751 Mission/23rd. Prints, eats, beats, drinks
  • NerdNite lectures about beards, robots, and space 7.30pm Rickshaw 155 Fell/Van Ness $10
  • SeaweedSway presents: Beth Custer Ensemble, Dina Maccabee Band, and Allison Lovejoy Cabaret Nouveau 8pm show Cafe du Nord 2170 Market/Sanchez $12
Fri, July 9:
  • Gas-Free Fridays 8am-10am Market/12th. Thanks, SFBC, for coffee and snacks!
  • Critical Manners 5.30pm meet-up 6pm ride Larkin/Grove. Similar to the other critical ride, but less massty....this one obey traffic laws
  • Art 94124 Collage Night 6-9pm 3rd/Fairfax. Glue, hot dogs, and whoopie pies. Yum?
  • Rock Paper Show book launch 8-10pm Levi's Workshop 580 Valencia/16th
Sat, July 10:
  • Paxton Gate Curiosities reopens with games, snacks, and performers 11am-3pm 766 Valencia/19th
  • Edible School Yard book event 12-6pm Levi's Workshop 580 Valencia/16th
  • Stone fruit contest 4-5pm Omnivore Books Cesar Chavez/Church. Free to enter, $5 to taste/judge. Millions of peaches
  • SF Arts Quarterly party 6-10pm SF Art Institute 900 Chestnut/Columbus/big hill. Panel discussion, drinks, food, live music, Diego Rivera mural, you
  • Dirty Dancing screens 8pm Union Square. This won't be crowded or full of people singing along. (I'd still go)
Sun, July 11:
  • Sunday Streets: Mission edition 10am-3pm. Combine this with...
  • Dolores Park photosynthesis tour 11am-1pm Church/18th
  • Clandestine Capture the Flag mall-wide match 2-5pm free. Sign up to get the details
  • SF Mixtape Society: Foreign & Familiar 4-6pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd St/Mission free
  • Glass House screens 7pm ATA 992 Valencia/21st $6. Story of four girls navigating life in Iran
Sun, July 18:
  • SFBC Ride - Lots of Abundance: abandoned lots = garden and public use 9.45am CCA 8th/Hooper. Free for SFBC members, $5 donation for non-members
  • Peruvian Food Festival 10am-later Civic Center. Causa, ceviche, caldo......deliciosa
  • SeaweedSway presents: Salt Mind + Il Gato + Lucky Clouds + host Jeremy does some Star Trek trikcs 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7
Wed, July 21:
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