Re-cember

Time to dust off your swanky holiday attire, as parties and celebrations are here. Look swanky as you go explore SF. Thurs 22:
  • RitLab: Hanukkah-Houdini 6-8pm Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission/3rd $5. Cohen cover choir, dreidl-off, and 'afterschool activity for adults'
  • Objectified screens 7pm MoMA 3rd/Mission $5. Cool doc about every little thing

Fri 23:

  • American Tripps ping-pong-aganza 9pm Project1 251 Rhode Island/16th $5. Run around and paddle down

Sun 25:

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  • So much going on this weekend. I defer to SF.FunCheap for details on most. Here are some other gems:
  • Teachers for Social Justice happy hour fundraiser 4-6pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Precita
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  • Divisadero art walk 5-10pm Divis/Haight-Geary. Deals and merriment at various locations
  • Inner Richmond microhood party 6pm Clement/6th Ave. Bold Italic puts on a bodacious block party
  • Fool's Gold plays another free show 6pm Brick & Mortar Mission/Duboce. Get there early
  • Cool fashion show (Madewell) and Lomography party downtown. And, a floating film! Thanks, FunCheap!
  • SHIFT Catalogue release party 6.30-8pm SF Arts Commission 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Champagne, chocolate, and happy collaboration between SF Rec and Parks + Sports Basement
Fri 9:
  • La Cocina Gift Fair 5-9pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission/25th. Come buy delicious amazing stuff! Then meander up to....
  • Mission Holiday Block Party 5-10pm up and down Valencia, lots of deals, drinks, etc.
  • Lower Haight Art Crawl 6-9.30pm. Keep crawling southeast to Mint Slope Block Party 6-9pm
  • Winter Wunderkammer holiday art sale 6-11pm The Lab 2948 16th/Capp. All original local art for under $50. Also Saturday
  • Art opening party! 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Wine and great fun happy art and local/independent goods
  • Print PRint PRINT show 6.30pm 1AM Gallery 1000 Howard/6th
  • 826 Valencia Nerd Variety Show 7-9pm Elks Lodge 450 Post/Powell $5 suggested donation for their tutoring program. Awesome quirky presentations, 'scandalously priced drinks,' and 'well-dressed sparkingly witty company'
  • All of the Lights: Fem Ferocity spectacular shoe pop-up 7-11pm Root Division 3175 17th/S Van Ness "A night full photography, music and fashion"
  • Neighborhood Folk: benefit for ScholarMatch 9pm Summit 780 Valencia/19th $10 suggested donation. Good local musicians do their thing so kids can attend college
Sat 10:
  • Winter Wunderkammer holiday art sale 11am-4pm The Lab 2948 16th/Capp. All original local art for under $50
  • Tweed Ride 11am. Fancy pedallers loop around, then head back to Rickshaw for afterparty
  • Wix Lounge holiday pop up shop 11am-5pm Wix 2601 22nd/Mission 3rd Floor
  • Holiday fair 12-5pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th. Hella handcrafted screenprinted pressed goodness for sale, plus snacks and drinks
  • Vagabond craft fair w/Etsy Street Team 12.30-6pm Urban Bazaar 1371 9th Ave/Irving. "a dozen local artists and craftspeople selling a variety of great handmade gifties in our backyard "winter wonderland" garden + a bake sale + a warm beverage station"
  • Grand opening 12-7pm Gem & Jetsam 3257 20th/Mission. "Artisan accessories and rescued rarities"
  • Ideas 2 Impact brainstorming-networking-humanitarian-dinner 6.30-10.30pm PariSoMa 169 11th St/Howard. RSVP for this great event and free dinner
  • Misfit Toy Factory 7-10pm Root Division 3175 17th/S Van Ness free to attend. Local artists construct unique constructions for $40 pieces of art
  • Splurge: Bold Italic Winter Formal $30 8pm Verdi Club. Great bands and dance lessons! Pricey, but prob the place to be
  • American Tripps: Lower Haight! 8.30pm-1am D-Structure 520 Haight/Fillmore $5. Ping pong!
Sun 11:
  • SFMade craft fair 10am-5pm Fort Mason Center Marina/Buchanan. Go get your quality local goods here!
  • FunCheap has the deets on Geek Holiday Party and Noise Pop'n'Shop
  • SF Youth Summit 12-5pm SoMarts 934 8th/Brannan free. Amazing performances, lunch, and gathering of great minds

Mon 12:

  • "A Night of Truth & Lies" presented by The Rumpus and Mother Jones 7pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $10. Comedy, great stories, live music, and fact checking!

Tu 13:

  • SF Symphony discussion and performance 6pm Main Library. Go get cultured

Wed 14:

  • smartMeme party 5.30-7.30pm Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia. Donations encouraged for open bar, snacks, fun
  • Dark Nights music fiesta 8pm Verdi Club 2727 Mariposa/Hampshire free. Snacks, great local bands, and cheap drinks
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Lots of great shows at Great American Music Hall this week!

Thursday, December 1:
  • Power Hour: Focus on Factory Farming 12pm Green Zebra in Crocker Galleria Post/Montgomery. Please RSVP
  • Make a penguin! 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art c/Etsy Labs 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission $10 materials included
  • How to Get Your Holiday Squeeze: Sex & Dating in SF 6.30pm program INFORUM of the Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7/$12/$20. Funny panelists and then afterparty
  • Working Solutions gift fair 5-8pm 101 2nd St/Mission. Learn about micro-loans, buy some awesome hand-crafted local stuff
  • Trek Travel party 6.30-8.30pm Velo Rouge Cafe 798 Arguello/McAllister. "Enjoy wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres, raffles, prizes and fun complementary gift bags" Please RSVP
  • Wildlife Works launch party 7pm Hangr16 3128 16th/Valencia. RSVP and celebrate with refreshments at this socially responsible, Kenyan sanctuary-supporting clothing line
Fri 2:
  • Lower 24th Street First Fridays 6.30-9.30pm 24th Mission-Potrero. Lots of stores offer deals and delights. Highlights: Alley Cat Books at Balmy and Arkay at York
  • Live score by Los Lobos crew to classic film His Excellency 7pm Tivka Records/Queen's Nail Annex Mission/Valencia. Free
Sat 3:
  • OccupySF Housing march. Google that business for details
  • Supermarket Sweep alley cat bike race 12pm Cupid's Bow at Embarcadero. SF Food Bank awesome fundraiser!
  • Bizarre Bazaar extravaganza 12-6pm Concourse Center 8th/Brannan. Free, or get $10 special preview tix. Also Sunday
  • SF Forest Choir (female group that sings in English and Japanese) perform 3-4pm Western Addition Library 1550 Scott
  • Splurge: Bay Brewed event brings you great bands and great beer $45/$55 at Verdi Club 2-7pm
Sun 4: Mon 5:
  • 50% off Community Thrift Valencia/17th
  • Some slapstick movie at Independent 628 Divis/Hayes '2 drink min' 21+ (either Horrible Bosses or My Idiot Brother)
Tues 6:
  • Hecka museums around town be free
Wed 7:
  • Exploratorium be free
  • 25% off Cole Hardware today, all locations. Plus, free wine and cake later! Love this place
  • Fool's Gold play Tivka Records 7pm and 8.30pm 3191 Mission/Valencia

Know-vember

Yep, time to put some new info in your noggin. Go out and see what the city has to teach you.

Surf competition! Well, Ocean Beach had magical weather for a little bit at least.

CA Academy of Sciences has free admission for 94110! Bring sumfin with yo' addy on it.

Th 11.10 - Fri 11.11 - Sat 11.12 - Sun 11.13
  • Oh heck, just look at FunCheap, as they have most of what I was going to list! Recommendations: Ty Segall, Bike Expo pre-party, Green Festival, They Might Be Giants
  • Oh, and: 11.11.11 Occupy SF Music Fest! Great local bands who care play all day downtown
  • Saturday: "The Book You Said I Never Returned" opening 6pm Steven Wolf Fine Arts 2747 19th St/York. Don Quixote + friend lending seems interesting
Wed 16: Thurs 17:
  • CompoClay turns 1! 5-8pm 60 Post/Market. Great green construction store treats you to sips and nibbles
  • Glorify and immortalize yourself by making your own trading cards 6-8pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th
  • Under One Roof Holiday Celebration 6-9pm 518A Castro/18th. Celebrity drag, bubbly, bites, raffle, cool stuff for sale to benefit HIV/AIDS research
  • Benefit for Sara's medical bills 6pm til close El Valenciano 1153 22nd/Valencia $10-$1000. 6-9pm free karaoke (donate to get bad singers off stage) 9.30pm Raffle, auction, Bowie cover band, Depeche Mode cover band
Fri 18:
  • Maybe too good to be true.....$2 vintage shoe sale 5.30-8.30pm Vintage Closet 2437 Mission/20th #5. Plus free cheese and wine!
  • Art happy hour 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Fashion, beauty, wine, and snacks!
  • A different Bowie band! 9pm Kimo's 1351 Polk/Pine $5
Mon 21:
  • Dinner and a movie and a movie 8pm Thee Parkside 17th/Wisconsin free. $1 Olympias, $5 food specials, plus 2 Muppet movies!
Sun 27:
  • Indie Industries holiday soiree 12-8pm 2352 Market/Noe free. Sales, gifts, cocktails, treats!
Mon 28:
  • DJ Purple karaoke 9pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission. Free fun, but tip your KJ!
Tues 29:
  • Alex Soth artist talk 7pm SF MoMA 3rd/Mission free
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  • Museums be free!
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with others in the sustainable workforce (first 20 to write an idea on the board get a free libation)
  • Best of Bernal film winners 7pm Bernal Library 500 Cortland/Moultrie
  • Surfrider Foundation fundraiser concert and RipCurl kickoff party 8pm Mezzanine 5th/Jessie $20. Ty Segall performs and hella hotties listen
Wed 2:
  • Exploratorium is free!
  • Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage 6pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness/McAllister free. Totally awesome nerd night
Thurs 3:
  • Sour Flour celebration 6pm La Victoria Bakery 24th/Alabama
Fri 4:
  • Food Fight: Bringing Healthy Food to the Marginalized Poor 12pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd free. Good panel on important issue
  • Science Crawl! Nerd it up in the Mission
  • American Tripps goes big! Food trucks, hella ping pong tables, DJs, and new space 7pm-3am Z Space 450 Florida/Mariposa and then Coffee Bar Mariposa/Bryant. Probably a few bucks
Sat 5: Sun 6:
  • Asian Art Museum be free! Larkin/McAllister. Also it's a Be The Match marrow registration drive. Go save some lives!
  • Emperor Norton Jazz Band + Kally Price 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Mon 7:
  • 50% off Community Thrift! Valencia/17th
Tues 8:
  • North Sky Cello Ensemble 8pm Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission/Duboce. The other guy from Yeah Yeah Yeahs puts on a classical show for free

Frocktober

Put on your summer dresses and summer shorts while you still can! Seems you'll need rainboots already, though. Go embrace SF and all its glory (minus Fleet Week.....ugh). Oh, and some population math for you.

Occupy SF
is posted out front the Federal Reserve Bldg Market/1st St. Check here for updates in Occupy SF Arts & Performances.

Bay Area Science Festival! Nerd out! Learn! Pub crawl! Litquake takes over lots of the city in amazing spaces Oct 7-15. Go get learned.

Open Studios lets you explore our city's art.

Fri 28:
  • 20% off at all Cole Hardware Stores! Plus snacks and wine
  • Conspiracy of Beards performs at Occupy SF 5.30pm. Meshing this with Critical Mass and Occupy SF folks means a rockin' Justin Herman Plaza!
  • Rights Fest Film Fest 7pm Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness/Eddy. Really great docs for free!
Halloween Weekend: I defer to SF Fun Cheap. Johnny and his team did a great round up of tricks and treats! Recommendations: Chronicle Books sale, Moroccan food, Extra Action Marchin Band...... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mon 10:
  • Occupy Wall Street Solutions walking tour of SF financial institutions 3-5pm Powell/5th cable car turnaround. FREE, and CommonsSF will donate $10 to OccupySF food bank for each person on the tour
  • Homes Not Jails - World Homeless Action Day rally 5pm Larkin Civic Center
  • Get your crazy dance rock party on with Japanther 8pm Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk/Hemlock $7
  • Toshio Hirano warms your heart 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th free
Tues 11:
  • Street Medic workshops 9am-2pm, 2.30-7pm 522 Valencia/16th $15 no one turned away. Learn first aid, crowd management, etc.
  • Chuck Klosterman reads 7.30pm Booksmith 1644 Haight/Belvedere (where there are literally sex, drugs, and cocoa puffs)
  • Chasing the Moon presents: Slow Motion Cowboys + Petunia and the Vipers 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $7
  • Chad VanGaalen 9.30pm show Cafe du Nord Market/Sanchez $12
Wed 12:
  • "Natural Solutions: Abundant Opportunities" presentation 6-7.30pm Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Mod V. Rockers dance party 8pm-late Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission free
Thurs 13:
  • Oh, just a free The Oh Sees concert doors 6pm band 8pm Brick & Mortar 1710 Mission/13th. RSVP!
  • Unfree but awesome show for Avalos fundraiser: The Dodos and more! 6.30-10pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $15 advance/$20-30 door
Fri 14:
  • 2 Blocks of Art 4-8pm Luggage Store 1007 Market/6th to Howard. Adding even more flavor to savory 6th Street
  • Green Empowerment discussion 6.30-9pm Luminalt Warehouse 1320 Potrero/25th. Please RSVP and then attend our sustainable future
  • Jeffrey Eugenides reads and speaks 7pm Books, Inc. Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness/Turk
  • Ice Creal Soulcial and dance party 9pm-12am Dance Mission 3316 24th/Mission $10 for SF's best DJs and Three Twins organic ice cream! (again, for Avalos....what can I do, his people put on good events!)
Sat 15:
  • Children's Creativity Museum opening (formerly Zeum) 10am-4pm 4th/Mission. Free carousel rides! Also Sunday
  • Hackmeet 11am NoiseBridge 2169 Mission/18th free. Discuss security, privacy, nerdy-tech-awesomeness. Also Sunday
  • Vagabond Indie Craft Fair 11am-5pm Urban Bazaar 1371 9th Ave/Irving free. Also Sunday
  • Treasure Island Music Festival in case you forgot. Also Sunday
  • Bright Lights, Little City 4pm-12am YBCA 3rd/Mission. "A free evening of outdoor art, music, dance, and performance"
  • LitCrowd....I mean LitCrawl! Get some words in your brain, check out some literary hotties. Grab a map!
Sun 16:
  • Children's Creativity Museum opening (formerly Zeum) 10am-4pm 4th/Mission. Free carousel rides!
  • Hackmeet 11am NoiseBridge 2169 Mission/18th free. Discuss security, privacy, nerdy-tech-awesomeness
  • Treasure Island Music Festival in case you forgot
  • Vagabond Indie Craft Fair 11am-5pm Urban Bazaar 1371 9th Ave/Irving free
  • Opening party with free tasty goods noon-10pm while supplies last Green Chile Pie 15th/Church
  • Hayes Valley Farm harvest festival: DJs, tours, snacks, live music 1-5pm Oak/Laguna
  • Community Music Center's 90th anniversary party 2-9pm 544 Capp/20th. Music, cake, workshops
  • SeaweedSway Showcase 7.30pm doors Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $8. Will Sprott of the Mumlers + Indianna Hale + Bob Thayer
Tues 18:
  • "Inside This Place, Not of It" reading and reception 6.30pm 826 Valencia/20th. Voices of Witness book project about human rights and women in prison
Thurs 20: Fri 21: Sun 23:
  • Sunday Streets: Mission Edition 11am-4pm up and down 24th and Valencia
  • Joseph Childress + Rock Falls + Assateague soothe your soul 9pm show Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5-7
Mon 24:
  • Idealist.org grad school fair 5-8pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th Ave/Lincoln
Tues 25:
  • BYOSA: bone marrow match party for Amit 7-10.30pm Project One 251 Rhode Island/16th. Bring all the south Asians you know, and your other pals, to join the registry and to have some major fun
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Sat Oct 1:
  • Mission Arts and Performance Project - MAPP. Start at Red Poppy House 23rd/Folsom
Sun Oct 2:
  • Asian Art Museum be free today 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
Mon Oct 3:
  • 50% off at Community Thrift today! Valencia/17th!
  • INFORUM presents.....In 6 Minutes, 40 Seconds: How to Design a Sustainable Future 6.30pm panel, 7.30pm reception Levi's Auditorium 1155 Battery/Union $7 students/$12 members/$20 non-members. Includes knowledge, wine, and food!
  • CA Music and Culture Association mayoral forum 6-9m The Fillmore/Geary free w/RSVP. Cool politicians and musicians speak/perform (Lyrics Born, Zoe Keating, Bob Mould)
  • Krazy for Karaoke 6pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia free (another source says it's 7pm with free pizza while it lasts)
Tues 4:
  • Museums be free!
  • Dine Out for Meals on Wheels today. Restaurants all over the Bay Area
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with others in the sustainable workforce (first 20 to come in an early Halloween costume of some sort get a free drink)
  • Lower Haight fire relief benefit 7-10pm Peacock Lounge 552 Haight/Fillmore $10 for food, community, etc. Great raffle prizes too!
Wed 5:
  • Exploratorium be free!
  • Susan N. Herman, ACLU Prez, speaks on civil liberties (and the lack thereof) 5.30pm doors 6pm program Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7 students/$12 members/$20 non-members
  • Zola Jesus in-store performance 6pm Amoeba Records Haight/Stanyan
Thurs 6:
  • Solidarity rally for Occupy Wall Street with cool speakers 3-6pm Federal Bldg 7th/Mission (rally on Friday too)
  • Blitzen Trapper in-store performance 6pm Amoeba Records Haight/Stanyan
  • Etsy Craft Bar 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission $5 for supplies. They be embellishin' photos!
  • INFORUM's Mayoral Forum (with all 16 candidates!) 6-9pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7 students/$12 members/$20 non-members
  • Hands on Clay opening 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Great art non-profit with great parties
Fri 7:
  • Rotunda dance series features Hawaiian, flamenco, and farcical performances 12pm City Hall
  • Protest the war on Afghanistan 4.30pm Federal Bldg 7th/Mission
  • 24th St First Friday Cruise: street performers, low riders, food/drink specials 6-10pm 24th/Mission-Potrero. Check out Arkay's opening reception for sure
Sat 8: Sun 9:
  • Teach 4 Social Justice Conference 9am-5pm Mission High School 3750 18th/Dolores. Free, donations and pre-registration appreciated for this awesome gathering of educators and students
  • Bioneers Film Fest 2-4pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Aldo Leopold, you're my hero
  • IndieMart 12-7pm Thee Parkside Wisconsin/17th $3 donation. Hella vendors, music, fun!
  • Girls in-store performance 2pm Amoeba Records Haight/Stanyan
  • Stories of Women Inside shares stories of incarceration and injustice 2.30pm Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission/3rd $12

Sep-timber!

Timber!!!! Fall into Fall/Summer with all these great events.

Banned Books by the Bay events! Ooooh, forbidden lit. Open Studios! Mission, Bernal, etc. September Fridays at EAT: The Corner Pop-Up restaurant 18th/Mission= proceeds go to No Kid Hungry (closed Sep 16).

Wed 28:
  • Muni Diaries open mic 6.30pm sign-up 7-9pm show Elbo Room 647 Valencia/18th $5 includes drink
Thurs 29: Fri, Sat, Sun:
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrassssssssssssss
Sat Oct 1:
  • Mission Arts and Performance Project - MAPP. Start at Red Poppy House 23rd/Folsom
Sun Oct 2:
  • Asian Art Museum be free today 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
Mon Oct 3:
  • 50% off at Community Thrift today! Valencia/17th!
  • INFORUM presents.....In 6 Minutes, 40 Seconds: How to Design a Sustainable Future 6.30pm panel, 7.30pm reception Levi's Auditorium 1155 Battery/Union $7 students/$12 members/$20 non-members. Includes knowledge, wine, and food!
  • CA Music and Culture Association mayoral forum 6-9m The Fillmore/Geary free w/RSVP. Cool politicians and musicians speak/perform (Lyrics Born, Zoe Keating, Bob Mould)
  • Krazy for Karaoke 6pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia free (another source says it's 7pm with free pizza while it lasts)
Tues 4:
  • Museums be free!
  • Dine Out for Meals on Wheels today. Restaurants all over the Bay Area
  • Green Dreenks 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with others in the sustainable workforce (first 20 to come in an early Halloween costume of some sort get a free drink)
  • Lower Haight fire relief benefit 7-10pm Peacock Lounge 552 Haight/Fillmore $10 for food, community, etc. Great raffle prizes too!
Thurs 6:
  • Etsy Craft Bar 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission $5 for supplies. They be embellishin' photos!
Fri 7:
  • 24th St First Friday Cruise: street performers, low riders, food/drink specials 6-10pm 24th/Mission-Potrero
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Friends of the Library Big Book Sale! Fort Mason Wed 21-Sun 25 (all books $1 on Sunday!)

Cine+Mas Latino Film Fest Thurs 22-Sat 24

Bicycle Film Fest Thurs 22-Sun 25

Greek Food Fest Fri 23-Sun 25. Print out free admission ticket

Eat Real Fest Fri 23-Sun 25. Holy moly: such great food and workshops!

North Beach Artwalk Sat 24-Sun 25

Polk Street Blues Fest Sat 24-Sun 25 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mon 19:
  • Krazy for Karaoke All Night Pizza Party 7pm til close Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia free
Tues 20:
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Boosting America's Jobs, Education, and Economic Development 6pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd students free/$12 members/$20 non-members. Long title and long list of expert panelists
  • Feast of Words: School House Rocks potluck and reading 6.30pm SomArts 8th/Brannan $5 with food to share/$10 advance/$12 door. Readings from 826 folks!
Wed 21:
  • Cuban Architecture doc 5.30pm Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Guardian Mayoral Forum 6pm LGBT Center 1800 Market
Thurs 22:
  • Heavy metal quilts and music 6-8pm YBCA 3rd/Mission free w/ museum admission. (Foot)Pedal to the Metal
  • Tour De Fat pre-party 6-8pm Buck Tavern 1 655Market/12th $3 pints of New Belgium and a bike giveaway!
  • SF Film Society/New People Cinema grand opening 6pm Post/Webster free, RSVP
  • Hanna Rifkin and the Broken Strings 8.30pm Revolution Cafe 22nd/Bartlett free/$donation for musicians
  • Bicycle Film Fest opening party 9.30pm-close Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia. DJ, Goldsprints, pedal-pushers
Fri 23:
  • Eat Real Fest in Jack London Square Oakland 1-8pm. Also Sat and Sun
  • ARTery Project reception 5-7pm City Hall - Jane Kim's office
  • Art Happy Hour 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Sips and nibbles and sale and arty folk
  • Bicycle Film Fest. Hella goings-on
  • Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm-12am Cafe Revolution 22nd/Bartlett free/$donation for musicians
Sat 24:
  • Bicycle Film Fest. Street party on Capp and mas peliculas
  • Tour de Fat in GG Park 11am. More crazy bicycle fun
  • Art & Blues Fest 11am-7pm ART 94124 3rd St/Fairfax. Lotsa music and community and such
  • Eat Real Fest in Jack London Square Oakland 11am-8pm. Also Sun
  • Moving Planet 350.org rally and parade 12pm Justin Herman Plaza/Market-Embarcadero. Speakers and procession to Civic Center. I'm glad Bill McKibben exists
  • RoadWorks: Steamroller printing street party 12-5pm SF Center for the Book Rhode Island/16th-17th
  • Moholy Ground release party 7pm-11pm Photobooth 1193 Valencia/23th. Independent local lit and art and some treats!
Sun 25: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thurs 15:
  • SF Center for the Book 15th Anniversary exhibition opening 6-8pm 300 De Haro/16th
  • Economics of Happiness screens as part of "Justice Begins with Seeds" conference 7.30pm Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia (part of conference on Fri and Sat $50-200)
  • Birthday show 8pm doors Beatbox 11th/Folsom $10. Mark Growden, Family Crest, Gaucho!
Fri 16:
  • Park(ing) Day! All over SF people reclaim the concrete with fun activities (afterparty 5.30pm 3330 20th/Shotwell sliding scale donation)
  • "Justice Begins with Seeds" conference all day Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia Fri and Sat $50-200 sliding scale
  • "Proof" opening reception 6pm Southern Exposure 3030 20th/Alabama
  • Art Explosion open studios reception 7-11pm 744 Alabama/19th. Also Sat and Sun 12-5pm
  • Barista Throwdown: Espresso, Booze, and Beats 6-8.45pm Coffee Bar 1890 Bryant/Mariposa. Free admittance, food vendors, then head to.....
  • "People" YBCA outdoor film exhibit 8pm Z Space 450 Florida/17th $10. Also Sat
  • Pancakes and Booze group art show 8pm-2am Artists' Alley 863 Mission/5th $5 for all you can eat pancakes, visual installations, and street party. Also Sat
  • Hanna Rifkin and the Handsomes + Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates 9pm show Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st $8
Sat 17:
  • What's Out There Weekend - free tours of awesome places in SF and Oakland. Reserve your space. Also Sunday
  • Annual Coast Clean Up Day! various locations early all around the bay!
  • "Justice Begins with Seeds" conference all day Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia $50-200 sliding scale
  • Art Explosion open studios 12-5pm 744 Alabama/19th. Also Sun
  • RockMake music and arts fest 12-7pm 18th/Treat. Great bands, great vendors
  • Alice Waters talks about 40 years of Chez Panisse 1-3pm Omnivore Books 3889a Cesar Chavez/Church. This gon'be crowd'd
  • "People" YBCA outdoor film exhibit 8pm Z Space 450 Florida/17th $10
  • Pancakes and Booze group art show 8pm-2am Artists' Alley 863 Mission/5th $5 for all you can eat pancakes, visual installations, and street party
Sun 18: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fri 9:
  • Boundless aerial dance preview 5pm Mint Plaza 5th/Jessie
  • Rally in the Alley 5.30-8pm 22nd/Guerrero/Dolores. Greened Ames Alley celebrates with live music, art, and food vendors
  • Fillmore Art Walk 6-11pm Fillmore/McAllister- Sutter
  • ScoutMob + DStructure party 8-11pm 520 Haight/Fillmore
Sat 10: Sun 11: Mon 12:
  • cool stuff
Wed 14:
  • Civic Center Farmers' Market 30th Anniversary! Details
  • Mall R Us consumerism doc screens 6pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Please register in advance
  • Arts Education Week panel discussion and reception 6-9.30pm War Memorial Veterans Bldg 401 Van Ness/McAllister. Please RSVP for this gathering and party!
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  • First Thursday art crawl downtown. See FecalFace art link to right
  • Etsy Craft Lab: Spats! $5! 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 3rd/Mission
  • Bernal Cinema Tiffany Ave block party: Patsy Cline cover band and local film! 6.30pm and on
  • SpaceCraft: Chain Gang social media art 7pm til late CellSpace 2050 Bryant/19th
Fri 2:
  • Art Break in Justin Herman Plaza 9am-5pm. Express yourself, then cross Embarcadero for....
  • Dirty Girl Produce grand opening 4-8pm Ferry Bldg. Free Bloody Mary's, twister, prizes, and samples of amazing organics!
  • Oakland Art Murmur if you're in an East Bay mood. SF Bike Party 7.30pm Civic Center if you're in a pedal mood. Bernal Cinema film crawl on Cortland if you're in a cinematic mood
  • Still Flyin' and others Rickshaw Stop $12
  • Oldies Night dance party 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $5
Sat 3:
  • SF Zine Fest 11am-6pm County Fair Bldg 9th/Lincoln. Also Sunday!
  • Hard French: Dance Off edition 2-7pm El Rio Mission/Precita $7
  • Opening exhibit reception 4-7pm Baer Ridgway 172 Minna/3rd
Sun 4:
  • Asian Art Museum be free today Larkin/McAllister
  • SF Zine Fest 11am-6pm County Fair Bldg 9th/Lincoln
  • Experimental indie music free shows Japantown Peace Center Webster/Post 12-5pm
  • Emperor Norton's Jazz Band + Kally Price 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Mon 5:
  • Cowgirl-a-palooza music and bbq Labor Day party 3-10pm El Rio Mission/Precita $10
  • Quiet Lightning: picnic, concert, and reading series 3-9pm Conservatory of Flowers. Potluck picnic 3pm, beer garden by Comrade Brewery 5pm, live music, and then readings 7.30pm ($5 suggested donation for readings)
Tues 6:
  • Green Dreenks 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Network with others in the sustainable workforce (first 20 people to bring a coworker get a free drink)
Wed 7:
  • Summer Mash-Up fundraiser: UMLAUT and Mission Community Market 6-9pm 144 2nd/Mission $25 advance/$35 door goes all to MCM! "bring people together through music, cocktails, and bocci ball/corn hole"
Thurs 8:
  • SF Symphony 100th birthday concert 11.30am City Hall free
  • Boundless aerial dance preview 12.30pm Mint Plaza 5th/Jessie. Also Friday 5pm
  • Coalition on Homelessness art auction 5.30-10pm SoMarts 8th/Brannan $25 gets you live music, food, and drinks! Plus good karma

Fog.ust

Greetings! Welcome back to SF's happenin's. Take the Hunger Challenge! (Sad news: SF Food Bank losing $161,000 in Federal Grants this year.) Wed 24:
  • Fit Fest 6-9pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Fun run, food, drinks, sale, raffle, benefit, and cool vendor samples. (Also, a volunteer management mtg concurrently)
Thurs 25:
  • Vegan Drinks 6-8pm Martuni's Market/Valencia. Popcorn and people
Fri 26: Sat 27:
  • Thanksgiving in August chef challenge! 10am-10pm St. Luke's 1755 Clay/Van Ness. Bring $ or food to donate
  • Green Tea Party 10.30am in Napa. Protest Tea Party candidates and wear green!
  • Rooftop party and benefit for Boys & Girls Club 12-5pm Lombardi Sports 1600 Polk/Jackson. Raffle, vittles, sale, music
  • J-Pop summit festival 11am-6pm Japantown. Sunday too!
  • Toad & Salmon's Chili Skate Fest 12-5pm Potrero del Sol park
  • Speakeasy 14th Anniversary 12-7pm. Live music, cheap beer, food carts
  • 41st Anniversary celebration of El Tecolote newspaper 7-10pm Back to the Picture 934 Valencia/20th. Reception and silent auction
Sun 28:
  • Canning and drying and preserving the harvest 11am-5pm Ec0-SF at Schoolhouse Farm 555 Portola. Bring toppings for solar powered pizza and potluck!
  • J-Pop summit festival 11am-6pm Japantown
  • Sway Machinery + Brass Menazeri 8pm Beatbox 314 11th/Howard $10/12 at door
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (I'm out of town Mid August.....deferring to SF.FUNCHEAP.COM til I get back....recommended for this week: Divis Art Walk, Bold Italic Dogpatch, Sunday Streets.....) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Fri 5:
  • Mirah and others croon 9pm El Rio 3153 Mission/Precita $5-10
Sat 6:
  • Summer Gardening Fair 10am-3pm SF Botanical Gardens 9th/Lincoln
  • Lower Haight block party 12-6pm. Hella fun stuff
  • RockProject perform 2pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan. Kids rockin'
  • Wear what you want, and stand up to assholes who think what you wear makes it okay to harass you: SlutWalk 2-5pm Dolores Park
  • MAPP art crawl all around Mission. Start at Red Poppy House, then meander. I recommend Kinetic Arts 23rd/Florida
Sun 7:
  • Asian Art Museum be free!
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5 for old timey dance fun
Mon 8:
  • Drink and eat fundraiser for COMPASS project 5-8pm Mint Leaf 1513 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 10 min walk from BART. Awesome summer program that benefits from you sipping and nibbling Indian food

Due-ly

We are due for a sunny Summer, and it's happening (at least for now). Get out in the city and embrace warmth. I enjoy this dorky video: First World Problems.

This is my schedule (and it could be yours!) for the rest of July: Pizza fundraisers, Conservatory of Flowers after hours on Wednesday, Nightlife on Thursday, and early fun on Sunday. Oh, and Tuesday night (the opposite of running/healthy activity): McSweeney's Mission Street Food Cookbook Launch party 7pm Makeout Room. $7 for Popeye's (utilizing the kinda-atrocious $1 chicken/thigh Tuesday special, me thinks) and unlimited Black Star beer. Go gluttony and independent lit/food! --------------------------------------------------------------- Fri 8:
  • Eat for the puppies! The Corner EAT pop-up benefit dinner 18th/Mission 5.30pm-late
  • YBCA Bay Area Now 6 party 8pm-late $6!
  • Let Her Dance awesome oldies cover show 8pm Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire $12 advance/$15 door
Sat 9: Sun 10: Mon 11:
  • My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant: Jose Antonio Vargas speaks 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd INFORUM members free/$7 students/$20 public
Wed 13:
  • OurShelves opening 8pm Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st. Come drinks some drinks, read some reads, and celebrate this new literary art-share project!
Thurs 14:
  • SF Bike Coalition happy hour pump up 6th/Market 5-7pm. Come here for air and snacks!
  • Guardian forum on housing rights and land use 6-8pm City College 1125 Valencia/22nd
  • Almanac Beer premiere 6-9pm Shotwell's 20th/Shotwell. Good grub for sale, and try the blackberry ale!
  • It Came From Beneath the Sea screens 8pm plank 7.30pm Hyde Street Pier/Jefferson $5 donation
Fri 15:
  • "When We Were Kids" group opening 6.30-9.30pm 1AM Gallery 1000 Howard/6th
  • Book As Art: awesome pop-up 3D book forms talk 7-9pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th
  • The Forms plus other bands perform 8pm doors Rockit Room 6th Ave/Clement $5
Sat 16:
  • Garfield Square clean-up 9am-12pm 25th/Treat. Beautify the park, then have a picnic!
  • New Taste Marketplace 12-6pm St. Gregg's 500 De Haro/Mariposa. Hella food vendors. $ door donation goes to St. Gregg's SF Food Bank
  • Phono Del Sol free music fest with awesome line up and food trucks galore 12-6pm Potrero del Sol skate park 26th/Potrero
Sun 17:
  • SeaweedSway Showcase with 3 unique bands 7.30pm doors Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7
Tues 19:
  • Slim's Thank You Party 6.30pm 333 11th/Folsom free! Pour Man's Whiskey, other bands, and food (I think free?). Fun!
Wed 20:
  • Sister Mischief release party 7pm-12am Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa/Hampshire. Rapping, drinking, and great literary times for this killer book by an awesome local writer
Thurs 21:
  • Throwdown for an Upright concert with hella great local musicians 7pm doors Beatbox 314 11th/Folsom $5+ sliding scale donation to get them a piano!
Fri 22:
  • Anniversary Party all day 11am-10pm Urban Bazaar 1371 9th Ave/Irving. Cake and drinks!
  • Art Party and The SF Marathon mile marker preview 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Sip some wine and talk with nice fit/artistic people
Sat 23 and Sun 24:
  • Indonesia Festival! Garden parties galore! Peruvian Festival! Kabuki! Cults! IndieMart! I defer to SF FunCheap details, and maybe for the rest of the month
-------------------------------------------- Sun 3:
  • Asian Art Museum be free!
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5 for old timey dance fun
Mon 4:
  • 50% off Community Thrift! Valencia/17th (check holiday hours)
Tues 5:
  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks: treelovers networking 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd
Wed 6: Thurs 7:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for listings
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission free for students/$5
  • Spacecraft 7-9pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th

June Bug

Wed 1: Thurs 2:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for listings
  • Source Magazine's Mental Health Cookbook release and benefit for cool orgs 6-8pm Mission Pie 25th/Mission. Snacks, skillshare, homesteading
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission free for students/$5, and $1 Thirsty Bear beer. Cyclops time!
  • Spacecraft 7-9pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th
Sun 5:
  • Asian Art Museum be free!
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5 for old timey dance fun
Mon 6:
  • 50% off Community Thrift! Valencia/17th
  • Rescue Dogs benefit 6-8pm Show Dogs 1020 Market/6th. $20 gets you unlimited beer and bites (not from the dogs)
Tues 7:
  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks: treelovers networking 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd
  • Undercover and Jazz Mafia present Prince Birthday Throwdown! 8pm Bricks & Mortar 1710 Mission/Duboce $10
Fri 10: Sat 11:
  • Succulents and cacti sale 9am-afternoon County Fair Bldg GG Park/Lincoln/9th. While you're there, hit up Grey2Green workshop at Botanical Gardens 9am
  • Underground Market 11am-4pm and 6pm-12am Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/14th $5 each one or $8 both. Come eat my fawaffles!
  • Soy and Tofu festival 11am-4pm Japan Peace Plaza Post/Buchanan
  • "Crowded" opening 7-11pm Mission Comics & Art 3520 20th/Mission
Sun 12:
  • Last day of 100 Days of Spring. Big fun festivities all day at 1592 Market/Franklin
  • Sunday Streets navigates Potrero, Dogpatch, and Bayview 11am-4pm. Ain't no cars
  • Benefit for El Tecolote, the oldest bilingual newspaper 1-6pm Casa Sanchez 2778 24th/York. Deals and live flamenco jazz
  • Eco-sexual seed swap and BBQ and workshop 12-4pm Tall Tree Tambo 776 Haight/Scott $10
  • SF Mixtape Society: Summer Mix benefit for KUSF 3-6pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $donation encouraged, and prizes!
Mon 13:
  • Dine for Lyon Martin 5.30pm Andalu 16th/Guerrero. Eat and benefit this health clinic
Tues 14:
  • I concede to FunCheapSF which has great stuff listed for today
Wed 15: Thurs 16:
  • "No Mirrors" opening 6pm RayKo Photo Center 428 3rd/Harrison. Just some camera-less photography. Stay around for the Open Show (art and food potluck) 7pm $5 and benefit for Japan
Fri 17:
  • "Non-solo Group Tour" opening 7pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland. Fun space with fun people
Sat 18:
  • Bicycle Music Fest! GG Park, kinetic to other venues. Great music by local bands and great food by local chefs
Sun 19:
  • You're at Stern Grove already, right? Sharon Jones is opening the season
Mon 20:
  • Free Peet's! Print out the coupon or show it to the staff on your fancy phone
Tues 21:
  • Solstice!
  • Project Open Hand's peanut butter treats and film 6Link-8pm Madrone Art Bar Divis/Fell
  • Tamale Lady's Bday bash and KUSF benefit 6-10pm Zeitgeist Valencia/Duboce. Free to get in and see screenings of her film, $10 to benefit KUSF and have unlimited Speakeasy, chicken mole, and pasta salad
Wed 22:
  • Simon Rich, hilarious author, speaks 7pm Books Inc. Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness/Golden Gate
Fri 24:
  • Pre-opening party 6-8pm Voyager 365 Valencia/15th. RSVP for free brewskies
Wed 29:
  • Green screens 6.15pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Orangutan doc
Thurs 30:
  • Ice Cream Social benefit for Produce to the People 5.30-9pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Cesar Chavez $10-30 gets you deliciousness of heart and soul. Vegan options! DJ! Raffle! Silent Auction!
  • Wartorn screens 6pm reception 7pm film Marine's Memorial Club 609 Sutter/Mason. RSVP for this moving doc about veterans
  • Joshu+Vela pop-up shop party 7-9pm The Common 383 Valencia/14th. High end sport bags and high end cocktails
  • "Small" group opening 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. I heart this gallery and their parties
Sun July 3:
  • This will be packed: Neko Case and The Dodos perform 2pm Stern Grove. Free, get there hella early

May Area

Go explore this great city and its surroundings! And read these articles.... This one encourages you to check out 72hours.org for emergency preparedness, but to prepare for both physically and mentally (be media savvy). Here's one to dash your hope (mountain top removal photo progression), plus another showing Amtrak shrinking. And here's one to elevate your hopes (5 cool groups/movements fighting for change). These here are cool enviro-orgs where you should intern/donate to/work. And with this great weather, get on a real farm to experience the differences between real and digital agrarianism. And, a new initiative to combine grocery stores + community + health: HealthxDesign. Young at Art festival May 14-22! Small Business Week May 16-21! SF Made Week! May 21-29! Lots of cool factory tours! Jerk alert: Alabama State Sen. Scott Beason wants to unmelt our pot by making it illegal to give a ride to 'a suspected illegal immigrant' and to prohibit 'illegal' kids from participating in extracurricular activities.

Wed 11:
  • Disposable Film Fest bike-in screenings 7pm Phoenix Hotel 601 Eddy/Larkin free. Bring something for your tush, and $ for raffle and food trucks
Thurs 12:
  • Bike to Work Day. Lotsa morning and evening energizer stations with coffee, snacks, cyclophiliacs, bike doctors, dress-up challenge, fashion afterparty
  • Edible School Yards discussion 6pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Rubblebucket and AM play 8pm-12am Convent Collective 660 Oak/Fillmore $donation for artists
Fri 13:
  • Market Street Blooms opening and celebration 5-8pm 6th/Market
  • "Pencil Me In" 6-8pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna. We're #2!
  • Pizza Throw Down tasting and tsunami relief benefit 6-9.30pm Coffee Bar 1890 Bryant/Mariposa $12 for 4 pizza tastings, a drink, a vote
  • 4th annual Thank a Teacher for Social Justice celebration 6-10pm Cyclone Bar 1842 Illinois/3rd St/Cesar Chavez $10-15 donation, no one turned away. Music, inspiring folks, etc.
Sat 14:
  • Mystery event all day YBCA 3rd/Mission. I'm guessing not yo-yos cuz they'll all be at....
  • Yo-yo championships 10am-4pm North Beach Washington Square Park. Strings attached, but only literally
  • 2nd Annual Veggie Fiesta 11am-3pm Mission High parking lot Dolores/17th. Food trucks, raffle, auction to benefit Eat Your Veggies school project
  • Southern Louisiana Water Stories doc screens 2-3.30pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • "Recycled into Beauty" thread and paper exhibit 8.30-11pm Edo Salon 601 Haight/Steiner. Plus absinthe and jazz, naturally
Mon 16:
  • Flavors of SF 5-8pm Metreon 4th/Mission. Part of Small Business week. Free with advance registration. Local and delicious
  • 826 Valencia 5-minute volunteer reading series 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th!
Wed 18:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free
  • Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach speak on their book One Nation Under Sex 5.45pm reception 6.30pm talk INFORUM Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7 student/$25 non-member/$15 member
  • Dork out at this library + architecture panel 6-7pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Politics in the 1970s Mission 7.30-8.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th. Free, donations accepted
Thurs 19:
  • Homegrown potluck and skillshare 6-8pm Hayes Valley Farm Oak/Laguna
  • Mystery Mansion cocktail tour 6-10pm Westerfield House 1198 Fulton/Scott $20. Ticket gets you cocktails and lessons, canapes, guides, live music, raffle, and Victorian era fun (oxymoron?)
  • In Search of Good Food screens + Greenhorns party 6-10pm Recology 900 7th/Berry free, donations accepted. Free grub, popcorn, and beer
  • Eco-Knievel: macho environmentalism? 6.30pm panel INFORUM Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7 student/$20 non-member/$12 member
Fri 20:
  • Wines4Japan 5.30-8pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $20 goes directly to Give2Asia. You get hella wine and mingling opportunities
  • Mural reception 6-8pm 22nd/Barlett. Meet the artists who recreated SF's oldest mural
  • In Search of Good Food screens + Greenhorns party 6-10pm Recology 900 7th/Berry free, donations accepted. Free grub, popcorn, and beer
  • Art party 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/3oth. Wine and cool street art
Fri 20 and Sat 21: Sat 21 & Sun 22: Sat 21: Thurs 26:
  • Tickets go on sale 12pm for FoodWars: Pie or Die! on Sunday, June 12th. Your $16 benefits CUESA and SF Food Bank, plus gets your pie hole stuffed with samples and drinks
  • Mount Erie, Little Wings, NK, and Key Losers play a benefit for Brightworks 1960 Bryant/18th $10 all ages
Fri 27:
  • Artisan chocolate tasting 6-9pm Press Club 20 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Market. First 100 guests also receive a glass of zin to complement the cocoa
-------------------------------------------------------------- Sun 1:
  • Asian Art Museum be free!
  • May Day march for workers' rights 11.30am meet at 24th St BART
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5 for old timey dance fun
Mon 2:
  • 50% off Community Thrift! Valencia/17th
Tues 3: Wed 4:
  • Exploratorium be free
  • Asterisk Magazine 1-year-anniversary party 8pm-1am Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/14th. Free food, a raffle, and a benefit for Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Thurs 5:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for listings
  • Mission Community Market cinco de mayo celebration in addition to regular market jubilation 4-8pm 22nd/Bartlett
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission free for students/$5. Screenprinting time!
  • Demetri Martin talks and sells you his book 7pm Books, Inc. 601 Van Ness/Turk
  • Spacecraft 7-9pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th
Fri 6:
  • Opening reception of Blanket Impressions: Brad Freeman, Clifton Meador & the Offset Printed Artists' Book 6-8pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th
  • Bikes & Beats 10pm-late! Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/14th $6 presale/$10 door. Benefits WIGG Party and Sunday Streets. Dancing and pedals and raffle and food trucks, etc.
Sat 7:
  • Awesome annual block party garage sale on Fair Oaks 22nd-26th St in between Guerrero and Dolores. Super good finds and food for sale, plus probably lots of stuff on the street for free afterwards
  • Stuff Swap documentary and actual swap! 2-6pm Schoolhouse 1592 Market/Franklin
  • Immigrant Nation: Battle for a Dream screens 7-9pm 2945 Mission/24th $6
Sun 8 - Mom day:
  • Sunday Streets: Mission Edition - Valencia/Duboce/24th. No cars
  • Hall of Roses 12.30-4pm Hall of Flowers 9th/Lincoln GG Park free floral fragrances
Tues 10:
  • Yoga on the Labyrinth 6.15pm Grace Cathedral 1100 California/Taylor $donation. Dress warmly

Abril

Secret: when I don't have time/brain power to think of a clever month title, I defer to Spanish names. Witty suggestions are always welcome. Go do stuff! Check back frequently for updates and new articles! Choose your own adventure/literary reading series. Every Tuesday in April, Dosa gives all their profits to Northern Japan Relief Fund. Eat up! Clean your plate: our country wastes 40% of food. And holy gawd: water fracking..whatareyou freaking doing? Factory farms: hurting everyone's health, even vegetarians. (And in case that does influence future eating: cheap vegan-living.) And now for some articles about toxic state legislature (10 States with the worst laws against reproductive health) and toxic food history of the Bay Area. Ideas on how to assist in Japan relief efforts here. Be sure to check out all the cool events/classes at 100 Days of Spring! Sun 4/24-Fri 4/29: Hayes Valley Farm earth week: workshops, pizza potlucks, yoga, agriculture, fun. Plus, Dance Week! Fri 4/22-Sun 5/1. Hella free classes and performances

Sat 23rd: Sun 24th:
  • Dolores Park annual Easter celebration. The city at its best
  • Big Wheel Race 4pm
Mon 25th:
  • Clothing swap and sew-down 6-9pm Schoolhouse 1592 Market/Page/Franklin $5 donation for materials/venue
Tues 26th:
  • Language and the Brain discussion 6.30-10pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Clay. Free w/RSVP
  • Vegan Hacker: Pierogies 7-9pm Noise Bridge 2169 Mission/18th
Thurs 28th:
  • Dining Out For Life all over the Bay Area. Eat out breakfast, lunch, and dinner to benefit Stop AIDS Project!
  • Feat screens 6pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Drinks, snacks, reps from SF Marathon and various SF non-profits, Q&A with the director/star, and 20% off! (Also a bike commuting seminar that night)
  • "They Are Full of Holy Nonsense" group art opening 7pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Great org, great parties!
  • "From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales" book discussion 7pm Green Arcade 1680 Market/Gough
Fri 29th:
  • Rally to restore Sharp Park rally 12-1pm City Hall. Stop our taxes from going to a golf course
  • Paul Madonna's "Everything Is Its Own Reward" release and exhibit 7pm Electric Works 130 8th St/Minna
Sat 30th:
  • Walk Against Rape 10am Women's Bldg 3543 18th/Valencia
  • Vagabond Indie Craft Fair 11am-5pm Urban Bazaar 1371 9th/Irving. Cool local vendors
  • Really Really Free Market resurrects 12pm-dusk Dolores Park. Take stuff, bring stuff, take stuff, skillshare, fun!
Sun May 1st:
  • Asian Art Museum be free!
  • May Day march for workers' rights 11.30am meet at 24th St BART
-------------------------------------------------------------- Tues 12th:
  • Ben & Jerry's free cone day
  • Learn how to bike tour! 7-9pm Schoolhouse 1592 Market/Franklin $5 for skillshare (starts 5pm) and snacks. Please RSVP
  • Broadcastr: Mission stories 9pm The Summit 788 Valencia/19th. Local storytellin'
Thurs 14th:
  • Divis Art Walk 5-11pm
  • Afghanistan : Collateral Damages screening 6pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Film and snacks and sale
  • Grant Prix 7-9pm Schoolhouse 1592 Market/Franklin $10-20 donation to eat and fund local projects you vote on!
I'm traveling this week, so I recommend checking out SeaweedSway, FunCheap, and Yelp events for help planning your weekend. Quick recommendations: Red Cross Prep Fair 11am Friday, 826 Valencia window display revealing 7pm Friday, Cuban Book art closing at SF Center for the Book Friday 6.30pm. Plus Cherry Blossom Festival, Refresh SF, and Open Studios all weekend. And to end your weekend, SeaweedSway Showcase Sunday at Makeout Room. ------------------------------------------------ Sun 3rd: Mon 4th:
  • 50% off Community Thrift! Valencia/17th
Tues 5th:
  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks: treelovers networking 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Become their facebook pal and get a free drink (first 75 attendees)
  • Prisons dissected panel 6.30-8.30pm Women's Bldg 3543 8th/Valencia
  • Feast of Words: literature + potluck 7-9pm SomArts 8th/Brannan $5 w/potluck dish, $10 without
Wed 6th:
  • Exploratorium be free
  • SF Marathon fun run and volunteer sign-up party 6.30-8pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Group run, snacks, meet-up, raffle
  • Afghan Raiders help you dance your pants off 9pm-2am 111 Minna/2nd. Free synth show w/RSVP
  • Silian Rail + Shuteye Unison + I Was Totally Destroying It rock you out 9pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Precita $5
Thurs 7th:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for listings
  • Women's Film Fest 5.30-7.30pm 9th St Independent 145 9th/Mission. Free, but reserve tix
  • 101 Cookbooks booksigning and potluck! 6-8pm Omnivore Books 3885a Cesar Chavez/Church. OMG
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission free for students/$5. Beer and bow-ties!
  • Root Canal: benefit art show to save a tooth 7-10pm Mission Comics & Art 3520 20th/Mission
  • INFORUM's Uncorking the Urban Wine Scene 6.30pm panel 7.30pm tasting reception Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $12/$20.
  • Spacecraft 7-9pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th featuring live music
Fri 8th:
  • USDA Rural Development’s Jobs, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities panel 10am-12pm Port Commission Hearing Room Ferry Bldg
  • ArtSpan gathering and art opening 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Wine, local artists, fun
  • Art Explosion open studios
  • Mission Fire emergency benefit 8pm-2am El Rio 3158 Mission/Precita. Cash and personal item donations go directly to those displaced by fire. 100% of bar 8-9pm gets donated
Sat 9th: Sun 10th:

Parch

I'll post some informative/depressing water shortage articles soon.

Ideas on how to assist in Japan relief efforts here.

To satisfy your doom-tooth now, here's one about the dangers of satisfying your sweet tooth with diet cola: aspartame + BPA + caramel color = cancer, obesity, erectile dysfunction. And another about flies and cockroaches bringing antibiotic-resistant diseases from factory farms to your house: how uplifting! Here's Annie Leonard's new film: Story of Citizens. And, Traitor Joe's still ain't part of the Fair Food program: that cheap unique food comes with a side of human rights violations. Be sure to check out all the cool events/classes at 100 Days of Spring! Thurs, Mar 31:
  • Human Rights Film Fest
  • State of Dating and Sex in SF panel 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $12/$20. Hella speakers and then an afterparty!
  • "We Are All Animals" group show opening reception 7pm 43 Norfolk 11th/Folsom. Art and sips and vegan nibbles
  • NextAid benefit 7.30pm-2am Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/14th $10-20 donation. Lotsa performers and DJs and free drinks (til 9.30pm)
Series of free stuff to start off your April:

------------------------------------------ Mon, Mar 21:
  • 826 Valencia Volunteer 5-minute readings 6pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th free
  • Pecha Kucha 7pm 330 Ritch/Townsend $5 donation for this lightning round art showcase
Tues, Mar 22:
  • Water Matters book launch 6-9pm Project One 251 Rhode Island/15th free. Panel then party
  • Fresh the food film screens 7pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission free. "New thinking about what we're eating"
Wed, Mar 23:
  • SF's City Supervisors Japan relief fundraiser 5.30-8pm Som Bar 2925 16th/Capp $20 donation. DJs, awesome auction prizes, food from Papalote and Bar Bambino
  • Fresh & Local fashion trunk show 6-9pm Project One 251 Rhode Island $5 donation goes to Dress for Success. Hosted champagne 6-7pm
  • Bicycle Bride screens 7pm doors 8pm film Workspace Limited 2150 Folsom/17th $5 for film, popcorn, drinks
Thurs, Mar 24:
  • We Ride: Fear and Hope of Public Schools 5.30pm Horace Mann Middle School 23rd/Valencia. Bikes + education reform
  • Hacking Helvetica panel then competition 6.30-9pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Clay. Hear what's shakin' on the font front. Free, gotta RSVP
  • Disposable Film Fest opening
Fri, Mar 25:
  • Disposable Film Fest
  • Debaser 3rd Anniversary dance party 9pm-2am 111 Minna/2nd $5 or free if you wear flannel/baby doll dress before 11pm
Sat, Mar 26:
  • Ashoka Youth Ventures: Just Food community panel 9am-5.30pm or 2pm-5.30pm David Brower Center, Berkeley. Learn about young folks' projects to address food issues with innovative social ventures
  • Sale and release of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired jewelry 4-8pm The Mission Statement 3458 18th/Valencia
  • Underground Market 11am-4pm take-homeables 6-11pm hot food 11pm dance! Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/14th $5 <11pm> $10. Sign up for membership online to expedite entry 21+
  • Bicycle Bride screens 7pm doors 8pm film Workspace Limited 2150 Folsom/17th $5 for film, popcorn, drinks
  • Disposable Film Fest: Pomplemoose!
  • Earth Hour 8.30pm all over the world. Turn out your lights for an hour!
Sun, Mar 27:
  • Disposable Film Fest: film and social change and free bagels and coffee 12pm
  • Homo Hoedown for Lyon Martin Clinic 1-3pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Precita $10-100 donation. Live music, DJs, art auction, fun, and then salsa dancing
  • Art of Yoga benefit class 3-4.20pm Yoga Tree 1234 Valencia/23rd $donation. Tea and snacks afterwards. Vinyasa to support incarcerated youth
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  • Toshio Hirano steals your heart with his classic twang 8.30pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th free, crowded
Tues, Mar 15:
  • Hella deals to celebrate Haighteration's birthday! See here for details
Wed, Mar 16:
  • Brain Mapping and Neural Architectures talk 6.30-9.30pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Clay. Free, gotta RSVP
Thurs, Mar 17:
  • Ladies of Letterpress talk and exhibit 6-8pm SF Center for the Book 300 De Haro/16th
  • Pop-Up Magazine and other cool folks surprise you 6-9.45pm MoMA 3rd/Mission $half price museum admittance starts 6pm
  • Bicycle Bride screening 7pm 100 Days of Spring 1592 Market/Franklin $5-15 donation. Bollywood dancing after film
Fri, Mar 18 - Rain:
  • Project Open Hand + Dynamo Donuts collaboration = free beer and PB banana donuts 4-6pm 2760 24th/York. Plus, name the new donut contest!
  • Art 94124's Bayview: Then and Now party with jazz, swing, gospel, and comfort food potluck 6-9pm 3900B 3rd/Fairfax
  • Great photo fun (and different awesome activities earlier) 8-10pm The SchoolHouse 100 Days of Spring 1592 Market/Franklin $5-10 donation. Anti-gravity!
  • Michael Musika, Toshio Hirano, and Brass Menazeri 8.30pm doors Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $12. Get tix early
Sat, Mar 19 - Rain:
  • Pro-peace out of Iraq rally UN Plaza 8th/Market noon
  • Girls Rock showcase 1-3pm Oakland $10 donation for ultra-awesomeness!
  • Lunar Mission art exhibit at various locations 7pm
Sun, Mar 20 - Vernal Equinox/Rain:
  • Sunday Streets: Embarcadero edition 11am-4pm. Embikeadero
  • Meatout celebration 12-3.30pm Universalist Church 1187 Franklin/Geary $8 for speakers and lunch
  • A Ruota Libera: bikes and pizza 1-7pm Una Pizza Napolitana 210 11th/Howard $10 for film, bike frame presenters, and 'za
  • SeaweedSway presents: Audiofauna + Graves + Ariel Eisen 7.30pm doors Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7 (plus bring some $ for Japan relief efforts)
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  • 50% off Community Thrift all day Valencia/17th. Go get cool stuff from this shop that benefits hella non-profits
  • American Wasteland panel 6pm program Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd members free/$7 students/$20. Awesome folks talkin' 'bout food trash and production
  • 100 Days of Spring grand opening 7pm potluck 8pm show The Schoolhouse 1592 Market/Franklin. "100 Events. 100 Classes. 100 Days"
Tues, Mar 8: Wed, Mar 9:
  • Generation Hot panel talks youth + climate chaos 6pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7/$12/$20
  • Dancing With Dynamite panel discussion on Latin American social movements 7pm MCCLA 2868 Mission/24th free
  • The Rumble presents Tellers + Grand Lake + Spyrals 9pm doors Milk Bar Haight/Stanyan free w/RSVP
  • Seaweed Sway presents: Helene Renaut + Emily Jane White + Ed Masuga 9.30pm show Cafe du Nord 2170 Market/Sanchez $10
Thurs, Mar 10:
  • "Beneath the Pacific Ocean" photo exhibit of Indonesian waters 5.45pm USF Fromm Hall 2130 Fulton/Cole
  • Reopening cocktail party 6-9pm The Common 383 Valencia/15th
  • Good Vibrations turns 34, so you get cake and champagne and sales at all their locations 6-9pm
Fri, Mar 11:
  • Cloud Power: Microsoft and Google save environmental face 12pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd members free/$7 students/$20
  • Very cool viernes with female mariachi, videos, and more cool cosas 6-8.30pm de Young Friday Nights
  • Art happy hour 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Bring a jar for wine, and an appetite for empanadas (unconfirmed....)
  • Boxwars 8pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th $7. Cardboard + battle
Sat, Mar 12: Sun, Mar 13:
  • AIDS Lifecycle benefit Sun & Fun 2pm 50 Rondel/16th/Valencia. Food trucks, music, cheap drinks, bike love
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  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks: treelovers 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Wear green for a free drink
  • SF Film Society presents: Igniting the Classroom panel and screening 7pm doors The Lab 2948 Capp/16th $10. Looks rad
Wed, Mar 2: Thurs, Mar 3:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for listings
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission free for students/$5. Beer, felting!
  • Arboretum sustainability fair fundraiser 6-9.30pm County Fair Bldg 9th/Lincoln GG Park $10 students/$20. Lecture and potluck
  • "Masters" opening 7-9pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Classic art pieces reinterpreted by local awesome artists at a great non-profit with great prices and fun receptions
  • Spacecraft 7-9pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th featuring live music
  • The Warriors drink-along screening 7.30pm Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 55 Taylor/Turk $5
Fri, Mar 4: Sat, Mar 5:
  • Urban composting class 10am-12pm Garden for the Environment 7th Ave/Lawton free!
  • How To Homestead 2-5pm mega-mending 6pm potluck 7pm films 8pm square dancing! Harvey Milk Rec Center 50 Scott/Duboce. $5 or free with dish to share
  • Telephone & Soup release To Timbuktu 7-10pm Mission Comics & Art 20th/3520 Mission
  • Mission United food and dance party 8pm-3am Public Works 161 Erie/Mission/14th $5. Cheap drinks and free food early, then dancing. Proceeds go to cool local non-profits
Sun, Mar 6:
  • Asian Art Museum be free Larkin/McAllister
  • International Women's Day celebration 11am-2pm Dolores Park. "Food, music, and fun activities for all to enjoy"
  • Benefit for the Boob 4-10pm Wild Side West 428 Cortland/Wool $5-20. Drag and burlesque fun for Emergency Breast Cancer Fund
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
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