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events

Events listings are compiled by Sarah Han. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.

wednesday 23
Around town

'Fashion Show Mockumentary' Club Galia, 2565 Mission; 821-2868. 8:30pm, $5. The mock fashion show features work by San Francisco designers along with local bands and DJs.

'JDate Singles Party' Velvet Lounge, 443 Broadway; 788-0228. 6:30pm-midnight, $20. All singles are invited to this party.

Authors

Jill Stoner City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus; 362-8193. 7pm. The author celebrates the release of Poems for Architects.

Susan Vreeland A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses The Passion of Artemisia.

Bay Area

Loraine Despres Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 1pm. The author discusses The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc.

Dixon Long Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The author discusses Brothers.

Thomas Perry Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7:30pm. The author talks about her new mystery novel, Pursuit.

thursday 24
Around town

'Chinese Shrimp Junks of the San Francisco Bay' Aboard the Balclutha, Foot of Hyde St. Pier; 556-4031. 7:30pm, free. Associate curator of small craft John Muir lectures.

'Overcoming Limited Movement Problems' School of Self-Healing, 2218 48th Ave; 665-9574. 7:15pm. Occupational therapist Beatriz Nascimento discusses strategies for reducing pain and increasing strength and mobility.

Authors

Peter Hessler A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses living in Fuling, China, as a Peace Corps volunteer in his book, River Town.

Victoria Nelson City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus; 362-8193. 7pm. The author reads from and discusses her new book, Secret Life of Puppets.

T.R. Pearson Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter; (650) 344-1288. 7pm. The author reads from and discusses his works.

Trina Robbins Foto-Grafix Books, 655 Mission; 495-7242. 7pm. The S.F.-based writer discusses and signs The Great Women Cartoonists.

Huston Smith, Ph.D. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin; 575-6175. 7:30pm, $15-25. The author of Why Religion Matters lectures on the topic "How Religion and the Wisdom Traditions Can Bring a Profound Experience of Hope."

Bay Area

Robert Mailer Anderson Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author reads from Boonville.

Molly Baier Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The writer discusses her travel adventures in The Fire Escape Is Locked for Your Safety.

Carl Hiaasen Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7:30pm. The author reads from his new mystery novel, Basket Case.

Ralph Nader Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 2pm. The former presidential candidate for the Green Party talks about his memoir, Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Turth and Still Run for President.

friday 25


Around town

'Jewish Elements in Concert Music' Humanities Building, 1185 Vicente; 449-3843. Noon-2pm, $5. Music appreciation instructor Dr. Harry Bernstein lectures.

David Whyte Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin; 863-3133. 8:30pm, $16. The author discusses how to live in uncertain and violent times.

Benefits

'Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Crocker Amazon Playground' Monroe School Cafeteria, 260 Madrid; 621-3260. 6-8pm, $2-5. The Neighborhood Parks Council, Monroe Elementary School PTA, Excelsior District Improvement Association, and District 11 Council present a fundraiser featuring a dinner, a raffle, and live music.

Authors

Eric Burdon Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The former singer of the Animals discusses his memoir, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.

Bay Area

Kathleen DesMaisons Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7:30pm. The author talks abut Your Last Diet: The Sugar Addict's Weight Loss Plan.

Eric Schlosser Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.

Mavis Hetherington Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 1pm. The author talks about For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered.

saturday 26
Around town

Nina Glaser Harvey Milk Photography Center, 50 Scott; 554-9522. 2pm. The S.F.-based photographer discusses her work. Bay Area

Cat show Alameda County Fairgrounds, Exhibition Hall, 4501 Pleasanton, Pleasanton; (408) 274-5862. 9am-5pm, $3-12. More than 250 cats compete in this show, hosted by the Fog City Cat Club. Through Sun/27.

Creative writing panel Mills College, Mills Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakl; (510) 430-2236. 9:15am-4:30pm (registration, 8:45am), $10. The Mills College Creative Writing MFA Program hosts a day of panels discussing publishing and writing.

'Stop Unfair Evictions!' ACORN Office, 3205 Farnam, Oakl; (510) 464-1011. Noon. Just Cause Oakland hosts an event, featuring food, petitions, music, and more, to get the word out about its initiative for eviction protections for Oakland residents.

'Youth and Race: Issues and Solutions' Elihu Harris State Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay; (510) 540-3660. 9:30am-noon. Assemblymember Dion Aroner and Bay Area policy makers host a youth-led workshop discussing violence prevention, after-school programs, and other issues.

Benefits

'The Artists Ball Faux!' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard; galleries and forum, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. 6:30pm, $75-300. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts its fourth Artists Ball benefit, featuring cocktails, a sit-down dinner, and live entertainment by Smokey and Miho, DJ Laird, and the Extra Action Marching Band.

'Super Bingo Night' Ellard Hall, 100 Diamon; 863-1581. 7pm, $25. The benefit features 12 bingo games and refreshments; proceeds benefit MHR AIDS Support Group.

Bay Area

'Your World: Diversity, Conflict Resolution, and Community Building in the Aftermath of 9/11' University of Creation Spirituality, 2141 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 548-8703. Call for times. $110-160. Through Sun. Islamic Relief Worldwide benefits from this workshop to explore personal, local, and global issues related to Sept. 11.

Authors

Tess Uriza Holthe Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 1pm. The author reads from her novel, When the Elephants Dance.

Caroline Myss Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7:30pm. The author talks about Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.

sunday 27


Around town

Cat show Alameda County Fairgrounds, Exhibition Hall, 4501 Pleasanton, Pleasanton; (408) 274-5862. 9am-5pm, $3-12. See Sat/26.

Authors

David Brin Borderland Books, 866 Valencia; 824-8203. 7:30pm. The author answers questions about his new book, Kiln People.

monday 28


Authors

Dr. Jerri Nielsen A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The physician discusses Ice Bound.

Bay Area

Cynthia Moskowitz Brody Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. Brody, accompanied by Hans Stahlschmidt and Susan Terris, reads from her book, Bittersweet Legacy: Creative Responses to the Holocaust, a collection of art, poetry, and stories.

Dan Stober, Ian Hoffman Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7:30pm. The journalists discuss A Convenient Spy: When Ho Lee and the Politics of Nuclear Espionage.

tuesday 29


Around town

'Death and the Art of Grieving' Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka; 267-3922. 7-10pm, $35. Billy Clift discusses how to cope with the death of a loved one.

Authors

Daniel Buckman, Gerry Nicosia, Joel Schalit Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The authors discuss and read from their works at this party for Akashic Books.

Bruce Wagner Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author reads from and signs I'll Let You Go.

Rebecca Walker A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses her book, Black, White and Jewish.

Bay Area


Siobhan Darrow Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera; (415) 927-0960. 7:30pm. The author talks about Flirting with Danger: Confessions of a Reluctant War Reporter.

Lyn Hejinian, Liz Waldner Mills College, English Department, 5000 MacArthur Blvd; (510) 430-2236. 5:30pm. The poets read from their works.

Elizabeth Wurtzel Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction.