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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 6

Around town

'A Natural History of San Francisco' Pond, 214 Valencia; 437-9151. 7:30pm, $5. Greg Gaar hosts this public art workshop.

'Sixth Annual Tall Ships Tour' Pier 40, Embarcadero at Townsend; 1-800-200-5239. 3-6pm, free. Bring the family to tour the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady Washington when these 18th-century replica ships return to the San Francisco Bay.

Authors

Jan Friedman Stacey's Booksellers, 581 Market; 421-4687. 12:30pm. The author discusses Eccentric America.

Dawn McGuire San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Lower level, 100 Larkin; 557-4277. 4:30pm. The author discusses her work.

Anne Waldman City Lights, 261 Columbus; 362-8193. 7pm, free. The author reads from her work.

Bay Area

Bill Hayes Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir.

Michael Moore First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing, Berk; (510) 848-6767, ext 611. 8pm, $15. The political critic and author speaks about his new book, Stupid White Men ... and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation.

thursday 7

Around town

AIGA SF membership bowling party Yerba Buena Bowling Center, 750 Folsom; 626-6008. 6-8pm; 8-10pm. The American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco invites its members and friends for a night of bowling and information on its upcoming events, programs, and committees.

'Ba-da Bingo!' 150 Eureka; www.thesisters.org. 7pm, $12. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their popular bingo event in which participants can win cash prizes and more.

'Trance Dance Ritual' Cabrillo Elementary School, 1735 24th Ave; 831-8393. 7:45-11pm, $35. Wilbert Alix leads a trance dance workshop on the power of dance.

Bay Area

'Resisting the Occupation: Jewish Peace Activists in Israel and Palestine' La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 301-0842. 7pm, $5-10. Seth Schneider and Jerry Geffner discuss their travels to Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Benefits

'Back and Forth' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-99834. 7:30pm, $5. ODC Gallery and OneSalon celebrate the "Back and Forth" exhibit at the ODC gallery with performances by DJ Polywog, Curiouser, and Pepito; proceeds benefit the San Francisco Women Artists.

Authors

Bill Hayes Books Inc. Castro, 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author reads from Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir.

Rela Mazali Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses Maps of Women's Goings and Stayings.

'Series X, Part 1: Bay Area Women's Publishers Fair and Panel' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. 7-9:30pm, $5-10. This "F-Word Project" event features a display and sale of books by Bay Area women-owned and -run presses, including Avec Books, Poetry Flash, Amnadon, Etherdome, Interlope, Kelsey St. Press, and others; a panel discussion featuring Mary Burger, Simone Fattal, Yedda Morrison, Rena Rosenwasser, and giovanni singleton follows at 8pm.

Bay Area

Rick Ayers Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 7pm. The author discusses Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools.

Renate Stendhal Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The author discusses Love's Learning Place.

Carol Wagner Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author discusses her book, Soul Survivors: Stories of Women and Children in Cambodia.

friday 8

Around town

'Gender Democracy in Global Perspectives' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. 11am-3pm. This Women's Day event features a panel of local and international speakers who will discuss global feminism.

'Celebrating the Power of Women: Sisters on the Frontlines' San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St; 431-1180, ext 17. 8pm, $5-20. Through Sun/10. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.

International Women's Day silent vigil Van Ness and Grove; (510) 486-2744. 5pm. Bay Area Women in Black sponsors this silent vigil in honor of Women's Day.

'Now: Current Events and Art Practices' San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 749-4563. 7:30pm, $4-6. Scott Kildall, Ed Kashi, Andrea Lewis, and Julio Morales participate in a salon-style discussion of art and current events.

St. Patrick's Day party Templebar, 700 Polk; 961-2378. 5-9pm, $10. The Irish American Democratic Club hosts this party featuring food, politicians, and live music.

'Toltec Community Circle' Build, 483 Guerrero; (510) 428-2826. 7pm, donations welcome. This community-building event focuses on finding inner truth and power through chanting and visualization.

Bay Area

A Celebration of International Women's Day Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; www.coloredgirls.org. 7pm, $10-30. The Arab Women's Solidarity Association and Women of Color Resource Center host this Women's Day celebration featuring poet and author Suheir Hammad.

Figure skating exhibition Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th St, Oakl; (510) 268-9000. 5:30-6:30pm, free. World-class competitive ice skaters perform.

'Queer-Youth-A-Palooza and Drag King Junior Contest' SFLGBT Center, 1800 Market; www.sfcenter.org. Fri, 6pm-1am. Free (donations of drag items/books/magazines encouraged). Queer youth (26 and under) are invited to this evening of spoken word, DJs, and a drag king contest hosted by Fudgie Frottage and Sister Kitty Catalyst.

Authors

Roy Parvin Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter; (650) 344-1288. 7pm. The author discusses his work.

James Patterson Borders Books, 400 Post; 399-1633. 7:30pm. The author discusses and signs 2nd Chance.

'Series X, Part 2: Book Party and Celebration of Women Writers' Timken Lecture Hall, California College of Arts and Crafts, 111 Eighth St; 581-9278. 7:30pm. This "F-Word Project" literary event features readings by Etel Adnan, Dodie Bellamy, Stefani Barber, Sarah Anne Cox, and others.

Bay Area

Wes 'Scoop' Nisker Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses Essential Crazy Wisdom.

saturday 9

Around town

'Contemporary Crafts Market' Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina at Laguna; 995-4925. 10am-6pm, $6. More than 200 jewelers, weavers, potters, leather workers, printmakers, and other artisans display their crafts at this two-day event. Through Sun/10.

'The F-Word Symposium' San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut; 263-8760. 10am-5pm. This panel event features artists, historians, curators, scholars, and writers discussing historical and contemporary contexts of feminism.

'Greenwood Scion Exchange' UCSF Mission Center, 1855 Folsom; (510) 843-1657. 1-3:30pm, $3. The Golden Gate chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers presents this event featuring grafting and budding demonstrations.

'Medium's Day' San Francisco Spiritualist Society, 1832 Buchanan; 924-1106. 11am-3pm, $12. The San Francisco Spiritualist Society presents this event featuring minireadings by spiritualist mediums.

'Celebrating the Power of Women: Sisters on the Frontlines' San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St; 431-1180, ext 17. 8pm, $5-20. Through Sun/10. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.

'Vintage Fashion Expo' Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California; (707) 793-0773. 10:30am-6pm, $10 (early viewing, 9am, $20). San Francisco's Vintage Fashion Expo features clothing, jewelry, and accessories from the 1850s through the 1980s. Through Sun/10.

Bay Area

'Burma Human Rights Day' Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar, Berk; (510) 749-0526. 6-10pm, $10-20. The Burmese American Democratic Alliance and the Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee present an evening featuring dinner, guest speaker Min Zin, and a screening of Ellen Bruno's film Sacrifice.

Benefits

'In Song and Struggle' Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 525-5054. 7:30pm, $10-20. Shelly Dot X-Tet, Gwen Avery, Maaleh Tar Afghan, Andrea Prichett, Green, and others perform at this benefit for CopWatch.

'Spirit of San Francisco' Argent Hotel, 50 Third St; 974-6400. 8:30-1am, $75. The American Cancer Society presents this black tie fundraiser featuring gourmet hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, a silent auction, games, and a musical performance by Pride and Joy.

Authors

Daniel Clowes Borders Books and Music, 400 Post; 399-1633. 7pm. The comic book artist appears to promote the DVD release of Ghost World.

Roger Garcia Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1581 Webster; 567-7625. 4-6pm. The writer and editor signs his book, Out of Shadows: Asians in American Cinema.

'International Women's Day Reading' Bird and Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond; 586-3733. 4:30pm. Various authors read in celebration of Women's Day.

'Writing Irish America' San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Lower level, 100 Larkin; 437-3427. 2-5pm, free. Maureen Dezell, Tam Hayden, Maureen Howard, Bill Kennedy, Micahel Patrick MacDonald, Peter Quinn, and Dennis Smith appear at this author event.

Bay Area

'In Memory of Alice Sachs Hamburg' Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. Pat Cody, Mal Warwick, Larry Bensky, Madeline Duckles, Katherine Cook, Barbara Dane, Matthew Lasar, and William Mandel read from Alice Hamburg's autobiography, Grass Roots: From Prairie to Politics.

sunday 10

Around town

'Celebrating the Power of Women: Sisters on the Frontlines' San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St; 431-1180, ext 17. 8pm, $5-20. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.

'Contemporary Crafts Market' Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina at Laguna; 995-4925. 10am-6pm, $6. See Sat/9.

'International Uprising Day March and Rally' Meet at San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission at Third St; 285-8861. 11am. Bay Area Friends of Tibet hosts this march and rally in remembrance of the 43rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising; featured speakers include Alice Walker, Tenzin Tethong, Dennis Cusack, Nancy Pelosi, Margery Farrar, Tom Lantos, Kris Worthington, and Tom Ammiano.

'International Women's Day Celebration' New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission; 864-1278. 2pm, $2. Bay Area Radical Women hosts this Women's Day event featuring a forum with speakers Therese Mughannam and Toni Mendicino, who will discuss feminist strategies to combat exploitation and U.S. imperialism.

PFLAG support group PFLAG/St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church; 921-8850. 2pm. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays presents a support-group meeting followed by a viewing and discussion of the video TransFamily.

San Francisco Fetish Ball DNA Lounge, 375 11th St; www.fetishball.com. 9pm-3am, $35. This 12th annual event dedicated to "fetish, fashion, and fantasy" features DJ Alan TG, Dita Von Tesse and Catherine D'Lish, Fetish Diva Midori, Jewlez, and MC Unkle Paul; dress code is enforced, so come dressed in leather, rubber, vinyl, uniform, high formal, cyber, gothic, and fetish drag attire.

'Vintage Fashion Expo' Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California; (707) 793-0773. 10:30am-6pm, $10. See Sat/9.

Authors

Lynda Koolish San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Lower level, 100 Larkin; 557-4277. 2-5pm. The author discusses Africa American literature.

Bay Area

Lisa Lerner Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 2pm. The author discusses her novel, Just like Beauty.

David Means Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from Assorted Fire Events.

monday 11

Around town

'Bouquets to Art' opening night gala California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave; 750-3504. 6-9pm, $75-150. This preview of the "Bouquets to Arts" floral exhibition features a buffet, hosted bars, music, dancing, and a silent auction. Also see Tues/12.

'Irish Histories: Local and Global' San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Lower level, 100 Larkin; 437-3427. 7-9:30pm, free. Mayor Willie Brown hosts this event about Irish culture; other guests include Marion Casey, Donna Decesare, T.J. English, Anne Hickey, and others.

Authors

Jim Motavalli A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses Breaking Gridlock.

Gerald Rosen Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez; 863-5755. 7pm. The author discusses his works.

Bay Area

Jim Gladstone Cody's Book, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses The Big Book of Misunderstanding.

Renee Blitz Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from her collection of short stories, in berkeley's green and pleasant land.

tuesday 12

Around town

'Bouquets to Art' California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave; 750-3504. 9:30am-5pm, $5-8. The San Francisco Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary presents this event featuring displays of floral arrangements by California's top designers, lectures, a benefit drawings, and more. Through Fri/15.

'Collapse in Argentina and Enron: Two Cases of Corruption' Union Bank of California, 400 California, 11th floor; 788-4764. 6pm, $10-15. President of Transparency International for Latin America and the Caribbean Luis Moreno Ocampo speaks on the topic.

'First Glimpse' San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness, Fourth floor; 255-4800. 6pm, $10-15. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.

'Irish Americas: Culture at the Crossroads' New College of California, 766 Valencia; 437-3427. 7-9:30pm, free. Jacqueline Bishop, Bob Callahan, Laura Izarra, Robert Kelly, and Joseph McBride discuss Irish culture in the Americas.

'San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair' California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, near Eighth Ave and Fulton; 750-7145. 10am, $2-8.50. Check out more than 300 science projects by Bay Area junior and senior high school students. Through Sat/16.

Benefits

'Art Activism in Occupied Palestine Peace and Justice Mural' The Lab, 2948 16th St; 271-0576. 7pm, $2-50 sliding scale. Artist Susan Green presents a slide lecture about her mural project in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine, followed by a discussion with special guests; proceeds benefit the Silence Mural and Arts Project and KPFA Free Speech Radio.

Authors

Andy Berman Books Inc., Castro, 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author discusses his memoir, Electroboy.

Jim Motavalli Sierra Club, 85 Second St; 977-5578. 6pm. The author discusses Breaking Gridlock.

Joseph Nevins Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses Operation Gatekeeper.

David Henry Sterry Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author discusses and signs Chicken.

Bay Area

James Hynes Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author discusses his new novel, The Lecturer's Tale.

Leon Litwack Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, UC Berkeley, Berk; (510) 642-6392. noon, free. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor reads from and discusses his work.

Trisha Thomas Barnes and Noble, 98 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 272-0120. 7:30pm. The author reads from and signs Nappily Ever After: A Novel.

Irvin Yalom Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author talks about The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists about Their Patients.