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


wednesday 13

Around town

'The Living Language' New College of California, 766 Valencia; www.newcollege.edu/2002/Mar02.htm#13. 7-9:30pm, free. Daniel Cassidy, Thomas Kelly, Ciaran O'Pronntaigh, Gillian Smith, and Eamonn Wall participate in the First Annual Irish American Literary and Cultural Festival event.

Bay Area

Donna Hay Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Rd, San Rafael; (415) 479-2000. 7:30pm, $14-38. Chef Donna Hay, the "Martha Stewart of Australia," talks with Joyce Goldstein about her cooking knowledge and recipes.


John Trudell Berkeley High School, Florence Schwimley Little Theater, 1930 Allston, Berk; (510) 548-0542. 7:30pm, $18. The former national chairman of the American Indian Movement and his Bad Dog Band perform to benefit Indigenous Free Radio; speakers tonight include Tom Le Blanc, Leonard Benally, Arlene Hamilton, and Miguel Molina.


Pam Chun University Of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, Rm 141, 2800 Turk; 422-6357. 7pm. The author discusses and signs her novel, The Money Dragon.

Jonathan Kaplan Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter; 344-1288. 5:30pm. The author discusses and reads from his work.

Li-Young Lee A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The poet discusses and reads from his new book of poems, Books of My Nights.

Daniel Burton Rose Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses his book, The Battle of Seattle.

Mark Schwartz Adobe Bookshop, 3166 16th St; 864-3936. 7:30pm. The author reads from Duets and Combos.

Bay Area

David Harris Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Berk; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The author discusses Profiles in Justice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work.


thursday 14

Around town

'Preventing Conflict in an Uncertain World' Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market; 597-6705. 7pm, $9-12. CEO of the Commonwealth Club Dr. Gloria Duffy speaks.

'The Prison Business: Who Pays? Who Profits?' Delancey Street Foundation, 600 Embarcadero; 753-6602. 5:30-7:30pm. James Austin, Ruthie Gilmore, and Deborah Vargas discuss the topic; John Irwin moderates.

'Telling Your Life History' Jewish Family and Children's Services, 2150 Post; 449-3843. 2-4pm. Anita Hecht of Life History Services and Dr. Anne Grenn Saldinger of the Bay Area Oral History Project discuss ways to share and preserve your life history.

Bay Area

'Annual Academy Awards Night with Harry Chotiner' Buttner Auditorium, College Prepatory School, 6100 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 768-6600. 7:30pm, $5-15. Humorist, ethicist, and veteran Hollywood observer Harry Chotnier discusses the Academy Award nominees and his predictions of who will win.


'Black and Blue Ball' Sno-Drift, 1830 Third St; 431-4766. 7pm, $65. This "black tie to blue jeans" event features cocktails, appetizers, music by DJ Stevie B., a silent auction, and more; proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Central City Hospitality House 35th anniversary fundraiser Pacific Bell Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza; 749-2184. 6:30pm, $175 and up. The Central City Hospitality House presents a fundraiser featuring a tour of Pacific Bell Park, a silent auction, and more.

'Spring Fling Fundraiser' San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, Rainbow Room, 1800 Market; 552-7200. 6-9pm. The Harvey Milk Institute celebrates its move to the S.F. LGBT Community Center with this fundraising event; highlights include performances by Elvira Kurt, Kennedy, and DJ Jamez L. Smith.


Chris Honeysett Foto-Grafix Books, 655 Mission; 495-7242. 7pm. The photographer discusses his work and signs his book, Qualities of Light.

Lucie Oceanus Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses The Unsavvy Traveler.

Robert Rodi Books Inc. Castro, 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author reads from his novel, Bitch Goddess.

Bay Area

Carol Honeychurch, Angela Watrous Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Berk; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The authors discuss Love Tune-Ups: Fun Ways to Open Your Heart and Make Sparks Fly.

Susan Page Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses If We're So in Love, Why Aren't We Happy?


friday 15

Around town

'Getting from Point A to Point B: Transportation in America' Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin; (415) 597-6705. 12:30pm, $40-50. U.S. secretary of transportation Norman Mineta discusses the topic.

Bay Area

'Light of Islam: Creation-Centered Spiritual Tradition in the Path of Peace' University of Creation Spirituality, 2141 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 835-4827, ext 29. 7pm, $10-15. Dr. Ana Perez-Chisti lectures on the five pillars of Islam.


Natalie Goldberg Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin; 863-3133. 7:30pm, $16. Author Natalie Goldberg holds a lecture titled "Skin, Flesh, Bones, and Marrow: Expressing Insight" to benefit the San Francisco Zen Center.


Michael Perry Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 4pm. The author reads from his book, Daniel's Ride.

Don Miguel Ruiz St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough; 575-6175. 9:30pm, $25. The author discusses and signs his works.

Bay Area

Lois-Ann Yamanaka Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses her new novel, Father of the Four Passages.


saturday 16

Around town

'Bay Area Women Composers Symposium' San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, 401 Van Ness, Fourth floor; 255-4800. 1-4pm, $10-15. Local new music composers Elinor Armer, Linda Bouchard, Gabriela Lena Frank, Amy X Neuberg, Pamela Z, and moderator Sarah Cahill discuss their work.

'Biking Fashion Show' American Cyclery, 858 Stanyan; www.sf-now.com/wow. 8-10pm. This fashion show for bikers features riding apparel and everyday wear.

'House Warming Dance at the Center' San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, 1800 Market; www.bacw.org. 8pm-1am, $15-20. Bay Area Career Women invite all to their housewarming dance in celebration of their new location in the S.F. LGBT Community Center.

'Moving Towards Deeper Backbends' It's Yoga, 848 Folsom; 543-1970. 1:30pm, $25-30. Rusty Wells leads this yoga class on back bending.

'The Physics of Toys' Exploratorium, Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. noon-4pm, $6-10. The Exploratorium presents a workshop for kids on the inner workings of toys.

Bay Area

'Campaign for Disclosure Event with Dr. Steven M. Greer' Longfellow Auditorium, 1500 Derby, Berk; (510) 245-5007. 1-5pm, $10. Dr. Steven M. Greer discusses UFOs, E.T.s, and new energy technology.

'Eggster Hunt and Learning Festival' UC Berkeley, Strawberry Creek Lawn, in front of Valley Life Sciences Building, University at Oxford, Berk; (510) 643-2033. 10am-3pm, free. Eggster, a nonprofit organization run by UC Berkeley students, invites children for a day of egg hunts, learning booths, arts and crafts, and more.

'Fourth Annual Gay and Lesbian Family Night at the YMCA' YMCA, 2001 Allston Way, Berk; (510) 665-3238. 6-9pm, free. This event for LGBT families and their friends features a pizza party, games, juggling demonstrations, and more.

'Storytelling Women' Live Oak Center Social Hall, 1301 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 644-8513. 3-5pm, $10-150. Opal Palmer Adisa, Minnie Batman, boona cheema, Barbara Potter, and Odile Lavault discuss the women who inspire their lives.

'Voice in Cloth 2002 – An Extraordinary Quilt Show' Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St, Oakl; (510) 233-6771. 10am-5pm, $3-8. The East Bay Heritage Quilters present their biennial quilt show. Through Sun/17.


'Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser' Crocker Amazon Playground, Moscow at Italy; 621-3260. 10am, $2-5. The Neighborhood Parks Council hosts a pancake breakfast to benefit Crocker Amazon Playground.


Valerie Miner San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin; 527-4277. 2:30pm. The author discusses her new book, The Low Road, a Scottish Family Memoir.

Bay Area

Lani Guinier Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakl; (510) 652-2344. 6:30pm. The author discusses The Miner's Canary.

Gayle Lynds Spengers Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth St, Berk; www.berkeleywritersclub.org. 11am, $18.50. The author discusses her mystery books.


sunday 17

Around town

'Hiring and Using a Professional Genealogist' Fort Mason Center, Bldg C, Room 235, Marina at Buchanan; www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs. 1pm. The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society holds this workshop with speaker Sherill Laszlo.

Paul Mavrides Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. 7:45pm, $5-10. See 8 Days a Week, page 48.

'Paris Commune Celebration' Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Theater, 2868 Mission; 821-1155. 3-8:30pm, $5-10. LaborFest and the Labor Video Project present an evening of music with Darryl Cherney, poets, debate, discussion, and more.

'Remembering James Robertson' San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin; 557-4560. 1pm. This program celebrating the life and work of the late book designer and publisher James Wishard Robertson features tributes by his friends and colleagues, including Carolyn Robertson, Jim Bagnall, Joe White, Bill Broder, Marilyn Burns, and others.

Bay Area

'Voice in Cloth 2002 – An Extraordinary Quilt Show' Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St, Oakl; (510) 233-6771. 10am-4pm, $3-8. See Sat/16.


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz City Lights, 261 Columbus; 362-8193. 4pm. The author discusses her new work Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975.

Bay Area

Todd Gitlin Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses Media Unlimited: The Torrent of Sounds and Images in Modern Life.

Paul Hoover, Maxine Chernoff Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 4pm. The authors discuss Rehearsal in Black and World.

'In Honor of Women's History Month' Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 4pm. Nina Anin, Lenore Pazquez-Soto, Osundara Gbadebo, Sage, Susan Tircuit, Xochipala Maes Valdez, Jeane Gandy, and Uzuri Amini read their work to celebrate Women's History Month.


monday 18

Around town

Lyle Ashton Harris San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; www.sfai.edu. 7:30pm. The photographer discusses her work.


'A Cavalcade of Cabaret' Plush Room. 8pm, $20. Bruce E. Phillips, Meg Mackay, Billy Philadelphia, Barry Lloyd, Bill Cooper, Richard Nickol, host Donna Sachet, and others perform to benefit eCabaret-SF.com.


Suzan E. Hagstrom San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 1808 Wedemeyer; 751-6040. 7pm. The author discusses her nonfiction book, Sara's Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik.

Zhi Gang Sha Borders Books, 400 Post; 399-1633. 7pm. The author discusses and signs Power Healing.

Irvin Yalom A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses The Gift of Therapy.

Bay Area

Lani Guinier UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Booth Auditorium, Berk; (415) 597-6705. 6:30pm. The author discusses her work.

Jonathan Kaplan Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author discusses In the Dressing Station.

Lois-Ann Yamanaka Barnes and Noble, 98 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 272-0120. 7:30pm. The author reads from, signs, and answers questions about her new novel, Father of the Four Passages.


tuesday 19

Around town

'HIV Treatment Update' UC San Francisco, Medical Sciences Building, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus; 820-3938. 6-9pm, free. The Conant Foundation presents this HIV patient and community forum discussing the latest HIV treatment information.

'Japan and the Implications of 9-11' World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter; www.usajapan.org. 6pm, $10-15. The Japan Society of Northern California and the World Affairs Council present a panel discussing Japan and the nation's military role post-Sept. 11.

Meditation workshop Psychic Eye Bookstore, 301 Fell; 242-9412. 7:30-9pm, free. This workshop focuses on the meditation techniques of Eckankar.

'Prevention, Treatment and Care: Forging an Integrated Response' Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove; www.nauc.org. 9:30am-5pm, $180. The American Foundation for AIDS Research hosts this "National HIV/AIDS Update Conference" for researchers, health care professionals, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

'Women and Jazz: A Panel Discussion' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard; 788-7353. 8pm, $10-18. Angela Davis, Maria Schneider, Sherrie Tucker, Mary Watkins, and Susie Ibarra discuss roles of women in jazz.


Diane Di Prima, Susan Thackery Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-2787. 8pm, $5. The authors discuss and read from their work to benefit Intersection for the Arts.

'A Garden Party' Cow Palace, Geneva at Santos; 750-5441. 6-9pm, $150. This opening party for the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show features more than 20 display gardens by landscape design firms and nurseries, a silent auction, and more; proceeds benefit San Francisco parks.


Melanie Friend Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo.

Jonathan Kaplan A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses In the Dressing Station.

Bay Area

Frederic Luskin Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author signs and discusses Forgive for Good.

Eric Maisel Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author talks about Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say to Themselves (And What They Should Say Instead).

Mike Riera, Joe Di Prisco Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 7pm. The authors discuss Right from Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children.