September 18, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Wednesday, Sept. 18, Judge Stephen Trott of San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals discusses the ways counterterrorism measures have affected our freedoms and liberties and how we can fight terrorism without sacrificing our rights. Reception 5:15 p.m., program 6 p.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, second floor, S.F. $15, free for members. (415) 597-6705 or (415) 597-6706.
Thursday, Sept. 19, "ArtAuction," a party and live art auction to raise funds for the Coalition on Homelessness, features approximately 150 pieces of art donated by homeless, established, and emerging artists from around the Bay Area. Reception 5:30 p.m., auction 7 p.m., SomArts Cultural Center gallery, 934 Brannan, S.F. $25. (415) 346-3740, ext. 304.
Thursday, Sept. 19, at a hearing, tell the Board of Supervisors' Health and Human Services Committee to adopt the city's proposed Electricity Resource Plan, which would reduce pollution from the Potrero Hill and Hunters Point power plants. 1 p.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Free. (510) 302-0430, ext. 206.
Global Exchange open house
Friday, Sept. 20, meet the staff, members, and supporters that make Global Exchange such an important organization in our community at an open house featuring food, drink, live music, and brief presentations. 7 p.m., Walden Pond Books, 3316 Grand, Oakl. Free. (510) 594-4081.
Guide to volunteering
Friday, Sept. 20, Arthur Blaustein, author of Make a Difference: Your Guide to Volunteering and Community Service, leads a panel discussion about his book and what people can do to give back to their community. 7:30 p.m., Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk. (510) 845-7852.
Saturday, Sept. 21, help clean our beaches and shorelines on California Coastal Cleanup Day, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and part of an international effort. Volunteers can contribute at more than 400 locations in California, including inland waterways. 9 a.m.-noon. Call 1-800-COAST-4U or go to www.coast4U.org for locations and other information.
Saturday, Sept. 21, Find out more about the people who want to run our schools at a forum featuring presentations by San Francisco Board of Education candidates and a question-and-answer session. 10 a.m.-noon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School, 350 Girard, S.F. Free. (415) 642-1048.
Saturday, Sept. 21, Mother Jones editor Roger Cohn interviews Eric Schlosser, author of the best-selling book Fast Food Nation. 8 p.m., First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison, Oakl. $12, $10 in advance at independent bookstores. (415) 255-7296, ext. 200.
Saturday, Sept. 21, "GenderBlast," an event for transgender, transsexual, gender queer, intersex, and gender-questioning youth sponsored by the Youth Gender Project and the Harvey Milk Institute, includes a full day of workshops, discussions, and entertainment. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market, S.F. Free. (415) 865-5633.
Monday, Sept. 23, help make bike flags and art for the Sept. 27 bike action protesting the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, war, and the global "oil-igarchy." 6-10 p.m., Art and Revolution, Redstone Building, 16th St. at Capp, S.F. Free, (415) 575-5534.
Dialogue for democracy
Tuesday, Sept. 24, Michael Toms, host of New Dimensions Radio and author of A Time for Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy, reads from his book and discusses the state of democracy in relation to the war on terrorism, focusing in particular on the USA PATRIOT Act, mass media, and the founding democratic principles. 7:30 p.m., Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk. Free. (510) 486-0689, www.blackoakbooks.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 24, rally to save Stephanie Salter's column on the San Francisco Chronicle's op-ed page. Media Alliance's first rally (Aug. 28, Salter's last day as a columnist) was a huge success. Noon, Chronicle Building, 901 Mission, S.F. Free. (415) 546-6334, ext. 309.
U.S. and Colombia
Wednesday, Sept. 25, take the opportunity to learn about the armed conflict in Colombia and the effects of U.S. military aid at "Celebrating Resistance to War: U.S. out of Colombia," an event featuring Colombian music, dance performances, and a presentation by Adriana Elisa Parra. 7 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3578 18th St., S.F. $5-$20 sliding scale. (415) 575-5534.
No on N
Ongoing, fight Proposition N, Sup. Gavin Newsom's Care Not Cash legislation that would drastically cut cash benefits given to the homeless, by volunteering with the Coalition on Homelessness. The coalition organizes regular mobilizations and phone banking until the November election. Mobilizations Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m., meet at Coalition on Homelessness, 468 Turk, S.F. Phone banking Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. 476 Eddy, S.F. (415) 346-4808.
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