October 23, 2002




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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 23
Around town

'The Island of Life' San Francisco Zoo, Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center, 1 Zoo Rd; 753-7073. 7pm, $15-20. Field ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society David Olson talks about animal species that are on the brink of extinction.


'SF Late Night Coalition Benefit' DNA Lounge, 375 11th St; 225-8471, www.sflnc.org. 8pm, $5. The San Francisco Late Night Coalition sponsors a benefit to support the reelection of Sup. Chris Daly and Prop. F campaign; entertainment includes live bands Naugacide and Flexx Bronco and DJs Jenö, Spesh, Dutch, and KJ.


Diana Cohn Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 4pm. The author reads from Sí, Se Puede!

Jennifer Egan A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 11:30am. The author reads from and signs Look at Me.

thursday 24
Around town

Hilton Als and Rickie Lee Jones Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus; 474-0365. 8pm, $15. Writer Hilton Als talks with Rickie Lee Jones at this "New Yorker Nights" event.


'BAIDO Fall 2002 Fundraising and Networking Reception' Pro Arts Gallery, 461 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 839-1544. 6:30-9pm, $25. Bay Area International Development Organizations presents a fundraiser featuring entertainment by Today's Soup Jazz Trio.


Alexander Cockburn and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The authors read from their works.

Jeffrey Eugenides Books Inc., 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author discusses Middlesex.

Dennis McNally City College of San Francisco, Ocean Avenue Campus, Rosenberg Library, Room 305, 50 Phelan; 239-3580. 11am, free. The author reads from A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.

Bay Area

Anne Lamott Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 7pm. The author reads from Blue Shoe.

friday 25
Around town

'Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show Cow Palace, Geneva and Santos; (415) 421-TIXS. 8pm $10-32. The 58th annual event features cowboy and cowgirl competitions, a Western art show, musical performances by David Ball and Creedence Clearwater Revisted, and more. Through Nov 3.

'Who Was Mary Colter?: The Best Unknown Woman Architect' SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market; www.friendsof1800.org. 6pm, $10. Arnold Berke talks about the pioneering architect.


Community United Against Violence concert and fundraiser Mission High School, 3750 18th St; 777-5500. 7:30pm, $5-50 sliding scale. Community United Against Violence hosts a fundraiser featuring performances by Deborah Iyall, Chi Chi Palace, Mario Balcita, Hanifah Walidah, Gustavo Cravioto, Jen Ro, Miss Connie Champagne, Shawna Virago and the Deadly Nightshade Family, and others.

'Midnight Masquerade Benefit Gala' San Francisco Veterans Building, Green Room Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness; (510) 540-0754, www.narika.org. 9:30pm-2am, $30-35. Narika, the domestic violence hotline for South Asian women and children, presents a fundraiser featuring DJ Cheb I Sabbah and DJ Satnam, live music by Mitch Hyare, a silent auction, a costume contest, and more.

'San Francisco Bay Club's 25th Anniversary' San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 2 Henry Adams; 901-9301. 8pm-midnight, $60. The San Francisco Bay Club celebrates its anniversary with a benefit for the Boys and Girtls Clubs of San Francisco; highlights include a live auction, dinner, and dancing.


Barnaby Conrad Books Inc., 3515 California; 221-3666. 7pm. The author discusses his new book, Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life.

Scott Hunt A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7pm. The author discusses The Future of Peace.

Tyrone Williams and Laura Moriarty California College of Arts and Crafts, Timken Lecture Hall, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. 7:30pm. The writers discuss their works.

Bay Area

Jamie Oliver Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 7pm. The chef discusses his new cookbook, Happy Days with the Naked Chef.

saturday 26
Around town

'Disability Awareness Day' San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, lower level; 557-4461. 12:30-5pm. This Disability Awareness Day celebration features documentary film screenings, discussions, and resources.

'Hair 35th Anniversary Festival' Golden Gate Park Bandshell Concourse, near Fulton and 8th Ave; 820-1495, www.libertytheatrecompany.com. Noon-6pm, free. The Liberty Theatre Company presents a festival featuring music, arts and crafts, and more.

'Red Bull Flugtag' Pier 30-32; www.redbullflugtagsf.com. 11am, free. Come watch more than 35 local teams launch their human-powered flying machines over the San Francisco Bay Pier.

'Tales of Tibet - The 17th Annual Tibet Day' Fort Mason Conference Center, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 626-7195, www.friends-of-tibet.org. Noon-7pm, $5-10. Bay Area Friends of Tibet present a celebration of Tibetan art, politics, culture, and music.

Bay Area

Amiri Baraka and David Murray Workshop: Black Dot Café, 1431 23rd Ave, Oakl; noon-3pm, $30; performance: James Moore Theater, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oakl; (510) 533-6629. 7pm, $20 donation. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.


Academy of Art College Fine Art Faculty and Alumni Auction Academy of Art College, 491 Post; www.academyart.edu. 4pm. This event features a silent and a live auction of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more; proceeds benefit the Academy of Art College Fine Art Scholarship Fund.

'St. John Armenian Church Food Festival' St. John Armenian Church Food Festival, 275 Olympia Way; 661-1142. Noon-9pm, free. Come sample traditional Armenian cuisine including kufta, kebabs, bourma, kurabia, and more at this fundraiser for the St. John Armenian Church; other highlights include Armenian music, dancing, a gift boutique, auctions, and children's entertainment.


Sandra Cisneros First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 8pm, $10. The author discusses Caramelo.

David Downie Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 4pm. The author discusses Cooking the Roman Way.

Charlie L. Russell African American Museum and Library, 659 14th St, Oakl; (510) 525-3948. 2pm. The author reads from his debut novel, The Worthy Ones.

Reginald Zelnick, William Rorabaugh, Max Elbaum Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 6pm. The authors discuss their books about the 1960s.

sunday 27
Around town

'Clarion Alley Mural Project Block Party' Clarion Alley, between Mission and Valencia and 17th and 18th Sts; ; 567-3777. 2-11pm, free. This block party features live music, performances, children's activities, film and video projections, fresh and tasty tamales by Virginia "the Tamale Lady," and more; featured performers include Addicted to Bullshit, Condor, Fluff Girl, Zmrzlina, Marginal Prophets, DJ Laird, and Funky J Vibe. See "Wall Space," page 42.

'Nature by Design Trade Show' San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl; 554-7755. 10am-3pm, free. Learn more about alternative fuel and building materials at this trade show; other highlights include live music, children's activities, and a recycled fashion show.

'Pet Pride Day' Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, John F. Kennedy and Kezar Drs; www.petprideday.com. Registration, 11am; events, noon-3pm, free. The San Francisco Animal Care and Control sponsors this event for animal lovers and their animals; highlights include a Halloween costume contests, animal talent showcases, pet vendors, food, and more.

'Sister of Fire Celebration' First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St, Oakl; (510) 848-9272, www.info@coloredgirls.org. 3-6pm, $15-50 sliding scale. Women of Color Resource Center celebrates five activist women: Barbara Smith, Renee Saucedo, Betty Kano, Andrea Smith, and Christine Wong at this program.

Bay Area

'Reparations Now!' African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St, Oakl; (510) 533-6629. 2pm, $5 donation. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.


Benefit screening for Bums' Paradise Ashkenaz. 8pm, sliding scale.This fundraising party features a screening of Tom McCabe's Bums' Paradise about the Albany Bulb encampment and live music by Marc Black and Funky Sex Gods. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.

'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk' Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 25th Ave and Fulton; 1-877-906-7222. 8am. The American Cancer Society presents the fifth annual 5 mile walk to raise money for breast cancer research.


Marguerite Rigoglios Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 4pm. The author reads from her work followed by open mic readings.

monday 28
Around town

Bernard Tschumi Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 362-7397, www.aiasf.org. 7pm, $20. The architect dicusses his work.


'One Night Only Cabaret' Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter; 273-1620, www.helpisontheway.org. 7:30pm, $35-75. This benefit cabaret show for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, New Leaf Services for Our Community, and the Richarmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation features cast members from Beauty and the Beast, Stomp, and Some Like It Hot.


Michael Collins A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author reads from The Resurrectionists.

Graham Hancock Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market; 421-4687. 12:30pm, free; Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm, free. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.

tuesday 29


'Live Phish CD-Release Party' Great American Music Hall. 7:30pm, $13.50. The listening party features music and video from the Live Phish series, DJ Kevin Shapiro, visuals by James Olness, and door prizes; proceeds benefit the Mockingbird Foundation.


Elaine Aron Ph.D. Books Inc., 3515 California; 221-3666. 7pm. The author discusses The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them.

Sue Doro, Geoffrey Cook, Alice Rogoff Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 2788 Diamond; 586-3733. 7:30pm. The National Writers Union members read works on disability issues.

Larry Gonick A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7pm. The cartoonist discusses The Cartoon History of the Universe.

Dan Savage Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The columnist and author reads from and signs Skipping Towards Gomorrah.

Michelle Tea Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author reads from Chelsea Whistle.

Bay Area

Richard Coniff Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author reads from The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide.

Jane Hirschfield Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The poet reads from her latest book, Given Sugar, Given Salt.