By Deborah Giattina

Energy panel with Peter Camejo

Wednesday, Jan. 26, former Green Party candidate for California governor Peter Camejo and New College of California professor Richard Heinberg lead a panel discussion on the future of energy and transportation after a screening of The End of Suburbia. 7 p.m., Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission, S.F. $5 suggested donation. (415) 668-3119.

Mission housing meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 26, attend a San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Finance and Audits Committee hearing on funds being withheld from the Mission Housing Development Corp. Employees and community members have accused the MHDC's executive director and board of changing the group's mission and cutting important programs for the poor. The supes have so far withheld hundreds of thousands in grant money from the nonprofit and demanded more democracy in the organization. Come out to support a return to the MHDC's original mission of creating affordable housing in the Mission District for low-income people. 1 p.m., City Hall, second floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., S.F.

Health care is a human right

Thursday, Jan. 27, join the Women's Economic Agenda Project and the Service Employees International Union Local 790's Education-Training Department in speaking up for everyone's right to health care, at an event that also commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The organizations support Just Health Care, which proposes a system of benefits for all citizens from birth to death. 6-9 p.m., SEIU Local 790 Hall, 100 Oak, Oakl. Free. (510) 451-7379.

AIDS housing fundraiser

Friday, Jan. 28, attend a benefit performance of Italian.Queer.Dangerous, activist Tommi Avicolli Mecca's solo show about his life before he moved to San Francisco, and raise money for the AIDS Housing Alliance, which helps people with HIV and AIDS find housing. 8 p.m., Jon Sims Center, 1519 Mission, S.F. $5-$20 sliding scale. (415) 554-0402,

Anarchist CD-release party

Friday, Jan. 28, help the Entartete Kunst collective – which includes hip-hop performers Drowning Dog, 187/Raw Knowledge, and Malatesta (a.k.a. DJ Slo-Mo) – celebrate its new release, States of Abuse. Watch performances by the anarchist rappers and a documentary about their mission, Spreading Propaganda. 7 p.m., AK Press, 674A 23rd St., Oakl. Free. (510) 208-1700.

Canadian environmentalist speaks

Friday, Jan. 28, highly regarded Canadian TV science reporter David Suzuki discusses the effects of industrialization and globalization on the environment and how we can use the teachings of indigenous peoples to save the planet. 8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard, S.F. $15, $12 students and seniors. (415) 978-ARTS,

Documentary on Congo relief

Friday, Jan. 28, attend the premiere of Heart of the Congo, a documentary by local filmmaker Tom Weidlinger about the challenges relief workers face in helping Congolese refugees become self-sustaining. A dessert reception and live Congolese music follow the screening, which benefits Action Against Hunger. 8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, S.F. $10 for film, $35 for film and reception. (415) 392-4400,

Human rights in Haiti

Saturday, Jan. 29, hear Gérard Jean-Juste, a former political prisoner in Haiti who was arrested for being a member of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas party, speak about the need to return Aristide to office and restore democracy in Haiti. 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison, Berk. $5-$15 suggested donation, $50 for private reception. (510) 553-9010.

Join the land trust

Sunday, Jan. 30, attend the annual membership meeting of the San Francisco Community Land Trust, a recently incorporated organization working toward creating affordable housing in the city through limited-equity condo and co-op conversion programs. Nominate yourself for the trust's board of directors by sending in a letter detailing your interest, your qualifications, and why you want to be on the board. 3-5 p.m., Apollo Hotel, first-floor conference room, 420 Valencia, S.F. Send nominations to or P.O. Box 420436, S.F. 94142.

Listen to homeless people

Sunday, Jan. 30, Religious Witness with Homeless People, recognizing that Mayor Gavin Newsom has good intentions for, but not the best solution to, ending homelessness in San Francisco, hosts an all-faith rally calling for compassion and greater understanding. The event features homeless people reading their poems, speeches by religious leaders, a sacred dance, and a performance by Vocolot Ensemble. 3-4 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, near corner of Polk and McAllister, S.F. (415) 929-0785.

Save Harding Theater

Tuesday, Feb. 1, condo developers have obtained permits to demolish the historic Harding Theater, built in 1926 by the Reed brothers. Meet with the Board of Supervisors in support of merchants who want to save the landmark by adapting it for reuse. 3:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., S.F. (415) 554-5184.

Vigil for tsunami survivors

Tuesday, Feb. 1, gather at a vigil organized by the Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum to show support for those directly affected by the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, as well as family and friends in San Francisco. 5:30-6:30 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., S.F. (415) 568-3306.


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