Jackie Andrews

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WEDNESDAY 16

Anarchist salon and potluck

Get together with other anticapitalist and establishment-challenging folk at this month's anarchist salon, a monthly gathering and conversation followed by a potluck social. This month's focus is on radical mental health and wellness.

7–-9:30 p.m., $2–$5 suggested donation

Station 40

3030B 16th St., SF

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Extra, extra, read all about it: Hard French returns

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Spring has sprung and anyone walking by El Rio last Saturday would have seen the telltale signs -– a line of fashionably dressed folk spilling down the block, distant sounds of yesteryear audible from the street, and if that wasn't enough to get you interested, then the wafting scent of outdoor grilling was sure to get you through that door to find yourself at the best daytime soul BBQ and dance party to be found anywhere. Yes, another year of Hard French is upon us. Read more »

Live review: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise tour

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I caught up with the The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise tour as it made its stop at the Independent in San Francisco on Sat./5, and it was nothing short of magical. A dozen or so core members of the Elephant 6 Collective rotated instruments and played each others' songs. It was like a slice of Athens, Georgia performing on a holodeck-cum-stage for a bewildered SF audience that didn't know what to expect. Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 9

DIY bike building Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California, SF; www.howtonight.com. 7pm, free. If you've ever thought about custom building a bike and wonder what exactly is involved, come to this latest workshop in the "How To Night" series. Tonight, bicycle and skateboard designer Peter Verdone will show you how he builds custom frames from raw materials.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 9

Rally for safety

The corner of Ellis and Ashby streets in Berkeley is one of the most dangerous corners in the city for pedestrians — averaging about one hit every 14 months. Furthermore, efforts to make it safer by installing flashing beacons and other improvements have only been met with bureaucratic red tape. Rally to demand that city transportation and Caltrans get it together and hasten this painfully slow process to make this corner safe.

7:45 a.m.–8:15 a.m., free

Malcolm X Elementary School

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Soul with a "Q"

Queer monthly outdoor party Hard French returns with vinyl sunshine

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MUSIC How do you know spring is coming in San Francisco? Trusty Mission venue El Rio starts throbbing once a month to the sweet soul sounds of yesteryear, and a hot, youthful crowd of queer dancers (and friends) floods the spacious patio to capacity. Although there are many parties in the city that cater specifically to gay men, Hard French is one of a handful that has built a successful formula on welcoming everyone — lusty femmes, trans jocks, DIY freaks, fairy stoners, vinyl junkies — while staying true to its spirit of retro-tune vitality and lean toward old-school R&B.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 2

Day of Action for public education

Protest Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts to public higher education with a picnic, musical performance, teach-in, and rally. Check the website for a complete schedule of events and to sign up if you would like to perform or teach a class.

12 p.m.–12 a.m., free

UC Berkeley Memorial Glade

ca.defendpubliceducation.org

Facebook: Day for action for public education

 

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THURSDAY 24

Benefit for Bradley Manning

Raise funds to support U.S. Army soldier and accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning at this events, which features discussions, updates, and special guests, including Daniel Ellsberg and former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska.

7–9 p.m., $5–10 donation

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

1924 Cedar, Berk.

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WEDNESDAY 16

Film screening and potluck

Still relevant as ever, Barbara Trent's Oscar-winning The Panama Deception chronicles the complex relationship between the George H.W. Bush administration and former Panamanian President Manual Noriega, showing how the mainstream media helps in winning the American public's approval of foreign occupations despite widespread condemnation abroad. A potluck dinner precedes the film.Read more »