Film: Speaking in Tongues
Watch the award-winning film about immersion education in San Francisco, with a lecture following the film by Juan Flores, PhD. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Reservations: teca-sf.org/speaking-in-tongues/. TECA Auditorium, 3531 22nd Street. Parking is available starting 5:15 p.m., entrance on Mersey Alley, off 23rd Street between Dolores and Chattanooga. Information: www.teca-sf.org
Music: 13th Annual San Francisco World Music Festival
From Beijing’s legendary Mei Lanfang to Baku’s celebrated Bulbul, The San Francisco World Music Festival offers innovative programming with The Opera Project: Voices From The Other Side, a global opera that integrates live-streaming and live performances of distinguished masters of Azerbaijani Mugham Opera, Chinese Beijing Opera, Korena P’ansori Opera, Tibetan Opera and more. The Festival officially kicks off with a special film screening of Intangible Asset No. 82 by Australian filmmaker Emma Franz, which documents Australian drummer Simon Barker’s seven years search for the enigmatic Korean Shaman Kim-Seok-Chul. For tickets and schedule: 292-1233. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street. Information: www.doordog.org/festival.
Film: Silent Movie Night
The program includes home movies from the 1930s, the 1927 silent classic directed by F.W. Murnau, Sunrise, also known as “the Citizen Kane of American silent films,” and much more. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday 1 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $5. Potrero Theater, 312 Connecticut. Information: 863.0784
Green: Green Festival
The weekend-long festival will include influential speakers like John Robbins, Annie Leonard and Winona LaDuke, house an incredible yoga and movement pavilion featuring the Bay Area’s favorite teachers, offer visitors sustainable home products, with bilingual programming on eight stages. At the center of it all is a marketplace full of natural, eco-friendly products and food, an organic beer and wine pavilion, as well as a dedicated kid’s area for learning about easy and fun ways to go green at a young age. Admission $10. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center: 635 Eighth Street. Information: greenfestivals.org
Cooking: Turkey 101— Cooking and Carving Techniques
Just in the nick of time, Bi-Rite butcher and all around 18 Reasons extraordinaire John Lee presents a class on prepping your turkey for the big day. In this class Lee will discuss: proper cooking techniques; to brine or not to brine; bird selection; and demonstrate proper carving techniques. Tickets: $25. 7 to 9 p.m. 18 Reasons, 3674 – 18th Street. Information: 18reasons.org
November 13, 27
School Tour: Daniel Webster Elementary School
Take a look at this little gem of a school right in Potrero Hill. Get a comprehensive overview of the school from current parents, meet the principal, tour the campus and view classes in session. Daniel Webster Elementary offers both Spanish Immersion and English General Education, Kindergarten to fifth grde. Arrive on the school playground at 8:40 a.m. to see how school starts the day in a morning circle. Tour from 9 to 10 a.m. Daniel Webster Elementary School, 465 Missouri Street, Library, Room 8. Information: danielwebster-sf.com
Book Release: Snail Mail My Email w/author Ivan Cash
Join artist Ivan Cash as he celebrates the release of his new book Snail Mail My Email, a collection of the most memorable and heartfelt letters from the Snail Mail My Email project, a worldwide collaborative art event started by Cash, where volunteers handwrite and artistically interpret strangers’ emails and send these physical letters to the intended recipients across the world, free of charge. The month-long project exploded into a worldwide event when thousands of letter requests poured in, forcing Cash to enlist an international army of volunteers who helped create more than 10,000 letters sent to over 70 countries on all seven continents. Cash is a San Francisco artist who creates socially engaged, new media projects, with a background in advertising and design Free. 7 to 9 p.m. Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia St. Information: http://IvanCash.com/.
Music: Billy Van at the Great American Music Hall
Dubstep-electro producer Billy Van, known for his remixes of Top 40 pop hits, recently debuted the video for his latest single “Can’t Explain” on YouTube. Van brings a new edge to dubstep — a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England — with his classic upbeat style and distinct wobble bass. Billy was a featured artist on http://www.bittorrent.com/, and is the most-shared artist in Brazil, India, Greece, and Romania. 8 p.m. Door. Tickets: $18. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street. Information: slimspresents.com
Art: Celebration of Craftswomen with Hill Resident, Terry Ow-wing
In its 34th year, the Celebration of Craftswomen — the only exclusively female craft show in the country — is the jewel of San Francisco’s alternative holiday shopping season. Featuring more than 150 artists, from near and far, this community-driven celebration offers the latest trends in handcrafts, as well as the classics. Visitors can peruse and purchase a vast array of clothing, furniture and accessories, jewelry, bags and purses, bath and beauty items, housewares, ceramics and pottery, paper goods, glass, and art; all under one roof, and all made in the USA. Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, free for children. Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center Information: 650.615.6838; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org/.
November 24 through December 9
Theater: Slugs and Kicks
Theatre Rhinoceros presents, Slugs and Kicks, a backstage comedy about a young gay actor whose best friends are a lovely actress, a vicious queen, and a hopeless romantic. Written and directed by John Fisher. Tickets: $18. Thick House, 1695 18th Street. Information: 552.4100 or email@example.com.