December 2012

Community Calendar

J. Durrant

Art: Steels to Wheels
The Potrero branch library and Farley’s invite artists to participate in From Steel to Wheels, an exhibition dedicated to the past, present and future of the current Cor-o-van structures (1200 -1210 17th Street and 965 16th streets at Mississippi). Proposals are welcome through January 2013. The exhibition will open on Saturday, February 23rd at the Potrero Library, and March 1st at Farley’s. Information and submission guidelines: or e-mail

Through December
Lights: Hyatt Regency

With the days colder and shorter, a great way to spend the afternoon is to visit the Hyatt Regency, where you’ll be dazzled by thousands of strands of lights cascading from the enormous atrium courtyard. Lounge on the sofas at Eclipse Bar, and sip a favorite beverage while taking it all in. Don’t be surprised by intermittent snowfal. Free. 5 Embarcadero Center. Information: 788.1234.

December 4-8
Music: String Quartet Del Sol

Celebrate the Del Sol String Quartet’s 20th anniversary with a week-long collaborative series of performances. The Quartet will present three unique concerts of new music, conduct a workshop with local university composition students, and hold an open rehearsal of commissioned works by young and emerging Bay Area composers. Tickets: Free to $100. Z Space, 450 Florida Street. Information: 374.0074,, or visit

December 5
Food: DIY Cookie Decorating with Batter Bakery

Find out how grandma made those amazing cookies that not only looked good but tasted great. Learn the best recipe for royal icing, how to mix and tint for color, and how to add detail using sprinkles and sand. Each participant will decorate six cookies: four shortbread, two gingerbread. 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $35. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street. Information:

December 6 through 15
Theater: 9 Ten Minute Plays That Put The Fun in DysFUNction Over the Holidays

3Girls Theatre presents a holiday showcase along the theme: it’s funny when it’s not your family, right? The company’s twisted take on holiday love and togetherness features nine short plays by 3GT playwrights. Gird yourself for the holidays with an evening of love and laughter. Tickets: $25. Phoenix Theater, 414 Mason Street. Information: or 967.0348.


December 8

Holiday: Wreath-Making Workshop
Create a gorgeous holiday wreath with fresh greens and berries guided by hands-on instruction from experienced floral designers. Bring your own ornaments and accents to add, and choose from materials available for purchase. Base price includes a 14-inch wreath base, assorted greens, berries, cones, and ribbon. The instructors are Linton Bowie, head of College of San Mateo’s floriculture department, and Melanie Heisler, floral designer and graduate in floriculture from the college. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $40. San Francisco Botanical Garden/County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue. Information:

December 10
Public Health: Informational Meeting for Active Living Funding in Potrero Hill

Community Health Promotion and Prevention, part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, is accepting applications to fund projects and agencies doing active living activities within, and for residents of, Potrero Hill. This Request for Applications (RFA) totals $175,000 — to be divided between projects or agencies, for a maximum of $75,000 to any single project. Funds for this RFA have been made available through a settlement associated with the Mirant Power Plant closure. Attendance at this meeting is required for applicants. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2300. Information and RFA available at:

December 11
Theater: Solo Performances at Stage Werx

These one-person shows mix stand-up and storytelling, with a cast of thousands, bursting from a single performer. The results are hilarious, heartbreaking, passionate, and provocative. This show features Kenny Yun, performing his Happy Hour with Kim Jong II, Kurt Bodden, and Steve Seabrook. “Solo Sundays” is produced by Ty McKenzie and Potrero Hill resident Bruce Pachtman. 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Stage Werx, 446 Valencia. Information:

December 12
Theater: Retro Holiday Slide Show with Charles Phoenix

With his abundant joy, clever wit, and keen eye for oddball detail, retro pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix supercharges this celebration into a laugh-out-loud roast and toast of mid-century New Year’s, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. Phoenix also shares his seasonal food craft experiments. Guaranteed to get you in the mood for the holidays. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Empress of China Ballroom, 838 Grant Avenue. Information:

December 13
Music: Captain Casual Blues Band

Captain Casual is local stringbender Andrew Goberman, with Paul Olguin on bass and Peter Tucker on drums. The band plays a mix of blues-based favorites and obscurities, some swing tunes and some early-1960’s “brill building blues.” There’s always an interesting guitar on hand, some snappy patter and good clean musical fun. Free. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315-18th Street. ¬†

December 13

Film: Canyon Cinema Works
A cornerstone of the Bay Area experimental film scene, Canyon Cinema has grown since its founding in the early 1960s to represent 340 filmmaker members and distribute more than 3200 works on film and DVD. This program includes a selection of 35-mm films from the Canyon collection, including Donna Cameron’s World Trade Alphabet (2001); Tomonari Nishikawa’s 16-18-4 (2008); Pat O’Neill’s Horizontal Boundaries (2008); Peter Tscherkassky’s Dream Work (for Man Ray) (2001); Scott Stark’s Traces (2012); Louise Bourque’s Self Portrait Post Mortem (2002); and Antoni Pinent’s Kinosturm Kubelka (2009). 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 general; $7 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art members, students, and seniors. Phyllis Wattis Theater, SF MOMA, 151 Third Street. Information: 357.4000 or

December 16
Music: Musae in Concert – Divine Feminine: Women in Holiday Song

Experience this mighty and wonderful, sometimes heart-breakingly subtle, all-female holiday music phenomenon. The combination of austere medieval carols, contemporary compositions, raw and passionate Russian polyphony, and lush Romanticism will recharge your spirit. 4 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $25. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street. Information:

December 22

Kids: Let It Snow at the Randall Museum
Join the Randall team for their Saturday Drop-In Science session, and make some snow for San Francisco! Learn about crystal formation, and make your own crystal-covered snowflake decoration. 10:30 a.m. $4 per child. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way. Information: 554.9600 or

December 24
Christmas Eve: Saint Gregory’s Church

Join the wonderful tradition of Christmas Eve pageant, starting at 6:30 p.m. The Christmas Eve Liturgy begins at 10 p.m. St. Gregory’s 500 DeHaro Street. Information: 255-8100

December 24+25

Christmas Mass: St. Theresa’s Church
Tradition continues at St. Theresa’s. Mass schedules as follows: December 24 at 4:15 p.m. with a special Children’s Liturgy. Christmas Eve Family Mass begins at 9 p.m. with caroling by the choir before the Mass. December 25 at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 390 Missouri Street. Information: 285-5272.

December 25
Art: Contemporary Jewish Museum

The museum offers a great way to spend the entire day, free! Explore three traveling exhibitions: The Art of Ezra Jack Keats, the author of The Snowy Day; The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League 1936-1951; and California Dreaming, Jewish Life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to Present. Then, make your own Keats-inspired cityscape book bags and add your artistry to the ongoing Keats Community Mural. And don’t miss the ever-popular Bay Area band Octopretzel, known to wow audiences of all ages, with performances at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Boxed lunches will be offered at the Museum’s café, American Box at the CJM, and the Museum Store is open all day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street. Information: 655.7800 or

December 26
Live Music: Soul Delights

The ever popular Soul Delights! The Soul Delights always draw a crowd. Come on in and enjoy the tunes. Free. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

December 26 through January 1
Kids: Annual Holiday Animation Fest

Take friends and family to the McBean Theater to enjoy a selection of playful, engaging animated films that are great for all ages. 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Included in general admission to the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street. Information: 561.0360;

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