Community Calendar: October 2016

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10/5  Book Launch: Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew

Lucinda Scala Quinn is an evangelist for daily family meals. Her book offers survival strategies for nothing-in-the-fridge crises, feeding unexpected guests, getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table before your family revolts, and more. Free. 6:20 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street.

10/5  Live Music Daniel Berkman 

Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora, a 21- stringed harp/lute from West Africa. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

10/6  Benefit:  Slide Ranch

Slide Ranch will transform San Francisco’s hottest new event space, The Pearl, located in Dogpatch, into a rock and roll rooftop bar, farm-to-table picnic, and concert stage, to celebrate its 2016 Silver Trowel honoree, James “JC” Curleigh. Dance the night away, with a surprise special guest musical superstar after an interactive dinner catered by Estate Events, by Meadowood of Napa Valley. 6 p.m. Tickets: $501. For tickets and information:

10/6  California College of the Arts Hubbell Street Gallery Opening Reception

The opening exhibition, Local Resource, is a thematic program presented in collaboration with local partners to introduce and showcase art and community resources in Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission, Mission Bay, and South-of-Market. On view until October 15; opening reception for the neighborhood October 6. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 161 Hubbell Street, near 16th Street.

10/7 Arab Film Festival Opening

The festival opens with the US premiere of Clash, the Egyptian entry to the 2017 Oscars. Described as “bravura filmmaking with a kick-in-the-gut message” by the Hollywood Reporter, Clash was widely praised after opening at the Cannes Film Festival a few months ago. Mohamed Diab’s film is set entirely within a padded wagon, traveling through the streets of Cairo in 2013, as supporters of Morsi’s toppled government and Muslim Brotherhood members fight each other inside and out. 7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. Tickets: $15 – $175.

10/7 – 11/5  A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los Muertos 2016 Exhibition

The 17th annual Day of the Dead Exhibition celebrates the lives of artists and activists Cynthia Wallis, Silvia Parra and Martha Rodriguez. Chosen by father and son curators René and Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, A Promise Not to Forget, is a call to remember our ancestors and honor those whose lives have been lost due to violence. Free admission during gallery hours. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street. Information:

10/8 Halloween Haberdashery & Other Headgear 

Explore the assemblages of artist Marianne Lettieri, then design and build your own unique headpiece from found and repurposed materials, for Halloween, Carnivàle, the Beaux Arts Ball, or anytime!  For ages six to 12. $10 non-member child; $5 member. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Space is limited. Tickets: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street.

10/8 – 10/9  Sustainability:  17th Annual World Veg Festival

The San Francisco Veg Society organized the World Veg Festival to educate and inspire people about the benefits of a vegan, plant-based lifestyle.   Featuring speakers, chefs, and presenters on the topics of vegan health, ethics, animal rights, good
eating and more. Fun, food, entertainment and activities for the whole
family. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 for students with identification, seniors 62+, and youth under 18. San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 Ninth Avenue. Information:

10/9 San Francisco Decompression – Burning Man

Burning Man Presents the 17th Annual San Francisco Decompression Heat the Street Faire. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Indiana Street.

10/9  Election:  2016 Presidential Debates Watch Party – SoMa StrEat Food Park

Happy hour specials from 4 to 7 pm, with 10 big screens televisions featuring surround sound and food trucks. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 428 11th Street.

10/13 Book Launch: Steve Young

In QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, National Football League Most Valuable Player, and Hall of Famer, Steve Young, gives readers an inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback. 11 a.m. Tickets: $34 includes signed book. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco.

10/15 Potrero Hill Festival 

Join the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House at this annual fest, featuring friends, families, rides, craft booths, food, and fun, with local bands The Klipptones and 35 Years of Trouble, and tours of Daniel Webster Elementary School’s renovated campus. Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To become a vendor or for more information: 

10/19 Live Music by Soul Delights 

Come for a lively performance. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. 

10/19 Community:  Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District General Board Meeting

GBD is dedicated to greening, cleaning, and beautifying Dogpatch and NW Potrero Hill public spaces. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Tivoli Room at the University of California, san Francisco, 654 Minnesota Street. Information:

10/20 Live Music by John Lewis and Gary Schoofs

Come enjoy covers of the Beatles, Eagles, Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

10/22 Separate Sentences

Separate Sentences is a dance/theater film that draws on individual experiences and physical memories of a cast of formerly incarcerated men—all of whom are fathers—addressing the cycle of incarceration in families, principally between fathers and sons. Separate Sentences was shot on Potrero Hill, and is part of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Saturday, October 22, 9:30 pm. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street. Tickets: $15. Students: $13, identification required. Festival runs to October 23. Information:

10/28 Halloween:  Scaregrove Family-Friendly Halloween Event

This annual event at Sigmund Stern Grove features costume contests, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale, and live entertainment. $8 per person; children under two years old free. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  More information:

10/29 Halloween:  Farley’s 27th Annual Pet Parade

Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of 18th and Arkansas streets, marches up 18th Street. Costume judging at 18th and Texas.

10/31 Halloween:  On the Hill

Back in the day families gathered at Jackson Park and, at sunset, marched
towards 18th Street, trick or treating along the way, arriving at the commercial district for a frenzy of merchant giveaways, including pizza slices at Goat Hill, and bundles of hay at The Good Life Grocery on 20th Street.  The parade could happen again this year, but no doubt local retailers and food outlets will reprise their decades of generosity, not to mention the occasional neighborhood haunted house.

11/1  Benefit:  Walt Disney Family Museum Gala at Disneyland Resort

The Walt Disney Family Museum holds its second annual fundraising gala benefiting the Museum’s initiatives to support the next generation of creative talent. The event honors Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador. For more than half a century, Sklar has shared the magic of Disney-themed entertainment with people around the globe. Actor Neil Patrick Harris will serve as Master of Ceremonies. 6:30 p.m. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1600 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. For ticket information or table sponsorship opportunities, contact Carma Zisman, Director of Institutional Advancement,