March 2015

DAME EDNA: THE FINAL FAREWELL TOUR!Dame Edna

Orpheum Theater | Tue, Mar 17-22 | 7 pm | 1192 Market St. | 888-746-1799

Undaunted by the scurrilous and ungenerous attacks on her artistic integrity and personal morals by American tabloid television, Dame Edna Everage returns to the ailing US stage determined to counter their libelous character assassinations with some home truths, however painful.

In an unprecedentedly frank encounter with her public, she exposes hitherto unseen parts of herself as she comes clean about the personal disappointments that have dogged her rise to megastardom and selfless public service.

Finally, emboldened by the endorphic rush of honesty, she takes her public with her on a spiritual journey worth far more than the price of the ticket. Psychic, karmic goddess, guru and spiritual guide, Dame Edna navigates a journey to personal fulfilment and enlightenment for the entire audience.

INFO: shnsf.com

March EventsMusic Man

EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown back parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab

Tue 10 am–1 pm & Thu 2 pm –5 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 6th Fl.100 Larkin, 5th Fl.

EVERY TUES • QUE SYRAH HAPPY HOUR

Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000

Every Wed • Fear of public speaking?

Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069

EVERY THURS – NIGHTLIFE

Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife

JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE

Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers: cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html

FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG

5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr. Marina Blvd.

Sat • Chinese New Year Parade

Sat Mar 7 | 5:15 pm | Since the Gold Rush the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television. Starts at Market and 2nd St. to Kearny, Post to Powell, Sutter to Kearny, ends at Columbus.

Tue • Irish Poetry Festival

Tue Mar 10 | 7 pm | 12th Annual Irish-American Crossroads Festival. Poets to be determined. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Tue • 1915 - Women, worlds fair

Tue Mar 10 | 6 pm | Women, the City and the 1915 World’s Fair a panel discussion examines the politics of gender in 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo. Moderator: Robert W. Cherny, professor emeritus of history at SFSU. California Historical Society, 678 Mission St. $5 Gen Adm. 357-1848 info@calhist.org

Wed • Free E-Books Drop-In

Wed Mar 11, 18, 25 | 1:30-2:30 pm |Do you have an eReader? You can check out more than 40,000 electronic books for free. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader — we will show you how to use it to download from the Library website. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • Jersey Boys

Thu Mar 12 | 6-8 pm | Jersey Boys, the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic ‘60s rock group The Four Seasons. Directed by Clint Eastwood Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St..

Tue • Author Cara Black

Tue Mar 17 | 7 pm | Cara Black’s Murder On the Champ de Mars is set in Paris, April 1999: Aimee Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new “bebe.” The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor “manouche” (Gypsy) boy. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Mar 17 | 7 pm |Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Wed • Babe: The Gallant Pig

Wed Mar 18 | 6:30 - 8 pm |Babe is a pig who makes herself indispensable by learning to herd sheep. Movie was based on the 1983 children’s book by Dick King-Smith, Babe won nomination for Best Picture. The book grew out of a true story! W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox

Wed • On Poet Paul Celan

Wed Mar 18 | 7-9 pm | Poet-translator Pierre Joris and multimedia artist Nicole Peyrafitte perform works from Breathturn into Timestead by Paul Celan, stellar 20th century German-language poet’s memories of life as a Romanian Jew during the Holocaust. City Lights Books, 261 Columbus - 362-8193

Thu • Author Jacqueline Winspear

Thu Mar 19 | 7 pm | Jacqueline Winspear’s A Dangerous Place, political intrigue and personal tragedy, a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and peril. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Sat • Yoga in a Chair

Sat Mar 21 | 2 - 3:30 pm | The afternoon class of yoga will consist of a combination of chair and standing poses, including breath exercises, and head, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand work. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Sun • Flemenco Festival

Sun Mar 22–29 | 7 pm |10th Anniversary of Flamenco dance and music at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. bayareaflamencofestival.org for performance, location and ticket info.

Tue • Save City College Rally

Tue Mar 24 | 12 Noon | March and Rally to end the Special Trustee and reverse all illegal cuts stemming from the unlawful process. Ocean Campus: Ram Plaza

Tue • Twin Peaks Tunnel Mtg.

Tue Mar 24 | 7 pm | SFMTA will hold a community meeting to discuss the Twin Peaks Tunnel Trackway Improvements. West Portal Playground Clubhouse, 131 Lenox Way. INFO: sfmta.com/twinpeaks

Wed • Hands on Harps

Wed Mar 25 | 6:30 - 8 pm | Lisa Lynne’s harp workshop is a unique interactive experience for all ages. Participants will hear Celtic harp music and be shown how to make beautiful music on the 15+ provided harps. No musical experience — OK. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Mar 26 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month, at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Thu • Author C. W. Gortner

Thu Mar 26 | 7 pm | C.W. Gortner Mademoiselle Chanel—the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman’s daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire—a seamstress and sometime torch singer—the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make haunting choices . Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Sat • Taste It: Dumplings

Sat Mar 28 | 1 - 2 pm | Come to the library for a Chinese dumpling demonstration and tasting! Easy-to-follow recipes provided. Attendance is limited, please call 415-355-5700 to sign up. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Mar 1 | 10 am-5 pm | Every first Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6 thousand years. Special exhibitions may require separate charges. 200 Larkin St.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Mar 30 | 7:30 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Tue • Poet Jane Hirshfield

Tue Apr 7 | 7 pm | Jane Hirshfield The Beauty: Poems, a new collection from one of American poetry’s most distinctive and essential voices. Using materials sometimes familiar, sometimes unexpected, to explore the magnitude, singularity, and permeability of our shared existence. For this poet, “Zero Plus Anything Is A World.” Hirshfield’s riddling recipes for that world (“add salt to hunger,” “add time to trees”) offer a profoundly altered understanding of our lives’ losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

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