Larson Playground to Reopen Saturday Nov. 21st

After many months of planning, the Larson Playground is scheduled for opening on November 21st with an opening celebration to take place from 11–1 pm at Vicente Street, between 19th and 20th Ave.

After a design contract snafu early this spring the team managing the project concluded that the artist originally selected to design and fabricate the plane structure could not meet the specifications in the contract. As a result, GameTime, a well-known playground equipment manufacturer is working to design something as similar as possible to what was originally envisioned – a plane structure with a climbing net that is safe, fun and exciting for children to experience.

Photo Credit: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Odysseo - a veritable revolution in live performance—touring under the world’s largest big top since fall 2011.

The world’s largest touring production, Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. It is a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul. Audiences of all ages are rediscovering with emotions the century-old relationship between human and horse. TICKETS - Tickets are priced from $44.50 to $154.50 + tax now on sale online at or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

Politics In Civil War San Francisco • Tue Nov 24 • 7pm

In the late 1840s, San Francisco’s population skyrocketed from 800 to 30,000 mainly tent-dwellers. Theatres abounded, attracting John Wilkes Booth’s famous g family. Southerners increased as war threatened, bringing daily dramas, duels, political rivalries and heated disagreements over slavery, statehood, and the coming war.

Monika Trobits' illustrated talk will discuss the lingering presence in San Francisco of the antebellum and Civil War eras. She is the author of Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco and will have books available for sale.

St. Philip’s Church • 725 Diamond Street (Elizabeth Street / 24th Street)

Fatty Arbuckle, James Rolph, Mabel Normand

Panama Pacific Expo: Film and the Fair • Tue Nov 10 • 7:30 pm

Film Historian Miguel Pendás

The 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition was one of the earliest events of its kind to be immortalized on film. The PPIE also took place at a time when the movie business was thriving in the Bay Area. Miguel Pendás will show us newsreel footage of the PPIE showing nighttime light shows, daredevil airborne acrobatics, and celebrities and officials making their pilgrimages to the grand event to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and the rebirth of the city that had suffered the greatest urban catastrophe in the nation’s history. We’ll see San Francisco Mayor James Rolph taking comedy stars Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand on a tour of the fabulous new City Hall then under construction, as well as Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp filming in Golden Gate Park. Film historian Miguel Pendás will provide anecdotes with the film clips and will test the audience’s knowledge of PPIE history with trivia questions.

Milton Marks Auditorium • 455 Golden Gate Avenue

Miguel Pendás is the historian of the San Francisco International Film Festival and a member of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s board of directors.


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 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


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


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


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.

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., 2 Marina Blvd.

Sat • 39th Annual SF Open Studios

Sat–Sun Nov 7-8 | 11 am–6 pm | Last chance to visit artists in their studios during this citywide event, which is the oldest & largest open studios event in the country. Free, Various sites -861-9838,

Tue • Author Julie Checkoway

Tue Nov 10 | 7 pm | The inspirational, untold story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers in 1937. A schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenges a group of poverty-stricken kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave

Sun • Veteran’s Day Parade

Sun Nov 8 | 11 am | Cessation of hostilities for WWI went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, was the end of “the war to end all wars.” The parade will be held on Sunday at Fisherman’s Wharf, on Jefferson St. , North Point to Leavenworth.

Fri-Sun • 15th SF Green EXPO

Sat - Sun Nov 13-15 | 12 - 6 pm | Interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life? Wide selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green – from food, fashion and health, etc., live music and entertainment. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City.

Sat • Chinese Shrimp camps

Sat Nov 14 | Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles: at one time a thriving industry with 26 camps ringing SF Bay, the Chinese shrimp fishery disappeared by the mid-twentieth century. The buried past and the concrete present poetically evoke a chapter of oppression and erasure in the historic Chinese immigrant experience in America. Fort Mason, Bldg E

Sun • 6th Annual Chocolate Salon

Sun Nov 15 | 10 am – 5 pm | Discover and taste the finest chocolatiers and confectioners products. 6th annual Fall Chocolate Salon. Gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas Fort Mason Center: The General’s Residence. Info-Tickets

Wed • Write an Historical Novel

Wed Nov 18 | 7 pm | Spinning Facts into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel. Where does the writer draw the line between truth and story? Patricia Bracewell, Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood explains. Merced Branch Library 155 Winston (at 19th).

WED • Community Safety Meeting

Wed Nov 18 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Denise Flaherty. 3rd Wed of the month. Taraval Station Community Room / 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Wed • March of the Penguins

Wed Nov 18 | 6:30 pm | Follow an emperor penguin couple through a year of travel over ice documents their brave struggle to survive, as well as the close emotional bonds between the penguin families. West Portal Library - 190 Lenox Way- Popcorn!

Thu • Urban Bicycling 101

Thu Nov 19 | 6:30 pm | The basics of biking in SF in partnership with Bike Share, a 1-hour course on rules of the road, route planning and check out a Bike Share bike. Get $10 off Bike Share membership, and a free helmet (while supplies last). No bike or experience - OK. Register: 1720 Market St.

Sat • International Game Day

Sat Nov 21 | 3 pm | Celebrate & play old-fashioned board games. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr. 94132

Sat • International Auto Show

Sat Nov 21 - Sun Nov 29 | 10 am - 9 pm | The 58th Annual Auto Show will offer an opportunity to see the new 2016 model vehicles from the world’s major manufacturers, all in one place. Moscone Convention Center, Howard at 3rd St. $10.

‘Wed • Tis the Season for Science

Wed Nov 25 - Jan 3 | From fast-growing antlers to dynamic diets and amazing migrations, reindeer adapt and thrive in Arctic environments. Live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, the Snowman & more programs & performances. Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse - GGPark 379-8000.

Wed • Scrooge in Love!

Nov 25 - Dec 13 | 42nd St. Moon presents a world premier. What happens after A Christmas Carol? A year later, Ebenezer Scrooge’s life takes a turn for the romantic -finding his lost love, Belle. Info & Tickets: 255-8207 /

Fri-Sun • Women’s Crafts Fair

Fri - Sun Nov 27-29 | 10 am - 5 pm | The 37th Annual Celebration of Craftswomen benefits The Women’s Building,a multi-cultural community center serving women and girls. Over 150-juried artists. A unique opportunity to find gorgeous, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, fine crafts, and contemporary art. Fort Mason Center, $10/$8 seniors. Kids Free. Info:415-350-3729 or

Mon • Central Council

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

Mon • S.H.A.R.P / Dr. John McQuaid

Mon Nov 30 | 7 pm | Thanks to researcher-practitioners like John McQuaid, PhD., medical science understands and treats depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) better than ever. He co-authored a guide for laypersons: Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression. 1736 9th Ave ( Moraga / Noriega).

Thu • Glide Holiday Festival

Thu Dec 3 | 5:30/7 pm Concert | LOVE MATTERS, the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, Valerie Simpson, Justin Vivian Bond, Youth Speaks and other special guest appearances. Proceeds to Mo’s Kitchen and Glide programs. Pre-concert/intermission hors d’oeuvres and libations from finest SF restaurants and beverage companies. Warfield Theater, 982 Market St.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Dec 6 | 10 am-5 pm |Every first Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6 thousand years. 200 Larkin St.

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