“The world begins at a kitchen table.”
(Native American poet and musician Joy Harjo. From “Perhaps the World Ends Here.”)
November is Native American Heritage Month! Check out “American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving” via educator and librarian Debbie Reese’s blog American Indians in Children’s Literature. Have you hugged your baby rattlesnake today? Nonprofit independent publisher Children’s Book Press (which formerly resided in the Mission) offers a selection of first-person children’s stories about Native American people. Who were the Codetalkers? Some were underage teenagers serving in the U.S. military during WWI and WWII. Read more about them on Native Words, Native Warriors. Later this month, Friendship House is hosting their Annual Youth Pow Wow at Horace Mann Middle School.
Holy roly, Monday is Bagel Monday! Sour Flour gives bagels every Monday morning between 8-9:30 a.m. As always, it’s free. Danny Gabriner is passionate about bread-making and spreading the love. To place an order, call Danny at 415-509-3380 before Sunday. Pick up on Monday. (He may deliver if you’re close by in the neighborhood.)
Craigslist hot find of the day: “6 super cool stick bugs (+ terrarium) – $1″. They make great pets and knitting sweaters for them is a breeze. Garrett McAuliffe reports on the natural world explored in Mission Science Workshop. Sometimes young scientists need a room of their own. Ergo, Make: Science Room has swell projects to put spinning rims on your DIY laboratory.
Dance Mission Theater was robbed of stereo equipment last Friday. Someone came in during the day and took boomboxes from all three studios. Program associate Stella Adelman says the street value for these is low, but the boomboxes are invaluable for student and company dancers. More than 70 classes are taught to youth and adults at Dance Mission. One of their programs is Grrrl Brigade. Perhaps you’ve heard their taiko drumming resounding throughout the corner of 24th Street and Mission. No one can steal their thunder! If you’d like to donate stereo equipment to this energetic nonprofit organization, please call 415-826-4441.
Gnawer of the Moon Artist’s Reception
Manette Garrison’s enchanted watercolor Trolls in Norwegian Folktales bridge the tension between elemental good and evil, beauty and terror. Thurs., Nov. 5, 6-8pm. Free. Through Dec. 2. Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia St. (near 19th St.)
Plant a Seed With Mission Garden Project
Dig in, urban sprouts. Nicole Brisebois of Garden for the Environment offers a class on planting edible plants, for children age 5 and older. Space limited; call for reservations. Fri., Nov. 6, 3-3:45pm. Free. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. (at 24th St.) 415-355-2800
Día de los Muertos in the Secret Garden
Family members impacted by polluted neighborhoods and global warming are remembered this year. Thoughts and prayers offered to all affected by conflict caused by exploitation of natural resources. Community altars, live music, homemade tamales and atol de chocolate. With Leonard Flynn Elementary School, St. Peter’s Housing Committee, and Families in SROs. Fri., Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30pm. Secret Garden, 2710A Harrison St. (near 23rd St.)
Día de los Muertos at EMS
Music, dinner, live performances, raffle prizes and games for kids. Supported by Mission Beacon, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Everett MS, ELAC, Excel, and the Wellness Center. Fri., Nov. 6, 6-8pm. Everett Middle School, 450 Church St. (between 16th and 17th sts.)
Día de los Muertos at IFR
Bring flowers, candles or photos of your loved ones in a procession and ceremony to honor the dead. Fri., Nov. 6, 6pm (procession starts 5pm at Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd St.) Instituto Familiar de la Raza, 2919 Mission St.
Learn to make your very own book, or a personalized gift for the holidays. Artist Lauren Cobb takes you through the steps. For kids ages 4 to 12. Sat., Nov. 7, 2-4pm. Free. Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia St. (near 19th St.)
Check your djinn at the door. The grand opening of this weekly indoor artisan market features local designers, artists and traders. DJs, tarot card readings, cafe and more. Sat., Nov. 7, 10am-6pm. Free. Sub-Mission Gallery, 2183 Mission St. (at 18th St.)
Eth-No-Tec’s monthly showcase presents an evening of cultural cross-pollination and community building. With playwright/ poet Jenny Lim, traditional Western Tibetan music and dance by Tsering Bawa, Dharma-wheeler/ dog listener/ painter/ poet Leon Sun (with his dog Nikki), Butoh dancer Judith Kajiwara, and magical storytelling by Doris Feyling. You’re invited to bring a dish to share! Sat, Nov. 7. 7pm show (gallery reception at 5:30pm). $5-$15. Eth-No-Tec Studio, 977 So. Van Ness. (between 20th and 21st. Sts.)
San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra Concert
A plethora of plucky plectrum plucking players present a pleasing program under the theme of “The Child.” Performances of “Toy Symphony” by Haydn/L. Mozart, “Kinderzenen (Scenes From Childhood)” by Schumann, and more. SF Mandolin Orchestra is a plucked string orchestra with 20 to 25 members. Instruments of the mandolin family are featured (mandolin, mandola and mandocello) with guitar, double bass and harp. Refreshments provided. Sat., Nov. 7, 7:30pm. $10-$15. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. (between 20th and 21st sts.)
Lost Animation 3
Grown ups, this is for the kid in you. Obscure and classic world animation co-presented by guest curator Pete Gowdy. Screened in Oddball’s cave of stacked celluloid stalagmites. (Sorry, not for children.) Sat., Nov. 7, 8:30pm. $10. Oddball Films, 275 Capp St. (between 17th and 18th sts.)
End of Harvest Pickling Workshop
Pickling expert and journalist Eric Smillie shows how to pickle your favorite vegetables. Bring a wide-mouthed mason jar and veggies. Or $10 for supplies. RSVP before Saturday; see website. Sun., Nov. 8, 4:30pm. Free. Gravel & Gold, 3266 21st St. (at Bartlett St.)
“Berlin, November 1989” Opening Reception
Twenty years ago, the walls came tumbling down between East and West Berlin. The Lord Mayor’s call for calm was drowned out and drenched in the euphoria hammering the graffiti-layered wall. Local resident Colin Campbell’s iconic photographs document “the historic drama of the breaching of the Berlin Wall, by West German students and workers, in the early morning of November 9, 1989.” Sun., Nov. 8, 4-7pm. Through Dec. 8. Mission Pie, 2901 Mission St. (at 25th St.)