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Editor’s Northside Picks: October 2010

Conversations with Patti LuPone, Bill Bryson, Jonah Lehrer, Mark
Bittman and Ruth Reichl

Monday, October 4–Wednesday,
October 27, Herbst Theater

City Arts & Lectures has put together such an impressive lineup this month, it was impossible to pick just one. 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), 415-392-4400,

Booksmith Bookswap
Litquake Edition

Thursday, October 7,
Martin Mack’s Bar & Restaurant

A bookish cocktail party: bring a favorite book, mingle with other book lovers over appetizers and drinks, and then trade your favorite for someone else’s. 1568 Haight Street (near Clayton), 415-750-1497,

Fleet Week
Thursday–Tuesday, October 7–12, waterfront
It’s baaack! The City’s tribute to the country’s armed forces will have you either heading out of town to avoid the noise or camping at the waterfront for the best view of the Blue Angels’ weekend performance. 650-599-5057,

Recitals and Concerts
Thursday, October 7–Saturday,
October 30
, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Classical music lovers take note: the SFCM has plenty to offer this month including violin masterworks conducted by S.F. Opera’s Nicola Luisotti. Another treat: most performances are free. 50 Oak Street (at Buchanan), 415-864-7326,

Sunday Streets
Sunday, October 24,
Civic Center/Tenderloin

Don’t miss your last chance this year to cross the street without looking and do something else you were taught never to do: paint on walls. Drop by the mobile Free Wall and ply your skills with the City’s best urban artists.

Eighth Annual Harvest Festival
Friday–Sunday, October 29–31,
Ferry Building Marketplace
Celebrate the season with fun for all: wine and beer tastings, live music, face painting, a petting zoo, and more, including lingering tomatoes and melons, thanks to the recent frigid weather. Embarcadero (at Market), 415-983-8030,

And to compel you to …

… support a cause:

San Francisco Children’s Art Center 7th Annual Benefit Art Auction
Tuesday, October 14, 111 Minna Gallery
There can’t be a better way to add to your art collection: proceeds help empower children through artistic expression. Bay Area artists representing a variety of media are featured. 111 Minna Street (at Second), 415-974-1719,

Barbary Coast Costumed Trail Walk
Sunday, October 31, Old Mint Plaza to Aquatic Park
Dress as your favorite San Francisco historic character (or not) and celebrate the City in this inaugural walking event culminating with food, drink and entertainment benefitting the S.F. Museum and Historical Society and S.F. Maritime National Park Association. 415-537-1105 ext. 100,

… get around town:

35th Annual San Francisco
Open Studios

Saturday–Sunday, October 9–10 through October 30–31, citywide
More than 800 emerging and established artists open their studio doors and invite you to see them at work – they may even let you make a purchase. 415-861-9838,

… get across town:

Zaccho Dance Theatre’s World Premier: ‘Sailing Away’
Thursday, October 7–Sunday, October 10, Market Street
This site-specific performance presented in one continuous loop of 30-minute cycles tells the story of African American-owned waterfront businesses in the early 1800s and why and how their owners suddenly fled in 1858. Between Powell and First streets, 415-822-6744,


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