Yes, it is "always Black History Month." But for the next 28 days, it really is Black History Month. Join Mayor Ed Lee and keynote speakers this Thursday, Febuary 3rd, for a kickoff celebration centered around this year's theme: “African Americans and the Civil War,” (sponsored event, RSVPs requested: info[at]

Lighter events include a night with comedian Donald Lacey, and a Shrimp and Grits Taste-off benefiting SFNoir. Keep the dream alive, folks.

(by Renée Grelecki)