This week in San Francisco!
Monday 10/17: POETS! At Bird & Beckett books features Nancy Wakeman, Kit Kennedy and Don Brennan. As always, readings are followed by an open mic. 7PM, FREE. Khaled Hosseini discusses the transformation and re-release of The Kite Runner as a graphic novel. $12 Cubberly Community Theater in Palo Alto.
Tuesday 10/18: Viracocha is hosting WORDParty, a jazz and poetry night with Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir. $5. The 20th anniversary of Ten is this year-and Pearl Jam’s released an aptly titled retrospective documentary, Twenty, that’s playing for free at the Castro Theater tonight. 8PM FREE with RSVP. Bay Citizen & Booksmith present Culture Talks: Art and Social Change at Z Space Theater featuring Bay Area artists and activists Jeff Chang, Josette Melchor, Rebeka Rodriguez, and W. Kamau Bell. 7PM $8
Wednesday 10/19: Free comedy night at the Bazaar Café featuring headliners Tessie Chua with Allen Mathis, Charlie Martin, Liz Grant, Mike Spiegelman, and Tony Sparks. 7PM
Thursday 10/20: Free burlesque class for the Shy and Awkward at Good Vibes Polk Street. 6-7:30PM
Friday 10/21: SF Naughty History Film Night screens Madams of the Barbary Coast, a documentary on the “diverse group of sex workers who flourished or perished in the mythically male- dominated mileux of early 20th century San Francisco.” 7PM FREE Meridien Gallery
Saturday 10/22: RADAR presents the 20th Anniversary of the Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez & vampiric work by Kevin Seaman, Justin Chin, Juba Kalamka, Annie Danger, Miranda Melis & MariNaomi $10, Intersection for the Arts
Sunday 10/23: Hal Niedzviecki reads from Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened, a “mind-altering collection of short stories that confront the hypocrisies, humiliations and hilarities of modern life.” City Lights 4PM FREE