Notable San Francisco: 4/19–4/25


Wednesday 4/19: Lyrics & Dirges presents “Spring in Translation: Poets on Translation,” featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Alex Cigale, Arceli, Terry Taplin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley.

Marcy Dermansky discusses her new book, The Red Car, with Daniel Handler. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Thursday 4/20: Cleve Jones, long time gay and labor activist, (When We Rise: My Life in the Movement) and progressive journalist David Talbot (Season of the Witch), founder of, will discuss “activism and dissent in Trump’s America.” Free, 7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal.

If activism is on your mind (and it probably is), you might want to check out the newly formed “Activist Book Club” which meets tonight (and every third Thursday) in San Francisco’s Mission district and is currently reading Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit.  Organized by Ava Rosen and Hannah Smith of the Open Windows Collective. Free, 6 p.m., Mission Pie.

Friday 4/21: Deb Olin Unferth (Wait Till You See Me Dance) discusses her new short story collection with Ethan Nosowsky. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple On The Park.

California Jazz Conservatory presents Poetry Weekend with Ishmael Reed and Tennessee Reed.  $20, 8 p.m., California Jazz Conservatory.

Saturda, 4/22: Karen Kao (The Dancing Girl & The Turtle) reads. Free or $15 (includes museum admission), 1 p.m., The Chinese Historical Society of America.

Sixteen Rivers Press poets Erin Rodoni (Body, In Good Light) and Gillian Wegner (This Sweet Haphazard). Free, 4 p.m., Book Passage Marin.

Monday 4/24: Bay Area Generations #44, guest curated by Kelechi Ubozoh, featuring intergenerational pairs Terrilynn Cantlon and Aqueila Lewis, Raluca Ioanid and Kathleen Wallace, Liz Green and Reed Walker, Natriece Spicer and Kwesi Wilderson “the Dreamer,” David Brehmer and Daniel Ari, Tasha Mini and Terri Lee Kline, and Mk Chavez and Norma Smith. $7–$10, 7:30 p.m., The Bellevue Club.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Overnight at The Flight Deck in Oakland. Four theatre companies (residents of The Flight Deck performance space) collaborate to present short plays about gentrification based on the premise of a skyrise appearing overnight in an Oakland neighborhood. The Flight Deck’s tag line is “a place for artists with a purpose,” and these theatre companies deliver on that promise. Read a review here.

Find further information here. For coverage of the Bay Area theatre scene, visit TheatreStorm.


Evan Karp and Rebecca Samuelson of Litseen present video of this week’s featured local author, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. Read in interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Douglas Kearney.


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Charles Kruger is a Bay area arts practitioner known as "The Storming Bohemian." He tries to do as much as he can. More from this author →