Posts Tagged: San Francisco
In early December, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond will teach writing classes at the SF Grotto.
His December 7th class will focus on the idea of embracing one’s obsessions to jump-start good writing, avoiding the pitfalls of sentiment and self-absorption. On December 8th, Steve will teach a class pitching “funny” as the “new deep,” keeping in mind that “the comic impulse is inextricably linked to tragedy.”
The fee is $75 for a single course, or $135 for both....more
The women who danced at the Lusty Lady Theatre were pierced and collared and well-read. When they weren’t breathing fire or taking writing classes, they stripped....more
We are waiting to see if the city will understand what the community already does: that Marcus Books is a historical landmark; that it is San Francisco; that it is the Fillmore’s best self. If they do, perhaps the store can stay.
Fourteen Hills, a splendid literary journal that has published several Rumpus contributors, is turning twenty!
Come celebrate their big 2-0 tomorrow at 7:00 PM at San Francisco’s Art Institute of California, where there will be a variety of wonderful readers and light refreshments....more
Gentrification is a thorny subject in San Francisco these days, as it is in many American cities.
A roundup post at SF Weekly blog The Snitch collects some of the best writing that’s sprung up around the issue, including George Packer’s puzzled look at Silicon Valley in the New Yorker and Rebecca Solnit’s excoriation of the Google Bus in the London Review of Books....more
Still hyped up from Beast Crawl and counting down the days until San Francisco’s Lit Crawl in October?
Then you’ll want a ticket to Lit Tease, LitQuake’s preview/fundraiser event for the highlight of their annual festival, happening tonight.
Tickets are $20 apiece (with discounted drinks), which seems well worth the price for a night of comedy, music, readings, LitCrawl’s first-ever book fair, and a live auction with some pretty astonishing Bay-Area-lit-scene prizes....more
The new issue of SF Weekly features the life stories, translated from their own words, of four gay and transgender Latin American immigrants who came to San Francisco in the 1980s.
The pasts they left behind are as dissimilar as the routes that led them to San Francisco, each a complicated journey shaped by the societies who challenged them....more
Part four of San Francisco’s Phone Booth Sessions will be taking place tomorrow!
Readings, performances, & screenings by Jarett Kobek, Janey Smith, Dean Smith, Davenzane Hayes, Dorothy Tunnell, M Kitchell, and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, featuring music from Andy Tisdall.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26th, 8PM at The Secret Alley....more
Lovers of fiction and art (i.e., pretty much every Rumpus reader), listen up.
The Modern Eden Gallery is San Francisco is hosting an exhibition called “Fiction,” in which artists portray literary characters from Dorian Gray to Alice in Wonderland to Bradbury’s Illustrated Man....more
Remember our delightful “Parallel Streets of San Francisco” illustrations?
Now you can send a little part of San Francisco anywhere in the world…like, for example, the part where Scott is commanded to pierce Steiner....more
In a sort of Bay Area meeting of minds, Scott Hutchins, author of a novel about San Francisco and Silicon Valley, profiles Michael Chabon, whose latest novel takes place mainly in Oakland and Berkeley.
Read it to learn about Chabon’s love for the East Bay, his similarities to Charles Dickens, and Telegraph Avenue‘s beginnings as a failed TV pilot....more
One part of me will always be on my roof in the Sunset District, smoking with my human butt on a damp spot, my cigarette butt about to rest on a similarly moist shingle....more
A comic based on a French children’s song found in a book by Georges Perec, who found it in a book by Paul Eluard, who heard some French children singing the song...more
Hot tip from Xeni Jardin: the Bay Area Film Society is screening Farmcore tomorrow at New Nothing Cinema in San Francisco.
Farmcore is a documentary about the Farm, a San Francisco community center during the ’70s and ’80s that housed gardens, farm animals, daycare facilities, a library, and…a venue for punk bands like the Dead Kennedys and the Descendents....more
Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Octavio Solis sits down for a chat about night terrors, universal storytelling, and finding a home with the Magic Theatre of San Francisco....more
As the 49ers head to the Super Bowl, San Francisco can’t stuff its excitement into a hemp messenger bag fast enough.
In one season, our City—Bill O’Reilly’s favorite punchline for everything fey and un-American—may defeat the nation in baseball and football....more
“Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap,” Ken Layne writes in a post for the Awl titled “Is San Francisco the Brooklyn to Silicon Valley’s Unbuilt Manhattan?...more
Another bookstore closes and San Francisco yawns. But Adobe Books on 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero isn’t another bookstore. It is a haven, a port for lonely souls, readers....more
Scott, pierce Steiner!...more
Come out to The Booksmith on Tuesday, December 11th for ZYZZYVA’s Holiday Party and Reading to celebrate the release of their Winter Issue.
Featuring Rumpus contributor Chaney Kwak, Carolyn Miller, Brian Boies and Earle McCartney. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided....more
Tomorrow is Fireside’s monthly storytelling event at The Jellyfish Gallery in SOMA.
The lineup includes Rumpus interviewee Joe Loya, NPR’s Doug Cordell, and former San Francisco mayoral candidate Chicken John. The theme is IN HOT PERSUIT/ THE GREAT ESCAPE, which is “intentionally broad, so we could be hearing stories about car chases, breaking up with that ‘special’ someone, or somewhere in between.”
Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 8pm....more
Good news: Adobe Bookshop, which has spent twenty-three years in the Mission, will not be closing despite rising rent.
Andrew McKinley, the proprietor of Adobe, explains his plan to transform the shop.
“I choose to be an optimist and believe that the store can be saved, providing enough people band together to contribute labor, sufficient funds, and creative energy to transform Adobe Bookshop into a viable cooperative business entity....more
Longtime Rumpus contributor Scott Hutchins discusses his debut novel, A Working Theory of Love, the Turing test, instant messaging chatbots, and whether technology is actually in danger of isolating and alienating people....more
The Bold Italic is going on tour!
The site will be traveling up and down the west coast to Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle. In each city, there will be a pop-up shop featuring goodies from local San Francisco stores, an art show curated by Dan Johnson Lake, Berlin Style Ping-Pong, and much more!...more