Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/15-11/21

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This week in San Francisco: readings, readings, readings!  Porchlight, Tenderloin #7, and Naked Minds will keep your craving for words at bay, Nato Green hosts Iron Comic at the Punchline, and Fifty24SF brings science-y new art to the Lower Haight with The Undivided Mind.

Monday 11/15: This month’s Porchlight reading features conversations with members of Creativity Explored, and is aptly titled Don’t Call Me Retard. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, tickets $20, doors at 7pm/show at 8pm @ the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street.

Tuesday 11/16: I’ve you’ve been to a few Monthly Rumpuses, chances are you’re already familiar with the hilarious human being that is Nato Green.  Tonight, Nato brings Iron Comic back to the Punchline with co-host Moshe Kasher, and battling comics Ngaio Bealum, Chris Garcia, Kris Tinkle, Emily Heller, and Conor Kellicut. A limited number of half-price tickets are available here, 8pm @ 444 Battery Street.

Wednesday 11/17: Food, wine, and the release of an international literature anthology — What’s not to love?  Chronicle Books hosts a reception for the Center for the Art of Translation as they give birth to their newest collection of short stories from around the world: Some Kind of Beautiful Signal. The suggested donation is $10, but did I mention: Food!  Wine!  Readings by Kurt Beals, Sarah Valentine, Joel Streicker, and Katherine Silver! 7:30pm @ 680 2nd Street.

Thursday 11/18: The World Photography Organisation (yeah, with an “s”, because they’re global like that) descends upon San Francisco’s Left Space Studio for a weekend of art, panels, and awards.  Stop by tonight for the opening celebration, or download the entire festival programme (that’s right, I just did it again) here. $30, 6:30-9pm @ 2055 Bryant Street.

Friday 11/19: Art meets science at Fifty24SF for the opening reception of Imaginary Foundation’s latest show, The Undivided Mind. Free, 7:30pm @ 248 Fillmore Street.

Saturday 11/20: Not only is the San Francisco literary scene booming right now, chances are that the readers of each series are the hosts of another, and vice versa.  Tonight, catch Jonathan Hirsch’s quarterly series Tenderloin Readings at Koko Cocktails.  Also available through the link, you can also see a video of Hirsch reading at the latest Bitchez Brew at Viracocha, shot by Evan Karp, host of Quiet Lightning.  Confused yet?  Free, 21+, 7pm @ 1060 Geary Street.

Sunday 11/21: Head over to Viracocha for the final day of the Naked Minds Festival, a series of one act plays by Ed Bowers, Alan Kaufman, and Charlie Getter, directed by Getter and Charles Kruger. Donations appreciated, 8pm @ 998 Valencia Street.


Melissa Tan is a former runway model, fashion designer, motorcycle enthusiast, and bacon aficionado who has written for The Examiner, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. When she’s not sewing or writing, she can be found hunting for new music or the perfect hot dog. Usually at the same time. More from this author →