Monday 4/22: Granta’s SF launch of the best young British novelists issue is tonight. Free, 7pm. Nato Green brings Mort Sahl, a comic who “revolutionized standup by making comedy topical, literate, and rooted in a point-of-view” to the stage for the Nato Sessions. 7pm, $15. Stage Werx.
Wednesday 4/24: Japanese crime noir writer Fuminori Nakamura reads from The Thief at Kinokunia. Free, 6:30pm, bilingual.
Thursday 4/25: Artist Brett Cook and American Book Award winner Jeff Chang on portraiture art of the hip-hop diaspora, a discussion inspired by the works of Kehinde Wiley currently on exhibit. $10, JCCSF.
Friday 4/26:The SF Center for the Book is opening up its new digs with a party celebrating all things book making from 6-9pm. Under the Influence gets writers, musicians, and poets onstage to perform inspired by a personally meaningful work of art. Tonight features works inspired by the Mountain Goats, Sandra Cisneros, and L.M. Montgomery, and is taking open audience submissions all week. Free, 7pm, Emerald Tablet.
Saturday 4/27: SOMArts’ Night Light annual multimedia garden party is one night only, featuring light installations, performance, and media projections by 50 local artists. 8pm, $10.