Notable San Francisco: 6/25–7/1

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Wednesday, 6/25: KQED and StoryCorps present: OutLoud San Francisco, a night of storytelling with Morgan, Jaime Cortez, Matt Leavitt, and musical guest MAD NOISE. Free, 7 p.m., The Chapel. – Wonder Dave 

It’s been one year since Prop 8 was hoisted on its own petard. Come join the Pride festivities at the SF LGBT center. Celebrity litigators and strange bedfellows David Boies and Theodore B. Olson read and discuss Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality. Free, 7 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center. – Jeff Von Ward

Live at 851 returns with two events this week, starting with a reading by Aaron Burch, Ethel Rohan, Tomas Moniz, Daphne Abbatoir, and Dylan Nice. Free, 8 p.m., 849 Haight Street.

Up in Petaluma, Get Lit celebrates one year of their monthly series with readings by Guy Biederman, Amanda Janik, and Frances Lefkowitz, followed by an open mic. Free, 7 p.m., Corkscrew Wine Bar.

Passages on the Lake features Doug Cordell, Tamim Ansary, Sharon Coleman, Lisa Renee Miller, and Lauren Traetto. Free, 7 p.m., The Terrace Room.

Joanna Rakoff reads from her new book My Salinger Year, about her time spent as a personal assistant to J. D. Salinger. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s.

Thursday, 6/26: Joshua Weil reads from and discusses, with Tom Barbash, his new novel The Great Glass. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights

This month’s Writing Without Walls is The Food Issue, with Cassandra Dallett, Tony Degenaro, Alexis George, Caitlin McCarthy, Tomas Moniz, Angela Roberts, and Jon Sindell. Free, 7 p.m., Cafe du Soleil.

Joanna Rakoff reads from My Salinger Year down in Palo Alto. Free, 7 p.m., Books Inc..

Friday, 6/27: Under the Influence features Ava Koohbor, Liam Curley, Sarah Bushman, Ava Sayaka Rosen, and David Welper channeling major influences that range from Aimee Bender to Alice Notley. $5, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet.

Woolsey Heights presents a trio of visiting poets: Brooklyn-based Corina Copp, Los Angeles-based Lisa Cattrone, and Philadelphia-based J. Gordon Faylor. Free, 8 p.m., 1628 Woolsey St. Apt. C.

Live at 851 hosts New York-based Paige Taggart with Sophia Le Fraga, Sampson Startkweather, and Tracey Knapp. Free, 8 p.m., 849 Haight Street.

An anything-goes open mic, Crows in the Stork’s Nest this month features Candy Shue, John Panzer, and Elise Hunter. Free, 6:30 p.m., Stork Club.

Macaroni Necklace launches their new zine with a reading by four Bay Area contributors: Brent Cunningham, Jess Heaney, Susana Ponce, and Oki Sogumi. The event will also include crafts and free copies of the zine. Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman General Interest Bookstore.

The San Francisco Queer Open Mic celebrates Pride this month with features Kay Nilsson, poet, and Marga Gomez, comedian. Free, 7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore Collective.

Saturday 6/28Pansy! A Solo Play by Evan Johnson and Ben Randle is all about VHS tapes, cassettes, 90s gay club kids, and a new twist on Peter Pan! $15, 7 p.m., New Conservatory Theatre. – Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Poet Yuri Kageyama pays tribute to Ishmael Reed with her Yurican Band, with special guests Tennessee Reed, Genny Lim, and Marshall Trammell. Free, 7 p.m., SF Jazz Center.

Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation celebrates 15 years with readings by VONA faculty and special guests, along with hor d’oeuvres, music, readings, and dancing. $10-20, Uptown Body and Fender.

The raucous monthly open mic Saturday Night Special features Sharon Coleman and Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, with the theme of inspiration. Free, 7 p.m., Nick’s Lounge.

Sunday, 6/29: More than 20 writers from Alexandra Kostoulas’s Jack Grapes Method Writing classes will read for 3 minutes or less. Free, 4:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet.

Art House Gallery presents a trio of poets: Ivan Argüelles, Neeli Cherkovski, and Andrew Joron. $10, 5 p.m., Art House Gallery.

Monday, 6/30: Cassandra Dallett reads from her new Manic D Press book, Wet Reckless, at one of Bernal Heights’ most beloved dives. Free, 7 p.m., 3300 Club.

Porchlight storytelling takes over the Hemlock Tavern with their open door series: tell your own 5-min story on the theme Stranger in a Strange Land: Travel Stories for a chance to win $50. $5, 7 p.m., Hemlock Tavern.

Tuesday, 7/1: Tom Barbash talks about his work, the evolution of a style, and the creative process. $10, 7 p.m., The Hattery.

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Reviews from some of last week’s notables: Xan Roberti covers Garrison Keillor; Christopher Patrick Steffen covers Writers With Drinks and Scene Missing

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This week’s featured local author is Laurel Braitman (click to read an interview):


Evan Karp is the founder and executive director of Quiet Lightning and the founding editor of Litseen. He writes literary columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, and SF/Arts. More from this author →