Notable San Francisco: 11/26–12/2

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Wednesday 11/26: The Berkeley Slam presents Sock Puppet Slam—yes, all three-minute poems are performed with sock puppets, with special guest feature Caitlin Gill ($7-10, 7:30 p.m. signup, show at 8:15 p.m., The Starry Plough).

Saturday 11/29: Evan Morgan Williams reads from his collection of stories, Thorn (Free, 1 p.m., Book Passage Ferry).

Saturday Night Special presents short features by Sarah Kobrinsky and Renee Swindle, along with 19 3-minute open mic slots, all with a “Saucy” theme (Free, 7 p.m. signup, Nick’s Lounge).

Sunday 11/30: Donnelle Malnik reads and performs songs from her book/album combo Ghost in the Music, with special performances from Carletta Sue Kay and Sarah Bethe Nelson (Free, 8 p.m., Adobe Books).

Drummer Greg Anton (Zero, Heart of Gold Band) celebrates the release of his first novel, Face the Music, with Dennis McNally and music from “I Know You Writer”: Anton, Melvin Seals, Barry Sless, Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, and special guests ($20-22, 7 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall).

Monday 12/1: Philip Gefter discusses his book, Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, A Biography ($5, 7 p.m., The Green Arcade).

Bird & Beckett hosts its regular series POETS!, with an open mic and features TBA (Free, 7 p.m., Bird & Beckett).

Tuesday 12/2: Bill Berkson reads from his new collection of poems, Expect Delays (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).

City Arts & Lectures presents Frances McDormand in conversation with Dave Eggers ($35, 7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater)

The News returns with a show guest-curated by Jerry Lee, featuring debut performances by Persia, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Ben McCoy, Midnight Magic Snax (Marissa Magic & Jerry Lee), Miss Rahni, and Yves Saint Croissant ($5, 7:30 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center).

Two Voices presents a salon, with Sean Cotter discussing Mircea Catarescu’s Blinding (Free, 6 p.m., The Center for the Art of Translation). 

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Videos and reviews from some of last week’s notables: Under the Influence (Steven Gray, Madison Davis, Katia Noyes, Cheja, Norman Zelaya); an interview with the editors of Palestine Speaks.

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The Write Stuff recently featured local author no. 100. Here they are (click on the link for their interviews):


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 →