Notable San Francisco: 12/10–12/16

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Wednesday 12/10: Jon Sindell celebrates his publication of short fictions, The Roadkill Collection, with stories interpreted by Joe Clifford, Andrew O. Dugas, Candy Shue, Deborah Steinberg, Lauren Traetto, Siamak Vossoughi (and Jon himself, of course), as well as live music by Michael Crabtree and Steven Kacsmar of Phantom City (Free, 7 p.m., The Make-Out Room).

ZYZZYVA launches their winter issue with readings by contributors Michael Jaime-Becerra, Kate Petersen, Andrew Gavin Murphy, Lucille Lang Day, and Andrew David King, as well as free snacks and drinks (Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith).

Thursday 12/11: CANCELLEDWhy There Are Words presents readings by Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Brian Komei Dempster, Cassandra Dunn, Rita Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Liz Rozner, Robert Thomas, and Zarina Zabrisky ($10, 7 p.m., Studio 333).

A new open mic series debuts, called Living Room Sessions (Free, 8:30 p.m., Adobe Books).

The From All Points reading series this month features Jeneé Darden, Rebecca Checkouras, Liz Green, and Sandra Wassilie (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Trent Tano celebrates the paperback release of Paris High Noon (Free, 9 p.m., Blondie’s Bar)

Friday 12/12: Radar Productions begins a yearlong celebration of banned and challenged books with a sex edition, featuring Carol Queen, Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom), Jiz Lee, Dodie Bellamy, Lil Miss Hot Mess, and Aya De Leon reading work by one of their favorites ($10, 8 p.m., Center for Sex and Culture).

Lip Service West presents Cassandra Dallett, Jackie Davis Martin, Jamie DeWolf, Bryce Landis, and Teri Skultety (Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown).

Heart’s Desire features Maria Damon, Kit Robinson, and Jason Mitchell (Free, 8 p.m., Bay Area Public School).

The 1st Annual Best of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind features 11 Neo-Futurists performing 30 of their favorite plays from 2014 in 60 minutes ($20, 9 p.m., 505 Natoma Street).

Saturday 12/13: Carville Annex Press presents Actually People release party and winter formal (Free, 5 p.m., location provided by email).

Mondo Bummer Books celebrates a five-year anniversary with readings by Claire Becker, Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Brandon Brown, Nico Peck, Maya Weeks and Ted Rees, whose chapbook The New Anchorage is Mondo Bummer’s first full-length, as well as live music by subnaught, Andrew Weathers Ensemble & Marcus Rubio Ensemble, and glou glou (Free, 6 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

The annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture is given by Maria Damon, entitled “Poets Are Not the Only Poets” ($10, 7 p.m., Ruth’s Table).

Writers With Drinks features Andy Weir, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Shelly Oria, Vanessa Hua, Megan Geuss, and Katie Gilmartin ($5-20, 7:30 p.m., The Make-Out Room).

Woolsey Heights presents readings by Cynthia Sailers, James Wagner, and Lauren Levin (Free, 8 p.m., 1628 Woolsey Heights, Apt. C).

Sunday 12/14: Quiet Lightning celebrates five years with readings by Maw Shein Win, Benjamin Wachs, Jason Jimenez, and Melissa Stein, and music by Seattle-based Shenandoah Davis and Sean Nelson. The event is also the launch of their new magazine, which is included with admission ($15, 6:30 p.m., Doc’s Lab).

The bimonthly OmniVerse Reading Series presents poets Catherine Meng and Jared Stanley (Free, 3 p.m., University Press Books).

CANCELLED: Tripwire relaunches with readings by Joshua Clover, Juliana Spahr, Divya Victor, Kate Robinson, and emji spero (Free, 4 p.m., The Long Haul Infoshop).

Monday 12/15: The 5th Annual San Francisco One-Minute Play Festival kicks off the first of two performances ($18-36, 8 p.m., Brava Theater).

Tuesday 12/16: Write Club closes out the year with The Winter of Discontent, featuring Cheya Cary, Hope Waggoner, Ivan Hernandez, Colin Winnette, Keith D’Souza, and Carey Callahan ($5, 8 p.m., The Make-Out Room).

David Calonne discusses the life and work of Henry Miller via his new biography, Henry Miller (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).

Richard Loren discusses his memoir, High Notes, A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane through The Doors to the Grateful Dead (Free, 7 p.m., The Green Arcade).

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Videos and reviews from some of last week’s notables: Call and Response (Cheryl E. Leonard); Quiet Lightning (Alex Peterson, Katie Wheeler-Dubin, Sarah Carpenter, Peter Bullen, Jeffrey Bussey, Joseph Bodie, Paul Corman-Roberts, Elise Hunter, Jessica Hahn, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Simon Crafts).

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This week’s featured local author is Hugh Behm-Steinberg (click here for 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 →