Wednesday 3/11: Alley Cat Books presents the inaugural reading for the Alley Cat Resident Writers program. Each of the writers will read from an original chapbook produced by Alley Cat. Featuring Amy Berkowitz, Howard Isaac Williams, and James Fleming. Free, 6 p.m., Alley Cat Books.
Thursday 3/12: Writers Grotto and Litquake present “Regreterature 5: The Wrath of Taste.” “Regreterature” is a coinage for what might be called “literature of regret”—early works by established writers that they now regret. Previous editions have been described as “deliciously bad writing” and one reviewer reported that people “laughed until their sides hurt.” With a stellar lineup of Glen David Gold, Matthew Zapruder, Paul Myers, Mary Ladd, Lyzette Wanzer, Peter Hartlaub, and Michelle Richmond, this event promises to be amusingly painful. $15 ($20 at the door), 8 p.m., Verdi Club.
Friday 3/13: Jared’s Pottery in Berkeley has become a venue that hosts quite a few literary events of distinction. Tonight it’s the ubiquitous Paul Corman-Roberts‘s presentation of “Crows on the Lam” featuring Sarah Kobrinsky, Lisa D. Gray, MK Chavez, Gabriel Gusman, Richard Loranger, Pagan Nell, and Alan Shearer. Free (but donation requested), 6:30 p.m., Jared’s Pottery.
Saturday 3/14: Writers With Drinks, Charlie Anders’s popular and long running Mission reading series, offers an astonishing lineup featuring Michelle Tea, along with Ken Liu, Annie Sprinkle, Michelle Richmond, Aimee Suzara, and Joanne Harris. All proceeds benefit The Center for Sex and Culture. $5-$20 (no one turned away), 7 p.m., The Make-Out Room.
Curator Jon Sindell presents the third edition of “Rolling Writers: Landscapes—California,” with work evoking California landscapes from writers Dani Burlison (Sonoma), Sarah Carpenter (Orange County), Courtney Moreno (Los Angeles), William Taylor, Jr. (Bakersfield), and Townsend Walker (Los Angeles). Free, 6:30 p.m., Rolling-Out.
Tuesday 3/17: The Beat Museum at Top of the Mark presents “San Francisco Poetry Through the Generations” with relative oldtimers A. D. Winans and Neeli Cherkovski along with relative newcomers William Taylor, Jr. and Cassandra Dallett. Free, 6:30 p.m., The Top of the Mark.
This week’s theatre recommendation is Breaking The Code, presented by Theatre Rhinoceros. This 1986 play about Alan Turing covers similar ground to the currently popular film, The Imitation Game. Derek Jacobi played Turing in the original London production, which is remembered fondly by theatre enthusiasts. The current revival features Theatre Rhinoceros’s artistic director John Fisher and should prove a fascinating second look at Turing’s story from the perspective of thirty years ago. Read a review here. Find attendance details (including venue and ticket information) here.