Notable San Francisco: 10/7–10/13


Wednesday 10/7:  Pandemonium Press presents 1st Wednesdays in the Loft at Spice Monkey, featuring Patricia Bulitt, Fred Dodsworth, Kurt Lumpkin, and Mary Mackey. An open mic precedes and follows the readers. Free, 6:45 p.m., Spice Monkey.

City Lights presents Gillian Conoley (Peace), Lisa Fishman (24 Pages and other poems), and Richard Meier (In The Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

The Booksmith presents an Artists Talk: a panel discussion featuring David Talbot, Tony Robles, and others, on the subject, “The Preservation of Culture, Literature and Art in San Francisco.” Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Thursday 10/8: Alan Bernheimer introduces poets Aaron Simon (Rain Check Poems) and Kit Robinson (Marine Layer). Free, 7 p.m., The Green Arcade.

Friday 10/9: It’s Opening Night for LitQuake! San Francisco’s massive literary festival attracts an audience of over 17,000 to multiple events featuring hundreds of authors over a one week period, culminating with the remarkable LitCrawl on Saturday night, 10/17. (Don’t miss The Rumpus’s own Lit Crawl extravaganza, featuring Faith Adiele, Eloisa Bravo, Nato Green, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Kara Levy, Michael James Tapscott, and Joe Wadlington! Make Out Room, 10/17, 8:30 p.m.)

Tonight, you might want to attend “The Devil’s Acre,” LitQuake’s opening party, one of the year’s most enjoyable events. $20.00 (purchase here; four ticket limit), 8 p.m., Z Space.

Please note, friends, there are multiple LitQuake events every day through 10/17! The listings below through Tuesday, 10/13 do not include LitQuake events—you can find a full schedule of those here.

If you just have to get your Lit on before the party at Z Space, you can go hear Molly Antipol read for the Writers Series at CCA. Free, 4:30 p.m., California College of the Arts.

Saturday 10/10: Today, the Beat Museum in North Beach hosts the 8th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival featuring more than two dozen performers, including many of the leading lights of the SF and East Bay poetry scenes. Hosted by Terry Adams and Fred Dodsworth. Free, 1 p.m.–6 p.m., Beat Museum.

Tonight, there is a rare WOMEN ONLY event: Works In Progress Open Mic for Women. Features include singer/songwriter Irina Rivkin. Other artists include Jan Steckel. Clea poetnois, King, Shazam, Marjorie Lynn, Julia Vinograd, and Alison. For an open mic spot, you must e-mail [email protected] in advance. $7-$10 sliding scale (no one turned away), 6:30 p.m., Plymouth United Church of Christ in Oakland.

Sunday 10/11: The Beat Museum Poetry Festival continues. Free, 1 p.m.–6 p.m., Beat Museum.

Monday 10/12: SF In SF (Science Fiction in San Francisco) presents readings by Laura Anne Gilman and Loren Rhoads. Free, 6:30 p.m., Borderlands Books & Cafe.

Tuesday 10/13: 50/50 Poetry at the Tenderloin Museum is hosted tonight by Kelsey Street Press. featuring Rena Rosenwasser, Patricia Dienstfrey, Nascha Poole, and Nellie Wong.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Monstress at A.C.T.’s Strand Theatre. Based on short stories by Filipino-American San Francisco author Lysley Tenorio, Monstress is an evening of two one act plays (Remember The I-Hotel by Philip Kan Gotanda and Presenting . . . The Monstress by Sean San José) exploring Filipino-American experience. The plays are both humorous and touching, skillfully directed by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff, with excellent performances from the actors. For further information, click here.


Evan Karp presents video of this week’s featured local author, Tomas Moniz. Click here to read an interview.

And here’s video from a recent SF Notable, Paul Corman-Roberts, at the LIterary Speakeasy at Martuni’s on September 30, 2015.


If you have a Bay Area event listing you’d like us to consider, please contact [email protected] as far in advance as possible, and include the date of the event in the subject line.

Charles Kruger is a Bay area arts practitioner known as "The Storming Bohemian." He tries to do as much as he can. More from this author →