Notable San Francisco: 2/3–2/9


Wednesday 2/3: Passages On The Lake presents its 21st edition with Joe Loya, Brenda Usher-Carpino, Terry Taplin, Kelechi Ubozoh, and Nick Johnson, plus musician Lake Lady. Free, 7 p.m., The Terrace Room.

You can encounter novelist Joyce Carol Oates in an intimate setting when she reads from her new novel, The Man Without a Shadow, at Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore in Oakland. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s.

Thursday 2/4: Paul Hoover and Joseph Lease, two extraordinarily distinguished poets, will read tonight at Alley Cat Books. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

If you prefer ocean breezes to mission burritos, you can find another set of outstanding poets at Green Apple: Simeon Berry (Monograph), Rebecca Black (Cottonlandia), and Matthew Siegel (Blood Work). Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books.

Friday 2/5: Tom Clark (one time poetry editor of the Paris Review, among many other distinctions) will be reading tonight at The Poetry Center at SFSU. This will be his first Bay Area appearance in a decade. The scholarly Vincent Katz (art critic, literary critic, and poet) will also be reading. Stratospheric sophistication, and baseball poetry to boot. Free, 7 p.m., The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University.

Nomadic Press just won’t stop bringing it on! Tonight, Jennifer Blowdryer and Shirley Acuna are the featured readers, and Tiffany Higgins is the musical guest. Free (donations encouraged), 7 p.m., Nomadic Press.

Saturday 2/6: The long running Bernal Yoga Literary Series, hosted by Jeff Von Ward, is a Bernal Heights institution that regularly features leading literary lights (alliteratively speaking). Tonight: Missy Church, Liz Demi Green, Hollie Hardy, Thomas Heise, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Kimberly Reyes, and Maw Shein Win, plus musical guest Dawn Oberg. Now that’s what we call an octave worth listening to! Free, 7:30 p.m., Bernal Yoga.

Sunday 2/7: What took so long for THIS to happen? Quiet Lightning and Radar Productions combine their creative energies to produce a love child: A Queer Literary Mixtape! Curated by Maisha Z. Johnson and Evan Karp, this event features Kitty Stryker, Gina de Vries, Bonnie Kwong, rubin h. rubin, Rachel Nagelberg, Brian Thorstenson, Liz Green, Natasha Dennerstein, Anna Davidson, Miah Jeffra, Kar Johnson, Danny Thanh Nguyen, and Ed Wolf. Plus Gaymous. Free, 4:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Recreation Center.

Monday 2/8: Poetry Express is the only Bay Area reading we know that is held in an Indian restaurant. Food for the body; food for the soul. Featured tonight is Naomi Ruth Lowinsky (The Faust Woman Poems), plus open mic. Free, 7 p.m., Himalayan Flavors, Berkeley.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Satchmo at the Waldorf at A. C. T. Rarely does an actor in a solo performance receive the kind of critical acclaim given to John Douglas Thompson for his performance in this debut play by Terry Teachout, drama critic for the Wall Street Journal. For further information, click here.

For more extensive coverage of the Bay Area theatre scene, visit TheatreStorm.


Evan Karp presents video of this week’s featured local author, Amy K. Bell. Read an interview here.


And here’s some video of SF Notable, Dawn Oberg, who performs this week in the Bernal Yoga Literary series.


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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 →