Wednesday 11/16: Readers at Lyrics and Dirges will focus on the theme of gratitude. Featured: Harold Terezon, Marguerite Munoz, Norma Smith, Mickey Ellinger, Josiah Luis Alderete, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown.
Thursday 11/17: Michael McClure celebrates a new collection of poetry: Mephistos and Other Poems. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.
Saturday 11/19: Can’t get enough of CA Conrad? You’re not alone. He can be sighted a second time at Alley Cat Books, along with Judy Grahn and Katy Ebbitt, at an event organized by Kevin Killian. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.
Sunday 11/20: The Red Poppy Art House is the place to see and hear LOAN (Tongo Eisen-Martin, Chris Peck, Miles Wick, and Jon Rogers), along with poets Bonnie Kwong and Josiah Luis Alderete and guitarists Oliver Mok and Eli Carlton-Pearson. $10–20, 7 p.m., Red Poppy Art House.
Tuesday 11/22: Tonight is the 100th anniversary of the death of one of California’s true literary giant, Jack London, and his great granddaughter, Tarnel Abbott will be in North Beach to discuss his life and work with London scholars Jonah Rasking, Susan Nuernberg, and Geoffrey Dunn. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.
This week’s theatre recommendation is Beach Blanket Babylon: Christmas Edition. There are many Christmas theatre options in San Francisco, from A.C.T.’s celebrated Christmas Carol to the hilarious drag show, The Golden Girls Christmas Episodes. But there is nothing quite like Beach Blanket Babylon. Beach Blanket Babylon has been with us for nearly half a century now, through times turbulent and tragic. It saw us through the Reagan years and it’ll be here after the Donald’s orange hair has set like a Technicolor tarantula into the rising Pacific. Steve Silver’s love note to our fair city has never been more needed or appreciated. For further information, click here.
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And here’s some video of one of last week’s SF notables, Alice Notley.
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