Notable San Francisco: 12/14–12/20



Wednesday 12/14: McSweeney’s presents Emily Carr (Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, or a Sonnet). Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Michael Chabon reads from his new book, Moonglow. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Thursday 12/15: Poet and “political researcher” Peter Dale Scott reads. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Green Arcade.

Fourteen Hills, San Francisco State University’s much lauded literary journal, has its fall issue release party tonight. Featured readers: Nicole Jost, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Suzanne Rivecca, and Brittany Smail. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Friday 12/16: It’s Alley Cat Books again! (That Cat gets around.) This time, hear from the Cat’s four Resident Writers for 2016, as they finish out their year in the Alley: Denise Sullivan, Paul Ebankamp, Laura Woltag, and Eric Sneathen. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Saturday 12/17: The Naked Bulb open mic, a beloved Oakland tradition, moves to a new location with the theme “Bloated and Krampus.” Jangled by too many jingle bells? This may be just what you need. Free, 5:45 p.m., The Night Light.

100% Mixed Zine release party. The Zine is “by and for multi ethnic Asian and Pacific Americans, featuring interviews, visual art, poetry, and feelings” and has been a year in the making. This is a party—folks are encouraged to potluck. Performances and community are the bywords. Free, 6 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Sunday 12/18: Donald Quist reads from his new essay collection, Harbors. Other readers include Sunisa Nardone and Simon Phillips. Free, 5 p.m., Adobe Books.

Tuesday 12/20: Nomadic Press, an anchor of the literary scene in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, presents Get Lit #19 in which authors will deliver never-before-read material (rough drafts/debuts) with a three-minute limit. Lineup will include: Naz Jameson, Laura Eve Engel, Ricardo Tavarez, C. Anne Gardener, Jason Wyman, Terilynn Cantlon, and others. Free (donations kindly requested), 7 p.m., Nomadic Press.


This week’s theatre recommendation is She Loves Me at the SF Playhouse. This evanescent Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) musical is given the charming staging it deserves by director Suzi Damilano. You probably know the story from one of its many adaptations (most recently the Tom Hanks film, You’ve Got Mail). Two bickering shopkeepers in a perfumerie have fallen in love as anonymous pen pals. Will their love survive the shocking discovery of their true identities? The suspense isn’t exactly edge-of-your-seat, but along the way there are pleasing complications, a Christmas-card-perfect set, and some wonderful singing and dancing. It’s a nice way to get into the holiday mood. For further information, click here.

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


Evan Karp presents video of this week’s featured local author, Miriam Ching Yoon Luie. Read an interview here.

And here’s some video of one of last week’s SF notables, Charles Curtis Blackwell.


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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 →