Notable San Francisco: 1/18–1/24


Wednesday 1/18: Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library present “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump” with readings by Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Alejandro Murguia, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, and T. J. Stiles. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library.

Indy Publisher Unnamed Press presents David Lida (One Life) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Border of Paradise) at City Lights. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Thursday 1/19: Laura Walker (Story), Sarah Rosenthal (Lizard), and Micah Ballard (Afterlives) read from their new collections. Free, 7 p.m., Books, Inc., Berkeley.

Omnidawn Publishing and the Kearny Street Workshop celebrate book releases by Jennifer S. Cheng (House A) and Robert Andrew Perez (the field). $8–$12, 8 p.m., Art Studio & Gallery, 1245 Folsom Street, San Francisco.

Friday 1/20: Rebound Bookstore in San Rafael invites us to come together for a communal reading of The Constitution of the United States. Remember that one? Free, 10 a.m., Rebound Bookstore.

Nomadic Press presents Uptown Fridays with Christine No and Caits Meissner. Free, 7 p.m., The Nomadic Press Uptown.

Saturday 1/21: Jungletown Poetry reading and open mic presents Lucha Corpi, Amalia Álvarez, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and René Vasquez. Jungletown Poetry, curated by harold terezón, is held on every third Saturday of the month. Free, 3 p.m., César E. Chavez Branch of the Oakland Public Library.

Paul Corman-Roberts and Youssef Alaoui host the “Identity Crisis,” a reading in which the writers read one another’s work instead of their own. Featuring Cassandra Dallett, Peter Bullen, Alexandra Naughton, Juba Kalamka, Charlie Getter, Maw Shein Win, Christine No, and Amos White, plus musical performance by Karen Penley. Free, 6:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon.

Sunday 1/22: Denise Sullivan and United Booksellers of San Francisco, in cooperation with San Francisco Vision, host “Resist! A Postmodern Times Reading” featuring Tony Robles, Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Jennifer Joseph, and Thea Matthews. Free, 4 p.m., Adobe Books.

Lonely Planet Travel Anthology Reading with Blane Bachelor. Free, 4 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records.

Tuesday 1/24: Shanthi Sekaran ((Lucky Boy) in conversation with Oscar Villalon. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.


This week’s theatre recommendation could only be The Edwardian Ball, San Francisco’s annual bash in honor of the great and eccentric Edward Gorey. Staged on three floors of the Regency Ballroom, the Ball event includes circus acts, novelty acts, wandering musicians, theatre performances, steampunk machinery, ballroom dancing, and more. It is an extravaganza like no other: imagine a “Dickens Faire” on acid and you’ll come close. Read Sean Taylor’s reviews of past editions here and here.

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


Evan Karp and Rebecca Samuelson of Litseen present video of this week’s featured local author, Martin Rock. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Joshua Mohr.


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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 →