Notable San Francisco: 3/1–3/7


Wednesday 3/1: Journalist L.A. Kauffman, (The Nation, Mother Jones, The Baffler, etc.) reads from Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Poet Kendra Tanacea launches her debut collection, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, from Lost Horse Press. She will be joined by Tracey Knapp and Peter Kline. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Thursday 3/2: Layli Long Soldier (Whereas from Graywolf Press) and Truong Tran. 7 p.m., Free, San Francisco State University Poetry Center.

Eric Puchner (Last Day on Earth) reads from his newest collection of short stories. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Saturday 3/4: Babylon Salon presents its spring reading with novelist and Guggenheim Fellow Cristina Garcia and novelist and memoirist Joshua Mohr (Sirens). Free, 6 p.m., The Armory Club.

Nomadic Press hosts the Bay area launch of Charif Shanahan’s first full-length poetry collection, Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing, from Southern Illinois University Press. Guest readers: Ellen Bass, Grady Chambers, Matthew Siegel, and Arisa White. $5–$25 (nobody turned away for lack of funds). 7 p.m., Nomadic Press, Fruitvale.

Tuesday 3/7: The Contemporary Writers Series at Mills College presents Russian poet, translator, and activist, Kirill Medvedev (It’s No Good). Not woke to Medvedev? Check out this profile in the New Yorker (you know, that other place for good writing). Free, 5:30 p.m., Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College.

Novelist Yiyun Lee reads from her first nonfiction book, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.


This week’s theatre recommendation is the world premiere of Years in the Hundreds at Central Works in Berkeley. For over fifty years, identical twin sisters Jessie and Inez have maintained an elaborate ruse to convince the world that they are only one person, never leaving their apartment at the same time. But why? And is Inez, the kinky cougar, really running off to Mendocino with twenty-something Marcus, the hunky and willing librarian? And what will happen if and when the secret of the twins’ racy past is fully revealed? This production of Jesse Potterveld’s bizarrely entertaining play is funny, strange, and nicely performed and directed. Years in the Hundreds is the 54th world premiere developed and presented by Central Works over the course of their twenty five year history—a remarkable accomplishment, by any measure. For further information, click 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, Juan Alvarado Valdivia. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Daphne Merkin.


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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 →