Notable San Francisco: 4/26–5/2


Wednesday 4/26: Notable Spanish writer Andrés Barba is promoting the publication of Lisa Dillman’s translation of his novel Such Small Hands. This translation is the inaugural publication of Transit Books, a nonprofit publisher of international and American literature based in Oakland. This qualifies as a BIG EVENT. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Perfectly Queer East Bay Reading celebrates National Poetry Month at Nomadic Press, featuring Roberto F. Santiago, Denise Benavides, Robert Andrew Perez, and Shelley Wong. Free (what you will donation), 7:15 p.m., Nomadic Press Uptown (Telegraph Avenue location).

Red Light Lit presents a free show in honor of National Poetry Month at one of our favorite entertainment venues. Featuring Peter Thomas Bullen, Allyson Darling, Fred Dodsworth, Nick Jaina, Ari Moskowitz, and Xan Roberti. Free, 6 p.m., Pianofight.

Thursday 4/27: Litquake presents much lauded science fiction writers Cory Doctorow (Walkaway) and John Scalzi (The Collapsing Empire) reading and discussing their work. Free, 6 p.m., Borderlands.

The Center for the Art of Translation presents Korean author Han Yujoo reading from her first full-length book translated into English, The Impossible Fairy Tale (translated by Janet Hong). Free, 6:30 p.m., The Lab.

Friday 4/28: The Beat Museum celebrates National Poetry Month and jazz poet Charles Curtis Blackwell and Victor Mavedzenge, spoken word artist from Zimbabwe, with Greer Rockett on the trumpet. Free, 7 p.m., The Beat Museum.

Saturday 4/29: Jennifer Lin reads from her family memoir, Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family. Free, 10:30 a.m., Chinatown Branch, San Francisco Public Library.

Michael Chabon reads from his new novel, Moonglow. Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Sunday 4/30: Alan Black and Frances Stroh cohost the Stranger Than Fiction reading series and boast of the following “stellar” line-up. They’re right, it IS a stellar line-up: Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him), Rachel Howard (The Lost Night), Jason Bayani (Amulet), Alan Black (Notes from a Dive Bar), Peg Alford Purcell (Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow), and Jon Bollard (Setright Road). Free, 3 p.m., Edinburgh Castle Pub.

Two Jacks Denim presents “Guts, Grits, and Glory Poetry Night” featuring Stegner Fellows Edgar Kunz, Kai Carlson-Wee, and Grady Chambers. Free, 5 p.m., Two Jacks Denim.

Monday 5/1: Quiet Lightning, everybody’s favorite literary mixtape, strikes at Galería de la Raza. Featuring: Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Natasha Dennerstein, Sarah Arantza Amador, Cassandra Dallett, Sage Yockelson, Danielle Bero, Jennifer Barone, Jill Tydor, Claire Calderón, Riss Rosado, Tomas Moniz, Jason Ridler, William Taylor Jr., Vanessa Wilkinson, Tony Press, Brennan DeFrisco, Ari Moskowitz, Heather Bourbeau, Elizaye Quate, and Josiah Alderete. A meal like that is bound to give you heartburn! (The good kind.) Free, 7:30 p.m., Galería de la Raza.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Spell Eternity by Alandra Hileman, a new play from Quantum Dragon Theatre, set in a fantasy world where the non-magical Gerda pursues a quest to save her spellcasting friend Kai from an ancient curse. Can she do it using her non-magical skills? Quantum Dragon Theatre specializes in works of fantasy and science fiction. It is the ultimate theatre company for nerds, geeks, gamers, denizens of fantasy fandom, and anyone looking for an evening offantastical fun. For further information, click here. Read a review 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, Domenic Stansberry. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Norma Cole.


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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 →