Wednesday 4/5: The theme for tonight’s “Inside StoryTime” is “Chagrin.” Featured writers are Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him), Jon Sindell (Family Happiness), Peg Alford Purcell (Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow), Amy Berkowitz (Tender Points) and Christine No. Hosted by James Warner (All Her Father’s Guns). Free, 7 p.m., The Makeout Room.
Thursday 4/6: UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems Series presents Devorah Major (San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus). Free, 12:10 p.m., Morrison Library at UC Berkeley.
Dystopian books have been a frequent topic of discussion lately. (Do you wonder why?) Tonight, Booksmith presents Shipwreck: 1984 in which a group of writers present erotic fan fiction to compete for first place by audience selection. Participating writers are Lily Miller, Kaeli Quick, India Sabater, Jared Schwartz, and Natalie Warner. Stories are blind-read by actor Baruch Porres-Hernandez at this reading series which is one of San Francisco’s best dirty little secrets. $10-12, 7 p.m., Booksmith.
Saturday 4/8: Writers with Drinks presents Peter S. Beagle (Summerlong, The Last Unicorn), Hari Kunzru (White Tears), Ilana C. Myer (Fire Dance), and Shelly Wong (Rare Birds). $5–$20 (no one turned away), 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Center for Sex and Culture. 7:30–9:30 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m., The Make Out Room,
Foglifter Press, a queer literary arts organization, launches Volume 2, Issue 1 of Foglifter with featured readers Christopher J. Adamson, SevanKelee Boult, Stacy Nathaniel Jackson, Clara McLean, Danny Thanh Nguyen, D.A. Powell, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, and Brenda Usher-Carpino. Free (suggested donation of $15, which includes a copy of the book), 6:30 p.m., Strut.
Sunday 4/9: Poetry Flash presents Martha Rhodes and Bruce Willard. Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.
Monday 4/10: There will be a memorial in celebration of the life and work of much-beloved poet David Meltzer at Bird and Beckett. Diane di Prima, Duncan McNaughton, and others TBA will speak in his honor. Free, 7 p.m., Bird & Beckett.
Poet Natasha Dennerstein is guest curator at the Perfectly Queer reading series celebration of National Poetry Month. Dennerstein and poetic colleagues Cameron Awkward-Rich, Denise Benavides, and Julian Shendelman will read. Free, 7 P.M., Dog Eared Books in the Castro.
This week’s theatre recommendation is The House of Yes at Custommade Theatre Company. Director Stuart Bousel has identified this peculiar comedy as being on his “bucket list” of shows he must do before retiring. Be glad of that, because he makes this eccentrically funny one-act (75 minutes long) run like a well-oiled laugh machine. Eccentric? Well, it involves incest, a mother who proudly announces that she has no clue who fathered her three children (possibly her deceased husband), numerous dead Kennedy jokes, and extreme sibling rivalry involving gun shots and seductions. To begin with. When one of the children brings home his unsuspecting fiancée for a surprise introduction on Thanksgiving in the midst of a hurricane, comic hell breaks loose. You will either laugh till you cry or be very offended, quite possibly both. To read a review, click here. For further information, click here.
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And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Sam Sax.
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