Notable San Francisco: 5/3–5/9


Wednesday 5/3: James Nolan (Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy) reads at City Lights. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Paul Madonna presents his newest work, On to the Next Dream. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Thursday 5/4: Kevin Allardice (Family, Genus, Species). Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on Clement.

The Hazel Reading Series presents Natasha Dennerstein, Jennifer Barone, Alexandra Mattraw, Jenny Irizary, The Poetician, and Stacy Carlson. Free (donations appreciated), 7 p.m., The Mission Cultural Center.

Friday 5/5: Drop Leaf Press presents two poets celebrating the release of new chapbooks, Lehua Taitano (SONOMA) and Maxwell Shanley. Plus additional guest readers, Clarissa Mendiola and Daniel Suárez. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Nomadic Press presents Shideh Etaat and Roja Contreras as part of their Uptown Fridays series. $5–25 suggested donation (no one turned away), 7 p.m., Nomadic Press Uptown (on Telegraph).

Saturday 5/6: Yaa Gyasi reads from her award-winning debut novel Homegoing (a New York Times notable book). Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Bookstore on Shattuck.

Kevin Killian hosts James Meetze, Claire Marie Stancek, and Andrew Wessels. Free, 7 p.m, Alley Cat Books.

Sunday 5/7: Christopher Bernard reads from his new book of poem, Chien Lunatique. Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

The Bazaar Writers Salon presents a distinguished lineup with Adam Giannelli, Ben Hoffman, and Edgar Kunz. Free, 6 p.m., Bazaar Café.

Monday 5/8: Alia Malek discusses her new book, The Home That Was Our Country, with Micheline Marcom. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Ailvin Orloff and Larry-Bob Roberts. Free, 7 p.m., Dog Eared Books in the Castro.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Encounter at The Curran. Simon McBurney’s solo performance about a National Geographic photographer’s encounter with a remote Amazon tribe is altogether astonishing. It is an amazing piece of story telling utilizing aural technology in unexpected ways—the audience members wear headphones throughout. The New York Times described this production as “one of the most fully immersive theatre pieces ever created.” It’s all about the sounds.

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, Rowena Richie. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Peter Bullen


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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 →