Notable San Francisco: 5/10–5/16


Wednesday 5/10: San Francisco Chronicle lead theatre reviewer Lily Janiak hosts a panel of playwrights published by the local EXIT Press, featuring Allison Page, Aren Haun, Martin Schwartz, Stuart Bousel, and Terry Baum. Highly recommended if you are interested in theatre. There is a vibrant new play scene in San Francisco that is not well-known to the literary community at large, and this panel should be a good introduction. Free, 7 p.m., Folio Books.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun) in conversation with Vendela Vida. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Thursday 5/11: Editors Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian celebrate the release of Writers Who Love too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

The long-running and much admired Sausalito reading series “Why There Are Words” presents seven authors on the theme of “Suggestible.” Featuring: Jason Bayani, Jon Boilard, Alex Green, Henry Hoke, Sandra Hunter, Paul Scheuring, and Zach Wyner. $10, 7:15 p.m., Studio 333 on Caledonia.

The Center for the Art of Translation, an organization that everybody should know about and celebrate, presents “Two Voices Salon” featuring Simon Wickhamsmith on his translation of Mongolian poet Tseveendorjin Oidov’s The End of the Dark Era. Wickhamsmith will be in conversation with Scott Esposito. Free, 6 p.m., Center for the Art of Translation.

Friday 5/12: Christopher Bernard reads from Chien Lunatique at The Beat Museum. Free, 7 p.m., The Beat Museum.

Doug Sovern hosts “There” (The East Bay Reading Extravaganza) on third Fridays in Oakland. This month’s edition (“There: 14”) features Cecile Barlier and Katie Moulton plus another writer TBA, and a local musician TBA. Free, 7 p.m., The Octopus Literary Salon.

Saturday 5/13: For the Tenderloin Museum’s second anniversary, the curating team has assembled an amazing list of performers, including original member of The Diggers, Judy Goldhaft, author David Talbot, digger archivist Eric Noble, Tenderloin drag producer Collete LeGrande (who has worked at the legendary Tenderloin gay bar, Aunt Charlie’s,  since 1998), Cockettes alumna Donna Persona, and more. Free, 4 p.m–9 p.m. (multiple events), The Tenderloin Museum.

Poets Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir (well-loved for hosting The Word Party, a great monthly poetry/jazz event) will be the featured readers tonight at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts on Alameda Island. Free, 7 p.m., Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

Monday 5/15: The Odd Mondays Series at Folio Books presents Erika Atkinson, Michael Helquist, Andrew McIntyre, Laynie Tzena. Free, 7 p.m., Folio Books.

Hala Alyan reads from her debut novel Salt Houses. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Tuesday 5/16: The Word Party Party & Jazz Night features Titiana Molinar and an open mic (for poetry only). Poets are accompanied by live jazz performed by Daniel Heffez, Geordie Van der Bosch, and friends. Free, 7 p.m., Pianofight.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Battlefield at A.C.T., directed by the legendary Peter Brooks. Battlefield is a revival of a short segment of Brooks’s most famous production, The Mahābhārata. What distinguishes this play is a stunning simplicity. Everything but the story is eliminated. Nobody in the Bay Area who cares about theatre should miss out on this opportunity to see the work of one of the greatest stage directors of the 20th century. To read a review, click here. 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, Marianne Rogoff. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Shideh Etaat.


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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 →