Notable San Francisco: 5/24–5/30


Wednesday 5/24: David Brazil celebrates the release of Holy Ghost, his  third full-length collection. He will be in conversation with Julien Poirier, co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Claire Dederer (Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses) celebrates the release of Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning, in conversation with Peggy Orenstein. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Thursday 5/25: InsideStorytime presents “Defiance” featuring Micheline Aharaonian Marcom (A Brief History of Yes), Brynn Saito (Power Made Us Swoon), Vernon Keeve III (Southern Migrant Mixtape), and others. Free, 7 p.m., Ale Industries.

Poetry Flash presents Dan Bellm (Deep Well) and Ann Pelletier (Letter That Never). Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.

Saturday 5/27: Kevin Killian celebrates the release of his latest book of poetry, Tony Green Era, with guest Andrew Durbin. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Tuesday 5/30: NEA Fellow and Stegner Fellow Alexandra Teague, reads from her debut novel, The Principles Behind Flotation. Free, 7 p.m., Bird and Beckett.


This week’s theatre recommendation is the classical Indian dance company, Abhinaya,  featured as part of the remarkable San Francisco International Arts Festival. The Festival, in residence at Fort Mason from May 25 through June 4, offers daily and evening programming that includes performances of theatre, music, and dance companies from all over the world, as well as various workshops and lectures. To read about Ahbinaya, click here. For further information, click here.

For coverage of the Bay area theatre scene, visit TheatreStorm.


Due to unforeseen interruptions in their schedule, Evan Karp and Rebecca Samuelson of Litseen are not presenting video of a local author this week. Instead, we offer something from the Litseen archives, first published about this time last year. Here’s video of local author, Barbara Jane Reyes. Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Lauren Groff.


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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 →