Notable San Francisco: 6/7–6/13


Wednesday 6/7: Jess Arndt reads from her short fiction debut, Large Animals. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Robert Hass, Douglas Manuel, and Charles Hood read from, discuss, and sign their latest works. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Thursday 6/8: Elaine Fletcher Chapman, Barbara Edelman, Rachel Hall, Toni Mirosevich, Lisa Rizzo, Andrew Roe, and Renate Stendhal read works on the theme “Arrivals” for the reading series, “Why There Are Words.” $10, Studio 333, Sausalito.

Friday 6/9: Rumpus Comics Editor Emeritus and contributor Paul Madonna in conversation with Glen David Gold about Madonna’s newest book, On To The Next Dream. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Annie Hartnett (Rabbit Cake) in conversation with Ellen O’Connell Whittet. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Saturday 6/10: Pelekinesis Press presents three authors: Peter Cherches (Autobiography Without Words), Don Skiles (Rain After Midnight), and Peter Wortsman (Footprints in Wet Cement). Free, 6 p.m., Adobe Books.

Sunday 6/11: Alley Cat Books presents poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, Raina Leon, and James Cagney. Free, 6 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Monday 6/12: Mark Hull (Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Impostor) discusses his new book about the astonishing life of Rosaleen James. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Tuesday 6/13: Philip Kobylarz (A Miscellany of Diverse Things), in conversation with Renee Rettig. Free, 7:30 p.m., the Bindery at 1727 Haight Street.


This weeks’ theatre recommendation is As You Like It at California Shakespeare Theatre. For this staging, the director focused on gender fluidity and the fluidity of identity generally, even tweaking the text at the end so that the actors mentioned not only men and women but queers, transgender, and questioning persons of all sorts.  The theme permeates the whole production, quite beautifully. It is a risky choice, and might result in a pedantic reading of the play, but it is spectacularly well-realized, with language that is crystal clear and every joke and subtle bit of word play communicated. If you love the play, I think you’ll love this production. The theme of this show might be summarized as: “Your identity—gender, class, courtier or rustic—can, and should be, As You Like It.” Shakespeare would approve. For further information, click here.

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


Litseen’s “The Write Stuff” with its videos of local authors remains on hiatus. Today we bring you the very first video from this inestimable series, dating back to October of 2012, and featuring none other than Litseen’s founder, Evan Karp. Evan has recently been out of town; we post this to celebrate his return, and to say “welcome back to San Francisco!” Read an interview here.

And here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Robert Hass.


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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 →