Notable San Francisco: 6/14–6/20


Wednesday 6/14: Alex Dimitrov (Together and By Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press) and Randall Mann (Proprietary: Poems, Persea Press). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Christopher Bernard presents his new book Chien Lunatique, along with poets Keith Ekiss and Clara Hsu. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith. 

Thursday 6/15: Borderlands Lectura Reading Series presents Scott Duncan, Noam Zelaya, Sara Campos, Norma Liliana Valdez, and John Jota Leaños. Free, 7 p.m., Alleycat Books.

American Book Award winner Thomas Centolella presents his new poetry collection, Almost Human. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. 

Saturday 6/17: Bay Area Queer Zine Fest will host more than three dozen organizations and individuals. Free, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., East Bay Community Space, 507 55th Street, Oakland. 

Poet MK Chavez is the guest poet at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Free, 2 p.m., Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch. 

Monday 6/19: Booksmith Resists hosts a party for Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times presented by Carolina de Robertis, joined by Jeff Chang, Aya De León, Cristina Garcia, Kate Schatz, and Jane Smiley. Free, 7 p.m., Booksmith.

Tuesday 6/20: Val Ibarra is the featured poet for the Word Party hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir. Open mic poets read to the accompaniment of jazz musicians Daniel Heffez and Geordie Van Der Bosch, three-minute limit. Free, 7 p.m., PianoFight.

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Naomi Klein, discussing her new book No Is Not Enough. $7, 7:30 p.m., First Prebyterian Church of Berkeley.


This week’s theatre recommendation is The Legend of Georgia McBride, opening at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley. Playwright Matthew Lopez is best known for the Obie-Winning drama The Whipping Man, which has had over forty productions worldwide since its 2011 debut. Lopez is the very definition of “up and coming playwright.” The Legend of Georgia McBride is a comedy about a down-and-out Elvis impersonator who achieves success as a drag performer. A success in New York (the New York Times described it as “full of sass”), this production will be The Legend’s Bay area premiere, presented by one of our leading companies. For further information, click here.

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


Here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Peter Cherches.


If you have a Bay Area event listing you’d like us to consider for Notable SF, please contact [email protected] as far in advance as possible, and include the date of the event in the subject line.


Logo art by Max Winter.

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 →