Notable San Francisco: 6/21–6/27


Wednesday 6/21: Cuban writer Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles—our June book club pick!), currently Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College, reads from her forthcoming story collection. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Charif Shanahan, Nancy Patrice Davenport, André Le Mont Wilson, Andrew J. Thomas, and Nick Johnson are the featured readers for the June edition of popular reading series Lyrics and Dirges, curated by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Bookstore, Downtown Berkeley.

Thursday 6/22: Melvin A. Goodman reads from Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence, newly published by City Lights. This one is likely to attract a crowd. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Saturday 6/24: Saturday Night Special is at it again with featured poets, a popular open mic (strict three-minute limit) followed by karaoke, should you so desire. Featuring Rebecca Gaydos and Tomas Muniz. Free (the bar requests a one-drink minimum), 7 p.m., Nick’s Lounge.

Sunday 6/25: Poetry Flash presents Andrena Zawinski (Landings) and Cathleen Calbert (The Afflicted Girls).  Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Monday 6/26: Amelia Gray (Isadora) and Rosecrans Baldwin (The Last Kid Left). Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith. 

Bay Area Generations #46 presents paired readings by writers of different generations in back-to-back format (no introductions and no banter). Participating writers: Peter Bullen + Hollie Hardy, Alexandra Naughton + Keeley Ann Finn, Daniel Ari + Britt Peter, Eric Kurhi + Josey Rose Duncan, Lenore Weiss + Margaret Spillman, Natasha Dennerstein + René Vaz, and Caeser Kent + Bronwyn Emery. $7-10, 7:30 p.m., The Bellevue Club. 

Tuesday 6/27: Litquake presents Gabe Habash (Stephen Florida) and Julie Buntin (Marlena) read from their new novels. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books On The Park.


This week’s theatre recommendation is A Night With Janice Joplin at A.C.T. This performance is not really a play but a tribute concert, and a darn good one. Kacee Clanton has the necessarily impressive vocal chops to evoke Janice, and she is supported by a remarkable group of singers who evoke icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith. If you dig the sounds, this is a fine way to kick off the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love. 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, Alex Dimitrov.


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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 →