Notable San Francisco: 7/12–7/18


Wednesday 7/12: National Book Award winner Julia Glass (Three Junes) reads from her newest novel, A House Among the Trees. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Thursday 7/13: RADAR Productions collaborates with Nomadic Press to present July’s edition of the Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library. As usual, there will be cookies. Hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera and featuring Magnoliah Black, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, and René Vazquez. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library (Children’s Room, 2nd Floor).

Poets Erin Rodoni (Body, in Good Light) and Gillian Wegener (This Sweet Haphazard) read. Free, 7 p.m., Books, Inc. in the Marina.

 Friday 7/14: Poetry Flash presents an eclectic bill at The Last Word Reading Series featuring singer/songwriter/pianist/artist Eliza Shefler, poet, song writer, sacred dancer, and QiGong energy therapist Tureeda Mikell, and poetry singer Susan Newman plus an open mic.  Hosted by Dale Jensen. Free, Nefeli Café.

Shawn Wen reads from his book on legendary French mime artist Marcel Marceau, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park. 

Saturday 7/15: The Revolutionary Poets Brigade and The Juana Briones Cultural Committee present “Not our Brothers and Sisters! Against Deportations and Racism.” Over two dozen readers are listed as features for this event, including indefatigable organizer Jack Hirschman, San Francisco Poet Laureate and a founding member of The Revolutionary Poets Brigade. Free, 6:30 p.m., The Beat Museum.

David Brazil reads from Holy Ghost, recently published as part of City Lights Spotlight Poetry Series. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Bookshop.

Tuesday 7/18: Nomadic Press presents Get Lit #26 at which “[a]n amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts/debuts) within a three-minute time limit.” Readers to be announced. Hosted by Isobel O’Hare and Christine No. Free, (donations kindly requested), 7 p.m., Ale Industries.

Rachel Khong discusses her debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, which has been enthusiastically “blurbed” by Miranda July and Lauren Groff, which ought carry some weight. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.


This week’s theatre recommendation is the debut of a new monthly comedy show at the Verdi Club, “Verdi Wild Things Are,” hosted by the very impressive triumvirate of Nato Green, Francesca Fiorentini, and Natasha Muse. The producers describe it as “a standup comedy show on the 2nd Thursday of the month with a rotating lineup of special guests in a 100-year old Italian social club. Verdi Wild Things Are keeps alive the proud tradition of Mission District comedy shows in alternative venues where comedians take the big risks.” We’re all for keeping the proud traditions of the Mission District alive and kicking! 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, Don Bogen.


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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 →