Notable San Francisco: 7/19–7/25


Wednesday 7/19: John Burroughs (aka Jesus Crisis) is a voice to be reckoned with from Cleveland, Ohio, where he founded Crisis Chronicles Press and promotes many poetry events. He is visiting the West Coast for the first time on his 2017 poetry tour. He will be joined at tonight’s reading by D. R. Wagner, M. J. Arcangelini, and Matt Cook. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon.

Noemi Press presents Yanara Friedland (Uncountry: A Mythology) and Claire Marie Stancek (MOUTHS) reading from new books. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books On The Park.

Thursday 7/20: If you find yourself on the Peninsula tonight, you might well want to seek out a close encounter with author Sherman Alexie (You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir). Free, 7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books.

Andrew Roe (Where You Live) in conversation with Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him). Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Friday 7/21: Mike Lala (Exit Theater), D. A. Powell (Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys), and Jacques Rancourt (Novena) are the featured readers tonight at Green Apple. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books On The Park.

Saturday 7/22: Adobe Books in the Mission is having a birthday party! Why wouldn’t you want to stop by? Free, 6–10 p.m., Adobe Books. 

Sunday 7/23: Even if you missed the party, there’s still a reason to visit Adobe this weekend. Check out a reading by poet Fateme Banishoeib (The Whisper). Free, 5 p.m., Adobe Books.

The Bay Area Poetry Marathon (curator Chloe Veylit) presents Brandon Brown, Kazumi Chin, Vanessa Flores, Nick Johnson, Joseph Lease, Michelle Lin, Carrie Murphy, and Denise Newman. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Bookshop.

Monday 7/24: Elaine Brown features at this week’s edition of Poetry Express in Berkeley, Free, 7 p.m., Himalayan Flavors.

Bay Area Generations #47 with the following intergenerational pairs of readers: Anshu S. Johri + Swasti and Sparsh Johri; Lara Zink + Anna Harmon; Kathleen McClung + Robert E. Eastwood; Eleanor Vincent + Teresa Poore; Andrena Zawinski + Cassandra Rockwood-Rice; Claudia Monpere + Maria Judnick; Anne F. Walker + David Brehmer; Jordan Ellis Bradley + Alexandra Mattraw Rosenboom; and Jon Sindell + Jocelyn Yu. $7-$10, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex.

Tuesday 7/25: Tuesdays at North Beach (curated by Jack Hirschman) presents Bob Anbian and Randy Fingland. Free, 6:30 p.m., North Beach Branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

Join a launch party for Michelle Richmond’s new novel, The Marriage Pact. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.


This week’s theatre recommendation is the Bay Area premiere, by Anton’s Well Theater Company, of Tender Napalm by English playwright/novelist/filmmaker/painter Philip Ridley. This is undoubtedly a major play by a major playwright. With only two characters, Man and Woman, it is as much dance as script and also includes an original score by Greg Zema. The two characters, very much in love, draw upon their dreams and their unconscious to help one another survive the tragedy that is life. Difficult to describe, but wonderful to experience, Tender Napalm should be seen by lovers of poetry, dance, and music as well as playgoers. 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, Julia Glass.


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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 →