Notable San Francisco: 7/26–8/1


Wednesday 7/26: Samantha Hunt discusses her new story collection, The Dark Dark, with Clary Sankey. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Andrew Sean Greer is launching his new novel, Less. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Thursday 7/27: Ian Stansel discusses The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park. 

Friday 7/28: An elegant tea gathering with music and the poetry of Lao Tzu’s Tao-te Ching in Clara Hsu’s original translations will include performances on traditional Chinese instruments (erhu, guzheng, and guqin), as Gongfu tea is ceremonially served. This should be something rare and special. $20–$25, 7:30 p.m., Clarion Music and Performing Arts Center.

Saturday 7/29: Bay Area Poetry Marathon features Jennifer Chang, Lorraine Lupo, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, and others. Curated by Simon Craft and Raul Ruiz. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Sunday 7/30: The Summer Poetry in Place Reading sponsored by the City of El Cerrito will feature Robert Haas and Michelle Lin. Free, 2 p.m., Arlington Park Clubhouse.

Poetry Flash presents Christopher Howell, Joseph Millar, and Dorianne Laux. Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Monday 7/31: Tim Taranto reads from and discusses his book, Ars Botanica. Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on Clement Sreet.

Tuesday 8/1: Rob Reid discusses his new novel, After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

Eugene Lim (Dear Cyborgs) in conversation with Mauro Javier Cardenas. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.


This week’s theatre recommendation is the SF Playhouse production of La Cage Aux Folles. Every summer, this leading Bay Area producer offers their original take on a popular musical. It is always good fun, and a big moneymaker for a company that produces a great deal of new and exciting work. La Cage Aux Folles may not be the cutting edge of contemporary theatre, but you’ll have a good time.

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


Here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Mike Lala:


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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 →