Notable San Francisco: 8/2–8/8


Wednesday 8/2: San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate (its seventh), Kim Shuck, will present one of her first readings in that capacity (taking over from Laureate #6, Alejandro Murguia). Shuck’s previous honors include a local hero award from KQED, a Mary Tall Mountain award, and numerous Puschcart nominations. Free, 7:30 pm., Bird & Beckett.

 Thursday 8/3: Robert Moor reads from On Trails: An Exploration, winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award. Free, 7 p.m., Books, Inc. Berkeley. 

Friday 8/4: Zeitgeit Press and the Beat Museum present a new collection of poems (Cockymoon) by the late, great Jack Micheline, edited by William Taylor, Jr. Participating readers include Jack Hirschman, Bruce Isaacson, William Taylor Jr., and Richard Loranger. Free, 7 pm., The Beat Museum.

Saturday 9/5: Musicians Sarah Elena Palmer and Jason Hoopes come out as poets for the first time, supported by other Bay Area writers including Nora Toomey, Alica Franco, Colin Partch, and Brett Carson. Free, 6 p.m., Adobe Books.

By day, Jonathan Sun is a PhD candidate at MIT. But on Twitter, his alien alias Jonny Sun is a star. Which is the real Jonny? Will his recently published book help to explain anything? Hear him talk (and no doubt tweet) about his new book,  everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too. He’ll be joined by Selena Larson. The venue warns (no doubt with good reason) that this is likely to be a very crowded event. Take heed. (You can reserve a seat by pre-ordering the book.) Free, 6 p.m., Booksmith.

Sunday 8/6: Poetry Flash presents Cassandra Dallett (Wet Reckless) and Bruce Isaacson (The Last Lie). Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Monday 8/7: Debut novelist Justin McFarr (The Bear Who Broke the World). Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.

Augustus Rose (The Readymade Thief) in discussion with Robin Sloan (Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore). Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Tuesday 8/8: Tuesdays at North Beach (curated by Jack Hirschman) presents Julie Rogers and Steven Gray. Free, 6:30 p.m., San Francisco Public Library North Beach Branch.


This week’s theatre recommendation is The Three Musketeers at Marin Shakespeare. No, it’s not Shakespeare. But it is Marin Shakespeare, and a swashbuckling comedy, and that combination guarantees good, goofy fun. It won’t be high art, but the setting on the campus of Dominican University is delightful, the weather balmy, the folk are friendly, and what better way to spend a summer night? 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,  Christopher Howell.


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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 →