Notable San Francisco: 8/9–8/15


Wednesday 8/9: The Center for the Art of Translation presents David Larsen discussing his translation of Names of the Lion by 10th century Arabic lexicographer Ibn Khālawayh. He will be joined by Stephen Sparks. Free, 7 p.m. Diesel, A Bookstore.

maya simone, Eddie Hopely, and Laura Levin. SPD (Small Press Distribution) Presents is a monthly reading series “fostering relationships with emerging writers and readers in our national small press community.” Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books. 

Thursday 8/10: Sausalito’s celebrated reading series Why There Are Words presents “Singularities” featuring Amy Berkowitz, Jessica Barksdale, Lynn Freed, Ben Jackson, Michael Mohr, Dean Rader, and Ransom Stephens. $10, 7 p.m., Studio 333.

Boss Fight Books presents writers of books inspired by video games: Alexa Ray Correia (Kingdom Hearts II), Nick Suttner (Shadow of the Collossus), and Chris Kohler (Final Fantasy V). Free, 7 p.m., Green Apple Books on Clement.

Saturday 8/12: Poet Gillian Hamel presents Occident, with additional readings by Kelly Egan and Kevin Peters. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Writers With Drinks brings us Gabe Hudson, Nick Farmer, and Indigo Moor. $5–20 (proceeds benefit The Center for Sex and Culture), 7:30 p.m., The Make-Out Room.

Sunday 8/13: Publication party for Christine Evelyn Volker‘s Venetian Blood. Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

Monday 8/14: Perfectly Queer presents “It Ain’t Just Genre” featuring Ralph Josiah Bardsley, Tim Floreen, and Bonnie J. Morris. Free, 7 p.m., Dog Eared Books Castro.

Tuesday 8/15: Publication party for Margaret Wilkerson Sexton‘s A Kind of Freedom. Free, 7 p.m. Diesel, A Bookstore.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Marcus Gardly’s black odyssey at Cal Shakes, which is described as a mashup of Greek mythology and African Folklore. This West Coast premiere features several of the Bay Area’s leading black actors including Aldo Billingslea, Margo Hall, and Michael Gene Sullivan, and is directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting, who recently scored a significant directorial success with An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep. More information and tickets here.

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


Here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, William Taylor, Jr.


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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 →