Notable San Francisco: 8/23–8/29


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Wednesday 8/23: Perfectly Queer, East Bay, presents “Dispatches from Lesbian America,” featuring Joan Annsfire, Xequina Maria Berber, and Giovanna Capone. Free, 7 p.m., Nomadic Press Uptown.

Thursday 8/24: Poetry Flash presents Melba Joyce Boyd, M. L. Liebler, and Brian Jabas Smith. Free, 7:30 p.m., Free, Moe’s Books.

Poetry Night at Pegasus Books in downtown Berkeley presents Brynn Saito, Charif Shannahan, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and Javier Zamora. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown.

Saturday 8/26: The 15th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival returns to Berkeley City College, featuring nearly twenty East Bay poets. The event is co-directed by M. K. Chavez and Sharon Coleman, hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and will honor Naomi Helena Quiñonez with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a yearly highlight of the vibrant East Bay poetry community. Read details here. Free, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Berkeley City College. 

Monday 8/28: Georgette Howington is the featured reader for Poetry Express. Free, 7 p.m., Himalayan Flavors.              

Tuesday 9/29: Rebecca Winterer discusses her debut novel The Singing Ship with Peg Alford Pursell. Free, 7 p.m., Folio Books.


This week’s theatre recommendation is Hamlet from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. This free, professional Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its thirty-fifth season, and this is their first production of Hamlet. It features a highly reputed professional cast, and has received positive notice from multiple critics. It is in residence this week at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Read a review here. For further information, click here.

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


Here’s video of one of last week’s SF Notables, Cassandra Dallett.


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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 →