Notable San Francisco: 12/19–12/25


Wednesday 12/19: The Ruby, an events and gathering space for creative Bay Area women, will be hosting a session on how to apply for and get grants for your projects! Leading this session will be Cristiana Baik, writer and Director for the Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. The Ruby in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 12/20: Join the staff of Forum, City College of San Francisco’s literary magazine, for the launch of their Fall 2018 issue! There will be readings, a raffle, food, and libations. Alley Cat Books in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

You’re Going to Die is an open-mic event exploring poetry and prose around death, loss, and mortality. Come to share a story or to listen to others. Starline Social Club in Oakland at 7:30 p.m. ($10, tickets required).

Friday 12/21: The Mechanics’ Institute will be hosting its final Writers Lunch of the year. Join Julian Esteban Torres, publisher-in-chief of The Nasiona Magazine, as well as Mechanics’ Institute writers who have recently published their books. Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco at 12 p.m.

BAMPFA will be screening Fanny and Alexander, Ingmar Bergman’s story of a twentieth-century theatrical family told from the perspective of a brother and sister. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 7 p.m. ($9–$13, tickets required).

Saturday 12/22: Join Joan Schoettler as she reads from her newest children’s book, Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life. Schoettler’s book celebrates a great San Francisco artist, activist, and educator. Book Passage Ferry Building in San Francisco at 10 a.m.

Sunday 12/23: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat uses archival film and photographs, as well as with Basquiat’s early work, to showcase the emergence of one of the great neo-expressionist artists. BAMPFA in Berkeley at 2 p.m. ($9–$13, tickets required).

Tuesday 12/25: Merry Christmas from Notable SF!


LOCAL BOOK PICK: The Notable SF Local Book Pick is on holiday until the New Year!


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Nishant Batsha's fiction and essays have been published in TriQuarterly, The Offing, and The Caribbean Review of Books, among other publications. He is currently revising his debut novel trilogy: Washed Ashore, All That Floats, and The Tideline. He can be found at or on Twitter @nishbatsha. More from this author →