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January 2020

Silent Book Club SF

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Bring a book, bring a friend, and join Silent Book Club for an afternoon of reading! At Silent Book Club, there's no assigned reading. All books and all ages are welcome. We'll kick off introvert happy hour at 4pm with some light chatter and informal book recommendations before settling in to read quietly, but if you'd rather just pull up a chair and read, by all means do so. No one will be shushed or shamed. The bar will be open for late afternoon libations. Happy reading…

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Bazaar Writers Salon

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121 United States
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Readings by Susan Browne, Peter Kline, Emily Pinkerton, and Marco Rafalà Hosted by Brittany Perham Susan Browne’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun, Subtropics, The Southern Review, Superstition Review, Rattle, New Ohio Review, B O D Y, American Life in Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, Love’s Executive Order, and 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She has published two books of poetry, Buddha’s Dogs and Zephyr. Awards include prizes from Four Way Books, the Los Angeles Poetry…

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Anna Wiener: Uncanny Valley

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Anna Wiener discusses her new memoir Uncanny Valley. Praise for Uncanny Valley "I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley, which is both a searching bird's-eye study of an industry and a generation, as well as an intimate, microscopic portrait of ambition and hope and dread. Anna Wiener writes about the promise and the decay of Silicon Valley with the impossibly pleasurable combination of a precise, razored intellect and a soft, incandescent heart. Her memoir is diagnostic and exhilarating, a definitive document of a world in transition: I…

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Andre Perry / Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new book Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: a collection of essays published by 2 Dollar Radio With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, travels from Washington DC to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like…

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Peggy Orenstein, Boys & Sex

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails. This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by January 26th. The author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter now turns her focus to the sexual lives of young men, once again offering "both…

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Bob Perelman, Norman Fischer, James Sherry

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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Poets at Moe's

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are the serial poems On a Train at Night and Untitled Series: Life As It is. His latest prose works are Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion and The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. His website is http://www.normanfischer.org/ Bob Perelman will be reading from his new book, Jack and Jill in Troy (Roof, 2019). He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Iflife, Virtual Reality, The…

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Crissy Van Meter: Creatures

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Crissy Van Meter discusses her new novel, Creatures. Praise for Creatures “Creatures is the kind of beautiful book that makes you want to lick the salt from its pages. It's so physically present you can feel the waves hit your body, smell the sea life, hear the roar of the ocean as your hair whips around your face in the breeze. Crissy Van Meter has written a book about the complexities of love and families, yes, but it's also a careful look…

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Journalism and Politics in the Corn Belt: Art Cullen in conversation with Michael Pollan

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sibley Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley, Bechtel Engineering Center
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen in conversation with Michael Pollan Art Cullen is editor of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper published in Storm Lake, Iowa (population 10,076). In 2017, Cullen won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on polluted water, fertilizer runoff, and powerful corporate agricultural interests. Just a few days before the Iowa Caucuses, Cullen and Pollan will sit down together to discuss Trump and the farm vote; trade wars; journalism in rural America; immigration; agricultural consolidation…

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Samuel C. Woolley / The Reality Game

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing his new book The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth published by Public Affairs Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives? Despite Samuel Woolley's warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Woolley shows in this urgent book, it may…

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Poet Danez Smith: Homie

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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$20
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Buy Tickets Co-presented with JCCSF Award-winning poet Danez Smith (Don’t Call Us Dead) is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects and performative power. A poet, performer and multidisciplinary artist, Smith has galvanized diverse communities nationwide with their profound contemplations on race and gender, desire and mortality. Join Smith as they read from and share their new collection, Homie, a magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship at a time when our country is overrun by violence, xenophobia…

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Peggy Orenstein

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Discussing Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity. Watch this space for info on ticketing. Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm In collaboration with East Bay School for Boys.

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#we music – a talk and performance series of queer perspectives

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ProArts, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Café)
Oakland, CA 94612
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Free of charge and a hat will be passed

Please join us for the seventh installment of #we, a talk and performance series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers, musicians, or performers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading or performance of their creative work. For our seventh event, Chinese-American vocalist and performance artist Sidney Chen will speak on expressing gayness in two cultures and languages…

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Lizzie O’Shea: Future Histories

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Lizzie O'Shea discusses her new book Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology. Praise for Future Histories “Before we became big data bundles for the lackeys of Dorsey, Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Bezos, to exploit, the digital revolution seemed to promise a democratic utopia, a commons in cyberspace not governed by neoliberal norms. Can we realize that revolutionary dream and stop desiring our own domination? Incredibly, yet thrillingly and plausibly, Lizzie O’Shea…

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The Berkeley Slam ft Mycah Miller!

January 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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$7 – $10
Mycah Miller @ Berkeley Slam

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM ON THE WEST COAST! Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world every week since 1999, and third in the nation at the 2015 National Poetry Slam! http://berkeleyslam.org/ https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam Instagram: @berkeleyslam —————�————- This week we're bringing you a voice from Santa Cruz! Welcome Mycah Miller! Mycah Miller is a Santa Cruz, CA-based poet, artist, and student, and most recently was a member of the 2018 Legendary Collective Slam Team, the winners of…

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You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes – Santa Rosa

January 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Lost Church – Santa Rosa, 427 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401 United States
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$10
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OUR FIRST You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... OPEN MIC @ The Lost Church - Santa Rosa!!!!! WOOOoooOOOOOooooooooooOOOOOOO!!!! $10 in advance & at the door. TICKETS HERE: https://sforce.co/2udTNcD And support MORE with ticket tiers. You choose the amount. The tickets tiers are direct ways of offering more support to YG2D, a 501(c)3 Non-profit bringing diverse communities creatively into the conversation of death & dying, inspiring life by unabashedly sourcing our shared mortality. Thank you for any additional…

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We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race, Resegregation, and Public Art

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Jeff Chang gives a talk related to his latest book, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. Published in 2016, it was named the Northern California Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the Washington Post declared it “the smartest book of the year.” Jeff Chang is vice president for narrative, arts and culture at Race Forward. His books include Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, and…

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Author Mary Ladd in conversation with Author Leticia Hernandez

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will be in conversation with Leticia Hernandez, author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery,…

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Carmen Maria Machado with Esmé Weijun Wang

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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in conversation and celebrating the release of Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House published by Graywolf Press In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And…

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Orin & Manjula Martin, Fruit Trees for Every Garden

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Just in time for pruning season! Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Orin Martin, long-time manager of the renowned Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz, and writer/editor Manjula Martin, Orin's daughter, for a discussion and signing of Fruit Trees for Every Garden—their substantial, authoritative, and beautiful full-color guide which covers everything you need to know about organically growing healthy, bountiful fruit trees. For more than forty years, Orin Martin has taught thousands of apprentices, students, and home gardeners the art and craft of…

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The Map to Wholeness: A Conversation with Suzy Ross

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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? ? ? The seemingly random events that comprise our lives can be understood as serving a higher purpose when examined through the proper lens; they are in fact the critical steps that comprise our hero’s journey. Those who choose to travel this path will emerge completely transformed—healthier, happier, and in touch with their life’s purpose. Author and professor Dr. Suzy Ross draws on her extensive research to create a map for those ready to embark on their most important…

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Poets Michael Gottlieb, Brian Ang, Sara Larsen, and James Sherry

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 410 13th Street
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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Michael Gottlieb is the author of twenty books, most recently Mostly Clearing, from Roof Books, published in November 2019. Other recent titles include What We Do: Essays for Poets, I Had Every Intention, Dear All, and Memoir and Essay, an account of NYC in the 70s and the early days of the Language school. To mark its publication, selections from Mostly Clearing were staged at the Poetry Project at St. Marks in New York in November. Other work of his…

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Dani Shapiro & Abraham Verghese

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
JCCSF, 3200 California St
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$30
Dani Shapiro and Abraham Verghese

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In 2016, celebrated writer and memoirist Dani Shapiro took a genetic test on a whim, believing that she knew her history well – the daughter of Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews, raised on her father’s stories of their family and ancestors. But her DNA revealed that the man she’d known as her father for her whole life was not biologically…

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Literary Speakeasy’s toast to 2020

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Martuni’s, 4 Valencia St
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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It’s time for the first Literary Speakeasy of 2020! We are celebrating with five amazing writers – Heather Bourbeau, Vincent Chu, Kevin Dublin, Lauren Ito, and Sarah Kobrinsky. It’s going to be an amazing night of poetry and prose. Come raise a glass to Bay Area authors! Literary Speakeasy is always FREE and there is NO drink minimum. Arrive early for a FREE raffle ticket for your chance to win the evening’s secret Speakeasy prize. Performer bios: Heather Bourbeau’s fiction…

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InsideStorytime: Convergence

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THE LAUNDRY, 3359 26th Street
San Francisco, 94110
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InsideStorytime CONVERGENCE, featuring Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name), Nancy Au (Spider Love Song And Other Stories), Jeffrey Kingman (On A Road), Ari Moskowitz, and Munashe Kaseke, will take place at Laundry Gallery, 3359 26th Street San Francisco, in the downstairs room at the back with the Soviet piano, on Thursday January 30th 2000 7-9 pm.

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The Racket 38 : Flight

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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It's 2020! The future is here! We've got flying cars and robot butlers and harmless lasers that come out of our fingers because it's the future! Oh wait, no, no we don't. We have ignorance and we have, oh my, we have a general regression in terms of social views and, well, yeah. Doesn't matter though, 'cause it's 2020 and it's a new year and even if everything feels like a broken septic tank, come hang out and celebrate the…

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February 2020

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye Live in San Francisco

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$21 – $30
Project Voice

Project VOICE is proud to present a special evening of live performance with two world-renowned spoken word poets: Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. Showtime : February 1st 2pm, Doors Open 1:30pm Project VOICE is proud to present a special evening of live performance with two world-renowned spoken word poets: Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. The duo have collectively performed in thirty countries on stages from TED Talks to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and garnered over twenty million views…

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Bay Area Poets Coalition

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA   Addison is one block south of and parallel to University Ave. between Acton & Bonar St. Parking on the street (NOT in the S.C.L. parking lot) Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to the meeting location (usually Movie Room, or backyard garden)   All Ages Welcome Come and enjoy a friendly and informal read-around -- 3-5 minutes per poet/reader, or "just listening" is fine too :-) After the reading, join us for…

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Poetry with Gregory Pond and Silvi Alcivar

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Black & Brown for Justice, Peace and Equality, 474 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Gregory Pond was born in Brooklyn, NY to Panamanian parents and moved to San Francisco in the late 1970’s. Author and publisher of four books of poetry, aftermoon and Blackened Blue, 4:00 a.m. (DARK) and 4:00 a.m. (LIGHT). He has been featured in the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal and Overthrowing Capitalism anthologies and has read all over the Bay Area, including events sponsored by SF Public Library, Howard Zinn Book Fair and Queer Rebels. He is currently a member of the…

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Carmen Maria Machado with Clara Sherley-Appel

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$30
Carmen Maria Machado with Clara Sherley-Appel

National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Shirley Jackson award, author of the bestselling Her Body and Other Parties , Carmen Maria Machado’s writing is peerless. Almost recklessly talented and in defiance of genre, Machado won our hearts with her celebrated first collection of short stories, in which she effortlessly blurred the lines between fantasy story and truth, fairy-tale myth and horror. Now on tour for one of the most captivatingly powerful books we’ve seen in years , Kepler’s…

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Obi Kaufmann at Night of Ideas

February 1 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Avenune
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 United States
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Night of Ideas

Litquake is proud to again partner with San Francisco's annual edition of the global marathon event Night of Ideas (Nuit des Idées), at the city's Main Library. Presented in collaboration with the French Consulate in San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and KQED, this free seven-hour marathon of philosophical debate, talks, performances, and music features top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond, in a format designed to spur dialogue on the theme “Living on the…

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