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April 2018

Muni Diaries Live 10th Anniversary Show

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$17.66
Muni Diaries 10th Anniversary Show

Muni Diaries is celebrating 10 years of documenting life in our fair city, as viewed through the eyes of everyday commuters like you. For the last decade, more than 4,000 San Franciscans submitted stories about the hilarity, and the humanity, that happens on our journeys between Point A and Point B. There were so many slices of life that needed to be told, we expanded to include stories that happen all over the 7x7: on Muni and off. We couldn't…

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You’re Going to Die presents Death is Real with Mount Eerie

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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$18 - $22

You're Going to Die Presents... Death is Real with Mount Eerie + special appearances by Scott Ferreter & words from Dr. Michael Fratkin @ The Swedish American Hall Doors at 7pm Show at 8pm Tickets here: http://bit.ly/2tO3zBB As a part of Reimagine End of Life . April 16-22, You're Going to Die offers another curated entertainment experience proudly presenting great artists as they deserve to be presented: in the concert context of acknowledging their brilliant beaming mortal magic. YG2D Presents curated shows steeped in the context of mortality,…

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Rebecca Kauffman

April 23 @ 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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Rebecca Kauffman discusses her new novel, The Gunners. Praise for The Gunners "I recommend you read every single thing Rebecca Kauffman writes―start with this beautiful novel, and start now." ―Julie Buntin, author of Marlena "Kauffman’s prose is restrained in a way that causes it to actually vibrate in places, and her details are so richly observed they feel like gems, impossible things mined from deep under the earth. Funny, raw, and deeply elegant, The Gunners is ultimately a meditation on friendship, that least examined,…

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Beth Pickens with Brontez Purnell

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Beth Pickens with Brontez Purnell   discussing Your Art Will Save Your Life A candid guidebook about art-making in the midst of oppression from Feminist Press As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding. Beth Pickens is a Los…

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Laurie Anderson

April 24 @ 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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Laurie Anderson is one of America's most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Her work, encompassing music, visual art, poetry, film and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for 40 years. Join Anderson at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for a special performance of her new work, "All the Things I Lost in the Flood", which includes visual images and performances, along with commentary on some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles…

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Dana Levin and Dean Rader

April 25 @ 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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Dana Levin and Dean Rader read from their latest poetry collections, Banana Palace and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry. About Dana Levin Dana Levin's fourth book is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Poem-a-day, Boston Review, and Poetry. Levin is a grateful recipient of honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of…

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The Others: A Dramatic Reading by Matthew Rohrer & Special Guests

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a performance of Matthew Rohrer’s novel in verse, The Others, featuring guest readers including Daniel Handler and Arisa White. Please join us! A gripping, eerie, and hilarious novel-in-verse from poet Matthew Rohrer. In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow an entry-level publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, Victorian hashish eating, and robot bigfoots. Rohrer mesmerizes with wildly imaginative tales and resonant verse in this compelling love letter to storytelling. -- Matthew Rohrer is…

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The Black Aesthetic, in performance and in conversation

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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The Black Aesthetic

"Our intention is to offer constructive speculation; our earnest hope to take up the love labor of the Black canons that laid these foundations in the past and provide guidance for the future." — Zoé Samudzi, Introduction to The Black Aesthetic Season II Join us for an evening of readings, performances, and conversations with The Black Aesthetic. This group of writers and artists started their work together around a series of film screenings, in the space at E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small…

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Dalachinsky, Otomo, Lazzara + Swindell at Alley Cat

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Readings by: Steve Dalachinsky Yuko Otomo Marina Lazzara Tate Swindell

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Richard Power

April 26 @ 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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Richard Powers discusses his new novel, The Overstory. Praise for Richard Powers “This book is beyond special. Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, something that indigenous people have done for eons but that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted. It's not just a completely absorbing, even overwhelming book; it's a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.” —…

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Kai Carlson-Wee / Rail

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts a launch for Kai Carlson-Wee's first full-length poetry collection, Rail. More info to come soon -- save the date, and join us! Set against a landscape of rail yards and skate parks, Kai Carlson-Wee's debut collection captures a spiritual journey of wanderlust, depression, brotherhood, and survival. These poems--a "verse novella" in documentary form--build momentum as they travel across the stark landscapes of the American West: hopping trains through dusty prairie towns, swapping stories with mystics and outlaws, skirting the edges of…

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Playing Hamlet Roulette: EXIT Press spotlight and Mark Jackson book release party

April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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Join EXIT Theatre’s publishing arm EXIT Press to celebrate our eighth year, and the recent publication of our 24th book, Mark Jackson’s Playing Hamlet Roulette: Failure, Expectation, Possibility & Democracy! Just over two years ago, Shotgun Players company member and EXIT Theatre alumnus, Mark Jackson, undertook one of the biggest challenges of his career: staging a production of Hamlet, at the Shotgun Players’ Ashby Stage, in which every performer drew their role from Yorick’s skull five minutes before showtime, their…

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Nikki McClure / The Great Chicken Escape

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery is thrilled to host an evening with Nikki McClure. Please join us for a discussion and special presentation of The Great Chicken Escape! A wordless picture book in which chickens flee their coop at an Alaskan monastery and four, eluding the nuns, enjoy a day in the forest before returning home to roost. Features cut-paper artwork and a die-cut cover. -- Nikki McClure is a well-known cut-paper artist and the author of several children’s books, including Abrams’s Waiting for High Tide, In, Collect Raindrops,…

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Janet Mock with Mia Birdsong

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate tackling stigma through storytelling. With a Master’s in journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native began her career as an editor at People.com and went on to write cover stories for Marie Claire, Interview, and The Advocate as well as essays for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Lenny. She produced HBO’s The Trans List, hosts the podcast Never Before, and serves as a columnist for Allure. Called a “fearless new voice” and “trailblazing leader” who “changed my…

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May 2018

Rodrigo Fresán

May 1 @ 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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Rodrigo Fresán discusses his new novel, The Bottom of the Sky. Praise for Rodrigo Fresán "It’s the book of the future, the book that begins to write itself when everything has ended: the story of two young people in love with planets, and of a disturbingly beautiful girl. Between Bioy Casares and Philip K. Dick, but with a voice all its own, it is both powerful and artistic."—Enrique Vila-Matas "I’ve read few novels this exciting in recent years. Mantra is the novel I’ve laughed with…

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ZYZZYVA 2018 Spring Issue Celebration

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St 4th Floor Boardroom
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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$15

Come join ZYZZYVA for a celebration of their newest issue, “the Spring Issue” featuring readings by contributors Natalie Serber, Christopher Adamson, Greg Sarris, Mackenzie Evan Smith, and Tom Barbash. Emceed by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. ZYZZYVA is San Francisco's acclaimed literary journal that's been publishing since 1985. Featuring a dazzling array of past and current contributors, it has been a vital publication in supporting the work of Bay Area and West Coast writers for decades.

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James Kass and Paul S. Flores: a reading & performance celebrating 21 years by two founders of Youth Speaks

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Join us for the final event of The Poetry Center's Spring 2018 season: an evening of reading and performance in celebration of San Francisco-based and nationally renowned organization Youth Speaks, with two of its founders — James Kass and Paul S. Flores, both SF State alumni and graduates of the MFA in Creative Writing program. (Rumor has it members of the Youth Speaks artists will also be in the house.) This event is free and open to the public. James…

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The Apartment in Bab El-Louk: Elisabeth Jaquette

May 3 @ 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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Translator Elisabeth Jaquette discusses her translation of Donia Maher’s graphic novel, The Apartment in Bab El-Louk. This “fabulous noir poem” has been simply described as “the reflections of an old recluse in busy downtown Cairo neighbourhood of Bab El-Louk” by Egyptian artist, Ganzeer. Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from Arabic, instructor at Hunter College, and Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

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Mairghread Scott / The City on the Other Side

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Mairghread Scott for her new graphic novel illustrated by Robin Robinson, The City on the Other Side, which is set in early 20th century San Francisco. Please join us! In The City on the Other Side, a young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, and the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance! Sheltered within her high-society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl—she’s quiet, well-behaved, and she keeps her dresses spotlessly clean.…

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Chuck Palahniuk (signing only)

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$26.95

Please join Green Apple Books on Clement on Friday, May 4th at 12:00 p.m. as we welcome Chuck Palahniuk for a signing of his most recent book Adjustment Day. Please note that Chuck will not be reading at this event, and that admission to this event will be the cost of a book on or before day of the signing. Chuck will happily sign two additional items for fans of his, which may include memorabilia or an additional book. For any and all other questions concerning this event please give…

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Aline Kominsky-Crumb

May 4 @ 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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Legendary cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb discusses Love That Bunch. Praise for Aline Kominsky-Crumb “For over 40 years, Kominsky-Crumb has chronicled agony and ecstasy through brutally honest portraits . . . She changed the game for women comics—not to mention women comedians, authors and artists.”—The Huffington Post “Kominsky-Crumb’s line has a freshness and energy that make her strips feel more honest and closer to autobiography than self-mythologizing.”—The New Republic About Love That Bunch Aline Kominsky-Crumb redefined the Bay Area’s underground comix scene with…

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Tessa Fontaine with Shawn Wen

May 5 @ 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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Tessa Fontaine discusses her new memoir The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts with Shawn Wen. Praise for The Electric Woman In a word: wow. I read The Electric Woman in a hallucinatory fever filled with hospital beds and carnival rides, gray eyes and biting boa constrictors, brain bleeds and headless bodies, fire eaters and electrified women. Tessa Fontaine is a real-life snake charmer—her writing hooked and hypnotized me from page one. I had to read just one more chapter, just one more…

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Alicia Mountain / High Ground Coward

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Alicia Mountain reading from High Ground Coward, winner of the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize. Joining her for a reading and conversation is Brittany Perham (Double Portrait)—join us! Alicia Mountain’s urgent and astonishing debut collection maps a new queer landscape through terrain alive and sensual, defiant and inviting. With a voice that beckons while it howls, Mountain nimbly traverses lyric, confessional, and narrative modes, leaving groundbreaking tracks for us to follow. High Ground Coward offers fists full of soil, leftovers for breakfast, road trip…

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POETS! – featured readers to be announced followed by an open mic

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Quiet Lightning

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

curated by Sarah Carpenter and Gracie Malley! submissions are open through Apr 18 location TBD

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