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April 2019

SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: American Dream States Curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Marc Bamuthi Joseph

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$30 – $35

SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: American Dream States Curated by SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Marc Bamuthi Joseph SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab Thursday, April 4 - Saturday, April 6, 7pm & 8:30pm Sunday, April 7, 6pm & 7:30pm SFJAZZ.org American Dream States challenges writers of different genres to respond to a key piece of writing on the American Dream and perform these new creative responses in collaboration with an all star band. With Marc Bamuthi Joseph Mino Yanci Ambrose Akinmusire Adam Mansbach Zoé Samudzi…

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RACHEL CUSK In Conversation with Steven Winn

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29

RACHEL CUSK In Conversation with Steven Winn Monday, April 8, 2019, 9:00 am Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Special Events  Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400 Rachel Cusk is a writer of considerable range and depth. She is the author of nine novels including David Agnes, The Lucky Ones, and The Bradshaw Variations, three nonfiction books including A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother and the memoir The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy, a play, and numerous essays. Her most recent trilogy —  Outline, Transit, and Kudos — embodies a new, and distinctive style for Cusk. The books take the form of a succession of…

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Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment published by City Lights Books "Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Loaded is like a blast of fresh air. She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. But she does not merely take the liberal side of the familiar debate."—Adam Hochschild, The New York Review of Books "If . . . anyone at all really wants to 'get to the root causes of gun violence in America,' they will need to start…

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DESTINY BEYOND EARTH: INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL & IMMORTALITY WITH DR. MICHIO KAKU In Conversation with Alexis Madrigal

April 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29

DESTINY BEYOND EARTH: INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL & IMMORTALITY WITH DR. MICHIO KAKU In Conversation with Alexis Madrigal Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Conversations on Science  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and futurist, and the co-founder of string field theory, a branch of the theoretical framework of string theory. His work follows the directive of Einstein, attempting to develop a Theory of Everything that unites the four fundamental forces of the universe. His…

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DISCOVERY

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$12 – $25

Join us at Public Works SF for six stories of rigorous inquiry and accidental revelations, seeking the unfamiliar and encountering the unknown, and uncovering the uncharted ODD SALON: DISCOVERY   Tuesday, April 9th 2019 Doors open for pre-salon cocktail hour at 6:30, Talks begin at 7:30 Reserved Seats available. General Admission seats are first come, first served. *Discounted Early Bird Tickets are available only up to Midnight, Monday Feb18.*   Join our growing membership for ticket discounts and Members-only opportunities. Find out…

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Happy Endings

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$10

Because everyone deserves a Happy Ending!

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RUTH REICHL In Conversation with Steven Winn

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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RUTH REICHL In Conversation with Steven Winn Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Special Events  Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400 Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, andFor You, Mom, Finally; the novel Delicious!. She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. Previously she was the restaurant critic for The New York Times and served as the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards for…

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Rachel Howard Book Launch

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Rachel Howard joins us to launch her new novel, The Risk of Us. Praise for The Risk of Us “An emotionally complex and amazingly suspenseful novel about love and fear."—Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation "I’ve never read anything so beautiful about the intricacies of adoption—the process itself, and the seldom-talked-about aftermath. The prose is elegant and compressed; I often had to stop reading to catch my breath. Anyone who has ever loved a child, in any capacity, should read this…

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Freud’s Bar – – details to come!

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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Wednesday April 10 6:30pm Ad Event EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is pleased to host another installment of Freud's Bar on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30pm. Presenter tbd. Are you interested in the world of psychology but afraid you may not understand all of the terms and jargon? Join us for monthly talks given by local Bay Area psychoanalysts. You don't need to be a psychologist to check out Freud's Bar. Just bring your interest and a friend!       ABOUT THE PRESENTER more to come!…

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Book Club

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from Minutes of Glory and Other Stories published by The New Press A dazzling short story collection from the person Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls "one of the greatest writers of our time" Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, although renowned for his novels, memoirs, and plays, honed his craft as a short story writer. From "The Fig Tree" (“Mugumo” in this collection), written in 1960, his first year as an undergraduate at Makerere University College in Uganda, to the playful “The Ghost…

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STILL PROCESSING with Jenna Wortham & Wesley Morris

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$35

STILL PROCESSING with Jenna Wortham & Wesley Morris Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30 pm Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater Series: Special Events  Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400 Co-presented with The New York Times Jenna Wortham is the co-host of The New York Times arts and culture podcast Still Processing, and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. Wortham was previously a tech writer for The New York Times, and now writes on a multitude of subjects ranging between arts and culture, technology, and social media, with a focus on the contributions of black,…

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Leslie Carol Roberts

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Leslie Carol Roberts discusses her new book, Here Is Where I Walk. About Here is Where I Walk It is in the Presidio of San Francisco, California, that Leslie Carol Roberts walks. The Presidio, America’s only residential national park tucked wholly into an urban setting, is a fading historic forest. Here is where Leslie’s memories of other places, people, and travels emerge. Here is where the author’s home has been for more than a decade and here is the place she…

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Voz Sin Tinta: Our monthly bilingual poetry series and open mic.

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Thu, April 11, 6:30pm – 9:00pm DescriptionSponsored by Alejandro Murguia, curated by Marguerite Munoz and Rene Vaz. This month's readers TBD.

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Timothy Hampton

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Zone Books in conjunction with City Lights present an evening of discussion centering around the release of Timonthy Hampton's new book Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work from Zone Books Bob Dylan’s reception of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature has elevated him beyond the world of popular music, establishing him as a major modern artist. However, until now, no study of his career has focused on the details and nuances of the songs, showing how they work as…

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Translating Contemporary Russian Literature: Marian Schwartz on Olga Slavnikova and Leonid Yuzefovich

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Translating Contemporary Russian Literature: Marian Schwartz on Olga Slavnikova and Leonid Yuzefovich Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Avenue | San Francisco, CA RSVP Marian Schwartz joins Sabrina Jaszi to talk about translating contemporary Russian literature and her latest translations of Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands and Olga Slavnikova’s The Man Who Couldn’t Die. Horsemen of the Sands (Archipelago Books) contains two novellas by Leonid Yuzefovich: The Storm, which takes place in a Soviet elementary school, and Horsemen of the Sands, a mystical tale about…

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Translator Marian Schwartz

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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  Marian Schwartz discusses her latest translations from Russian, The Man Who Couldn't Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being and Horsemen of the Sands. About The Man Who Couldn't Die In the chaos of early-1990s Russia, the wife and stepdaughter of a paralyzed veteran conceal the Soviet Union's collapse from him in order to keep him--and his pension--alive until it turns out the tough old man has other plans. Olga Slavnikova's The Man Who Couldn't Die tells the story of how two women…

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The Poetry Center at SF State Presents: Feliz Lucia Molina

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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Feliz' latest chapbook is Crystal Marys. Written from the impassive surface of the Internet and the high desert of Southern California, Crystal Marys is a field study of social-media fatigue, suburban youth, Filipino immigrancy, a denim day job in LA's garment district, and other sites of crystallized dis/enchantment. Molina traces life's "beautiful unreliable narrative logic" by the devotional images of our times-the Virgin Mary, emoji, family photos, profile pics, etc.

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Show Me as I Want to be Seen with Porchlight Storytelling

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$20

Join us for an evening of storytelling presented in collaboration with Contemporary Jewish Museum and San Francisco’s storytelling series, Porchlight. Each storyteller is sharing a personal story inspired by the CJM exhibition Show Me as I Want to be Seen. Taking the work of French Jewish artist and writer Claude Cahun (1894–1954) along with her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892–1972) as its starting point, Show Me as I Want to Be Seen examines the complex and empowered representation…

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Fire & Rain: Ecopoetry of California contributors read

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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Publisher Lucille Lang Day and poet Joan Gelfand are joined by several Bay Area colleagues who are among the 150 contributors throughout the state whose poems make up "Fire & Rain: Ecopoetry of California" (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2018). http://www.scarlettanager.com/ "Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, is not only a beautiful and thorough anthology but an homage to California, its varieties of landscapes, and the amazing poetry it has evoked. Like no other…

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GEARS TURNING w/ Kim Shuck

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join us for an afternoon of wonderful poetry by SF Bay Area based poets, artists, and musicians with your host Kim Shuck. To participate in the open mic session, please arrive by 4 and plan to listen to all of the featured poets. Seating/space is limited. Posted in LIVE POETRY

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POETS! – featured readers followed by an open mic

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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POETS! – Ronald Sauer & Agnetta Falk followed by an open mic

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco , CA 94131 United States
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POETS! - Ronald Sauer & Agnetta Falk followed by an open mic

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The Effect of Tech on San Francisco with Cary McClelland and Kim-Mai Cutler

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco, 94108 United States
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$6 – $54

San Francisco is changing at warp speed. Famously home to artists and activists, and known as the birthplace of the Beats and the LGBTQ movement, in recent decades the Bay Area has been reshaped by Silicon Valley, the engine of the new American economy. The richer the region gets, the more unequal and less diverse it becomes, and cracks in the city's facade--rapid gentrification, an epidemic of evictions, rising crime, atrophied public institutions--have started to show. Who has been displaced?…

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Philosopher of Utopia: Celebrating the New Graphic Biography of Herbert Marcuse

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Nick Thorkelson, Andrew T. Lamas, and a special guest TBD discussing the new book Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography by Nick Thorkelson, edited by Paul Buhle and Andrew T. Lamas, with a foreword by Angela Y. Davis & published by City Lights Books This comics-format biography brings Marcuse's life, work, and times to a new generation. From his youth in Weimar Germany and early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his emigration from Nazi Germany along with colleagues…

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