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December 2018

The Fifth Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair – Fighting for the Air We Breathe

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CCSF mission campus, 1125 Valencia Street
San Francisco, United States
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The Fifth Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair will be held in San Francisco from 10-6 on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at the Mission Campus of City College at 1125 Valencia Street at 22nd. The fair draws upon the legacy of legendary historian and activist Howard Zinn by gathering together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. The HZBF has become an invaluable…

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GERD STERN @ 90

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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SUN. DEC. 2ND, 7PM Gerd Stern joins the circle of Beat nonagenarians this year, and we’re hosting a gathering to celebrate! Gerd has worn many hats over the last 90 years, from Beat poet to psychedelic media artist, and most recently, was vindicated as the poet who did not lose the Joan Anderson Letter over the side of his houseboat 60 years ago. Join us for an evening of readings, conversation, and celebration of Gerd at 90! More details to follow.

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

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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City Arts & Lectures NADINE BURKE HARRIS

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29

In Conversation with Indre Viskontas Monday, December 3, 2018, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: "On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program  Buy Tickets | Buy Series Tickets | 415.392.4400 As a pediatrician working in the Bay View-Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Nadine Burke Harrisnoticed that the children who came to her clinic with health problems—including ADHD, asthma, and eczema—had histories of severe adversity. Her research has shown that exposure to violence and stress affects the developing brains and bodies of children, resulting in increased instances of…

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Designing Change: A Conversation with David Hogg

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco , CA 94107 United States
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$30 - $60

On December 4, The Museum of Craft and Design welcomes Parkland activist, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and author David Hogg, to San Francisco to share his personal story and vision for change in our country. "Designing Change: A Conversation with David Hogg" will include a lecture and Q&A at Minnesota Street Project followed by a reception and book signing with Hogg at the Museum of Craft and Design. Both arts venues are located within walking distance of each…

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Norma Cole with Steve Dickison: An Omnidawn Party

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of two new books of poetry from Omnidawn Press Fate News by Norma Cole and Inside Song  by Steve Dickison about Fate News: All timing all the time! Fate News is poetry in the crosshairs of action (kairos) and clock time (chronos). With a topical setlist in four sections, "Local," "On-Going," "Stay Songs," and "Harmolodics," Fate News relentlessly pierces the surface of lyric gesture. Its osmotic exchanges and searching encounters vibrate with the clarity of fiercely delicate shouts…

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The Wall of Birds

December 4 @ 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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Jane Kim and Thayer Walker discuss their new book, The Wall of Birds:One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years. About The Wall of Birds A celebration of the diversity and evolution of birds, as depicted in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's magnificent 2,500-square-foot Wall of Birds mural by artist Jane Kim.   Part homage, part artistic and sociological journey, The Wall of Birds tells the story of birds' remarkable 375-million-year evolution. With a foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,…

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George Lakey

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing the subject of his new book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning by George Lakey from Melville House A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns — teaching us how to achieve real progressive change. Today's new direct action campaigns require a new, down-to-earth guide to effective campaigning. George Lakey's How We Win is that timely guide. The Women’s March of January 21, 2017 was estimated at four million…

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2ND SET: ‘OVERTHROWING CAPITALISM’ ANTHOLOGY RELEASE

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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WED. DEC. 5TH, 7PM By popular demand, we’ve added a second night of readings from the newly released Overthrowing Capitalism: Volume Five. Featured readers: Lincoln Bergman William Crossman Anita Odena Cruz Romeo Cruz Carol Denney Arnoldo Garcia Lapo Guzzini Dan Katz Karen Melander Magoon Janice Mirikitani Alejandro Murguia Jeanne Powell Stephen Schur Nina Serrano Cathleen Williams Nellie Wong Andrena Zawiinsky Fady Zouby Facilitator: Rosemary Manno

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BINDERY: Poetry from USF’s Graduate Program in Writing

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts the concluding event in Prof. D. A. Powell's "San Francisco Poetics," an open classroom experience celebrating poets in San Francisco. The founding director of the University of San Francisco's Master of Fine Arts degree in writing program, Aaron Shurin (pictured), will read and discuss his own work and how it relates to ideas of community and culture in San Francisco. Graduate students from the USF's MFA program will read poems written this semester. Please join us!     This is a free,…

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Joshua Rivkin and R.O. Kwon

December 5 @ 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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Joshua Rivkin discusses his new biography, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly, with R.O. Kwon. Praise for Chalk “Reviled when young, revered when old, the elusive Twombly surprisingly emerges in this fascinating biography, which traces the difficulties of tracking down the man as thoroughly as it fills in the blurred, half-erased likeness. This is the record of a heroic journey of discovery.” —acclaimed author and memoirist Edmund White “Joshua Rivkin’s sensitive eye and investigative ambition expand and enrich our understanding of Cy Twombly's genius in this…

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NEW DATE! In Common Writers Series: Kiese Laymon, reading and in conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin

December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center In Common Writers Series will present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty in SF State's College of Ethnic Studies—reading…

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Chaya Bhuvaneswar in conversation with Louise Aronson

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new book White Dancing Elephants from Dzanc Books In luminous, vivid, searingly honest prose, the stories in White Dancing Elephants center on the experiences of diverse women of color—cunning, bold, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, as well as the violence women inflict upon each other. One woman's miscarriage is juxtaposed against the story of the Buddha's birth. Another cheats with her best friend's husband, only to discover it’s her friend she most yearns for. In three different stories, three…

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InsideStorytime LAPSARIANS

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary St
San Francisco , CA 94109 United States
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InsideStorytime LAPSARIANS will occur at Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary Street, San Francisco, Thursday December 6th, 7-9 pm, featuring Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree), and others. lapsarians n. (lap-?ser-?-?n) Believers in the Fall. Origin: Latin lapsus, a fall.

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WOULD YOU BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THAT OUTFIT?

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Stud Bar, 399 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Free

WOULD YOU BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THAT OUTFIT? A multimedia event celebrating the aesthetics of '80s and '90s underground clubbing by pájaros, maricones, mariposas, mariquitas and those who love them. Curated by artists Juliana Delgado Lopera & Rebeka Rodriguez in collaboration with Aunt Lute Books, this 1980s Latinx fashion extravaganza will include: *A runway featuring YOU – fabulous young and elder queers! *A kiki panel on the resiliency of people living and performing on 16th street in the 80s and…

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Writers with Drinks

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$5 - $20

Jaymee Goh (The Sea is Ours: Steampunk Tales of Southeast Asia) Jennifer S. Cheng (Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems) Bryan Thao Worra (On the Other Side of the Eye) Alan Chazaro (Ghost Town Literary Review) Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.  

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Michael Lally will read from and sign his new book Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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From a '60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition. In the vein of William Carlos Williams and Frank O'Hara, Lally eschews formality in favor of a colloquial idiom that pops straight from the page into the reader's synapses. This is the definitive collection of verse…

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Tongues of Fire Reading Series

December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bound Together Bookstore, 1369 Haight St,
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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TONGUES OF FIRE Reading Series 8pm bound together anarchist collective bookstore, 1369 Haight St. Featuring Anna Allen, James Warner, Phyllis Oscar, and others!

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Poetry Event: GEARS TURNING w/ Kim Shuck

December 9 @ 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 sessions, please arrive by 4 and plan to listen to all of the featured poets. Seating/space is limited.

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Dana Frank in conversation with John Lindsay-Poland

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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  discussing their new books The Long Honduran Night: Resistance , Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup By Dana Frank from Haymarket Books and Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism by  John Lindsay-Poland published by Duke University Press about The Long Honduran Night: A story of resistance, repression, and US policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup. This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009…

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Odd Salon ‘ODDMENTS 2018’

December 11 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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$15 - $25

Join us on Dec 11th for our annual celebration of strange stories, curious happenings, odd ends, and unclassified wonders: ODDMENTS Featuring our favorite stories from this year’s submissions that just wouldn’t fit into any theme, the official welcoming of our 2018 Fellows of Odd Salon, plus our once-annual holiday shop full of odd gifts for the curious minded Oddling in your life. Curated by Annetta Black GET TICKETS

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Roman Muradov

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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presenting a polyphonic play of interconnected stories from the new book Vanishing Act by Roman Muradov from Fantagraphics Books Written and drawn in thirteen styles, from comedy and confession to prophecy and interpretative dance, Vanishing Act is a polyphonic play of interconnected stories, synchronized in time and space on one melancholy evening. A paranoid man rehearses the upcoming party. A disheveled actor expounds on the conceptual potential of sitcoms. A beloved dog disappears into the Internet and starts a cult. A couple…

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The Racket!

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adobe Books, 3130 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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The summer's over and light is getting dimmer in the evenings. Let's gather a bunch of writerly souls together to shed a little light on THE DARK. Hosted by Noah B. Sanders

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Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Book Readings presents ‘Great Gift Books’

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Authors Sumiko Saulson, Jim Provenzano, and Colleen McKee present and read from their latest works

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Emily Yoon, Sam Sax, Monica Sok

December 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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    Emily Yoon, Sam Sax and Monica Sok read their latest poems. About A Cruelty Special To Our Species A piercing debut collection of poems exploring gender, race, and violence from a sensational new talent   In her arresting collection, urgently relevant for our times, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence against women, focusing in particular on Korean so-called “comfort women,” women who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II.   In…

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