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March 2020

Crossroads: Stories of Queer Spirit

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free
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Welcome! Before joining the call, please read the full event description below--- CROSSROADS is a meeting place for all those who worship, pray, and make magic in the margins. It is a gathering of witches and heretics, hermits and revolutionaries, shadow-dwellers and truth-tellers. We are survivors, edge-walkers, and freaks claiming our connections with the Divine. Through storytelling we are offered a mirror in which to see our selves more clearly, to understand our place in the world, and to expand…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

March 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $100
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in Conversation

It's a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we're raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business. First up: Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in conversation, including a Q&A. Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Plus the memoir A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage,…

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Online MoAD Open Mic Night

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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Free
Online MoAD Open Mic

Open Mic at MoAD is going virtual! Use this link to participate in the Open Mic online. You can sign up below to read, or just be part of the audience. OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. Because we were going to still be installing our new shows this month on the Third Thursday we decided to host Open Mic on the FOURTH THURSDAY this month! Even though we will be having the event online, we will still hold it on…

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The Racket 40: Light

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
The Racket 40: Flight

We can still remember celebrating our mother's 40th birthday with a cake shaped like a coffin and a bunch of people wearing underwear on their heads. This will not be our evening. Our evening will consist of great writers from in and around the Bay Area reading on the eye-opening subject of LIGHT. It will, as these things do, probably get pretty dark. Free beer 'till there ain't. The Readers: Jennifer Lewis Thea Matthews Elizabeth Gonzalez James Lis Owuor Hugh…

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

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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$10 – $50
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You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes Online! an ONLINE Open Mic w/Ned Buskirk, the You're Going to Die Team & music from The Singer and The Songwriter! Yeah. It's an ONLINE OPEN MIC. I need it. You need it. Let's do it. THIS THURSDAY, March 26th Virtual Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8pm. Seating is first come, first served... to the person who gets the seat in your house. REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2wlh0ex PLEASE NOTE: Registration DOES NOT…

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Nomadic Press’ Virtual Open Mic #2

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
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Donate (only if you can swing it) by clicking on the "ticket" link or dropping donations via the $Cash app to $NomadicPress OR https://cash.app/$NomadicPress 90 minutes 30 readers 3 minutes each On Zoom! It feels really important to gather in these times, and we need to prioritize the health of most vulnerable community members (our elders, those who work with elders, and those with suppressed immune systems). So we are hosting another virtual open mic (this time a little earlier…

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Poetry Reading and Live Drawing

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Poetry Reading and Live Drawing

Zoom Secession Virtual Happy Hour Friday, March 27, 6pm https://zoom.us/j/448811298 While we're closed until the city allows us to reopen (fingers crossed for April 9), Secession Art & Design is hosting a live-streamed poetry reading by Silvi Alcivar and ink drawing by Joshua Coffy this Friday. This is your chance to see their show "let me tell you a sacred" from your home. Life as we know it is different after COVID-19. We had no idea that we would spend…

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Foglifter Presents: QT Writers Now—Virtual Reading & Open Mic

March 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
QT Writers Now

As we protect our most vulnerable populations from COVID-19 and practice social distancing, Foglifter is responding to the marginalized communities’ necessary call to maintain connection as we face times of great uncertainty, challenges, and cancellations. Foglifter believes that we can support each other and reduce isolation’s detrimental effects through the literary arts and community. Foglifter is launching a virtual reading series and open mic, so we can see / hear and be seen / heard by each other. This is…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Jon Mooallem in conversation with Nellie Bowles / This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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Booksmith hosts Jon Mooallem (Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America) for his new book This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together. He'll be in conversation with Nellie Bowles. Please join us … we'll be streaming on our Facebook page! In 1964, Anchorage, Alaska, was a modern-day frontier town yearning to be a metropolis -- the largest, proudest city in a state that was still brand-new. But just…

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A [quarantined] Room of One’s Own- FICTION Night

March 31 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
A [quarantined] Room of One’s Own- FICTION Night

A Room of One’s Own- Virtual Reading Series- FICTION night If you, like the rest of us, are feeling isolated with a sudden and vast amount of free time.. AND you like authors and stories and amazing women, please join us on ZOOM for a virtual literary series Tuesday nights at 6:30pm PST. This event features three fiction writers: Ariel Gore, Jennifer Lewis, and Kara Vernor. Find us HERE: https://zoom.us/j/494918296

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Linda Sarsour / We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to public health concerns around the coronavirus, this will be a virtual event live-streamed on our Facebook page. Please join us! Berkeley Arts & Letters presents an evening with Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour​ for her memoir, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders. Please join us!   On a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn, nineteen-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab for the first time. She saw in the mirror the woman she was growing…

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April 2020

Lyric & Dirges: Ether Edition #1

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Lyric & Dirges: Ether Edition #1

Join us for the launching of Lyrics & Dirges: Ether Edition We have a new format and the same literary wonderland. Our inaugural virtual reading is happening on April 1st with three amazing writers Norma Liliana Valdez, Georgina Marie, and Nick Johnson We will be meeting on Zoom, specific details below and if you're new to Zoom you can download the app here: https://zoom.us/ and here's a handy Description: ────────── Lyrics & Dirges is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom…

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Screenside Chat #1: Thea Matthews, MK Chavez, JP Howard

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
Screenside Chat #1

Join us for our first Screenside Chat, a new limited-run series where Nomadic Press partners with other publishers to bring you "fireside chat"-esque engaging readings and conversations between 2–3 writers, all from the comfort of your home. There will be a brief Q&A at the end, as well, for audience members to ask our writers questions. For this iteration of Screenside Chat, we have paired up with the wonderful Red Light Lit (founded and run by Jennifer Lewis). Our writers…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Poets for National Poetry Month

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join Litquake for our annual National Poetry Month celebration, for readings from some of America's best poets: Kazim Ali, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Jane Hirshfield. Curated and hosted by Rebecca Foust. Originally scheduled to be held at Grace Cathedral atop the city's Nob Hill, now streaming live for you! All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Moderators Rebecca Foust Rebecca Foust was the Poet Laureate of Marin County…

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YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: POETRY, PROSE & EVERYTHING GOES… ONLINE!

April 2 @ 7:00 pm
Free

You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes Online! an ONLINE Open Mic w/Ned Buskirk & the You're Going to Die Team! Yeah. It's an ONLINE OPEN MIC. I need it. You need it. Let's do it. Thursday, April 2nd Virtual Doors at 7pm Show at 7:30pm Seating is first come, first served... to the person who gets the seat in your house. REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/33US8Gz PLEASE NOTE: Registration DOES NOT guarantee a spot on the call!!! There are…

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Nomadic Press’ Virtual Open Mic #3

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Nomadic Press' Virtual Open Mic #3

FREE AND ALL WELCOME! Donate (only if you can swing it) by clicking on the "ticket" link or dropping donations via the $Cash app to $NomadicPress OR https://cash.app/$NomadicPress 90 minutes 30 readers 3 minutes each On Zoom! It feels really important to gather in these times, and we need to prioritize the health of most vulnerable community members (our elders, those who work with elders, and those with suppressed immune systems). So we are hosting another virtual open mic (this…

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Bess Kalb / Nobody Will Tell You This But Me

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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Booksmith hosts a live-stream with Bess Kalb for her new book Nobody Will Tell You This but Me. Please join us … we'll be streaming on our Facebook page! "When I stop crying, I'm calling my mother immediately and making her read it." – Jodi Picoult "Comic lines as good as in any movie, and pathos as deep as in any novel" – Mike Birbiglia Bess Kalb, Emmy-nominated TV writer and New Yorker contributor, saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force--irrepressible, glamorous,…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Beth Lisick and “Edie on the Green Screen”

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Beth Lisick's canceled book tour for her debut novel transmogrifies into an at-home spoken word and music performance with her husband, musician and studio wizard Eli Crews (Tune-yards, Deerhoof). Though rarely in the same place at the same time, they've spent the last few weeks collaborating on making hand sanitizer, falafel, and music. Beth will read excerpts from her new book accompanied by organs, synths, and other assorted gadgetry. Presented live from their Spillway Sound recording studio in New York's…

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Litquake on Lockdown: “Home Baked” Booty Shake

April 4 @ 7:00 pm
Free

In the seventies, when author Alia Volz was tucked into in her stroller, her parents ran Sticky Fingers Brownies, an underground bakery that delivered more than 10,000 marijuana edibles each month in San Francisco. From the frothy 1970s through the depths of the AIDS crisis and the dawn of medical marijuana, Volz’s new memoir Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a city in the throes of change and the community that…

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Smack Dab Queer Open Mic Online!

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
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We are giving ONLINE Smack Dab Queer & Trans Open Mic a try. Meet us on Zoom at our usual time :) Smack Dab Queer Open Mic is a free LGBTQ2SIA community event. Our slogan? “All ages, all genders, all the time.” We're the longest running Q/T Open mic in the bay and we welcome YOU to join us to share: stories, poems, a song, dance, your visual art or your latest manifesto. Want to simply join us as friends,…

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Litquake on Lockdown: Met Cute–The Happy Side of Gay Romance

April 5 @ 7:00 pm
Free

In these stressful times, everyone could use a little fun. Because sometimes loving goes best with laughter, four bestselling authors of gay romance read from their lighter works--J. Scott Coatsworth, Kim Fielding, Angel Martinez, and Amy Lane. Discussion and Q&A about why love stories help soothe frayed nerves and anxious minds to follow. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Speakers Kim Fielding Kim Fielding is the…

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Escape From Quarantine Reading – a weekly online thing

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
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a weekly digital gathering and poetry reading. join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. this is a space to just talk about what's going on and how we feel about it and also share our work. Topic: escape from quarantine reading Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Mon, until May 4, 2020, 7 occurrence(s) Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM Mar 30, 2020 07:00 PM…

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Litquake on Lockdown: DIY Flash with the Flash Fiction Collective

April 6 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A reading of dozens of tiny stories from micro-fictionistas, including guest readers, plus a discussion of the Art of Flash and prompts—including visual prompts—to write and submit your own, with a selection to be published on the Flash Fiction Collective Facebook page. All authors' books available from your favorite indie bookstores, order from bookshop.org! Livestream link to be posted the morning of! Speakers Jane Ciabattari Jane Ciabattari, author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire, writes the Between the…

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