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February 2020

Arthur Kleinman

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCSF Parnassus Campus, 530 Parnassus Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143 United States
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The Department of History, Anthropology, and Social Medicine at UCSF in conjunction with City Lights Booksellers and Viking Books present Arthur Kleinman discussing the subject of his new book The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor from Viking Books A moving memoir and an extraordinary love story that shows how an expert physician became a family caregiver and learned why care is so central to all our lives and yet is at risk in…

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My Life, My Stories / Intergenerational Conversations: Dating & Relationships

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Red Victorian, 1665 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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My Life, My Stories at The Bindery

Please join us for an evening of conversations and stories! The theme will be around "relationships and dating through the years". We are inviting younger and older folks to share their own experiences and thoughts. Topics will range from finding dates to choosing date spots to breaking up. Over the decades, how do you or did you go about finding dates? Has it become easier to have so many choices through your phone? Date spots and activities always elicit strong…

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Jeneé Darden at Alameda Authors Series IV

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Alameda Free Library, Stafford Room, 1550 Oak Street
Alameda, ca 94501
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Details: The fourth annual Alameda Authors Series, sponsored by, AAUW Alameda and the Friends of the Alameda Free Library, returns with award winning journalist and book author Jeneé Darden. Ms. Darden will speak about her book, When a Purple Rose Blooms, a collection of poetry and essays that reflect her journey through Black womanhood. With heart and humor, Darden engages us in conversations about race, love, sex, and mental health. Like a rose, being a Black woman in this society…

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Meng Jin – Little Gods

February 12 @ 7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue
Oakland, 94618
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EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Meng Jin to read from her new book, Little Gods on Wednesday, February 12tht at 7pm. On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of time. When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who…

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Danielle Svetcov: Parked

February 12 @ 7:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location. Danielle Svetcov discusses her new book, Parked. Praise for Parked "A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in real life." --Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone at Alcatraz series “Danielle Svetcov has written a novel that's utterly of this moment. It's a book about generosity—not just toward others, but toward oneself. Parked is a reminder that we don’t have to feel alone in the world, because we’re not.”—Jack…

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Danielle Svetcov: Parked

February 12 @ 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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Danielle Svetcov discusses her new book, Parked. Praise for Parked "A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in real life." --Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone at Alcatraz series “Danielle Svetcov has written a novel that's utterly of this moment. It's a book about generosity—not just toward others, but toward oneself. Parked is a reminder that we don’t have to feel alone in the world, because we’re not.”—Jack Cheng, Golden Kite Award-winning author of See You in the Cosmos "An absorbing and…

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b, Book, and Me Happy Hour

February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
DaDa Bar, 65 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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Join us after work to raise a glass to Two Lines latest from Kim Sagwa, b, Book, and Me, translated from Korean by Sunhee Jeong. There will be readings from Two Lines editors, drinks, and snacks. Entry is free but please rsvp! More about b, Book, and Me Best friends b and Rang are all each other have. Their parents are absent, their teachers avert their eyes when they walk by. Everyone else in town acts like they live in Seoul even though…

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Voz Sin Tinta: Bi-lingual poetry reading and open mic night! (Copy) (Copy) at Alley Cat Books

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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  Voz Sin Tinta, our monthly bi-lingual poetry reading and open mic night! Hosted and curated by Rene Vaz and Marguerite Munoz.

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Harlem of The West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era

February 13 @ 6:30 pm
Mechanics Institute Library, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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$15

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco's Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at the bar of Texas Playhouse. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment, and so many legendary African American…

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Howard Eiland

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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City Lights in conjunction with the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California at Berkeley present an evening with Howard Eiland celebrating two new books Origin of the German Trauerspiel - by Walter Benjamin - (Tr. Howard Eiland) - published by Harvard University Press and Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz - by Howard Eiland - published by Spuyten Duyvil about Origin of the German Trauerspiel Origin of the German Trauerspiel was Walter Benjamin's first full, historically oriented analysis of…

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So This Sucks: A Night of Heartbreak & Disappointment

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Black Box Theater at The Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA 94123-1019 United States
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$15 – $20
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Heartbroken? Join us. Single? Join us. Not single? Well let's be real, you live in the Bay Area, so chances are you will be VERY soon. It's better to be safe than sorry. From the creators of About Last Night - San Francisco's favorite one night stand storytelling series comes our annual Valentine's day show: SO THIS SUCKS. Come hear true tales of heartbreak and disappointment from the choppy waters of our favorite subject: Love. You might laugh, you might…

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Red Light Lit: Valentine’s Show

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoFight, 144 Taylor St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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$15 – $20
Red Light Lit Valentine's Show

Celebrate Valentine's a day early with Red Light Lit. The show is a mashup of poetry, storytelling, and art set to a live score by Nick Jaina. Featuring the photography of Kim Huynh, the music of Sarah Gagnon, and dancers Kara Davis, Tristan Ching Hartmann & Mackenzie Studebaker. Readers include: Peter Thomas Bullen, Kar Johnson, Lisa Martinovic, Sarah Bethe Nelson, and Thea Matthews. Tickets are $15 at the door, $20 day of show.

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Babar in Exile #22: Up Close and Personal

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue
Berkeley, 94703
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Free of charge

Babar in Exile will be ending in May, and for its penultimate installment we proudly feature a lineup of queer readers who will take a close look at all our lives. Two of our features honed their chops at the original Café Babar and remain performers of towering skill, and the third is blazing a trail as we speak. Three-time SF Slam Team member and former Lake County Poet Laureate Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga will share some of his Filipino American…

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Howard Eiland at City Lights Books

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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City Lights in conjunction with the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California at Berkeley present an evening with Howard Eiland celebrating two new books Origin of the German Trauerspiel - by Walter Benjamin - (Tr. Howard Eiland) - published by Harvard University Press and Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz - by Howard Eiland - published by Spuyten Duyvil about Origin of the German Trauerspiel Origin of the German Trauerspiel was Walter Benjamin's first full, historically oriented analysis of…

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Craig Vachon, The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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ookshop welcomes Craig Vachon for a reading and signing of The Knucklehead of Silicon Valley, his entertaining tale of a befuddled but highly capable venture capitalist who is compelled to chart his own course on a global quest to save his new brain-computer interface tool from falling into some very, very wrong hands. Ralph Gibsen isn’t your typical spy. In fact, he may not be a spy at all. He's lumpy, blundering and abysmal at chatting up the fairer sex. Yet, he…

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Sisters in Crime

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, 94087
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$15
Cara Black

We are excited to have our Legal Advocacy Fundraiser, Sisters in Crime. Featured this year will be four local authors: The moderator Heather Haven has a varied background: ad copy, comedy acts and play writing. Her novels include the SV based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Manhattan based Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries and documentary fiction "Murder Under the Big Top" based upon her mother's experience. In September she released "Christmas Trifle," Book One of the Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels. Cara…

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

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10
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You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... Open Mic at The Lost Church - San Francisco w/Ned Buskirk $10 in advance & at the door. TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/YG2D_Feb13_SF 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 help…

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Love Songs for Dyslexic Hearts: A Night of Poetry at Alley Cat Books

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Featuring Kim Shuck and the legendary bloodflower. Featuring Jack Hirschman, Rusty Rebar, Wrob Rosenberger, Jack Mellender, James Zealous, and the legendary bloodflower! The second hour is an OPEN MIC so be sure to sign up!

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CAFÉ SOCIETY PRESENTS ROBERT HASS

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place
Point Richmond, California 94801 United States
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Robert Hass reads from his new collection, Summer Snow, in Point Richmond. A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass’s trademark careful attention to the natural world, his subtle humor, and the delicate but wide-ranging eye he casts on the human experience are fully on display in his masterful collection. Touching…

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Enter Generations

February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Counterpulse, 80 Turk St
San Francisco, 94102
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Enter Generations

ENTER GENERATIONS: A Night of Intergenerational QTPOC Brilliance, curated by Shannon Prasad, Greg Pond, and Dazie Grego-Sykes with the support of Queer Rebels, in their first ever queer inter-generational curatorial residency. Join us for a free night of performances featuring community elders, Maria Medina, Blackberri and Mali. Each of these legends will be collaborating with emerging or mid-career artists to create original performances creating conversations that have been lost throughout our generations. These performers include The Global Street Dance Masquerade,…

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A Tribute to Toni Morrison

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mechanics Institute Library, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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$5 – $15
A Tribute to Toni Morrison

Join this extraordinary evening to celebrate and honor one of America’s most important authors who gave voice to of the African American experience through the history of slavery, family and community. This program hosted by author Sarah Lapido Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun) features acclaimed Bay Area authors including Michael Chabon (Book ends, Pops, Moonglow), Natalie Baszile (Queen Sugar), poet Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes) and Professor Ato Quayson of Stanford University. Panelists will…

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Alexandra Petri: Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, 94709
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$12 – $46

In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics and culture that will in no way unsettle your worldview. In essays both new and adapted from her viral Post columns, Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. Q-Anon makes perfect sense! Perhaps the abyss is…

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Clearly Meant presents Rebecca Radner

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Clearly Meant presents: a poetry reading, interview, and discussion, featuring Rebecca Radner. Rebecca Radner, a Berkeley poet, is the author of What you least expect—selected poems 1980-2011 (Class Action Ink).  Her poems have appeared in Harvard Magazine, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, The Iowa Review, and The New England Review, as well as the anthology What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop. For over twenty years she reviewed books regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle. She has read her poems recently as part of the Bay Area…

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Book Release: Synchronicity by Tureeda Mikell

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606
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Join us as we celebrate the long-awaited and much-anticipated release of Tureeda Mikell's first full-length collection of poetry, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine. Location to be announced soon. Preorders help small presses gauge print runs, so grab your copy before the event! www.nomadicpress.org/store/synchronicity Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine is a poetic-prose journey into the revelation of sun medicine that shows up like a rhyme in time to forewarn and sign the body and the mind. Filled with questions,…

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World-Renowned Poets Ellen Bass, Jane Hirshfield and Marie Howe to Give Poetry Reading in Support of the Courageous Students of the Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund for Maasai Girls

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd
Kensington, 94707
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$30

On February 15, 2020, three renowned poets will join voices to offer and unforgettable evening of poetry in support of the Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund for Maasai Girls. This event will be a rare opportunity to hear three of the greatest voices of modern poetry in one event. Bass, Hirshfield and Howe are or have been Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. Their poems have summoned a generation of poets into a terrain of uncompromising honesty at the…

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‘Heartbeat’, A Film by Will Combs featuring Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline, ‘Hube the Cube’ and others

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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As a young film student immersed with the works of Godard and cinema verite’, Will Combs barged into the backyard of the remaining Beats in San Francisco’s North Beach in the mid-1970’s. Using surplus film stock and a spring-wind Bolex, he began to capture the temperament of the Era, kabuki style. HEARTBEAT features rare and personal footage of Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline and Hube the Cube in their environment, infusing poetry with a concise inquiry into the Beat Era.

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Jan Steckel on Poetry and Activism

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Robinson Classroom A, 1204 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, 94612-1201
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$10

On February 16th the California Writers Club – Berkeley branch welcomes award-winning poet and activist Jan Steckel as a featured guest of the club. Steckel will speak on how poets and writers can effect change through their writing. She will speak on advocacy, representation, and documenting social conditions. Steckel has experience to share on using your writing to inspire empathy and using your notoriety to draw attention to injustice. She will share the ways poets and writers can participate in…

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Gish Jen’s The Resisters Book Talk with Helen Zia

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value–as well as their very existence. Gish will be in conversation with Helen Zia, activist/author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai and Asian American Dreams. “The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both…

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Clement: Schulkind, McClung, Grafton, & Barnes

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Green Apple Books Clement Street, 506 Clement Street
San Francisco, 94118 United States
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About the Authors Lynne Barnes was born in Georgia and moved to New York City in 1968 with a front row ticket to HAIR, before migrating to San Francisco in 1969, two years after the Summer of Love. She was part of a commune that thrived for twenty years in the Haight Ashbury. She is a former psych nurse and librarian. Her beloved partner, Carole, created the cover art for her book. FALLING INTO FLOWERS was the recipient of the 2017…

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Book Swap!

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Novel Brewing Company, 6510 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608
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Book Swap!

Join us for our semiannual Book Swap at Novel Brewing Co.! How does it work? Bring a book, or a few books. We prefer ones from home that you finished reading and would like to share with others AND/OR come in to find the next book you want to read! Each book included in the Book Swap needs a BOOKMARK! Bookmarks and writing utensils are provided. Please write (1) your first name and last initial, and (2) the top 2…

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