WEEK IN PREVIEW: the quake hits

(Nicole McFeely)

“I’m a con artist in that I’m an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn’t,” said John Lithgow, and with five Emmys, two Tonys, two Golden Globes, and two Oscar nominations, I’d believe him. Hear him speak about his new autobiography on Tuesday, October 4th at the Kabuki Theater, presented by The Booksmith, who will also present Jeremy Rifkin on the same evening! Rifkin will discuss his new book “The Third Industrial Revolution,” which explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful “Third Industrial Revolution” that will transform the way we work and live in the 21st century. Also this Tuesday, over at City Arts and LecturesAndy Borowitz will be in conversation w/ Paul Lancour. Borowitz, a comedian and writer whose twitter feed was recently voted #1 by a TIME magazine poll and whose work appears in the New Yorker, is also the man responsible for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. That’s right. He created the Fresh Prince. Pretty awesome in my book.

Poet Marianne Moore wrote that baseball, like writing, is exciting because “you can never tell with either how it will go.” On Wednesday, October 5th, see what she means firsthand by joining Matthew Zapruder, Robin Ekiss, Troy Jollimore, Ada Limon, Dean Rader, and Melissa Stein for the first annual Poetry World Series. Two teams of these up-and-coming Bay Area poets will take turns batting at a poem topic pitched to them by the audience, and only one will earn the title. Plus, this event will be moderated by Peg Alford Pursell (as if you needed a bonus with that roster of poets!). But maybe you didn’t get enough of Burning Man? Fireside Storytelling has you covered: join storytellers as they share some memorably good and not so good times from the notorious festival.

On Wednesday, October 5th catch a solo performance by Vanessa Alabarces at CounterPULSE or head over to the Dark Room for some comedy as The Business hosts Monday Night Foreplays and Natasha Muse.

On Thursday, October 5th, Robert Hass will read from his translations of Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czesław Miłosz at The Art of Translation in Berkeley for the Lunch Poems series. If you’re still in the mood for poetry afterwards, check out Richard O. Moore + Linda Norton, who will also be reading in Berkeley at Moe’s Books (Berkeley day!). Carl Weiner and Devereaux Baker are this week’s features at Thursdays at Readers.

Brandon Shimoda will talk with Brandon Downing about his art at Studio One this Friday, October 7th, which also marks the beginning of Litquake. Join tons and tons of authors for some devilish fun at this kick-off party at the Verdi Club. Notes from last year’s party. The year before.

On Saturday, October 8th, celebrate monsters and the terror they induce with From Caves, Waves, and Cosmia, a group art show brought to you by the Merchants of Reality. Or check out one of the many  Litquake events:

Sunday, 10/9 – Litquake (you might want to put a pot on the stove, but don’t forget about it):

Is that enough for you? Want more? Of course you do. And you’re going to get it! Stay tuned for a detailed preview of Litquake… until soon.