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Thursday, May 5

“Sweeter Off The Vine: Fruit Desserts For Every Season” Book Launch | SF
Thursday, May 5 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Celebrate the luscious fruits of every season with this stunning collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats. Summer’s wild raspberries become Raspberry Pink Peppercorn Sorbet, ruby red rhubarb is roasted to adorn a pavlova, juicy apricots and berries ...

Friday, May 6

Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland

On select First Fridays Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko drumming is an exciting modern art form with ancient roots in the religious ceremonies and folk festivals of Japan. Come learn all about it and have ...

Poetry World Series | Mill Valley
Friday, May 6 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Mill Valley Public Library
Poetry World Series | Mill Valley
Daniel Handler returns to emcee this year’s series, where baseball and poetry collide to create a fabulous and wacky literary event. Two teams of illustrious poets duke it out using words to swing for the fences. This boisterous slugfest of wordplay, repartee, and quips, mixed with ...

Saturday, May 7

Free Comic Book Day 2016
Saturday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Free Comic Book Day 2016

Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. The comics you can get vary from store to store, but highlights from ...

An Insider’s View to SF’s Chinatown History | SF
Saturday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
An Insider's View to SF's Chinatown History | SF
Author and historian Judy Yung reveals an insider’s view to San Francisco’s Chinatown in this newly revised edition of San Francisco’s Chinatown from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Learn how and why Chinatown, designated as one of the Top Ten Great Neighborhoods in America, has ...
“Weber’s New American Barbecue: A Modern Spin On The Classics” Book Launch | SF
Saturday, May 7 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Through stories and essays, hundreds of photos, crystal-clear techniques, and 100 exceptional and fool-proof recipes, Weber’s New American Barbecue celebrates what’s happening at the grill today. From chefs creating new classics to everyday backyard heroes melding flavors to pitmasters setting new standards of excellence at competitions, ...

Monday, May 9

Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Monday, May 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Books Inc. (Castro)
Perfectly Queer: LGBTQ Reading Series | SF
Perfectly Queer is a monthly LGBTQ reading series at the Books Inc. bookstore in the Castro, San Francisco, CA, co-produced by Wayne Goodman and Rick May.

Tuesday, May 10

Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF
Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF

The American Bookbinders Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, is dedicated to showcasing bookbinding’s history, craft, and practice. Watch functioning 19th century bookbinding equipment, and find out how books were, and are, made. You’ll never look at a book the same ...

Litquake Poetry & Bluegrass Outdoor Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, May 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Litquake Poetry & Bluegrass Outdoor Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Your poets for the day: Tongo Eisen-Martin Leticia Hernández-Linares Randall Mann Kathleen Winter Musical guest: With his energetic performances, unique instrumental stylings, and ...
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Tuesday, May 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
May’s Radar Reading Series takes place on May 10th (not May 3rd as was previously listed) and features queer writer Denise Benavides, performance artist (and cyborg poet) Jess Balitrónica-Gomez, and more. Plus cookies for great questions from the audience.

Thursday, May 12

Porchlights Rock & Roll Revolution: A Storytelling Series | SF
Thursday, May 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Porchlights Rock & Roll Revolution: A Storytelling Series | SF
Porchlight returns with a Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution edition featuring Wavy Gravy, Bob Barsotti, Eric Shea, Deanne Franklin, Bart Davenport, and Lorrie Murray. Porchlight is San Francisco’s premier storytelling series, where six people are invited to tell ten-minute true stories without using ...

Saturday, May 14

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, May 14 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Tuesday, May 17

Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF
Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF

The American Bookbinders Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, is dedicated to showcasing bookbinding’s history, craft, and practice. Watch functioning 19th century bookbinding equipment, and find out how books were, and are, made. You’ll never look at a book the same ...

Sunday, May 22

“Extraordinary Rendition” Author Discussion | Oakland
Sunday, May 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Diesel, A Bookstore
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Chana Bloch, Christina García, and Jane Hirshfield to the store to discuss their contributions to Extraordianry Rendition: American Writers on Palestine on Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm. Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine brings together the work of sixty-five prominent ...

Tuesday, May 24

Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF
Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF

The American Bookbinders Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, is dedicated to showcasing bookbinding’s history, craft, and practice. Watch functioning 19th century bookbinding equipment, and find out how books were, and are, made. You’ll never look at a book the same ...

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, May 24 – 7:40 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland

Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they’ve done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women, a monthly series at Octopus, celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all orientations. Open mic starts at 7:40 pm ...

Tuesday, May 31

Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF
Bookbinders Museum Tour: Watch 19th Century Equipment & History | SF

The American Bookbinders Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, is dedicated to showcasing bookbinding’s history, craft, and practice. Watch functioning 19th century bookbinding equipment, and find out how books were, and are, made. You’ll never look at a book the same ...

Wednesday, June 1

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, June 1 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland

Pandemonium Press presents a monthly reading series that takes place in the Loft at the Spice Monkey restaurant (1628 Webster St., Oakland) on every first Wednesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is ...

Sunday, June 5

Lounge Rumba: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | 1st & 3rd Sundays
Lounge Rumba: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | 1st & 3rd Sundays

The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and so come join the party every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word ...

Saturday, June 11

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, June 11 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Tuesday, June 14

Poetry Readings & Reggae Music On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, June 14 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens
Poetry Readings & Reggae Music On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Your poets for the day: Mộng-Lan Muqdad Majeed Lisa Gluskin Brian Tierney Musical guest: Today’s performance features Rafael Bustamante Sarria and Marlon ...

Tuesday, July 12

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, July 12 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Saturday, July 16

2016 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland
Saturday, July 16 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Beer Garden
2016 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland
Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl will hold its annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 poets, writers and performance artists in a single night, spread out over 3 hours and 36 venues. Local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts will host dozens of events, including Telegraph Beer Garden, ...

Tuesday, August 9

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, August 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Tuesday, September 13

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, September 13 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Tuesday, October 11

Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Tuesday, October 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Poetry Readings On Your Lunch Break | Yerba Buena Gardens
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.