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Tuesday, February 9

The Life & Times of Judicial Independence in Latin America: A Discussion | Berkeley
Tuesday, February 9 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Moses Hall (UC Berkeley)
The Life & Times of Judicial Independence in Latin America: A Discussion | Berkeley
Decades after Guillermo O’Donnell and others denounced the dangers of the “(un) rule of law” in Latin America, judicial independence faces even greater challenges. In his talk, Professor Couso will provide an overview of this critical element of the rule of law, highlighting what’s at ...
“The Sex and Pleasure Book” Author Talk | South SF
Tuesday, February 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Noted Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Carol Queen, PhD and author will be joining us for a special evening in celebration of newly published, THE Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone. Carol Queen is a noted Bay Area writer, speaker, educator ...

“Incidents of Travel in Poetry” Book Release | SF
Tuesday, February 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Incidents of Travel in Poetry is a landmark re-introduction to the work of this major Latino American poet. Beginning with poems from Inventory (1964), his installment in the legendary Tibor de Nagy poetry series, Incidents includes selections from Lima’s previous volumes, tracing his development from his ...
“When We Fight We Win” Book Reading | SF
Tuesday, February 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Greg Jobin-Leeds and contributing artists will discuss When We Fight We Win!, a book of stories, philosophies, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements. Praise for When We Fight We Win!: “Looking at the problems of the world, it is easy to succumb to despair. ...
Rainbow Grocery’s Cheesemonger’s Book Reading & Cheese Tasting | Oakland
Tuesday, February 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Rockridge Branch Library
Rainbow Grocery's Cheesemonger's Book Reading & Cheese Tasting | Oakland
Join Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar as he reads from his new book all about America’s favorite cheese: cheddar. He’ll even bring some delicious samples for you to try. Known as the “Barbara Mandrell of the Cheese Counter,” Gordon has sold cheese for Rainbow Grocery co-op since 1994. ...

Wednesday, February 10

“Liar” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, February 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A darkly funny, intense memoir about mental illness, memory and storytelling, from an acclaimed novelist. When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a ...
“The Sleep Garden” Book Discussion | SF
Wednesday, February 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Jim Krusoe discusses his latest novel, The Sleep Garden, with Natalie Baszile. Praise for Jim Krusoe: “Krusoe’s sure and subtle imaginings of such characters—yearning, isolated and finally enigmatic—place him among the foremost creators of surreal Americana.” — New York Times Book Review “Jim Krusoe is the mad scientist, ...

Thursday, February 11

“Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax” Book Release | SF
Thursday, February 11 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
A companion piece to Thomas Merton’s bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax tells the story of Merton’s best friend and early spiritual inspiration. Written by a close friend of Lax, Pure Act gives an intimate view of a ...

Friday, February 12

“Sally’s Candy Addiction” Book Launch | SF
Friday, February 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but RSVP encouraged.
| Green Apple Books and Music
Please join Green Apple Books in welcoming Sally McKenney, author of Sally’s Candy Addiction and the popular blog sallysbakingaddiction.com, on Thursday, February 12th, 2016. How sweet it is. Simple ingredients come together to make indulgent and addicting candy. Sally McKenney, creator and author of Sally’s Baking Addiction, ...

Saturday, February 13

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, February 13 – 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, February 16

“The Queen of the Night” Book Reading | SF
Tuesday, February 16 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
Alexander Chee reads from his long-awaited and highly anticipated novel, The Queen of the Night. Praise for The Queen of the Night: “We’ve been awaiting Chee’s sophomore novel, and here it finally is. A sweeping historical story — ‘a night at the opera you’ll wish never-ending,’ says ...

Thursday, February 18

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Thursday, February 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Radar Productions Presents: February Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Library Hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera Featuring: Carla Trujillo was born to a working class family in New Mexico and grew up in Northern California. Her extended family and roots are New Mexican (Chicana). She received her B.S. ...
“What Lies Between Us” Book Reading | SF
Thursday, February 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There ...

Friday, February 19

“Sudden Death” Book Discussion | SF
Friday, February 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
The Center for the Art of Translation presents Alvaro Enrigue, who will discuss Sudden Death, the first of his novels translated into English (by Natasha Wimmer). Praise for Sudden Death: “Sudden Death is very, very funny and unfailingly brilliant and I have no idea how to describe ...

Saturday, February 20

“Memory of Water” Book Reading | Mountain View
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
This year’s theme for Silicon Valley Reads is “Chance of Rain – The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives.” They will be joined by one of their featured authors, Emmi Itaranta, who will share her book “Memory of Water.”
“The Public Gardens: Poems & History” Book Reading | Melrose
Saturday, February 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Center for History and Community
Linda Norton, writer and artist, will read from her book The Public Gardens: Poems & History, and from new work she’s made in connection with the project “Home and Away: Oakland, California Prisons, and the Geography of the Heart.” She’ll also give a slide presentation about ...

Tuesday, February 23

“The Child Poet” Book Reading | SF
Tuesday, February 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
Homero Aridjis has always said that he was born twice. The first time was to his mother in April 1940 and the second time was as a poet, in January 1951. His life was distinctly cleaved in two by an accident. Before that fateful Saturday ...
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, February 23 – 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, March 1

Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library
Tuesday, March 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Radar Reading Series: Indie Writers & Free Cookies | SF Main Library

The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic series of independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars at the San Francisco Public Library. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading features four dynamic performers and is followed ...

Wednesday, March 2

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, March 2 – 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, March 6

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, March 12

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, March 12 – 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, March 22

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, March 22 – 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 ...

Sunday, April 3

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 ...

Wednesday, April 6

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, April 6 – 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 ...

Saturday, April 9

Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, April 9 – 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, April 19

“Out of Print” Book Release | City Lights
Tuesday, April 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
The third full-length collection by Julien Poirier, Out of Print is a truly bicoastal volume, reflecting the poet’s years in New York as well as his return to his Bay Area roots. Consider it a meetinghouse between late New York School and contemporary California surrealism, ...

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 the First Fridays of February, May, August, October and December 2016, Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at 7 pm and 8 pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko drumming is an exciting modern art form with ancient roots in the religious ...

Friday, August 5

Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland
Friday, August 5 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland

On the First Fridays of February, May, August, October and December 2016, Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at 7 pm and 8 pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko drumming is an exciting modern art form with ancient roots in the religious ...

Friday, October 7

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

On the First Fridays of February, May, August, October and December 2016, Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at 7 pm and 8 pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko drumming is an exciting modern art form with ancient roots in the religious ...