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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 ...

Thursday, June 2

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia | SF
Thursday, June 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Green Arcade
The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia | SF
“Understanding Jim Crow” introduces its readers to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, a collection of more than ten thousand contemptible collectibles that are used to engage visitors in intense and intelligent discussions about race, race relations, and racism. The items in the Jim Crow ...

Friday, June 3

Fantastic Negrito’s Album Release Party & Concert | Oakland First Friday
Friday, June 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & West Grand
Fantastic Negrito's Album Release Party & Concert | Oakland First Friday
They are thrilled and honored to announce that Fantastic Negrito will be celebrating the launch of their upcoming album, Last Days of Oakland, at the June First Friday street festival. Fantastic Negrito will be playing a full set at 8:45 pm. Prior to the performance, the evening ...

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 ...

Tuesday, June 7

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, June 7 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Featured readers: Bonnie Thomas: Sun on the Rind • Chantal Guillemin: Truchas: Closer to Heaven • Gail Peterson: Swimming the Sky • Kimberly Saterfield:Voices from the Field. On guitar: Barry Ebner. Curated by Leila Rae. An open mic follows the featured readers. Free Drawing: Book, ...

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 ...

Thursday, June 16

Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland
Thursday, June 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland

Storytellers compete for prizes in their annual drugs-themed StorySlam. Prizes awarded for best open-mic storyteller and best overall storyteller. Plus, there will be raffle prizes for audience members. The night will feature selected storytellers sharing their best “drugs” story. Put your name in the hat for ...

Wednesday, July 6

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, July 6 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Please Note: Pandemonium Press Presents moves to 1st Tuesdays Starting June 7

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, ...

Thursday, July 21

Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland
Thursday, July 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
Live StorySlam Show: True Drug Stories | Oakland

Storytellers compete for prizes in their annual drugs-themed StorySlam. Prizes awarded for best open-mic storyteller and best overall storyteller. Plus, there will be raffle prizes for audience members. The night will feature selected storytellers sharing their best “drugs” story. Put your name in the hat for ...

Wednesday, August 3

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, August 3 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Please Note: Pandemonium Press Presents moves to 1st Tuesdays Starting June 7

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.