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Tuesday, February 18

“What’s Your Pronoun?” Book Discussion w/ Dennis Baron | City Lights Books
Tuesday, February 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | City Lights Books
"What's Your Pronoun?" Book Discussion w/ Dennis Baron | City Lights Books
Addressing one of the most pressing cultural questions of our generation, Dennis Baron reveals the untold story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular-they. Like trigger warnings and gender-neutral bathrooms, pronouns are sparking a national debate, prompting new policies ...

Wednesday, February 19

SF by the Bay: Black Speculative Fiction | SF
Wednesday, February 19 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay: Black Speculative Fiction | SF
Bay Area writers and poets will speak about their influences, share current works-in-progress and reveal their 2020 visions. Black Speculative Fiction Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at  5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Join the conversation as we explore diverse perspectives from the Black Speculative Literary Arts ...

“Four Calling Birds” Book Reading | Castro
Wednesday, February 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dog Eared Books (Castro)
"Four Calling Birds" Book Reading | Castro
Novelist Vincent Meis reads from his just off the presses new novel, Four Calling Birds, 7 pm, Wednesday, February 19 from at Dog Eared Books Castro. The four Burd siblings head to Mexico to heal and regroup after the death of their mother. Midlife crises are ...

Sunday, February 23

Black History Month at the Historical Altenheim | Oakland
Sunday, February 23 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations Appreciated
| Altenheim Senior Housing
Black History Month at the Historical Altenheim | Oakland
Join for an afternoon of Poetry and Music. Sponsored by the Altenheim Community Service Office and the TuBeNu Cultural Gatherers. Zakiyyah G. E. Capehart Bolling – Storyteller/Poet and Bryant “Mr.B’ Bolling – Vocalist/Keyboardist will be performing. There will be a Open Mike after the main performance ...

Monday, February 24

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, February 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...Monthly

Tuesday, February 25

Dirty Old Women Read Erotica | Oakland
Tuesday, February 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Era Art Bar & Lounge
Dirty Old Women Read Erotica | Oakland
Dirty Old Women, Oakland’s famous erotica reading series, returns to ERA Art Bar, featuring Chris Orr and Susan Kuchinskas. Chris was the publisher of the 1970s radical feminist newspaper Plexus, and she was a founding member of the Elderotica writing group in the East Bay. Her ...

Friday, February 28

Free Author Talk: “Rage Baking” w/ 50+ Recipes | Omnivore Books
Friday, February 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: "Rage Baking" w/ 50+ Recipes | Omnivore Books
Baking has a new meaning in today’s world. These days, baking can be an outlet for expressing our feelings about the current state of our society. Rage Baking offers more than 50 cookie, cake, tart, and pie recipes as well as inspirational essays, reflections, and ...

Saturday, February 29

Free Author Talk: Russia In Recipes & Lore | Omnivore Books
Saturday, February 29 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: Russia In Recipes & Lore | Omnivore Books
Beyond the North Wind explores the true heart of Russian food, a cuisine that celebrates whole grains, preserved and fermented foods, and straightforward but robust flavors. Recipes for a dazzling array of pickles and preserves, infused vodkas, homemade dairy products such as farmers cheese and ...

Sunday, March 1

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival “20/20: You Decide How It Ends” | SF
Sunday, March 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival "20/20: You Decide How It Ends" | SF
It’s the year 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, and the economy is in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose from a list of possible future scenarios that they want to be performed: Impeachment? Coup? Revolution? 20/20 ...

Tuesday, March 10

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Women and Speculative Fiction | SF
Tuesday, March 10 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Women and Speculative Fiction | SF
Women and Speculative Fiction Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020 at 5:30pm to 7:30 pm Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level Authors M. Luke McDonell, Pat Murphy, Madeleine Robins, Lisa Goldstein and Rebecca Gomez Farrell will read from and discuss their works of science fiction and fantasy.
Free Author Talk: Open Kitchen | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, March 10 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: Open Kitchen | Omnivore Books
Simple, stylish recipes for fearless entertaining from the renowned food stylist, New York Times contributor, and founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living. As a professional recipe developer, avid home cook, and frequent hostess, Susan Spungen is devoted to creating perfectly simple recipes for good ...

Wednesday, March 11

Shaping SF’s “Hidden San Francisco” Book Release & Birthday | Mission District
Wednesday, March 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF's "Hidden San Francisco" Book Release & Birthday | Mission District
Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories. After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at Ffoundsf.org, and conducting bike and walking tours, ...
The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The Second Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Thursday, March 12

Thursday Night Poem Jam | SF Main Library
Thursday, March 12 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

Join San Francisco Main Public Library with talented poets for a poetry jam. The Main Library’s monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Main Library. Thursday Night Poem Jam Every 2nd Thursday | ...Monthly

Saturday, March 14

Free Author Talk: Heirloom | Omnivore Books
Saturday, March 14 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: Heirloom | Omnivore Books
Sarah Owens is a horticulturalist, baker and a cook with an insatiable curiosity for global food traditions. Her reverence for plants fuels her passion for bringing out their best flavors in the kitchen. In Heirloom she presents ingredient-focused cooking and bread baking that emphasizes sourcing ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, March 14 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, EXIT Theatre invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join in for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 minutes to generate original monologues based ...Monthly

Sunday, March 15

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Film Lecture: Cities of the Future | SF
Sunday, March 15 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Film Lecture: Cities of the Future | SF
Bivoulab’s David Cox and Molly Hankwitz present Cities of the Future, a mesmerizing lecture/tour of the future as depicted in educational films, Hollywood movies, and beyond Sci-Fi Film Lecture: Cities of the Future Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:30 to 2:00 pm Latino/Hispanic Rooms, Lower Level

Tuesday, March 17

Free Author Talk: How to Be a Conscious Eater | Omnivore Books
Tuesday, March 17 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: How to Be a Conscious Eater | Omnivore Books
Is organic really worth it? Are eggs ok to eat? If so, which ones are best for you, and for the chicken—Cage-Free, Free-Range, Pasture-Raised? What about farmed salmon, soy milk, sugar, gluten, fermented foods, coconut oil, almonds? Thumbs-up, thumbs-down, or somewhere in between? Using three criteria—Is ...

Thursday, March 19

Sci-Fi Festival: Free Concert “Music From Middle Earth to Tatooine” | SF
Thursday, March 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Sci-Fi Festival: Free Concert “Music From Middle Earth to Tatooine” | SF
Enjoy a live concert of science fiction and fantasy songs, a genre known as filk music. These enchanting program features filk music all-stars Margaret and Kristoph, TJ and Mitchell Burnside Clapp, and Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff. Come hear performers sing about hobbits, Jedi masters, space ...
Free Author Talk: 101 Incredible Gluten-Free Recipes | Omnivore Books
Thursday, March 19 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Omnivore Books on Food
Free Author Talk: 101 Incredible Gluten-Free Recipes | Omnivore Books
In this unmatched collection of gluten- and dairy-free recipes, Jennifer Bigler, founder of the blog Living Freely Gluten Free, lays out 101 tasty dishes that your family will quickly fall in love with. Try everything from filling mains, like Hearty Homestyle Chicken Potpie, to lighter ...

Monday, March 23

Silent Book Club: Book Lovers’ Monthly Reading | San Jose
Monday, March 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hedley Club
Silent Book Club: Book Lovers' Monthly Reading | San Jose

Silent Book Club is a monthly meetup of reading afficionados. Bring yourself and what you’re currently reading to The Hedley Club. Free, but an RSVP is requested. The link can sometimes be hard to find. You can sometimes find it in these two sites: Silent Book ...Monthly

Wednesday, March 25

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movies: Impostor and A Scanner Darkly | SF
Wednesday, March 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Free Movies: Impostor and A Scanner Darkly | SF
Philip K. Dick Double Feature: Impostor and A Scanner Darkly Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm Koret Auditorium, Lower Level This double feature of films based on Philip K. Dick stories will be followed by a panel of local authors discussing Philip K. Dick ...
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Panel Discussion about Philip K. Dick | SF
Wednesday, March 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Panel Discussion about Philip K. Dick | SF
Authors and PKD experts Erik Davis, Kim Stanley Robinson, Jack Skillingstead and Richard Lupoff discuss Philip K. Dick and the ways his life in the Bay Area influenced his writings. Author Darly Gregory moderates. The discussion is preceded by a screening of two PKD films, ...

Thursday, March 26

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Book Reading: The First Star Trek | SF
Thursday, March 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival Book Reading: The First Star Trek  | SF
The First Star Trek Movie by Sherilyn Connelly Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Koret Auditorium, Lower Level To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which premiered on December 7, 1979, Sherilyn Connelly will read from her new work, The ...

Saturday, March 28

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Zombie Apocalypse & the Utopian Tradition | SF
Saturday, March 28 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Zombie Apocalypse & the Utopian Tradition | SF
Phil Gochenour explores the literary history of the zombie apocalypse narrative from its roots in William Morris’ utopian novel News from Nowhere and anarchosyndicalist political theory through its reconfiguration in John Wyndham’s eco-disaster novel The Day of the Triffids and Max Brooks’ World War Z. Zombie ...
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Radio Play “Ghost Town Mortuary” | SF
Saturday, March 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: Radio Play “Ghost Town Mortuary” | SF
Anthony Boucher (1911 – 1968) was a renaissance figure in 20th-century pulp and genre fiction. Author of such classic tales as The Quest for Saint Aquin and The Compleat Werewolf, he co-founded, with J. Francis McComas, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. In honor ...

Sunday, March 29

SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: The Golden Age of Science Fiction | SF
Sunday, March 29 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF by the Bay Sci-Fi Festival: The Golden Age of Science Fiction | SF
Local science fiction luminaries Robert Silverberg, Richard Lupoff, and special guests discuss the Golden Age of Science Fiction, a moniker often applied to the late 1930s and 1940s, but which Silverberg proposes better describes the 1950s. The Golden Age of Science Fiction Sunday, Mar. 29, 2020 at  ...

Wednesday, April 8

The Setup’s “A Funny Thing Happened” Storytelling Night | Beer Basement
The Setup's "A Funny Thing Happened" Storytelling Night | Beer Basement

The Second Wednesday of every Month, The Setup presents“A Funny Thing Happened”, a night of world class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right ...Monthly

Thursday, April 9

Thursday Night Poem Jam | SF Main Library
Thursday, April 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

Join San Francisco Main Public Library with talented poets for a poetry jam. The Main Library’s monthly Poem Jam poetry reading series, moderated by Kim Shuck, takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Main Library. Thursday Night Poem Jam Every 2nd Thursday | ...Monthly

Sunday, April 26

Massive 25¢ Comic Book Sale “Books & Brews” | SF
Sunday, April 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Anchor Public Taps
Massive 25¢ Comic Book Sale "Books & Brews" | SF
Don’t miss out on the biggest comic book sale in the city at the coolest brewery in San Francisco. Over 35,000 comic books for only 25¢ a piece. Come by Anchor Public Taps in the Potrero neighborhood on Sunday, April 26th, from 12 pm to ...