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21 MARCH 2019 — thursday

  • Edna in a Bottle (tastes funny) is a new San Francisco comedy hour at The Bindery in the Haight District featuring a colorful splash of sketch scenes, storytelling, circus talent, and wacked-out adult comedy, eighteen and over, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, $12-$20 sliding scale, RSVP preferred, 8:00-9:30 (
  • Kurt Eichenwald reads from his new memoir, A Mind Unraveled, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222,
  • A book release party and celebration for Little Boy, the new novel just released by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, with an opening statement by Peter Maravelis of City Lights, and featuring readings by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (

22 MARCH 2019 — friday

  • The Nomadic Press Open Mic presents six open-mic slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with to-be-announced music and features curated and emceed by Rene Vaz, fourth Friday of every month, Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, $10 sliding scale, sign up list opens 7:00 sharp, 7:00-9:00 (

23 MARCH 2019 — saturday

  • Filmmaker and photographer Christopher Felver screens his celebrated documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (88 minutes), preceded by an interview with the director, Felver, and Peter Maravelis from City Lights Books; this definitive documentary film crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait of Ferlinghetti that reveals his true role as catalyst to so many literary careers and the Beat movement itself, Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, $12, 1:30-3:30 (

24 MARCH 2019 — sunday

  • A Gala Open House 100th Birthday Party for Lawrence Ferlinghetti headquartered at City Lights with concurrent programming throughout the afternoon at three other North Beach venues: Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, 1:00-5:00; Café Zoetrope, 916 Kearny Street, 2:00-3:00; Vesuvio's, 255 Columbus Avenue, 3:00-4:00; readings and festivities, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00-5:00 (
  • As part of the "Ferlinghetti in Photographs," exhibition, Lawrence: A Lifetime in Poetry, a documentary film by Giada and Elisa Polimeni, wil be screened, check websites for times to be announced, Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, exhibit runs through March 28 (,

25 MARCH 2019 — monday

  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Mary Mackey, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (
  • Adobe Books hosts a monthly writing workshop in their community space, Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, to participate please email, 6:30-9:30 (

26 MARCH 2019 — tuesday

  • KPFA presents acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché reading from and discussing What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, a benefit for KPFA FM, $12 advance tickets online, or at Pegasus Books, Moe's Books, Mrs. Dalloways, and Books Inc. in Berkeley; Walden Pond Bookstore and East Bay Booksellers in Oakland, $15 at door, 7:30 (
  • Book release party and celebration for The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's HOWL, with Ronald Collins and David Skover, City Lights Books, 261 Colombus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (

27 MARCH 2019 — wednesday

28 MARCH 2019 — thursday

  • Photographer Ruby Ray celebrates the release of her new book, Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool/Photographs 1976-1982, a collection of photographs from the music, art, and literature of the industrial and punk scenes of San Francisco in the late 1970s and early 1980s, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193,

29 MARCH 2019 — friday

30 MARCH 2019 — saturday

31 MARCH 2019 — sunday

  • Walker Talks, the last Sunday of each month, Walker Brent III delivers his wide-ranging investigations into topics literary, mythological, and otherwise, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:30-4:00 (415/586-3733,

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