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18 JUNE 2012 — monday

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  • Bird & Beckett Books presents a poetry reading by Noel Black, Uselysses, Cralan Kelder, Give Some Word, and Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Palm to Pine, open mic follows, Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00
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  • Open Heart Poetry features a reading by Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, open mic, $5 minimum for tea or food, Om Shan Tea, 233 14th Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (888/747-8327)
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  • Poetry Express presents an open mic night with featured readers, with hosts Jim Barnard, Nance Wogan, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, and Jan Dederick, mention the reading for a ten percent meal discount, Priya Restaurant, 2072 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (poetryexpress @ gmail.com)
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  • The Booksmith presents a reading by Sarah Terez Rosenblum, Herself When She's Missing, and Anna Pulley, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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19 JUNE 2012 — tuesday

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  • Writer and media producer Noel Anderson Black, Uselysses, poets Brian Lucas, Circles Matter, and Cralan Kelder, Big Deal Rimbaud, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • KPFA presents activist Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, reads from Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, hosted by Laura Prives, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, $15/$12 advance tickets at Pegasus Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore; and in San Francisco: Global Exchange, The Booksmith, Modern Times Bookstore, 7:30 (800/838-3006, www.kpfa.org/events)
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  • Comedian Owen Egerton reads from his novel The Book of Harold, The Illegitimate Son of God, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Word Party poetry and jazz open mic, hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir, Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, at 21st Street, San Francisco, $5, 8:00-10:30 (www.thewordparty.com)
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20 JUNE 2012 — wednesday

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  • Carlos Aldama, one of the masters of the batá drum, and his student Umi Vaughan share stories from Carlos Aldama's Life in Batá: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Small Press Traffic presents the annual Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in Twenty-First Century Poetics, delivered by Jalal Toufic, Lebanese artist, filmmaker, and author, details to be announced, San Francisco (smallpresstraffic.org)
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  • The Booksmith presents a panel discussion of Notes from a Revolution Com/co, the Diggers & the Haight, moderated by Kristine McKenna, featuring Harvey Kornspan, Claude Hayward, and surprise guests, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Featured readers followed by an open reading, hosted by Dan Brady, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30-9:50 (415/387-3859, sacredpoets @ yahoo.com)
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  • Smack Dab Open Mic, all ages, all genders may perform five minutes or less, writing, music, comedy, or performance, Magnet, queer neighborhood health center, 4122 18th Street, San Francisco, free, sign up 7:30, show 8:00-9:30 (www.magnetsf.org)
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  • Mahogany open mic poetry and music, all ages, $5, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway at 17th Street, Sacramento, 9:00-11:00 (malikspeaks @ aol.com)
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  • Nevada County Poetry Series, featured poets Phillip Larrea and Peter Pastoor, open mic follows, refreshments, The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, $5/$1 for those under 18, 7:30 (530/274-8384, www.thecenterforthearts.org)
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  • Our House Gallery Poetry Series open mic, Our House Gallery, Montano de El Dorado Center, 1004 White Rock Road #400, Latrobe Road at White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, free, sign up by 7:00, 7:00-8:30 (916/933-4278, www.ourhousegallery.com)
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21 JUNE 2012 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by David Alpaugh and Kathleen Lynch, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)
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  • Christian Kiefer reads from his debut novel, The Infinite Tides, about an astronaut's return to earth and the loss he confronts, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylight.com)
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  • Laura Glen Louis reads from her elegiac poetry, Some, like elephants, with electronic score by Silvia Matheus and visuals by William Thibault, in "Garden of Memory 2012," a "walk-through concert" to celebrate the summer solstice, Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, two performances: 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 (www.gardenofmemory.com)
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  • Readers Poetry Series presents Brandon Loberg, poet and writer for The 16th and Mission Review, and Dave Lee, So Quietly the Earth, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.readerscafe.org)
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  • Writers Forum of Petaluma presents a workshop with short story writer Stefanie Freele, "Developing the Distinct Character," writing exercises and discussion of the work of well-known fiction writers, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, $15 at door, 7:00-9:00 (www.thewritespot.us)
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  • Third Thursday Poetry Reading, open mic with a featured poet Claudia Dudley, Waters of the Afternoon: A Song in Three Voices, with live jazz, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:30 (707/882-3114, 415/283-8204)
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    SOUTH:
  • Novelist and essayist Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things, reads and signs her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, book discussion at 6:00, reading at 7:30 (831/462-4415, capitolabookcafe.com; first twelve people who email Tamera will join Cheryl Strayed for a private book discussion beforehand)
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  • Poetry reading with featured poet Len Anderson, Affection for the Unknowable, open reading follows, sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free, 7:00, (info @ pcsj.org, www.pcsj.org/calendar.html)
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  • SubRosa Open Mic, music, poetry, performance, SubRosa, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, donation $3-$7, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (www.subrosaproject.org)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, and Trina L. Drotar, Time Tested Books, 1114 21st Street, Sacramento, 7:00
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  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents Brown Bag Poetry with Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins, bring your favorite poems and lunch, Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, free, noon (916/979-9706, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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  • Poetry Night features a reading by Michelle Bitting, Notes to the Beloved, winner of the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Contest, and open mic, hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, five minute open mic spots, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, 8:00 (530/756-4556, poetryindavis.com)
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  • Poetry Unplugged presents an open mic before and after featured readers, hosted by Joe Montoya, Luna's Café and Juice Bar, 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, $2 or one drink minimum, 8:00 (916/441-3931, www.lunascafe.com)
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22 JUNE 2012 — friday

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  • Squaw Valley Community of Writers presents a reading event to benefit the Poetry Program's financial aid and scholarships, featured readers include poets Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine, and C.D. Wright, poets' books available for purchase and signing, Setzer Auditorium, Crocker Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento, tickets are $20 and $15 for students with ID, purchase at brownpapertickets.com, doors open at 6:30, event begins at 7:00 (877/537-8073, squawvalleywriters.org/benefit.html)
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23 JUNE 2012 — saturday

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  • Calligraphy demonstration of Italic Calligraphy by Georgianna Greenwood, in conjunction with KALLI-GRAPHIA 13, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy, broadsides, manuscript books, and three-dimensional pieces, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/557-4277, (sfpl.org)
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  • Fourth Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents Mark Kockinos and the Revolutionary Poets' Brigade, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, open mic follows, refreshments, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00-9:00 (www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • The Ecology Center presents “Strength in Diversity: The Poetry of Ecology,” a reading by Adam David Miller, The Sky is a Page, New and Selected Poems, Kim Shuck, Smuggling Cherokee, Jahan Khalighi, and Nakia “Precious Gift” Dillard, with a Youth Speaks Slam poet, hosted by Kirk Lumpkin, Third Floor Community Meeting Room, Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, free, 2:00 (510/981-6150, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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  • Redwood Writers Open Mic, with featured reader Jennie Orvino, SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th Street, at Brookwood Drive, Santa Rosa, sign up 3:30, reading 4:00-6:00 (house @ bbooks.com; redwoodwriters.org)
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  • The River Reader presents a Literary Lunch with Kenneth Brower reading from The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower, benefits Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, $50 person/$80 per couple includes a signed copy and gourmet lunch, noon (707/869-2240, riverreader @ gmail.com; tickets at River Reader, Guerneville, or online at: www.stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org/tickets.htm) ( www.stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org/tickets.htm)
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  • "With the Earth: Panel," poet and artist Patti Trimble, whose art work show, "Vanishing California," is currently exhibiting in GRO's Project Space Gallery; native plant expert Judith Larner Lowry, artist and educator Madeline Hope on her work in West Marin with children, art, and nature; and biologist Sarah Minnick on restoring habitat, followed by open discussion, Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, downtown Point Reyes Station, 7:30 (415/663-1347, galleryrouteone.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • The Community Reading Series presents an open reading for poetry and prose, with featured reader Emalou King, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter Street, Soquel, 2:00 (jww95010 @ aol.com)
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  • A Garden of Poetry and Music presents a poetry reading by Beth Benjamin, Lisa Coffman, Farnaz Fatemi, Michael Hannon, Frances Hatfield, Stephen Meadows, Releasing the Days, and Lee Perron, sponsored by Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden and the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, Alan Chadwick Garden, University of Santa Cruz campus, Santa Cruz, free, noon-2:00 (Martha Brown, 831/459-3376, mtbrown @ ucsc.edu; directions: casfs.ucsc.edu/about/directions-2)
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    EAST:
  • Spit Fresh Poetry open mic, hosted by Pierre Butler, Downstairs Art Studio, The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00-10:00 (916/346-0955, gorillapoet @ hotmail.com, thehandsthatspeak @ hotmail.com, www.eskimopie.net/calendar.htm)
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24 JUNE 2012 — sunday

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  • Starry Night Poetry Series presents a reading by Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, Lodi Public Library, 201 West Locust Street, Lodi, 3:00 (209/333-5566)
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  • San Francisco Zen Center holds a Sunday Writing Studio with poet Genine Lentine, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00, $20/$18 members/$16 limited income (888/743-9362, 415/475-9362, www.sfzc.org)
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  • The Oshman Family JCC presents humorists Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel in an onstage conversation about Lunatics, their new collaborative novel, moderated by Sam Barry, Dave's brother and band-mate, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, $18-$30, 8:00-10:00 (650/223-8699, www.paloaltojcc.org/arts )
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25 JUNE 2012 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents an open mic night with featured readers, with hosts Jim Barnard, Nance Wogan, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, and Jan Dederick, mention the reading for a ten percent meal discount, Priya Restaurant, 2072 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (poetryexpress @ gmail.com)
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  • Award-winning novelist Sapphire, Push, reads from The Kid, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (510/522-2226, www.booksinc.net)
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26 JUNE 2012 — tuesday

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  • City Lights and Litquake present a reading by novelist Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind, Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/986-9651, toscacafesf.com)
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  • KPFA presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Chris Hedges reading from Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, his collaboration with Joe Sacco, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and graphic artist on what happens when a society loses all sense of the sacred, when nothing has intrinsic worth beyond monetary value, King Middle School, 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley, $15, $12 advance tickets at Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, Diesel, A Bookstore, Modern Times Bookstore, 7:30 (800/838-3006, www.kpfa.org/events)
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  • Colleen Morton Busch reads from Firemonks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire to celebrate the paperback release, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 7:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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  • A reading by poet D.A. Powell from his new collection, Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys, and short story writer Catherine Brady, Curled in the Bed of Love, among other honors, both are Northern California Book Award winners, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Reading Series presents The Front Street Poetry Group featuring Ellen Hart, The Cruel Ever After, John Laue, Paradise Lost, Joanna Martin, The Meaning of Wings, Dan Phillips, Spiritual Journaling, and Bernice Rendrick, Trainsong, East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington Street, Monterey, $5, 7:00 (www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com/entertainment.html)
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27 JUNE 2012 — wednesday

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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, on Camden, New Jersey, his new book with illustrator Joe Sacco, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, at Broadway, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/362-4921, www.citylights.com)
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  • Great Books Group discusses Nadine Gordimer's July's People, facilitated by Rosalie Gonzales, Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, 1:30-2:30 (510/526-3720, rdavis @ aclibrary.org)
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  • Featured readers followed by an open reading, hosted by Dan Brady, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30-9:50 (415/387-3859, sacredpoets @ yahoo.com)
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  • Bay Area Writing Project presents Lucille Lang Day, Marianne Betterly, Judy Bebelaar, Grace Marie Grafton, and Ruby Bernstein reading from Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women's Poetry from the Bay Area Women's Poetry Salon, edited by Andrena Zawinski, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby, at Adeline, across from Ashby BART, Berkeley, free, 5:30-7:00 (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org)
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  • Mahogany open mic poetry and music, all ages, $5, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway at 17th Street, Sacramento, 9:00-11:00 (malikspeaks @ aol.com)
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28 JUNE 2012 — thursday

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  • Acclaimed Hungarian novelist Lázló Krasznahorkai, The Melancholy of Resistance, Animalinside, and more, reads from his selected works, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Thursday at Readers Poetry Series presents poet/historical fiction writer Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis, Inquire Within, and local poet and critic Martin Hickel, food and drink sales benefit San Francisco Public Library, Readers Café, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/771-1011, www.readerscafe.org)
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  • Writers Read presents artist and poet Jacquelyn Hewitt, open mic follows for poetry and prose, slots limited to six minutes, Art Center Ukiah's Corner Gallery, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, featured reading 7:00, open mic 8:00 (707/462-1400, artcenterukiah.org, coloredhorse.com/WritingPoetry/PoetryEvents)
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  • Poetry by the Bay, a spoken word open mic, live bands and poets, hosted by Profet of ProfeticLyrics, Panama Red Coffee Co., 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, 7:30-9:30 (707/554-2100)
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  • Poetry Slam hosted by Tazuo Yamaguchi, all ages, Café FLO, 365 6th Street, Chico, $6, 7:00-9:00 (www.chicopoetryslam.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • SubRosa Open Mic, music, poetry, performance, SubRosa, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, donation $3-$7, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (www.subrosaproject.org)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry Unplugged presents an open mic before and after featured readers, hosted by Joe Montoya, Luna's Café and Juice Bar, 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, $2 or one drink minimum, 8:00 (916/441-3931, www.lunascafe.com)
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29 JUNE 2012 — friday

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  • San Francisco in BLOOM is a reading from the newest issue of the acclaimed queer literary journal BLOOM, with poets and writers Daphne Gottlieb, Brent Calderwood, Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan, Cheryl Dumensil, and editor Charles Flowers, signing follows; the evening is dedicated to the poet Adrienne Rich, Books Inc., 2275 Market Street, San Francisco, 7:30 (415/864-6777, www.booksinc.net)
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    EAST:
  • Final Friday Open Mic is held often but irregularly, confirm before attending, featured poet plus open mic mostly for poetry, storytellers and song writers welcome, hosted by Oliah Kraft and Andy Fahrenwald. J&D's Back Room, Eureka just off Main, Sutter Creek, 7:00 (209/267-5967, allergic @ riseup.net)
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30 JUNE 2012 — saturday

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  • Calligraphy demonstration of Edward Johnston's Foundational Script by Antonia Smith, in conjunction with KALLI-GRAPHIA 13, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy, broadsides, and manuscript books, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00 (415/557-4277, (sfpl.org)
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  • Poetry reading by Larry Beresford, Family Poems, and Rose Mark, open mic follows, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, 7:00-9:30 (650/355-8811, sherrirose-walker @ hotmail.com)
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  • Poetry Discussion Group meets, bring a favorite poem by you or someone else, Meeting Room, El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante, 3:00-4:00 (510/374-3991, eweiss @ ccclib.org)
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  • A poetry reading by Benjamin Bloch, Narrows, and Joan Stepp Smith, In a Pasture with Palominos, open mic follows, refreshments, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free/donation, 4:00-6:00 (to sign up for open: 415/482-0550, www.reboundbookstore.com)
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    EAST:
  • Spit Fresh Poetry open mic, hosted by Pierre Butler, Downstairs Art Studio, The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00-10:00 (916/346-0955, gorillapoet @ hotmail.com, www.eskimopie.net/calendar.htm)
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