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2 AUGUST 2012 — thursday

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  • Christian Kiefer reads from his new novel, The Infinite Tides, an astronaut's tragic return to earth, Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents M.L. Liebler, Heather Bourbeau, and Eliot Schain, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The Ladies' Room comedy open mic for women, Café International, 508 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, sign up 6:45, show 7:00 (www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_168735946500558)
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  • Tourettes Without Regrets presents a poetry slam with beat boxing, stand up comedy, and more, The Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street, Oakland, $10, 8:00 sign-up, show 8:30 (touretteswithoutregrets.com)
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  • Poet and book reviewer Zara Raab, Swimming the Eel, leads a drop in poetry workshop, "Poem Anyone? share your work, talk technique and strategies, bring paper and pencil, Hillside Club Green Room, 2286 Cedar Street, at Arch, $18, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (510/849-2087, hillsideclub.org)
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  • Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emerita Terry Ehret, Night Sky Journey, teaches "Poetry and Painting: A Workshop on Ekphrasis", using as inspiration the paintings of Lawrence Ferlinghetti on exhibit at Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, new and experienced writers welcome, participants will read their poems next to the paintings that inspired them on the evening of August 9, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, $25/$20 members, 5:30-7:30 (www.svma.org)
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  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers meet for coffee and conversation, Haven Café, Video Droid, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 10:00 a.m. (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Terrie M. Williams, Ph.D. reads from The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, A Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of a $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry Night presents Eve West Bessier, open mic with five-minute spots follows, hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, 8:00 (530/756-4556, poetryindavis.com)
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3 AUGUST 2012 — friday

4 AUGUST 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Calligraphy demonstration of brush writing by Carl Rohrs, 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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  • "Let the Crazy Child Write" taught by Clive Matson, this one-day workshop in a series will help you get started on creative writing of any genre, at a private home in San Anselmo, $40, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 (to register: 510/654-6495, 510/508-5149, clive @ matsonpoet.com, matsonpoet.com)
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  • Gabriella's Literary Salon presents Dale Johnson, Marble Shoot, Gabriella Café, 910 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, dinner 8:00, reading 9:00 (831/457-1677 for reservations, (gabriellacafe.com/events/)
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  • Lost Poets Salon presents an open reading and discussion, The Bagelry, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, 2:30 (831/525-0211)
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5 AUGUST 2012 — sunday

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  • The Lost Keys Reading Series presents Zachary Bernstein, Ryan Macfadden, and Chris Martin, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Gail Rudd Entrekin, Joan Baranow and David Watts, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.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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  • Julie Rogers launches her new book of poems House of the Unexpected and Old, reading with David Meltzer, When I Was A Poet, hosted by David Reid, refreshments, Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts, 1747 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 5:30 (510/528-4291, mythosfineart.com)
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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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  • Poetry and music first Sundays monthly, hosted by Geri Digiorno, featured poets Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion and musicians David Magdalene and Steve Shain, The Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 5:00-7:00 (redwoodcafe.com)
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6 AUGUST 2012 — monday

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  • Pandemonium Press presents a poetry reading to support peace and to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945; featured readers Rafael Jesús González, Kirk Lumpkin, Robert Pesick, and Joyce Young, plus open mic, limited to one poem on the theme of peace, Casa Latina, 1805 San Pablo Avenue, near Delaware, Berkeley, 7:00-10:00
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  • Peace for Keeps presents an open reading, Ohlone Park, Sacramento Avenue and Delaware Street, Berkeley, free, sign up 5:30, show 6:00-7:30 (510/845-5481, pazmaux1 @ gmail.com)
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  • Quiet Lightning summer series, The Greenhouse Effect, presents readings by Matthew Rodgers, J.E. Freeman, Clara Hsu with Jack Foley, Siamak Vossoughi, Tupelo Hassman, Doug Cordell, Yume Kim, Karen Penley, Aaron DiFranco, Joseph Lease, Sara Wintz, Andrew O. Dugas, Jonathan I. Hirsch, William Taylor Jr., art by Cameron Forsley, beer, bring a jacket as part of the show is outside, wear white or pink clothes, Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, $5/no one turned away for lack of funds, doors open 6:30, show 7:30 (quietlightning.org)
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  • Bird & Beckett Books presents a poetry reading by Ronald Sauer and Steve Schwartz, open mic follows, hosted by Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers hold their regular monthly meeting, open to all writers, Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, free, 4:00-6:00 (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Paco Marquez, Zia Torabi, and Parisa Samadi, hosted by Bob Stanley, The Sacramento Poetry Center, 25th and R Complex, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, free, 7:30 (916/240-1897 www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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7 AUGUST 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Anza Program Room, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents a reading by Calvin Ahlgren, Gabrielle Rilleau, Robin Jacobson, Sandy Scull, Susan Terris, and Laurel Feigenbaum, hosted by Gail Strickland, Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, 7:00 (415/847-0270, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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8 AUGUST 2012 — wednesday

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  • Kaya Oakes reads from Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church; her previous works include Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, and a poetry book, Telegraph, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • R.A. Salvatore reads from Charon's Claw: Neverwinter Saga Book III, the conclusion of the best selling Neverwinter Saga, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of a $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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  • Open mic follows, featured reader to be announced, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:50 (415/387-3859, www.facebook.com/groups/203539673028715)
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  • Vetted Word, a monthly performance art showcase for poets, storytellers, and music on the theme of spirituality, Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco, $7-$10 donation, 7:30 (www.VettedWord.com)
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  • Sunset Poetry by the Bay presents a reading by Jay Leeming, Miracle Atlas, Kim Shuck, Smuggling Cherokee, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Bill Vartnaw, Finnish-American Poetry, a chapbook anthology, and Pushcart nominated poet Kate Peper, Studio 333 Art Gallery, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/331-8272, www.studio333.info)
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    EAST:
  • Mahogany Urban Poetry Series presents an open mic with poetry and music, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway, Sacramento, $5, 9:00-11:00 (916/446-1223, www.malikspeaks.com)
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9 AUGUST 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gail Tsukiyama reads from her novel, A Hundred Flowers, set in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Maria Ross reads from Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Anuerysm Reframed My Life, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of a $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents a reading by Donna Mussato, Margaret Stawowy, Marie Henry, Julia Vose, Lonner Holden and Jane Downs, hosted by Laurel Feigenbaum, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, 7:00 (415/847-0270, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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  • The Oakland Comedy Slam and Wide-Open-Mic, with poets, emcees, comedians, and singers, hosted by Nazelah and Dhaled Jeffries with DJ Dre, The Oasis Restaurant and Bar, 135 12th Street, Oakland, $5/$3 performers, sign up 7:30, show 8:00-11:00 (oaklandslam.com)
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  • Oksana Marofioti reads from American Gypsy: A Memoir, on her family's travels from Mongolian desert to Siberian tundra and eventual immigration to America, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Poet Laureate Summer Poetry Series with Readers' Books presents a poetry reading by Iris Dunkle, Inheritance, Terry Ehret, Night Sky Journey, and Bill Vartnaw, Cloud Fire, hosted by former and current Sonoma County Poet Laureates Terry Ehret and Bill Vartnaw, in conjunction with Cross-Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an exhibition of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's paintings, on display through September 23, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, $10/$5 members, admission includes viewing the exhibition, 5:30 (www.svma.org)
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  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers meet for coffee and conversation, Haven Café, Video Droid, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 10:00 a.m. (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents a fiction reading on the theme of "Underneath," with short story writer Melissa Cistaro, novelist David Corbett, novelist Jennifer duBois, A Partial History of Lost Causes, novelist C.J. Hribal, Kara Levy, fiction writer Wendy Merrill, Falling into Manholes: The Memoir of a Bad/Good Girl, and installation artist/memoirist Frances Stroh, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, $5, 7:00-9:00 (415/331-8272, whytherearewords.com)
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10 AUGUST 2012 — friday

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  • KIN, a one night event of performance, text, sight and sound, "lineage duologue and prompt," featuring Dan Ake, Miles Ake, Kingston Ditch, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Bryan Hewitt, Rhiannon Hewitt, Chris Kubick, Agnes Szelag, Olivia Szelag, Sarah Vittetoe, Damon Waitkus, Amber Jean Young, curated by Carrie Katz, Performance Art Institute, 75 Boardman Place, San Francisco, $5, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (theperformanceartinstitute.org)
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  • San Pablo Arts District presents Lip Service West: True Stories, a bi-monthly reading series and live performance featuring Josh Pearce, Scott Lambridis, Allison Landa, Gina Goldblatt, and Colleen McKee, hosted by Joe Clifford, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Last Word Reading Series presents poets Vince Storti, Free Spaces, Salvaged Spaces, and Donna Lane, Faster Than the Speed of Hope, open reading, Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John Rowe, and Grace Grafton co-host, Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, free with one drink or one plate minimum, 7:00 (510/841-6374)
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  • Poetry Slam, for youth and young adults ages twelve to twenty-five, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Poetry SoCoCo presents a reading by featured poets, hosted by Andrew Mayer, Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, 7:30-9:30 (707/829-6600)
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11 AUGUST 2012 — saturday

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  • The Black & Brown Social Club presents an open mic, all ages welcome, Comapneros Del Barrio Pre-School, 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-9:00 (415/431-9926, www.facebook.com/BlackBrownSocialClub)
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  • Second Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents Casey FitzSimons and Deborah Fruchey, 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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  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Potrero Meeting Room, Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street, free, 4:00-5:30 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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  • Calligraphy demonstration of improvised compositions by Monica Dengo, 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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  • Second Saturday Poetry & Prose reading, featured poets to be announced, open mic follows, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, refreshments, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Writers with Drinks presents a reading featuring world-renowed designer of alternate reality games Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World; filmmaker Saqib Mausoof; fantasy fiction writer Rachel Swirsky, Fields of Gold; erotica writer Simon Sheppard; hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5-$10 sliding scale, proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture, 7:30 (www.writerswithdrinks.com)
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12 AUGUST 2012 — sunday

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  • Joe Pachinko reads from his novel Geek City Apocalypso, a tragicomic elegy to lost love set in San Francisco, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Margaret Jull Costa teaches a workshop on the art of translation from Spanish to English, working with the writings of Javier Marias, submit a two-page translation sample to apply, advance registration required, Center for the Art of Translation, 582 Market Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, $100/$75 if you register by July 26, 7:00-10:00 (415/512-8812, www.catranslation.org)
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  • Valona Deli presents poets Connie Post, And When the Sun Drops, and Cher Wollard, open mic follows with host David Alpaugh, Terry Henry Jazz Trio performs after poetry, Valona Deli, 1323 Pomona, Crockett, 4:00-6:00 (510/787-2022)
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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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  • Valona Deli featured poetry reading to be announced, open mic follows, with host Connie Post, Terry Henry Jazz Trio performs after poetry, Valona Deli, 1323 Pomona, Crockett, 4:00-6:00 (510/787-2022)
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13 AUGUST 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Sunset Children's Area, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Avenue, free, 7:00-8:00 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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  • The East Bay Open Mic, Shooter's, 1500 150th Avenue, San Leandro, free, sign up 8:00, show 8:30 (510/278-2221, www.facebook.com/pages/East-Bay-Open-Mic-at-Shooters/428168503881933)
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  • Center for the Art of Translation presents Margaret Jull Costa discussing her translations of the writings of Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright, and journalist José de Sousa Saramago, Nobel Laureate in Literature 1998, The Book Club of California, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, $10, 7:00-10:00 (purchase tickets in advance: 415/512-8812, www.catranslation.org)
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  • Monday Night Flo presents an open mic with poetry, singing, and comedy, hosted by Corey "the Poetical" Page and Rob "Pip" Florido, twenty-one and up, Vice Ultra Lounge, 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, $5, sign up at 8:00, show 8:00, dancing 10:30 (925/565-0853, www.facebook.com/pages/Monday-Night-FLO/190722674300571?sk=info)
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  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Julia Vinograd and open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Nance Wogan, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, and Jan Dederick, ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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14 AUGUST 2012 — tuesday

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  • Words & Pizza features games such as Three Words and Dictionary, favorite local writers, and a book raffle, emceed by Amy Stephenson, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Gail Tsukiyama reads from A Hundred Flowers, her novel set in the Chinese Revolution, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of a $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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15 AUGUST 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Berkeley Poetry Slam, featuring Oh Blimey and Element 615, hosted by Betsy Gomez, Jamie DeWolf, Sevan, and Katelyn Lucas, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 8:00-11:00 (www.starryploughpub.com)
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  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Mission Bay Branch Library, 950 4th Street, free, 6:00-7:30 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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  • Lyrics & Dirges presents a reading celebrating their second anniversary, hosted by Sharon Coleman, and featuring poet Nic Alea, poet Justin Chin, Gutted and 98 Wounds, poet Javier O. Huerta, American Copia: An Immigrant Epic, queer writer and activist Maisha Z. Johnson, and Sacramento Poetry Center events coordinator and poet Tim Kahl, Possessing Yourself, and The Century of Travel, forthcoming, Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Open mic follows, featured reader to be announced, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:50 (415/387-3859, www.facebook.com/groups/203539673028715)
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  • "From the Left Bank to the Left Coast," a reading of writers from the "Leaping into the Void" workshop held at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, celebrating the release of their anthology, Vignettes & Postcards, Writings From the Evening Workshop at Shakespeare and Company, Paris, with three contributors, political satirist and horror story writer Philip Murray-Lawson, food and travel writer and blogger Nancy Szczepanski, and travel writer, essayist, poet and short story writer Erin Byrne, with special guest, editor and journalist Christina Ammon, Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, 7:00 (415/482-0550, www.reboundbookstore.com)
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  • Mahogany Urban Poetry Series presents an open mic with poetry and music, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway, Sacramento, $5, 9:00-11:00 (916/446-1223, www.malikspeaks.com)
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16 AUGUST 2012 — thursday

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  • The Encyclopedia Show: Bay Edition, a variety show with poetry, comedy, music, and more, Oasis Restaurant and Bar, 135 12th Street, Oakland, $5, doors open 8:00, show 8:30 (www.facebook.com/encyclopediashow)
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  • The Eastside Arts Alliance presents a Holla Back! Open Mic Poetry, The Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, free, 8:00-10:00 (510/533-6629, www.eastsideartsalliance.com)
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  • A reading by winners of the Northern California Book Awards 2012, celebrate with award-winning authors and finalists reading from their new books and talking about their writing process and passions: POETRY: Thread by Michael Palmer; CREATIVE NONFICTION: Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest by Mary Jo McConahay; TRANSLATION-FICTION: The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, translated from Russian by Anne O. Fisher; TRANSLATION-POETRY: The Changing Room by Zhai Yongming, translated from Chinese by Andrea Lingenfelter; GENERAL NONFICTION (finalist): Natural History of San Francisco Bay by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong, hosted by Joyce Jenkins, editor of Poetry Flash, chair of Northern California Book Reviewers, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, next to Montgomery BART, $12/members free, 6:00 (www.milibrary.org)
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  • Emmy-winning journalist Rubén Martínez reads from Desert America: Boom and Bust In the New "New West", The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Storytelling Swap, share a traditional tale, fictional piece, or personal experience, or come to listen, hosted by Cathy Dana, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Writers Forum of Petaluma presents a workshop with writer and retired English professor Arlene Mandell, "Abracadabra: How to turn your freewrites, journals, and snippets of memoir into publishable work," Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, $15 at door, 7:00-9:00 (www.thewritespot.us)
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  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers meet for coffee and conversation, Haven Café, Video Droid, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 10:00 a.m. (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Santa Cruz poet laureate David Swanger, Wayne's Beauty Collage, open mic follows, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free, 7:00 (408/808-3045, www.willowglen.org)
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  • Poetry Night presents Connie Post reading from her new book, And When the Sun Drops, poems about her adult autistic son, open mic with five-minute spots follows, hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street, Davis, 8:00 (530/756-4556, poetryindavis.com)
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17 AUGUST 2012 — friday

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  • Nevada County Poetry Series presents memorist Heather Donahue, Growgirl, and poet/novelist Christian Kiefer, author of the novel The Infinite Tides, an astronaut returns to earth and finds his family gone, poetry open mic follows, refreshments, Off Center Stage, The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main Street, use the Richardson Street entrance, Grass Valley, $5, 7:30 (530/432-8196, thecenterforthearts.org)
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18 AUGUST 2012 — saturday

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  • Bitchez Broo Revue presents music by singer songwriter Dawn Oberg, with reading by poet Chansonette Buck, creative writer Ariel Fintushel, storyteller Kiala Givehand, poet Garrett Murphy, poet James Siegel, poet Nora Toomey, short story writer McKay Williams, Awaken Café, 1429 Broadway, Oakland, $5, doors open 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/events/494174210609989)
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  • Calligraphy demonstration of unicial and rustic scripts by Judy Detrick, 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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  • KIN, a one night event of performance, text, sight and sound, "lineage duologue and prompt," featuring Dan Ake, Miles Ake, Kingston Ditch, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Bryan Hewitt, Rhiannon Hewitt, Chris Kubick, Agnes Szelag, Olivia Szelag, Sarah Vittetoe, Damon Waitkus, Amber Jean Young, curated by Carrie Katz, Performance Art Institute, 75 Boardman Place, San Francisco, $5, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (theperformanceartinstitute.org)
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  • Sonoma County Poet Laureate emeritus Mike Tuggle hosts an open mic poetry circle, very short stories and poetry welcome, The River Reader, 16355 Main Street, Guerneville, 11:00 a.m. (707/869-2240, riverreader @ gmail.com)
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  • Left Coast Writers book launch presents a reading for Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down, an anthology of featuring the work of forty-one Bay Area women poets, featured readers are Judy Wells, Marianne Betterly, Lucille Lang Day, Susan Cohen, Andrena Zawinski, and Eva Schlesinger, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, 7:00 (bookpassage.com)
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19 AUGUST 2012 — sunday

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  • A reading of humorous poetry by Steven Kopel, Picnic Poetry, and Marvin R. Hiemstra Poet Wrangler: Droll Poems, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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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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  • Poet/Speak presents an open reading with featured reader to be announced, hosted by Joyce Keller, Main Library upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, free, 2:00 (831/464-8983)
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20 AUGUST 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by David Beckman, Times Three, and Ed Coletti, When Hearts Outlive Minds, open mic follows, hosted by Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00
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  • The East Bay Open Mic, Shooter's, 1500 150th Avenue, San Leandro, free, sign up 8:00, show 8:30 (510/278-2221, www.facebook.com/pages/East-Bay-Open-Mic-at-Shooters/428168503881933)
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  • Monday Night Flo presents an open mic with poetry, singing, and comedy, hosted by Corey "the Poetical" Page and Rob "Pip" Florido, twenty-one and up, Vice Ultra Lounge, 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, $5, sign up at 8:00, show 8:00, dancing 10:30 (925/565-0853, www.facebook.com/pages/Monday-Night-FLO/190722674300571?sk=info)
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  • Poetry Express presents featured poet Nancy Hom and open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Nance Wogan, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, and Jan Dederick, ten percent discount on dinner if you come for the reading, Priya Indian Cuisine, 2702 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 ( www.facebook.com/poetryexpressberkeley)
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    EAST:
  • The Sacramento Poetry Center presents Hot Poetry in the Park, featuring Michael R. Gorman, hosted by Rebecca Moos, Fremont Park, Corner of 15th Street and Q Street, Sacramento, free, 7:00 (916/240-1897 www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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21 AUGUST 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • City Lights Books and Liquake's Epicenter Reading Series present writer Joshua Cohen, Four New Messages, discussing his quartet of fictions about life in the internet age with McSweeney's editor Ethan Nosowsky, Tosca Café, 242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/986-9651, toscacafesf.com)
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22 AUGUST 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Dinah Sanders reads from Discardia, how to make the most of your space, mini-workshop follows, Glen Park Branch Library, 2525 Diamond Street, free, 6:30-7:30 (415/776-1111, sfpl.org)
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  • Great Books Discussion Group discusses Selections from The Bhagavad Gita, 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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  • The Berkeley Poetry Slam, featring Joanna Hoffman, hosted by Betsy Gomez, Jamie DeWolf, Sevan, and Katelyn Lucas, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 8:00-11:00 (www.starryploughpub.com)
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  • Open mic follows, featured reader to be announced, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:50 (415/387-3859, www.facebook.com/groups/203539673028715)
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    EAST:
  • Mahogany Urban Poetry Series presents an open mic with poetry and music, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway, Sacramento, $5, 9:00-11:00 (916/446-1223, www.malikspeaks.com)
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23 AUGUST 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Eastside Arts Alliance presents a Holla Back! Open Mic Poetry, The Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, free, 8:00-10:00 (510/533-6629, www.eastsideartsalliance.com)
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  • UCLA Professor of Anthropology Jorja Leap reads from Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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  • Poetry Mission presents The New Sh!t Show open mic, read new poems only, five minute slots, hosted by Sam Sax, Jen Genius, and Nic Alea, Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 8:00 (www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_101877549894113)
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  • The Oakland Comedy Slam and Wide-Open-Mic, with poets, emcees, comedians, and singers, hosted by Nazelah and Dhaled Jeffries with DJ Dre, The Oasis Restaurant and Bar, 135 12th Street, Oakland, $5/$3 performers, sign up 7:30, show 8:00-11:00 (oaklandslam.com)
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  • Erich Origen and Gan Golan, authors of the best seller Goodnight Bush, read from Don't Let the Republican Drive the Bus! A Parody for Voters, Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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    NORTH:
  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers meet for coffee and conversation, Haven Café, Video Droid, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 10:00 a.m. (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Journalist Nancy Mullane reads from Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of a $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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24 AUGUST 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Slam, for youth and young adults ages twelve to twenty-five, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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25 AUGUST 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Black & Brown Social Club presents an open mic, all ages welcome, Comapneros Del Barrio Pre-School, 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-9:00 (415/431-9926, www.facebook.com/BlackBrownSocialClub)
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  • Poetry reading by Chris Church and Sherri Rose-Walker, 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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  • Fourth Saturdays Poetry & Prose presents a poetry reading by Olmec and Judy Halebsky, open mic follows, hosted by Jeanne Lupton, refreshments, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, free, 7:00-9:00 (510/523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org)
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  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poet Linda King and novelist Zarina Zabrisky, followed by an open mic on the theme of pick-up lines, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Thomas Moniz, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.facebook.com/pages/Saturday-Night-Special-an-East-Bay-open-mic/112174188880780)
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    NORTH:
  • Redwood Writers Open Mic, with a featured reader, 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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26 AUGUST 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • A reading by LA poets R.D. Armstrong, The San Pedro Poems, and G. Murray Thomas, My Kidney Transplant, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Deconstructed Artichoke Press presents a poetry reading by Allison DeLauer, Jen Siraganian, Zack Rogow, My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers, Press: Works on Paper, hosted by Jen Siraganian and Nikki Thompson, 3492 22nd Street, at Dolores Street, San Francisco, 6:00
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  • San Francisco Zen Center Sunday Writing Studio with poet Genine Lentine, City Center Art Lounge, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, $20/$18 members/$16 limited income, 4:00-6:00 (888/743-9362, 415/475-9362, www.sfzc.org)
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  • Walker Talks! presents "The American West: An Intellectual Survey Of The Geologic Record," a talk by Walker Brents III, Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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27 AUGUST 2012 — monday

28 AUGUST 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry at the 3300 Club presents a reading by J.R. Brady, open mic, 21 and over, courtesy pub grub, Keane's 3300 Club, 3300 Mission Street, at 29th Street, San Francisco, free, sign up 6:30, show 7:00 (415/826-6886, www.3300club.com)
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29 AUGUST 2012 — wednesday

    SOUTH:
  • Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam and Open Mic, East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington Street, Monterey, free, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (Poetry Santa Cruz: 831/464-8983, www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com/entertainment.html)
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  • Stephanie Lucianovic, a picky eater turned culinary school graduate, reads from Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of a $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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    EAST:
  • Mahogany Urban Poetry Series presents an open mic with poetry and music, Queen Sheba Restaurant, 1704 Broadway, Sacramento, $5, 9:00-11:00 (916/446-1223, www.malikspeaks.com)
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30 AUGUST 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Eastside Arts Alliance presents a Holla Back! Open Mic Poetry, The Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, free, 8:00-10:00 (510/533-6629, www.eastsideartsalliance.com)
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  • Lysley Tenorio reads from his collection of short fiction, Monstress, the clash and meld of disparate cultures, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, free, 6:30 (415/557-4177, sfpl.org)
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  • Journalist Martin Lee reads from Smoke Signals, A Social History of Marijuana: Medical, Recreational and Scientific, previous works include Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD, and The Beat Reawakens, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30 (415/863-8688, www.booksmith.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Writers Read presents poet Peter Wells, with open mic reading for poetry and prose, slots limited to six minutes, Arts Center Ukiah's Corner Gallery, 201 South State Street, Ukiah, featured reading 7:00, open mic 8:00 (707/463-6989, 707/462-4557, www.coloredhorse.com/WritingPoetry/PoetryEvents/index.html)
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  • UUCSR/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa Writers meet for coffee and conversation, Haven Café, Video Droid, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 10:00 a.m. (GGdeB @ aol.com, uucsrwriters.blogspot.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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31 AUGUST 2012 — friday

    SOUTH:
  • Louise Penny, author of the Inspector Gamache series, reads from The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, free for two with purchase of $10 Kepler's gift card or the event book, 7:00 (650/324-4321, www.keplers.com)
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