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17 AUGUST 2012 — friday

    EAST:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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    NORTH:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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    SOUTH:
  • 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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