Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.
Bay Area Book World Breaking News
“Home and Away, Oakland California Prisons and the Geography of the Heart” is a new exhibition now open in East Oakland that delves inside the effects of mass incarceration through photography and interviews recorded by the poet and Peralta Hacienda Executive Director Holly Alonso. One of the interviews visitors can listen to includes Oakland librarian Dorothy Lazard talking about how libraries have become one of the few refuges for formerly incarcerated people who want a safe, public space.
If you’ve ever wondered why the sky was blue, or why your bathroom walls were lemon-colored, maybe you’ve also wondered why the Golden Gate Bridge was orange. Dave Eggers recently published a picture book to explain the Golden Gate’s color scheme, This Bridge Will not Be Gray. Preach it, Dave Eggers.
MONDAY, 11/23 - SUNDAY 11/29
Good and Grossed out
Time to remember all the times you overdid something, and share your stories of startling excess with strangers. Jump on stage, talk for five minutes, and get a free drink. Oh, if only everything were so easy! f
DETAILS: Hemlock Tavern // 1131 Polk St., SF // 7 p.m.
Shakespeare Goes to War
Shakespeare Goes to War is a new play about a boy desperate to help his English teacher when he learns about a new ballot proposition to fire all gay public school teachers. Somehow, someway, he manages to use Shakespeare as a weapon. You can see the play for free this Tuesday, and maybe get yourself a free lesson on how to use Shakespeare as self-defense.
DETAILS: Thick House // 1695 18th St., SF // 7 p.m.
Bilingual and Literary Under the Full Moon
Looking for a bilingual literary ritual that only comes out when the moon is full? Oh, well, look at that, LUNADA is a Bay Area performance gathering that fits the bill perfectly. The series is packed with spoken word, música, song, and story, and it’s going on a break til’ February. Come and join them while the moon is plump and glistening.
DETAILS: Galeria De La Raza // 2857 24th St., SF // 7:30pm
Not a lot going on in the library and bookstore world this Thursday, since Thanksgiving has already booked the day. Consider plopping down on your bed, reading a good book, and shouting, “Thank you!” to no one in particular.
What’s up with that Plague?
Chasing Secrets is the story of Gilded Age San Francisco, and a thirteen-year-old girl’s quest to be a scientist and solve the mysteries of a plague that has swept through the city. Other questions she wants to answer: Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Join author Gennifer Choldenko for a reading that's sure to be as energized as her latest medical mystery.
We Are All So Very Sick
We are all getting a little sick, and Vitamin C can’t help us. We’re sick of the holidays. Sick of relatives visiting. We are sick of it all! Or at least that’s the hope of the SICK open mic -- that people are upset and they’ve got some stories about their anguish. Get up to the stage, and pour your heart out.
DETAILS: Nick’s Lounge // 3218 Adeline St., Berkeley // 7pm
Chemists and their Poetry
Jeremy Cantor retired from the world of chemistry, and then started writing poetry. Maybe that's what all chemistry folks do when they retire, but Cantor's got some skill when it comes to writing about our relationship to the natural world. Come say hello to him at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, and hear the lab chemist read.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts // 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 7pm
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