City Arts and Lectures - Since 1980, San Francisco-based non-profit City Arts & Lectures has offered unique programs with leading figures in arts and ideas. Each year there are more than fifty lectures and onstage conversations - and a few surprise performances, film tributes, and concerts - with outstanding writers, critics, scientists, performing artists, and cultural figures from around the world. Most City Arts & Lectures programs can be heard in edited and delayed broadcasts in the San Francisco Bay Area on KQED-FM (88.5) on Sundays at 1 pm, Tuesday evenings at 8 pm, and Wednesday mornings at 2 am. These programs are also heard on over 170 public radio stations around the country.
Herbst Theatre Calendar of Events - Musical events such as Philharmonia Baroque and the Women's Philharmonic; the City Arts and Lectures series, which presents about 30 literary events a year; SF Performances, which presents classical music, and more.
Litquake - Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in a fog-bound Golden Gate Park. Co-organizers and local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware quickly realized that booklovers wanted something more. Now grown to the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, Litquake continues its mission as a nine-day literary spectacle for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings.
Litseen - The purpose of Litseen is to strengthen the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. It does this by creating and maintaining an extensive video archive of readings, publications, and other written and/or spoken word events, and by providing written coverage of the burgeoning literary community in San Francisco, with an up-to-date calendar of events, event reviews, interviews of local authors, book reviews, and more.
Lunada - The Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, LUNADAS are community gatherings where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared.
Poetry Center - The Poetry Center hosts two annual seasons, Spring and Fall, of public literary readings located on the SFSU campus and in numerous public venues throughout San Francisco.
Porchlight: A Storytelling Series - San Francisco's premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.
San Francisco Zine Fest - A weekend long event in August each year to celebrate and support independent writers, artists, and creator,s allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in workshops, exhibitions and public events.
Small Press Traffic (SPT) - Since 1974 Small Press Traffic has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together independent readers, writers, and presses through publications, conferences, talks, and its influential reading series. Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center promotes and supports writers from all over the globe.
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