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Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Marcia Clark (Guilt by Association)

Friday, July 22nd, 7:30 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Clark, the former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, has taken on a curious second act: mystery writer. And with blurbs from the likes of James Ellroy and snaps from Publisher's Weekly, it appears that she's the rare celebrity novelist who's actually delivered on her fame. The story centers around a Clark-like Los Angeles D.A. investigating the mysterious death of a colleague, and reviews frequently mention the book's humor as one of its strong points.

Ticket Giveaway: Join M7 in Celebrating 7 Up-and-Comers in the Food & Drink Industries This August

We take any chance to celebrate the Bay Area's entrepreneurs that we can get, which is why we're excited for M7's event at Union Square's Cantina on August 11 that honors seven (a number we really like) up-and-coming "Revolucionarios" in the food & drink startup industries. It's an awesome chance to network, mingle, eat and party–all for a good cause, because 15% of door sales will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Wine and Contemporary Dance at West Wave Gala

San Francisco is stuffed with innovative choreographers who need a place to show off their mad talent. Luckily, West Wave Dance Festival is fond of displaying mad talent, so offers local choreographers an opportunity to create work without the drain of paying for it. Celebrating their 20th anniversary with a silent auction and tons of wine, West Wave’s gala at Z Space features dance by choreographers like Amy Seiwert, Robert Moses, and Maurya Kerr. 

SF Street Style: Hippie Festival Style in the Ferry Building

Courtney Durler is a Headlsburg native, who's been enjoying summer break with weekend play in SF. I caught her while shopping at the Ferry Building, and noticed her fun, festival girl look.

How To End Up With a Date at a Singles Event

Walking into a room where everyone else is looking for a date (and probably a relationship) is absurdly comforting. A profound moment of "So this is where all the single people my age are — in Dogpatch eating cheese." So it was with the Try Me event last Saturday. Here are some tips I picked up at the event, which also hold true for bars, parties, the grocery store, or anywhere you're feeling brave.

Rappel Down the Grand Hyatt This Week (Seriously)

Thought last year's urban zip-line in Justin Herman Plaza was cool? Try rappelling 36 floors off of the Grand Hyatt rooftop, right down into Union Square. Seriously. This Friday and Saturday (July  22-23) you'll have the opportunity to do just that at Over the Edge, an adrenaline pumping fundraising adventure, benefiting the Special Olympics of Northern California. Last year, Over the Edge raised $100,000 and, this year, they're looking to seriously up that number.

Michael Rapaport, Phife Dawg Explore 'Beats Rhymes & Life' and the Tumultuous Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

In an industry dominated by larger-than-life personalities, sometimes with egos to match, even a touch of false modesty is refreshing. But for first-time feature director Michael Rapaport, better known for his acting turns in True Romance (1993) and TV’s Boston Public, humility is no act.
 
After a decade spent seeking the right opportunity to get behind the camera, the native New Yorker, a self-proclaimed “hard-core fan” of the seminal hip-hop trio (and sometime quartet) A Tribe Called Quest, saw the stars align in 2008, when Tribe reunited for an abbreviated summer tour.
 

Zaarly: A Buyer-Led Marketplace Taking San Francisco By Storm

Right now, Zaarly co-founder Bo Fishback is living that part of the dream every entrepreneur hopes for, having launched a company that – at least in its infancy – is rising like a rocket.

 Zaarly is a buyer-led marketplace, sort of a reverse eBay or Craigslist, and a hand-held replacement for those anemic "Wanted" sections in the classifieds.

It launched just seven weeks ago and it works like this:

West of West Wine Festival Comes to Sonoma This August

Only an hour from San Francisco, West of West Wine Festival (WOW) is three days of Sonoma-style wines, cuisine and education.  There's certainly no shortage of summer festivals, parties and events in the wine country, but few offer this kind of access to high level, small production, limited release wines in a down to earth and versatile format.

SNL's Jay Pharoah Sketches Himself in 2D at Cobb's

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, Jay Pharoah sure loves to kiss some arse. Thursday night at Cobb’s Comedy Club, the SNL prodigy spent the first 40 minutes of his set mimicking the patriarchs of hip-hop and Hollywood, as if he were rehearsing for a hosting gig at the BET Awards. The kid is clearly skilled, if a tad one-dimensional.

The 23-year-old Virginia native tills the same comedic soil as MadTV’s Aries Spears, who brought a very similar routine to Cobb’s earlier this year. Both are virtuoso impersonators, holding up mirrors to high-profile rappers and other idiosyncratic personalities of urban culture.

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