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.
San Francisco International Poetry Festival
Thursday, July 26-Sunday, July 29, various locations
Organized by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, this biennial celebration of poetry will take place all weekend long, with events like a Kerouac Alley kick-off party featuring readings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman and a jazz concert starring Jonathan Richman. All weekend long, poets like Amiri Baraka (left) will read in Civic Center Plaza, capping off the event with a Sunday poetry crawl through North Beach galleries. Check their website for the full schedule.
Not wanting to boldly go where millions are already planning to be this weekend? (Hint: We're not talking about Ben Vereen's Saturday night gig at Hotel Nikko.) If so, there are plenty of alternatives to space-based fantasy awaiting you at the city's indie theaters.
1. Sita Sings the Blues
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: May 8-12