Pop Culture Know-It-All & Litquake Performer Chuck Klosterman Talks Beards, Crystals and Writer's Block
Time magazine has called Chuck Klosterman one of America’s foremost authorities on pop culture—and for good reason. The best-selling author, who grew up in rural North Dakota, has an insatiable appetite for music and sports and brings a keen analytical eye to mainstream culture. The Believer, ESPN, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, and more have tapped him for his extensive knowledge on all things A&E. He’s penned seven books, including a collection of essays in 2003’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (Scribner), in which he waxes on about reality TV, Billy Joel, and the Celtics-Lakers rivalry.
Beloved humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris is making a stop at the War Memorial to celebrate the release of his latest literary adventure Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. If you've never seen him share his stories live, get this special event on your calendar now. You'll laugh so hard that your face will hurt for hours after.
When: 7 p.m., Sun. 4/24
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.
Noise Pop joins forces with Litquake on day three of the festival for a night of readings from America's oddest musical memoirs. Think The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones and then lower the bar ... a lot. Get ready for excerpts—read by local lit and music luminaries such as Beth Lisick, Thao Nguyen, Michelle Tea, Bucky Sinister—from published works by Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson, Jewel, Tori Amos, and more.
The Coffee Shop
Around the corner from Twitter headquarters in SoMa and just a minute’s walk to Wired is Epicenter Café, where there are as many outlets as there are freelancers plugging away on laptops. The beer and wine selection don’t hurt either. 764 Harrison St., epicentercafe.com
Authors and poets test out new material at the Makeout Room’s Writers with Drinks, a spoken-word variety show that takes place the second Saturday of every month. 3225 22nd St., makeoutroom.com
The Bay Area has long been fertile ground for literary talent - from Jack London to Amy Tan to Dave Eggers. Litquake, now in its 11th year, is our annual celebration of the written word, and it blows through town October 1-9. It's a whirlwind of lectures, parties and lit-events, so pick and choose what suits your fancy, but definitely aim to hit up something. Here are the biggies this week:
Haighteration alerts us to deals across Lower Haight for bikers in October, courtesy of I Bike SF. Cyclists can score deals during the entirety of October when they brandish their bike helmets or locks.
So stop off The Wiggle and head into these spots for some biker-ly discounts:
Nickies Bar: $1 off Red Tail Ale
merch: 20% off non-sale items
Litquake's website has been teasing us for a while now by saying that Oct 2nd's Barbary Coast Award (which honors Lawrence Ferlinghetti) will feature "a very special guest indeed." And now we know who it is...none other than Mr. Tom Waits. The prolific singer-songwriter will be in attendance this Saturday at Herbst Theatre, along with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Winona Ryder, Michael McLure and New Yorker cartoonist Eric Drooker. Yes, very special indeed.
Get tickets here.
The Week’s Hottest Events: MGMT, Summer & The Symphony Finale with Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big) and the Miniature Tigers
Comedy: Maria Bamford
The hilarious Maria Bamford, whose Black Friday ads for Target made our entire Thanksgiving weekend last year, will take the stage at Punch Line Comedy Club on Tuesday. Known for her self-depracating comedy, we’re confident saying she’s one of the most creative comics working today. Don’t be discouraged by the SOLD OUT warnings on LiveNation—work it on Craigslist or get yourself to the venue early. We bet you’ll find a way in.
Tonight's the last night of structured, regularized events before the free-for-all that is the Lit Crawl. On tap: spoken-word poetry, an all-female panel, the history of zines, and a special event for teenagers.
Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn, who's all over the festival this year, is the star of the new documentary The Drums Inside Your Chest, which takes its name from a poetry group she co-founded. The spoken-word concert film features seven poets and a "vaudevillian magician host" (their words), and is being shown in conjunction with Docfest. (9:15 pm at Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St. Tickets are $10 at the door.)
Thursday boasts one of Litquake's most fun lineups of events-- perfect for those who want to take part in the festival without being subjected to dry lectures or obscure topics. If you're interested in mystery novels, children's books, humorous takes on American history, or erotica, there's something for you to enjoy.