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Litquake This Week: Surf Lit, Tales of Hollywood Hell, Jonathan Lethem and Lit Crawl

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:


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: The Best of Friday, Saturday and Sunday

It's as if the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass gods knew they were scheduling their free concert chock full of world-class acts the same weekend many of us have to begrudgingly hand over our rent checks. But obviously that's not the real reason we're excited for the festival. Here's a day-by-day look at the best of the festival.

Friday, October 1

If you're an early bird, head to Golden Gate Park to catch MC Hammer on the Star Stage at 11:30 am. Question is: will he be sporting his magical hammer pants?

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Outdoes Itself For Its 10th Anniversary

How does the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival manage to outdo itself every year? The FREE, three-day festival announced the lineup last week for its October 1st, 2nd and 3rd shows and dare we say, it's worlds more exciting than a certain big festival coming up this weekend.

Patti Smith Speaks at City Arts This Wednesday

Rock icon Patti Smith, whose classic catalog includes Horses and Easter, will appear at City Arts & Lectures this Wednesday for a conversation with Kevin Berger. Smith recently published a memoir, Just Kids, in which she discusses her friendships with Sam Shepard, Jim Morrison, and close pal Robert Mapplethorpe, who took the iconic photo of Smith that graced Horses' cover, and who shared an apartment with her in the Chelsea Hotel. She'll discuss her fellow artists and the era of creative exploration that shaped them, including her own work within the then-emerging punk and spoken-word movements. While she may not be singing at the event, Smith has lived a fascinating life, and her discussion of the tumultuous 70's should be interesting.

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