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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.

Anne Elizabeth Moore (Hip Hop Apsara)

Tuesday, September 4, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

Upcider: SF's First Cider Bar

Whether their focus is beer, wine, or a particular spirit, bars here have always enjoyed specializing. But despite our town's reputation as ground zero for drinking trends, we've never had a bar exclusively focused on cider– until now. Upcider is the brainchild of Ozzie Gundogdu and Omer Cengiz, Turkish natives who both moved to SF in 2004 and met while working at Les Joulins Jazz Bistro. When they noticed that SF was without a cider destination, the former roommates decided to strike out on their own and create one. "It was a missing concept in the market," says Gundogdu. "In the entire United States, there are just a couple of cider bars, and the Bay Area had none."

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Drink Here Now Bartends at Bottle Cap: Hi, I'm Allie Pape, and I've been writing the Drink Here Now/Lowering the Bar columns for the past three years. I'm breaking the fourth wall for a moment to let readers know that on Tuesday, I'm going to be on the other side of the stick for a change. I'll be participating in Bottle Cap's Charity Guest Bartender program, dishing up $5 Barbary Coasters (Flor de Cana rum, lime juice, ginger syrup, falernum, allspice dram). I'll be donating any tips I receive to Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific, which provides critical healthcare and screening services to low-income women across the Bay Area. The bar will also have live music from guitarist Craig Ventresco from 7-10 pm. I hope you'll come say hello, have a drink with me, and give a few bucks to this great cause! RSVP on Facebook to attend. (Tuesday, August 28, 6-8 pm, at Bottle Cap, 1707 Powell St., North Beach.) 

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.

Litquake on the Peninsula

Sunday, August 26, 3-10 pm, at the Oshman Family JCC (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto). 

The Litquake festival in October is fast approaching, but before it arrives, the Peninsula will get its own miniature Litquake, with over 35 authors appearing to discuss their work. Panels cover topics like food writing, multicultural fiction, sex writing, and writing about life in Silicon Valley, with speakers like Ellen Sussman, Daniel Alarcon, Alan Kaufman, Matt Richtel, and Ellen Ullman. The event culminates with a talk by KQED's Michael Krasny (left) on the power of Jewish humor. Entry is free, except for the Krasny talk, which is $25 for members and $30 for non-members (tickets are here). 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Mission Rock Resort Opens: The newest spot from the owners of MoMo's and Pete's Tavern, located in the former Kelly's Mission Rock Cafe off 3rd Street in the Dogpatch, has plenty to offer: Sizable decks, gorgeous bay views, regular sunshine, and pre- or post-Giants game convenience. The cocktail menu includes approachable concoctions like the Pearry Francois (pear vodka, ginger liqueur, St. Germain, sauvignon blanc, housemade ginger beer; $11) and the Kappa's Fire Island (pisco, pineapple, cilantro, serrano chile; $11), and for weekend brunch, they're offering $16 bottomless mimosas (with your choice of orange, grapefruit, cranberry, or pineapple juice). Play ball. Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 817 Terry A. Francois Blvd., Dogpatch.

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.

Ruben Martinez (Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West)

Thursday, August 16, 7 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.) 

Tuesday, August 21, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Award-winning journalist and poet Martinez (left), who last explored border politics in the acclaimed Crossing Over, now widens his lens to encompass the entire American Southwest. From a drug epidemic that flourishes just outside of one of New Mexico's wealthiest towns to a race war triggered by the construction of an exclusive housing development, Martinez takes a hard look at how the up-and-down economic cycle has played out in the Southwest, and how vulnerable people are often left in its wake. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. The Mortimer Opens in the Hotel Adagio: The popular Bar Adagio has departed this life, but its successor, The Mortimer, has plenty of new advantages, including a renovated street-side space and a full menu of dishes like roasted poblano quesadillas, roasted pork belly with white beans, and filet mignon with lobster sauce. Most importantly, the cocktail menu has been refreshed, with intriguing drinks like the Early Bird (mezcal, kiwi, lime, St. Germain, salt; $10) and the Green Dream (pisco, green chartreuse, jalapeno, mint simple syrup; $13). For groups, they've also got three punch bowls that serve 2-4, including the Phantom (blackberry-infused brandy, Snap ginger liqueur, champagne, almond syrup, orange; $34).

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

Oksana Marafioti (American Gypsy)

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Friday, August 10, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Saturday, August 11, 7:30 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

The world of Gypsies, or Roma, is secretive and somewhat unknown, despite the incursions of reality shows like "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding." After touring Russia and Mongolia with her family in a traveling Romani ensemble, Marafioti (left) arrived in California at age 15, and her new memoir offers a unique look into Roma culture and how it affected her attempts to assimilate into American life. From her first boyfriend to her first experience with fast food, Marafioti's desire to reconcile her "Split Nationality Disorder" has humorous results.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Qi Ultralounge Opens in SOMA: After two years of renovations, this new cocktail lounge and dance club (pictured above) has opened in the former Annie's Social Club space at 5th and Folsom. The new theme is aquatic, with white sofas, sexy murals of underwater damsels, purple lighting, and even a custom ocean-breeze scent. Cocktails are themed around the four elements, with Methane (reposado tequila, peach, lime, simple syrup, black salt rim; $12) representing fire, Reservoir (cachaca, creme de cassis, vanilla syrup, mint, lemon; $12) representing water, and Granite (cognac, Cointreau, sour, Black Mission fig, ground cinnamon; $13) representing earth. (Tuesday-Wednesday, 6 pm-12 am, Thursday-Saturday, 9 pm-2 am; 917 Folsom St., SOMA.) 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

Tama Matsuoka Wong (Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer's Market)

Saturday, August 4, 3-4 pm, at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

With Denmark's Noma, which relies heavily on foraged ingredients, ranked as the top restaurant in the world, the ancient practice of foraging for food has gotten renewed attention. Wong (left), who serves as the forager for Daniel Boulud's acclaimed NYC restaurant Daniel, has written a guide that not only explains which foraged plants are edible, but which are the most delicious. She also delves into how to cook each plant, from obscurities like oxalis and creeping jenny to more well-known plants like dandelion leaves and purslane.

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