The BA Presents: Jehnovah Carlisle's Day by Day/Man Who Feared
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

The BA Presents: Jehnovah Carlisle's Day by Day/Man Who Feared

Double Feature from Director Jehnovah Carlise

Day by Day
With lingering financial woes—scanty disability checks and chronic unemployment—Johnny must save every coin to take care of his eleven-year-old son, Michael. Michael is young, and bound to make careless mistakes; it's a part of his growing process. But his father, Johnny, doesn't see it that way.

Man Who Feared
A fictional short narrative that delves into the life of GARRET WESTERVILLE, 29, white, techie, who has recently moved into the district of West Oakland, California, a predominantly black community. His daily jog from his home to a nearby lake is disrupted by an unexpected encounter with a black man, a precarious moment that leads to the persecution of an innocent man.

$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.

$10.00 Poster and ticket

$20.00 Season Pass with Poster


Be About It presents: Julie Mannell & Friends at Wolfman Books
Apr
23
3:00 pm15:00

Be About It presents: Julie Mannell & Friends at Wolfman Books

Julie Mannell is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays, and an editor at Matrix Magazine. She is the recipient of the HarperCollins/Constance Rooke Scholarship, the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize, the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing, and The Vagenius Award (presented by Roseanne Barr). Her work has been featured in the National Post, Toronto Star and Huffington Post, among others. At the moment, Mannell is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in English Literature and Philosophy. Originally from Fonthill, Ontario, she currently splits her time between Montreal and Toronto. She was recently named one of the Top 30 Poets Under 30. Twitter/insta/snap: @juliemannell. 

http://www.juliemannell.com/

Joined by: Jesse PradoKen Ta, Mark Cronin, and more TBA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1884502911825546/

The BA Presents: Anaiis Cisco's Breathless
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

The BA Presents: Anaiis Cisco's Breathless

Breathless follows Larry, an elder figure to his Brooklyn community, who risks his life selling cigarettes.

Film Synopsis
Larry, a respected figure in his community, visits Major Deli for coffee, to see the owner, Wally, and to pick up a pack of cigarettes. On his way out of the bodega, Larry sees neighborhood teens attacking Adam. Larry breaks up the fight, and the teens take off running. While Adam thanks Larry, he asks if he has an extra cigarette. Larry charges him fifty cents. Soon after, Larry is approached by two officers who accuse him of selling cigarettes. Larry, frustrated and annoyed by the way the officers are treating him, pleads with the cops up until his final breath. [www.breathlessfilm.com]

After Screening there will be a discussion with the director. 

$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.

$10.00 Poster and ticket

$20.00 Season Pass with Poster

Poetry at Wolfman: Lisa Rogal, Sarah Anne Wallen, Jamie Townsend
Apr
16
5:00 pm17:00

Poetry at Wolfman: Lisa Rogal, Sarah Anne Wallen, Jamie Townsend

Oh man, we're crawling on the floor, or just rearranging our shelves, and doing the worm (remember the worm?!), cause we're so excited to host two poets, Lisa Rogal and Sarah Anne Wallen, from out of town, plus the local gray-into-gold spinster Jamie Townsend.

Lisa Rogal's writing has appeared in Greetings, Poems by Sunday, Lungfull!, Brooklyn Paramount, Boog City, and By the Overpass. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Long Island University and the author of MORNING RITUAL (United Artists, 2015) and the chapbook, The New Realities (Third Floor Apartment Press, 2014). 

Sarah Anne Wallen received her BA in creative writing from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in creative writing from Long Island University (Brooklyn). She is the editor and publisher of Third Floor Apartment Press. DON'T DRINK POISON is her first full-lnegth book of poetry. 

Jamie Townsend is half-responsible for Elderly, a publishing experiment and persistent hub of ebullience and disgust. He is the author of several chapbooks, and his full-length collection SHADE was released by Elis Press in 2015.

https://www.facebook.com/events/288552188247930/

The BA Presents: Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends Mixtape
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

The BA Presents: Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends Mixtape

Veteran Bay Area performer and artist Brontez Purnell makes his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical "video mix tape", which was filmed on digital video, VHS and 8 MM film. Relying on his punk rock aesthetic to give the world a peek into his singularly unique perspective, "100 Boyfriends Mixtape" takes the viewer on an unforgettable ride that's as audacious and hardcore as it is experimental.

For this first screening all Donations go towards supporting Brontez's Ed Mock Doc

https://www.gofundme.com/help-brontez-launch-ed-mock-film

$5.00 suggested donation. NOTAFLOF.

$10.00 Poster and ticket

$20.00 Season Pass with Poster

https://www.facebook.com/events/395004960871225/

The Actual Feeling Discussion Group // free
Apr
9
1:00 pm13:00

The Actual Feeling Discussion Group // free

I’ve been leading workshops on the creative process for almost two years, joking that it was really group therapy for artists. About a dozen mostly strangers representing different artistic mediums would come together and speak openly about their self-doubt, their drive to create, how they pay the bills, the difference between work and play. Although the workshops were always serious and heartfelt, I did not realize their importance until this recent election followed by the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. After the election, the workshop focused on shock, anger, and feeling called to action; we talked about knowing what we have to offer our community and equipping ourselves for the political landscape in front of us, as well as knowing when we need to rest. After the Ghost Ship fire, there was shock again, and the grief was overwhelming. In our discussion we talked about how we were inspired by beloved community members who had passed, and how making art in and for our Oakland community felt especially pertinent. Through discussion, we realized our bodies are equipped to handle the intensity and darkness, and the more familiar we are with the physicality of the emotional process, the more empowered and self-directed that process can be. 
I led three workshops in November and December of 2016 knowing that the conversation would need to open up to include more than just the creative process. I added questions drawing from my experience with somatic psychotherapy as well as meditation techniques I learned from Mollie Moorhead. I wanted to invite my peers to slow down, listen and trust their bodies. Even trust the numbness. Trust the anger and the sadness and confusion, and all the ways they can manifest in our flesh.
But also, to trust their way back out of that darkness. Self-care has been a popular, and sometimes controversial, topic the last few years. Living in the Bay Area, I see my friends learn how to slow down and relax after years of hustling their artwork. But our consumerist culture has co-opted the term self-care, trying to encourage us to spend money to feel better, as usual. And furthermore, certain words are so easily tossed around, but rarely do we define them in tangible ways: like what is presence? what is grounded? what is safe? what is healing? And how these words can mean different things for each person—it can present as different sensations, and each sensation can require different action. But recognizing when and how light can come back in is valuable knowledge. And that knowledge allows us to communicate our needs, and what kind of support each of us might need and can ask for. From here, The Actual Feeling was formed. 
I have always felt the power of relationships, but given the political climate, the loss of dozens of beautiful community members and our threatened community spaces, I believe now more than ever in the support of deep friendship, of knowing your community—and that often requires more than just showing up to the gallery or the warehouse or the basement. How can we support each other as humans, how can we create conversations that highlight our similarities and our struggles and our successes, and not just the art that we make? How can you communicate what might help, knowing that someone will show up for you? How will you live and create differently with that support?

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We will begin the discussion with introductions, preferred gender pronouns, and ground rules to speak to your own experience and to keep the conversation private. Each participant gets a free copy of the zine, and there's usually tea!

https://www.facebook.com/events/247199692350290/

Lise Gaston Book Release w/ Mary Wilson and Jane Gregory
Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Lise Gaston Book Release w/ Mary Wilson and Jane Gregory

We're so excited to host poet Lise Gaston's "Cityscapes in Mating Season" book release--what?--book release--huh?--book release--yes! It's her first book (!) and the poet Mary Wilson will also be in house, reading poetry, oh and you'll be here too, listening, and duh celebrating, and both poets are coming all the way from Berkeley! We're so so excited and you should be too!

Lise Gaston grew up on both sides of Canada, in Fredericton and Victoria, and has also lived in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Limerick, Ireland. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada, the United States, and Ireland, including Arc Poetry Magazine, European Romantic Review, The Fiddlehead, Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Matrix Magazine, Numero Cinq, and Prairie Fire. Her writing has won awards in Arc's Poem of the Year and HOw Poems Work contests, and has been selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015. She is a graduate of English and Creative Writing programs at the University of Victoria and Concordia University in Montreal, and is now a PhD Candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She divides her time between Berkeley and Edmonton. Cityscapes in Mating Season is her first book.

Mary Wilson holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Brown University. She currently lives and writes in Oakland, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley. Her poems have appeared in Everyday Genius, Gobbet, Anomalous, and Coconut.

Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona and lives in Berkeley, California. Her first book, My Enemies, was published in 2013 and her second, Yeah No, is forthcoming in 2018, both from The Song Cave. Recent poems have appeared in Company, Cordite Review, Critical Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Elderly, and Erizo. With Lyn Hejinian and Claire Marie Stancek she has recently launched Nion Editions, a chapbook press. Nion's first title is Perverse, All Monstrous by Cody-Rose Clevidence and should be out very soon.

https://www.facebook.com/events/207508709734585/

Outburst
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Outburst

We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!

Outburst is a politically tinged reading and screening event. Join us at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore for an evening of readings from local poets, a healthy smattering of visual art, a mysterious master of ceremonies and surprise guest star Emma Goldman. It's gonna be a hoot, we're all gonna yell, then be very quiet, and then go home and feel like we got out there and did something. 

Poets:
Tongo Eisen-Martin with Peck the Town Crier
Evan Kennedy
Stephanie Young

Visual artists:
Caleb Duarte
Theodore J.H. Hulsker
Jennie Ottinger
Angela Willetts

https://www.facebook.com/events/1830467143942972/

All About Eggs Book Party + Lucky Peach Garage Sale!
Apr
4
1:00 pm13:00

All About Eggs Book Party + Lucky Peach Garage Sale!

Friends! We are so excited to host one of our favorite people on this earth, Rachel Khong, who is releasing her brand new book, All About Eggs! 

Also! to celebrate the release of All About Eggs, we're putting together a TOTALLY BONKERS SUPER DEEP CUTS LUCKY PEACH BACK ISSUE GARAGE SALE! You do not want to miss these deals! 

You also don't want to miss these eggs! 

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We'll be serving refreshments! And maybe eggs! 

We hope to see you there! 

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All About ALL ABOUT EGGS: 
In essays, anecdotes, how-tos, and eighty-eight foolproof recipes, this eggcentric volume from Rachel Khong and the editors of Lucky Peach celebrates everything an egg can be and do. Whether illuminating the progress of an egg through a chicken, or teaching you how to poach a perfect egg, All About Eggs bursts with facts to deploy at your next cocktail party—then offers up a killer deviled egg recipe to serve while you're doing it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/758354084339008/

Oakland Writes Writer's Workshop
Mar
26
5:00 pm17:00

Oakland Writes Writer's Workshop

Come share your writing and get feedback! Oakland Writes is a drop-in style workshop and anyone can join at anytime. Feel free to come on by with some samples of your work - 3 - 5 poems, or 2-4 pages of prose. Get instant feedback! Bring about 7 copies to share.

Poets at Wolfman: Callie Garnett/Daniel Poppick/Marisa Crawford/Margaret Ross
Mar
25
7:00 pm19:00

Poets at Wolfman: Callie Garnett/Daniel Poppick/Marisa Crawford/Margaret Ross

Callie Garnett! Daniel Poppick! Marisa Crawford! So exciting! Poets at Wolfman! Saturday night! All three poets have new books! All three are from Brooklyn! And their first names all have six letters in them! What?! It's fate! Come down to the bookstore and say what up to your destiny! Who knows, we might even add a local poet to the mix! And stop using exclamation marks! Maybe! Eventually!

Oh wait! We did add a local poet! It's Margaret Ross! She's the author of A TIMESHARE, selected by Timothy Donnelly for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic and The New Yorker. She lives in Berkeley and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.


Callie Garnett is the author of the chapbook Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (Ugly Duckling Presse), a collaboration with illustrator Tallulah Pomeroy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prelude, Public Books, Jubilat, and The Literateur. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an Assistant Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing.

Daniel Poppick's first book of poetry, The Police, is out this year from Omnidawn. His work has recently appeared in BOMB, Granta, the New Republic, Hyperallergic, and Fence. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-edits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections Reversible (Switchback, forthcoming 2017) and The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010), and the chapbooks 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013) and Big Brown Bag (Gazing Grain, 2015). Her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, Bitch, The Hairpin, and other publications, and is forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016). Marisa is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the feminist literary/pop culture website WEIRD SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

https://www.facebook.com/events/207824372950540/

Postcard Poets
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

Postcard Poets

The Postcard Poetry Project is an annual collaboration in which poets from the Bay Area and across the country write and mail nearly one thousand original poems to one another—on postcards—between December and March.

To celebrate the end of this year's project, eleven poets—six local, five calling in from distant parts—share postcard work. To wit:

Melissa Eleftherion*
Derek Fenner
Caroline Knapp
Sara Larsen
Sam Lohman*
Melissa Mack
Travis Ortiz
Linda Russo*
Sunnylyn Thibodeaux
Brad Vogler*
James Yeary*

* Appearing via hologram!

Postcard poems will be on display for general admiration. 

There will be cake.

Making Your Plants Meditate, a workshop
Mar
18
2:30 pm14:30

Making Your Plants Meditate, a workshop

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Saturday, March 18th, 2:30-4:30pm
Suggested Donation $5-$10 (proceeds to artists)
Commemorative workbook for sale

We are thrilled to host the first Making Your Plants Meditate workshop featuring live performances by Plant Meditators and Friends. 
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NEW TO PLANT MEDITATION?
Do plants meditate? Do they want to meditate? Do they want? Plant meditation is a highly speculative field and we will begin to explore through mindfulness and experimentation.
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OUTLINE OF THE WORKSHOP
A condensed version of the 6-week course, this workshop aims to begin the process of creating a practice between human attendees and plants that expands definitions and liberates paradigms-- with a focus on sound and language.

Bring your plant. Surrogate plants will also be available.
We start on time, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early.

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Willkommen Goodbye: Poetry by Tod Edgerton & Bronwen Tate
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Willkommen Goodbye: Poetry by Tod Edgerton & Bronwen Tate

A reading Featuring visiting poet Michael Tod Edgerton and SF poet Bronwen Tate, who, sadly will be leaving the Bay area to join the Faculty of Marlboro College. Come say hello and adieu! Bios below.

Michael Tod Edgerton is the author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink 2013). His poems have appeared previously as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Sonora Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals. He holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, a PhD in English from the University of Georgia, and currently teaches creative writing and literature as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma. His most recent manuscript of poetry is “Yet Sensate Light.” You can check out Tod’s ongoing participatory text and sound project, What Most Vividly, at WhatMostVividly.com.

Bronwen Tate is the author of six chapbooks, including Vesper Vigil (above/ground 2016), if a thermometer (dancing girl press 2011) and Like the Native Tongue the Vanquished (Cannibal Books 2008). She received an MFA in Literary Arts (Poetry) from Brown University in 2006 and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 2014. She has taught courses on literature, aesthetics, creative writing, and composition at Brown University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Stanford University, where she is currently a lecturer and fellow in the Thinking Matters Program. Her poems have appeared in LIT, How2, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, Typo, and elsewhere. In the fall, she will join the faculty of Marlboro College as an Assistant Professor of Writing.

Pedestrian Prose # 2: Kwan Booth & Jeff Chon
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Pedestrian Prose # 2: Kwan Booth & Jeff Chon

The Second Pedestrian Prose reading features the work of Kwan Booth and Jeff Chon. Each reader is given the opportunity to present a full length short story or essay in its entirety. (Something you don't see every day!) Hosted by J de Salvo.

Kwan Booth is an award winning journalist, creative writer and digital media consultant working at the intersection of communications, community, art and technology. He’s still slightly uncomfortable talking about himself in 3rd person.

Jeff Chon is the editor-in-chief of The East Bay Review and a teacher at St. Mary's College and Diablo Valley College. His work has appeared in Word Riot, Barrelhouse, Heavy Feather Review, Fiddleblack, and Oakland Review among others.

Creative Process Discussion Group // free
Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

Creative Process Discussion Group // free

CREATIVE PROCESS with JENNIFER WILLIAMS

________

This meeting will include several participants who are interested in gathering regularly to create community through conversation with other artists in the Bay Area. The event is free, and you are invited to participate whether you have attended a workshop in the past or not. 
________

This workshop invites participants to look deeply at their creativity, their sense of self, and the demands of society through discussion questions and writing prompts. Given the recent election and the Oakland fire, additional questions will be offered if participants would like to reflect, explore, and voice their emotions, actions, and needs at this time.

As a facilitator, I invite participants to introduce themselves by name and pronoun, and allow participants to lead the majority of the conversation, or to keep their reflections to themselves if they prefer. In doing so, I hope to foster a more welcoming space to speak to individual experience and better realize ingrained habits and thought processes that might hinder or help creative process and balance. Each participant leaves with a copy of the workbook, prompts to refresh their process, and a new community to turn to for support.

More info at:
http://www.haveacreativeprocess.com/

FREE, + HERBAL TEA will be available (please bring your own mug!)

Timid Hungry Ghost Zine Release
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Timid Hungry Ghost Zine Release

The first issue and now **new** second issue of my zine Timid Hungry Ghosts will be released together through the amazing Adult Punk Press! 

http://adultpunk.storenvy.com/

Timid Hungry Ghost is a lyrical haunting of poems/songs & fragments excorcized onto the page. 

I will be reading , and joined by the talented: 

♥ Jordan Knecht of Adult Punk who will faciliate a super fun inter-active mini-workshop of his project Super-Meta-Phone-Line & be slanging work from his press! 

Plus readings & zines by,

♥ Tara Marsden, writer

♥ Ali Giordani, writer

♥ Claire, writer, founder of Oatmeal Magazine

There wil be food/ spooky snacks!

Bad Luck Of The Draw Club
Mar
8
6:00 pm18:00

Bad Luck Of The Draw Club

It is an event loosely centered around art. drawing. mostly sketch art. the motto is drink, draw, lurk, repeat. BLDC is a rotating event w a residency at The Uptown, Telegraph Beer Garden, and The Rock Steady. it is a designated safe zone and ALL are welcome.

Reception // Jasphy Zheng // The Unfinished Letter
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Reception // Jasphy Zheng // The Unfinished Letter

The Unfinished Letter

The Unfinished Letter is a solo exhibition by New York based artist Jasphy Zheng, featuring her recent series Before the Storm, Under the Sun and The Unfinished Letter. Inspired by the perplexity in her personal life, the series reveal the artist’s contemplation on mortality, beingness, as well as the sometimes “failed” or interrupted communication among individuals. Standing at the intersection of photography and narrative, Jasphy’s work is further complicated and enriched by a fusion of texts, video, sound, and hand-made books. Challenging the temporality and ephemerality of photography, Jasphy suspends the passage and eclipse of emotion, memory, and time in her work. The exhibition is curated by Rui Tang.

Jasphy Zheng is an image-based artist who resides in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She was the recipient of the Italy travel grant from Francesca Woodman Family Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; Pingyao Photo Festival, China; Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI, and among others. She uses photography along with other media, from artist books, videos, digital media, to public interventions as her vocabulary to construct her artistic language. She is interested in the notion of mortality and everything short-lived. 

Rui Tang is a curator and writer based in New York, who focuses on the notion of locality in visual culture. Graduated with an MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, Rui had previously worked at Guggenheim Museum, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Asia Society Northern California, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her recent curatorial project is Painting is Forbidden, a solo exhibition of artist Martin Wong at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

 Curved Light/Braeyden Jae/Shanna Sordahl/subnaught
Mar
3
6:00 pm18:00

Curved Light/Braeyden Jae/Shanna Sordahl/subnaught

A night of strange/beautiful audio/visual electronics — visceral, psychedelic sound experiments, organic tones for spiritual departures, silken new age ambience, a natural selection of pure joy. Allow the midweek stress to melt into the waters of the ocean. Breathe in the air around you. Become part of your mind in the Modern New Age. Find yourself anew.

Curved Light (Austin, TX) 
www.curvedlight.bandcamp.com
Braeyden Jae
https://braeydenjae.bandcamp.com/
Shanna Sordahl
https://soundcloud.com/shanna-sordahl/some-summer-somewhere
subnaught
https://soundcloud.com/subnaught

 Zone In: a literary zine release party / artist meet and greet
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Zone In: a literary zine release party / artist meet and greet

#ZoneIn: A literary zine release party/artists meet & greet brought to you by upstart imprint, Wordk Shop Press.

‘Zone In’ is the prologue to new author Tyrell LaRon’s forthcoming sci fi novel, ‘Ghetto Tech’. Accompanied with illustrations by Chris Micro, the zine allows readers the chance to get a sneak peek into a future African dystopian world where high technology has been outlawed.

#ZONEIN drops Thursday March 2, 2017 (7-10PM) and will be sold exclusively at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore 410 13th St. (next door to Good Mother and across from The Tribune Building) in Downtown Oakland, California. Mark your calendars now! 

Come 'Zone In' with us, grab a zine, and meet the artists.

free drinks & refreshments available while supplies last

As I Lay Laughing
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

As I Lay Laughing

"As I Lay Laughing" brings comedy to E.M. Wolfman's beautiful bookstore. Every 4th Friday, comedians Michael Brandon and Andrew Orolfo host the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians in an intimate Oakland space. Snacks will also be provided.

All shows hosted by:

Micharel Brandon - Bay Area comedy favorite and host of one of San Francisco's best comedy showcases, "Brave New Jokes".

Andrew Orolfo - Andrew Orolfo is a regular at the San Jose Improv and Rooster T. Feathers comedy clubs.

28 Kisses Chapbook Release Party
Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

28 Kisses Chapbook Release Party

Kimberly Kim's first chapbook, 28 Kisses, will be published by be about it press in February 2017. To celebrate, Kimberly Kim is bringing some friends together for a special evening of poetry and fun. 28 Kisses is the perfect Valentine's day gift for your person to kiss this holiday.

We will have copies of the chapbook for sale at the event, as well as refreshments. Please stay tuned for more information.

Here are our readers for the night:

Adriane Tillman,
Ivy Johnson,
Nick Johnson,
Lindsay Merbaum,
and
Kimberly Kim

Feb
10
6:00 pm18:00

Gallery Reception: Chelsea Smith // Floe

Let me tell you about
Faces I see
-Julia Holter, "Vasquez"

Floe is an exploration of the connections between landscape changes and thought patterns. Using sculptures, textiles and drawings, Smith examines how intentions are made and ruined through shifting, sinking and reemerging narratives. There is a deliberate use of finger and mark making tying the works together and an attempt to continue looking for patterns in the movements.

Chelsea Smith was born in Fort Irwin, California, raised in Kansas City and Germany and has been a San Francisco resident for over four years. She has a BA in Ceramics from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. In 2011 she was an artist in residence at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India and in 2014 an artist in residence at Gamli Skoli in Hrisey, Iceland. She is currently a visual arts instructor at the Richmond Art Center, the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland and Creativity Explored in San Francisco.

Creative Process Discussion Group // Free
Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

Creative Process Discussion Group // Free

CREATIVE PROCESS with JENNIFER WILLIAMS

________

This meeting will include several participants who are interested in gathering regularly to create community through conversation with other artists in the Bay Area. The event is free, and you are invited to participate whether you have attended a workshop in the past or not. 
________

This workshop invites participants to look deeply at their creativity, their sense of self, and the demands of society through discussion questions and writing prompts. Given the recent election and the Oakland fire, additional questions will be offered if participants would like to reflect, explore, and voice their emotions, actions, and needs at this time.

As a facilitator, I invite participants to introduce themselves by name and pronoun, and allow participants to lead the majority of the conversation, or to keep their reflections to themselves if they prefer. In doing so, I hope to foster a more welcoming space to speak to individual experience and better realize ingrained habits and thought processes that might hinder or help creative process and balance. Each participant leaves with a copy of the workbook, prompts to refresh their process, and a new community to turn to for support.

More info at:
http://www.haveacreativeprocess.com/

FREE, + HERBAL TEA will be available (please bring your own mug!)

SUPERTROUPERING + ASSWIPING w/pals ZINe reading Noise Party!!!
Feb
1
7:00 pm19:00

SUPERTROUPERING + ASSWIPING w/pals ZINe reading Noise Party!!!

Please join us friends for a warm evening of festivites and delights. Small snacks and low pressure refreshments will be served. 

Super twerp #12 is now availbe for trade. Please bring barterable goods, services, or other, including potluck or fancy dancing razmatazz.

We will have lovely readers Vanessa X, Nate Lumpkin and Maria and an additional music performance by noise enchantresss Nurse Betty.

Vanessa X will be busting out a new issue of ASSWIPE #10 and hot biscuits from her poem chappie Inside Other People's Tents.

Nate Lumpkin will read selections from his ongoing series of stories featuring Oakland's haunted places and erotic pansexual ghost hookups.

Maria Yates is releasing her new photo zine Dagger Glares and will be offering a short talk on her process. 

Nurse Betty (Dianne Lynn) will be wrecking shop with cute bird sounds and tiny machines. https://youtu.be/mP__1XxHq3M

Invite your friends!

DRINK AND DRAW LITERARY READING!
Jan
21
7:00 pm19:00

DRINK AND DRAW LITERARY READING!

DRINK AND DRAW Literary Reading: Local female writers read from recent work that examines, place, people, and fleeting moments.

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Drink & Draw began informally three years ago when three artists met by chance in a bar in downtown Oakland on a Wednesday evening. Their love of drawing in public spaces resulted in friendship and a weekly drawing group. Drink and Draw is always open to anyone wishing to join, abides by no formal rules, and is in spirit spontaneous, riding the waves of chance and circumstance. The premise is simple: find a space to relax in, and draw people nearby. 

The show exhibits samples of these drawings completed over the past three years of strangers in downtown Oakland. Our drawings are often quick renderings as people move about, the settings dim or dark, and the conversations lively. In 2014 we began setting up a booth during monthly First Friday bringing the spirit of drink and draw to the street. We've met and made many friends along the way, from local store owners, to families, people experiencing Oakland for the first time, and people who've lived here their whole lives. 
 

DRINK AND DRAW RECEPTION!
Jan
14
7:00 pm19:00

DRINK AND DRAW RECEPTION!

11/14 Drink And Draw & Reception: bring your sketchbooks and pens, we're hosting a live drink and draw at the shop! All are welcome.
 

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Drink & Draw began informally three years ago when three artists met by chance in a bar in downtown Oakland on a Wednesday evening. Their love of drawing in public spaces resulted in friendship and a weekly drawing group. Drink and Draw is always open to anyone wishing to join, abides by no formal rules, and is in spirit spontaneous, riding the waves of chance and circumstance. The premise is simple: find a space to relax in, and draw people nearby. 

The show exhibits samples of these drawings completed over the past three years of strangers in downtown Oakland. Our drawings are often quick renderings as people move about, the settings dim or dark, and the conversations lively. In 2014 we began setting up a booth during monthly First Friday bringing the spirit of drink and draw to the street. We've met and made many friends along the way, from local store owners, to families, people experiencing Oakland for the first time, and people who've lived here their whole lives. 

 

COMMUNITY READING GROUP: We Gon' Be Alright
Jan
12
7:30 pm19:30

COMMUNITY READING GROUP: We Gon' Be Alright

This reading group was formed by Bay Area booksellers and writers who wanted to gather with their communities post-election. We will be examining books centered around social justice and activism. The reading group will host separate meetings in San Francisco and Oakland. Both will serve as a safe space for the public to read, write, speak, learn, exchange art, offer each other support, and prepare for action. It is our mission to engage and implement ideas beyond the page and outward into our communities. 

Our book for January is WE GON' BE ALRIGHT by Jeff Chang. 

The Oakland meeting will take place at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore on Thursday, January 12th.

Jeff Chang will join the San Francisco meeting at Green Apple Books on the Park on Friday, January 13th. 

So snag yourself a copy and get to reading!

http://bealright.net/
http://jeffchang.net/
http://whowebe.net/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1740744596243641/

DRINK AND DRAW MUSIC EVENT with CARINA HO and DAVE HAUSER
Jan
7
7:00 pm19:00

DRINK AND DRAW MUSIC EVENT with CARINA HO and DAVE HAUSER

1/7 DRINK AND DRAW LIVE MUSIC

As part of this month's show, Chip and Lindsey have set up a series of events! The first is a live music show by singer songwriter Carina Ho, and acoustic sets by Dave Hauser.
 

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Drink & Draw began informally three years ago when three artists met by chance in a bar in downtown Oakland on a Wednesday evening. Their love of drawing in public spaces resulted in friendship and a weekly drawing group. Drink and Draw is always open to anyone wishing to join, abides by no formal rules, and is in spirit spontaneous, riding the waves of chance and circumstance. The premise is simple: find a space to relax in, and draw people nearby. 

The show exhibits samples of these drawings completed over the past three years of strangers in downtown Oakland. Our drawings are often quick renderings as people move about, the settings dim or dark, and the conversations lively. In 2014 we began setting up a booth during monthly First Friday bringing the spirit of drink and draw to the street. We've met and made many friends along the way, from local store owners, to families, people experiencing Oakland for the first time, and people who've lived here their whole lives. 

Breakfast for Dinner for Breakfast // Oatmeal Magazine
Dec
18
12:00 pm12:00

Breakfast for Dinner for Breakfast // Oatmeal Magazine

Hi friends,

We hope you're hanging in there during these painful times. We're sending all of our love to you, and we hope you'll come hang out and enjoy some readings and music and breakfast for dinner for breakfast foods with us.

We've eaten a lot of night oats, but we recently realized that we've never had night oats in the morning. That's why our original co-headitor Trisha Federis is coming to visit, all the way from North Carolina! To get to the bottom of this Breakfast for Dinner for Breakfast business. (Our well-informed hypothesis is that it will definitely not be brunch.) Also, just kidding, Trisha was already coming to visit, and we're so excited about it, we're throwing a party!!

We will probably make waffles and hot chocolate and have other cool breakfast foods and drinks, and incredible people will read their great stuff, and SPELLLING and Collander will play their amazing dreamy music, and we'll just hang out at Wolfman on a Sunday afternoon! It'll be so nice. PLEASE COME SCENT-FREE. � more info below.

Like most of our events, it'll be mellow and fun and also full of rage and love and pain, in a good way. Let us know if you want to read / play music / perform anything! We can't wait to be with you all.

+ Also! This event is part of a super rad series, Press Mall '16, celebrating small presses all month at E.M. Wolfman! Check out all the other awesome events that are going on: https://www.facebook.com/events/349741812054226/

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~*~*~ collander ~*~*~ 
queer sick experimental pop
soundcloud.com/collander

~*~*~ SPELLLING ~*~*~ 
conjurings
soundcloud.com/spellling

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access info:
pls come scent free! chemical products make some people very sick, so no perfumes, essential oils, fragranced products, detergents, etc. we also ask folks to please avoid smoking at this event and avoid wearing clothes with cigarette smoke. (we will try our best to remove immediate scents in the bookstore, but we are not able to guarantee the event as fully scent-free because it's located next to a beauty salon, and sometimes the smell of aerosol or perm solution comes through the vents; we also won't be able to check folks at the door.) here's a helpful resource about going scent-free! http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/files/how2bscentfree.pdf

the bookstore is wheelchair accessible, however its bathroom is not (it's upstairs). there are accessible bathrooms at golden lotus a few doors down and also at the tribune tavern across the street, and we'll make sure that folks can use them the day of the event. please feel free to reach out to claire or any of the event people to let us know if there's any additional information/accommodations you need! 
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Feel free to message Claire / email us about anything at all ~ 
oatmeal dot magazine at gmail dot com

Love and rage and night oats in the morning,
The Oatmeal Fam

https://www.facebook.com/events/1023965737726770/