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“Anthology” La Movida, 3066 24th St, SF; www.anthologysf.com. 7pm, free. Open mic for poetry and literary fiction.
Janet Hubbard Book Passage, 1 Ferry Bldg, SF; www.bookpassage.com. 6pm, free. The author reads from the latest in her “Vengeance in the Vineyard” thriller series, The Bitter Finish.
“Frankly Speaking: A Book Party!” Modern Times Bookstore Collective, 2919 24th St, SF; www.moderntimesbookstore.com. 7-9pm, free. Celebrate the life of performance artist Frank Moore at this release party for Frankly Speaking, a collection of his prose.
Joan Gelfand, Jack and Adele Foley, Clara Hsu Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal, SF; www.bookshopwestportal.com. 7pm, free. The authors read from new works: Gelfand from The Long Blue Room; the Foleys from Jack Foley’s Eyes; and Hsu from Babouche Impromptu and Other Moroccan Sketches.
Annabelle Gurwitch Book Passage, 1 Ferry Bldg, SF; www.bookpassage.com. 6pm, free. The author reads from her coming-of-middle-age comedic tale, I See You Made an Effort.
“Quirky Berkeley” Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center, Berk; (510) 848-0181. 7pm, $10 (space is limited; call for reservations). Tom Dalzell discusses Berkeley’s unique front-yard displays at this talk co-sponsored by the Berkeley Historical Society and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.
“Regreturature” Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa, SF; www.litquake.org. 8pm, $15. Litquake and the Writers’ Grotto present this evening of authors reading works they’d rather forget. Participants include Adam Johnson, Sylvie Simmons, Tamim Ansary, Sam Barry, and more.
“We Are CA: A Celebration of Women Food Entrepreneurs” California Historical Society, 678 Mission, SF; lacocinawomenentrepreneurs.eventbrite.com. 6-8pm, $5. Panel discussion with La Cocina participants, including Elvia Buendia (La Luna Cupcakes), Rosa Rodriguez (Sweets Collection), and Isabel Caudillo (El Buen Comer).
“Omnidawn Reading and Party” Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph, Berk; www.omnidawn.com. 7:30pm, free. Readings by Julie Carr, Gillian Conoley, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Karla Kelsey, and Craig Santos Perez.
“Under the Influence” Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno, SF; www.emtab.org. 7:30pm, $5 suggested donation. Five artists perform work by one of their major influences, followed by original works.
Belmont Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival Carlmont Village Shopping Center, Ralston at Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont; www.pacificfinearts.com. 10am-5pm, free. More than 20 artists showcase their wares at this outdoor event, with ceramics, paintings, fine jewelry, photography, and more on display.
“Break the Chains” Revolution Books, 2425 Channing, Berk; www.revolutionbooks.org. 7pm, free. Poetry night and open mic.
“Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out #65!” Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St, San Rafael; (415) 482-0550. 4pm, donations requested. Book launch for The Live Long Day by poet Robin Lee, plus open mic.
“The Parnassus Review” Mutiny Radio, 2781 21st St, SF; facebook.com/parnassusrevue. 6-8pm, free. Variety show and radio program showcasing Bay Area literary talent, including LJ Moore, Ryan Nash, Scott Lambridis, and others.
Tanna Tucker Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission, SF; www.cartoonart.org. 1-3pm, free. The cartoonist-in-residence discusses her work, which is inspired by science fiction, West African folklore, and feminism.
“Writers With Drinks” Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF; www.writerswithdrinks.com. 7-9pm, $10-20. With authors Janet Mock, Ayelet Waldman, Marga Gomez, and Annalee Newitz.
Philip B. Choi Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University, Berk; www.asiabookcenter.com. 3pm, free. The architect and Chinese American studies pioneer discusses San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture.
“Litquake’s Epicenter” Glass Door Gallery, 245 Columbus #B, SF; www.litquake.org. 7pm, $5-15 suggested donation. Stanford University creative writing teacher Molly Antopol, author of new short-story collection The UnAmericans, in conversation with author Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena).
Ben Tarnoff City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus, SF; www.citylights.com. 7pm, free. The author discusses The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature.
36th St. Stupid’s Day Parade Justin Herman Plaza, Market at Embarcadero, SF; www.saintstupid.com. Noon, free. The First Church of the Last Laugh hosts its annual salute to stupidity on April Fool’s Day. Costumes, signs, and “a willfully irreverent attitude to the business of religion and the religion of business” encouraged. *