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Poetry reading Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 649-1320. 7:30pm, free. With Raina Leon, Erica Lewis, Alexandra Mattraw, and Val Witte.
Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The fashion bloggers discuss Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom and Lorenzo’s Fabulous and Opinionated Guide to Life and Style.
Arlo Crawford Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The author discusses A Farm Dies Once a Year: A Memoir.
Emma Donoghue Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St, SF; www.alexanderbook.com. Noon-1pm, free. The author reads from her new mystery novel Frog Music, with musicians Patrice Haan and Tony Marcus playing tunes that were popular during San Francisco’s Barbary Coast days.
Leslie Jamison City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus, SF; www.citylights.com. 7pm, free. The author reads from her new essay collection, The Empathy Exams.
Fred Martin BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal, SF; (415) 564-8080. 7pm, free. The author discusses his new book, Abraham Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864.
“Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio” Main Post, Presidio, SF; www.offthegridsf.com. 5-9pm, free. Every Thursday through June 26. This ongoing evening event features lantern-lit dining cabanas, cocktails, fire pits, and food trucks galore.
“Chomp! They Came from the Swamp” Conservatory of Flowers, 100 JFK Dr, Golden Gate Park, SF; www.conservatoryofflowers.org. 10am-4pm, $1.50-8. Tue-Sun through Oct 19. Explore the oddly alluring world of meat-eating plants at this exhibit, starring California’s own cobra lilies and the ever-popular Venus flytrap. Who’s hungry?
“An Evening with Nightboat Books: Mostly New Work” Green Arcade, 1680 Market, SF; www.thegreenarcade.com. 7:30pm, free. With Brian Blanchfield, Laura Moriarity, George Albon, Brandon Som, and Kevin Killian.
“Walk to Work Day” SF; www.walksf.org. Hoof it to work today and get a reward (snacks, Clipper cards, etc.) at a number of “hubs” stationed around SF. All of the supervisors will be hanging out in cafés in their districts (7:45-9am) to encourage walkers; check the website for more deets.
“YBCA Teen Night 2014: Visions of an Abolitionist Future” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF; www.ybca.org. 6-10pm, free. Youth-created performance and exhibition that looks at the crisis of mass incarceration in America.
Berkeley Bay Festival Berkeley Marina, Berk; cityofberkeley.info/bayfestival. 11am-4pm, free. Live music, environmentally-themed exhibitors, boating, and “green” vendors highlight this event celebrating the bay.
“Jack of All Trades” Jack London Square, 55 Harrison, Oakl; www.jackofalltradesoakland.com. 11am-5pm, free. Treasure Island Flea hosts this gathering of local makers, indie designers, artists, and more.
“Nicolas Cage Art Show” Balancoire, 2565 Mission, SF; eventbrite.com/e/nicolas-cage-art-show-san-francisco-tickets-11103499867. 8pm, $8-10. Group art show paying tribute to the many nuances of the Oscar-winning, delightfully odd actor.
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Japantown, SF; www.sfcherryblossom.org. April 12-13 and 19-20, free. Celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese American community at this 47th annual street fair, boasting food booths, live music, martial arts demonstrations, and more.
“SiteWorks: Archaeologies of San Francisco Performance, 1969-85” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF; www.ybca.org. 3-4:40pm, free. Artist Nick Kaye discusses an ongoing, site-specific Google Maps project gathering “archival remains of past ephemeral art and performance in the present city of SF.”
“Writers with Drinks” Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, SF; www.writerswithdrinks.com. 7:30-9:30pm, $5-10. With Eileen Gunn, April Sinclair, Caitlin Donohue, Nona Caspers, and Siouxsie Q.
“Foster Family Fun Day” Habitot Children’s Museum, 2065 Kittredge, Berk; www.habitot.org. 2-5pm, free. Foster, kinship, and adoptive families are welcome to visit the museum and enjoy free, exclusive access to the hands-on exhibits and creative art activities.
Darick Robertson Two Cats Comic Book Store, 320 West Portal, SF; www.twocatscomicbookstore.com. 3pm, free. The comics artist (Transmetropolitan, The Boys, Marvel Knights) discusses his work with Comic Vine’s Corey Schroeder.
Market Street Kiosk Youth Poster Series Bus kiosks along Market Street, SF; www.sfgov.org. Through July 7. Budding photographers working with San Francisco Arts Commission photo-mentoring program First Exposures exhibit scenes snapped in their neighborhoods — the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Central Market — in public displays along Market Street.
Matthew Zapruder City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus, SF; www.citylights.com. 7pm, free. The poet celebrates the release of his new collection, Sunbear. *