On the Cheap: August 14 – 20, 2013

Pub date August 13, 2013

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Toby Barlow Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The Detroit-based author reads from his latest novel, Babayaga.

Caleb Crain 1 Ferry Bldg, SF; www.bookpassage.com. 6pm, free. The journalist and literary critic discusses his new work, Necessary Errors.

Fran Moreland Johns Books Inc., 3515 California, SF; www.booksinc.net. 7pm, free. The author shares Perilous Times: An Inside Look at Abortion Before and After Roe V. Wade.


Yangsze Choo 1 Ferry Bldg, SF; www.bookpassage.com. 6pm, free. The author reads from her debut novel, The Ghost Bride.

Dr. Ellen Cutler Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut, SF; www.booksinc.net. 7pm, free. The holistic healing pioneer discusses Clearing the Way to Health and Wellness.

Dr. Christopher Herndon Bone Room, 1573 Solano, Berk; www.boneroompresents.com. 7pm, free. The UCSF physician discusses “Learning from Tribal Healers,” drawing on his own experiences working with Amazonian healers.

“Shipwreck: Competitive Erotic Fanfiction” Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7pm, $10 (included drinks). The Booksmith and Write Club SF present the third installment of an event in which “six writers destroy one great book” by inserting its characters into new and strange worlds. This time around, it’s The Wizard of Oz. Surrender!

“3rd on Third Arts Celebration” Third St between McKinnon and Quesada, SF; www.bayviewmerchants.org. 5:30-8pm, free. Bayview’s Third Street Corridor hosts activities for the whole family, including live mural painting, pop-up galleries, a “children’s zone,” food vendors, live music by Afrolicious, KBLX DJs Rick and Russ, and more.


Cathleen Miller Books Inc., 601 Van Ness, SF; www.booksinc.net. 7pm, free. The author shares Champion of Choice, a biography of reproductive-rights advocate Nafis Sadik.

“Mugsy Is the New Black” El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; www.elriosf.com or @musgyawinebar. 5:30-8:30pm, free. It’s a pop-up wine bar focusing on winemakers who are queer, female, and/or people of color. El Rio serves free oysters (limited quantities) starting at 5:30pm, so show up early and sip wares from Gratta Wines, Farina Blanco, and more.


“Family Day Kite Festival” Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery, Presidio, SF; www.fdkf.org. 11am-5pm, free. One of the windiest places in San Francisco (and that’s saying a lot) hosts this fun and colorful festival, with a “Make-a-Kite” pavilion for kids, kite acrobatics, a variety of kite-flying contests, the intriguing possibility of “candy-showering kites,” and more.

“San Francisco Street Food Festival” Folsom at 24th St, SF; www.sfstreetfoodfest.com. 11am-7pm, free (bring cash for food). La Cocina hosts what’s sure to be an insanely popular event, with local food trucks, restaurants, and pop-ups selling their wares to the hip and hungry masses. Arriving early and not trying to park nearby are both advised.

“Take the Field” AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF; coachingcorps.org/takethefield. 1-5pm, $5 suggested donation. Support kid-helping charity Coaching Corps and live out your own baseball fantasies with this event held on the Giants’ home turf; activities include a “Splash Hits Derby,” a base-running game; photo ops with the World Series trophies, and more.


“Urban Air Market” Pier 70 (near 3rd and 20th Sts), SF; www.urbanairmarket.com. 11am, free. You’ve probably browsed the stalls when this pop-up market has appeared in other neighborhoods (Hayes Valley, for one); now, for the first time, Dogpatch’s Pier 70 plays host to this showcase of local, independent designers, with emphasis placed on sustainable and “green” products.


Ben Alamar Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The sports-statistics expert discusses Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers with Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon.

Michael Paterniti 1 Ferry Bldg, SF; www.bookpassage.com. 6pm, free. The author reads from The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, a nonfiction work inspired by a highly sought-after variety of Spanish queso. *