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Nepantla Second Issue Release

Fri., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
Nepantla Second Issue Release
Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color aims to create intentional space for QPOC narratives and art in America, celebrating multiplicity and continual reinvention. It will also celebrate the release of its second issue on Friday, August 28 at Berkeley City College (2050 Center St.) with a reading co-presented by ZYZZYVA, featuring four of its associated poets. Among them are Jewelle Gomez, the author of seven books, including the Black lesbian vampire novel The Gilda Stories, and founding board member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; Yosimar Reyes, a gay, Mexican-born poet and activist whose work often addresses immigration issues; Arisa White, the author of the full-length poetry collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved; and Marvin K. White, the author of four collections of poetry, board member of Fire & Ink, a national Black LGBT writer’s organization, and former member of the acclaimed Black gay theater group Pomo Afro Homos. Clearly, the lineup is glowing, and one too (unfortunately) rare to pass up. Free
Berkeley City College 2050 Center St., Berkeley (map)

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Fog Swamp

Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m.
510-843-8277
free
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Charles Wheal Band

Sat., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
510-843-8277
free
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Bucky Sinister at Pegasus Books

Thu., Sept. 3, 7:30-9 p.m.
510-649-1320
Bucky Sinister at Pegasus Books
Bay Area poet, self-help author, and comedian Bucky Sinister discusses his new novel, Black Hole. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Colin Hagendorf

Tue., Sept. 8, 7:30-9 p.m.
510-649-1320
Colin Hagendorf
Colin Atrophy Hagendorf​ reads from his new pizza memoir, Slice Harvester. Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Berkeley Shakedown Street Festival

Sat., Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
510-981-5150
A festival with beer, wine, food, and vendors, and special guest Wavy Gravy. Free
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley (map)

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Tuesday Jazzidency

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
510-843-8277
w/ Nathan Clevenger Group free
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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The Jump Off

Fridays, 5 p.m.
510-843-8277
local rotating DJs free
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
510-548-3333
With fresh and organic produce, breads, specialty foods, and more for sale, plus special programs and events. free
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley (map)

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Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading

, First Saturday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
510-841-8330
free
Strawberry Creek Lodge 1320 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

Americana Unplugged

Sundays, 4:30 p.m.
510-843-8277
w/ rotating guests free
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)

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Lyrics and Dirges

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Lyrics and Dirges
has been bringing a hand-picked selection of prominent and emerging writers to Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on the third Wednesday of every month. Hosted and curated by Rad Dad zine editor Tomas Moniz and Berkeley Poetry Festival organizers Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez, the series aims to provide a picture of the diverse Bay Area literary landscape by gathering different types of writers on the same stage. “We’ve paired slam poets with writers of erotic memoir; we’ve highlighted writers published by mainstream presses, hard core zinesters who still staple each issue, comics artists, and playwrights,” Moniz wrote in an email. For its fourth anniversary edition, the series is hosting authors Virgie Tovar, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Matthew Zapruder, and Aimee Suzara. Though Lyrics and Dirges’ lineup is always eclectic, Tovar promises an especially memorable performance. Author of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, Virgie Tovar travels the country preaching the motto “Lose Hate Not Weight,” and serving up refreshingly raw lectures and readings concerning body politics, sex, and identity. She fits the bill for Lyrics and Dirges nicely, which also aims to represent socially engaged writers who share perspectives that are relevant to their communities. free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Eats, Beats, and Brews

Third Sunday of every month, 12-6 p.m.
A block party featuring live salsa music. Free
Downtown Berkeley Arts District Shattuck Avenue and Center Street, Berkeley (map)

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Read and Share Book Club

, , , Fourth Tuesday of every month, 3-4 p.m.
510-981-6100
A monthly book group for adults to discuss any book they please. Meetings held in the fourth floor Story Hour room.
Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley (map)

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Game Night!

Thursdays, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Continues through Dec. 31
Game Night!
Every Thursday night at Hotel Durant play your favorite childhood games plus some new favorites! Hosted by Game of Berkeley, have fun with friends and family and possibly win a Free game! Free
Hotel Durant 2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley (map)

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