ORIGINAL SHORTS: FAILURE TO COMMIT
Will the six authors — including Ladipo Manyiko and Shawna Yang Ryan — who were asked to "look deep into the heart of the flaky soul and emerge with original short stories on the theme of failing to commit" even show up? Now that would be some performative literature right there. If you're stood-up, you'll at least have the Lone Palm's excellent cocktails for succor.
Mon/10, 7 p.m., free. Lone Palm, 3394 22nd St., SF.
BARBERSHOP READING: A LITTLE OFF THE TOP AND OVER THE TOP
The gays do love to fuss about their tops! This party-slash-gathering of LGBT writers in the fab Joe's Barbershop has already become a Litquake fixture for lit queens and their chasers, and proof that our community's writing talent hasn't been sucked into Grindr chats and Dinah missed connections.
Tue/11, 9 p.m., free ($5–$10 suggested donation). Joe's Barbershop, 2150 Market, SF.
FIGURE FOUR CAPS LOCK: PRO WRESTLING MEMOIRS FROM CLASSY FREDDIE BLASSIE TO THE FABULOUS MOOLAH
Boxing, schmoxing — the real money melon for sports book fans of the last two decades have been professional reminiscences of flamboyant flings in the ring. I mean, c'mon, Rowdy Roddy Piper, people: what more titillation do you need (besides a kick in the rear from the Iron Sheik's pointy-toed shoes?) Writers Alia Volz, Rick Luxury, Alan Black and many more cactus clothesline this important body of work with tributes and testimonials.
Fri/14, 7 p.m., $10. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF.
INVISIBLE CITY AUDIO TOURS: EVERYWHERE MAN
"Alternative self-guided walking audio tour" purveyors Invisible City combine music, words, sonic landscapes, and historical information to create realtime experiences that map the ethereal onto SF streets. Latest work "Everywhere Man" is a mystery that whose clues are divulged while participants ride cable cars throughout the city. This sounds too, too cool, especially for first-time visitors.
Sat/15, 2 p.m., pre-order accompanying map and podcast at www.invisiblecityaudiotours.org for $15. Meet at the cable car turnaround, Market and Powell, SF.
WORDS ON WAVES
The North Bay literary scene gets some incredible shine at this event, which takes place on the houseboats of Sausalito. Move from one houseboat to the next and experience samplings of such topics as "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Tall Tales from the Boat Dwellers" on Boat #134, SMITH Magazine's "Water, Fire, Rocks: Life in Six Words" on Boat #42, and "Vanda Marlow, Poetry Faerie" on Boat #12 (actually a restored World War II landing craft.) Get saucy, Sausalito. Literally.
Sat/15, 1 p.m., $25 advance. Private houseboat pier (for exact location email firstname.lastname@example.org), Sausalito.