On the Cheap: September 18 -24, 2013

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WEDNESDAY 18

Robert Boswell Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The author reads from Tumbledown, his first new novel in 10 years.

Tom Kizzia Books Inc., 301 Castro, Mtn. View; www.booksinc.net. 7pm, free. Also Thu/19, 7pm, free, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera; www.bookpassage.com. The Alaska-based author reads from true-crime frontier thriller Pilgrim's Wilderness.

Antoine Laurain Book Passage, 1 Ferry Bldg, SF; www.bookpassage.com. 6pm, free. The Paris-born author reads from his French bestseller The President's Hat, a fable set during the Mitterrand years.

Radar Reading Series SF Public Library, 100 Larkin, SF; www.radarproductions.org. 6pm, free. Michelle Tea hosts this series highlighting independent and underground writers and artists. This month: Imogene Binnie, Kevin Simmonds, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Katie Haegele.

THURSDAY 19

"ConVerge" Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF; www.ybca.org. 4-8pm, free. This month's program features Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucalt's Mobile Arts Platform project — "an interactive, neighborhood-generated social sculpture" — and its Mobile Screen Print Cart, which explores the history of community posters and enables the creation of new ones.

Molly Haskell Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The film critic discusses her new memoir, My Brother My Sister, which chronicles her younger brother's transformation into a woman.

"Sights and Sounds of Bayview" Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St, SF; www.sfartscommission.org. 5:30-9pm (program starts at 7pm), free. This live radio event features multi-media storytelling and music by Bayview residents and workers. Come early for a concert by Pat Wilder and Serious Business and to enjoy the monthly 3rd on Third neighborhood arts party.

"We Heart the Tamale Lady" Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF; indiegogo.com/projects/viva-la-tamale-lady. 9pm, $5-15 sliding scale. Help Virginia Ramos, aka the Tamale Lady, get into the brick-and-mortar biz at this fundraiser, featuring tamales (duh) and live music by Grandma's Boyfriend, Scraper, Windham Flat, and Quite Polite.

FRIDAY 20

"Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 30th Anniversary Exhibition" Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF; www.ybca.org. Gallery hours Thu-Sat, noon-8pm, $8-10. Through Nov 3. Alongside a performance series featuring the dance company, YBCA hosts a survey exhibition compiling the sets, props, moving images, and other elements contributed over three decades by visual artists and designers (including Keith Haring, Huck Snyder, and Bjorn Amelan).

Hazel Reading Series 1564mrkt, 1564 Market, SF; www.hazelreadingseries.org. 7pm, $5 suggested donation. Local women writers read "daring and experimental" work.

Sukkot Shabbat Celebration Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California, SF; www.jccsf.org. 4:30pm, free. As part of the JCCSF's weeklong Sukkot celebration, "Outside In," the organization hosts a free, all-are-welcome holiday Shabbat celebration in its atrium. Visit the web site for related events.

SATURDAY 21

Sarah Clark Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission, SF; www.cartoonart.org. 1-3pm, free. The museum's current cartoonist-in-residence shows and discusses her work, including current project Season Ticket Diaries, based on her experiences as an Oakland A's fan this season.

"An Evening of Poetry and Prose" San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett, SF; www.sfbuddhistcenter.org. 8pm, $5-30 suggested donation. Bay Area writers Pia Chatterjee, Genny Lim, Kenneth Wong, and Nellie Wong read to benefit Jai Bhim International, a group that provides English lessons and empowerment workshops for Indian youths of all economic backgrounds.

Friends of Duboce Park 16th annual tag sale Duboce Park, Duboce between Steiner and Scott, SF; www.friendsofdubocepark.org. 9am-2pm, free. Support Friends of Duboce Park, which funds improvements to the park — and pick up some sweet bargains! — at this popular annual neighborhood sale.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival #57 Old Mill Park, 325 Throckmorton, Mill Valley; www.mvfaf.org. 10am-5pm, $5-10. Also Sun/22. Over 140 artists from around the country showcase their works amid redwood trees. Plus: live music and children's entertainment.

New Belgium's Tour de Fat Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park, SF; sfbike.org/?fat. 10am-5pm, free. This annual "ballyhoo of bikes and beer" features a bike parade and a bike rodeo, live performances, fire-jumping bike acts, and more. Beer-sale proceeds benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

SUNDAY 22

Grady Hendrix and Amanda Cohen Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez, SF; www.omnivorebooks.com. 3-4pm, free. The authors present Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, filled with vegetarian recipes from Cohen's NYC restaurant, creatively illustrated like a graphic novel by artist Ryan Dunlavey. Added bonus: Cohen will be serving Dirt Candy's famous "Portobello mousse." *