Events: January 15 - 21, 2014
"Lyrics and Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series" Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck, Berk; www.pegasusbookstore.com. 7:30pm, free. With authors Brian Ang, Carmella Fleming, Judy Juanita, Hugh Behm Steinberg, and Harold Terezón.
Peace Corps recruiting event San Francisco Public Library, Mary Louise Strong Conference Room, 100 Larkin, SF; www.peacecorps.gov. 6-7:30pm, free. Learn about opportunities from returned Peace Corps volunteer Jazmian Allen.
Sam Wasson Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 7:30pm, free. The author discusses Fosse, his biography of the legendary and influential choreographer.
Michael Shorb poetry reading Books Inc., 3515 California, SF; www.booksinc.net. 7pm, free. Toast the late, award-winning poet with a reading from his collection Whale Walker's Morning.
"An Afternoon in Conversation with David Broza" Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael; www.marinjcc.org. 3:30-5pm, free (pre-register at marinjcc.org/broza). Israeli superstar and activist David Broza sings, signs CDs, and discusses his life and career.
"Literary Foolery Finale Show" Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 8pm, $10. Literary Clown Foolery closes out its series at Booksmith with a performance and interview with the store's owner, Christin Evans.
"Sea Lion 24th Anniversary: Opening Day" Pier 39, SF; www.pier39.com. Tours at noon, 1, 2, 3, and 4pm, free. Through Mon/20. Gather at the Sea Lion Statue for a free, 20-minute stroll with Aquarium of the Bay naturalists around sea lion central to celebrate the blubbery beasts' spontaneous arrival at Pier 39. The tour includes a stop at the aquarium's brand-new, educational Sea Lion Center.
"BAASICS.4: Watershed" ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, SF; baasics.com/baasics-4-watershed/. 9pm, free/sliding scale (seating is limited, so reserve tickets in advance). A diverse group of artists and scientists — including Megan Prelinger, Derek Hitchcock, and Jay Lund — gather to discuss the Bay Area watershed.
"Good Food Awards Marketplace" Ferry Building, 1 Sausalito, SF; www.goodfoodawards.org. 9am-2pm, $5. This year's Good Food Award winners — in categories that include charcuterie, cheese, and chocolate — showcase blue-ribbon fare at this special marketplace, with tasty treats available for sampling and purchasing.
"Pedestrian Press: A.D. Winans and John Domini" Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno, SF; www.emtab.org. 7pm, $5. The Pedestrian Press authors read from their works.
"Zeitgeist Press Release Party for Joie Cook Collections" Readers Café and Bookstore, Bldg C, Rm 165, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna, SF; friendssfpl.org/?Readers_FM. 2-4pm, free. The late poet is celebrated with two new collections, read by local literary luminaries including Jack Hirschman, Julia Vinograd, Q.R. Hand, Kathleen Wood, and others.
Free square dance lessons St. Paul's Church Hall, 1399 43rd Ave, SF; www.sfsquaredancing.com. 7-9:30pm, free. Also Jan 27. Caper Cutters, the oldest square dancing club in SF, hosts two free introductory classes for aspiring do-si-do-ers. Wear soft-soled shoes.
"Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration" Piedmont Community Center, 711 Highland, Piedmont; piedmontdiversity.wordpress.com/about/. 1-4pm, free. The Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee hosts the city's annual MLK Day celebration, with speakers and performances from Piedmont Choirs' Ensemble Choir, Oakland School for the Art's One Voice Choir, and others.
"MLK Day with Uhuru Furniture" World Ground Café, 3726 Macarthur, Oakl; uhurufurniture.blogspot.com. 10am-3pm, free. Uhuru Furniture and the African People's Education and Defense Fund present a one-hour program of historical clips of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Volunteers (email firstname.lastname@example.org) are needed for a community outreach service project that follows. *