Keith McHenry is one of the founders of Food Not Bombs. The group's simple concept—find some extra food in your area and feed your local people—took off worldwide and has endured for decades, still serving home-cooked meals in public spots and getting in trouble with police for serving food without commercial permits a few times a year. Join McHenry and local artist Carol Denney for a benefit for FNB's East Bay chapter, and, of course, some delicious food.
6pm, donation suggested
Berkeley Art House
2905 Shattuck, Berk.
You don't want to miss this legendary San Francisco event, hosted annually by Bound Together Bookstore. It's unclear whether another world is possible, but in a room jam-packed with books, pamphlets, zines and art, inspiring people, and 20 educational sessions per day, you may start to feel that it is. Learn about uprising from Haiti to China, surrealism and anarchism, art and anarchism, gender and anarchism, economics and anarchism, and the prospects of electoral politics (hint: hopeless.) Learn about the history of the commons, its relationship to communes, and what it means that so many people have been occupying them lately. Bay Area authors will talk about their work on everything from black power and social movements of the past to radical science fiction visions of the future. There will be free bike valet parking and a kids' space.
10:30 am, Saturday and Sunday, free
County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave, SF
People in 13 cities will take to the streets to demand an end to the criminalization of homelessness. And San Francisco, from sit-lie bans to "illegal lodging" laws, can't seem to leave people on the street in peace. Show up for music, street theater, and teach-ins.
Michelle Tea helped to found Sister Spit in 1994, and since then, the female writers tour has graced nationwide audiences with its "fantastically queer, profoundly talented" lineup. They will hit the road again this April, but not before a kick-off event in the city where it all began. Comic book authors, playwrights and poets will unite, and there will be cookies.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library main branch
100 Larkin, SF