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If every artist is a reason, there are about 500 reasons to attend our show on Monday.

grammaThe show is in conjunction with ArtSpan + SOMArts, whose annual SF Open Studios and Day of the Dead exhibitions showcasing the work of over 450 local artists will be on view at SOMArts during the event.

Doors open at 6:30; come check out the art and have some cheap ice cold Lagunitas straight from Petaluma via keg (wine and non-alcoholic bevs will be available too).

At 7:30pm we’ll have QL 65, a barrage of word art featuring more than a dozen authors put into a metaphorical mixtape by Lauren Traetto + Evan Karp.

The first 150 people get a copy of s+b featuring art by Sidney Stretz!

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Announcing our November 10 venue: Viracocha!

KelseySubmissions are open through the end of Wednesday, Oct 22. We’ve done one show there, premiered the QL Chorus. Will we use both floors, one floor, the piano, the cat? Haha you’ll just have to see. Kelsey Schimmelman (pictured «) is curating this show.


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On Sunday, Oct 19 we’ve got Derrick Brown, Bucky Sinister, Alexandra Naughton and Casey Childers reading with music by Randall Sena and Vince DeWald! Lagunitas will also be there, at The Emerald Tablet, for a 5pm show. You can reserve a seat here.


Our next show is part of Litquake on Monday October 13th, and will feature the following authors:

art by sidney stretzPeter Bullen
Avren Keating
Sara Marinelli
Sally Ashton
Kate Folk
Linette Escobar
Jill Tomasetti
Kai Carlson-Wee
Chloé Veylit
Kei Griot
Pablo Baeza
Karen Penley
Rose Linke
Shideh Etaat

with art by our own Sidney Stretz!

Curated and hosted by Lauren Traetto and Evan Karp (Want to curate a show?)

We’re sort of famous for good (Litquake) shows. This is our 5th year and our 5th Litquake! Watch and/or read our first four:

This will be our 65th show, and the 58th issue of sparkle + blink. The first 150 people in attendance will receive a copy. Be there early; this show is in conjunction with ArtSpan & SOMArts, whose annual SF Open Studios and Day of the Dead exhibitions—showcasing the work of over 450 local artists—will be on view at SOMArts during the event. Come check it out!

+ cheap ice cold drafts courtesy of Lagunitas

Monday October 13
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street
7:30pm start

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  • We received 75 submissions and accepted 14 (19%)
  • Return readers this month:
    • Peter Bullen (5x)
    • Kate Folk (1x)
    • Linette Escobar (1x)
    • Kai Carlson-Wee (2x)
    • Chloé Veylit (2x)
    • Karen Penley (7x)
    • Shideh Etaat (4x)
  • First Timers: 7 (50%)

On the Horizon

ps. Thanks to everyone who came to Lookout Point to watch the sunset with us, and to all of you who stuck around for our first cave show! If you missed it, enjoy these photos courtesy of Gracie Malley and our Instagram friends:

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Overlooking Sutro Baths, by Chris Cole

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by Chris Cole


by Gracie Malley

william taylor jr. by chris cole

William taylor Jr. by Chris Cole

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Evan Karp by Chris Cole

lapo guzzini by chris cole

Lapo Guzzini by Chris Cole


Kelsey Schimmelman by Gracie Malley


by Gracie Malley

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Sutro Cave, by Chris Cole

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mouth of Sutro Cave, by Sarah Carpenter

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by Chris Cole


first Quiet Lightning?, by Gracie Malley


by Gracie Malley

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before the show, by Chris Cole

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a View from Vouched, by Lauren Traetto

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another View from Vouched, by Lauren Traetto


Steven Gray by Gracie Malley


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Caution, by Chris Cole


inside the cave, by Gracie Malley

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from the stage, by Chris Cole

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sparkle + blink, with art by Daniel Morales, by Sarah Carpenter


lighting, by Gracie Malley


more lighting, by Gracie Malley


the path to Quiet Lightning, by Gracie Malley


Evan Karp and Caroline Kessler, curators, by Gracie Malley


Raul Ruiz by Gracie Malley


Baruch Porras-Hernandez by Gracie Malley

sPARKLE + bLINK 57 by Quiet Lightning