Neighborhood Heroes, v.2

But first! Here’s a slideshow of our Nov 3 show @ Booksmith, and here is a link to the videos and some notes.

And now! Neighborhood Heroes, v.2 ::

Tuesday, November 30th | 111 Minna Gallery

6:45 – 9pm, only $5

Kim Addonizio

» Her many books, including Ordinary Genius and Lucifer at the Starlite

» Performance at the Hemlock Tavern

Ian Tuttle

Stretchyhead: a restaurant review website like no other «

Performance at Barely Published Authors, Litquake «

Bucky Sinister

» His many books and spoken word CD, including 12 Steps and All Blacked Out & Nowhere to Go

» Performance as part of The Drums Inside Your Chest

Charlie Jane Anders

Seriously, admire her website first. Then check out her books, including Choir Boy and She’s Such a Geek «

Founder + host, Writers With Drinks «

Performance, as part of LitPunk «

Andrew O. Dugas

» Read some of his published work

» Performance, from QL3

Ali Liebegott

Books, including The IHOP Papers and The Beautifully Worthless «

Performance, from Literary Death Match «

Lauren Becker

» Founder and co-curator of East Bay on the Brain + editor-in-chief of Corium Magazine

» Performance, from QL 7

Peg Alford Pursell

Founder + curator, Why There Are Words «

Performance at Barely Published Authors, Litquake «

Gravity Goldberg

» Co-founder + Editor, Instant City

» Performance, from Why There Are Words

Jonathan Siegel

The maverick behind Viracocha «

Performance, from SF Underground «

Alia Volz

» Host, Literary Death Match

» Performance, from QL8

Charlie Getter

Founding member, glue of 16th & Mission «

Performance, from QL4 «


As always, we will publish a book of the night’s readings and sell the book at the show. They will be $10 each. Maybe you want to read Neighborhood Heroes, v.1? You could always watch the whole thing with this video playlist.


Spectacular vernaculars and trumpets of gold.

Treat yourself. Join us.

noise in the stacks with no librarian to shush us

With the release of our 9th book we figured we might as well take this thing into a bookstore. If you’re just tuning in we’ve been to Cantina, to Gestalt, Elbo Room, Mina Dresden Gallery, Space Gallery, and Rickshaw Stop. We have been talked about on every planet that knows how to party and by some that sip only herbal teas and study foreign languages before the triple suns rise. You talk about where you’ve been published and where you’ve read; our reading series is about to consume you. We’ve got our eyes on your stuff and a long list of buyers, bub.

On Wed Nov 3 we head to Booksmith. It will be our eleventh show. Fancy, right? We’ve got a lot of new faces, each face has a language: you have ears, come hear!

This is one of those months we buy wine and pour it for you. Feel free to bring unopened bottles to contribute and dollars to spend on the aforementioned beautiful books, which look like this:

If you like those (!), you should check out the website of Simon Cox. There are plenty more where that came from.

The postcard below has the order, and you can click on it for links to this month’s readers.

But wait! There’s more: we’re spending Tuesday night November 30th @ 111 Minna Gallery to celebrate Neighborhood Heroes, v.2. That makes it a Blue Moon Lightning strike! We’re not quite ready to tell you who’s going to be there, but you should definitely put a mark on your calendar now. It’s only going to be $5 and for another one of those nights you are thrilled even to try to define.

See you soon!

evan + rajshree

ps. RSVP and we’ll give you a discount on your next book purchase.


Last year at Litquake there wasn’t any lightning. Oh, sad #10. Not this year!

We are in phase 1 of the (Sat Oct 9) Lit Crawl, from 6-7pm @ Gestalt [ 3159 16th b/w Valencia + Guerrero ]. Here’s what will happen ::

want a better look? check out the readers in our sPARKLE & bLINK storefront. isn’t faust‘s foto beautiful? You should see what’s inside! wait … that’s what’s going to happen on oct 9!

also, we are slacking on s’napse. why? we’ve just partnered with and are loading our back issues. now you can scan through our very first issue (from the Mar 1 show @ Elbo) right here. much more to come soon.

OK! Make sure you’re @ Gestalt before 6—we’re actually going to start on time this time (yeah right this time no seriously) so we can do our thing justice and then be off! To phase 2.

ps. did you see what happened last time??

Are you ready?



Sunny. 74°. 0% chance of rain. The forecast continues …

“… with an abundnace of free food and wine, music and poetry, bubbles, balloons and breezes. Blankets and pillows!”

Dolores Park. 3pm. Look for balloons.

Bring food, bring instruments, bring $ because the new sPARKLE & bLINK is too beautiful not to buy ($10) and it costs $3 to get in to Mina Dresden (7pm).

We have a heap of new readers this month and we won’t exaggerate but this show will astonish even the devoted zealots among us. No joke. Tomorrow, we will casually perform a communal feat of expression. Will it be more fun or impressive?

This Labor Day, try equal parts fun and impressive. Now that’s a cocktail!

Now, to make some fresh honey whole wheat loaves with currants and/or dried apple rings, some habanero hummus and surprise hummus and mint chutney for sandwiches. We can’t wait to see you and picnic and play. Tomorrow!

PS. If you can’t make it to the park, come to the show (and vice versa).

PPS. Mina Dres is 312 Valencia St near 14th.

QLabor Day

Heres your Labor Day lineup, word fans:

[reader info]

Join us @ 3 for a picnic in Dolores Park. We will be the ones with the elephant just kidding. We’ll be the large attractive group. Maybe we’ll have balloons.

We’re bringing books and musical instruments and food (for about 2 doz) and a case of wine. Please bring some food to share—otherwise it will just be a pot picnic. No luck? You got it…

We’re also bringing blankets and pillows, because at 7pm we will walk over to Mina Dresden Gallery, where the stellar lineup above will wow us all into making large donations to Quiet Lightning. That was a faulty sentence! There are no chairs. Do you understand? Pillows!

Maybe we’ll all go over to Zeitgeist again after the readings like last time. That was fun.

» sPARKLE & bLINK got a makeover this month. New size. Can’t wait to see it! Can you? Artwork by our new friend Cat Soldier.

Everyone can learn about magic and serendipity. Come along!

Mina Dresden

312 valencia near 14th

7-9 | Mon sept 6 | $3

art + fun

putting the holi in yr day

every month

tell yr friends

the park is free

and the times are priceless


evan + rajshree


it’s official: labor day | monday, sept 6 2010 |

meet us in dolores park @ 3pm for a potluck picnic, music, and (maybe) arts + crafts!

we’re going to make a couple dozen sandwiches and some hummus and chutney and bring a case of wine. what are you bringing?

we encourage musical instruments and notebooks and chapbooks and chapstick. it’s breezy out there!

can’t make our picnic? aw, that makes us sad. how about our reading series? we’re going to walk from the park to mina dresden gallery [312 valencia near 14th] to do our monthly thing. it’s only $3.

there might be some wine left …

we’ll go from 7-9, as usual.


also, be sure to check us out in the future!

sat, oct 9 »

6-7pm as part of the first phase of litquake‘s crawl. | gestalt | subs due** Fri Sept 17

wed, nov 3 »

7-9pm | booksmith | subs due Fri Oct 15

fri, dec 3 »

7-9 pm for Neighborhood Heroes, v.2 | TBA | subs are not open for this show

Submit here

(here) »

** We are the only Litquake event open to the public. If you are already reading for another series, don’t submit to us (Litquake has an every reader only reads once per festival policy that we respect). The only other way to be a part of Litquake is to sign up for the open mic in Clarion Alley or to volunteer. Litquaaaake!

ps. we will have backorders of every issue of sPARKLE  & bLINK, so if you’re collectin’, bring your bargaining powers.

pps. we hope you can make it.

xo xooo xxx oooooh

evan + rajshree

Cue el Ocho

we believe you when you tell us you’re hungry. we listen and when we say we feel you i hope you understand what this means. we are hungry too. we sympathize. we are all rich.

true or false?

as the grandeur increases the intimacy wanes.

thanks rickshaw! we had a good time.

neighborhood heroes, v.2 [dec 3] » rickshaw or elbo?

we’re thinking rickshaw. mezz open.

thanks again.

«« Watch the Videoz »»

below are some photos by our friend Timothy Faust!

Next up: Mon Sept 6

Location TBA

Submissions due by Wed Aug 18

submit to »

it’ll be $3

Tell your friends to sign up to our blog for the monthly call for submissions, announcement of readers, reminder, and video recap.

Check out the beautiful

sPARKLE & bLINK: Issue 6

it’s an artifact, not a commodity

with artwork by Denny Holland

and design by Dawn Andres

Send in your writings and doodles and great ideas!!!

You have nothing to lose.


evan + rajshree

rickshaw don’t stop (get it)


we filled the rickshaw

you did

thank you so much

if you didn’t

we started off with this

vidspixthots soon to come

what could we possibly be doing?


unless something changes (which it might, so stay tuned), the next show will be @ mina dresden gallery on mon sept 6. but we will meet in dolores park for a picnic, some music, and maybe some unplanned recitations. who knows? we’re going to bring a basket full of sandwiches + hummus, and you should bring some food too. we’ll share, k? more info tba …

send submissions in by wed aug 18 to

talk to you soon,

evan + rajshree

ps. thanks again, everyone!