“There is something sublime, an essence rare

to be found by those who won’t stop at reaching for the coin of the realm. There is a royal palace that we can travel to, and as the alchemical scholar Adam McLean has written, all of us are eternally invited to the wedding.”

– Lapo Guzzini, in his intro to vitriol

Join us as we accept the invitation on Sunday, 4/12/15.
Meet at The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St. at 6:30pm and we will travel together.


Alejandro MurguiaAlejandro Murguia
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Jason Morris
Clara Hsu w/David Wong

music Garrett Pierce

Garrett Pierce
Second Cousins (San Diego)

RSVPAdvance tickets

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Submit to the 5/4 show at Chez Poulet thru the end of Fri Apr 17

curated by Lapo Guzzini + Nora Toomey!

Contribute to the next QL Film, Water Under the Bridge

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videos and full text from our last show, with photos by Gianna Badiali

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sPARKLE & bLINK 64 by Quiet Lightning

mercury cafe on apr 6, chemical wedding apr 12

Delighted to announce our readers for April 6 @ Mercury Cafe, curated by Josey Rose and Spencer Kaidi:

cover of sPARKLE & bLINK 64 by Megan Reed
cover of sPARKLE & bLINK 64 by Megan Reed

Jenny Qi
Xiaojuan Shu
Jessica Hahn
Nova Reeves
Jill Tydor
Miguel Espinoza Jr.
Sue Mell
MK Chavez
Townsend Walker
Latif Harris
Lyndsey Ellis
Carolyn Murphy

sPARKLE & bLINK for the first 100 earthlings, no proof required! $7-10, all ages, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Cheap ice cold draft beer courtesy of Lagunitas, and Mercury Cafe will have their entire menu—including house-made, organic pies and vegetarian chili—for the gettin’. We’ll be taking over the indoors and the outdoors, so come early and get a seat.
Doors at 6:30. Show at 7:30.

Water Under the BridgeFeeling saucy? Nostalgic? Anthropological?

At the show, step in to our prompt-based confessional booth, where you can help lay the foundation for Quiet Lightning’s next film, Water Under the Bridge. Anything you’ve experienced and share with us could transform our narrative… but only if you want it to. Deadline is May 4.

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QL 74 // s+b 64 by the numbers

We received 56 submissions for this show and accepted 12 (21%). Of those:

  • 9 have never read for Quiet Lightning (75%)
  • The three returning are:
    • Jessica Hahn (3x)
    • Jill Tydor (1x)
    • Townsend Walker (1x)

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Chemical Wedding 4

The fourth in our bimonthly performance series features readings by Alejandro MurguiaIngrid Rojas ContrerasJason Morris, and Clara Hsu w/David Wong, with live music by Garrett Pierce and San Diego-based Second Cousins. As cheap as $5 for a limited time, with the chance to pay more and save on the first issue of vitriol.

RSVP | get advance tickets

Open Submissions