Readings in San Francisco are constantly evolving. Traditional lit events involving a person, a microphone, and a hushed audience are still around, but more often than not, you’ll find the literati combining their love of words with such variables as yo-yo artists, acrobatics, kink, paint-by-number contests, and even charades. Whether such pastiche succeeds or fails is still largely dependent on the literature, and very few do it better than the Portuguese Artists Colony, which curates a monthly literary salon that combines reading, a live writing competition, musical guests, and audience interaction. This month’s installation, Everything New, is apt since PAC is no longer at its old home at Fivepoints Arthouse, and features a collaboration by last month’s live writing winners Joe Loya and Katie Wheeler-Dubin, whose prompt was “the roses caught fire,” and readings by Daniel Heath and Roxane Beth Johnson (Jubilee). Plus, this month’s writing battle comprises all the members of the delightfully ramshackle SF Writers’ Grotto. Topping off the festivities is the public debut of Nonstop Beautiful Ladies, an all-poet band featuring guest reader Kim Addonizio.
Sun., Jan. 27, 5 p.m., 2013