Written on the Dock of the Bay: August 7, 2011


Reading series // At Diesel Books’ next installment of Poetry Flash, you’ll get shots of Xochiquetzal Candelaria and blasts of Robin Ekiss. Robin Ekiss will be reading from his book Mansion of Happiness. What’s the real estate value on that? Well, in 1843, the Puritans wanted a board game that could be played on the Sabbath, so they came up with the Mansion of Happiness, a board game that preached high morals. If you're good, you get a mansion! Okay, it's a little weird, and Ellis certainly brings that out in his poems. Xochiquetzal’s Empire combines lyrical and narrative form to explore a family history set against Mexican history, immigration, and THE landscape of the Southwest. // DETAILS: Sunday, August 7,  3pm. Diesel Bookstore. 5433 College Ave, Oakland


Oscar Wilde book performance // In the play The Critic As Artist, Oscar Wilde writes that the soul is wiser than we are. (Indeed, when I was applying for colleges, I probably should have submitted my soul’s SAT scores  instead of my own.) He calls criticism "above sincerity and fairness necessarily subjective." And to celebrate criticism, in all its glory, this Socratic dialogue will be performed at San Francisco Art Institute to kick off its annual Criticism Conference. Criticize that! // DETAILS: Tuesday, August 9, 7:30pm. San Francisco Art Institute. 800 Chestnut St, San Francisco


Book event // The Mission Street Food Cookbook is out and about, and it's time to dine with the authors. Mission Street Food is a restaurant/charitable organization/taco truck/burger stand/clubhouse. Its unassuming Chinese take out interior has you wondering what wild magic lurks inside all Chinese take out. Like a fortune cookie! The book about Mission Street Food, too, is gloriously schizophrenic: IT’S a cookbook, a photography book, a memoir, and more. // DETAILS: Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm. Cookhouse. 253 Columbus Ave., San Francisco