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Calendar, Night&Day Writers Blockade

Writers Blockade

British author Zadie Smith, known best for her acclaimed first novel White Teeth, will be speaking at the Nourse as part of City Arts & Lectures "On Arts" series. She'll be talking about her work as a novelist with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Yo Ho Yo Ho

Yo Ho Yo Ho

We fondly remember the first time we were mopped. There we were, innocently admiring the tub of lard at 826 Valencia's Pirate Supply Store, when all of a sudden an old-fashioned fuzzy mop dropped on our head. This is merely…
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Culture, Books "A Hologram for the King": Dave Eggers Shows His Kind Heart

"A Hologram for the King": Dave Eggers Shows His Kind Heart

Perhaps what's most remarkable about Dave Eggers' big-spiritedness is that the same humane, world-minded impulses that animate his work with 826 Valencia et al. also have become the hallmark of his fiction and reportage. Who could have guessed that, after…
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Calendar, Night&Day Alt-History

Alt-History

National treasure Sarah Vowell's most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes, explores the Americanization of Hawaii, from the arrival of the first missionaries in the early 19th century to their grandchildren’s coup, backed by the U.S. military, not 80 years later. Vowell,…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Education on Education

An Education on Education

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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Dining, SFoodie McSweeney's Lucky Peach Food Journal Throws a Party!

McSweeney's Lucky Peach Food Journal Throws a Party!

What: Lucky Peach Party Where: Heart When: Tue., November 15, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $12 The rundown: Lucky Peach, McSweeney's newish journal of food and writing, is throwing a party to celebrate the release of their second issue. The theme is…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Single Duality

A Single Duality

At first glance, Michael Ondaatje and Michael Chabon may seem like an odd pair to share a stage. Aside from each having a new book to plug and the same first name, the two have little in common, superficially. Ondaatje…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Education on Education

An Education on Education

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Humans Take Over S.F. Parking Spaces: <em>Mad Men</em> Offices, Petting Zoos, and Free Spaghetti

Humans Take Over S.F. Parking Spaces: Mad Men Offices, Petting Zoos, and Free Spaghetti

It was business as usual for Will Godfrey. Well, except that his office was in a parking spot on Sansome Street, had no roof, and looked like it had been lifted straight from the set of Mad Men. "You can…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Writing for 8 Hours and 26 Minutes on 8/26 Day in Honor of 826 Valencia

Writing for 8 Hours and 26 Minutes on 8/26 Day in Honor of 826 Valencia

Last Friday, August 26, writers gathered at 826 Valencia to participate in the 8/26 Day Write-a-thon, a marathon run not on foot, but on fingertips and imagination. The participants ranged from middle-aged, Mac-toting adults down to preteens with pencils, all…
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Calendar, Night&Day Thank a Teacher &#151; If You Can Find One

Thank a Teacher — If You Can Find One

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Neko Case Raffles Her Fully Restored 1967 Mercury Cougar for 826 National

Neko Case Raffles Her Fully Restored 1967 Mercury Cougar for 826 National

Uncategorizable but country-flecked singer and composer Neko Case is inscrutable. Like her lyrics and song structure, her deportment is unpredictable and posessed of a feral generosity. These days, Case is busy giving away her 1967 Mercury Cougar, the one she…
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Dining, SFoodie Amanda Hesser Talks Food Writing at 826 Valencia Benefit

Amanda Hesser Talks Food Writing at 826 Valencia Benefit

East Coast food scribe Amanda Hesser (food52, the New York Times, Cooking for Mr. Latte) is helping raise money for kid-centric writing center 826 Valencia via a special two-hour seminar called "The Art of Food Writing" at the Women's Building…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dog Is My Co-Pilot

Dog Is My Co-Pilot

In the early 1990s, it looked like indie bookstores were on the way out. Amazon.com dominated, and big-box stores were booming. Between then and now, the American Booksellers Association estimates we lost about 2,700 independent bookstores. All of which makes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art on the Page

Art on the Page

Some of you may have gazed up at the facade above 826 Valencia and thought, "Huh, what I would give for a few hours with a scaffolding." The mural gracing the "Chippendale" topped storefront is awash in myriad little drawings…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Heartbreaking Groove

A Heartbreaking Groove

If you think Dave Eggers is meta, hang onto your genre-blurring debut memoir and your well-intentioned volunteer position at 826 Valencia. Jonathan Plummer made headlines when New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan filed for divorce in 2006, claiming that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Writers&#146; Block Party

Writers’ Block Party

Five years ago, author Dave Eggers created 826 Valencia, the mostly youth-oriented nonprofit writing lab and tutoring center located in a storefront in the Mission, and God saw that it was good. The storefront, decorated with a mural by cartoonist…
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Music, All Shook Down Plugged in -- ASD's music picks for Tuesday, June 5

Plugged in -- ASD's music picks for Tuesday, June 5

(photo courtesy stache826valencia.blogspot.com) Not Music: The Onion Presents 826 Valencia's Mustache-a-Thon, 8pm at 12 Galaxies. Free. "For a few weeks more I am taking part in 826 Valencia's Mustache-a-thon -- what's 826 Valencia you may ask? And what's a…
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Culture, Books Get Cracking

Get Cracking

Maybe it's the time of the year, or maybe it's my age or stage of life, but an existential fear of not mattering has taken hold of my insides. It's not a pleasant sensation, and apparently I'm not the only…
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Culture, Books

Further Browsing

Actors Reading Writers: Popular local actors read modern and classic short stories. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., free. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822. Braided Lives: Group show in which visual artists and spoken-wordsmiths collaborate.…
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