Braided Lives: Group show in which visual artists and spoken-wordsmiths collaborate. Through July 28. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414, www.somarts.org.
Celebration of the Word: This regular event features an open mike for writers hosted by Jeanne Powell. Mondays, 7 p.m., free. Perry's Joint, 1661 Fillmore (at Post), 931-5260.
Children's Story Time: Each week children aged 3 to 7 are invited to hear stories with a natural bent. Saturdays, 11 a.m., free with museum admission, free-$7. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org.
Christopher Reich: The author reads from his new mystery, The Patriot's Club. Tue., Aug. 2, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.
Dana Adam Shapiro: The author reads from his book The Every Boy, about a 15-year-old boy who dies mysteriously and leaves behind a ledger filled with darkly comic confessions. Wed., July 27, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com. And Thu., July 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.
Family Story Times: Parents and kids ages 2 to 6 are read to at various library branches. Daily, free, www.sfpl.org. Multiple locations, Multiple addresses within San Francisco.
Friday Night Poetry at the Yak: Spoken word, open mike, and acoustic music are the fare at this regular event. Fridays, 7:30 p.m., free. Yakkety Yak Coffeehouse, 679 Sutter (at Taylor), 351-2090.
GenderEnders: Monthly series of spoken word/music events where the performers are cheerfully queer and the audience is even more so. First Tuesday of every month, 8:30 p.m., $4-$7. Cherry Bar & Lounge, 917 Folsom (at Fifth St.), 974-1585, www.thecherrybar.com.
Guillermo Gomez-Pena: Performance artist and writer Guillermo Gomez-Pena will read from his new book, Ethno-Techno. Sat., July 30, 7:30 p.m., $5-$15. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (at 15th St.), 626-2787, www.theintersection.org.
Jasper Fforde: The author reads from his book The Big Over Easy, about detective Jack Sprat and his assistant Mary Mary solving a case involving Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III. Thu., July 28, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com. And Fri., July 29, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.
Nobel Literature Book Club: In a two-part literary series, visitors will have a chance to delve into works by contemporary Nobel Prizewinning authors. For the first installment, we will discuss The Piano Teacher by Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Literature Prize. Wed., July 27, 7 p.m., free. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673, www.exploratorium.edu.
Open-Mike Fridays: Authors are invited to read from their work at this regular open-mike event. Fridays, 8 p.m., free. Cafe International, 508 Haight (at Fillmore), 552-7390.
Peter Spiegelman: The author reads from his new mystery, Death's Little Helpers. Thu., July 28, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.
Poetry and Pizza: Your donation gives you license to attack an all-you-can-eat buffet of thin-crust New Yorkstyle pizza as you dig the work of local bards. Last Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $5, www.poetryandpizza.homestead.com. Escape From New York Pizza, 333 Bush Street (at Kearny), 421-0700.
Queer Open Mic: Queer spoken-word artists and writers read from their work twice monthly. Second and Fourth Friday of every month, 8 p.m., $1-$3. The Center, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), 865-5555, www.sfcenter.org.
Retool and Grind: Monthly open mike for musicians, poets, dancers, and others with a yen to command the stage for five minutes at a time. FTMs and those who love 'em are the staple performers. Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free. Eros, 2051 Market (at Church), 864-3767, www.erossf.com.
San Francisco Literary Walking Tour: A two-hour meander through North Beach and Chinatown to look at the apartment buildings, cafes, bookstores, and bars frequented by famous writers of the past. Meet at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway). Saturdays, noon, $25, 441-0140.
Seminars for Aspiring or Developing Writers in the Bay Area: Each month this series of three-hour adult seminars for fledgling writers tackles a different theme and includes successful big-name panelists; all proceeds benefit student programming at 826 Valencia. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6 p.m., $100. 826 Valencia, 826 Valencia (at 19th St.), 642-5905.
Sundays at Cafe Prague: Each week a featured reader presents his or her work, after which the mike is open to others who wish to read; all potential readers must arrive by 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 p.m., free. Cafe Prague, 584 Pacific (at Columbus), 433-3811.
Tuesday at Pat's Cafe Reading Series: Each weekly formal reading is followed by an open-mike session for fledgling writers. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., free. Pat's Cafe, 2330 Taylor (at Columbus), 905-8837.
The Vowel Movement: A monthly all-ages beatboxing event hosted by Kid Beyond and Tim Barsky. First Tuesday of every month, $7-$15. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666, www.studioz.tv.
Weekly Open Mike/Talent Showcase: Poets, musicians, and comics are invited to step right up and present their act to a waiting audience. All present are also eligible to win four free hours of studio recording time. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., free. The Canvas Cafe and Gallery, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com.