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Literary Foolery: Valentine's Day Edition 

When: Mon., Feb. 2, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: free
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It's easy for a literary event to feel stuffy. Writers tend to wear drab clothes (an occupational hazard of never leaving the house) and take themselves a bit too seriously. But the Literary Foolery Valentine's Day Edition has more hootin' and hollerin' than eye-rolling or iambic pentameter. The series is a monthly mashup of books, drinks, circus, and cabaret. A different author is invited each month, and the performers create routines inspired by the selected book. Past events have featured bluegrass trios, noodle-eating absurdity, and full-on contortion routines. Two of San Francisco's funniest clown characters, "Dr. Schmidt" and "Gretchen," played by Polina Smith and Tristan Cunningham, keep the chaos manageable. In keeping with the V-Day theme, the author this month is relationship expert Wendy Newman, whose book 101 First Dates: A Survival Guide for the Single Girl comes out next year. Newman will, presumably, have a more traditionally stuffy release party when the book hits the shelves. For Literary Foolery, though, she's using her expertise to help Gretchen find a date.

— Devin Holt

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