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Mission: Cerebral 

Wednesday, Sep 29 2010
It’s Saturday night, and Valencia Street is jammed as usual. Many in the crowd aren’t locals, you can tell. They frequently stop and check addresses like they’re lost. Great. It’s just a matter of time before the inevitable happens. Bar fights. Towed SUVs. Vomit. Squad cars. But wait a minute. These people look different. They look intellectual. No postmodern disaffected attitude. No 40s in paper bags. They’re holding little maps as their guides. Our advice? Follow these people ― better yet, get a map of your own beforehand, because you’ve got planning to do. You’re in the middle of Lit Crawl, the communal literary orgasm that consumes the Mission on the final night of Litquake, the city’s week-long literary festival. Over about four hours, some 380 authors read at 66 venues that vary from the predictable -- bookstores and bars -- to the outlandish: a laundromat and a police station. Stop by Martuni’s to hear “Bar Pick-Ups Gone Terribly Wrong (or Right).” Match wits with authors at “LitQuiz,” a literary quiz show at Elixir. Follow a retired S.F. cop as she hosts mystery authors at “Mystery and Mayhem” at Mission Station. Hear five female poets spin their latest verse at Wash Quarters in “Airing Our Dirty Laundry: Ladies' Night at the Laundromat.” But let us warn you: It can get kind of heady out there. It’s the one night of the year when mass intoxication in the Mission isn’t because of the alcohol.
Oct. 9, 6 p.m., 2010

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