Sunday, September 15th – 2pm
Chuck Poling: Growing Up Bernal
Chuck Poling, country & bluegrass raconteur incomparable, delivers a personal history of a Precita Park childhood in the 1960s and ‘70s through spoken word and song, with an able assist from his wife, Jeanie.
In a journey that took him from Catholic school and kickball to rock stars and revolution, Chuck was just a kid trying to make sense out of it all. He credits his always-in-play gift of gab with helping him avoid trouble from larger, tougher schoolchildren, or pretty much everybody. The longer he kept them laughing, the more likely he was to keep his lunch money.
Chuck was born and raised and stubbornly continues to reside, with Jeanie, in San Francisco. He spent his childhood years living on Precita Park and now lives in the Inner Richmond.
As a marketing professional, he’s worked for iconic San Francisco institutions including the Chronicle and the Gap. Chuck is also an established master of ceremonies at bluegrass, folk and country music concerts and festivals far and wide, including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Bluegrass Pride.
Chuck and Jeanie have hosted the bluegrass country jam at the Plough & Stars on Clement Street every first Wednesday since 2001. Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup is legendary. His take on Bernal and its minions in the day is bound to be, well, incomparable.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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