653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
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to catch a show in progress!
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YouTube channel!

But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Events this week – 3/22 to 3/28/11

Hrabal Rouser…Bop Stop…
Voudoun Verite…a String Thing…

4 events, Thursday to Sunday

Maybe you wouldn’t think it to look at his picture here, but it’s Bohumil Hrabal’s birthday at Bird & Beckett… On the third Thursday of each month at 7pm, we read from the works of favorite writers born in the month at hand… and Hrabal, who wrote I Served the King of England, Closely Watched Trains and many another great book is definitely one of our favorites.  Join us March 24 at 7 pm!  Blanche is coming!

Then, Friday evening it’s our regular jazz thing, this week with the Chuck Peterson Quintet… that would be Howie Dudune sharing the reed honors with Chuck, with Glen Deardorff on guitar, Dean Reilly on bass and Tony Johnson on drums, with singer Dorothy Lefkovits doing what she does best! Sweet and swinging and thoroughly boppish.

Saturday, we sell books.  Mention you read this on the website, and we’ll give you a 10% discount on that new book you want to buy.  15% off that used book.

On Sunday, Walker Brents does his thing at 2:30 pm: this week, he’s talking up a storm about Maya Deren– avant garde filmmaker, researcher into Haitian voodoo, confrere of Duchamp, Breton, Anais Nin, John Cage…

and at 4:30, Jinx Jones, a wildly talented young guitarist, brings in a little jazz trio that will hype you up and string you along.  A little jazz, a little surf, a whole lot of good vibrations.

When you come for the music, bring some dough to help pay the bands, wouldya?  And buy a book, if you can afford it.


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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The Independent Musicians Alliance

Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.


Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site

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