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in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
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to catch a show in progress!
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But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Friday, October 9 – 7:30pm
John Calloway Quartet
live streamed jazz from the bookshop


Transition Party! 

Originally scheduled last May as a farewell concert after 35 years in the San Francisco Unified School District, this live stream performance will be a celebration-transition concert as John Calloway continues his work as an artist/musician as well as a 20 years-plus faculty member at the School of Music and College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

Saul Sierra – bass
Murray Low – piano
John Calloway – flutes and percussion
Guest vocalist Angie Doctor


Take in the show on
YouTube  or  Facebook

Suggested cover charge — $20
Please donate only what you can
$2 to $200 sliding scale available!

Pay your cover charge / make your donation

Bird & Beckett pays a guaranteed “fair wage”
for this weekend’s shows
of $150 per musician.
This is made possible by
your donations earmarked for these shows!

We have neither grants nor deep pockets for these artist fees.
Just you, the community that’s here for the show!

We do enjoy substantial support for operating expenses
from San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts
and from many, many individual donors
whose contributions range widely in amount.
Thanks to each and every one of you!

Donations to our 501(c)3
— the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project —
are tax deductible.

But the paydays for the artists performing in these live streams
–though guaranteed by us and paid when necessary from our general fund–
need to be supported by the individuals who enjoy and benefit from the music.

It’s good for the arts ecosystem when audiences
abandon the expectation that art and music should be free
or that someone else should pay
for the experience of hearing these musicians!
Thank you for stepping up.

It’s also necessary that those who can, cover those who can’t!

These are trying times for many,
nearly impossible times for many, many more.
To those of you who are struggling, please attend on our dime.
You need the music and we need you.

Thanks for being here!

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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.

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The Independent Musicians Alliance

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