653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


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

The Art of the Memoir
a reading of new works
Thursday, January 23rd, 7 pm

January 23 (Thursday) – 7 pm

A reading by memoir students of Alan Kaufman.
Kaufman is renowned for his work in teaching the art of the memoir, and can always be relied upon to bring in some terrific writers finding their way in the craft. Tonight: Laura Sydell, Maria Schulmann, Lee Collins,Thorina Rose, Laura Impellizzeri, Tara Reale.

Kaufman’s own memoirs include Jew Boy and Drunken Angel; and he has gained international critical praise for his novel Matches.  He is also editor of the three crucial Grove Press “Outlaw Bibles” of American Poetry, American Literature and American Essays.  Kaufman co-edited The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (now sadly out of print) with Grove Press founder Barney Rosset.  With Clayton Patterson in New York City, he recently established the Acker Awards for Avant Garde Excellence.


Also in January:

January 7 (Tuesday) – 7 pm:  Covered California – an Affordable Care Act health insurance workshop led by Karen Lipney.  Karen lives in Glen Park, and conducts these workshops under the auspices of the Actors’ Fund.  Self-employed creative people are particularly encouraged to attend, but anyone can benefit from her expertise.

January 8 (Wednesday) - 7 pm
Bird & Beckett Book Club
tonight discussing Dear Life by Alice Munro
for Thurs., February 6: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
for Thurs., March 6: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
order your copies now!  10% discount to book club participants
all welcome!

January 9 (Thursday) – 7 pm
Bird & Beckett Political Book Group – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

January 13 (Monday) – 7 pm
Author Event – Beth Winegarner, The Columbine Effect: How Five Teen Pastimes Got Caught in the Crossfire and Why Teens Are Taking Them Back.  Beth is a Glen Park neighbor, and writes on music & cultural topics (when not busy with her young son, husband and job, we suppose)!

January 16 (Thursday) – 7 p.m.
POETS! – our monthly (third Thursdays) poetry series
Jerry Ferraz will be our solo feature, as he has two new books in hand — one, an edition of his epic work The Golden Key and the other comprising recent poems and called The Grace of Crows.
An open mic follows the featured poet’s reading

January 19 (Sunday) – 2 pm.
The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry includes work by more than 100 poets.
Bay Area contributors reading at this book launch will include Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, Susan Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Melissa Stein, Colleen McKee and Julia Levine.


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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

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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