Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and more!

View them on our Facebook page or YouTube channel

Support the artists performing in our live streams!

Contribute during the live stream
(i.e., "pay your cover charge")
and we'll put your contribution
directly to their guarantee!

~~ to use the Venmo app, send to @birdandbeckett ~~
~~ on the Cash app, send to $BirdBeckett ~~

~~ to use Paypal, click on the donate button below ~~

Pledges by email accepted as well -- [email protected]
or you can come by the store and drop off a check or cash!
The bonus there is you get to browse the books
& soak up the ambiance of San Francisco's
southernmost literary outpost & jazz joint!

You can also use the yellow "donate" button above to contribute to the
Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation

FEIN 26-1906810
Scheduled monthly donations are particularly helpful
in stabilizing our ongoing operations.


The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization "charged with the mission to present, document and archive the creative work of significant living writers and musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a neighborhood audience and future generations."

In other words, we're lucky to be living in a rich cultural environment here in San Francisco, and this gives us the opportunity to support those who perpetrate the cultural activity that makes it so, while giving you the opportunity to soak it all up!

But that takes funding as well as a lot of labor week in and week out, and in case you hadn't noticed, we also have a bookshop to run!

Donate and volunteer! And give us your feedback. We want nothing more than to make it better year after year!

Established in 2007 to take over responsibility for an ever expanding slate of cultural programming at the bookshop (est. 1999), the BBCLP presents three weekly concert series, poetry readings twice a month and many other cultural programs, and also publishes Amerarcana, an annual literary review, now in its eighth issue.

The BBCLP depends on individual as well as institutional support.

All donations are fully tax-deductible. To express its appreciation, the bookshop extends a courtesy discount to all those who've donated $50 or more in the past year.

Please help us keep the arts alive and thriving! Come down, or mail a check to the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131.

Or call us at (415) 586-3733 to find out how else you might lend your support.

Membership Circles

Billy Berg Circle (up to $99) Named in honor of Los Angeles nightclub owner Billy Berg, who contracted with Dizzy Gillespie to bring a bop sextet including Charlie Parker (aka "Bird") to the West Coast in December 1945. Signifying the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project's commitment to presenting important performers and writers to appreciative audiences.

Sappho Circle ($100-499) Named for the Greek poet (ca. 600 B.C.), whose crystalline work has come down to us in time-burnished fragments through the efforts and care of countless scholars. Signifying the Cultural Legacy Project's commitment to keeping the creative contributions of our writers and musicians from being lost in the recesses of time.

Paulo Freire Circle ($500-999) Named for the revolutionary 20th century Brazilian educator and humanist, whose theories of pedagogy have been critical tools in the ongoing struggle for human liberation. Signifying the Project's commitment to the notion that education in our shared cultures makes us all stronger, more respectful of ourselves and each other, and more human.

Saraswati Circle ($1,000 & up) Named for the ancient Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Signifying the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project's respect for the sacred nature of human endeavors in the creative realm.

Major Supporters

Jean Conner, sponsor of the Which Way West? weekly concert series; Carlota del Portillo, sponsor emerita of the twice monthly POETS! series; Priya Kailath, co-sponsor of POETS!; Nancy Wakeman, who fills that role as we roll into 2020; Dan Lanir & Heather World; Wes Lukasek & Tina Ho; Wesley Day; Marcy Ballard; Elizabeth Boardman; Adda Fleiner; Mary Goode (deceased); Linda Hmelo; Walker Brents & Joyce Romano; Walter Kennedy; Yvonne Hipskind; Marcelline Krafchick; Greg & Karin McClune; Shamim Mohammed; Leslie Sanford; Joe & Suzi Thorn; the Oak Creek Foundation; W.A. Gerbode Foundation; Zellerbach Family Foundation; Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Jonathan C.S. Cox Family Foundation; and many, many more...

As Duke Ellington always said, we love you madly...


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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