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Living to spite the devil

here on the roof of hell…

Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Political Book Discussion Group

This Month’s subject of discussion:

All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

Have a yen to hash out the cynical and self-serving machinations of the powerful? C’mon down!

In its monthly meeting, a conclave of inquiring souls gathers to consider Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera’s investigation into a landscape of self congratulatory corruption.

The authors take their title from Shakespeare’s The Tempest:  “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.”

To which Joe Thorn, neighborhood sage, might add Issa’s haiku:

In this world
We walk on the roof of hell
Gazing at flowers

Friday, April 15th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
jazz in the bookshop – a weekly communal shindig

this week:

Peterson – Prell – ? – Marabuto

Guitarist Scott Foster is off at a conference of educators in Wisconsin — in the belly of the beast, as it were…

so we’ll wait to be surprised to find who’s handling the chordal chores this week.

No doubt, we’ll be in for another thrilling ride along the twisting bop turnpike…

Sunday, April 17th, 4:30 & 5:30 pm (two sets)
which way west? Sunday concert series

This week:

Quarteto sombra y luz

Drifting and surging on a rhythmic current of samba, bolero, cumbia, flamenco… sounding the evocative melanges of afro-latino aural soundscapes that have cast their spells for countless generations…

the musicians of Quarteto Sombra y Luz  – Sandy Cressman, Larry de la Cruz, Paul Mousavi and Dan Foltz – play amidst the supple shadow and blazing light of the music.

Monday, April 18th, 7:00 pm
POETS! featured readers plus open mic

This session:

Christina Fisher & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux

A New Orleans poet stranded in San Francisco, a Floridian who followed the manatee’s siren song of poetics to migrate west… Thibodeaux and Fisher might be said to use poetry to ‘sound out those interiors the eye is unable to discern.’

An open mic follows, molded by the instincts and inclinations of those present… Jerry Ferraz, bardic wonder and wanderer of these San Francisco streets, is ever your genial host and wielder of the clipboard…


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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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