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!
Refresh your browser
to catch a show in progress!
Visit our Facebook page or
YouTube channel!

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

Our gift to you…bookshop browsing noon to six, Tuesdays to Sundays…live streamed jazz, blues and philosophy Wednesday 12/16, Thursday 12/17 and Friday 12/18 at 7:30pm on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page…

Wednesday 12/16 at 7:30pm, Walker Talks! Catch Walker Brents III, the store’s resident mythologist philosopher poet, holding forth on the gift of truth.

Lewis Hyde’s book, The Gift, is the inspiring text here, with Truth the enriching theme, like an intuitive moral compass. Clean simple spare lines betokening beautiful proportions, inwardly sensed, like Shaker furniture…and all that jazz…

The Gift of Truth is its untouchability. Seemingly wounded and used in public display, yet always abiding. The original open secret. It lives in the realm of intuition, and when it is needful for it to be drawn forth, we have the arts. The economy of the arts is a gift economy, an economy of intangible forms that increase their value as they are shared. A circulation system, whose ways are charted by the imaginative sense. In these hungry and thirsty times it is still possible to see this.

Catch Walker’s talk at 7:30 this evening, Wednesday, December 16 on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.  Donate to reward him for his contribution to the culture at this link

Tune in again Thursday evening for the rural blues juggernaut HowellDevine
and Friday evening for guitarist Scott Foster’s jazz trio featuring
saxophonist Larry de la Cruz and drummer Russ Gold!


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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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