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George Peacock Benefit

                                            At First Christian Church at the corner of Duboce and Noe (adjacent to Duboce Park) Saturday, October 8th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm String Thing! A Benefit to Celebrate the Elegant Universe of George Peacock $10 to $30 suggested donation at the door, or in advance at Peacock Music or Bird & Beckett music – food – community! George Peacock has been building and repairing fine stringed instruments in his shop in the Duboce Triangle, at the corner of 15th and Noe, since 1971 — 40 years!  Now, sadly, he’s fighting a very serious illness, and his friends, compatriots, patrons and neighbors are stepping up to come to his aid with this benefit concert, to be held in a lovely old (1906) church just a few blocks from the…

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fingerstyle guitarist

October 2nd – Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm Special guest “fingerstyle” jazz guitarist who must remain nameless! In the tradition of the famed Massey Hall concert in Toronto in 1952, where our patron saint Charlie Parker had to be billed as “Charlie Chan” for contractual reasons, we must not name the performer gracing our stage today… However, trust that he is a performer of extraordinary repute in his lovely and intricate profession of solo acoustic jazz guitar, “one of the most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists of his generation,” with a repertoire that  “spans the entire history of the music from ragtime through swing to modern masters like Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols to free improvisation”… Various critics named his album  “Spinning Song” among the best jazz records of 1997 in Cadence and Coda magazines, and it placed high on the Cadence reader’s poll of that year. Acoustic Guitar magazine dubbed…

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Poets Lyon, Mackey, Ormerod + Suffrage

Sunday, October 2nd – 1 pm From New York: Three Poets – One Hour Brant Lyon Mary Mackey & Jane Ormerod Three poets who love to perform, on tour! Jane Ormerod called us up and said she was coming to San Francisco, and could she bring some friends along for the ride, so how could we say no? Brant runs a reading series pairing poets with an improvisational band, and has had his music performed in all sorts of venues, from Carnegie Hall on down to the Bowery Poetry Club and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe… Mary’s poetry has been translated into twelve languages and she is entranced by the merger of Portuguese into her work… Jane has performed in Los Angeles, Seattle, Ireland, The Netherlands, you name it… and recently performed at the John Cage Retrospective in Bexhill-on-Sea, England… Welcome them to San Francisco & Glen Park.  One hour of…

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Tom Lander / Charlie McCarthy

Friday, September 30th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm Special Fifth Friday booking! The Tom Lander/Charlie McCarthy Quartet jazz in the bookshop every Friday — since 2002! When there are five Fridays in a month, we enjoy the luxury of a special booking, and this time it’s a terrific quartet comprising guitarist Tom Lander and sax player Charlie McCarthy, with bassist Bill Lamphiere and drummer Tony Johnson. All four have long years of experience in the music.  For his part, Charlie has played behind and alongside such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Sarah Vaughan, Bobbie Hutcherson, George Shearing, Madeline Eastman, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Stan Getz and Joe Williams. The Friday evening jazz scene at Bird & Beckett began in October of 2002 — nine short years ago! 450+ consecutive Fridays of live jazz without missing a beat…

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Prasant Radhakrishnan

Sunday, September 25th, 4:30 and 5:30 pm (two sets) Prasant Radhakrishnan Jazz/Carnatic Saxophone which way west? Sunday concert series Each week, the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project presents two sets of music on the stage at Bird & Becektt by Bay Area-based performers working in a variety of traditions, be it bluegrass, sufi Qawwali, jazz, western classical, North African music of the Imazighen… Today, we’re pleased to present one of the preeminent young musicians on the world music stage.  Prasant Radhakrishnan is a versatile saxophonist, identified with both the South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and jazz disciplines, who produces a unique vocal texture on saxophone, reflecting his continued study of tradition, constant innovation, and vast concert experience. The foremost disciple of Carnatic saxophone pioneer, “Padmashri” Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Prasant began developing his music over the course of nearly a decade of intensive musical training under his guru, much of which…

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Layla and Majnun

Sunday, September 25, 2:30 pm Walker Talks! Mad love: The Story of Layla and Majnun Walker Brents III tells the tale of Layla and Majnun — a 7th century Arabic story, best remembered from the rendering by 12th century Persian poet Nizami. Cherished by Persians, Arabs, Afghans, Turks, Azerbaijanis, Uzbeks, Indians and Pakistanis, the story of Layla and Majnun has been told in thousands of variations across cultures and art forms; Eric Clapton, too, plays the part of Majnun in his pleading classic, Layla, written in anguish for the unattainable love of Patti Boyd… Layla and Majnun is the story of Qays ibn al-Mulawwah, a young poet in the seventh century who fell in love with a woman named Layla and wrote poems expressing his desperate passion for her. Layla’s father, however, refused to let them marry and gave her hand to another man, whereupon Qays retreated to the wilderness,…

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Post-colonial literature + Macy Blackman

This coming Sunday… September 18th… two events A Panel Discussion of New Writing from India, Africa and the Caribbean Music by Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines first up: literary panel at 2 pm! Speakers: Aaron Bady – Rohit Chopra – Gautam Premnath Academic specialists Rohit Chopra (Asst. Prof., Dept. of Communication, Santa Clara Univ.), Gautam Premnath (Asst. Prof. Dept. of English, UC Berkeley) and Aaron Bady (PhD candidate, Dept. of English, UC Berkeley) discuss recent writing in English from formerly colonized societies in South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. They will look specifically at work by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Mohsin Hamid, Marlon James, Gyan Prakash, Altaf Tyrewala and Binyavanga Wainaina. Since the publication of Salman Rushdie’s landmark novel, Midnight’s Children, three decades ago, postcolonial writing has become an integral part of global literary consciousness, read the world over. The discussion will cover themes including the experiences of immigrant and…

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Poets Sakkis & Xu

Monday, September 19th, 7 pm John Sakkis & Lynn Xu + open mic POETS! 1st & 3rd Mondays hosted by Jerry Ferraz John Sakkis is the author of Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books), and with Angelos Sakkis he has translated two books by Athenian poet Demothenes Agrafiotis — Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press), awarded the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, and Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse). A graduate of SFSU and Naropa University, he lives in Oakland and works for Small Press Distribution.   Lynn Xu received her MFA from Brown University.  Her poems were selected by Anne Carson to receive the Greg Grummer Prize in 2006, by Fanny Howe to receive the SLS St. Petersburg Fellowship in 2007, and by Charles Wright to be included in the Best Amercan Poetry anthology in 2008.  Her poems have appeared in 6×6, Boston Review, Eoagh, Tinfish, Octopus, The Walrus, Zoland Poetry, and…

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Mark Olmsted & David Rowe

Tonight! Monday, September 12th, 7 pm POETS! David Rowe & Marc Olmsted A native of Worcester, Mass., David Rowe was educated at Swarthmore. His poems have appeared in the Cortland Review, the North American Review, Big Bridge, Dorado, Solid Quarter, Exquisite Corpse, YAWP, & in the anthology, the Maple Leaf Rag. A poet equally of the stage & the page, David has read his poetry on the Moe Green Poetry Show & WWOZ, & at countless venues both in the States & abroad. His first full-length book, just out from Verna Press (New Orleans), is Unsolicited Poems.   Allen Ginsberg said “Marc Olmsted inherited Burroughs’ scientific nerve & Kerouac’s movie-minded line nailed down with gold eyebeam in San Francisco.” Olmsted has appeared in City Lights Journal, New Directions in Prose & Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Processed World and a variety of small presses. His work includes two…

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Macy Blackman + Panel on postcolonial literature

This coming Sunday… September 18th… two events A Panel Discussion of New Writing from India, Africa and the Caribbean Music by Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines first up: literary panel at 2 pm! Speakers: Aaron Bady – Rohit Chopra – Gautam Premnath Academic specialists Rohit Chopra (Asst. Prof., Dept. of Communication, Santa Clara Univ.), Gautam Premnath (Asst. Prof. Dept. of English, UC Berkeley) and Aaron Bady (PhD candidate, Dept. of English, UC Berkeley) discuss recent writing in English from formerly colonized societies in South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. They will look specifically at work by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Mohsin Hamid, Marlon James, Gyan Prakash, Altaf Tyrewala and Binyavanga Wainaina. Since the publication of Salman Rushdie’s landmark novel, Midnight’s Children, three decades ago, postcolonial writing has become an integral part of global literary consciousness, read the world over. The discussion will cover themes including the experiences of immigrant and…

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Lori b

Sunday, September 11, 4:30 pm Lori B – a woman, a guitar, a toy piano… which way west? Sunday concert series lori B made an indelible mark on the American creative landscape as a singer-songwriter with her debut CD, Hurricane Child, in 1996.  She toured extensively and won raves, including this tribute by David Crosby: “Lori B was born to do this. She is a glorious shiny wonderful bundle of raw nerves. She will whisper to your heart and she will tell it the truth…”   In 2004, she released a second CD, Shadows of Love, and performed its music in front of rapt audiences until other paths beckoned. “Part poet, part vitamin, part snake charmer,” lori performs her music in public only rarely now, but always with startling intimacy and emotional depth. Her current work in San Francisco and further afield as a coach and healer consumes most of her…

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poets Rice, Sigafoos, Polis, Black Radish

Poetry Readings Times Four Saturday-Sunday-Monday Saturday, September 10 – 5 pm a poet from the neighborhood, and one from farther out Jane Rice & Suzanne Sigafoos Jane Rice is a neighborhood gal, but more importantly a serious poet of long experience.  She will read from her new chapbook,  The Truth About the World.  Jane notes, “In all my poems I seek to create a tension between coincidence and the expectation of sequence. The mind yearns to find meaning in the connections of things. Yet we ascribe meaning only to a fraction of the coincidences that surround us. ” A letterpress edition of Jane’s previous collection, Portrait Sitters, a painterly sequence of likenesses of Montparnasse artists during the inter-war period, was published by Propolis Press in 2007, and in the same year her chapbook Line Drawings was a finalist in the New York Center for Book Arts chapbook competition. Crayfish Tale,…

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POETS! HD Moe

Monday, September 5th, 7:00 pm H.D. Moe POETS! Featured reader + open mic Hosted by Jerry Ferraz 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month H.D. Moe has been a force on the Bay Area poetry scene since the 1970s, tirelessly generating volcanic streams of work that falls somewhere on the psychedelic / surrealist / automatic writing spectrum, operating in a shimmering, oscillating wavelength that at times is audible only to the angels.  Come hear a West Coast original! trebling snails mooting unpronounced grins soma bellybutton- ing  anu thinking grasshoppers radiating nightsea stone wind to me Jelly boxes awkwarding levi numinous whey muteing sparrows dimension flash covers triptych clock sun memorises pink arrows coming deeping rolfing kettledrums star woven crawfish opium levitas dogs blind stowaways transparent zrnurgy footballing dytharambic echos eurydice wowing sabu Jerry Ferraz, peripatetic troubadour & minstrel bardic wanderer, hosts.

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Anthony Brown & Friends

Sunday, September 4th, 4:30 & 5:30 pm – two sets Anthony Brown & Friends which way west? Sunday concert series Percussionist Anthony Brown, born of an African-American/Native American father and a Japanese mother, is a mainstay in a hugely influential movement that started locally three decades ago, as a handful of talented Asian-American musicians began to develop innovative approaches to jazz composition, instrumentation and performance. After playing as a youth in pop and R&B bands and working in military choruses and jazz settings, Anthony co-founded with bassist Mark Izu and trumpeter George Sams the San Francisco-based ensemble known as United Front– which proceeded to blaze the way along a path that has led to the Asian-American Jazz Orchestra and related projects by colleagues Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Melecio Magdaluyo and many others. Today at Bird & Beckett, Anthony, on drumset and percussion, is joined in a trio by Mark Izu…

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Seabop

Friday, September 2nd, 5:30 to 8:00 pm jazz in the bookshop Every Friday Evening It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for Don Prell’s SeaBop Ensemble!  Next Friday (the second Friday of the month) we host The Jimmy Ryan Quintet. Bird & Beckett’s Friday jazz sessions have been going on since 2002 and show no signs of slowing down… For each SeaBop date, Don Prell assembles the band from a retinue of top-knotch musicians steeped in the bebop and west coast jazz that we love so well…  For Sept. 2nd, Don has concocted a SeaBop trio configuration of guitar, piano and bass — no drums or horns — with Scott Foster, guitar; Michael Parsons, piano; and Don himself on bass. Don always puts a lot of effort into conceiving and rehearsing the particular configuration of musicians/instrumentation and the set list itself.  We’ll be excited to…

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Poets Berkson/McNaughton

Monday, August 29th, 7:00 pm Bill Berkson and Duncan McNaughton POETS!                 Bill Berkson and Duncan McNaughton are contemporaries, friends and widely respected literary figures.  In addition to their writings (more than a dozen books of poetry by Duncan since 1961, and a like number of volumes of art writing, poetry and other material by Bill beginning in about the same year), both have been long engaged through critical work and correspondence in furthering the understanding of artistic endeavor.  Both have been important teachers in the Bay Area as well–  Duncan founded the innovative and highly influential Poetics Program at New College in 1965 and directed it until 1990; and Bill was a key faculty member at the renowned San Francisco Art Institute from 1984 to 2008. Both have roots on the east coast — Bill was born in New York in 1939;…

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Anthony Brown & Friends

Sunday, September 4th, 5:30 & 6:30 pm – two sets Anthony Brown & Friends which way west? Sunday concert series Percussionist Anthony Brown, born of an African-American/Native American father and a Japanese mother, is a mainstay in a hugely influential movement that started locally three decades ago, as a handful of talented Asian-American musicians began to develop innovative approaches to jazz composition, instrumentation and performance.  After playing as a youth in pop and R&B bands and working in military choruses and jazz settings, Anthony co-founded with bassist Mark Izu and trumpeter George Sams the San Francisco-based ensemble known as United Front– which proceeded to blaze the way along a path that has led to the Asian-American Jazz Orchestra and related projects by colleagues Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Melecio Magdaluyo and many others. Today at Bird & Beckett, Anthony, on drumset and percussion, is joined in a trio by Mark Izu…

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Walker Brents: Flintlock

Sunday, August 28th, 2:30 pm Walker Brents III’s Flintlock Tales Walker talks! quite a lot!  and most interestingly on the last Sunday of each month at Bird & Beckett, barring the summer months– when he rambles the west to make sure the roads still lead on… and, thus far, they have. For many many years now, Walker has been concocting tales of Flintlock, a sharp-clawed and unpredictable cat, given to whims of its own brought to a certain hard-etched definition in the cyclone of a hard and, when you come down to it, beautiful landscape– just the kind of landscape his creator has taken in in a long youth and adolscence in the dusty west, and those repeated seasonal rambles… Flintlock evokes a certain sense of recognition– a certain sharp pain of realization… and a certain amusement mixed with astonishment. Come hear, y’all…

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JAZZ: There’s no stopping now

Jazz: there’s no stopping now! San Francisco holds its own as one of the key hubs of jazz in America, and we’re crazy for it in all its permutations Friday, August 26th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm The 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band With vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits adding her own sweet sound, this is the band assembled by Glen Park tenor player Chuck Peterson with colleagues he’s played with for decades.  Named in tribute to the Musicians Union and its historic (1925-1998) home in the theatre district, this group’s members are all seasoned professionals, working in the business since the early 1950s. Chuck Peterson, tenor sax and flute; Howard Dudune, tenor sax and clarinet; Glen Deardorff, guitar; Dean Reilly, bass; and Tony Johnson, drums.  This band, aka “The Chuck Peterson Quintet” plays at Bird & Beckett on the fourth Friday of each month. Tyrone Dorian subs for Glen…

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Poets Berkson/McNaughton-Moe-Rice/Sigafoos

POETS!  Three Readings of Note Bird & Beckett continues to offer one of the liveliest poetry scenes of any bookshop in town– in this City of Poets! Monday, August 29th, 7:00 pm Bill Berkson and Duncan McNaughton Bill and Duncan are contemporaries, friends and widely respected literary figures.  In addition to their writings (more than a dozen books of poetry by Duncan since 1961, and a like number of volumes of art writing, poetry and other material by Bill beginning in about the same year), both have been long engaged through critical work and correspondence in furthering the understanding of artistic endeavor.  Both have been important teachers in the Bay Area as well–  Duncan founded the innovative and highly influential Poetics Program at New College in 1965 and directed it until 1990; and Bill was a key faculty member at the renowned San Francisco Art Institute from 1984 to 2008.…

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Time is Now, Not Money w/ Kasey Knudsen

Outfest! Jazz on the Avant Side Every Sunday in August Sunday, August 21st, 4:30 & 5:30 (two sets) Time is Now, Not Money featuring Kasey Knudsen, sax Kasey Knudsen has been taking the avant garde jazz scene by storm since her graduation from Berklee School of Music ten years ago. Today, she’s featured on sax with an ensemble that is returning for its third performance at Bird & Beckett — “Time Is Now, Not Money” — led by bassist Bishu Chatterjee. Bishu’s a regular on our Friday evening straight-ahead jazz series, and has a number of side projects that range across a wide imaginative terrain.  One such project is the fusion of his native Bengali musical roots with his adopted American jazz base, called “Bengal and Beyond.”   Another of Bishu’s explorations, embodied in the ensemble called “Time is Now, Not Money,” (which can be heard at this link), is typically…

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Megan Harlan

Sunday afternoon Poet’s salon Sunday, August 21st, 2:30 pm Megan Harlan Megan’s recent collection of poems, Mapmaking, won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and her poems have been heard on the PBS News Hour’s Poetry Series and published in numerous journals.  She has also had short stories, travel features and book reviews widely published in journals and in the New York Times, the SF Chronicle, Elle, Time Out New York , and more. Now a resident of Berkeley, where she lives with her husband and young son, Megan was born in Vermont and grew up in Saudi Arabia, Colombia, London, Houston, Alaska and the Bay Area. Speaking of her poetry and fiction, and of her journalistic work,  she says, “as I move from the structured world of ledes and deadlines to the wilder spaces of creative writing, it’s exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying). I leave character and story, narrative shapes…

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Foster/Prell/Marabuto

jazz in the bookshop every friday, 5:30 to 8:00! Friday, August 19 Don Prell / Scott Foster Duo Guitarist Scott Foster and bassist Don Prell have been mainstays of the Friday evening jazz scene at Bird & Beckett since its start in October of 2002 — nine short years ago! 450+ consecutive Fridays of live jazz without missing a beat… due largely to Don’s unflagging energy and infectious enthusiasm and in no small part to Scott’s effortless artistry on the guitar. Both swear that Bird & Beckett is one of the best gigs in town, largely because of the terrific audience that gathers week after week to relax, enjoy themselves and socialize, and to hear them play. Consummate musicians, doing what they love to do. Come out and start the weekend right…

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Paris Portraits + Manning/Pilorz Outfit

Paris & Points Further Out! Sunday, August 14: Paris Portraits at 2:30 / Outfest! at 4:30 Gertrude Stein’s Circle evoked in a monologue based on Harriet Lane Levy’s Paris Portraits Manning / Pilorz combo featured in our Outfest! sequence of “free jazz” concerts Get your hiking on Mt. Tam done early, and let Stern Grove slide this week, ’cause we’ve got a couple things you shouldn’t miss… All the town’s agog about the Stein Collection exhibit at SFMOMA, the Picasso exhibit at the De Young, the Stein exhibit at the Jewish Museum… and along comes Harriet Lane Levy, who traveled with Alice B. Toklas to Paris in 1907 to join the little crowd of California ex-pats revolving around the salons of Gertrude, Leo & Michael  Stein.  By her own account, Gertrude soon set to the task of trying to get Harriet to go home, and leave Alice with her!  In…

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Paula Hackett & Connie Crothers

Poet Paula Hackett with pianist Connie Crothers Monday, August 15th – 7:00 pm POETS!  1st & 3rd Monday of each month Featured readers followed by an open mic Jerry Ferraz hosts Paula Hackett writes from a long, ongoing love affair with literature and jazz both.  Her father was a noted novelist, and at a young age, growing up in Berkeley, Paula and her brother John became avid devotees of the American popular song, particularly as mediated through the work of the great jazz instrumentalists of the 50s and 60s.  Paula attended SFSU in the late 70s and 80s, coming under the sway of the African-American intellectual and activist  Angela Davis, jazz historian and writer Grover Sales and the poet John Beecher.  While there, Paula gave a poem to jazz saxophonist John Handy, who in return gave her some of his compositions and set her the task of writing lyrics to…

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Jimmy Ryan Quintet

Friday, August 12th, 5:30-8:00 pm The Jimmy Ryan Quintet jazz in the bookshop every Friday! If it’s the second Friday of the month, it’s time for the Jimmy Ryan Quintet, with Scott Foster on guitar– joined this week by subs Danny Brown on sax, Jay Sanders on trumpet and Charles Thomas on bass. Regular quintet members Henry Hung, Danny Grewen and Bishu Chatterjee are attending to other gigs, but will return in September… Jimmy’s been a mainstay of Bird  & Beckett’s Friday evening “jazz in the bookshop” series since 2002, leading a terrific aggregation of musicians steeped in bop on the second Friday of each month. Jimmy started on the drums in L.A. in the 1950s, and reached the San Francisco jazz scene in the early 1960s. After a lengthy hiatus from the music starting in the early 70s well into the 90s, he agreed to fill in on drums…

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Outfest – Jim Ryan

Today! OutFest Jazz + 2 Poetry Readings Sunday, August 7th, 4:30 & 5:30 pm (two sets) OUTFEST! The second in our five-Sunday sequence of concerts presenting freely improvised “jazz on the avant side” Jim Ryan’s Forward Energy plays two sets of intensely improvised music as part of our five-Sunday run of “free jazz” performances, organized by Bird & Beckett in conjunction with Outsound Presents. Forward Energy comprises Jim Ryan on sax, flute and trumpet; Outsound’s own Rent Romus on saxes; Scott R. Looney on piano; Eric Marshall on bass and Tim Orr on drums. A philosopher by academic training and a prolific author, Ryan took up music during the late 1960s while living in Paris. Already a fan of bebop, and a nascent bohemian in circles that included William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he came under the sway of expatriate avant-garde jazz artists, including Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, the Art…

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PAWA and Geo. Wallace/Diane Frank

Sunday, August 7th Poets double header (split by jazz!) Two major poetry readings this Sunday, at 2:00 and at 7:00– At 2 pm, a 2-hour showcase of poets gathering under the banner of Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc. Barbara Jane Reyes hosts Tina Bartolome, Bonne Marie Bautista, G. Justin Hulog, Cheena Marie Lo and Michael Medrano. TINA BARTOLOME is a San Francisco native and daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. Her solidarity with people’s struggles for self-determination has taken her to the Philippines, Cuba and GuÃ¥han (Guam) with a steady commitment to return to working class neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland and facilitate radical spaces for young people to develop leadership and artistic voice for making social change. BONNE MARIE BAUTISTA was born in Daly City, raised in Quezon City, Philippines and grew up in San Francisco. She earned a BA in English Literature from Mills…

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Jazz all weekend, Aug 5-7

Friday & Saturday Jazz and more jazz! Friday, August 5th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm jazz in the bookshop This week our regular Friday evening weekly jazz party continues unabated, as Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble, our regular first-Friday-of-the-month group, holds forth pulling out tunes associated with Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and all the cats that made modern jazz modern!   Jerry Logas is on saxes, clarinet and flute; Michael Parsons is on piano; and Chris Bjorkbom is on drums — all anchored and inspired by the experience and vitality that Don Prell brings to the bass as he continues a long career rooted in his early years on the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 1950s, when he was a key member of the Bud Shank Quartet… Saturday, August 6th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm a benefit for Global Citizen Year Mitchell Mankin and friends play jazz…

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Kevin Killian

Monday, August 1st, 7:00 pm Kevin Killian & Ed Coletti, plus open mic POETS! Hosted by Jerry Ferraz Featured poets  plus open mic 1st & 3rd Mondays each month Kevin Killian is, by all indications, one interesting cat. Plenty of you know that. If, like us, you’ve been woefully uniformed, we suggest a quick perusal of the most fascinating Wikipedia entry we’ve read in a very long time and attendance at this evening’s reading to begin to take stock.  His writing, whether in poetry, prose or drama, is obviously quite solid, witness his lengthy publication history and prodigious output, and  his Lambda Literary Foundation Award for the recent prose collection entitled Impossible Princess.  Edmund White characterized Killian’s work as exhibiting “a kind of mandarin American casualness that is peculiar to … West Coast writers … a school of refined but deceptively offhand stylists.” Killian co-founded Small Press Traffic here in…

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