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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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Outfest- Time is Now Not Money

BBCLP’s which way west? Sunday concert series together with Outsound Presents: Outfest! 5 consecutive Sundays of jazz on the avant side Sunday, July 31, 4:30 & 5:30 (two sets) Kicking off a run of dates of free jazz improvisation, the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, together with Outsound Presents, is pleased to offer five weeks of spontaneous improvised music, starting with the unit that got us thinking in this direction a few months ago… “Time is Now, Not Money” comprises scat vocalist Lorin Benedict, pianist Scott R. Looney, bassist Bishu Chatterjee and drummer Bryan Bowman. Musically, they go where their ears, heads and heartbeats take them, shifting time signatures and keys with a spontaneity and intuitive complexity that makes the music a series of startling revelations. Four supremely creative musicians, completely in the moment, and far outside the bounds of conventional jazz structures. Join us for the entire series…

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Clive Matson

Sunday, July 31, 2:30 pm Clive Matson, Jayne MacPherson & Lonner Holden Poets read their work

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George Cotsirilos Trio

Friday, July 29nd – 5:30 pm George Cotsirilos Trio Jazz in the Bookshop 5th Friday Special Guest George Cotsirilos, guitar; Robb Fisher, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums A “blue collar jazz trio” with an impeccable sense of swing, celebrating the recent release of its cd entitled “Past, Present”…  noted by one reviewer as being “happy in its collective skin…  the music is correspondingly relaxed, confident and elegant.”  Cotsirilos played a lot of rock and blues back in Michigan, but has become an assured jazz player working in the classic style associated with players like Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall.  Fisher and Marabuto have been well-respected jazz players for decades as well, and have played extensively alongside artists of huge stature including Cal Tjader, Pharoah Sanders, Pepper Adams, Tommy Flanagan and many others. Marabuto plays at Bird & Beckett as part of our regular third-Fridays group, and was the one who brought…

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Friday, July 29nd – 5:30 pm George Cotsirilos Trio Jazz in the Bookshop – 5th Friday Special Guest George Cotsirilos, guitar; Robb Fisher, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums A “blue collar jazz trio” with an impeccable sense of swing, celebrating the recent release of its cd entitled “Past, Present”…  noted by one reviewer as being “happy in its collective skin…  the music is correspondingly relaxed, confident and elegant.”  Cotsirilos played a lot of rock and blues back in Michigan, but has become an assured jazz player working in the classic style associated with players like Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall.  Fisher and Marabuto have been well-respected jazz players for decades as well, and have played extensively alongside artists of huge stature including Cal Tjader, Pharoah Sanders, Pepper Adams, Tommy Flanagan and many others. Marabuto plays at Bird & Beckett as part of our regular fourth-Friday group, and was the one who…

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Sundays, July 31st – August 28th Outfest! Five Consecutive Sundays of Spontaneous Improvization Bird & Beckett’s Which Way West? concert series, in association with Outsound Presents: July 31 – TIME IS NOW, NOT MONEY: Lorin Benedict, voice; Scott R. Looney, piano; Bishu Chatterjee, bass; Bryan Bowman, drums August 7 – FORWARD ENERGY: Jim Ryan, sax, flute, trumpet; Rent Romus, saxes; Scott R. Looney, piano; Eric Marshall, bass; Timothy Orr, drums August 14 – CHUCK MANNING/STU PILORZ OUTFIT: Chuck Manning, tenor sax; Stu Pilorz, trombone; Ollie Dudek, bass; Omar Aran, drums August 21 – TIME IS NOW, NOT MONEY REDUX: featuring Kasey Knudsen, sax August 28 – LORDS OF OUTLAND: Rent Romus, saxes; C.J. Reaven Borosque, trumpet & electronic feedback; Ray Schaeffer, electric bass; Philip Everett, drums

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Suzanne Kramer

This Sunday! 4:30-6:30 pm Vocalist Suzanne Kramer + Trio which way west? Sunday concert series Suzanne’s assembled a sharp outfit of musicians to back her in this foray into the classic jazz songbook.  Michael Parsons on piano; Doug Pohorosky on bass and Wally Schnalle on drums. She’s a Glen Park denizen with a solid following for her varied musical projects, from the pop band called the Stone Ponies to the present swing into classic jazz territory.  Bring your kids if you’ve got ’em… her’s will be in attendance…

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Roads of Bread

POETS LIVING, AND LIVING ON… Sunday, 7/24 at 2:30 “Roads of Bread” Poets pay tribute to the late Eugene Ruggles hosted by Martin Hinkle, with readings by Clive Matson, Jack & Adele Foley, Doreen Stock, Carl Macki and Dela Moon (from a 2004 SF Chronicle article): Eugene Ruggles’ overriding sympathy for victims of injustice that led him to develop large-venue political poetry benefits in San Francisco during the early 1970s. “Anyone who knows Gene knows his most astounding characteristic is his heart,” said longtime friend and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, former San Francisco poet laureate and owner and founder of City Lights Bookstore. “He really empathizes with the downtrodden and the down-and-out. ” The poetry benefits Ruggles organized attracted hundreds of people, which was unusual for a poetry reading. Through the 1970s and early 1980s, Ruggles organized about 20 benefits that raised money and generated publicity for organizations such as Amnesty…

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230 Jones Street, Local 6 LJB

this evening at Bird & Beckett! Jazz at the bookshop jazz every Friday evening, 5:30 to 8:00 pm Singer Dorothy Lefkovits with the “230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band” aka, the Chuck Peterson Quintet Tenor sax player Chuck Peterson inaugurated our weekly jazz party in the neighborhood back in late 2002, and it’s still going strong.  Dorothy’s been singing in here almost as long…  all the musicians on the bandstand tonight have long experience in the music, and swing in the best west coast post bop tradition…  join your friends and neighbors for a fine, convivial summer evening… Beside Chuck, the band consists of reed player Howie Dudune, guitarist Glen Deardorff, bassist Dean Reilly and drummer Tony Johnson.  A fine outfit indeed…

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Poets!

Thursday, 7/21 at 7:00: Poets pay tribute to the late carol lee sanchez hosted by Bill Vartnaw, with readings by Avotcja, Duane BigEagle, Judy Grahn, Gail Mitchell, Kim Shuck, and others Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in the village of Pagute, carol lee sanchez passed away in Sedalia, Missouri on April 6, 2011 at the age of 77.  Her cultural heritage was largely Laguna and Lebanese-American; the Laguna tribal name given her at birth translates as message bringer woman, and indeed so she was, in a long life as a poet, educator and activist. This memorial reading has been organized by poet Bill Vartnaw, who established his small publishing concern, Taurean Horn Press, in 1974 to publish carol lee’s poetry, having first encountered her at the Coffee Gallery on North Beach’s Grant Street, where she ran the a weekly open reading series regularly frequented by Bob Kaufman (then…

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Faisal

Sunday July 17th – 4:30 pm Faisal Zedan Ensemble Which Way West? Sunday Concerts Percussionist Faisal Zedan, from Syria, is joined by violinists Husain Resan, from Iraq, and Younes El-Makboul in a program of pan-Arab music.  These three expert musicians have all graced the Bird & Beckett stage in the past, and can be counted on to provide a rich and delightful musical experience. Faisal Zedan is acclaimed for his virtuosity on the derbakki, the riqq and the framedrum and for his deep knowledge of the complex Arabic musical structures, with a repertoire that ranges from classical muwashshahat to regional folkloric styles. Husain Dixon Resan learned the oud at Baghdad’s Bayt-al-Fann school and joined its orchestra at age 16; he is considered a master violinist, and is also a fine vocalist. All three musicians are associated with Aswat, a very large vocal ensemble based on the Peninsula.

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Laurie Barkin

Sunday, July 17th – 1:00 pm LaborFest Writers’ Group Each year, LaborFest hosts writers in a reading and workshop at Bird & Beckett.  Come to listen and, if you like, to participate. LaborFest is in its 18th year, and this year, in addition to commemorating the 1934 San Francisco general strike, it will commemorate and have events around the 150th anniversary of the US civil war and the role of slavery in California, the 125th anniversary of May Day and the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Fire In New York where 146 mostly immigrant Jewish and Italian garment workers perished in a fire.  Go to this link to get the full schedule of events. Sunday July 17th – 3:00 pm Laurie Barkin – The Comfort Garden Tales from the Trauma Unit As a psychiatric nurse consultant working in SF General Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Barkin routinely evaluated and treated patients with…

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Laborfest/Faisal

Monday, July 18, 7:00 pm Michael Koch & Willie Lizarraga followed by an open mic POETS! 1st & 3rd Mondays Willie Lizarraga, shown here, was born and raised in Peru, arriving in the Bay Area as a teenager in the 1970s.  He teaches at Berkeley City College, and has won awards for  his prose fiction. Read at this link an account of a recent reading by Lizarraga at Counterpulse, where he recounted the 1978 beginnings of San Francisco’s annual Carnaval celebration. As for Michael Koch, more soon… we heard him here last year, and were mightily impressed, but we’ll have to track him down for a photo and biographical details. In any case, a good reading is assured, and you’re welcome to join in the open mic.  Jerry Ferraz is our host, and Carlota del Portillo and Priya Kailath have pitched in to allows us to offer the poets a…

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Sukhawat Ali Khan

Sunday, July 10th, 4:30 pm Sukhawat Ali Khan Ensemble A “which way west?” concert from the Sham Chorasi gharana tradition of Sufi music Sukhawat Ali Khan‘s music is rooted in the 600-year-old Sham Chorasi traditional school of music, established by his direct ancestors during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India. His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of seven in Lahore, Pakistan under his father, legendary vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, widely considered the preeminent classical vocalist of his generation and famed as half of the revered Ali Brothers, who reigned supreme in the music beginning in the 1940s and continuing into the 1970s. The video at this link features Sukhawat and his brother Shafqat performing with their father.  The video linked to Sukhawat’s name at the top of this paragraph hints at the ease with which he travels with this profound…

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Ten Years That Shook the City

Sunday, July 10th, 2:00 pm TEN YEARS THAT SHOOK THE CITY: SAN FRANCISCO, 1968-1978 A reading by editor Chris Carlsson and contributors Pam Peirce, Andrew Lam and Mary Jean Robertson Though the starting and ending dates of this anthology may be mere signposts in a much more extended, impossible to define continuum, the period of intense political and cultural churn that began with the general strike at San Francisco State University and that came to a bonechilling halt with the twin events of Jonestown and the City Hall murders engendered countless life-changing realizations for those who found themselves here for any part of that era… and rippled through the entire American and international societal fabric.  In Ten Years That Shook the City, many such pivotal circumstances are described and explored by individuals who lived through the dream and the reality in all their sobering, frightening, beautiful and inspiring aspects. Peirce…

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