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Litquake @ B&B: RADICALS

Sunday, Oct. 7 – 2 p.m. Elaine Elinson, Hilton Obenzinger, Jonah Raskin, Nina Serrano, Barry Willdorf Elaine Elinson, coauthor of the award-winning Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, worked with the UFW and reported from the Philippines during the Marcos regime. Hilton Obenzinger reads, takes action, and laughs. Critic, poet, novelist, historian, and recipient of the American Book Award, his books include the autobiographical novel Busy Dying. He teaches writing and American studies at Stanford University. Jonah Raskin has written about American radicals and radicalism in Out of the Whale: Growing Up in the American Left, The Radical Jack London and numerous other books. Nina Serrano, poet, media producer, and educator, was voted “Best Local Poet” by Oakland Magazine in 2010. She co-founded the Mission Cultural Center, and produces literature and Latino radio programs for KPFA. Barry Willdorf, a…

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POETS! Rebecca Farivar & Ben Mirov, plus open mic

Monday, Oct. 1 – 7 p.m. Featured poets plus an open mic 1st & 3rd Monday of each month hosted by Jerry Ferraz. Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal (Octopus Books, 2011) and chapbook American Lit (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). She holds an MFA in poetry from St. Mary’s College of California and hosts the podcast Break The Line. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, 6×6, cold-drill, RealPoetik, The Volta, Word For / Word, The American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Oakland. Ben Mirov is the author of Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.

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8 day forecast

Literature with a chance of pulp fiction coming up, a little stormy political commentary, some gentle philosophical breezes out of the west.  Between now and Thursday, we’re selling books.  Open 11 a.m. every day, closing at 7 p.m… except when we’re here late for an event… and this week the fun begins on Thursday… Thursday evening, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., the Bird & Beckett Political Book Discussion Group is meeting to discuss Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World, Release 2.0.  Did you catch that the other book group is next meeting on Oct. 4 to discuss Melville’s Moby Dick? and that 30% off tix are available to the opera performance of Jake Heggie’s version of that story on Thurs. Sept. 20?  Call the bookshop to get the discount code for the opera tix. Friday from 5:30 to 8:00, it’s Jimmy Ryan’s quintet, with Henry Hung, trumpet; Danny Grewen, trombone; Scott…

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Books at Bird & Beckett!

Pity the Billionaire, Thomas Frank’s latest salvo in the struggle to scrape away the scales from the eyes of Americans conned by the rhetoric of wealth and righteousness, arrives in stock Tuesday (paperback, $16).  Also in that shipment, Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich, about the uprising of women on staff at Newsweek magazine in 1970 that shattered the glass ceiling which had kept them completely out of the editorial ranks (hardcover, $26),  Plus, Global Weirdness:  Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future (hardcover, $23). But don’t wait ’til Tuesday to come check out our stock!  New titles arrive every couple of days, joining the thousands of interesting books already crowding the shelves.  Mention this post and receive a 10% discount on any book purchase today and Monday (Sept. 9-10).

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Bird & Beckett Book Club

Thursday, Sept. 6th at 7 pm: The Bird & Beckett Book Club discusses Chad Harbach’s debut novel, The Art of Fielding.  Harbach’s novel has been acclaimed for its rich, character-laden narrative, and likened to the best work of John Irving, Michael Chabon, Larry McMurtry and other masters of the contemporary American novel. The Bird & Beckett Book Club has been going continuously for 12+ years, meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm to discuss books of all sorts – novels, nonfiction, contemporary, classic… Anyone can attend – just read the book and show up for the discussion! Next month’s book club selection is Herman Melville’s Moby Dick — to be discussed at the Thurs. Oct. 4th meeting — and our book group has been given a special discount code to use to buy 30%-off tickets to the Thursday, Oct. 18 performance of Jake Heggie’s new opera,…

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Every Day is an Act of Resistance:
The Poetry of Carol Tarlen

Sunday, Sept. 9th at  2 pm: Work by the late poet/activist Tarlen will be read by Jack Hirschman (SF Poet Laureate, 2003-2006) and David Joseph, as well as Nellie Wong, Sarah Menefee, Agneta Falk and Louise Nayer. Carol Tarlen, who passed away in 2004, was a hugely influential and well-loved figure in the progressive literary scene, never reluctant to put her body on the line nor to put her intellect and passion into her writing.  Upon her death, Julia Stein wrote that she was “a North Beach Emily Dickinson, publishing widely in magazines and anthologies but never putting out a full-length book. She was the contemporary poet I knew closest to Whitman or Neruda: from her white trash impoverished childhood to her MA in English from San Francisco State; from her being a poet/delegate on the S.F. Labor Council to her getting arrested repeatedly for feeding the hungry and homeless…

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Upcoming Which Way West?
Sundary afternoon concerts

Sunday concerts coming up (4:30 to 6:30 pm): Sept 9     Sukhawat Ali Khan Ensemble – sufi two vocalists, harmonium, flute, tabla Sept 16     David Solbach Trio – jazz David Solbach (clarinet), Jason Martineau (piano and vocals), Dan Fabricant (bass) Sept 23     New Monsters – jazz Dan Plonsey (tenor sax), Steve Adams (alto and soprano saxes), Scott Looney (piano), Steve Horowitz (bass), John Hanes (drums) Sept 30     Smooth Toad – Esoteric Americana GP Skratz (guitar), Hal Hughes (fiddle), Bob Ernst (percussion) Oct 7        Jay Sanders Quartet – Plays the music of Kenny Dorham Jay Sanders (trumpet), Adam Schulman (piano), Eric Markowitz (bass), Smith Dobson (drums) Oct 14    Messin’ with Mezzrow – jazz Garry Fialko and friends Oct 21    Ragtime Skedaddlers Dennis Pash (mandolin), Nick Robinson (mandolin), Dave Krinkel (guitar), Virginia Tichenor (piano), Marty Eggers (bass) Oct 28    Ron Marabuto Quartet personnel tba Nov 4        Pugsley Buzzard – stride pianist from Australia…

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SF Organ Trio – Phil Cousineau – Young/Griesser Accidental Quintet

Monday, September 3 – 7:00 pm Marsha Campbell & Sheppard B. Kominars POETS! PLUS AN OPEN MIC 1st & 3rd Monday of each month Hosted by Jerry Ferraz Regarding Marsha Campbell’s Revolutions per Minute (Beatitude Press, 2006), poet Ed Mycue has said “Bright statements emerge from smoky industrial sites or a countryside underwater.  These ideas roam in the mind, as if sounds from military flights, and hover over forbidden feeding areas.  You won’t mistake Campbell’s work for anyone else’s.  A rare flowering of superb poems.” Long known as a poet of crystalline expression on the North Beach poetry scene and in key venues like Sacred Grounds Cafe, Marsha has received the TallMountain Award, has been included in AgeSong’s recent Gems of Wisdom Anthology, and has to her credit the poetry volumes Dear Daddos, e.g. press, 1983; The Real Fuselli, Deep Forest, 1990; Reply of Our Lady Teresa to the poet Crashaw…

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Writers RD Armstrong & G Murray Thomas

Friday, August 31st – 5:30 to 8:00 pm Special 5th Friday booking in our weekly jazz in the bookshop series Scott Foster Trio live jazz without fail every Friday since October 2002!! 10 years & counting… Each Friday, we present one of four combos in rotation, but when there’s a fifth Friday in a month, we have latitude to bring in a special guest act. This week, guitarist Scott Foster brings in bassist Chris Fouts and drummer Dan Foltz for two sets of classic jazz rooted in the 1950s sound that flowed out of the bop era to make small combo jazz a hugely popular music in cities across the nation. We’ve long considered Scott our favorite guitarist on the local scene– and his confederates on this date are completely in sync with his conception and spirit.  Another wonderful jazz date in Glen Park.  Sunday, August 26 – 1:00 pm…

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Coletti & Beckman – poets

Monday, August 20 – 7:00 pm POETS! Ed Coletti & David Beckman open mic follows two featured poets, 1st & 3rd Monday of each month hosted by San Francisco troubadour Jerry Ferraz Born in New York, Ed Coletti moved to Santa Rosa when he returned from the Vietnam War.  A graduate of Georgetown University, he completed an MFA in creative writing under Robert Creeley at San Francisco State University.  He has a long publishing history; most recently he published Jazz Gods in 2010 and his latest collection of poems When Hearts Outlive Minds was published in 2011 by Conflux Press. David Beckman has written poetry, plays and novels, and has read his work in numerous Bay Area venues including Maxine Hong Kingston’s 2006 peace event in Santa Rosa.  His chapbook “Times Three” appeared in 2008. Both poets will be traveling down from the North Bay for this reading. Next weekend (Aug. 24-26): (click on…

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Aug. 19 – Husain Resan + Kopel/Hiemstra & August 8-12: Jimmy Ryan Quintet, Joe Pachinko, Bright Side Band

Sunday, August 19th – 4:30 to 6:30 pm Pasha Band (Husain Resan Ensemble) Pan-Arabic music We’re fortunate once again to have some of the Bay Area’s fine middle eastern musicians grace the Bird & Beckett stage this Sunday in our “which way west?” weekly concert series.  Last December, you may have been lucky enough to hear the Ayjal Ensemble perform here (view a video of that performance at this link!); the Pasha Band includes three members of that ensemble:  Husain Dixon Resan is an oud and violin player, vocalist and composer who hails from Iraq.  He studied oud beginning at age 14 in Bayt al-Fann in Baghdad, and joined its music ensemble at age 16.  Coming to the U.S., he studied violin at City College, and has been a key component of the middle eastern music scene here in San Francisco for many years.  Joining Husain in the Pasha Band…

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Renee Gibbons + Craig Ventresco + + Seabop + Barbara Hunter

Sunday, July 29 – 2:30 pm Longing for Elsewhere Renee Gibbons reads from her memoir of a restless life Renee Gibbons — born in a Dublin tenement in the mid-20th century and for the past three decades a well loved figure in San Francisco’s North Beach bohemia — is widely known for the long-running column she wrote for the Irish Herald called “The Rambling Road.”  And a rambling road she’s certainly traveled since escaping Dublin for Paris at age 17, with the help of a Hollywood actor and a kind stranger. Somewhere along the way, she met and fell in love with a radical longshoreman aboard a ship traveling through the Panama bound for Egypt with her year-old daugher, Ashling. He became her husband and San Francisco became her base, but she has never stopped wandering the world, and has never lost her “longing for elsewhere.”   At the same…

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Poet A. D. Winans / Charles Hamilton Quartet

Sunday, July 22 – 2:00 pm Poet A.D. Winans & Friends Al Winans is a thoroughly engaged and committed poet, turning an unblinking stare on society and its lack of compassion for those aced out of the good life.  He’s also got a long record, with his Second Coming Press, of championing (and publishing) poets that come to their work honestly.  He’s got no patience for careerists. Read the terrific profile on him by Evan Karp that appeared in this Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle by clicking on this link. A raft of good friends and fellow poets will join Al this Sunday to read from his new collection, San Francisco Poems.  Guests will include Neeli Cherkovski, Nellie Wong, Ann Menebroker, Art Beck, Soheyl Dahi, Evan Karp, William Taylor, Jr, Paul Fericano, Trina Drotar, Bill Gainer and Bill Vartnaw. Sunday, July 22 – 4:30-6:30 pm Charles Hamilton Quartet which way west? Sunday…

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Noel Jewkes Quartet + The Third Quartet

Live Jazz on Sunday / Poets on Monday Sunday, July 15 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm The Noel Jewkes Quartet Noel Jewkes (reeds), Grant Levin (piano), Adam Gay (bass), Bryan Bowman (drums) — joined for a tune on each set by vocalist Marky Quayle Noel Jewkes has been a mainstay on the Northern California jazz scene since he blew in from the wilds of Utah in the early 1960s–his longest hiatus was probably a couple of weeks round about last Christmas, when he consented to a little heart surgery.  Soon enough, he was back on the bandstand.  His weekly sessions at Mauro’s Sausalito Seahorse Musica each Tuesday draws top musicians week in and week out, always glad to play with a man who’s long been considered one of the best musicians in the region. In Noel’s five decades here on the coast, he’s been called on to work with singers…

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Coming up – July 2 to July 8

Sunday, July 8 – 2:30 pm Look What the Cat Dragged in Again A CD release party for Whitman McGowan’s latest Whitman McGowan started his spoken word career reading poems at a back alley coffeehouse, The Espresso Bar in Pasadena, California, where he put poems for a dollar each on the menu. After moving north to San Francisco (where his UC Santa Barbara teacher Kenneth Rexroth previously held a famous salon) he became best known for crafting a pagan anthem, “White Folks Was Wild Once, Too.” The difficulty in obtaining copies of this, his newest and fourth album, from Viridiana Records, renders it instantly collectible. The spoken word is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Don Kirby (known for accompanying Ravi Shankar on tanpura), plus Canadian musicians Johnny and Johnny and Margery Snyder on flute. It also incorporates the surprising recording debut of his alter ego Trungpa Bumbleché, who as a would be…

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Weekend of June 22-24 & June 29-July 1

June 29-July 1 6/29 – Friday – jazz in the bookshop Special Fifth Friday Booking! Mad & Eddie Duran Eddie Duran, born in San Francisco in 1925, had become one of the top jazz guitarists on the local scene by the late 1940s.  He got the call to play in Charlie Parker’s band at the Say When Club on Bush Street in 1952, sharing the bandstand with Chet Baker and Lawrence Marable, and has played and recorded with dozens of major figures along the way — including Stan Getz, Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Earl “Fatha” Hines and Jon Hendricks.  For four years through 1980 he was in Benny Goodman’s band — check out this link to a video of Eddie, bassist Al Obidinski and drummer John Markham onstage with Benny at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall, in a trio performance of Prelude to a Kiss while Benny and pianist Teddy Wilson look…

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Sunnylynn Thibodeau + Noel Black & Cralan Kelder

Monday, June 18, 7 pm POETS! plus an open mic! so bring your best… hosted by Jerry Ferraz — 1st & 3rd Monday of each month Noel Black lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, artist Marina Eckler, and their son Ursen.  Co-founder with Ed Berrigan of LOG Magazine and publisher of the Angry Dog Midget Editions in the late 1990s, he has since worked as a writer and producer for a wide variety of media outlets including The Stranger and WNYC.  He currently works as a producer for KRCC public radio.  He is the author of six chapbooks, including Hulktrans (Owl Press, 2008) and In The City of Word People (Blue Press, 2008).  His most recent book of poetry is USELYSSES (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011). Cralan Kelder was born in 1970 and grew up between California and The Netherlands.  An anthropologist by training, he has edited numerous literary magazines,…

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jazz + Loren Bell/Sharon Doubiago + Jinx Jones

Next weekend (June 22-24): Friday – jazz in the bookshop w/The Chuck Peterson Quintet Saturday – shop for books! Sunday – 2pm – Poets/Writers Loren Bell & Sharon Doubiago: The Things They Carried Sunday – 4:30pm – which way west? Sunday Concert Series Jinx Jones & the Jazzabilly All Stars

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Prell/Foster + Phipps & Aran

Friday, June 15 – 5:30 to 8:00 pm The Third Quartet jazz in the bookshop every Friday evening without fail! On the third Friday of each month, a quartet made up of series founders Chuck Peterson (tenor sax), Scott Foster (guitar) and Don Prell (bass) augmented by drummer Ron Marabuto or Omar Aran (this month it’s Omar) holds forth from the Bird & Beckett stage while the neighborhood parties on! Frank Phipps (marching trombone) sits in for Chuck this week. Folks who made it to our “Big Bash at the Clubhouse” a few weeks ago and who stayed to the end will recall the lovely bass & trombone duo performance that Don and Frank gave us to wrap up a really lovely afternoon. If you didn’t hear that, then you have all the more reason to get down to the store this evening for a reprise… In any case, the…

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Poets Keuter, Sherling & Suarez + Orion’s Joy of Jazz + Poets Black, Kelder & Thibodeaux

Sunday & Monday 2 days – 6 poets – 4 jazz musicians Sunday, June 17 – 2:00 pm Poets! Matthew Keuter has published in journals across the U.S. and U.K.  The Short Imposition of Living, a book length collection of poetry, is available from Rain Mountain Press.  His plays have been produced in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado and New York City.  Matthew edits the little mag called Mudfish: A Journal of Art & Poetry. Jennifer Kulbeck is a poet, letterpress printer, collector of stray pastimes, people and household objects from garage sales and street corners, and graduate student in the creative writing program at SF State. Daniel Suarez in a first generation Cuban-American. born and raised in Chicago, who now resides in San Francisco.  He is currently in the process of translating the poetry of Robert Creely into Spanish and the poetry of Jose Lezama Lima into English.  His poems can…

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Alice Rogoff’s Barge Wood + Maurice Tani: 77 El Deora

Sunday, June 10 – 2:30 pm Poet Alice Rogoff Barge Wood A reading of new work by a key local poet, co-editor of the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal. “The golden leaves form fan shaped piles on the sidewalk while a woman sleeps hugged to the pavement.” — from the poem, “Ginko Leaves Falling in the Tenderloin” Barge Wood, Alice Elizabeth Rogoff CC. Marimbo, Berkeley, 2012. Sunday, June 10 – 4:30-6:30 pm Maurice Tani: 77 El Deora which way west? Sunday concert series | all ages welcome. your donations help us pay the band! Pure country music in a honky tonk vein, shading into some dark and swirling  “hillbilly noir” — from one of the very best alt-country performers/composers on the local scene. If you like  George Jones with your George Dickel and Patsy Cline with your PBR, that’s a good starting point… then be prepared dive ever deeper into the heartbreak and…

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Jimmy Ryan Quintet

Friday, June 8 – 5:30 to 8:00 pm The Jimmy Ryan Quintet jazz in the bookshop Fridays in Glen Park Jimmy Ryan has been our drummer of choice at Bird & Beckett since the Friday evening series started in October 2002… first with the late guitarist Henry Irvin’s band (featuring vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits), then with the regular Friday crew, which was led by Chuck Peterson on tenor sax with Scott Foster on guitar and Don Prell on bass.  All four of these core instrumentalists, and Dorothy as well, continue to keep the jazz flame burning each week at Bird & Beckett.  We’ve never missed a Friday session since the beginning– so we’re coming up on 500 consecutive Fridays very soon indeed. Now Don leads a band, “SeaBop” on the first Friday of the month, Jimmy leads one on the second Friday (which features Scott on guitar, bassist Bishu Chatterjee or…

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Tinker Greene/Carrie Hunter – poets

Monday, June 4 – 7:00 pm Tinker Greene & Carrie Hunter POETS! PLUS AN OPEN MIC 1st & 3rd Monday of each month Hosted by Jerry Ferraz Tinker Greene moved here in 1980. Originally from Vermont, he has spent time in New York City, followed by a decade in BurlingtonVT where he served a lively poetry community as a coordinator. In San Francisco, Tinker has photographed, hiked the wilderness, and more recently, issued a series of well-received chapbooks of his own poems, which he distributes for free. He will be reading new work. Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the Poetics program at New College of California, edits the small chapbook press, ypolita press, and is a member of the Black Radish Books publishing collective. Recent poems appear in Big Bell, TH.CE, and in the video journal Jupiter 88. Chapbooks include Vorticells (Cygist Press), A Musics (Arrow as Aarow), Angel,…

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Luxorius – Joe Warner Trio

Sunday, June 3 – 2:00 pm Luxorius! Opera Omnia: Or, a Duet for Sitar and Trombone Art Beck reads from his new book of translations Art Beck has devised an extended set of translations of the poems of Luxorius, the 6th century (c.e.) provincial Roman poet who lived in North Africa during the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire.  Beck first published some of these translations in the early 1980s, but has expanded and extended these to book length.  This stuff is anything but dry, folks!  Do come! Read Neeli Cherkovski’s review in Big Bridge magazine here:  http://www.bigbridge.org/BB16/prose/prosencherkovski2.htm   Sunday, June 3 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm Joe Warner Trio young players – classic jazz! which way west? Sunday concert series all ages welcome. your donations help us pay the band! jazz trio with pianist Warner, bassist Gary Johnson and drummer Alex Nash. Warner, not yet 20…

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Tango No. 9

Sunday, May 27 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm Tango No. 9 feat. vocalist Zoltan diBartolo which way west? Sunday concert series – all ages welcome! – $10 suggested donation per adult Tango is a deeply mesmerizing music — and dance form, of course — finding its deepest roots in Argentina while exerting a global influence bordering on mania, inspiring practitioners around the globe. San Francisco’s own Tango No. 9 is undoubtedly among the finest exemplars of the art form worldwide, plying their trade here at home with complete dedication for fifteen years and more… Today’s engagement, T9’s sixth appearance on the Bird & Beckett stage, is anticipated with particular pleasure and excitement…  Isabel Douglass, an infinitely soulful and lovely accordionist of immense versatility, found herself a few seasons ago drawn to the road as a member of Rupa and the April Fishes, and we’ve since mourned her absence from the…

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On the literary side…

Thursday, May 24 – 7:00 pm The Monthly Eminent Authors’ Birthdays Open Reading a long-standing Bird & Beckett tradition, recurring on the fourth Thursday of each month Have a favorite writer born in May?  Come down to Bird & Beckett this Thursday evening to share aloud a bit of his or her work with fellow devotees of the book.  We have long lists of fine writers and their birth months, if you’d care to come down and take a look to see who might be a likely candidate for your attention. And please, we hope you’ll endeavor to read to us from a real book if humanly possible.  Bird & Beckett is, after all, a book store and we particularly treasure that lovely form in which writing has been shared since the good blacksmith Gutenberg invented movable type. Consider too, that if you buy a book to take home, it…

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Lynn Bonfield – Ventresco/Axelrod/Eggers – Tom Church/Dan Brady

Sunday, May 20 – 2:00 pm The Rix Journal: Small-Town Vermont to Gold Rush era San Francisco Historian Lynn Bonfield discusses the document and her work Lynn Bonield, former director of the San Francisco Labor Archives, now divides her time between Glen Park and Peachham, Vermont, where she was first drawn by the story of the Rix family — having chanced in 1972 upon the unique Gold Rush era journal of husband and wife Alfred and Chastina Rix among uncatalogued materials in the stacks at the San Francisco Historical Society.  The journal has just recently been beautifully published as New England to Gold Rush California: The Journal of Alfred and Chastina W. Rix, 1849-1854, edited with commentary by Lynn, from the Arthur W. Clark Co. imprint of the Unversity of Oklahoma Press. Beginning on their wedding day in Peacham on July 29, 1849, Alfred and Chastina kept a dual journal, alternating the task of bringing it up to…

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Amerarcana Reading + Nellie Wong + Social Media Panel + Blind Willies + Booker T. Washington

Thursday, May 17 – 7 pm “Amerarcana 2012″ Bird & Beckett’s Annual Literary Journal A Reading & Celebration! The 3rd issue of our own “little magazine” has arrived, and it’s exquisite in content and design, just like the first two! Come & get it at the AMERARCANA 2012 RELEASE READING: Thursday, May 17th from 7:00 pm — with readings by contributors Bill Berkson, Duncan McNaughton, David Meltzer, Jackson Meazle, Jason Morris, Erik Noonan, Cedar Sigo, Tisa Walden & editor Nick Whittington.  Less likely to appear are Justin Desmangles, Joanne Kyger, Sarah Menefee, Jeffrey Joe Nelson, Will Skinker & Colter Jacobsen. Certain not to appear is Rodrigo Lira, as he no longer walks this earth, but who knows, perhaps his translators Rodrigo Olavarria & Thomas Rothe will show… Regardless, it’s sure to be a grand event, with wine & words aplenty. Amerarcana is a proud production of the Bird & Beckett Cultural…

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Big Bash

Saturday, May 19th – 4:30 to 6:30 pm Big Bash at the Clubhouse a benefit for Bird & Beckett! Call or email the bookshop to reserve your Big Bash ticket now!  586-3733 / [email protected] Just $10 each. Proceeds benefit your cherished neighborhood bookshop! Get in the mood for a massive good time by clicking on that black “Streampad” bar way down at the bottom of this screen — it’s an 8 min. segment of an historic show by  Jack Ruby Hi Power at Keystone Berkeley on Aug. 1, 1982 — a concert produced by the same folks who bring you Bird & Beckett… read more about it by clicking here to visit our blog…and while you’re there be sure to click on the poster to go into the matter at greater depth at the site called Who Cork the Dance.  There you can download 78 min. of the show if…

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Dan Richman + Macy Blackman + Bill Vartnaw & Patti Trimble

Sunday, May 6, 2pm “enclosure” a talk by Dan Richman The fencing of common grazing land in England in the 17th and 18th century accelerated the creation of a landless working class, and today we still mourn and suffer from the loss of the “commons.” Dan Richman considers the history and its implications today.  A taker of long walks, a philosopher of sorts, an observer of natural life in the built landscape, and a writer of plays, novels, essays and poems, Dan has long been a contributor to the Bird & Beckett intellectual commons, with his occasional staging of short plays, participation in our poetry readings, and talks on a variety of topics. Sunday, May 6, 4:30 to 6:30 pm Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines rockin’ new orleans R&B which way west? Sunday concert series all ages welcome – donation requested Still we roll on!  Macy’s been rolling out…

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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
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