653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood
Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six
Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and more!
View them on our Facebook page or YouTube channel
November 20 to November 23
Five events in four days
beats & bongos, accordion & drums
struggle & rant & jazz!
live in the shop!
Sunday, November 20 – 4 pm – free – byob
Kim Shuck hosts a reading to celebrate the new Beat Not Beat anthology
Kim writes: Beat Not Beat is a collection of poems from poets Beat, Beat adjacent and parallel styles of writing. Many contemporary California writers benefit from literary stands taken by those writers who were designated Beat. This book features some of these.
Kim and Beat Not Beat editor Rich Ferguson, up from L.A., will be joined by contributors Tongo Eisen-Martin, Marc Olmsted, Richard Modiano. V. Vale, Julie Rogers, Jessica Loos, Cassandra Dallett, Paul Corman-Roberts. Richard Loranger, Kitty Costello, Charlie Getter, Kelly Gray. K.R. Morrison. Wow.
Sunday, November 20 – 7:30 pm – $20 – BYOB
Rob Reich / Beth Goodfellow Trio
with Ben Goldberg on clarinet and Dan Fabricant on bass
Just days ahead of his appearance with the San Francisco Symphony supplying the accordion part for their performance of Nino Rota’s score for The Godfather (Friday and Saturday, 11/25 and 11/26), Rob Reich brings his now-L.A.-based drummer/rockstar friend Elizabeth Goodfellow, once an SF fixture, to Bird & Beckett for a quartet date with practically resident clarinetist Ben Goldberg and the certifiably nice & undeniably talented bassist Dan Fabricant.
Reservations for shows can be made by calling the shop at 415-586-3733.
Nothing beats being in the room with the musicians!
Tuesday, November 22 – Two Author Events – free!
• 6pm: Radical organizer and Chicago alderman Helen Shiller presents her book about Chicago resistance politics
Daring to Stuggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago’s Uptown Community (Haymarket Books, 2022)
Helen Shiller went from radical anti-war activist in Wisconsin, to a member of a collective of white allies of the Black Panther Party in Chicago, to an elected city council person who helped break the back of the racialized opposition to Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor. Early on, Shiller was deeply engaged in the fight against the gentrification of a unique economically and racially mixed Chicago community on the Northside. With insight into historic community organizing and political battles in Chicago from the 1970s through 2010, her book details numerous policy fights and conflicts in Chicago during that time, illuminating recurrent political themes and battles that remain relevant to this day.
• 7pm: Kim Shuck, SF Poet Laureate Emerita,
publication party for her new book of essays
Noodle Rant Tangent (Andover Archives Press, 2022)
Kim writes: During a roughly 9000 mile drive around the US it would have been bizarre if we’d seen nothing that enchanted us. The truth is that the land is still the place that has inspired writers, visual artists and sages of many generations. Face to face, in the diners and poetry venues, we still have more in common than we might like to believe. From Shreveport clawing together its aspirational buildings and trying to make a historical district, to strangers on random chairs they’ve set up in front of their houses, we’re still as horrible and wonderful as the best and worst among us.
We’re still confronted with daily amazement and daily
are offered opportunities to respond to them.
Bird & Beckett also live streams most shows, on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Go to either platform and search for Bird & Beckett. You’re sure to find what you need.
Culture ain’t free to present! Though it’ll set you free, so donate if you can
to support the artists and the cost of live streaming.
Be sure to take a breath and enjoy live jazz
before the holiday hits!
Wednesday, November 23rd – 7:30pm
The Vince Lateano Trio
San Francisco’s Finest!
Ben Stolorow, piano
Peter Barshay, bass
Vince Lateano, drums
$20 cover / BYOB
And please do keep in mind,
buying your books at Bird & Beckett
keeps the rent paid and the lights on!
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