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

Sunday, July 16 – 2pm
Neeli Cherkovski Birthday Reading, with Art Beck, Scott Bird, Jessica Loos

Join Neeli Cherkovski and friends
for a reading to celebrate his 78th birthday!


I am the way I am
because nobody could convince me
to be otherwise, a simple thought
to be not so easily deterred
from the wreckage of bad behavior

it’s okay to say “yes”
when you mean “no”
it’s okay to do your best
while you grow old

because no one really cares
not even if they want to

I am the way I am
out of spite, I hold the appellation
“poet” in high regard and
take a simple line or two

I am as I am
tending the garden, fearful
of court documents, wary of
tax forms, I never learned
how to pry open a box of butterflies

I am the way I am
capable of secrets despite
my mouth, I turn up the volume
and listen-in to real news,
angry mobs in Budapest, trouble
on the streets of Beijing, a newborn
cloud coveting the garden

I am subservient only to the blind musician
and his “futile horn”

(from HANG ON TO THE YANGTZE RIVER, Lithic Press 2020)


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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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