Beatnik Photowalk

Nearly 100 photographers joined the Contemporary Jewish Museum on a tour led by The Beat Museum Director Jerry Cimino from North Beach to the exhibition “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.” Click here for a digital version of the walking tour Map

Cats: The Beat Generation’s Secret Love Affair – CJM Blog

The Contemporary Jewish Museum writer Melanie Samay and photographer Rod Kilpatrick have teamed up with the San Francisco SPCA to create this tribute to the felines in the lives of the Beat Generation: Cats: The Beat Generation’s Secret Love Affair »

Happy 60th Anniversary, City Lights

With great respect and admiration, the Beat Museum congratulates Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Booksellers and Publishers as they, North Beach—and indeed the entire literary world—celebrate 60 years in business! Since 1953, City Lights has been a tireless champion of the free exchange of ideas, and a stalwart defender of free expression. If you’re reading […]

Big Sur Film Review

by Jerry Cimino I was meeting with movie director Michael Polish on a long, sprawling road called Highway One, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The road had been absolutely devoid of automobile traffic for the previous thirty minutes. That never happens in real life, and I found that warped reality to be a little unnerving.  All […]

Rest in Peace, Ray Manzarek

Rest in Peace, Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek, best known as the innovative keyboardist for The Doors, died Monday, May 20th, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74. Manzarek and Jim Morrison formed The Doors in 1965, later recruiting John Densmore (drums) and Robby Krieger (guitar). Manzarek’s Vox Continental keyboard arrangements epitomized The Doors’ sound, setting the band apart […]

Greta Bellamacina – Love Song to SF

Greta Bellamacina – Love Song to SF

Broadway and Columbus is like some magnificent vortex. You never know who will come sweeping in off the street. We get ‘em all—from the down and out homeless person to up-and-coming supermodels visiting from overseas. One such model is Greta Bellamacina. She came in about six months ago, had an air about her that you […]

Interview with Big Sur’s Jean-Marc Barr

Niya Suddarth, media correspondent for the Beat Museum, interviews actor Jean-Marc Barr about his upcoming film, Big Sur, in which he plays Mr. Jack Kerouac. The interview takes place during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, 2013. Production by: Visual Creativ Interview With Jean-Marc Barr “BIG SUR” from Visual Creativ. on Vimeo. Some […]

Official Trailer: Big Sur

Directed by Michael PolishStarring: Jean-Marc Barr as Jack Duluoz Kate Bosworth as Billie Radha Mitchell as Carolyn Cassady Josh Lucas as Neal Cassady More info at Internet Movie Database

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