Events

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7th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival

World of Change: Jack Kerouac Is Alive and Well! MCs: David Madgalene & Terry Adams Gor Yaswen * The Word-Music Continuum * Margo van Veen * Bill Vartnaw * Peter Sherburn-Zimmer * Jonah Raskin * Jeanne Powell * Gwynn O’Gara * Jim Miller * Andrew Mayer * Clive Matson * Jym Marks * Kirk Lumpkin(...)


Previous Events

Toby Lurie’s ‘s Lost Coast Word-Music Ensemble

Toby Lurie’s Lost Coast Word-Music Ensemble returns to The Beat Museum for an encore performance. Hear the spoken word as you have never heard it before. Think of the Beats, Pop, Experimental Spoken Word with a Dada sensibility. Lurie’s language experiments are truly transcendent. Poet, composer and painter Toby Lurie performs with special guests, Marylyn(...)

Open Mic – (Not) Washed Up in North Beach

Event organized by Noémie Sornet There’s been a major resurgence of interest in the Beats—particularly among young people. More and more new poets, writers and artists are discovering—or rediscovering—the Beat Generation, finding their ideas profoundly relevant in today’s uncertain and rapidly changing world. On Friday, July 18, 7pm, we’re hosting an open mic night at(...)

Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments

Tony Trigilio brings together for the first time all of the poems and fragments in Elise Cowen’s surviving notebook, recovering the work of a postwar female poet whose reputation had been submerged for more than a half-century. Remembered dismissively as the woman who dated Allen Ginsberg for a brief time in the early 1950s, she(...)

Books, Beats and Blues with Terry Tarnoff, P.A. Slim, and Ned Boynton

Updated: Now with special guest, guitarist Ned Boynton The earliest days of the Beat Generation, further travels “on the road,” and the music that provided the soundtrack for a generation of wanderers The Beat Museum announces a reading/performance by San Francisco writer Terry Tarnoff on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 7:30-9:30 PM. Tarnoff, whose groundbreaking(...)

Linda King: Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski

There are many books about Charles Bukowski, but none like this one. Linda King’s Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski looks at Bukowski from the other side of the mirror. It is raw, it is raucous, it is a no-holds-barred account of their five-year on-again off-again relationship, a relationship so intense and passionate, so deep and(...)

Howl for Ginsberg

Celebration on Allen Ginsberg’s 88th Birthday Neeli Cherkovski Alan Kaufman George Scrivani John Landry A.D. Winans Marina Lazzara Robbie Sugg Dee Allen William Taylor, Jr. others to be announced…

Jerry Kamstra: The Frisco Kid Returns

presented by Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts Jerry Kamstra is the well-known author of the top-selling books Weed: Adventures of a Dope Smuggler and The Frisco Kid, among many other literary achievements as a poet, editor and publisher. He is a designer, artist, lecturer and educator. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Upon its release, the(...)

National Poetry Month Open Mic

Join us as the Beat Museum celebrates National Poetry Month with an open mic night. If you’re interested in reading, please arrive at 6:30pm, before the show, to sign up.

Remembering Bob Kaufman

An evening featuring the life and poetry of Bob Kaufman, with Poet & Biographer Neeli Cherkovski reading from “Elegy to Bob Kaufman,” and special guest Jack Hirschman. Bring a favorite Bob Kaufman poem to read!

Ambush Review #4 Launch

Celebrating National Poetry Month Ambush Review #4 Launch & Reading Hosted by Editors Bob Booker & Patrick Cahill with contributors: David Beckman Sharon Coleman Ed Coletti Katherine Hastings Jack Hirschman klipschutz Jami Proctor-Xu Gerald Fleming Linda E. Norton Lissa Tyler Renaud

‘World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down’ by Christian McEwan

 West Coast book launch presented by The Beat Museum and Literary Cadences …When a thought comes a-springing from afar with its held- forth figure of image, you spoof it out, you spuff it off, you fake it, and it fades… Jack Kerouac, from “How to Meditate” Christian McEwen, author of World Enough & Time: On(...)

Rhoney Stanley Returns ‘Owsley & Me: My LSD Family”

Reading and booksigning, with David Gans on guitar. “OWSLEY ‘BEAR’ STANLEY met her in Berkeley in 1965, when LSD was still legal and he was the world’s largest producer and distributor of LSD. Rhoney found herself working in an LSD laboratory, and the third corner in a love triangle. We have all heard the stories(...)

Women of the Beat Generation

Publisher, editor & writer Brenda Knight & friends present an evening celebrating the writers, artists, and muses at the heart of a revolution. Joanna McClure has been writing poetry since the 1950s and worked for 35 years in early childhood development. The author of several poetry collections, she continues to give readings and publish her(...)

Jack Kerouac’s 92nd Birthday

Join us at the Beat Museum as we celebrate the life and work of Jack Kerouac. Event will feature a talk about Jack prepared by Brandon Loberg, and live performance by The Dharma Bums. Purchase the poster »

Celebrating Black History

with jazz poet Charles Curtis Blackwell, Gail Mitchell, Q.R. Hand Jr., James Martin, Ramu Aki, Brian Johnson, Larry Ware & Friends, with jazz accompaniment by Luis Cardenas (sax) & Toku Woo (guitar).

Burroughs@100

RE/Search Publications with V.Vale presents “William S. Burroughs at 100.” Join us as we celebrate William S. Burroughs on what would have been his 100th birthday. V.Vale will show rare slides, talk about his times with “Old Bull Lee” Bill Burroughs and there will be a surprise “presentation” too secret to reveal in advance.

9th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash

Our annual tribute to Neal Cassady, the “secret hero” of “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg and the inspiration for Jack Kerouac’s character ‘Dean Moriarty’ in On the Road. This event will feature his son, John Allen Cassady, sharing reflections and reminisces of his father, Neal, and his recently departed mother, Carolyn, and special guest Al Hinkle(...)

Owsley & Me Booksigning

“OWSLEY ‘BEAR’ STANLEY met her in Berkeley in 1965, when LSD was still legal and he was the world’s largest producer and distributor of LSD. Rhoney found herself working in an LSD laboratory, and the third corner in a love triangle. We have all heard the stories from the ’60s—but never from the point of(...)

Re-Invent the Scroll

On Saturday, October 27th, The Beat Museum will be hosting guests from all over the world for an induction ceremony of the “Reinvented Scroll” of Jack Kerouac. Above: Kerouac’s original scroll. The ‘scroll’ being inducted into the Museum is an homage to Kerouac’s original, assembled from the contributions of Kerouac fans the world over. This(...)

PASSPORT 2012 – North Beach

For the first time, The Beat Museum will be one of the stops on PASSPORT, an annual DIY art-collecting event benefitting the SF Arts Commission Galleries. PASSPORT places Bay Area artists in select locations, and invites participants to embark on an afternoon art-walk through North Beach, collecting stamps created by each of the featured artists(...)

5th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival

Two days of poetry, presented in conjunction with100 Thousand Poets for Change Saturday, Sept. 29th: Beat Spirituality Featured presenters to include Mark Eckert, Raging Granny Vee, David James Randolph, Leah Lubin, Andrew Mayer, Marcia Moonstar, Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, Joan Gelfand, and others to be named. Hosted by David Madgalene 3-5pm Sunday, Sept. 30th: Psychedelic Sunday Featured(...)

READ ‘TIL THEY BLEED! – Suzi Kaplan Olmsted, Peter Marti & friends

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts, Round 42 Celebrating the publication of Marti’s Elephants I Didn’t Ride & Kaplan Olmsted’s Electra’s Mouth. Spar hosted by Marc Olmsted. Plus: Open mic lottery. Suzi Kaplan Olmsted has appeared in The Sun, Blue Satellite, 51%, F.T.S, Big Scream, poetrysuperhighway.com, M.A.G., Lummox Journal, getunderground.com, and Napalm Health Spa. Suzi recently read(...)

PRANKSTER GIRL – Anne Murphy and Lynn Rogers

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts, Round 41 A woman’s view of Neal and the Beats from two generations, featuring Anne Murphy and Lynn Rogers, plus speacial guests. Spar hosted by Daniel Yaryan. Plus: Open mic lottery. Anne Murphy has written the most controversial memoir on her adventures as the companion of Beat legend Neal Cassady and(...)

Revolutionaries en passant

A booksigning party featuring: “Al The Pirate” Havassy Copies of his novel will be available for sale and signing. Jessica Loos Poetry Momo Poetry and Art Paul K. Bach Reading from his novel Mark Schwartz Poetry Linsley Bock Poetry Art Exposé Please join us as these North Beach writers and artists share their work.

Woody & Jack – A Conversation About Two American Heroes

2012 marks Jack Kerouac’s 90th Birthday and Woody Guthrie’s 100th. Our good friend Steve Edington (author of The Beat Face of God and past President of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac) will be in California in the next few weeks. Steve just completed a new book on Woody Guthrie and will be sharing his latest passion for(...)

The Painted Word at Meridian Gallery

The Painted Word at Meridian Gallery

The Painted Word, on display at Meridian Gallery until July 14th, is an exhibition comprised of over 80 artworks by some of the Bay Area’s foremost poets and writers. This very special exhibition provides a rare glimpse into additional modes of reflection used by these individuals – whether drawing, painting or photography. Anne Trueblood Brodzky,(...)

Shig Murao Anniversary + Allen Ginsberg’s 86th Birthday

Soon after Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin opened the City Lights Pocket Book Shop in 1953, they hired Shigeyoshi “Shig” Murao as their first clerk. Shig was young and charismatic, with an infectious geniality that became as integral a part of the bookstore’s culture as the paperbound volumes on its shelves. Shig Murao was born(...)

Matt Theado: On the Road to Hollywood

It’s no secret we’re excited about the imminent release of On the Road in theatres. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been reading along as we’ve done our best to provide you as many details as possible (you’re welcome), concerning the journey Kerouac’s beloved classic has made from book to film. That journey, however, is(...)

Marc Olmsted & Jonah Raskin

Marc Olmsted (author of What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost?) and Jonah Raskin (author of American Scream) welcome the Beat Studies Association and its participation in the American Literature Association Annual Conference in San Francisco with a poetry reading at the Beat Museum, hosted by “Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts.”

The Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel Book Release

North Atlantic Books presents the first-ever publication of The Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel. You really don’t want to miss this one. Readers will include: Peter Coyote ruth weiss Brenda Knight (Women of the Beat Generation) Lindy Hough (poet, Wild Horses, Wild Dreams) Dan Langton (SF Poetry Center) Lenore Kandel (1932-2009) was a member of(...)

The Lost Coast Spoken-Music Ensemble

Back by popular demand, the Lost Coast Spoken-Music Ensemble returns to the Beat Museum. Join us for this unique performance with very special guests Toby Lurie, Toni Orans, and Motherbear. This new form of spoken music and improvisation needs to be experienced. Come prepared to participate in orchestrations. “When language becomes music, becomes poetry, becomes(...)

National Haiku Poetry Day

The Beats introduced the English-language haiku to much of America. What better place to celebrate the haiku poetry form than the Beat Museum! During National Poetry Month! The history of the Beat poets’ interest and experiments in haiku, and how the traces of their work manifests itself in poetry today will be provided. Notable Bay(...)

Dharma Bums: An Evening of Beat Zen with Mel Ash

Dharma Bums: An Evening of Beat Zen with Mel Ash

This three-hour participatory workshop with Zen teacher and Beat Spirit author Mel Ash is an entertaining and enlightening introduction to our rich local Zen history and heritage, as introduced by the Beat Generation. Wear confortable clothing, bring your original mind, a notebook/sketchbook, pen/pencil, and cushion (Zafu or pillow) if desired. A perfect way to meet(...)

Tony Serra’s Prison Camp Chronicles

Tony Serra will be reading from his new book, Prison Camp Chronicles published by Grizzly Peak Press. The book is a collection of poems, prose and essays written while doing time in Lompoc Prison Camp for refusal to pay taxes during the second Bush administration. Liv Zutphen will be performing poems about Los Angeles and(...)

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts: Round 34

The reading series that packs a punch returns to the Beat Museum, with performances by both established poets and talented newcomers. JERRY KAMSTRA was born in a mining camp in a shack buried under thirty-five feet of snow. His father, a Dutch immigrant, made his living as a hard-rock miner. His mother was the daughter(...)

Jack Kerouac Birthday Bash

Brenda Knight, (author of Women of the Beat Generation) & Cleis Press present the Jack Kerouac Birthday Bash—a celebration of the eternal spirit of the birthday boy himself on this, what would have been his 90th birthday. More details to be announced.

Jack Hirschman Presents: “A Leap Forward”

The Beat Museum, in solidarity with the World Poetry Movement presents A Leap Forward, a leap-year’s day open mic to celebrate all that’s going on all over the world. Readings by the following poets: Jimmy Mankind Sharon Doubiago Agneta Falk Bobby Coleman Gary Hicks Yolanda Catzalco Dottie Payne Jack Hirschman Everyone is welcome to participate.(...)

Gerald Nicosia: One and Only – The Untold Story of On the Road

Gerald Nicosia: One and Only – The Untold Story of On the Road

Beloved by both Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, Lu Anne Henderson’s story has never been told. Lu Anne was a beautiful 15-year-old girl in Denver in 1945 when she met Neal, a fast-talking hurricane of male sexuality and vast promises. The two married, and soon they were hanging out with a group of would-be writers,(...)

Alan Kaufman: Drunken Angel Booksigning

Alan Kaufman: Drunken Angel Booksigning

Son of a French Holocaust survivor, Alan Kaufman was an alcoholic so mauled by his indulgences it’s a marvel he was alive enough to get into recovery. Drunken Angel, published in November 2011 by Viva Editions, is the story of how he climbed up from the abyss of a life pickled in self-pity, self-loathing and(...)

ruth weiss: can’t stop the beat

ruth weiss: can’t stop the beat

Beat Poet ruth weiss returns to the Beat Museum to celebrate the release of her newest book of poems, can’t stop the beat. Percussionist Hal Davis will join her. ruth weiss is one of the last living poets of the Beat Generation. Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, she eventually made(...)

The Revolutionary Poets Brigade Presents: In Your Face Again

The Revolutionary Poets Brigade Presents: In Your Face Again

The Revolutionary Poets Brigade presents passionately engaged and provocatively attuned poems of and for our challenged and challenging times. Readers include: Jorge Argueta, Mahnaz Badihian, Virginia Barrett, Kristine Brown,Giancarlo Campagna, Bob Coleman, Edward Frank, Richard Gross, Jessica Loos, Jimmy Mankind, Sarah Menefee, Francisco Orrego, Arthur Sheridan, with music by George Long and hosted by Jack(...)

Henry Miller Slept Here: The Ping-Pong Anthology Release Party

Henry Miller Slept Here: The Ping-Pong Anthology Release Party

Ping-Pong is a journal of art and literature published annually by the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, CA. The event will feature MC Maria Garcia Teutsch, with readings by recent contributors. Two films from the Verruckter Schwanz cinepoetry festival will be shown. Come by and plant yourself at the intersection of film and(...)

Voices of North Beach: A Literary Tour

Voices of North Beach: A Literary Tour

Join us for a literary walking tour of North Beach, starting at The Beat Museum on Broadway. Along the way, we’ll hear famous, (or would that be infamous?) voices in passages embodying what San Francisco means to its denizens. The tour ends at Tosca just in time for the Mean Streets event. Please note: Comfortable(...)

Queer North Beach and Beyond 1930 – 1965

Queer North Beach and Beyond 1930 – 1965

Michael Flanagan will trace the history of queer North Beach from its beginnings to the period in the 60s when the community moved (in large part) to other parts of the city and answer these questions. By reading from the biographies and memoirs of Jack Spicer, Sam Steward, Elsa Gidlow, Allen Ginsberg, James Broughton and(...)

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