Events at the Beat Museum are made possible by the Foundation for Creative Expression.
COPUS, spoken word/world-beat ensemble featuring San Francisco poet Royal Kent, and composer Wendy Loomis. Royal Kent‘s love of poetry goes back to his formative high school years. Originally inspired by the legendary Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron, he has performed with dancers, theatrical troupes, poets, and many bands including the Vancouver-based Band of Angels and […]
Michelle Tea presents RADAR: An Evening of Edgy Literary Performance from San Francisco’s Underground. Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs, most recently How to Grow Up, published by Penguin/Plume. She has written three novels, including a Young Adult fantasy trilogy currently being released by McSweeney’s, and her poetry chapbooks have been collected into […]
Live readings and spoken word performance by Jonathan Shaw, with music by Gregg Foreman of CAT POWER, Brandon Burkart of THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY, and special guest artists. From Johnny Depp and Infinitum Nihil, in partnership with Harper Perennial, comes the first trade edition of Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes, a subterranean cult classic by […]
The wordWind chorus performs with q.r. hand jr. (poetry, voice), Lewis Jordan (saxophone, poetry, voice), and Brian Auerbach (poetry, voice). q. r. hand, jr. voice and poetry, moved to the SF Bay Area from NYC about forty years ago. Originally published in the 1968 classic, Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro American Writing, edited by […]
Former San Francisco Poet Laureate, painter & translator, Jack Hirschman performs with Swedish-born San Francisco poet, Agneta Falk and special guest, George Long on saxophone. Jack Hirschman is a poet and painter and has translated over two dozen books from German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Albanian, and Greek. He is an assistant editor at the […]
Herb Caen called her “The Beat Generation Goddess”—ruth weiss performs with Doug O’Connor (acoustic bass), Rent Romus (saxophone), and Hal Davis (percussion). ruth weiss STATE MEANT for me poetry is teacher, healer & disciplinarian. poetry is the messenger of language, the tuner that vibrates the communication chord. this is my chosen path & assignment ruth […]
Join Nancy Calef and Jody Weiner for a presentation of their collaborative book, Peoplescapes—My Story from Purging to Painting, featuring Nancy’s unique paintings. From the book: “This transformational journey in words and pictures chronicles Nancy Calef’s evolution from child model, suffering anorexia and bulimia, through recovery and maturation into a multi-disciplined artist renowned for her […]
Poetry & Jazz featuring poets and musicians from The Word Party series and the Nova Jazz Band, including Jennifer Barone (poet and host), Daniel Heffez (saxophone), and Ingrid Keir, Cara Vida, and Natasha Dennerstein. Jennifer Barone is an author of three books of poetry, her most recent titled Saporoso – poems of Italian Food & […]
Featuring… Lil Miss Hot Mess Raquel Gutiérrez Kate Schatz Lauren Wheeler Bucky Sinister Ben McCoy Lil Miss Hot Mess bedazzles audiences in San Francisco and beyond with a unique blend of camp, critique, and choreography. Known for throwing elaborate extravaganzas like her “Bat Mitzvah x2” and roller skating parties, as well as her use of […]
San Francisco Poetry Through the Generations with San Francisco poets A.D.Winans, Neeli Cherkovski, William Taylor, Jr., and Cassandra Dallett. A.D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet and writer. He is the author of over 60 books and chapbooks of poetry and prose. His work has been translated into nine languages. He edited and published […]
It’s that time of year again! Jack Kerouac would have been 93 this March. Join us in celebrating his life and work with special guest Al Hinkle (“Big Ed Dunkel” from On the Road), sharing his reminiscences of his adventures with Kerouac and Cassady. Featuring music from The Dharma Bums, performing with Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), come […]
Jazz poet, painter & playwright Charles Curtis Blackwell and poet Vincent Kobelt perform with The All-Star Revue from their new CD release, Catch the First Thing Smokin’ and other works. Charles Curtis Blackwell, jazz poet, painter and playwright, whose art work has been featured in the New York Times and on PBS television; born in […]
San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, The Voice of the Mission performs with jazz accompaniment. Alejandro Murguía is the author of This War Called Love (winner of the American Book Award) and The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California (University of Texas Press). Currently he is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies at San […]
Rhoney Stanley, author of Owsley & Me: My LSD Family, returns to the Beat Museum. With musical accompaniment by David Gans. Also featuring a discussion between Stanley and author Jay Williams, regarding whether (or to what extent) the Grateful Dead were in the lineage of the Beat Generation.
Join us for an evening of poetry and jazz in celebration of Black History Month, featuring performances by: Charles Curtis Blackwell Maketa Groves q.r. hand, jr. Gail Mitchell Chokwadi Ramu Aki James Martin Linda Steele & special guest, Stormin’ Norman on sax This is a free event sponsored by the Foundation for Creative Expression
with special guest Jim Canary Keeper of The Original Scroll, Jack Kerouac’s testimony of his travels with Neal Cassady. Jim will show photos of his travels around the world the last ten years setting up the 120 foot long scroll in places like Paris & London in addition to dozens of cities across the USA. […]
Presented by the Beat Museum and Unrequited Records Herbert Huncke has long been a marginal figure among marginal figures. A Times Square hustler whose writings shone a naked bulb upon the gritty urban underworld, peopled with dispossessed characters scraping an existence from the fringes of society, Huncke not only inspired the Beat Generation—he gave it […]
The man who saved the Joan Anderson Letter meets the man whose reputation he saved. For sixty years, Gerd Stern was the guy who ‘lost’ the Joan Anderson Letter. Allen Ginsberg said he gave it to Gerd for publication by Ace Books and when Ace rejected it, Gerd never gave it back. Jack Kerouac, in […]
A Reading by Authors and Editors of Two Seminal SF Small Presses The Beat Museum is proud to present an evening by two influential San Francisco small presses, Manic-D Press and Zeitgeist Books. Zeitgeist grew out of the infamous Cafe Babar reading series of the 80’s and 90’s, spearheaded by Bruce Isaacson both in voice […]
Join us for the release of William Taylor’s new book, The Blood of a Tourist, published by Sunnyoutside Press Featuring: Ezekiel Tyrus Joel Landmine Cassandra Dallet Hollie Hardy A.D. Winans Neeli Cherkovski William Taylor Jr. plus a musical performance by Kitty Chow
Writer and filmmaker Steve Harrison, author of Changing the World is the Only Fit Work for a Grown Man, discusses the life and times of Howard Luck Gossage, “America’s most innovative, influential and irreverent advertising genius” with a multimedia presentation featuring rare footage of Gossage and company, followed by a booksigning. Changing the World is […]
I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand is a fearless, dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also includes an interview with John Sinclair, the legendary jazz/blues poet, former manager of the MC5, radio host, and activist. Hosted […]
with jazz poet, playwright and painter Charles Curtis Blackwell – vocals Brian Kendricks – drums Phillip Bailey – horn Ruth Britten – horn Carolyn Kendricks – violin Vincent Kobelt – poet/vocals There will also be a display of Jazz & Abstract Paintings by Charles Curtis Blackwell.
Ramu Aki – This African-American poet, artist, and social critic, is riddled with originality in everything he does and touches. A true revolutionary of the spirit he brings to mind with depth and continuity that sublime conviction of Che Guevara’s when he said, “At the expense of seeming ridiculous, I believe that all true revolutionaries […]
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 […]
The Cassady family will be hosting a 1 year memorial to celebrate Carolyn Cassady’s life. The event will be held in San Jose, California, from noon to 4pm, September 20th, 2014. They will be posting highlights and pictures of the memorial on the Neal Cassady Estate website in October, so please return for a summary of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…
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 […]
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.
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!
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 »
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).
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.
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 ‘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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, 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, […]
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 […]
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 (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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Frank Albers, Belgian Professor of literature and author of the book
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]