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 events on the calendar that show  this  little red heart are what  S. F. Heart  calls  love in action  projects, benefits, fundraiser's for good causes

The Beat Goes On!
Please support the Venues found within the San Francisco Art and Poetry
Calendar each month who are providing space for our local artists, poets, writers, musicians and other creative individuals to do what they love.

Alliance Française of San Francisco
(1345 Bush Street
San Francisco - map

Adobe Books,
3130 24th Street,
San Francisco

Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St.
San Francisco

Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, Ca.

Beat Museum
540 Broadway
North Beach
San Francisco

Bird & Beckett Books
and Cultural Legacy Project

653 Chenery St.
bet. Diamond and Castro
San Francisco

1644 Haight St.
San Francisco

Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco
(415) 781-7532

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco
(map and hours)
(415) 275-2466

City Arts & Lectures
upcoming events

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco
(415) 362-8193

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

Folio Books
3957 24th Street
San Francisco

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street

Galería de la Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco

Green Apple Books
506 Clement St.
San Francisco

Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Ave
San Francisco

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St,
San Francisco

La Promenade Cafe
3643 Balboa St.@38th Ave

Luna's Press & Bookstore
3790 Mission St
San Francisco

Mechanic's Institute Library
57 Post St.
San Francisco

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco (map)

Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th St at Florida
San Francisco

Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco

Readers Bookstore,
Fort Mason Building C
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

Red Poppy Arthouse
2698 Folsom St
San Francisco
(415) 826.2402

Palace of the Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco

Sacred Grounds Cafe
2095 Hayes @ Cole
San Francisco

San Francisco Center for the Book

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St
San Francisco
(415) 557-4400

SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s
2097 Turk Street @ Lyon
San Francisco map
(415) 454.5238

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St.
(between 8th & 9th)
San Francisco

Unitarian Universalist Society
1187 Franklin St (@ Geary)
San Francisco.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco
(415) 978-2700

To Submit an Event
2015 is the 18th Anniversary of
S.F. and the 9th year of the
San Francisco Art and Poetry Calendar



Women Artists Gallery
647 Irving Street (@8th Ave.)
San Francisco

San Francisco Women Art Exhibition
(Artwork by Tsungwei Moo, Hi!, Mixed Media) (Nov. 3 till Dec. 5, 2015)








The Slums

That should be obvious
Of course it won't
Any fool knows that.
Even in the winter.
Consider for a moment.
Consider what!
They never have.
Why now?
Certainly it means nothing.
It's all a lie.
What else could it be?
That's right.
Any way you look at it.
A silk hat.
A fat belly.
A nice church to squat in.
My holy ass...
What should they care about?
It's quaint.
Twelve kids on the fire escape...
Flowers on the windowsill...
You're damn right.
That's the way it is.
That's just the way it is.

Kenneth Patchen



































Tuesday December 1 2015
7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco

One Out of Two
Katherine Silver, Scott Esposito,
and Ethan Nosowsky  
Daniel Sada
join City Lights to celebrate the life and work of
 Daniel Sada,who was awarded Mexico’s National Prize for Arts and Sciences for Literature.
Daniel Sada died in 2011,



Wednesday December 2, 2015
6:00 pm
Mechanic's Institute Library
4th Floor Meeting Room
57 Post St.
San Francisco

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA,
and the Rise of America's Secret Government
Author David Talbot in conversation with
political analyst Peter Dale Scott
Members Free ~ Public $15
Register online or by phone (415) 393-0102

Wednesday December 2, 2015
6:30 pm sign up, readings until 9:50 pm
Sacred Grounds Cafe
2095 Hayes @ Cole
San Francisco

Sacred Grounds Poetry Series
featuring poet Clive Matson,
an amazing man whose writing, workshops
and travel are unique in the poetry world.
and open mic hosted by Dan Brady
Dan Brady -

Wednesday December 2, 2015
7:00 pm
The Green Arcade
1680 Market St,
San Francisco

The Green Arcade's Holiday Fandango
Say "Cheese" and then say "Negroni"
J.K. Dineen, author of High Spirits:
The Legacy Bars of San Francisco--The Best Places to Imbibe in San Francisco
& Gordon Edgar , author of Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese,and what it can tell us about our history, cultural identity, and food politics.
Special Guest Bartender ~ Mary Beth Marks

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco

Dodie Bellamy 
Dodie Bellamy and David Buuck read from their new releases When the Sick Rule the World and Site Cite City: Selected Prose Works 1999-2012

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:00 - 8:30
Merced Branch Library
155 Winston Drive
Across from Stonestown Mall
San Francisco

*Lovers in Montmartre:
Modigliani and Hébuterne

slideshow lecture with
Modigliani Jeanne Hébuterne
Lots of gorgeous paintings by Modigliani of Soutine, Picasso, Cocteau, his modigliani painting of Hébuterneincredible nudes, and of course, his lover and muse, Jeanne Hébuterne. Art by Brancusi, Lipchitz, Delaunay, Rousseau. And stories about their Bohemian circle in early 1900's Paris ~ painters, poets, filmmakers, sculptors, composers.
All are welcome! Free.

Wednesday December 2, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru St.
Alameda, Ca.

Alameda Island Poets Reading
Cathy Dana, Natica Angilly and Vince Storti. Vince will bring copes of new ekphrastic work
"Scenes Beyond Restraint."
Books of poetry will be available for sale.



Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Convent Arts Collective
660 Oak Street
San Francisco

OPENING Thursday, December 3 ~ 6:00-10:00 pm
(Free event; food & beverages provided)

The Convent's First Annual
"Art's Not Dead, SF"
Group Exhibition
After being featured on CNN and in Vice News, one of San Francisco’s last remaining arts collectives – The Convent – announces Art’s Not Dead SF, an exhibition of works and processes by resident artists past and present. The event is free to the public, and the exhibition will be on display through January during gallery hours
and by appointment.

Thursday December 3, 2015
6:00 pm
San Francisco Main Library
Civic Center
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco

Farewell to the Panama-Pacific
International Exposition

The San Francisco History Center presents a very special lecture for the centennial celebration of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Laura Ackley,author of San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 - will share the
details of the closing of the Fair
in an illustrated lecture. Free!

Thursday December 3, 2015
6:30 pm
Readers Bookstore,
Fort Mason Building C
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series
curated by former San Francisco Poet Laureate
Jack Hirschman and sponsored by the
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Wheelchair accessible (free & open to the Public)

Thursday December 3, 2015
The San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA)
invites you to join us for
First Thursday
a downtown tradition since 1993.
On every first Thursday of the month,
Many member galleries remain open to welcome
visitors after normal working hours, most until
7:30 pm or later. Participating galleries are on the
Map of Galleries,and many are listed below it.

Thursday December 3, 2015
6:30 pm
530 Bush Street, San Francisco
Info: (415) 512-8812
Venue: 263-8760

A Celebration of Wolfgang Hilbig
With Translator Isabel Fargo Cole reading from her translation of Hilbig's career-defining story collection and talks about Hilbig's career, work, and what it was like to translate the enigmatic prose of a German master with editorial director of Two Lines Press, CJ Evans. Free! Continue reading

Thursday December 3, 2015
7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco

Kathryn S. Olmstead & Eric Rauchway discuss their books Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatismand The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace.

Thursday December 3, 2015
7:00 - 8:00
Excelsior Branch Library
Meeting Room
4400 Mission Street
San Francisco

Dennis McNally, long-time publicist and official biographer of the Grateful Dead, will talk about his new book "Jerry on Jerry." Released by the Jerry Garcia Family and made available to the public for the first time, these are some of the most candid, intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia ever published.



North Beach First Fridays
First Friday in North Beach

Our mission is to activate, promote and support the visual artists, art galleries and merchants of San Francisco’s North Beach community, by connecting and cultivating a wider audience to the quaint histories, unmatched character, and cutting-edge visions of the artists and venues that span the neighborhood.

December 4, 2015
Grey City Gallery
(A small space for the display of creative pursuits)
artist studio at 250 Columbus
North Beach
San Francisco

Sneak Preview ~ Thurs. Dec. 3rd from 5-7pm
or join us for a Saturday Soiree,
Dec. 5th from noon to 3…including
a homemade Glogg tasting!
Featuring the “Noir By Day” series and other
photographs by guest artist CJ Schake
& Elizabeth Ashcroft
Altered books, collage, paintings, North Beach
drawings and reproductions by Elizabeth Ashcroft

Friday December 4 -6 , 2015
Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Ave.
North Beach
San Francisco

Reception Friday Dec. 4, 2015 - 6pm-9pm

Live at Live Worms ~ a group exhibit
Joe Zygaj • Dennis Hearne • Flicka Mc Gurrin
Peggy Huff • Ed Handelman • Blaine Ellis

Saturday Dec. 5th and Sunday Dec. 6th 2-6 pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2015
sign up 7:00, show 7:30
Café International
508 Haight Street, at Fillmore
San Francisco

Café International Poetry & Music Series
feature and open mic, original work only
hosted by Clyde Always
no cover, wheelchair accessible



Saturday, December 5, /2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
Main Library
100 Larkin St.

Grafton Tyler Brown,
African-American LithographerGrafton Tyler Brown Lithographer
Historian Robert J. Chandler will present an informative and entertaining slide lecture discussing Grafton Tyler Brown, an African-American lithographer working in San Francisco in the 19th century. Chandler's talk, based on his book, will compare Brown's artistry with that of competing lithographers in this city.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
6:00 pm
All over The Mission,
San Francisco

(Mission Arts Performance Project)
Dedicated to Global Refugees
No Place was Made for War
and Everyone Deserves a Home 
encompassing over 14 venues as well as public
spaces, street corners, bart stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, homes all over La Mission.
MAPP is always the first Saturday
of the month every 2 months

Saturday December 5 , 2015
2-4 pm
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco

Broadside Printing Event
Panama-Pacific International Exposition Centennial
The Book Arts & Special Collections Center and San Francisco History Center present a Panama-Pacific International Exposition Centennial Broadside Printing Event in the San Francisco History Center

Saturday, December 5, 2015
La Promenade Cafe
3643 Balboa St.
San Francisco

La Promenade Poetry Reading
featured Poets
J.R.Hammond (aka Jimmy Mankind)
and Richard Sanderell
Followed by an Open Mike!
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Good food at reasonable prices.



Sunday December 6, 2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hunter's Point Shipyard
San Francisco Directions

Hunters Point Holiday Party and Art Show
Come join over 40 artists in their studies for festivities, fun, and beautiful art! Admission and parking are free.
Free admission – Free parking
On public transit
(19 Hyde St. to Hunters Point)
For more information call 415-305-8745 and
Hunters Point Holiday Party and Art Show
Facebook page

Sunday December 6, 2015
Bird & Beckett Books
653 Chenery St.
bet. Diamond and Castro
San Francisco

4:30-6:30 pm
Denise Perrier & the Jerry Logas Project!
Denise Perrier, vocals
Jerry Logas, saxophone
Keith Saunders, piano
Adam Gay, bass
Tony Johnson, drums

7:30 pm
Potrero Hillbillies do the Kinks!
♫•*MUSIC & SONG♫♫•*♫••♫

Sunday December 6, 2015
Doors: 700 pm Show: 8:00 pm
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco
(415) 345-0900

Zappa Plays Zappa
Performing “One Size Fits All” in its entirety.
Dweezil Zappa, an extraordinary guitarist himself,
is on tour with a number of artists and musicians
who performed and played amazing music with
his father Frank Zappa as well as some
legendary guest musicians
such as Steve Vai.
Tickets: All Ages

Sunday December 6, 2015
Doors - 7pm ~ Music - 8pm
The Rite Spot
2099 Folsom St.
San Francisco

Conspiracy of Beards
Our shows at The Rite Spot are always at capacity
so come early. Please join us for this intimate experience! Hazy Loper will open the evening.
This is a pass-the-hat show, so please
bring cash and tip your bartender!
♫•*MUSIC & SONG♫♫•*♫••♫



Susan Birkeland star
1961 ~ 2006
City of Love
Tony Vaughanstar
1947 ~ 2008
After An Evening of Poetry and Wine
& Approaching Desire
George Tsongas star
(1927 - January 2010)
The City is a Dream
John Dowling star
(Aug. 7, 1956 -. Dec.16, 2012)
The Revolution in North Beach
Joie Cookstar
(Nov. 4, 1951 ~ Feb. 24, 2013)
There Are Nights in San Francisco
Don Brennan star
(1935 ~ March 18, 2013)
Spirit Walk &
Old World Cafes

Don Altadena star
Foghorns bloom,
we break upon meaning
Jerry Ferrazstar
Richard Hack star
Three poems
Leonard Irving star
Bleak Morning on Jones Street
Paul Leclerc star
Porter prospectus
Rosemary Manno
What the Beatniks Saw in North Beach
& Ode To Michelangelo Park at Twilight
Bill Mercerstar
Vesuvio's North Beach
Jane Rades star
My Adopted City
Ronald Sauer star
The San Francisco Renaissance
Mark Schwartz star
All the Critical Mass bicycles
confiscated should be: &
There was a little alley
in San Francisco
Kim Shuckstar
On Columbus
Mike Aguzinstar
420 and a Vision & Cheer
Kim Shuck star
On Columbus
Mia Kirsi Stageberg star
Angels of San Francisco- 2,4&5
Vince Storti star
Walking Woman 1 &
Mime Troupe Witness 1
Peter Sherburn-Zimmerstar
Broadway Queen & what may a poem be?


peace signALLEN COHEN Poetry
April 23,1941 ~April 30, 2004
The Decline & Fall of San Francisco
by Allen Cohen

Dan Harrington Dec 12 2012
 Offering For A Friend by Jerry Ferraz
 Enchantment by Peter Sherburn Zimmer

* John Ross (1938-2011)
* Victor Martinez (1954-2011)
* Carlos Ramirez (1938-2013)
by Jorge Argueta

Jehanah Wedgewood
(1941- Nov, 2010)
George Tsongas
(1927 - January 2010)
Patricia Carr Lamerdin
(Aug. 15, 1926 - Nov. 9, 2009

Mar. 24, 1935- June 3, 2009
Harold Norse
July 6, 1916 - June 8, 2009
by Neeli Cherkovski
Vampyre Mike
Dec. 3, 1953 - Mar. 22, 2008
Nov. 1940 - May 2007


December 1939
During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac,
age 17, loses his virginity with a Manhattan prostitute....This year he has graduated from high school, smoked marijuana for the first time, is exposed to & influenced by jazz he hears at Harlem clubs, & paid money to lose his virginity.

"One man practicing kindness
in the wilderness is worth all
the temples this world pulls."

December. 2, 1867
English novelist Charles Dickens gave his first New York City reading: people stood in two lines, almost a mile long, for tickets.

Dec. 2, 1964
Joan Baez sings "We Shall Overcome"on
Sproul Hall steps. Berkeley,Ca.
Free Speech Movement holds an overnight sit-in protesting the disciplining of four students who took part in the October police car sit-in; 800 arrests result. The next day, Police arrest 773 to end the Free Speech Occupation the U.C Berkeley Campus..

December 6, 1933 ~ On this day, a federal judge rules that Ulysses by James Joyce is not obscene. The book had been banned immediately in both the United States and England when it came out in 1922. details

Dec 16, 1966
Mime Troupe Carollers Arrested. Ten members of the Mime Troupe were arrested for begging while singing Christmas carols outside the Condor.

Dec. 19, 1732
Benjamin Franklin begins publication of Poor Richard's Almanack (-1757).

Dec. 23, 1888
It was on this day that Vincent Van Gogh cut off part of his left ear which earned him the reputation as a mad painter.

Dec. 24,1955
Aldous Huxley takes his first acid (LSD) trip. Ho, ho, ho!

Dec. 28, 1973 -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes Gulag Archipelago, his book composed during 1958–1967. a three-volume, seven part work on the Soviet prison camp system . The Gulag Archipelago has sold over thirty million copies in thirty-five languages.

"One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world. Wherever else it fails, art always has won its fight against lies, & it always will."


RilkeDec. 5, 1875 ~ born, Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainier Maria Rilke, considered one of the most significant poets in the German language. Lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Besides semi-autobiographical Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, he wrote more than 400 poems in French. Along with 13th-century mystic Rumi (1207–1273), and 20th-century Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran (1883–1931).Rilke continues to be one of the most popular, best-selling poets
Two small poems by Rilke 

Jim MorrisonDec. 8, 1943 ~ born, Jim Morrison, American Rock Star, songwriter, poet, filmmaker, actor. Morrison was known for often improvising 'spoken word' passages while the Doors band played live. In 1964, he attended UCLA and enrolled in Jack Hirschman's class on Antonin Artaud in the Comparative Literature program.
Morrison was influenced by Nietzsche, Rimbaud, the French existentialist philosophers, Kerouac, Ginsberg Ferlinghetti and his friend Michael McClure.

John MiltonDec. 9, 1608 ~born, John Milton lives, Bread Street, Cheapside, London. "Paradise Lost" epic writer


Dec 9,~ Happy Birthday Gail Mitchell, bebop angel ,San Francisco poet.

Dec. 10,1830 ~ Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, poet, recluse Emily Dickinson lived ‎Emily Dickinsona mostly introverted and reclusive life. While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime.

Wild Nights! Wild Nights!
were I with thee
Wild Nights would be our luxury.
Futile the winds to a heart in port,
Gone with the compass
Gone with the chart--Rowing in Eden.
Ah the Sea!
Might I but moor-- Tonight in thee

~.Emily Dickinson

Gustave FlaubertDec. 12, 1821 ~ born Gustave Flaubert in Normandy France, novelist (Madame Bovary)

Heinrich HeineDec. 13, 1797~ born, Heinrich Heine, one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. Heinrich Heine- Selected Poems - A new downloadable translation.

Kenneth PatchenDec. 13, 1911 ~ born, Kenneth Patchen, poet/artist, novelist. An inspiration for the Beat Generation and a true “people’s poet,”Patchen was a prolific writer, visual artist and performer whose art celebrates spontaneity and attacks injustices, materialism, and
Let Us Have Madness

Kenneth Patchen Home Page
Kenneth Patchen Poem Paintings

Jack HirschmanDec. 13, 1933 ~ born, Jack Hirschman in New York City. San Francisco's 4th Poet Laureate, Jack Hirschman has written more than 50 volumes of poetry and essays.
Jack Hirschman (wikipedia)
Jack Hirschman Remembers Rexroth the Beats

Dec. 16,1770
born, Ludwig van Beethoven Bonn Germany, composer
(Ode to Joy) youtube

Nile by Paul KleeDec. 18, 1879 ~ born,
Paul Klee
Swiss graphic artist & painter in Munchen-Buchesee, Switzerland.

"Art does not reproduce the visible. Art makes visible".

Edith PiaffDec. 19, 1915
born, Edith Piaff , Paris. French singer, cultural rebel, entertained POW's during WWII. while refusing to sing for the Nazis.
Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose   youtube   Edith Piaf wikipedia

Phil OchsDec. 19,1940 ~ born, Phil Ochs, folk singer, "protest" singer, a freedom rider.
List of Phil Ochs lyrics  
Phil Ochs remembered

Dec. 22, 1940 ~ Happy Birthday,
San Francisco Poet, Peter Sherburn-Zimmer

Kenneth Rexroth 10Dec. 22, 1905 ~born, Kenneth Rexroth, Poet, translator and anarchist, Beat movement, critic/promoter, and caustic wit.
San Francisco Libertarian Circle
 Rexroth Wikipedia

Dec.. 25, 1925
born, Carlos Castaneda, anthropologist & author of books describing the teachings of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer & shaman.

Dec. 26, 1891 -- born, novelist Henry Miller. Henry Miller (wikipedia) (created by his daughter shows some of his art, too.

Dec. 27, 1910 -- born. poet Charles Olson in Worcester, Massachusetts. Olson served as rector of Black Mountain College, inviting poets such as Robert Creeley & Robert Duncan to teach.

Dec. 31,1869
born, artist Henri Matisse is often regarded
Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life)
Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life)
as the most important French painter of the 20th century. The leader of the Fauvist movement around 1900, Matisse pursued the expressiveness of colour throughout his career. His subjects were largely domestic or figurative, and a distinct Mediterranean verve presides in the treatment.

"Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it
will grow better." -- Henri Matisse

Dec 31, 1997 ~ David Rosenbaum (82), jazz historian, died in Manteca. In the 60s, David ran the Melrose Record shop on Fillmore Street and Rhythm Records on Sutter Street. Poet Maya Angelou worked in his store when she was a Mission High schoolgirl then named Marguerite


Dec. 2012~ San Francisco native
Dan HarringtonDan Harrington, musicIan. Music was Dan's life. He enjoyed sitting oustside the Trieste and playing one or more instruments from his large collection. He also wrote songs that were much appreciated by his fans. Dan was a quiet courteous man in this world but not of it. And he left the world as unobtrusively as he had lived in it.
Dan Harrington died a month after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. His music and his gentle ways are missed
by his frirends and fans.

Dec. 4, 1122 ~ Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer and poet of wine, women & song, Omar Khayyam dies.

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of InventionDec. 4 1993:
Frank Zappa dies of pancreatic cancer at age 52.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the tenth annual induction dinner.
Lou Reed was his presenter.

Dec. 8, 1980 ~ John Lennon murdered.

"I think of John's death as a war casualty,
it is the war between the
sane & the insane.
" ~ Love, Yoko.

Dec. 10,1968 ~ Trappist monk, writer, poet Thomas Merton's life and career died at the age of 53, when he was accidentally electrocuted, stepping out of his bath in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dec. 24, 1914 ~ Wilderness advocate John Muir died on this day.

"When we try to pick out
anything by itself, we find it hitched
to everything else in the Universe."

~ John Muir Sierra Club

Dec 31, 1997 ~ David Rosenbaum (82), jazz historian, died in Manteca. In the 60s, David ran the Melrose Record shop on Fillmore Street and Rhythm Records on Sutter Street. Poet Maya Angelou worked in his store when she was a Mission High schoolgirl then named Marguerite Johnson.

Dec. 26, 1988 ~ Funeral of Chico Mendes ,(1944-1988) murdered by landowners for his leadership in the struggle against the destruction of Amazon rainforests.
Rubber Jungle ~Online Documentary

Dec 31, 1997 ~ David Rosenbaum (82), jazz historian, died in Manteca. In the 60s, David ran the Melrose Record shop on Fillmore Street and Rhythm Records on Sutter Street. Poet Maya Angelou worked in his store when she was a Mission High schoolgirl then named Marguerite.




To Music

Music. The breathing of statues. Perhaps:
The silence of pictures.You, language where all
languages end. You, time
standing straight up out of the direction
of hearts passing on.

Feeling, for whom? O the transformation
of feeling into what?— into audible landscape.
Music: you stranger. Passion which
has outgrown us. Our inner most being,
transcending, driven out of us,—
holiest of departures:
inner worlds now
the most practiced of distances, as
the other side of thin air:
no longer habitable.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1918)


Imaginary Life Journey

First a childhood, limitless and without
renunciation or goals. O unselfconscious joy.
Then suddenly terror, barriers, schools, drudgery,
and collapse into temptation and loss.

Defiance. The one bent becomes the bender,
and thrusts upon others that which it suffered.
Loved, feared, rescuer, fighter, winner
and conqueror, blow by blow.

And then alone in cold, light, open space,
yet still deep within the mature erected form,
a gasping for the clear air of the first one, the old one . . .

Then God leaps out from behind his hiding place.

(Rainer Maria Rilke, 1923)



Let Us Have Madness






De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's
Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Panama-Pacific International Exposition
October 17, 2015–January 10, 2016
Herbst Exhibition Galleries

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

October 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Anderson Gallery 17
Prints at the Fair
Prints at the Fair is a companion exhibition
to Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Thousands of prints.



Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

The Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue
San Francisco map
Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Avenue
San Francisco
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco
Rocha Art
466 Brannan St
San Francisco
Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco (map)
Women Artists Gallery
647 Irving Street
San Francisco
CIty Art Gallery
828 Valencia St.
San Francisco






Please give your SUPPORT to our independent Theaters

275 Capp Street,
San Francisco

Oddball Films actively works to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries which expand the boundaries of conventional cinema. Thursday & Fridays
Weekly screenings of offbeat cinema.
8pm Screenings - $10. - Nights!
Tickets: $10.00 - Limited seating RSVP or 415-558-8117
OddBall Theatre front door 275
* please note: Oddball films is upstairs in an attic warehouse of film cans - there are Stairs - NO Elevator and it may not be comfortable for allergy sufferers or people with claustrophobia








Love in Action eventLOVE IN ACTION

The Prisoners Literature Project
The Prisoners Literature Project
Volunteer With Us

these three special programs are excellent example of Love in Action
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SeeThe Poet's One Page Guide to San Francisco's Open Mic Poetry Scene
by Dan Brady for a more complete list

Wednesday: 3:00 pm
JACK FOLEY's"Cover to Cover"
KPFA 94.1 FM
streaming audio
First Friday 3-3:30 pm,
on KPFA (94.1 fm)
Nina Serrao hosts
Cover to Cover,
Open Book: Poet to Poet
where writers, poets, and lyricists
read their works and discuss their creative process.
Every Friday -Noon to 3pm
AVOTCJA On The Radio &
The World Wide Web
La Veda Musical/The Musical Truth
playing the best of African, Caribbean, Jazz, Bomba, Plena & Latin dance.

Friday pm- 6pm
Diamond Dave Whitaker's
OPEN MIC with co-host Global Val Ibarra broadcasting live from Mutiny Radio at 2781 21st St. (@Florida St.) in
San Francisco.
Index of /Diamond Dave
starVAL IBARRA is a member of KPFA's
Women's Magazine and once a month
produces and hosts their excellent weekly show on 94.1 &, Monday 1-2pm - Podcast's for ALL shows, including Women's Magazine with Global Val - in association with KPFA 94.1 - and Common Thread Collective are available at www.MutinyRadio.FM
radiOM ~ archived audio recordings
from KPFA-FM radio in Berkeley
Sundays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
POET AS RADIO~ weekly program on
KUSF In Exile, @
Links to all our archived shows, can be found at You can also find our podcast's by going to ITUNES and searching for ‘Poet as Radio.
S.F. Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV,
by John Rhodes and Clara Hsu
filmed live once a month. The series airs Thursdays @ 7:30 PM on 29 Comcast and 99 U-verse.
View past shows!
You are also invited to an OPEN MIC after the taping sessions, hosted by Stephen Kopel. Watch those past shows here Youtube Open Mic

Poet Stephen Kopel's has three books, are Cruz, Spritz, and Poetry Picnic . His poetry has been be founds in hundreds of periodicals, anthologies, and magazines all over the world.

1ST & 3RD MONDAY - 7:00 pm ~ BIRD and BECKETT BOOKS AND CULTURAL PROJECTS ~ 653 Chenery ~ San Francisco map  
POETS! featured poet followed by open mic    Hosted by Jerry Ferraz.
Second Tuesday of the month ~ 7:00 to 8:45 pm ~
On the Page, Off the Page Open Mic Poetry ~ (acoustic music,too)
Park Branch Library, (downstairs) 1833 Page, between Cole & Shrader, San Francisco Food for the body, the mind, and the spirit. Everybody (performers, audience, and friends) welcome!    ~  Hosted by Richard Ivanhoe
Sacred  Grounds CafeEvery Wednesday ~7 pm sign up -reading begins 7:30
~ Sacred Grounds Cafe, 2095 Hayes Street ~ San Francisco.
with an open mic and the feature follows. The Sacred Grounds Poetry reading series is long running poetry reading (since 1972)w/ feature poets and open mic. Hosted by Dan Brady
Every Thursday~7 pm ~  Bazaar Cafe - 5927 California Street -
between 21st / 22nd Avenue - (415) 831-5620 -San Francisco map
open mic, spoken wd, original acoustic music.  Go early to be assured a seat.
Every Thursday ~6:30 pm~ Readers Café & Bookstore ~
Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco (415)771-1011
Poetry Reading at Readers Cafe curated by Jack Hirschman,poet-in-residence
Sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Every Friday ~3pm- 6pm ~ Diamond Dave Whitaker's -
COMMON THREAD COLLECTIVE OPEN MIC with co-host Val Ibarra broadcasting live out of the MutinyRadio & Cafe ~ 2781 21st St. @ Florida ~ S.F.
Second Friday ~ Potluck at 6 pm, reading at 7:30 pm.~ Hosted by Kayla Sussell. ~POETRY SALOON (drunk on poetry!) Bring poems by you and others to share, or come just to enjoy. 472 44th Street, Oakland
peace Every 3rd Friday ~6:00 to 8:00 pm ~ Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil
corner of Masonic and Fell, Golden Gate Park Panhandle. We will have our usual signs, music, candles, and snacks. Join us for the whole two hours or for just five minutes. Everybody welcome! If you join us, please dress for the weather. Pictures from past vigils can be seen here
***NEW  First Saturday ~ 7 - 9:30 pm ~ La Promenade Poetry Series
with featured readers followed by open mic. Host ~ Bill Mercer
La Promenade Café -3643 Balboa St-.San Francisco

Every 2nd Saturday ~7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru at Lincoln -Alameda,Ca map ~ Poetry and Prose Reading Series
Showcasing local talent, poets and writers and other creative's. Sessions open with two featured artists followed by open mic ~ Hosted by Jeanne Lupton
No Cover ( Donations are appreciated)  Questions? Email: Jeanne

2nd & 4th Sunday~- 3:30-5:30pm ~
still in English,Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea ~ Featured poets followed by open mic, hosted by Avotcja, ~*~ No Cover ~*~ (Donations for flyers accepted & Always the word festival to remember! @ CASA LATINA (Taqueria, Bakery & Café) - 1805 San Pablo Avenue @ Delaware - (3 blocks North of University) Berkeley, Ca. (510 )558-7177
First Sunday each month - signup 5 pm- start 5:15- ~
Poetry Unbound, a new monthly reading series featuring three poets
each month at the Art House Gallery in Berkeley , 2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, Ca. (one block north of Ashby, and close to Ashby BART)
This series dedicates itself to presenting new work in a broad range of
styles and genres, and to bringing together writers from different circles and communities, Hosts Clive Matson, Karla Brundage

Last Sunday each month ~ 4:30 to 6:30 pm ~
Bird and Beckett ~ 653 Chenery ~ San Francisco map ~ (415) 586- 3733
Walker Brent, masterful storyteller, is a cornucopia of literary fact and fiction. As a geographer of the entire range of human cultural output, his monthly talk son topics diverse & fascinating are not to be missed. During the summer months Walker is on hiatus.





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"The Birth of Digger Batman" by Kirby Doyle,as published in The Digger Papers
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Jack Kerouac
Bob Kaufman (1925-1986)
Philip Lamantia
Jack Micheline
In memory of Jack Micheline Poet-
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Tribute to Jack Micheline by A.D. Winans
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Harold Norse July 6, 1916 - June 8, 2009
Charles Olson
Kenneth Rexroth
Rexroth in the Anachist Encyclopedia
Jack Spicer
Philip Whalen  
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Mark Other Place by Phillip Whalen
Jack Foley The alsop review
Academy of Beat Poets
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Shig Murao: The Enigmatic Soul of City Lights and the San Francisco Beat Scene

BJ PAPA Interview by Catz Forsman.

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Women Painters Index: 1893 Expo
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For the Love of Beauty!
Wenaus favorite poems
Ancient Greek Philosophers
Bartleby great books/classic poetry
Poetry Library UK *
The Poets Corner
Bibliomania Free Online Literature/ ?
The Library of Congress
Project Gutenberg
Poetry through the Ages
Poetry Foundation
*Aspen web version - multimedia magazine in a box
Light and Dust Anthology
Neurotic Poets
Institute for study of Bohemian Literature
surrealist.comm ~ A history of surrealism, surreal art, and the artists involved in the surrealist art movement. A definitive history of the surrealist movement.
One Man's Multimedia Journey Through the San Francisco
Live Jazz & Creative Music Scene
Fusion Anomaly
objects that were found, mixed
and compiled by Atomjack
International SurreaLists Art
*dada - situationist
The Physik Garden
Transcendental Biographies:
The effect of the Transcendental Planet in the lives of historical, cultural and artistic personalities
Political Writings of George Orwell
Essays, newspaper columns, letters and editorials.
George Orwell
complete works,photos
For the Love of Beauty!
On The Edge The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Book Painting
Sacred Text the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship.
Kenneth Patchen links
Kenneth Patchen
—Poetry and Jazz days, 1957–1959
Painted and Silkscreened Poems by Kenneth Patchen
Kenneth Patchen Home Page
Excerpts from Kenneth Sleeper Patchen Awake
Patchen: Man of Anger & Light by Henry Miller and A Letter to God by Kenneth Patchen 
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