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San Francisco writer, poet John Norton died August 9, 2015 from complications of cancer.We send our condolences to John Norton's family and his many friends. More about John Norton
and a few of his poems and

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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.

Petaluma Poetry Walk Geri Digiorno

San Francisco Mime Troupe
San Francisco    415-285-1717
Please contribute to the San Francisco Mime Company so they can continue their Love In Action performancesall donations are tax deductible

 Bay Area Literacy
 California Poets in the Schools

  Haight Ashbury Literary Review
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  1859 Powell St, #122
  San Francisco, CA   94133
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 Out Of Our Poetry Magazine'

 North Coast Literary Review
  Online submission for print journal

To Submit an Event
2015 is the 18th Anniversary of
S.F. and the 8th year of the
San Francisco Art and Poetry Calendar


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.

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

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

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission 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

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

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

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 Main Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin
San Francisco (map)

San Francisco Center for the Book

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

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

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

  • Saturday August 29, 2015
  • 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Irving Street Projects
  • 4331 Irving Street
  • betw 44th and 45th Ave.
  • San Francisco
  • Closing Reception Sat. August 29th 5-8pm
  • celebrate the culmination of
  • Mary Anne Kluth's " The Escape".The Escape by Mary Anne Kluth
  • A special effects performance will take place
  • in addition to the release of Kluth's zine detailing
  • source material for her project. Working from a collection of images taken at theme parks, Kluth
  • has turned ISP's storefront windows into a
  • luminous diorama exploring theatrical
  • representations of the land.

  • Saturday August 29, 2015
  • Door open at 5:30pm
  • The Monkey House
  • 1638 University Ave
  • Berkeley, Ca.

  • BLUE's repertoire of rhythm and blues, country,
  • rockabilly, Motown, original music, classic rock
  • and roll, and calypso is a delight to the senses.
  • Blue band

  • Saturday August 29, 2015
  • 7:30 pm til 10:00 pm
  • 653 Chenery @ Diamond
  • San Francisco
  • (1 block North of Glen Park BART)
  • (415)586-3733
  • Bird & Beckett’s jazz club!
  • presents
  • starMad & Eddie Duran Quintetstar
  • Mad Duran’s tenor sax and Eddie Duran’s guitar
  • will be complemented this evening by the work
  • of Al Molina on trumpet, Adam Gay on bass
  • and Sylvia Cuenca on drums.
  •  $10 cover charge; wine and beer available —
  • donate what you can to defray the cost of that

  • Saturday August 29, 2015
  • 7 to 10 pm
  • Arc Gallery
  • 1246 Folsom bet. 8th & 9th St.
  • San Francisco
  • Opening for FourSquared at Arc Gallery ~ 7 to 10 pm
  • "FourSquared" Bay Area Exhibition
  • Four Squared Art ExhibitionFourSquared is a unique exploration
  • of the works of sixteen Bay Area
  • artists. Each of the artists has
  • produced sixteen small works,
  • presented in sixteen clusters
  • giving the audience the experience
  • of sixteen micro solo exhibitions.
  • All works are priced under $500.
  • Featured Artists: Carlo Abruzzese, Elizabeth Ashcroft,
  • Stacey M. Carter, Kim Frohsin, Annie Galvin, Howard Hersh, Carol Jessen, Joseph Kowalczyk, Hope Kroll,
  • Andrew Li, Larry Morace, Howard Munson, Sarah M. Newton, Derek Nunn, Gage Opdenbrouw, Manu & Greta Schnetzler

  • Saturday August 29, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • The Urban Center
  • 732 Bryant St
  • San Francisco
  • Paradigm Rhymes:
  • Visual Art Gallery & Spoken Word Poetry
    a visual art gallery and poetry event that showcases
  • various artistic mediums. The theme of the event is
  • based on paintings from each visual artist and matched
  • with a spoken word poet to perform storytelling
  • of each piece. Free, but an RSVP is required.
    (I am unfamilar with this venue and the program this
  • evening. You are welcome to email nssfheart at
  • to share anything about either part-venue or program.
  • Thank you ...nicole,


  • Sunday August 30, 2015
    2:30 pm ~ 4:00 pm
  • 653 Chenery @ Diamond
  • San Francisco
  • (1 block North of Glen Park BART)
  • (415)586-3733
  • Walker Talks! Black Elk Speaks!
    Black Elk
  • The mysterious journey of each one's daimon,
  • questing in the mythic west, culminating in the
  • prophetic beauty of Black Elk Speaks. Free!
  • ~*~
  •  4:30 pm ~ 6:30 pm
  • which way west?
  • Earle Davis Quartet
  • Trumpet player Earle Davis has had a long career on both coasts, playing with the best in the business.
  • Muziki Roberson, piano; Charles Thomas, bass.
  • $10 per adult suggested donation; children free.
  • No one turned away for lack of funds!
  • A weekly concert series offering jazz, acoustic americana, world and classical music.

  • Sunday August 30, 2015
  • signup 5 pm - start 5:15
  • Art House Gallery
  • 2905 Shattuck Ave.
  • (one block north of Ashby,
  • close to Ashby BART)
  • Berkeley,Ca
  • Neeli Cherkovski and Richard Loranger join
  • Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
  • for their Honeymoon Reading Tour of California
  • + a brief open mic ~ Hosted by Richard Loranger
  • Christopher Luna is the Clark County, WA Poet Laureate
  • and he and Toni Partington co-host the popular
  • Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA.
  • $5-10 donation requested,
  • no one turned away for lack of funds.

  • Sunday August 30, 2015
  • 5:00 pm -7:00 pm.
  • I-Hotel Manilatown Center
  • 868 Kearny Street
  • San Francisco
  • The Soul of San Francisco
    A NEW MANDALA by Nancy Hom
  • A NEW MANDALA by Nancy Hom
  • depicts a view of San Francisco from her
  • perspective as an artist, community activist,
  • and longtime resident. This 12-foot floor mandala
    is a beautiful tribute to  You are invited to come
  • and celebrate this achievement with the community.
  • Light refreshments will be served.


  • RECEPTION 5-6 pm; TALK 6-7 pm
  • Robinson and Una Jeffers: A Life in Letters.
  • An Illustrated Talk by James Karman.
  • One of California's most celebrated poets, Robinson Jeffers
  • met and married his wife Una amidst passion and scandal
  • in the early 1900s. In this presentation, Jeffers scholar
  • James Karman will provide a fascinating glimpse into
  • these two creative lives.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • The Book Club of California's beautiful downtown library
  • and clubroom--a historic treasure. And while there, see
  • the Club's enchanting Alice in Bookland exhibit,
  • commemorating Alice's 150th anniversary.
  • Free!



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
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


August 11, 1998 ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti was named the first poet laureate of SF in August 1998 and served for two years

August 2, 1946 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alfonso Texidor, Poet, activist, translator. born in San Juan, Alfonso TexidorPuerto Rico. Alfonso Texidor was an important part of El Tecolte and Accion Latina team as translator and editor of the Tecolte newspaper event calendar. A fearless champion for people's rights all his life and and gifted with what he himself called, "a great personality!
.(Aug. 2, 1946 - Dec. 25, 2014)
Poet, Friend, Mission Icon Alfonso Texidor Dies at 68 by Laura Wenus
Alfonso Texidor's life celebrated at La Boheme

August 6, 1934
Diane di Prima HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Diane di Prima,   RANT: FRON A COOL PLACE


August 7,1956~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
John Dowling, San Francisco artist and poet
. Your friends remember you with love , and speak of happy times they enjoyed with you, and the beauty of your art continues to inspire them.

August 9, 1940
Happy Birthday, local poet, writer, , historian, and critic. Jack Foley.

August 14, Happy Birthday, Jane Rades, San Francisco poet, artist and world traveler.
My Adopted City  
Jane Rades website

Lew WelshAugust 16, 1926, poet Lew Welch was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Welch published and performed widely during the 1960s. Jack Kerouac based his character Dave Wain on Welsh in his novel Big Sur (1962)
Lew Welsh@ The Beat Page
Hear Lew Welsh @ Penn Sound
Lew Welsh:A Tender Mind- by Aram Saroyan

August 16~ Happy Birthday San Francisco poet Dan Brady, host of Sacred Grounds Poetry Series. The Poet's One Page Guide to San Francisco's Open Mic Poetry Scene
by Dan Brady

Ed SandersAugust 17, 1939
~ Ed Sanders was born in Kansas City Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and leader of the band The Fugs. Many say Ed Sanders was the bridge between Beat and Hippie generations.
An interview with Ed Sanders

"Poetry is the most intimate path, in my opinion, toward confronting Ultimate Truth for Humans; Music comes close behind Poetry in this regard.
" Ed Sanders

Thursday, August 22 ~ Happy Birthday! Bay Area poet Jan Steckel.
Jan Steckel website

August 31, 1967 ~ Happy Birthday, San Francisco poet Jessica Loos.


August 12, 1827
William Blake, English poet, painter, and printmaker died on this day at the age of 80 years. The William Blake Archive

August 19, 1936
Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist, also remembered as a painter, pianist, and composer, murdered by Fascist soldiers in the opening days of the Spanish Civil war.
City That Does Not Sleep & Lorca's last poem

San Francisco History for August




John Norton graduated from Boston College and John Nortonthe University of Pennsylvania with anM.A.and Ph.D.He taught at the University of California,Riverside. John moved to San Francisco in the 1970s and soon afterward joined Robert Gluck's Writing Workshop at Small Press Traffic. His poems and stories began to appear in a variety of small magazines and literary journals, including America, New American Writing, CrossConnect, Kayak,Oxygen, Beatitude, Blue Unicorn, Onthebus, and Processed World.

John served as Board President of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center and the Irish Arts Foundation. He helped organize the Crossroads Irish American Festival.

He has read from his work in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, Rochester, and Toulouse, France.

photo is from 2010. Info rabout John Norton's last book of poetry 'Air Transmigra' is available on


Air TransmigraFive Star San Francisco Artists
A collection of new poems  
by San Francisco poet, John Norton (San Francisco: Ithuriel's Spear) August 2010.

(San Francisco: Black Star Series)

The Light at the End of the Bog,
(San Francisco: Black Star Series)
1989, 1992

(San Francisco: e. g. press)
1985 (chapbook



           After Paul Celan

we sing to death
toast its arrival
embrace like old friends
a crowd gathers
and we invite them to join us
after the rally
all return home prepared to dream

in the dark night
echoes of boots slapping the pavement
the song is everywhere

John Norton
from Beatitude Golden Anniversary
(1959 - 2000)



Safety's no accident says the guru
California's golden rolling crust
hold on for those sudden jolts
the word circulating throughout LA
this congregation's in ecstasy
dropping acid in the diamond lanes
a street preacher on roller blades
strumming a steel guitar
zigzagging through
the slalom of plastic cups
Bob walking the glassy beach
between the surf and the freeways
gangbangers hanging loose
bloods stabbing on Venice Beach
to negotiate surface street
and avoid the inevitable
Laura keeps rescue tools in the trunk
condoms and fresh underwear
a salmon pink stretch limo catapulted
from the top deck of the interchange
rubberneckers slowing for the carnage are waved through
as we drag the man out of the burning car
he's screaming You're pulling my legs apart
Li Po remains secure in the foothills
now that the stairs don't face the door
money can't flow out of his house
All praise to the holy ones traversing the great basin-
Santa Monica San Diego Santa Ana
San Gabriel San Bernandino
los santos y los muertos
intecedar por nosotros

John Norton
from Air Transmigra



I feel the draw of the moon. I must be out. These

teeth he said running the tip of his tongue from one

incisor across to the other these teeth are sensitized.

I dress in black and must be out cruising.

He remembers one winter night in Boston Common.

The snow ice crackled as he walked his girlfriend

to a park bench next to the Frog Pond. Snow

speckled with grime lined the cement crater.

Icy sidewalks pick up the gray moonlight. Nowhere

they can go to smooch and fondle.

They had to be out shivering buried in overcoats.

A hand in through the sweater and down into her

pants. It was cold and hard to warm up Nancy.

The moon at Big Sur seen from the Casita at the edge

of a cliff. The lines of light on the corrugated water.

Stand on the cabin deck look over and down.

Waves smashing. Forces stronger than one lifetime

erode the person. Always here. The surf swirls

through a natural bridge at the base of a cliff.

Its arch outlined in the moonlight.

John Norton
from Air Transmigra








A Prayer on my lips
Sounds as muttering
To passerby
As I walk down the street
I sound a fitful chant
To myself and my idea
Of compassion and the
Eternal moment

My steps and thoughts are fleeting
The traffic drifts unconsciously
As people walk past me
Hopefully not noticing
My repetition,
gesture and movement.

John Dowling,
Crash, sex,deception &rebellion,(2005





Trieste by John Dowling
Cafe Trieste by John Dowling


I love the empty hand held with care and gesture
Passing the space between my gaze
And your unawareness.
I advert my eyes whenever
You look in my direction
And imagine myself a child walking,
Followed by another teasing child,
Who is just out of reach.
I dream as a thunderous rage striking out
And jerk my body in a salute to anger
Too foolish to escape my lips.
Perhaps i will wear all confusion today
And pass from thought to intention
And into forgetfulness.

John Dowling
(Aug. 7, 1956 -. Dec.16, 2012)






This is the last place. There is nowhere else to go.

Human movements,
but for a few,
are Westerly.
Man follows the Sun.

Or follows what he thinks to be the
movement of the Sun.
It is hard to feel it, as a rider,
on a spinning ball.

This is the last place. There is nowhere else to go.

Centuries and hordes of us,
from every quarter of the earth,
now piling up,
and each wave going back
to get some more.

This is the last place. There is nowhere else to go.

"My face is the map of the Steppes,"
she said, on this mountain, looking West.
My blood set singing by it,
to the old tunes,
among these Oaks.

This is the last place. There is nowhere else to go.

Once again we celebrate the great Spring Tides.
Beaches are strewn again with Jasper,
Agate, and Jade.
The Mussel-rocks stand clear.

This is the last place. There is nowhere else to go.

Once again we celebrate the
Headland's huge, carin-studded fall
into the Sea.

This is the last place. There is nowhere else to go.

For we have walked the jeweled beaches
at the feet of the final cliffs
of all Man's wanderings.

This is the last place

There is nowhere else to go.

Lew Welch





Whenever I make a new poem,
the old ones sound like gibberish.
How can they ever make sense in a book?

Let them say:
"He seems to have lived in the mountains.
He traveled now and then.
When he appeared in cities,
he was almost always drunk.

"Most of his poems are lost.
Many of those we have were found in
letters to his friends.

"He had a very large number of friends."

Lew Welsh







'I see no end of it, but the turning upside down
of the entire world.' - Erasmus

We are in the middle of a bloody, heartrending revolution
Called America, called the Protestant reformation, called
Western man.
Called individual consciousness, meaning I need a refrigerator
and a car

And milk and meat for the kids so I can discover that I don't
need a car
Or a refrigerator, or meat, or even milk, just rice and a place
with no wind to sleep next to someone
Two someones keeping warm in the winter learning to weave
To pot and to putter, learning to steal honey from bees,
wearing the bedclothes by day, sleeping under
(or in) them at night: hoarding bits of glass, colored stones,
and stringing beads
How long before we come to that blessed definable state
Known as buddhahood, primitive man, people in a landscape
together like trees, the second childhood of man

I don't know if I will make it somehow nearer by saying all this
out loud, for christ sake, that Stevenson was killed, that
Shastri was killed
both having dined with Marietta Tree
the wife of a higher-up in the Cia
both out of their own countries mysteriously dead, as how
many others
as Marilyn Monroe, wept over in so many tabloids
done in for sleeping with Jack Kennedy - this isn't a poem -
full of cold prosaic fact
thirteen done in in the Oswals plot : Jack Ruby's cancer that
disappeared in autopsy
the last of a long line - and they're waiting to get Tim Leary
Bob Dylan
Allen Ginsberg
LeRoi Jones --as, who killed Malcolm X? They give themselves
with TV programs on the Third Reich, and I wonder if I'll live
to sit in Hanoi or Peking
see TV programs of LBJ's Reich, our great SS analysed , our
money exposed, the plot to keep Africa
genocide in Southeast Asia now in progress Laos Vietnam
Thailand Cambodia O soft spoken Sukarno
O great stone Buddhas with sad negroid lips torn down by us by the red guard all one force
one leveling mad mechanism, grinding it down to earth and
swamp to sea to powder
till Mozart is something a few men can whistle
or play on a homemade flute and we bow to each other
telling old tales half remembered gathering shells
learning again 'all being are from the very beginning Buddhas'
or glowing and dying radiation and plague we come to that final
great love illumination

Diane di Prima, January 1967
from Revolutionary Letters (pub.last Gasp (2007)
a new poem added to the this edition to address some to the
history of past years, and written as various occasions arose

revolutionary activist of the 1960s - Beat literary renaissance, heroic in life and poetics: a learned humorous bohemian, classically educated and twentieth-century radical, her writing, informed by Buddhist equanimity, is exemplary in imagist, political and mystical modes. A great woman poet in second half of American century, she broke barriers of race-class identity, delivered a major body of verse brilliant in its particularity.~ Allen Ginsberg





City That Does Not Sleep

"Careful! Be careful! Be careful!"
The men who still have marks of the claw and the thunderstorm,
and that boy who cries because he has never heard of the invention of the bridge,
or that dead man who possesses now only his head and a shoe,
we must carry them to the wall where the iguanas and the snakes are waiting,
where the bear’s teeth are waiting,
where the mummified hand of the boy is waiting,
and the hair of the camel stands on end with a violent blue shudder.

Federico García Lorca,
written in 1929 after he visited New York

Garcia Lorca recited his last poem, just before his execution during the Spanish Civil War in August 1936, by a fascist firing squad.

Qué es el hombre sin libertad
Oh! Mariana dime
Dime cómo puedo amarte
Si no estoy libre, dime
Cómo te ofreceré mi corazón
Si no es a mío

What is man without freedom
Oh! Mariana tell me
Tell me how can I love you
If I am not free, tell me
How I will offer my heart
If it's not mine






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I have spoken with many people who have told me they found books they had been seeking for many years at Forest Books and I myself on the very first time I visited was excited to find a book on one of my favorite artists Ben Shahn edited by John D. Morse (1972). On my most recent visit, I was once again delighted to find a book I had wanted of Lew Welsh poetry in perfect condition.

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star book cover
Cover photo © Thomas Rain Crowe
THOMAS RAIN CROWE, founder and editor of New Native Press was the main distributor and nuts and bolts guy for Beatitude magazine and press in the 1970s beginning with issue 21, and was the editor of Beatitude #25

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

J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
Works from the artist’s final years.
 The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons- Turner
J.M.W. Turner's 'The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834.'

August 13 - September 30, 2015
Creativity Explored
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero)
San Francisco

 Remember That One? by Charles Cruz
(Remember That One? by Charles Cruz)
August 13 - September 30, 2015
Creativity Explored artists use music
as a source of inspiration.




San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco

Be Enveloped
(July 17 thru October 4, 2015)
The exhibition seeks to engage visitors
to experience envelopes in myriad ways.

American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street
San Francisco

The Hand Bookbinders of California
43rd Annual Members’ Exhibition
American Bookbinders Museum
A showcase of members’ fine binding, artists’ books, historical structures, boxes and book conservation.
Continues through September 13, 2015.  Mondays-Fridays or by appointment,
10am to 4pm.


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

540 Howard Street
San Francisco

Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco (map)




Please give your SUPPORT to our independent Theaters

275 Capp Street,
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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!
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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

Every Tuesday | 6:45 pm
The Alliance Française
of San Francisco

1345 Bush Street
San Francisco

The Alliance Française of San Francisco
offers a weekly Tuesday night French film..To help non-French speakers discover French cinema, all films are screened with English subtitles, $8. donation is suggested.





Friday, Aug. 28- Thursday, Sep 3
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street (at Valencia)

Film - Listen TO  Me Marlon
Directed by Stevan Riley, 95min, 2015.
The definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. No talking heads, no interviewes, just Brando on Brando and life.



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
California Poets in the Schools

826 Valencia the Writing Center
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
 Since opening in 2006, they have enlisted help from hundreds of qualified volunteer tutors eager to teach students in the area.   
 Volunteer now »

The Imagine Bus
The Imagine Bus

bringing arts education
where it's needed most

Children's Creativity Museum ~
221 Fourth Street ~ San Francisco

Creativity Explored ~
(where art changes lives) ~
3245 Sixteenth St ~
San Francisco (map)

Red Poppy Art House programs offered my Red Poppy Art House for families and the children exemplify Love in Action!RED POPPY ART HOUSE ~ FAMILY ART PROGRAM,
Saturdays 1pm-4pm, you can find the corner of 23rd and Folsom bursting with  color and vibrance as children and families exercise their creative freedom in an open outdoor forum.
All Activities are FREE unless otherwise listed. All are welcome. Come by if you can!
This program aspires to bring the community’s children and families together to partake in artistic endeavors that include diverse artistic and educational perspectives
Todas las actividades del programa de Arte en Familia son GRATIS a menos que esté indicado en el calendario.Calendar activities are subject to change.
Las actividades están sujetas a cambio. Revise la página web.



Wednesday: 3:00 pm
JACK FOLEY's"Cover to Cover"
KPFA 94.1 FM
streaming audio

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 3pm- 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

 BTW: Stephen Kopel's own poetry is published has been published is 100's of periodicals, anthologies, and magazines all over the world.

And here is his most recent book of poetry
Picnic Poetry by Stephen KopelPOETRY PICNIC by Stephen Kopel
Picnic Poetry is a delightful gift choice for family and friends! Stephen Kopel's book offers a feast of funny bones, a plethora of pleasures pungent and tart, a basketful of extra helpings or side dishes to satisfy tummies hungry for delicious humor. No matter your mood, these tasty poems will alter your attitude ~

Stephen Kopel with Nicole Savage
as his Feature on Special Edition

Thank you , Stephen Kopel and John Rhodes for
making my maiden voyage on youtube so easy and such fun, too. ~
nicole, (2014)

653 Chenery ~ San Francisco map  
POETS! featured poet followed by open mic    Hosted by Jerry Ferraz.
3RD MONDAY: open+features, 6 sign up-630 start, POETRY FOR PEACE:
Pat's Cafe 2330 Taylor@Columbus, Host: Karen Melander Magoon
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

The Word Party The wildly popular series "The Word Party Poetry & Jazz Open Mic "hosted by Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir including LIVE jazz with Nova Jazz: is no longer happening at Viracocha and now taking a much deserved break from the series until a suitable new venue can be found.
Rumor has it that a world cruise may be on their list of things to do in the meantime with their free time.

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 a bit 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
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library poet-in-residence
Every Friday ~3pm- 6pm ~ Diamond Dave Whitaker's -
with co-host Val Ibarra broadcasting live out of the MutinyRadio & Cafe
~ 2781 21st St. @ Florida ~ San Francisco.
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, mostly poets and writers but also other creative's. Sessions open with two featured artists followed by open mic ~ Hosted by Jeanne Lupton
No Cover (but Donations are appreciated)  Questions? Email: Jeanne

Every 3nd Saturday ~7:30 pm to 9 pm- Alta Solano: Lit Out Loud hosted by Jannie Dresser is suspened for now until a new venue is found preferably in northern Berkeley. I you happen to know or or hear of a a place that might be possiible please contact her
@  Sugartown Publishing & California Poets websites

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 & don’t forget to bring your
 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 haitus.


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      Poets: Here Now and There Then, Beats and Otherwise, Artist Friends, Odds and Ends

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 Charles Curtis Blackwell   ART
 Bob Booker Ambush Review
 Don Brennan
 Carla Badillo Coronado
 Neeli Cherkovski
 Poem for Harold Norse
  by Neeli Cherkovski
 Ana Elsner
 Ana Elsner poem for George Tsongas
 Auto/Biographical Sketch of Jack Hirschman
 by Matt Gonzalez
 Clara Hsu
Diamond Dave, S. F. Rabble Rouser and Revolutionary Rebel By Hugh Dander
 Q R Hand
 Fifteen Poems Jack Hirschman
 devorah major
 David Meltzer
 A Tribute to David Meltzer
 Blake Moore
 Jeanne Powell poet, publisher,
 performer, and producer
 Diane di Prima
 Diane di Prima Lunch Poems - video
 Gary Snyder
 North Beach Alba by Gary Synder
 Tony Seymour's Biography
 Mark Schwartz
 Mel Thompson
 George Tsongas North Beach Poet
 Cara Vida
/Al Young California Poet Laureate emeritus
 Antonin Artaud
 Anais Nin
 Baudelaire -Les Fleurs du mal
 William Blake Archive
 Charles Bukowski - The Great Poet
 John Cage
 Ira Cohen
 Robert Creeley
 ee cummings  paintings
 Hermann Hesse  Paintings
 T. S. Eliot
 Robert Lax
 Robert Lax poetry
 Pablo Neruda   poems
 Charles Olson
 Documentary of Ezra Pound youtube
 Ezra Pound's "Cantos," section LXXXI
  read by the poet
BEATS    gone/ gone/ gone beyond
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg performs William Blake
Richard Brautigan
William Burroughs
William Burroughs Reality Studio
Howard Hart by Armour Garland
Jack Hirschman Remembers:
Kenneth Rexroth and the Beats
Gregory Corso
Kirby Doyle links:
obituary, & announcement of memorial readingS F Chronicle, 05.14.03
Kirby Doyle page - Hammond Guthrie's Third Page
"The Birth of Digger Batman" by Kirby Doyle,as published in The Digger Papers
photo of Billy Batman & Kirby Doyle by Chuck Gould, (Diggers website)
Remembrances of Kirby Doyle
by McClure, Peter Coyote,Tisa Walden, Philomene Long and John Thomas, and Claude Hayward.
Jack Kerouac
Bob Kaufman (1925-1986)
Philip Lamantia
Jack Micheline
In memory of Jack Micheline Poet-
by Jack Hirschman
Tribute to Jack Micheline by A.D. Winans
Lew Welch

Harold Norse July 6, 1916 - June 8, 2009
Charles Olson
Kenneth Rexroth
Rexroth in the Anachist Encyclopedia
Jack Spicer
Philip Whalen  
a chapbook
Mark Other Place by Phillip Whalen
Jack Foley The alsop review
Academy of Beat Poets
American Museum of Beat Art
The Beat Generation:
Beat SuperNova
California Beat Era
Cultural Chronology of Early Beat Generation Literature
Cosmic Baseball Association
How Beat Happened
Lit Kicks
Decade of Bebop, Beatniks & Painting
Arthur Monroe1998
Naropa U. Internet Archive
Harry Redl : Portraits of Beat Generation
Unspeakable Visions:
Beat Generation/Bohemian Dialectic
Why the Beats Still Matter
Beat Generation Video Archive
Artists San Francisco
Agneta Falk
Agneta Falk creating Blue
and the North Beach Contrarian
George Long artist, musician
Phil Deal poet, artist, musician, inventor
Kim Schuck poet/artist
Larry Keenan photographer
Anahid artist
Torrey Nommesen  fractal artist
REDO artist
Visionary artist Ned Millett
Richard 'Lucky' Perri' Artist
Tina Tarnoff Artist
Christopher Trian Artist
Pecita Eyes Muralists
San Francisco Women Artists

The fight for the bohemian soul of North Beach's Caffe Trieste

Shig Murao: The Enigmatic Soul of City Lights and the San Francisco Beat Scene

BJ PAPA Interview by Catz Forsman.

Harry Smith Archives (1923-1991)
M.C. Escher Gallery
Paul Klee
Vincent van Gogh Gallery
Vincent van Gogh Letters
Literary stamps
Art Crimes Writing on the Wall
Art Daily
Women in the Arts National Museum
Women Painters Index: 1893 Expo
Women in Art video
Women are Art - Corot video
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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The Desiderata

Love Quotes
eclectic snippets of prose and poetry.

Excerpts From "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
"On Love"
Song of Love by Kahlil Gibran




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