Sunday, July 31, 2011

PAR Calendar: July 31-August 6

Sunday, July 31

Bird & Beckett featuring Clive Matson, Lonner Holden & Jayne McPherson.

2:30pm

Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, SF

Monday, August 1

Bird & Beckett featuring Ed Coletti & Kevin Killian, followed by an open mic.

7:00pm

Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, SF

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Conservatory of Flowers and Quiet Lightning present: The Greenhouse Effect, a summer reading series featuring Keely Hyslop, Alyson Sinclair, Andrew O. Dugas, Amy Cruz, Howard Junker, Tim Kahl, Graham Gremore, Cassandra Gorgeous, Cole Krawitz, Mira Martin-Parker, Tobey Kaplan, Sarah Page & Sean Labrador y Manzano.

7:00pm doors; 7:30pm reading

Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, SF, $5 donation (no one turned down for lack of funds)

Tuesday, August 2

Poetry reading by Kevin Opstedal, California Redemption Value, and Donald Guravich, World at Large.

7:30pm

Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

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Marin Poetry Center's Summer Traveling Show presents a poetry reading hosted by Breean Lowe, featuring Mary K. Sweeney, Judith Yamamoto, Laurie Stoelting, Patricia McCaron, Paula Weinberger, Yvonne Cannon.

7:00pm

Marin City Library, 164 Donahue Street, Sausalito, (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)

Thursday, August 4

Thursdays at Readers featuring Kareem James Abu-Zeid & Georges Long.

6:30pm

Readers Cafe (run by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library), Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, SF

Friday, August 5

Studio One Reading Series presents: Laura Sims & Claudia Keelan.

7:00pm doors; 7:30pm reading

Studio One, 365 45th Street, Oakland

Saturday, August 6

Laura Sheppard presents a dramatic 45-minute performance in period costume based on Harriet Land Levy’s book, Paris Portraits: Stories of Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, and Their Circle.

7:00pm

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 7:00 (415/927-0960, www.bookpassage.com)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Chris Stroffolino on the sale of KUSF

Tomorrow (7/30), we'll feature the final segment of our interview with musician, essayist, and poet Chris Stroffolino. In this installment Chris discusses the sale of KUSF and his open letter to the University of San Francisco president, Father Stephen A. Privett. I urge you to read the letter in full - it's a powerful and eloquent essay that delves deeply into the history of the Catholic Church, the Jesuits, and the University of San Francisco. To hear the interview, tune in to savekusf.org tomorrow at 9am.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 16 & 23: David Meltzer 2-part!

I've been quite remiss on keeping up with blog postings so, without further ado, Poet as Radio presents a two-part interview with beat legend David Meltzer, by Marina Lazzara!

David Meltzer (born February 17, 1937) is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians."

David Meltzer's most recent collections of poetry include David's Copy: Selected Poetry (Penguin Poets) and When I Was a Poet (Pocket Poets series #60; City Lights Books. Among the anthologies and interview collections Meltzer has edited are San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets (City Lights Books); Reading Jazz and Writing Jazz (Mercury House); The Secret Garden: The Classical Kabbalah (Station Hill Press). As a musician/songwriter, these recordings are available with diligent searching: The Serpent Power (Vanguard), Poet Song (Vanguard). His late '60s agit-smut trilogy, The Agency, is available on remainder tables on-line.

Marina Lazzara is a local poet, musician & gardener. She received a MA in Poetics from the New College of California, where she studied with David Meltzer. She has published here and there, including Processed World, Big Bridge, Fence and Amerarcana: the Bird & Beckett Review. She is currently the editor of the eco-poetics journal, Plastic Ocean and a guitarist & vocalist for San Francisco's psychedelic-rock band, The Rabbles, who practice & conspire at Lightrail Studios.

In part 1, David talks about growing up in New York, listening to the Bebop greats, writing for the page, and writing for the ear. Also, our in-studio guest, Candy Shue, fills us in on what "remainder tables" means.

Part 1: click here to listen.

In part 2, David talks about the relationship between poetry and music, and the nature of the self as manifested in different media. Please forgive some sound/volume difficulties in the first part of this one -- it was our first time operating the controls on our own. We'll get better, we promise! But perhaps most importantly -- we get to hear David read from his works!

Part 2: click here to listen.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

PAR Calendar: July 24-July 30

Sunday, July 24

Reading for Headlands Summer Open House featuring: Steve Gilmartin, Genine Lentine, Brian Teare, Emily Weinstein & Maw Shein Win.

1:00-2:00pm

Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito.

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Roads of Bread: Eugene Ruggles Tribute Reading by Jack & Adele Foley, Clive Matson, Doreen Stock, Delia Moon, Carl Macki & more.

2:30pm

Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco.

Monday, July 25

Canessa Park Reading Series presents: Poetry & Conversation with Kit Robinson in conversation with Avery Burns (audience questions welcomed).

7:00pm doors; 7:30pm reading

Canessa Park Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, $6.

Tuesday, July 26

Marin Poetry Center’s Summer Traveling Show presents a reading hosted by Kirsten Neff: featuring Joan Baranow, Maggie Morely, Carol Sheldon, Alice Palmer Thomas, Diane K. Martin & Sim Warkov.

7:00pm

Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley.

Wednesday, July 27

“Cover to Cover” with Jack Foley: a tribute to Miss Teal Joy.

3:00pm
KPFA 94.1 FM

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Writing Teachers Write presents six Squaw Valley Community of Writers poets: Joan Baranow, Living Apart, Judy Bebelaar, Claire Blotter, Christina Hutchins, The Stranger Dissolves, L.A. Jones, Meryl Natchez, Jade Suit, and Zara Raab, The Book of Gretel, limited open reading follows.

5:30pm

Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, across the street from Ashby BART, (510/644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org).

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Open Mic plus Bill Mercer & Clara Hsu with new poetry & music with the theme “Two Tongues of Gaia,” poems of nature.

7:00pm

Sacred Grounds, 2095 Hayes Street, SF.

Thursday, July 28

Thursdays at Readers featuring Aja Duncan & Genny Lim at Readers Cafe (run by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library).

6:30pm

Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

Friday, July 29

Berkeley Arts Festival presents an intimate evening of jazz-poetry improvisation with UpSurge! featuring Raymond Nat Turner and Zigi Lowenberg.

8:00pm

2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck and Oxford, Berkeley.

Saturday, July 30

Condensery #13 featuring Brandon Brown & Jocelyn Saidenberg.

7:00pm

the speakeasy, 604 54th Street, Oakland.

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Bay Area Poetry Marathon featuring Maxine Chernoff, Shira Dentz, Owen Hill, Andrew Kenower, Kevin Killian, Cole Krawitz, Dean Rader, Elizabeth Robinson & Matt Shears.

7:00pm

The Lab, 2948 16th Street (one block from 16th Street Mission BART Stop), SF.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

july 23: liveblogging from kusf studios!

I neglected to post a note about today's show, the second part of Marina Lazzara's interview with David Meltzer, so I'm doing it right now from the studio as the interview is playing! This has been our first show without an engineer, and we're staying afloat so far! This is such a dazzling and charming and in-depth interview - more details and a link on the audio archive coming soon.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PAR Calendar: July 19-July 23

Tuesday, July 19

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, theme of “Deconstruct” inspired by The Book, a multimedia installation which explores the relationship between artists and their work, chefs and writers consider their practice together, with a reading by Cole Krawitz, Lambda Literary Fellow, and culinary guest Justin Belluomini, deconstructing a paella, on-the-spot writing competition, prizes.

7:00pm

SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street, between 8th/9th, $10 advance/$12 door, $5 with potluck dish, cash bar, doors open 6:30, (somarts.org/tag/feast-of-words/)

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WORDParty presents poetry and jazz, open mic for poetry only, with hosts Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir, Nova Jazz with Daniel Heffez on sax, Colin Williams on bass, and Geordie Van Der Bosch on skins.

8:00pm

Virachocha, 998 Valencia Street, at 21st Street, SF, $5, (thewordparty.com)


Wednesday, July 20

“Cover to Cover” with Jack Foley: a tribute to James Alsop.

3:00pm

KPFA 94.1 FM

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Lyrics & Dirges presents: Joseph Lease, Adam David Miller, Tiffany Higgins, Doeba Bropleh & Claudia Castro Luna.

7:30pm-9:00pm

Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Thursday , July 21

Poetry reading by John Landry and Doreen Stock, curated by Jack Hirschman, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library poet-in-residence.

6:30pm

Readers Café & Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, SF, (415/771-1011, readerscafe.org)

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Magnetic Poetry Slam at RitLab with Slaminatrix host Mona Webb, poetry and art making in honor of the Museum's "Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories" exhibition, with featured comedian and poet Joshua Walters, original member of the Bay Area beatbox collective The Vowel Movement, cash prizes, refreshments.

6:00pm-8:00pm

Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, between 3rd and 4th, San Francisco, $5,(415/655-7800, thecjm.org)

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Poetry reading by H.D. Moe with open mic for poetry and music.

7:00pm-10pm

Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Street, North Beach, San Francisco, free, (hdmoe @ speakeasy.net)

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Memorial reading for poet Carol Lee Sanchez, featuring Avotcja, Duane BigEagle, Judy Grahn, Gail Mitchell, Kim Shuck, Bill Vartnaw, Susan Sibbet, A.D. Winans, devorah major, Tobey Kaplan, Eileen Malone, and more, hosted by Bill Vartnaw, poet and Taurean Horn Press publisher.

7:00pm

Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, (415/586-3733, birdbeckett.com)

Saturday, July 23

Summer Backyard Reading Series featuring Valerie Coulton, Elizabeth Robinson, Ed Smallfield & Laura Walker.

11:00am

5548 Lawton Avenue
Oakland
light luncheon & beverages provided

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Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts presents "Beat Grrl" reading with Penelope Houston of The Avengers, Beat jazz poet ruth weiss, Brenda Knight, editor of Women of the Beat Generation, Café Babarian poet Kathleen Wood, artist/poet Luna, LA poet Carlye Archibeque, goth grrl poet Ariel Holden, and post-Beat writer Suzi Kaplan Olmsted, music, multimedia arts, robotics performance by the all-female band 0th, plus Grrlz Open Mic, come early to sign up, event host Marc Olmsted.

7:00pm

Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $5, (www.sparringwithbeatnikghosts.com)

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 16: David Meltzer

Please join Poet as Radio tomorrow morning at 9am on savekusf.org for Marina Lazzara & friends' interview with poet and musician David Meltzer! David Meltzer (born February 17, 1937) is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians."

In this interview (the first of two parts) he traces his own biography back to his childhood in New York where he was exposed to and enthralled by the giants of early bebop.

David Meltzer's most recent collections of poetry includeDavid's Copy: Selected Poetry (Penguin Poets) and When I Was a Poet (Pocket Poets series #60; City Lights Books. Among the anthologies and interview collections Meltzer has edited are San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets (City Lights Books); Reading Jazz and Writing Jazz (Mercury House); The Secret Garden: The Classical Kabbalah (Station Hill Press). As a musician/songwriter, these recordings are available with diligent searching: The Serpent Power (Vanguard), Poet Song (Vanguard). His late '60s agit-smut trilogy, The Agency, is available on remainder tables on-line.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

PAR Calendar: July 10-July 16

Tuesday, July 12

A RADAR event with Surprise Issues, Susie Bright, Dewayne Frazier Dickerson, Ariel Dunitz-Johnson, Jennifer Natalya Fink & Miguel Gutierrez.

7:00pm

Luggage Store
1007 Market Street
San Francisco
free

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Marin Poetry Center’s Summer Traveling Show presents a reading hosted by Roy Mash: featuring Stephie Mendel, Stephanie Noble, Lonner Holden, Laurie Lessen Reiche, Vincent DeMaio & Kirsten Neff.

7:00pm


Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera


Wednesday, July 13

Sunset Poetry by the Bay presents Q.R. Hand Jr., whose really blues, new & selected poems, Kirsten Jones Neff, When The House Is Quiet, and Zack Haber, To Carry You Being, hosted by Martin Hickel.

7:00pm

Studio 333 Gallery, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, (415/331-8272, poetnews @ sonic.net, www.studio333.info)

Thursday , July 14

Poetry reading by Lauro Vazquez and Latif Harris, editor of Beatitude, Golden Anniversary Anthology, event curated by Jack Hirschman, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library poet-in-residence.

6:30pm

Readers Café & Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, SF, (415/771-1011, readerscafe.org)

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Poetry Flash presents the launch of the long awaited Visions & Affiliations: A California Literary Time Line: Poets & Poetry 1940–2005, with author/editor Jack Foley, and readings by poets Jack and Adelle Foley, Ivan Argüelles, Mary-Marcia Casoly, Lucille Lang Day, Katherine Hastings, Andrew Joron, Michael McClure, and Al Young.

7:30pm


Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

Saturday, July 16

Summer Backyard Reading Series featuring Norma Cole, Brent Cunningham, and Laura Moriarty.

11:00am

5548 Lawton Avenue
Oakland
light luncheon & beverages provided

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 2, 2011: Ariel Goldberg

This post is long overdue -- sorry Ariel and everyone for the long delay!

On July 2nd, we featured our first completely live show, with artist and writer Ariel Goldberg. In person! Yay!

It's probably safe to say that Ariel is obsessed with photography as a phenomenon, and that her artistic project, centered on that phenomenon, has taken on a life of its own, branching out into multiple mediums including performance art, poetry, lectures, and philosophy. On our show, Ariel read from recent works, including Not Nostalgia, letters to photographers, and dialogues between photographers. You can find out more about her work at www.arielgoldberg.com.

Ariel Goldberg is an artist and writer who splits her time between San Francisco and New York. Recent publications include the chapbooks Picture Cameras from NoNo Press and The Photographer without a Camera from Trafficker Press. The Estrangement Principal, an essay on the states of queer art is forthcoming from Ragtag’s poets writing criticism series in January 2012. More work is online at www.arielgoldberg.com.

Click here to listen.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

PAR Calendar: July 3-July 9

Sunday, July 3

Reading by poets (and Try editors) Sara Larsen & David Brazil.

2:00pm

Martina} {Johnston Gallery
1201 Sixth Street
Berkeley

Tuesday, July 5

Marin Poetry Center’s Summer Traveling Show presents a reading hosted by Joe Zaccardi and features George Mclaird, Sam Doctors, Ella Eytan, Kathryn Gronke, Charlotte Schmid & Leah Shelleda.

7:00pm

Fairfax Library
2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Fairfax

Thursday July 7

Jack Hirschman, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library poet-in-residence, presents a reading by Miguel Robles and Carole Denney.

6:30pm

Readers Café & Bookstore, Building C, South End, Fort Mason Center, SF, (415/771-1011,readerscafe.org)

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Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Matthew Shears, Where a road had been, and James Maughn, The Arakaki Permutations.

7:30pm

Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

Friday July 8

Last Word presents a poetry reading by Katherine Hastings and Laurel Benjamin, plus open mic, the series s is alternately co-hosted by Dale Jensen, Ralph Dranow, John Rowe, and Grace Grafton.

7:00pm-9:00pm

Nefeli Caffe
1854 Euclid Avenue, near Hearst, Berkeley (510/841-6374)

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Mrs. Dalloway’s features a reading by Hazel White & Jaime Robles.

7:30pm

Mrs. Dalloway’s
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley

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An event of poetry, music, and solidarity with Alfonso Texidor featuring: Francisco Alarion, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Alejandro Murguia, Jorge Molina, Nina Serrano, Huracan Gomez, Diamond Dave, Dorothy Payne, Neeli Cherkovski, Avoteja, Mamacoatl, QR Hand, Arnoldo Pintor, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jack Hirschman, Michael RomanAgneta Falk, Paula Tejeda, Francisco Herrera, Chito Cuellar, Alfredo Gomaz, Miguel Robles, Lucha Corpi, and Jorge Arqueta.


8:00 pm

Cafe la Boheme, 3318 24th Street, San Francisco, $5.00 donation, plus fun raffles: Books, Art & Posters; proceeds from this event will go directly to Alfonso Texidor; sponsored by Luna's press, Chile Lindo, and pinato Art Gallery.

Saturday July 9

Summer Backyard Reading Series featuring Brenda Hillman, Rusty Morrison & Brian Teare.

11:00am

5548 Lawton Avenue
Oakland
light luncheon & beverages provided/feel free to bring food if you want

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Featured reading by Judith McCombs and Lucille Lang Day, open mic follows.

7:00pm-9:00pm

Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 7:00-9:00 (www.frankbettecenter.org)

Friday, July 1, 2011

This Saturday: Ariel Goldberg

Tomorrow, artist and writer Ariel Goldberg will join us in the studio for our first 100% live show! Ariel works in many disciplines, including writing and poetry, and her work frequently engages with photographs and photography as a phenomenon. You can find more of her work at arielgoldberg.com. Please join us tomorrow at 9am on savekusf.org!