Whether you're in the mood for poetry readings or acoustic sessions, these six San Francisco open-mic spots are the perfect excuse to take center stage and let that artistic expression fly.
If someone handed you Allen Ginsberg's number and told you to give him a call, you'd probably think they were nuts—after all, the legendary Beat poet died in 1997. But while you may not be able to call Ginsberg to chat about the new season of Game of Thrones, you can now call a number and hear one of his greatest poems, thanks to a new project, Call Allen.
Prolific Mexican columnist, novelist, poet, and former UNESCO ambassador, Homero Aridjis has just released a new collection of poetry, Solar Poems. To celebrate, Aridjis will make an appearance at City Lights Bookstore in North Beach tonight (April 6) at 7pm. But it's not just Aridjis that makes the trip worthwhile. Aridjis also produced a billingual edition of his book, WHAT IS POETRY?/¿QUÉ ES LA POESÍA?, and City Lights founder and legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti will be there to read selected poems from the book.
If you're looking for something different to do for happy hour on Fridays, head over to the Golden Gate Park for Friday Nights at the de Young. Every Friday through November, the museum will stay open until 8:45p, with hands-on art workshops, film, poetry, lectures, and live music from Intersection for the Arts: Jazz at Intersection musicians. Tonight's featured act is VidyA, whose blend of jazz and classical Indian music SF Weekly called "madly percussive and sparkling." The cafe will stay open late and drinks are available from a no-host cocktail bar.
For anyone who thinks North Beach has lost its way as a leading literary light, shrouded o’er by a toxic cloud of weekend rowdies, think again.
Last night, every descendant of Ginsberg’s angel-headed hipsters within a world-wide radius clamored to Jack Kerouac Alley for the joyful kick-off of the 2nd San Francisco International Poetry Festival.
Founded by former SF Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, that raffish North Beach raconteur and beloved “poet of the people,” this now-biennial bash is a solid hit.
Poetry—whether on stage, in print, or in song—plays an essential role in San Francisco's literary history. The biennial San Francisco International Poetry Festival, first held in 2007, returns this weekend, July 23 - 26, to celebrate poetry from here and afar. This year's festival, co-hosted by SF Poet Laureate emeritus Jack Hirschman and SF Poet Laureate Diane di Prima, will honor San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus and City Lights co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Youth Speaks, a nonprofit committed to creating a forum for Spoken Word performance, will present their 12th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19. This year’s theme is “A Certain Kind of Fire” – a concept taken from Dr. King's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," in which King states: “There was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out.”