Friday, May 26th – 5:30-8 pm
230 Jones Street Jazz Band
jazz in the bookshop every Friday since 2002

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Saturday, May 27th – 4-6 pm
Grant Levin Duo
with Kash Killion

The crowning glory of a wonderful run of Saturday afternoon duo shows led by Grant Levin. Among his duo partners in this series, Kash Killion has been a favorite for sure. Kash has played extensively with musical icons such as B.B. King, Cecil … [Read more...]

Saturday, May 27th – 7:30-10pm
Dan Neville Quartet
jazz club!
when lights are low… every Saturday night

The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents... Dan Neville, vibes Grant Levin, piano Piro Patten, bass Miles Tune, drums Originals by Dan Neville, including tunes from soon-to-be-released Golden Circle Sextet cd (due out in August). Dan is a … [Read more...]

Sunday, May 28th – 2:30-4 pm
Walker Talks!
The Lotus Sutra

The literary profile of a revered buddhist text and what it means for poets. … [Read more...]

Sunday, May 28th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Jazz on a Summer’s Day! Melanie O’Reilly sings Anita O’Day
which way west? Sunday concert series

"Jazz on a Summer's Day: A Tribute to Anita O’Day” featuring Melanie O’Reilly & Trio Frank Martin - piano Fred Randolph - bass Jack Dorsey - drums “....the ideal soundtrack to a hot summer night”  (Edinburgh Fringe … [Read more...]

Sunday, May 28th – 7:30-9:30 pm
The Evangenitals
One Folked-up Genre-Bending
Good Time Band!

They’re fierce, they’re funny, and they’ll make your head spin while your toe’s tappin’. Plus, the Moby Dick album is deep. The rest is beyond category. Two sets, so you’ll get a generous helping of both. No cover charge per se: $10-20 donation … [Read more...]

Tuesday, May 30th – 7-8:30 pm
Alexandra Teague reads from her new novel,
The Principles Behind Flotation

  The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse Press, 2017) is the first novel from Alexandra Teague, a former NEA Fellow, Stegner Fellow, and City College of San Francisco instructor, currently an associate professor at University of Idaho. She … [Read more...]

Thursday, June 1st – 7:30-9:30 pm
GG Amos Trio
Randy Lee Odell presents…
west coast blues in the canyon moonlight

GG Amos carries the torch of the African American guitarists and singers who created a distinct West Coast blues style during World War II and the decades that followed -- musicians like Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker and younger players, notably … [Read more...]

Friday, June 2nd – 5:30-8 pm
Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble
jazz in the bookshop — every Friday since 2002

Seabop! Don Prell, leader, on bass, with Al Molina, trumpet, and Jerry Logas, reeds.  Drummer tba. Bassist Prell got his start in L.A. in the 1950s, traveling for several years as a member of the Bud Shank Quartet. He's been a cornerstone of the … [Read more...]

Saturday, June 3rd – 7:30-10pm
North Berkeley Jazz Quintet
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night

Ian Carey, trumpet Bob Kenmotsu, tenor sax Mark Levine, piano Robb Fischer,  bass Ron Marabuto, drums Fine, well traveled musicians right down the line, led by pianist Mark Levine -- four decades plus playing at the highest levels of the jazz … [Read more...]

Sunday, June 4th – 2-3:30 pm
Bonnie Willdorf reads from Dancing with Cancer

The real time journals of Barry and Bonnie Willdorf, written in parallel and vividly depicting their rollercoaster ride from diagnosis to hope to despair to hope, up and down, over and over again, beginning with Barry's diagnosis of chronic … [Read more...]

Sunday, June 4th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
which way west? Sunday concert series

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Sunday, June 4th – 7:30-9:30 pm
The Seducers
Classic, Outlaw & Honky Tonk Country Music

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Monday, June 5th – 7-9 pm
Featured readers followed by an open mic
every 1st & 3rd Monday

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Wednesday, June 7th – 7:30-9:30 pm
Sylvia Cuenca/Jared Gold Trio with guitarist Jack Tone Riordan
$15 cover charge

Sylvia Cuenca, a San Jose native who's been a first call drummer on the jazz scene in New York City now for several decades, is passing through town and will play Bird & Beckett twice this week -- tonight in a trio with New York organ player … [Read more...]

Friday, June 9th – 5:30-8 pm
Harvey Wainapel / Sylvia Cuenca Quartet
jazz in the bookshop — every Friday since 2002

Harvey Wainapel, reeds Adam Shulman, piano Peter Barshay, bass Sylvia Cuenca, drums Reuniting two old friends who have rarely played together in recent years, the Harvey Wainapel/Sylvia Cuenca Quartet promises an evening of fresh musical … [Read more...]

Friday, June 9th – 9-10:30 pm
Ben Goldberg – Smith Dobson Quartet
with bassist Rob Adkins and drummer Hamir Atwal!
jazz follows jazz in the bookshop tonight!
$10 cover

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg and tenor saxophonist Smith Dobson join forces in a program of tunes by Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and  other masters of America's classical music -- including Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker! This will be a … [Read more...]

Saturday, June 10th – 7:30-10pm
Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night

The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents... Darren Johnston, trumpet Miles Wick, bass Jordan Glenn, drums … [Read more...]

Sunday, June 11 – 2-4 pm

Seven writers share their work in one grand Hoopla!

Eclectica is more than one of the first online literary magazines--it's an ever-growing community of artists and writers. Join us for a reading at Bird and Beckett in part to celebrate Eclectica's first 20 years but also to celebrate the written word … [Read more...]

Sunday, June 11th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Kurt Ribak Quartet
which way west? Sunday concert series

Lincoln Adler, sax Greg Sankovich, piano Kurt Ribak, bass Randy Lee Odell, drums … [Read more...]

Sunday, June 11th – 7:30-9:30 pm
The Grant Levin Duo with Giulio Xavier

This date kicks off a new sequence on Bird & Beckett's calendar... the magnificent pianist Grant Levin performing in duo, trio and quartet settings in succession on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month. $10 cover charge on the 2nd and 3rd … [Read more...]

Starting June 11th…

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Tuesday, June 13th – 7-8:30 pm
Poised for Retirement
Neighborhood writer Louise Nayer presents her new book

Louise Nayer, retired CCSF instructor, will launch her newest book, Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen, (Central Recovery Press, 2017). A unique narrative on a unique time offering solace to people nearing retirement, Poised for … [Read more...]

“Letter Love” — CCSF calligraphy students exhibit in Gallery Ex Libris

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“Go Small” – The Scott Foster Trio recorded live at Bird & Beckett

Just $10, and exquisite! … [Read more...]

Because I Said So – Bad Mommies
recorded live at Bird & Beckett!

  19 exquisite tracks of ennui, despair and defiance, recorded live before a packed house at your neighborhood bookshop August 30, 2016, obliterating the summertime blues for one giddy night!   The kids are back in school now, and they … [Read more...]