Sunday, September 23, 2007

Jack Kerouac Celebration - Haight Ashbury

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. Held at All Saints Church, 1350 Waller, San Francisco (where the Diggers gave out free food in the 60's). John Leland, Michael McClure, Barry Gifford and Suzanne Kleid spoke. Book published on September 5, 1957. Interesting response when the question was asked about Six Gallery Poetry reading where Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl" on October 7, 1955 (Fillmore near Union Street). Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Lamanitia, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder and Philip Whelen all read poetry. One of the speakers thought that Gary Snyder's poem "Berry Fest" was better than "Howl". This reading was the first time Kerouac read his poetry in public. Kerouac kept running down to the store and buying jugs of wine and selling the wine by the glass. Other interesting point at one point the movie "On the Road" was almost made with Brad Pitt!.

Calender Items:
September 25, 2007 - Tuesday
Allice Walker discusses "Why War Is Never a Good Idea". A portion of the proceeds benefits San Francisco School Volunteers, 7 p.m. Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, Ca. Information: 415-776-1111
September 16, 2007 - Wednesday
Community Meeting Homeless Youth Drop-In Center and Needle Exchange at Waller and Belvedere. Hamilton United Methodist Church, 1525 Waller Street. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Flyer from the neighborhood is as follows: " The Homeless Youth Alliance is hoping to move their program from the corner of Haight and Cole to our quiet residential neighborhood. We believe this program will disturb the neighborhood and create problems, based on over a decade of experience with this organization and its predecessors at the Haight and Cole location. We, the residents of the neighborhood who will be most affected by this activity, have an opportunity to voice our concerns at this meeting. Please join with your neighbors to hear about the program and make your assessment of the effect it will have on our family neighborhood. You may email your questions to include your email or phone number and you will be contacted."
September 27, 2007 - Thursday
Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board Meeting 6 to 8 p.m. Southeast Community Facility, Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco, Ca. 94124. Purpose of the meeting is to present the community with an overview of the environmental progress that has been made at Hunters Point Shipyard. Information: Keith Forman, BRAC Environmental Coordinator. 415-308-1458
The State of Journalism. Leslie Griffith, Robert Rosenthal, Keven Keeshan, Steve Wright and William Drumond discuss the impact of economic hardship on news coverage 6 p.m. $18. Commonwealth Club 595 Market Street Information: 415-597-6705
September 28, 29, 30 2007 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Artcar Fest - Information:
October 4, 2007 - Thursday
Boz Scaggs, Slim's. 333 11th Street, San Francisco. Information: 415-522-0333
October 9, 2007 - Sunday
Lawrence Feringhetti, Beat Poet, Owner and Creator of City Lights Bookstore, at Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, Ca. Information: 415-863-8688
Loni Hancock is running against Wilma Chen for State Senator Don Perelta Senate Seat in 2008. Peralta is being termed out.

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