Schedule

The following is the complete schedule of presentations, performances, screenings, discussions, workshops and more, happening at Beatnik Shindig.

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Please be aware this is a multi-day event with over 36 different sessions, many occurring at the same time. Most time blocks contain between 3-5 concurrent sessions. Concurrent sessions are color-coded by the time block appearing to the left of the event listings, however it is somewhat more difficult to discern this on the Eventbrite page where you will actually purchase the tickets. Refer to this page to avoid booking events happening at the same time.

Thursday, June 25
7:00pm
Warby Parker Poetry & Jazz Cocktail Event

Pre-Party, cocktails, poetry by The Word Party & jazz by Nova Jazz!

Join our speakers, volunteers and sponsors at this pre-party. Please RSVP to beatniks@warbyparker.com if you’d like to attend.

Warby Parker is a transformative lifestyle brand with a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. From its inception, the company has been inspired by the adventurousness and iconoclasm of Jack Kerouac, right down to the name “Warby Parker,” which comes from two characters in one of Kerouac’s journals.

Warby Parker, 357 Hayes St, SF
Friday, June 26
7:00pm
Beatnik Shindig Pre-PartyInvitation Only
Live music, libations, camaraderie.
VIPs will enjoy a unique pre-event with special guests, poetry and a VIP gift bag full of goodies.
Pizza provided by Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
The Beat Museum
7:00-10:00
Saturday, June 27
9:30am
Jumpstarting The Beatnik Shindig – Commencement An Introduction to the Weekend’s Activities
Jerry Cimino
Welcome to The Beatnik Shindig! This session will provide an orientation for the weekend, introduce all our various speakers along with all our fun activities and will get us all started like Neal Cassady hotwiring a jalopy on Market Street!
50% off this $10 session—arrive early for the free coffee & donuts!
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
9:30-10:15 – $5
10:00 to 4:00
Other Activities
All day long there will be Live Poetry, Live Music as well as Vendors selling books, merchandise, rare books and collectibles.
Fort Mason Center
Free – No Ticket Required
Hudson Car Show
A number of late 1940s early 1950s Hudson Commodores, Hornets & Wasps will be on display by the Nor-Cal Hudson Club. These cars are terrific because they are all very similar to Neal Cassady’s ’49 Hudson Commodore and they are all still driven by their owners around the San Francisco Bay Area. Because of its “step-down” design and low center of gravity, the Hudson was the race car of choice for many professional drivers of that era—one of the main reasons it appealed to Neal, the “fastest man alive.”
Firehouse
Free, No Ticket Required
10:30am
The Comedy of Will Durst: A Beatnik Walks in to a Bar…Comedy
Will Durst
Legendary Comic Will Durst shares the secrets to success in this intimate workshop.
Room C220, Bldg. C
10:30-11:30 – $20
The San Francisco Beats 1955: Sex, Drugs, Art & Poetry Presentation
Jonah Raskin
In an original presentation with images and texts, Jonah Raskin exhumes the lost bohemian world of San Francisco and shows how it morphed into the Beat Generation through Robert LaVigne’s art, Natalie Jackson’s naked body, Neal Cassady’s frenetic energy, Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, Jack Kerouac’s storytelling, and Peter Orlovsky’s innocence.
Firehouse
10:30-11:30 – $10
Herbert Huncke and the Art of Friendship Presentation
Hilary Holladay
Beat scholar Hilary Holladay (author of Herbert Huncke: The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation) discusses friendship as portrayed in Herbert Huncke’s stories and memoir, Guilty of Everything.
Museo Italo Americano, Bldg. C
10:30-11:30 – $10
Self Publishing in 2015
Joe Donohoe
Are you thinking of Self Publishing but you don’t know where to turn? Creator and editor of counterculture magazine Specious Species, now in its 7th issue, provides valuable insight on topics from printing options to gathering quality content.
Readers Bookstore, Bldg. C
10:30-11:30 – Free (limited seating)
11:45am
Neal Cassady – The Denver Years Movie Screening – West Coast Premiere and Q&A with Filmmaker
Heather Dalton
Joshua Hassell
& Hina Chowdhry
Neal Cassady was a charismatic, larger than life character. His charm, manic energy, sexual swagger, and free flowing verbosity made him the authentic ‘hero’ of The Beat Generation. The film features interviews with prominent and historical figures including Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Amram, John Allen Cassady, Jami Cassady Ratto, Cathy Cassady Sylvia, Jerry Cimino, Tom Noel, Ed White and Al Hinkle. Director Heather Dalton along with Producers Joshua Hassel and Hina Chowdhry will be in attendance.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
11:45-1:45 – $20
Noon
Jack Micheline & Harold Norse: The New York to San Francisco Connection Presentation
Todd Swindell
with Tate Swindell
Brothers Tate & Todd Swindell will be speaking on the lives and work of Jack Micheline and Harold Norse. Both poets were born in New York City whose inhabitants and history informed their first poems. They later called San Francisco home where they participated in the Bay Area’s vibrant poetry scene, influencing another generation of poets. They’ll be presenting exclusive, first time movie footage and little known audio clips. There will also be a display of very rare publications and ephemera.
Museo Italo Americano, Bldg. C
12:00-1:15 – $10
Cafe L.A.: The Beat Generation in Los Angeles Presentation
Domenic Priore
The author of Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier and Beatsville presents his slide show featuring more than 500 images of coffeehouses and Jazz joints from Santa Barbara to Laguna, and inland from Pasadena to Sunset Strip (1951 to 1966).
Firehouse
12:00-1:15 – $15
The Voice of the Mission Poetry Reading / Visual Presentation
Alejandro Murguía
San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, “The Voice of the Mission” reads his poetry, followed by a short presentation of a documentary on Murguía’s life, currently in production.
Mexican Museum
12:00pm – Free
2:00pm
“I Did Not Lose the Joan Anderson Letter” Discussion, Storytelling & Conversation
Gerd Stern
with Brian Hassett
For over 50 years Poet Gerd Stern was blamed for the loss of the famed “Joan Anderson Letter” written by Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac. Hear his story and insights now that the letter has been found. With Brian Hassett.
Mexican Museum, Bldg. D
2:00-3:15 – $10
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder Movie Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker
Chris Felver
As film maker Chris Felver’s tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti points out, while Ferlinghetti was not present at the creation of the Beat Generation (he was the publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”) he was one of its midwives. Moreover, Mr. Ferlinghetti’s 1957 acquittal of obscenity charges stemming from the poem’s language is credited with igniting the free-speech movement and the counterculture that followed. Filmed at various locations and times in the Poet’s life, Felver had unfettered access leading to many interesting and Intimate moments captured on film.
Firehouse
2:00-3:15 – $10
A Session with Allen Ginsberg’s Psychiatrist – Dr. Philip Hicks Discussion, Storytelling & Conversation
Dr. Philip Hicks
with Kip Steinberg
In 1955, at a time when The American Psychiatry Association categorized homosexuality as a mental disorder, a young psychiatrist named Dr. Phillip Hicks told Allen Ginsberg it was okay to live an authentic life. As Ginsberg himself said, “Dr. Hicks gave me permission, so to speak, to be myself.”
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
2:00-3:15 – $15
Poetry Writing Workshop Teaching Session
Neeli Cherkovski
“Are you trying to sound like Allen Ginsberg but coming off like Scooby-Doo? Learn how you can ‘Howl’ like a Beat Poet with your own authentic voice!” Beginners welcome.
Readers Bookstore, Bldg. C
2:00-3:00 – Free, No Ticket Required
4:00pm
Remembering Neal & Allen & Jack Discussion, Conversation, Storytelling and Q&A
The Cassadys
with Levi Asher
To the world at large they were The Beat Generation. To the children of Neal & Carolyn Cassady they were Uncle Jack, Uncle Allen and Mom & Dad. Cathy, Jami and John Cassady will be joined in discussion by family friends Al Hinkle (Big Ed Dunkel from “On The Road” and Brian Hassett who lived with Carolyn for three months at her home in England in 2013. Moderated by Levi Asher, publisher of Literary Kicks.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
4:00-5:15 – $15
Young Scholars Discuss The Beats Panel w/ students
Hilary Holladay
Alexandra Parker, Peter Mulcahy, Jr. & Logan Hill
Beat Movement scholar Hilary Holladay presents three of her former students from James Madison University in a wide-ranging Beat Generation panel. Alexandra Parker examines the life and recently published writings of poet Elise Cowen; Peter Mulcahy, Jr. discusses the prose, themes, and motivations of Herbert Huncke; and Logan Hill focuses on Jack Kerouac’s Duluoz Legend and Essentials of Spontaneous Prose.
Readers Bookstore, Bldg. C
4:00-5:15 – Free (limited seating)
William S. Burroughs: “We Intend to Destroy All Dogmatic Verbal Systems” Presentation
V. Vale
& Marian Wallace
No exploration of counterculture would be complete without the work of William S. Burroughs. Publisher of seminal punk zine Search and Destroy and RE/Search, and a friend of Burroughs himself, Vale and Marian are authorities on his life and seminal influence.
Room C220, Bldg. C
4:00-5:15 – $10
6:30pm
Following in Allen Ginsberg’s Footsteps to Authenticity Personal storytelling and songs
Ryan Cassata
Ryan shares his personal story with songs of journey & discovery. A journey of coming to terms with his true identity, coming out with it, and making incredible positive change for the betterment of himself and society. Ryan will explain what it means to be transgender for him and generally what it means to be different, regardless of one’s identity. This is Ryan’s story “Going West” from lesbian to transgender man, from afraid youth to brave young adult while using the story of the Beats as his guide. It’s about having an idea that there’s a better way of living to fit one’s true self and following that idea West. Ryan will be performing original songs that reinforce the topic of his discussion. With confidence he could navigate in a world that oppresses trans* people, he not only made a change for himself, he followed his dreams and visions.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
6:30-8:00 – $20
9:00pm
Collaborating with Kerouac Live Musical Performance with Storytelling
David Amram
Since Kerouac and Amram’s 1st public jazz/poetry readings ever presented in NYC in 1957, the spirit of their 12 years of collaboration and friendship has continued up to the present time. Amram will share stories and music from the era of the 50s, and his work with today’s new generation of artists from around the world who share the same open-ended spirit of collaboration that Kerouac and Amram did. Other speakers from earlier in the day will read highlights of Jack’s work with Amram’s music. Amram will also perform classics of Jazz, Latin, Native American, and global music.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
9:00-11:00 – $25
Sunday, June 28
9:00am
Wake Up Beatnik Shindig Style! Exercise
Kay Taylor
Start your day like Maynard G. Krebs and Zelda chasing Dobie Gillis. Like, exercise? Whoa…Beatnik Yoga. Beginners welcome! Taught by Kay Taylor from InnerStellar Pilates & Yoga.
Room C220, Bldg. C
9:00-10:00 – Free, No Ticket Required
10:00 to 4:00
Other Activities
All day long there will be Live Poetry, Live Music as well as Vendors selling books, merchandise, rare books and collectibles.
Fort Mason Center
Free, No Ticket Required
10:00am
This is The Beat Generation with Jerry Cimino & David Amram Storytelling, Poetry & Jazz
Jerry Cimino
with David Amram
The Story of The Beat Generation, how they met, lived, loved and wrote along with who they influenced and how they changed the world. Photos, stories, readings and jazz.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
10:00-11:30 – $15
Wally Hedrick: From The Six Gallery to Jerry Garcia Presentation
Dennis McNally
Wally Hedrick was part of Robert Duncan’s circle, part of the group that opened King Ubu and later The Six Gallery. He had the idea for the reading that became “6 Poets at The 6,” and later taught Jerry Garcia at SFAI. He was also married to Beat artist Jay DeFeo (The Rose).
Room C205, Bldg. C
10:00-11:30 – $10
Noon
The Politics of Poetry Presentation
Jack Hirschman
Poetry is an art form that affects every day life. Poetry can inspire, poetry can soothe and poetry can make a political statement. Great poetry can do all three!
Readers Bookstore, Bldg. C
12:00-1:15 – Free, No Ticket Required (limited seating)
‘Quest’ Archetypes in On the Road Presentation
Nicole Henares
Though Jack Kerouac’s novel does not have a linear arc to its narrative, Nicole will describe how it linearly follows all of the archetypes in Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth (The Hero’s Journey).
Room C230, Bldg. C
12:00-1:15 – $10
Mind Breaths: Learning Buddhism from Allen Ginsberg Presentation
Marc Olmsted
“He taught me to meditate, now I’m an old veteran of the thousand day retreat—” Allen Ginsberg imagined Marc Olmsted saying this at his funeral in one of Allen’s final poems, “Death & Fame.” Marc Olmsted’s 25-year relationship with Ginsberg is chronicled in his new memoir Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg 1972-1997 – Letters and Recollections. Join Marc as he discusses the personal impact of the poet, Ginsberg’s Tibetan gurus, and Allen’s previously unpublished letters.
Room C205, Bldg. C
12:00-1:15 – $10
Spontaneous Commotion: Inside the chaotic making of Pull My Daisy Movie and Live Performance
David Amram
David Amram hosts a screening and shares stories of the three weeks of crazy carousing and merry-making that became the classic Beat silent film “Pull My Daisy” filmed and directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie. Kerouac free-styled the spontaneous narration and Amram composed the score as well as the title song with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg. The cast included Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, artists Larry Rivers and Alice Neal, French actress Delphine Seyrig and Amram himself playing Mezz McGillicuddy, the deranged french hornist.Amram will also perform a scat version of the song “Pull My Daisy” and answer questions from attendees.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
12:00-1:30 – $15
Open Mic
Join local poets for an open mic. All are welcome. Sign-up begins at 11am. Hosted by Charlie Getter
Firehouse
12:00-4:00 – Free, No Ticket Required
2:00pm
The CounterCultural Continuum: From Beat to Punk and Beyond. Presentation
V. Vale
Inspired by Bruce Conner’s assertion, “All undergrounds are the same,” RE/Search and Search & Destroy founder V. Vale presents his iconoclastic, overarching observations RE: cultural/historical similarities and dissimilarities between Beat, Hippie and Punk movements, with a vision for the future.
Room C230, Bldg. C
2:00-3:15 – $10
The Beach (North Beach in the 1950s) Movie Screening and Q&A with Film Maker
Mary Kerr
San Francisco’s North Beach in the 50’s—A mix of jazz, poetry and art—The Beach recreates the atmosphere that prevailed through first-hand accounts from the actual players along with photographs and artwork from that vibrant time. Film maker Mary Kerr will be on hand to discuss.
South Side Theater
2:00-3:30 – $10
Delivery is Everything: Developing Your Authentic Reading Voice Presentation
Agneta Falk
We’ve all seen poets or writers whose work we admire, and yet when we hear them read we realize their work would be much more effective if it could be delivered in an authentic and effective way. Here’s your opportunity to learn about keeping an audience engaged with a powerful delivery that is true to who you are.
Readers Bookstore, Bldg. C
2:00-3:00 – Free (limited seating)
From The Madhouse to The Summer of Love: A Talk With Gerd Stern Discussion, Storytelling and Conversation
Gerd Stern
with Levi Asher
Meet Gerd Stern, O.H. (Original Hipster), who became a part of the Beat scene when he befriended two confused young men named Allen Ginsberg and Carl Solomon in a mental hospital in New York City, who discovered the art of performance poetry with Maya Angelou while living with her on a Sausalito barge, and who then joined the thriving 1960’s activist modern art scene at the height of the hippie explosion. In an interview with Literary Kicks blogger Levi Asher, Gerd will talk about his personal encounters with Bob Dylan, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Stewart Brand, Timothy Leary, Robert Creeley, Nam June Paik, Norman Mailer, Abbie Hoffman and Huey Newton, about his own unique and deeply moving life’s journey, and about what it all means today.
Room C205, Bldg. C
2:00-3:15 – $10
Women of The Beat Generation Presentation
Brenda Knight
It’s no secret the women got short shrift in the story of The Beat Generation. As the poet Gregory Corso noted, “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the 50s, if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them. Someday someone will write about them.” ~ With the help of many of the original women of The Beat generation, Brenda Knight has done just that.
Room C220, Bldg C
2:00-3:15 – $15
4:00pm
The Woodstock of the Beats – The Boulder ’82 SuperSummit Presentation
Brian Hassett
At a time when not even On the Road was in bookstores, more Beats and their extended family gathered in Boulder than were ever assembled in one place before or since. Here’s what happened—including cameos by The Grateful Dead, Ken Kesey, Abbie Hoffman and many others. Presented by Brian Hassett, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac.
Room C230, Bldg. C
4:00-5:15 – $10
The Art of Animating Howl: A Slide Lecture by Eric Drooker Presentation
Eric Drooker
Visual artist, Eric Drooker was a friend and collaborator with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and designed the animation for the film, Howl (2010). Drooker has painted dozens of covers for The New Yorker, and won the American Book Award for his graphic novel, Flood! His most recent book, Howl: A Graphic Novel contains numerous images that were cut from the final film. Through a memorable series of slides, Drooker will explore the arc of his career—from early years as a New York City street artist, to the evolution of his graphic novels into animated films. The urgent role of artist as activist—and the tremendous power of street art in the digital age—are revealed through hundreds of images, punctuated by Eric’s sly and humorous commentary. The artist plays various musical instruments during the presentation.
Room C205, Bldg. C
4:00-5:30 – $15
The Poetry of David Meltzer Poetry & Storytelling
David Meltzer
David Meltzer brings the unique insight, wit and humor of his poetry to the stage as he reads from his works and discusses his life.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
4:00-5:30 – $15
6:30pm
Neal Cassady – The Denver Years Movie Screening – West Coast Premiere and Q&A with Filmmaker
Heather Dalton
Joshua Hassell
& Hina Chowdhry
Neal Cassady was a charismatic, larger than life character. His charm, manic energy, sexual swagger, and free flowing verbosity made him the authentic ‘hero’ of The Beat Generation. The film features interviews with prominent and historical figures including Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Amram, John Allen Cassady, Jami Cassady Ratto, Cathy Cassady Sylvia, Jerry Cimino, Tom Noel, Ed White and Al Hinkle. Director Heather Dalton along with Producers Joshua Hassel and Hina Chowdhry will be in attendance.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
6:30-8:30 – $20
9:00pm
Can’t Stop the Beat! Live Performance Poetry & Jazz
ruth weiss
with Doug O’Connor (acoustic bass), Rent Romus (saxophones), and Hal Davis (percussion).
Born in Berlin, jazz poet ruth weiss arrived in San Francisco in 1952 and was instrumental to the establishment of the North Beach scene. Famed SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen called her “The Goddess of The Beat Generation.” Join ruth for an evening of high energy and innovative Poetry & Jazz.
South Side Theater, Bldg. D
9:00-11:00 – $25

Events subject to change.


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So, dig this, Daddio! The Beatnik Shindig is gonna be a gas involving over four dozen hep cats and kittens and three dozen different gigs and it will be The Living End. Speakers are flying in from all over Cubesville, USA to wail at The Shindig. It’s gonna be a groove, man, but we can’t control those silver birds, dig? Nor can we predict Shakytown or bridge boomerangs, or anything else the Squares call “Acts of the Almighty.” So if any gig cops a breeze or if there’s some other kind of bad scene due to one of those Almighty Acts, we’re gonna get your Washingtons back to you, baby, dig?

Bottom line, Stan, if we cancel a session for any reason, we’ll give you your dough back. If a session you purchased a ticket for takes place & you miss it for any reason, it’s on you. We got your back, Jack!