Top of the Mark Partners with the Beat Museum to Present Poetry & Jazz Series this Spring
In celebration of the birth of the Beat Generation in San Francisco, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has partnered with the Beat Museum to bring legendary poets to riff alongside local jazz musicians for a weekly series at the Top of the Mark. Guests are invited to enjoy specialty cocktails and bites alongside a poetry and jazz session every Tuesday night during March and April, beginning March 3.
WHEN: Tuesday evenings March 3, 2015 – April 28, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: TOP OF THE MARK
InterContinental Mark Hopkins
One Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA
DETAILS: History lovers are invited to jazz up their evenings with Top of the Mark’s Poetry & Jazz Series through April 28, 2015. In honor of the 60th anniversary of poet Allen Ginsberg first public reading of his poem “Howl,” one of the great works of American literature and a piece that is thought to be the birth of the Beat Generation, this series celebrates the renaissance of San Francisco in the 1950s and 60s. Steeped in history, the iconic Top of the Mark was named by the legendary Herb Caen who also coined the term ‘beatnik’ making it the perfect venue for the series. With custom-created cocktails and bites, comfortable stage seating, fantastic views, and the sounds of iconic poets riffing to jazz beats, guests will enjoy a unique experience at the legendary Top of the Mark lounge.
For the first-ever Poetry & Jazz Series, Top of the Mark has partnered with San Francisco’s Beat Museum, dedicated to spreading the spirit of The Beat Generation. Located in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, The Beat Museum is home to an extensive collection of Beat memorabilia, including original manuscripts and first editions, letters, personal effects and cultural ephemera, occupying the same ground that was once the epicenter for Beat activity during the 1950s. For more information about The Beat Museum please visit: www.kerouac.com.
The current Poetry & Jazz schedule is as follows:
*Performers are subject to change
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, The Voice of the Mission performs with jazz accompaniment
Tuesday, March 10
Jazz Poet, Painter & Playwright Charles Curtis Blackwell and Poet Vincent Kobelt perform with The All-Star Revue from their new CD release, “Catch the First Thing Smokin’” and other works
Tuesday, March 17
San Francisco Poetry Through the Generations with San Francisco poets: A.D.Winans, Neeli Cherkovski, William Taylor Jr., and Cassandra Dallett
Tuesday, March 24
Poetry & Jazz featuring poets and musicians from The Word Party series and the Nova Jazz Band, including Jennifer Barone (poet and host), Daniel Heffez (saxophone), and Ingrid Keir, Cara Vida, and Natasha Dennerstein
Tuesday, March 31
COPUS, spoken word/world-beat ensemble featuring San Francisco poet Royal Kent, and composer Wendy Loomis
Tuesday, April 7
Michelle Tea presents RADAR: An Evening of Edgy Literary Performance from San Francisco’s Underground
Tuesday, April 14
The wordWind chorus performs with q.r. hand jr. (poetry, voice), Lewis Jordan (saxophone, poetry, voice), and Brian Auerbach (poetry, voice)
Tuesday, April 21
From San Francisco to Europe & Back: former San Francisco Poet Laureate, painter & translator, Jack Hirschman performs with Swedish-born San Francisco poet, Agneta Falk and special guest, George Long on saxophone
Tuesday, April 28
Herb Caen called her “The Beat Generation Goddess” – ruth weiss performs with Doug O’Connor (acoustic bass), Rent Romus (saxophone), and Hal Davis (percussion)
For a complete schedule, please visit www.topofthemark.com
PARKING: Valet and street parking available