Top of the Mark Partners with the Beat Museum to Present Poetry & Jazz Series this Spring

beat1In 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.


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:

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

PARKING:                Valet and street parking available