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November 6th, 7th, 9th, 2013, times vary
CITY LIGHTS AT 60: SUBTLE CHANNELS – An OuLiPo Laboratory: Present, Past, and Future
This multi-day celebration, presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with the Mechanics’ Institute Library and the San Francisco Art Institute, brings together members of the Oulipo and West Coast creators to trace potential literature from its origins to the present day and into the future, with discussions, readings, and participatory workshops. Details and event times listed here.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, 7 P.M.
CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Surréalisme: Theory, Practice, and in Play
Why does City Lights have strong connections and interest in Surrealism? Join City Lights’ very own Garrett Caples, Peter Maravelis and their friends in an evening of readings, discussion, parlor games, and much more.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 7 P.M.
CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Women of the Beat Generation
This evening of women Beat poets will reverberate with the howls, raps and roars of Ruth Weiss and Joanna McClure, poets and peers of Ginsberg and Kerouac. Hosted by Brenda Knight, author of the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation, this special evening will highlight and celebrate the lives and work of these female iconoclasts. Hosted by Brenda Knight. Details are listed here.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 7 P.M.
CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Kenneth Rexroth-An Appreciation
With Ken Knabb, David Meltzer, and Kim Stanley Robinson. Kenneth Rexroth was a poet, translator, essayist, human catalyst and quintessential influence upon the BEATS and the world of American letters. He was a central figure in the San Francisco Literary Renaissance and through his salons and influential radio show he created a synthesis of ideas covering politics, literature, cultural studies, and much much more. Rexroth acted as the Master of Ceremonies at the legendary 6 Gallery Reading of HOWL. Though he did not consider himself a BEAT, the BEAT GENERATION holds him in great esteem. Rexroth’s life work encompasses a wide range of interest. This evening will be a discussion with readings from selected excerpts of his work from three writers and poets who know him best.
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Conspiracy of Venus
Conspiracy of Venus is an all women’s a cappella vocal ensemble based in San Francisco, California. Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, the women of CoV interpret her daring and inventive arrangements of contemporary music, ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”), to the cutting edge (Bjork’s “Possibly Maybe”), with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. The group’s repertoire also includes works by David Bowie, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Pixies, Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, and Roger Miller.