S.F. Beatnik scene poet ruth weiss set to
perform in jazz setting at Berkeley gallery
Nobody believes in serendipity more than poet ruth weiss, who was dubbed the 'Beat Generation Goddess' decades ago by legendary S.F. Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. "The unexpected," she has said, "is always around the corner."
And now the unexpected discovery of a small, friendly art gallery near Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto has led to weiss's latest appearance, a poetry reading and concert Friday July 10. Start time is 7 p.m., and the gallery is at 1790 Shattuck Avenue.
The poet, who declines to capitalize her name because capitalization in her view equates to authoritarianism, has been a presence in Northern California's Bohemian scene since the early 1950s. She was friends with Kerouac and poet Bob Kaufman and other poets, painters, and writers who made North Beach a leading literary lair.
The Cellar jazz club in San Francisco became one of her...