Friday, October 21, 2011

TONIGHT: Annual Jazz and Beat Festival in Davis!

Friends: TONIGHT (Friday, 10/21) in Davis, check out the fifth Annual Jazz and Beat Festival!
See what Andy Jones says below:
Dear Friends of Poetry,
The Poetry Night Reading Series and the Cultural Action Committee of the City of Davis have teamed up to bring you two terrific events tonight and tomorrow night at the John Natsoulas Gallery: Spoken Word Performer Ruby Ibarra (tonight), and San Francisco Cultural Icon and author of 12 books Neeli Cherkovski (tomorrow night, with live jazz, interpretive dance, and other attractions). Tonight's event starts at 8, and tomorrow's at 6:30 with the Linda Bair Dance Company. 

Ruby Ibarra, a poet and spoken word artist, well known because her work with SickSpits, is performing tonight at 8PM at the John Natsoulas Gallery. The event is sponsored by the Poetry Night Reading Series and will be hosted by Dr. Andy Jones with an open microphone will follow at 9PM. All majors are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit We are expecting a good-sized crowd tonight.

The fifth Annual Jazz and Beat Festival will be held in Davis October 21st and 22nd. Enjoy sound immersion, performance painters, jazz musicians, and of course, poetry performances. Among the poets to be performing tomorrow night at 7 is Neeli Cherkovski, an award-winning poet, critic, memoirist, and literary biographer. He has published twelve books of poetry, is the founder of the San Francisco Poetry Festival and the Café Arts Month. He will be reading at the John Natsoulas Gallery at 7PM tomorrow (October 21st).  After Cherkovski, we will award the Jack Kerouac Prizes to local poets who will read their prize-winning work. Also reading will be past prize-winners, all to live jazz. You really should come.

The Jazz and Beat Festival runs all Saturday afternoon and evening with hundreds of performers, including the best college jazz band in the country (according to DownBeat Magazine), the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, live poetry, and beatboxer Butterscotch (see Visit for details.
I hope to see you at one of these events!

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