Mohalla Films is an independent and international film collective based in San Francisco and Kolkata, founded in 2015 by Abhijeet Paul and Jack Whittington, working on a series of short films dealing with life, work, and the ways we spend our days and interact in our communities. Contribute to their efforts here.

NOW AVAILABLE: from Book of Kings, Patrick J. Dunagan

The latest pamphlet in Bird & Beckett’s occasional series, from Book of Kings by Patrick James Dunagan, is all sewn up and ready to sail; it’s for sale here, but do come hear the poet read from it Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30 pm (reading to begin promptly at 7) along w/ Jackson Meazle and Julien Poirier, who both have new books of their own just out: Long Live You & Me (Gas Meter) and Way Too West (Bootstrap), respectively. This one is not to be missed!


Issue no. 6 – Open Reading Period

We’re back in the saddle and will be accepting submissions for the next 2 months, i.e. from July 1 thru August 31, with the intention to have our sixth issue out before October is up, so please send no fewer than 5 pages, no more than 15, with brief biographical notes or other pertinent information and salutations, preferably via post to: AMERARCANA / A Bird & Beckett Review / 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 (Please include a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage for reply), or if absolutely necessary, via email to: (.doc or .pdf files only for text; .jpeg OK for artwork).

The Forest and the Zoo: A Tribute to Steve Lacy, feat. poet Clark Coolidge

The Forest and the Zoo A Tribute to Steve Lacy

As part of a series of Bay Area tributes to the late soprano sax specialist and innovator, Steve Lacy, we will present an exciting two set concert offering aspects of Lacy’s work from widely-separated periods of his career: Tips, a cycle of songs he wrote based on Georges Braque aphorisms; and a quartet set inspired by his 1966 ESP-Disk free jazz outing, The Forest and the Zoo.

Bruce Ackley (soprano sax), along with Phillip Greenlief (alto sax) and Aurora Josephson (soprano voice) performed Tips several times around 2007, and felt compelled to redo it. For The Forest and the Zoo set Ackley will premiere a new quartet, featuring Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Darren Johnston (trumpet), and the remarkable poet, Clark Coolidge (drums). In between sets, Clark will read from recent work.