North beach First Fridays

our Monthly Art & Culture Walk celebrating the unique and historic north beach neighborhood

october 2, 2020

The parade might not be happening, but we're still celebrating Italian Heritage! Please scroll down on this page for an entire list of our timed special events for October 2, 2020—and check out the Galleries and Retail/Restaurant pages for complete specials offerings from participating businesses! There's at least one entertainment event going on on all blocks at all times!


• 10 am-10 pm: Z Cioccolato (474 COLUMBUS AVE.)

Jason Mecier’s Candy Art Exhibition—Candylebrity: Pop Artist Jason Mecier creates one of a kind outrageous mosaic portraits. His portraits are hanging in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, countless celebrity homes, and even in The Playboy Mansion! Check out his new book POP TRASH available everywhere now!

Candylebrity is a sugary series of stale candy portraits inspired by Hollywood’s sweetest stars! They’ll just melt your li’l chunky chocolate cashew carmel fudge clusters.

12-6 PM: ARTISTS IN JACK KEROUAC ALLEY: Twelve local artists and plein-air painting in jack kerouac alley! 12-6 pm! Local artists and art event producers Rebecca Peters and Josie Ramos have curated an exciting outdoor gallery spanning the vibrant murals of Kerouac Alley between City Lights Books and one of our generous sponsors, Vesuvio Café. This pop-up event will conclude in time for you to cross the Columbus and Broadway rivers and head up to Grant Ave. and Green St. for a night of more art, music, performances, and glorious community! Patrons are expected to wear masks and mindfully distance themselves. PPE will be available at entrance to alley.

• 5-6 PM: AL’S ATTIRE (1300 GRANT AVE.)Benjamin Ames plays original piano compositions outside the store. A self-taught virtuoso, Ben has become a fixture in the North Beach art and music scene, tickling keys in unlikely places and moving his pieces fluidly between genres.


• 5:45 PM: SAN FRANCISCO CIRCUS CENTER PERFORMERS—CAFFE TRIESTE 601 VALLEJO). Our friends from the Circus—including stilt walker Texas Holly, will be walking the streets all night, but stop by for an intimate photo op with some long-legged entertainers now!

• 5-7 PM: FLUTEWORLD (1500 GRANT AVE.)Gaea Schell, flute and Jordan Samuels, guitar play jazz. Pianist/flutist/vocalist Gaea Schell made her California debut as a twice featured performer at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and has shared the stage with Nancy King, John Stowell, Clare Fischer Big Band, Marcus Shelby, Tootie Heath, Bobby Watson, Vince Lateano, John Calloway, and Richie Cole, among many others.

Jordan Samuels is an accomplished guitarist has studied guitar with Randy Vincent and Bruce Forman and is strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Barney Kessel and Peter Bernstein.

• 6-8 PM: CAFFE TRIESTE (601 VALLEJO ST.)The North Beach Band featuring David Sturdevant and Maryann & Ron Sforza. Also joining in will be Chris Sfarzo on cajon and surprise guests! Italian Classics + selections from the Great American songbook... and beyond! House wines $4.95/glass.

6:30-9 PM: CHURCH KEY/101 MUSIC (1402/1414 GRANT AVE.)Jazz by the Mag-Nificent4. Mario Grillo leads this dynamic quartet including horns, playing outside the bar and next door 101 Music from 6:30 - 9 PM. Outdoor seating to enjoy the ambiance and the only live music on the block tonight!

• 7:00 - ???: MACCHIARINI CREATIVE DESIGN (1544 GRANT AVE.)Live storytelling of The Place—where Allen Ginsberg's Howl was first read—as told by Dan Macchiarini at 7:00 pm—at 7:30, Jessica Loos hosts poetry featuring her reading of Howl, with William Taylor, Jr., Fanny Renoir, and Michael Koch reading original works—outdoor art & history projections will accompany readings.

The spoken word event at Macchiarini Creative Design will focus on the story of “The Place” located at 1546 Grant Ave in the 1950s which was the original “hang-out” and live reading bar space of the beats. Among other amazing works, this is the real location of where Howl was read and developed for THE FIRST TIME by Allen Ginsburg. A rereading of Howl will be staged in celebration of it creation 65 years ago.


Picture Windows - A Group Exhibition

ALL EVENING: TUPELO (1337 GRANT AVE.)Live music featuring Derek Fairchild. Wines $6/glass!

• ALL EVENING: BELLE CORA (565 GREEN ST.)Live music featuring Bergie. $6 mimosas.

ALL EVENING: LOCAL MAKER MART (580 GREEN ST.) Three special (too popular to name!) DJs and a new sculpture to début—White Picket Fence, a 15-foot tree split by lightning that caused a wildfire and has now been reconstructed. It comments on ho natural disasters have corrupted the California American Dream.

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