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Art Film Friday: San Francisco’s Wild History Groove

March 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bernice Bing in her North Beach Studio above the Spaghetti Factory (late 50s photo by C. R. Snynder)

PRE-SALES are now SOLD OUT. There may be limited standing room available at door (no guarantee of seats).

March 15, Doors open at 6:15 + live Jazz with Si & Max Perkoff starting at 6:30 p.m.

Screening 7 p.m.

Post screening Q&A with Filmmaker Mary Kerr


A wave of free-spirited creativity emerged during the California Beat Era. Young, idealistic artists and poets made their own underground apart from the 50s mainstream. It was “art for art’s sake” —


San Francisco’s Wild History Groove is a rare glimpse into the lives of these individuals, their innovative work and aesthetics—“not selling out”–

“We started it (the 6 Gallery) because no place in the city would show our work.  Now, it’s all gotten kind of myth-like.  But it was a time, in my personal life and in my work, when I felt like I was in-control and out-of control simultaneously and it was a lot of fun—a hell of a lot of fun.” – Wally Hedrick


Price: $10

PRE-SALES are now SOLD OUT. There may be limited obstructed view or standing room available at door (no guarantee of seats).

Doors Open at 6:15 pm. Music starts at 6:30, Film at 7:00



Mary Kerr – Producer/Director—

Documentaries on the California Beat Era

The Beach (1995)

Venice West and the LA Scene (2011)

San Francisco’s Wild History Groove (2011)

In 1960 moved to San Francisco from Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Started hanging out in North Beach and met artists, poets, and jazz musicians. Years later this experience inspired the desire to produce three documentaries on the Beat Era scene.


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March 15, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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