Not all of us were around to experience the beat generation.
Sure I spent plenty of nights chasing down the clubs that would allow teens in to hear the latest indie rock band to hit the San Francisco scene and consumed countless cups of coffee at an alternative little café in downtown Denver, experiencing all the angst of the early ’90s grunge scene.
But I’ve also walked the well-worn floors of City Lights Bookstore, reveled in row after row of books and felt a touch of the electric energy that place must have radiated during the Beat Movement — a cultural clash of standards, music, style and more.
While you can’t go back, it is possible to experience a modern-day version. On Wednesday, the Nevada County Poetry Series will collaborate with the Sierra Jazz Society in celebration of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month for an old-fashioned gathering of poets, musicians and more.
“These annual open mic celebrations are always fun filled gatherings of friends — new and old. There is a freedom of expression and an unharnessed flow of energy that ignites with the shared creativity and talents of Nevada County’s poets, writers and performers and musicians. It’s a party,” said Bill Gainer of the Nevada County Poetry Series. “This year is special — renowned jazz bassist Bill Douglass and flutist Nora Nausbaum will be on stage to accompany and offer Nevada County’s writers an opportunity to explore new possibilities with their work. Everyone is invited, the stage is yours — you never know who is going to show up. It’s a warm, safe place for all to enjoy …”
Poet, musician, curator and more, Beverly Korenwaser helped organize the event to bring all facets of art back to the stage one more time. She has arranged to have jazz-themed art by artists E.J. Gold and Kelly Rivera on stage as well.
This is a great opportunity to hear a poetry reading accompanied by accomplished jazz musicians. The Nevada County Poetry Series open readings attract a broad range of people, from young to young at heart.
“We want as many people to be involved as they choose to be. … It’s a wild, fun time,” Gainer said of the poetry series’ open mic nights.
Tickets are available at the door for $5 general admission, seniors and students and $1 for those under 18 — open mic follows. The show will be in the Granucci Room (use the main entrance) at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. For information, call 530-432-8196.
Check out one of Korenwaser’s poem’s with this story at TheUnion.com.
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