Poetry, jazz and berets come to Top of the Mark (via San Francisco Gate)

There aren’t enough older men wearing male jewelry and indoor hats in your life. Which is why you should head to the famed Top of the Mark on Tuesday evenings in March and April for poetry reading accompanied by jazz music. The classic San Francisco nightspot has teamed up with the Beat Museum to host a 2-month long series of poetry and jazz.

I attended the opening night of “Poetry and Jazz at the Top of the Mark!” last night, and was delighted to see an abundance of both male jewelry and indoor hats, as anticipated. There was also a large commotion at the front desk over which old man in a fedora would be seated first. All of them angrily claimed close personal friendship with someone at the Beat Museum, which is the only time anyone has ever used that excuse to try and get into a nightclub.

San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, aka: The Voice of the Mission, was the poet performing last night, and he was joined by a jazz pianist as he recited his work. At first it was a bit tough to hear the words over the noise of hundreds of drinkers. The Top of the Mark remains open to the public during these special events, so the majority of the crowd surrounding the center stage area was engrossed in typical tourist conversation about unisex fleeces and sourdough bread bowls. When Murguía began to sing in Spanish, however, one couldn’t help but shut up and listen.

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