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City Lights Celebrates Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turning 100!

Iconic San Francisco figure Lawrence Ferlinghetti is turning 100 on March 24! City Lights Bookstore will be celebrating this very special day with numerous events:


*Sunday, March 24th 1-5pm

On Lawrence's birth date, the public is invited to an open house birthday party at City Lights Bookstore with concurrent programming throughout the afternoon at three other North Beach venues: Canessa Gallery (708 Montgomery St, 1-5PM), Café Zoetrope (916 Kearny St, 2-3PM), and Vesuvio's (255 Columbus Ave, 3-4PM).  Free.

6pm: after party at Specs (12 William Saroyan Place) presented by Jessica Loos and Elly Simmon with Juan Felipe Herrera, Jerry Cimino, music by La Bolshevita, Stephen Barry, Dorothy Payne, William Taylor, Cara Vida, and Mauro Ffortissimo.


*On view now and running through March 28th: "Ferlinghetti in Photographs" at The Canessa Gallery (Open Wednesdays in March, noon to 3pm).

On view March 24th:
Film: Lawrence: A Lifetime in Poetry by Giada Diano & Elisa Polimeni and limited edition letterpress edition of A Coney Island of the Mindproduced by Arion Press. (708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Free.)

*On view now and running through April 27th: The Rena Bransten Gallery presents a solo show of Ferlinghetti's work, Lawrence Ferlinghetti: 100 Years Without a Net (1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco. Free.) renabranstengallery.com

*Sunday, March 17th - 1pm:
The San Francisco Public Library celebrates Ferlinghetti in the Koret Auditorium with Jack Hirschman, Aggie Falk-Hirschman, Janice Mirikatani, devorah major, Ginny Lim, Kim Shuck, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Linda Noel, Dean Rader, Gerry Nicosia, Mauro Zanetti and Tongo Eisen-Martin reading Ferlinghetti poems and sharing stories. Hosted by Neeli Cherkovski. (100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Free.)

*Opening Tuesday, March 19th, with a reception at 6:30pm, and running through May 3rd:
On the occasion of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday, the Italian Cultural Institute is hosting "Lawrence d'Italia," an photo exhibition by Walter Pescara, curated by Mauro Aprile Zanetti, featuring San Francisco's first poet laureate, painter, legendary publisher and activist as he performs FLUXUS poetry during his travels in Italy between 2002 and 2005. The exhibition consists of a photographic body printed with silver salts, plus some pieces imprinted on nautical sails. (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F, San Francisco. Free.)


*Thursday, March 21st, 7pm:
Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti book release party at City Lights Bookstore!
Opening Statement by Peter Maravelis/City Lights with readings by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao. (261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. Free.)


*Saturday, March 23rd 1:30-3:30pm:
Chris Felver screens his documentary Ferlinghetti at the Roxie Theater. Preceded by an interview with the filmmaker and Peter Maravelis of City Lights Booksellers. (3117 16th Street, San Francisco. Tickets available.)


*Tuesday March 26th, 7pm:
Book release party for The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's HOWL with Ronald Collins and David Skover at City Lights Bookstore. (261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. Free.)