June 8, 2012 Quiet Lightning "Local Heroes" poetry series


A. D. Winans will be reading Friday June 8 at the William Westerfield Mansion in SF

Monday, May 14, 2012 8:23 AM

On Friday, June 8, the Quiet Lightning "Local Heroes" poetry series will honor and feature poets Lorna Dee Cevantes, A. D. Winans, Jack and Adelle Foley, and other local icons.

The event will be held at the William Westerfield Mansion on Alamo Square. The mansion has been home to artists of all kinds since 1889, from The Grateful Dead to Kenneth Anger. The event will be filmed and part of the show will be included in the documentary House of Legends!.

The William Westerfield House sits across the street from the northwest corner of Alamo Square at 1198 Fulton Street (at Scott St.) the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is San Francisco Landmark Number 135.

A few bits of its rich history:

1965 -- Charles Fraccia purchases the building to use as a residence but never occupies it. It is mentioned in the book the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

1967 -- Underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger takes up residence. He films Invocation of My Demon Brother starring Manson family member Bobby Beausoleil and Anton LaVey and featuring music by Mick Jagger.

1968 -- Members of the Family Dog occupy the house while promoting acid rock concerts at the Avalon ballroom. Members of the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company are frequent visitors.

The show is on Friday, June 8th and the readings will begin at 7:30 and end just after 9, depending on intermission, with doors open at 7. Beer and wine will be served along with assorted non-alcoholic beverages.









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