Creative Music /
Improvised Music /
Yet another odd location
at which serious listeners
can be distracted by the
antics of performers!
Creative Music Series began on March 1,
managed by Seth Katz, Bill Hsu & me
After Mr. Katz retired, we welcomed Nancy Clarke,
Alan Brightbill, Moe! Staiano and Doug Carroll on as partners
(Nancy and Doug are more-or-less on leave right now).
Through Jan 31, 1999,
Beanbender's was housed in a building which was once a Crocker Bank, then
The Berkeley Store Gallery Annex.
Then, on April 25, 1999, our home became:
The Berkeley Fine Arts Cinema
(at 2451 Shattuck @ Haste).
(Meanwhile, the building which housed The Berkeley Store Gallery Annex changed hands a couple times in a series of complicated transactions and is presently a branch of Kinko's.)
Now we have no fixed location, but continue to present occasional concerts.
The series is called BEANBENDER's after a club in Daniel Pinkwater's The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death (republished as part of a five-volume Pinkwater omnibus; an absolutely essential tome!) where musical entertainment is at times provided by a Bolshevik accordianist, and a band consisting of guitarist, tap dancer, and singing chicken. (Just one of many fine books in the Daniel Pinkwater oeuvre.)