In what will no doubt be a night to remember, famed Beat poet and language oddball Michael McClure will perform live over master improv jazz musicians Rob Wasserman (bass) and George Brooks (sax) for this week's edition of Friday Nights at the de Young. The performance, in conjunction with the exhibit Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years 1953-1966, will be special for a couple of reasons, “He was a hero of mine,” McClure says of Diebenkorn. The poet was among those who went to watch Diebenkorn paint circa 1960, and readily claims that work as an influence on his own. McClure was also in a band with Brooks, Wasserman, and The Doors' Ray Manzarek, who recently died. Part of the evening will be a tribute to Manzarek, with music by The Doors and a special performance of “Maybe Mama Lion,” for which McClure wrote the words and Manzarek the music.
Fri., July 26, 6:30 p.m., 2013