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Jesse Goodman & The Henry Miller Library Present Pink Martini In a Benefit For The Henry Miller Library


"I'm Dreaming of A Pink Christmas: Jesse Goodman Presents Pink Martini in a Benefit for the  Miller Memorial Library!”

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Big Sur cultural institution; special guests include David Meltzer, hailed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets”

Full disclosure: Portland-based Pink Martini isn't your average band. Its repertoire falls "somewhere between a 1930’s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band, and Japanese film noir." 

And that's just how people like it. This self-proclaimed “little orchestra,” which effortlessly draws inspiration from classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, has sold out concert halls around the world — and now they're bringing their rivetingly unique musical pastiche to the Golden State Theater in a benefit performance for the nonprofit Henry Miller Memorial Library!

 “The songs swoosh past like fabulous gowns in a vintage parade.”— The Telegraph (UK)

Joining Pink Martini will be David Meltzer, Beat Generation poet, jazz guitarist, and author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose. 

The Henry Miller Memorial Library and Jesse Goodman Presents

This performance marks the 11th annual benefit concert curated by Jesse Goodman Presents for Big Sur's Henry Miller Memorial Library, a 501 (c) 3 arts center, bookstore, and performance space dubbed by CNN as “the beating cultural heart of Big Sur.”

Pink Martini has joined some rarified company — previous Jesse Goodman-curated benefits performances have included Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Henry Rollins, Rufus Wainwright, Father John Misty, and most recently, Cibo Matto.

 Your Support Matters — Here's Why

 Pink Martini's generous performance could not come at a more opportune time. As Big Sur continues to attract more visitors from all over the world, the Library must transition from a sleepy cabin in the woods (it's the former home of Henry Miller's friend Emil White) into a financially sustainable, legally compliant, and perpetually vibrant oasis for future generations of travelers, artists, and seekers. It's hard and expensive work. 

The Library's to-do list includes installing a proper public water system, upgrading bathrooms to facilitate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, implementing a new parking plan in collaboration with county officials to accommodate unprecedented traffic volume, and much more. 

Proceeds from this event will help us address these important challenges.

To learn more about the Henry Miller Memorial Library, please visit henrymiller.org and thanks for your support!