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North Beach San Francisco    
Live Worms Gallery has new ownership. After eighteen years, this iconic gallery was facing closure, as the founder, Kevin Brown decided to retired. For decades the space was occupied by Figoni Hardware, where live worms were sold for fishing. The North Beach community thrives on art and cultural events, and the closing of Live Worms was leaving a big gap. Jody Weiner, Agneta Falk, and Nancy Calef have stepped in to continue providing a venue for artist exhibitions, literary and musical events.

North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's best known where San Francisco's Little Italy meets Chinatown, with ristorantes, caffes and Old World delicatessens. In addition to City Lights and the Beat Museum, fans of the Beats can visit many historical venues where Ferlinghetti, Kerouac and Ginsberg spent their time. The community is filled with artists, poets, writers and musicians.

City Lights, original publisher of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," is still one of the best bookstores in San Francisco.

Part of the old Barbary Coast, North Beach is steeped in the past -- Grant Avenue itself is the oldest street in San Francisco. In the early days, North Point docks served as a gateway for immigrants from South America, Europe and the Australian penal colonies. It wasn't until the late 1800s that thousands of Italians made the area their stronghold and turned it into the local Latin Quarter. The Italian-American community can also be credited in part with protecting the neighborhood against the fire that swept the city after the 1906 earthquake.

 
     

Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Open Monday- Sunday 1:00 - 6:00 pm (Closed Tuesday and between exhibitions)