PRESIDIO DIALOGUES – Thursday Evenings at 6 pm
In Presidio Dialogues, notable authors, artists, and conversation starters explore themes from ancient history to current events through interactive dialogues, stimulating talks, panels, performances, and films.
Mark Bittner, author and human subject of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, presents a talk and reading from his work-in-progress, Street Song, on his journey through the streets of North Beach and the parrots who saved him. When Bittner turned 21 in the early 1970s, he moved to San Francisco, where the dream he’d been nurturing of becoming a singer-songwriter-poet collapsed.
“All I had left was my burning curiosity about the Great Mystery, which had spurred my original interest in becoming a creative artist,” he notes. “I was particularly intrigued by the mystery of consciousness. Who are we? How is it that we have thoughts and feelings? In my pursuit of answers, I ended up on the street, where I learned a lot about unadorned reality. But I had only a limited understanding of the fundamental issues of consciousness until I met up with the flock of wild parrots that I often saw in the North Beach-Telegraph Hill area. They opened up my mind to some of the deeper truths that had eluded me for decades. This is the story of how that came to be.”
This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required. Please complete the registration process below. Please note that registering does not guarantee admission. Registered guests will be offered priority admission that will be honored until 15 minutes before the start of the event.