As a nod to its current exhibit of his work and in honor of Leo Krikorian’s weekly Blabbermouth Nights at The Place, where the Beats gathered in San Francisco’s North Beach in the early 1950s, Yvette Torres Fine Art will hold a Blabbermouth Night Friday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hepcats are invited to put their tongues in cheek and come over to the gallery at 21 Winter St. for freewheeling soapbox discourse with audience participation. Rants are acceptable as long as they are not mean spirited. Anyone can speak, just check in with the master of ceremonies at 5:30 p.m.

The Place has a great significance for American arts and letters. It was the first beatnik gathering place. Some of the people who frequented The Place, unknown at that time, were to become quite famous. They include writers and poets Allen Ginsberg, Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, Mike McClure, Richard Brautigan, Gregory Corso, Tom albright, Ken Kesey, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Duncan, Robert Creely, Jonathon Williams, Kenneth Rexroth and William S. Burroughs; painters and sculptors Ronald Bladen, Knute Stiles, Jay Defeo, Wally Hedricks and Fletcher Benton; filmmaker Jordan Belson; and jazz musicians Brew Moore, Dave Van Kreit, Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck. Kerouac’s novel “The Subterranean,” later made into a motion picture by MGM, was set largely at The Place.

The art exhibit “Leo Krikorian, Selections: Black Mountain College, San Francisco, Paris” runs through Sunday, Sept. 25. Yvette Torres Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by chance or appointment. For more information, call 888-777-1077 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to