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beyond baroque calendar of upcoming events

Event schedule may change without prior notice.
General Admission Policy applies to all events, unless noted otherwise:
Admission $10
Students/Seniors/Children $6
Members FREE.

*This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

If you'd like to submit a proposal, click here for more information.
**NOTE**: we will be closed on Friday, July 3 but open on Saturday, July 4.


JULY

 

10 July, Friday - 8:00 PM
FORBIDDEN PLEASURES: POETRY IN TRANSLATION
WITH STEPHEN KESSLER & SUZANNE JILL LEVINE
STEPHEN KESSLER and SUZANNE JILL LEVINE, award-winning translators read from their new books, Forbidden Pleasures by
Luis Cernuda (Kessler) and Tides, poems by Pedro Xavier Solís Cuadra (Levine). Tides, by Pedro Xavier Solís Cuadra, is the first
collection by the Nicaraguan poet to be published in English, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine. This will be a
bilingual reading with JORGE LUIS CASTILLO, a critic of Latin American poetry and a prize-winning fiction writer, who teaches at
UCSB. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

11 July, Saturday - 4:00 PM
RAE ARMANTROUT: ITSELF
With special guest JEANETTE CLOUGH
RAE ARMANTROUT, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other
language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. “No poet gets caustic, or self-critical, or
sarcastic, as well as Armantrout, whose quick stanzas—half Twitter, half Emily Dickinson—say a lot about how language, money,
love, and memory can fail us, and in very little space.”—Publishers Weekly. Special guest JEANETTE CLOUGH also reads.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

11 July, Saturday - 8:00 PM
THE POETRY MYSTIQUE WITH SUZANNE LUMMIS
Celebration for SUZANNE LUMMIS', The Poetry Mystique: Inside the Contemporary Poetry Workshop. Denise Roman, Jawanza
Dumisani, David Eadington, Mary Fitzpatrick, Evangeline Ganadin, Cece Peri, Thac Si Pham, and others. This unusual publication
charts the progress of student poems through commentary from the teacher (Ms. Lummis) and her students. It is a book on craft
like no other as well as a testimony to the love and dedication required of poets.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

12 July, Sunday - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1st ANNUAL FERMENTATION FESTIVAL
This one-day festival celebrates the art of making traditionally fermented foods and beverages such as kimchi, kombucha, kefir,
pickles, beer, sauerkraut, wine, cider, cultured vegetables, and sourdough bread, and empowers attendees to make these foods
at home. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.fermentla.org.Tickets are $45-65 unless you have a promo
card and purchase your ticket online in advance.

12 July, Sunday - 2:00 PM
SOAP BOX OPEN READING
This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM. There is a five-minute limit. Hosted by JESSICA
WILSON. FREE, but donations are always welcome.

12 July, Sunday - 8:00 PM
RIP RENSE & VERONICA GOLOS
RIP RENSE reads from Always Not There, a collection of 71 new poems. Two of the poems in the book, Always Not There, and
Homecoming, will be published this year in Psychological Perspectives, the journal of the C.G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles.
VERONICA GOLOS is co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. She is also the poetry editor of the Journal of
Feminist Studies in Religion. She lives in New Mexico. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

16 July, Thursday - 8:00 PM (THIS EVENT IS OFFSITE)
WIDE AWAKE AT THE HOTEL ERWIN
Join us offsite at the amazing Hotel Erwin for a reading from Wide Awake poets: SUZANNE LUMMIS, LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ, KIM
DOWER and JAMIE FITZGERAL. Discounted parking for reading attendees.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $7, Members $5.

Address: 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, CA

17 July, Friday - 8:00 PM
HAROLD NORSE SELECTED POEMS
TODD SWINDELL, editor of I Am Going to Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse, will read along with MICHAEL C
FORD, featuring video clips of the Beat poet designated by William Carlos Williams as “the best poet of [his] generation.”
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

18 July, Saturday - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
MASTERS & MAVERICKS MINI WORKSHOP
with SARAH MACLAY - see workshop section of the calendar for more details.

18 July, Saturday - 4:00 PM
THE HEALING POWER OF LANGUAGE
Join ROBERT ROMANYSHYN, psychologist and Jungian psychotherapist, and poet BRIAN MICHAEL TRACY as they engage in a
conversation about the Healing Power of Language. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

18 July, Saturday - 8:00 PM
SUZY WILLIAMS - THE LIT SHOW
10th annual celebration of song & literature starring LA's Diva Deluxe & Brad Kay, who perform songs based on words by Tolkien,
Oscar Wilde, Hafitz, Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker. You've read the book, now hear the song. "Suzy's
voice is vibrant and lusty...great gusto and bold emotion." - Nat Hentoff. Special admission $15.

19 July, Sunday - 2:00 PM
THREE GENERATIONS ON A STAGE
With MIKE “THE POET” SONKSEN
MIKE SONKSEN is hosting young readers and established readers. This month: A.K. TONEY, MONIQUE MITCHELL, JOE
GARDINER, ARMOND KINARD and more. Suggested donation $5.

19 July, Sunday - 7:00 PM
PEN PALS
Written in the same room at the same time by poets SHARON RIZK and RADOMIR VOTECH LUZA, Pen Pals is a performance
piece that tells you what it means to be a child growing up by way of two youngsters, living thousands of miles apart,
communicating through letters over a 15-year span. Suggested donation $5.

25 July, Saturday - 4:00 PM
ROBERT SCHEER: THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU
“Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Scheer examines how online convenience has supplanted bedrock American values of personal freedom
and the right to privacy…Scheer provides more than enough solid journalism to show that the digital dirt is knee-deep and getting
deeper.”–Kirkus Reviews. Suggested donation $5.

25 July, Saturday - 4:00 PM
DUBLIN POETRY REVIEW READING
In the Mike Kelley Gallery
Beyond Baroque invites you to join STEPHEN YENSER, ELENA KARINA BYRNE, MING DI, JOHN FITZGERALD, and HELENE
CARDONA to celebrate Dublin Poetry Review: Éigse Átha Cliath, an international journal of poetry.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

26 July, Sunday - 2:00 - 5:00 PM
A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF STEVE KOWIT
Award-winning poet (NEA, Pushcart Prize), editor/publisher (The Maverick Poets), teacher, activist and mensch, Steve Kowit died
in his sleep in April 2015 leaving many many friends, poets, and admirers. Please come and join us to celebrate his life, his work
and legacy at a potluck gathering of his friends, family and fans. Read one of his poems, reminisce or just come to be with others
whose lives were somehow changed by knowing him. Free to all.

26 July, Sunday - 2:00 PM
NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING
In the Mike Kelley Gallery
Hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD & MELISSA ALVARADO. Feature this month: PEGGY DOBREER. Five-minute limit, sign -ups at
1:45 PM. Suggested donation $5.

26 July, Sunday - 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL
Hosted by ANTONIETA VILLAMIL. Suggested donation $5.

26 July, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA - THE SOURCE FAMILY
Engaging documentary on LA's radical experiment in '70s utopian living. With Live special guests. See the website
Laughtears.com for more information. Free, but donations appreciated.

 

AUGUST

 

1 August, Saturday - 8:00 PM
VICKY HAMILTON & FRANK FERRANTE
Appetite For Dysfunction shares VICKY HAMILTON’s undeniable optimism, hope and faith-eternal and is a must read for anyone
who is a music fan curious about the golden era of the record business, and for anyone with a dream of their own.
FRANK FERRANTE is an international spokesperson for personal transformation and weight loss, author of his soon-to-be-
released book, May I Be Frank, subject of the award winning documentary, “May I Be Frank" and featured in the documentary,
"Hungry For Change". These films and book reflect Frank’s journey back to health and spiritual redemption.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

2 August, Sunday - 1:00 PM
MEL WEISBURD MEMORIAL
Join SHERMAN PEARL, STEFI WEISBURD, ALICE PERO, KATHABELA WILSON,GLENNA LUSCHEI, and many others to celebrate
the life, humor and poetry of Mel Weisburd. Mel who, passed away in April, was Los Angeles's original Smog Inspector, an LSD
literary pioneer, Co-Founder with Gene Frumkin of Coastlines literary magazine, consummate spanner of C.P. Snow's two
cultures, a deep and beautiful writer and an all around kind and playful soul. Refreshments, hugs, laughter. FREE.

2 August, Sunday - 5:00 PM
FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING
Our popular monthly open reading. Features this month, TBA. Hosted by STEVE GOLDMAN. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five-
minute limit. Free, but donations always appreciated.

2 August, Sunday - 7:30 PM
FREDERICK POLLACK: A POVERTY OF WORDS
Visiting from Washington D.C. FREDERICK POLLACK, author of two book-length narrative poems, will read from his new
collection of shorter poems, A Poverty of Words. Suggested donation $5.

7 August, Friday - 8:00 PM
MASON’S NOISE PARLOUR
The eighth installment of Mason’s Noise Parlour features a diverse selection of songs and poetry from Lexie Rose, Nando
Anderson, and Spencer Shapeero. Host MASON SUMMIT and guest SPENCER SHAPEERO will also perform as their duo, The
Clowns Will Eat Me. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

8 August, Saturday - 8:00 PM
CHOKIN’ IN THE HEAT: WATTS UPRISING 50TH ANNIVERSARY
On Wednesday, 11 August 1965, Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old black man, was arrested for drunk driving on the edge of Los
Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. The ensuing struggle during his arrest sparked off a 6-day uprising that resulted in 34 deaths,
over 1,000 injuries, nearly 4,000 arrests, and the destruction of property valued at $40 million. American Book Award-winning
poet and 1965 Watts resident Will Alexander headlines a reading that revisits those tumultuous days and their long term
aftermath. Featuring: WILL ALEXANDER, JAWANZA DUMISANI, PAM WARD, and special guests.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.