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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.

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JULY

30 JulyThursday - 8:00 PM
FROM THE EXISTENTIALIST COOKBOOK
In the Bookstore  

Arizona poet, SHAWNTE ORION visits Los Angeles for a special reading in Beyond Baroque’s legendary bookstore.
Guests MANDY KAHN and LARRY COLKER complete the recipe! Curated by Brendan Constantine. Suggested donation $5.

 

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. Feature this month, Flor de Te. Hosted by STEVE GOLDMAN. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM.
Five-minute limit. Please note that this will be a bi-lingual reading in Spanish/English. 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.

9 August, Sunday - 2:00 PM
50 YEARS OF THE DOORS!
In 1965, four guys started practicing in a band in Venice, who called themselves The Doors. Two years later, they would release
Light My Fire and become an international rock sensation. We have a DOORS EKPHRASTIC POETRY SET by LA's amazing
Poets! Inspired by the Photography of Jim Coke! S.A. GRIFFIN, GERALD LOCKLIN, LAUREL ANN BOGEN, IRIS DE ANDA,
BRENDA PETRAKOS, CARL STILLWELL, DON KINGFISHER CAMPBELLl, CHARLES L. DAVIS, SHY BUT FLYY, JESSICA
WILSON CARDENAS
, JUAN CARDENAS, FRED VOSS, JOAN JOBE SMITH, STEVIE KALINICH, PAM WARD, KRISTIN SHARP.
 Music from JUAN CARDENAS and his friends, sending us on a journey of Doors influenced sound. Reception starts at 2pm,
reading at 2:30pm. Open mic starts at 3:30pm, one piece per person, please. $5 Suggested donation. 

9 August, Sunday - 2:00 PM
OPENING RECEPTION: JIM COKE, THE DOORS JULY 15, 1967
Jim Coke photographed The Doors one time, on July 15, 1967, at LA's first rock music festival, the Fantasy Faire and Magic
Music Festival at Devonshire Downs in Northridge. It was one month after the Monterey Pop Festival and two weeks before Light
My Fire
hit number one on the Billboard charts. Coke's most recent project is the mural in downtown Long Beach, the 20-foot long
"Flying Morrison", which is derived from the climactic image in the Scream Sequence. FREE.

9 August, Sunday - 7:30 PM
RUTHIE BUELL’S 85TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Uncle Ruthie Buell, teacher, performer and pioneer of children's programming on Pacifica radio station KPFK-FM, is still going
strong at 85! Join Ruthie and guests for a mix of storytelling, music and conversation.This celebration of the written word offers a
taste of everything from Thurber to Saroyan. Suggested donation $5.

10 August, Monday - 14 August, Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily
MAVERICKS & MASTERS SUMMER WORKSHOP
See workshop section for more information.

13 August, Thursday - 8:00 PM
MAVERICKS & MASTERS SUMMER WORKSHOP READING - Instructors
Join the instructors of the 2015 Mavericks & Masters Summer Workshop for a reading of their work.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

14 August, Friday - 4:00 - 7:00 PM
MAVERICKS & MASTERS SUMMER WORKSHOP READING - Students
Students and instructors from the week-long workshop share their work.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

14 August, Friday - 8:00 PM
BEYOND BAROQUE FICTION SHOWCASE
Poet RYKA AOKI reads from her debut novel, A Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song, a tale of colliding and evolving cultures on the Big
Island of Hawai'i. You will not soon forget the lives portrayed here, the contrasting ethnicities, beliefs, sometimes fraught with
greed, intrigues, prejudice, and bigotry, but transformed by ancient and contemporary hula, all blending in a feast of dance,
music, food, local theater, into a community of distinct and colorful individuals finding its unique, inspired self.
Hosted by RICHARD MODIANO. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

15 August, Saturday - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
MAVERICKS & MASTERS MINI WORKSHOP
with ELLINE LIPMAN - please see workshop section of calendar for more details.

15 August, Saturday - 4:00 PM
MIKE STREET: THE LATE LATE SHOW - OPENING RECEPTION
Created with a highly theatrical and cinematic eye, this sampler platter of recent artwork includes drawings, paintings,
collaborative photography and film. This crowd-pleasing "HAPPENING" is dedicated to the memory of longtime cinephile friend
Paul Stiver (1953-2015). The show fatefully opens on what would have been his 62nd birthday. Free.

15 August, Saturday - 7:30 PM
THE ANNUAL PHILOMENIAN
More info to follow soon.

16 August, Sunday - 3:00 PM
THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF YES! BY SCOTT WANNBERG
PUBLICATION READING
Please join Beyond Baroque for a celebration of Scott Wannberg's newest Perceval Press release. A big book for a big man with
a big heart, The Official Language of Yes is a hardbound volume standing 8.5"x11" with over 300 pages containing not only a
grand dynamic of Scott's writing covering his entire canon, but full-color reproductions of Scott's original art and infamous
spontaneous poems as well. Food, drink and special guests. Suggested donation $5.

16 August, Sunday - 4:00 PM
THE POETRY SALON
In the Mike Kelley Gallery
This intimate poetry showcase presents a variety of poets and writers from Tresha Haefner's advanced poetry workshop,
performing their latest work. Followed by open mic, wine, and snacks. Suggested Donation $5.

20 August, Thursday - 8:00 PM (THIS EVENT IS OFFSITE)
POETRY IN MOTION AT THE HOTEL ERWIN
Poetry in Motion does McPoetry right with JOHN TOTTENHAM, O-LAN JONES, MICHAEL HARRIS, SUSAN HAYDEN, SANDY
HELBERG, JON HESS, CARRIE WHITE, SUZANNE WHANG, REX WEINER, ANNE BEATTS, LISA THAYER, JOHN DIFUSCO. 
Regular Admission $20, Students & Seniors $10, Members $8. Advance tickets available for $15 on Eventbrite.
OFFSITE AT Hotel Erwin: 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, CA

21 August, Friday - 8:00 PM
CELEBRATING AT THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION
An Evening Celebrating the Forming of The Doors
Join MICHAEL C FORD, JOHN DENSMORE and ROBBY KREIGER (schedules permitting) as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of
the forming of The Doors in Venice. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

23 August, Sunday - 2:00 PM
NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING
In the Mike Kelley Gallery
Hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD. Feature this month: IRIS DE ANDA. Five-minute limit, sign ups at 1:45 PM.
Suggested donation $5.

23 July, Sunday - 4:00 PM
MIX TAPE: AN URBAN LOVE STORY by PAULA STINSON
A play with music in two acts. Were you abused as a child? Do you struggle to transcend the residual anger and resentment
toward the people who abused you? Has this toxic anger infiltrated the very fiber of your life - affecting everything from your
mental and physical health to your interpersonal relationships? Do you have addiction, self-harm and/or codependency issues?
Me too! Well, enough of that crap! Let the healing begin. Suggested donation $5.

23 August, Sunday - 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL
Hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Suggested donation $5.

23 August, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA - I'LL LIGHT YOUR PYRE
Exorcising Jim Morrison - WILL EROKAN & GERRY FIALKA'S psychedelic multi-media party probes The Doors' birth in Venice with
live experimental cinema, music & poetry that deconstructs Jim Morrison, Artaud & The Gulf of Tonkin. Hack your own doors of
perception. Free, but donations appreciated.

29 August, Saturday - 8:00 PM
NATIONAL BEAT POETRY FESTIVAL EVENT
Celebrate our Venice Beat heritage with readings by one of the original Venice Beats FRANK T. RIOS, and S.A. GRIFFIN, HARRY
NORTHUP, HOLLY PRADO, PEGARTY LONG, and MICHAEL C FORD, reading selections from other Beats including Stuart Z.
Perkoff, Tony Scibella, William Margolis, Philomene Long, and Alexander Tocchi as well as their own original work.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

30 August, Sunday - 7:30 PM
PAUL LIEBER and KITA SHANTIRIS
Los Angeles poets PAUL LIEBER and KITA SHANTIRIS explore trauma, love and loss with fierce honesty, tenderness and humor.
An actor and producer/host of KPFK’s “Why Poetry?”, Lieber has a “cunning way with words,” while Shantiris, a psychologist who
runs Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, writes “with a refreshing delight in language.” Suggested Donation $5.


SEPTEMBER


LABOR DAY WEEKEND 9/4-9/7


5 September, Saturday - 8:00 PM
CHRISTIAN GEORGESCU
CHRISTIAN GEORGESCU sets off verbal pyrotechnics in The House of ME. An exceptionally crafted inside joke, hitting hard with
truth that alters perception - Pedestal Magazine.

6 September, 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.

11 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
THE MONDAY NIGHT POETRY POSSE: SALON READING
After more than a decade (and counting), David St. John’s celebrated workshop posse presents its first-ever group reading:
MARJORIE BECKER, JEANETTE CLOUGH, PAUL LIEBER, SARAH MACLAY, HOLADAY MASON, JIM NATAL, JAN WESLEY,
BRENDA YATES, MARIANO ZARO, and there in spirit from Dubai, Dina Hardy.
Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

12 September, Saturday - 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL
A celebration of art in film. Check beyondbaroque.org for details after August 1.

13, September, 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.

17 September, Thursday - 7:30 PM
Public Works presents - FAREWELL MY LOVELY
Join the Public Works Improvisational Theater salute to the Noir detective genre including works by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell
Hammett and Woody Allen. Also visit the History of Art in Venice exhibit upstairs in the Mike Kelley Gallery as part of the Venice
Art Crawl. Exhibit is Free to all. Admission to Public Works show: General $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

18 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
JAZZ & WORDS: PETER CHERCHES & MICHAEL C FORD
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins said, “To Gödel, Escher, and Bach we might consider adding Peter Cherches.” Cherches,
a short fiction writer for the past 40 years, has also been singing jazz and writing lyrics since the 1980s and now brings his show
to Beyond Baroque. PETER CHERCHES will be accompanied by a group of L.A.-based musicians led by saxophonist DAVID
LEECH, and Venice’s own Grammy-winning, Pulitzer-nominated performance poet, MICHAEL C FORD.
General $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

19 September, Saturday - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
MAVERICKS & MASTERS MINI WORKSHOP
With JAWANZA DUMISANI - See workshop section of calendar for more details.

19 September, Saturday - 2:00 PM
VOICES FROM THE MARGIN - AMERICAN HISTORY X SCREENING
JON HESS, Writer/Producer of AMERICAN HISTORY X introduces his 1990s classic examination of white skinhead racism played
in the suburbs of Los Angeles. General $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

19 September, Saturday - 4:00 PM
VOICES FROM THE MARGIN - FORMER INMATE PANEL
General $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

19 September, Saturday - 4:00 Pm
OPENING RECEPTION: HISTORY OF ART IN VENICE
Free.

19 September, Saturday - 8:00 PM
VOICES FROM THE MARGIN: THE POETRY OF INCARCERATION READING
General $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

CANCELED
20 September, Sunday - 4:00 PM

WRITING HEALING POETRY

25 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
FLOWERING FUEGOS: ALICIA PARTNOY & GAIL WRONSKY
ALICIA PARTNOY is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentinian citizens ‘disappeared’. She is
currently an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University where she presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an
organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities. She will be signing and reading from
her new book, Flowering Fires-Fuegos Florales, translated by GAIL WRONSKY. (Settlement House Press, 2014).
General $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

26 September, Saturday - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE ANNUAL READING
Over 80 countries worldwide celebrate the movement toward a sustainable future. Beyond Baroque represents Venice, California
with a day of poetry and action. Free.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM SOAP BOX POETS - Hosted by: JESSICA WILSON

3:00 PM - SATURDAY AFTERNOON POETRY WORKSHOP Read

4:00 PM - WEDNESDAY NIGHT WORKSHOP LEADERS Read

5:00 PM - GREEN POETS Read

6:00 PM - WIDE AWAKE POETS LAUREL ANN BOGEN & more TBA

7:00 PM - CHARLES HARPER WEBB: Reads from his new book, Brain Camp

26 September, Saturday - 7:00 - 7:30 PM
CHARLES HARPER WEBB: BRAIN CAMP PUBLICATION READING
Winner of many poetry prizes and recipient of fellowships from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, CHARLES HARPER
WEBB reads from Brain Camp, his eleventh collection of poetry. A former professional rock singer / guitarist, Webb teaches in the
MFA Creative Writing Program at Cal State Long Beach. His book of craft essays, A Million MFAs Are Not Enough, is forthcoming
from Red Hen Press. This event is part of 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE.

26 September, Saturday - 8:00 PM
JACQUELINE TCHAKALIAN: THE SIZE OF OUR BED
JACQUELINE DERNER TCHAKALIAN launches her poetry book, The Size of Our Bed with fellow poets RAMON GARCIA, NICELLE
DAVIS and moderator, KATE GALE. Well known as a visual artist, Jacqueline’s poetry has percolated for years, becoming fine-
tuned, elegant, raw and dripping with a visceral pleasure. Don’t miss this launch party complete with Armenian mezze, wine, and a
celebration of love, community and poetry. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free.

27 September, Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
BEYOND BAROQUE POETRY STAGE AT THE ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL
THIS EVENT IS OFFSITE ON ABBOT KINNEY
In a kick-off reading for Banned Book Week, The NoHo Short Fiction series writers open the reading with selections from Ray
Bradbury's, FAHRENHEIT 451. Then Beyond Baroque and the Pacific Coast Poetry Series host a day of readings by poets from
its latest publication, WIDE AWAKE: POETS OF LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND. Free.

27 September, Sunday - 2:00 PM
NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING
In the Mike Kelley Gallery
Hosted by WYATT UUNDERWOOD Feature this month: ROLLAN VACHINE. Five-minute limit, sign ups at 1:45 PM.
Suggested donation $5.

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

27 September, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA - AN EVENING WITH PABLO FRASCONI
Interview 7:00 PM, Screening 8:30 PM
Since 1969, PABLO FRASCONI has made films about the U.S. bicentennial, gentrification, childhood literacy, public art, creativity,
civil liberties and poetry, including, Towards the Memory of a Revolution ('76, 53m), The Woodcuts of Antonio Frasconi ('87,
25m), Survival of a Small City ('86, 57m), broadcast nationally on PBS, and, The Longing ('08,15m). Frasconi is currently
Professor of Practice in the Production Division at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC where he teaches Editing; Creating Poetic
Cinema; Nature, Design and Media. Free, but donations appreciated.