Beyond Baroque offers a wide variety of workshops, readings, performances, art exhibits, and community events and meetings. Click on one of the calendar links below to find something to enjoy. If you'd like to SUBMIT A PROPOSAL for an event, click here for more information.
Welcome to the main Performances & Readings calendar. Note that the event schedule may change without prior notice.
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1-30 September, Every Day
CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER
Beginning on September 1 and running through September 30, 2016 all handmade jewelry by poet
Laurel Ann Bogen will be discounted 30% to all Beyond Baroque members. Not a member?
You can become a member during September and receive the discount along with the other perks such
as free admission to most events throughout the year, discounts in our bookstore and oodles more. Time to get shopping!
25 September, Sunday - 4:00PM
The Dryden Arms
Welcome to Dante’s Inferno with gags, an absurdist tale of apartment living in Los Angeles. The Dryden Arms (House of Despair, a comedy)
charges forth with a distinct, comic voice. Put on your harness and embark on a ride that feels like something between a roller coaster and a
Tilt-A-Whirl. With Johnny Allina. Donation Requested.
25 September, Sunday - 6:00PM to 8:00PM (Please Note That This Event Will Be Held at Vidiots in Santa Monica)
Vidiots presents: A Night of L.A. Punk Rock
A Night of L.A. Punk Rock with special guests John Doe (X, The Knitters), Exene Cervenka (X), rock journalist
Kristine McKenna (Los Angeles Times, The New York Times), Tom DeSavia (Head of Creative Services at SONGS Music
Publishing and co-host of the podcast Live From High Fidelity), and moderator, DJ Dan Wilcox (KCRW).
This Vidiots one-off event, celebrating Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, John Doe and Tom DeSavia’s
recent memoir about the 1977-1982 West Coast punk scene, will feature an acoustic set from John Doe and Exene, book signing,
film clips, and an extended conversation with Doe, Exene, McKenna, DeSavia, and Wilcox.
If you weren’t lucky enough to live through this incredible, incomparable period in L.A.’s musical and cultural history, Vidiots’ Night
of L.A. Punk Rock will be the next best thing. If you lived it, come relive it, if only for one night.
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30 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
NATIONAL TRANSLATION MONTH
The Inkwell partners with National Translation Month every September to encourage readers across the US and UK to celebrate
literary works in translation. Join Nels Goñi Christianson, Mariano Zaro, Richard Modiano, Elena Secota, Bob Boucher and Sylvie Yarza
for a special reading in multiple languages from Japanese to French. Hosted by guest curator Gloria Vando. Regular admission.
1 October, Saturday - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
TWO FILMS BY JAMES SCOTT
A Shocking Accident (25 mins) is based on a Graham Greene short story which won an Oscar for best short film in 1983,
and RB Kitaj, (18 mins) a film Scott made on the artist in 1967. Kitaj's work is very 'literature inspired' and he is now part of
the London Calling show at the Getty. Free but donation requested.
1 October, Saturday - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Marie Lecrivain & David McIntire - NEW PUBLICATIONS
Come join International Wordbank Press as they celebrate two of their latest releases, Marie Lecrivain's Philomon's Gambit
and David McIntire's No One Will Believe You. These two Los Angeles poets have in their respective ways been contributing to
the literary scene for years. Join them, and IWB, as they bring exciting new work to Beyond Baroque. Free but donations gratefully accepted.
1 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
KIM DOWER & RON KOERTGE
Kim Dower and Ron Koertge will perform poetry tricks beyond your wildest imaginations! Join us for an intimate, engaging,
accessible, funny and heartbreaking reading, and see how their poems speak to one another, connect with you, come alive!
2 October, Sunday - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
THE BAGGAGE REVIEW
The Baggage Review presents the collision of music and words as the all improvisational band Baggage plays host to a revolving
cast of bands whose singers and songwriters have the opportunity not only to play their songs but to read their poetry or song lyrics,
or otherwise incorporate spoken word into their music performance. It's a great monthly get together with cheap snacks and drinks
and backyard party vibe. $5.00 donation requested but no one turned away for lack of funds.
2 October, Sunday - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING
Our popular monthly open reading. Features this month, TBA. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five-minute limit. Free, but donations always
appreciated. IN THE MIKE KELLEY GALLERY
6 October, Friday - 6:00 PM
THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Opening Night! The 13th Annual Other Venice Film Festival. The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF) proudly returns, better than ever,
for its 13th season this October 7th to 9th The OVFF is a nonprofit community event dedicated to screening full- length, short and
animated films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, California. Doors open at 6:00, screenings begin at 7:00 PM.
7 October, Saturday - 10:00 AM
THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Doors open at 10:00 AM
7 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
JOHN GUZLOWSKI - IN THE MIKE KELLY GALLERY
Meet John Guzlowski, author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded, during his Los Angeles tour!
“Taut...beautifully realized.” — World Literature Today “Important book.”— Harvard Review. Free but donations gratefully accepted.
8 October, Sunday - 11:00 AM
THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Doors open at 11:00 AM.
8 October, Saturday - 2:00 PM
Soap Box Open Reading - IN THE MIKE KELLY GALLERY
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 Cardenas. FREE, but donations are always welcome.
14 October, Friday - 8:00 PM
Candace Read: New Work
Readings and a discussion of writing memoir in all of its various forms will celebrate a new book about a woman who tries to save her
aging Hippie mother from drug addiction and ultimately finds compassionate detachment instead. Regular admission.
15 October, Friday - 8:00 PM
Music by Robbie Fitzsimmons!
Robbie Fitzsimmons has covered over 8000 miles and played around 50 different, self-organized shows (solo or otherwise)
all over the US, most notably, he was playing EVERYDAY at both Electric Forest Festival in Michigan and Lightning in a Bottle
Festival in Temecula, CA. Regular admission.
16 October, Sunday - 2:00 PM
Three Generations on a Stage
Hosted and curated by Mike "The Poet" Sonksen. Regular admission.
16 October, Sunday - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Voice In The Well: “October Surprise”
Our Show will explore where in the world we are through storytelling & satire!
*Special Guest Performers TBA* Hosted by Eric Vollmer. Regular admission.
16 October, Sunday - 8:00 PM
On Summer Solstice Road
Jerry Garcia celebrates the publication of his poetry collection On Summer Solstice Road (Green Tara Press) with surprise guest poets
and multimedia! Regular admission.
20 October, Thursday - 8:00 PM
Hotel Erwin: The Poetry Posse Rides Again!
Spend an evening of poetry at Larry’s Loft in the stylish HOTEL ERWIN near Venice Beach, where poets Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough,
Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro will read new and selected work.
$5.00 donation requested. At the Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
21 October, Friday - 8:00 PM
Phoebe MacAdams and Mark Rhodes
Phoebe MacAdams will read new and unpublished work. She has published in The World,
Peninsula, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pearl, Attaboy Magazine, The Ojai Review and other journals. Phoebe MacAdams has published six books
of poetry: Sunday, Ever, Ordinary Snake Dance, Livelihood, Strange Grace, and Touching Stone. And Mark Edward Rhodes will read
from his book: Approaching Darkness: Selected Poems – 1978-2015. Regular admission.
22 October, Saturday - 4:00 PM
David Steiner: Burning Desire
jackson joad (David Steiner) will be reading from The Burning of Desire, his ongoing 8 volume epic journey through U.S. History,
1943-2023. Book Four, Death: 1980-1992, his latest published volume, finds our fool still reeling from the events of 1968, twisting
and turning and bending toward meaning and dying all the little deaths along the way. Regular admission.
22 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
Fiction Showcase: Rough Magic
In Rough Magick, editors Francesca Lia Block (award winning Los Angeles author of the Dangerous Angels series and over
twenty-five other titles) and Jessa Marie Mendez (“Jessa is somewhat damaged;” HellaWella contributor) have gathered together
a collection of haunting, sometimes chilling, short stories and poetry in which the writers face love’s shadows in unique and
gripping ways. Come join Francesca, Denise Hamilton (Damage Control), Laura Lee Bahr (Haunt, Long-Form Religious Porn),
Tracy DeBrincat (Hollywood Buckaroo, Troglodyte), Amanda Yates Garcia (The Oracle of Los Angeles), Sarah Herrington
(an Oprah poet to watch), Ashley Inguanta (For The Woman Alone) Logan Brendt and Manuel Chavarria for an evening of tales about
the darker side of love and sex. Regular admission.
23 October, Sunday - 2:00 PM
The Nebraska Girl Open Reading
Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Free
23 October, Sunday - 6:00 PM
La Poesia Festival – IN THE SCOTT WANNBERG BOOKSTORE
POESÍA FÉSTIVAL open mic and anthology edited by Antonieta Villamil celebrates Colombian Poetry for Peace with Latin-American
poets from LA: Marina Moncada, Joaquín López, Raul Arredondo, Emilia Chuquin, Carolina Rivera, Ricardo Ventura, Marcela Urrutia,
. and more. Potluck party. Hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Suggested donation $5.
23 October, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 Dudely Cinema
Hosted by Gerry Fialka. Free but donations gratefully accepted.
28 October, Friday - 8:00 PM
A Night of Dark Fantasy With Dennis Etchison & Peter Atkins
Get ready for Halloween with master story tellers and genre maestros Dennis Etchison and Peter Atkins! Stephen King has called
Dennis Etchison "one hell of a fiction writer" and he has been called "the most original living horror in America" (The Viking-Penguin
Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural).
Peter Atkins is the author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder and Moontown, and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III,
Hellraiser IV, and Wishmaster. His short fiction has appeared in such best-selling anthologies as The Museum of Horrors, Dark
Delicacies II, and Hellbound Hearts. Regular admission.
29 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
The "She" Series: Holiday Mason & Sarah Maclay
The " She" Series: A Venice Correspondence" a collaboration between poets Holaday Mason and Sarah Maclay- seven years in
the making. Regular admission.
30 October, Sunday - 2:00 PM
Three Generations on a Stage
Hosted by Mike “the Poet” Sonksen. Regular admission.
Mason's Noise Parlour
Young adult spoken word & music
Alicia Bay Laurel
5 November, Saturday - 8:00 PM
Jackson Prize Winner & Beyond Baroque Poet in Residence Will Alexander and Rae Armentrout
Beyond Baroque Writer-in-Residence Will Alexander has been awarded one of the most significant honors given to an
American poet: Poets & Writers’ Jackson Prize for Poetry. Please join Beyond Baroque, Poets & Writers, and the poetry community
of Los Angeles for a reading and reception to celebrate one of America’s most original poets. Alexander will be joined by Pulitzer
Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. More information about the awarding of the prize can be found here.
You Can Purchase Tickets HERE.
An author dialogue and reception will follow the reading, sponsored by Poets & Writers
Thomas McGrath Marathon reading
Poetry of the Spanish Civil War 80th Anniversary
Jeanne Field reading from her ‘60s memoir, joined by Russ Tamblyn and Bonnie Tamblyn (w/her Blue Heaven western swing band)
and John Densmore. Hosted by Michael C Ford.
Pandemonium! Punk! & Panic!
The Poetry Posse