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beyond baroque calendar

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.

ART EXHIBITS PERFORMANCES & READINGS WORKSHOPS COMMUNITY EVENTS

Welcome to the main Performances & Readings calendar. Note that the event schedule may change without prior notice.

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ADMISSION POLICY

 

REGULAR ADMISSION
$10 General Admission, $6 Students/Seniors, Members free

SPECIAL ADMISSION
$20 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors, Members $8

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Suggested Donation $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds.



FEBRUARY

12 February, Friday - 8:00 PM
DEBORAH BOGEN & MAURYA SIMON
Poet DEBORAH BOGEN moved from Southern California to Pittsburgh/ PA in 2000. The author of three prize-winning books, she
returns to read with the accomplished and much admired MAURYA SIMON. DEBORAH BOGEN reads from her new MS, Prayer
Flags
.MAURYA SIMON is the author of nine volumes of poetry, including Speaking in Tongues, a nominee for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Ghost Orchid, which was nominated in 2004 for a National Book Award in Poetry and Cartographies (Red Hen Press, 2008). Regular Admission.

13 February, Saturday - 4:00 PM
BOB BRANAMAN & RAPHAEL COHEN-BACRY: THE MIRACULIOUS
Two painters combine their work and show their vision of the transcendence of art. Free to all.

13 February, Saturday - 8:00 PM
THE HISTORY OF BLACK POETRY IN LOS ANGELES
Poetry in Los Angeles is multilingual and multicultural! Join us as we celebrate the great Black poets of Los Angeles. Co-curated
by Pam Ward and Will Alexander. Regular Admission.

14 FEBRUARY IS THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON - Please allow extra time when attending this event

14 February, Sunday - 2:00 PM
SOAP BOX POETS OPEN READING
- CANCELED FOR TODAY
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. Suggested donation $5.

18 February, Thursday - 7:30 PM
POETRY IN THE LOFT OFFSITE AT THE HOTEL ERWIN
Join us at our favorite boutique hotel for a night of poetry. This month: LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL featuring BRENDA
PETRAKOS, SEAN HILL, STOSH MACHEK, and STEVE RAMIREZ. Curated and hosted by DAVE MCINTIRE.
Suggested donation $5-$10.

VOICES FROM THE MARGINS SERIES
This event is supported by the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd; and by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

19 February, Friday - 8:00 PM
VOICES FROM THE MARGINS: AMERICAN HISTORY X SCREENING
Co-producer JON HESS talks about the themes of the film American History X and takes your questions. Q&A follows the
screening. Regular Admission.

20 February, Saturday - 5:00 PM
VOICES FROM THE MARGINS: PANEL ON THE PRISON SYSTEM
Inmates who found their lives changed by language and survived incarceration and recidivism describe their experiences. They
are joined by poets and writers who brought them the word behind bars. With RAFAEL ALVARADO, RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ, and
STEVE GOLDMAN. Regular Admission.

20 February, Saturday - 11:00 AM  - 3:00 PM
MINI MASTER CLASS WITH PAM WARD
CREATIVITY AND CHAOS: WRITE LIKE YOU’RE GONNA DIE!
Discover how writer/designer PAM WARD, wrote her novel on her front porch during the Los Angeles riots. Learn techniques on
staying focused, creating unforgettable characters and turning real life turmoil into narrative gold. Los Angeles native, PAM
WARD received a California Arts Council Writing Fellowship, a New Letters Award in Poetry and was nominated for a Pushcart
Prize. Her poetry has been published widely in the U.S. and her dramatic poetic/performance, I Didn't Survive Slavery for This, was
showcased at Beyond Baroque in 2014. Pam has published two novels, Want Some Get Some, Kensington and Bad Girls Burn
Slow
, Kensington and is currently working on a story about her aunt, a Black Dahlia suspect. Bring 10 copies of a poem.
$35 members, $50 non members, $20 audit
. Register at Eventbrite.

20 February, Saturday - 8:00 PM
VOICES FROM THE MARGINS: READING
Featuring LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ, RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ, and RAFAEL ALVARADO. Regular Admission.

21 February, Sunday - 5:00 PM
VOICES IN THE WELL: LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Please join us as we explore love in all its dimensions through storytelling, poetry, comedy & music. Hosted by ERIC VOLLMER.
Regular Admission.

26 February, Saturday - 8:00 PM
CROSS-STROKES in the bookstore
Readings by Joe Safdie, Paul Vangelisti, Doren Robbins, and S.A. Griffin read from Cross-Strokes. Hosted by Bill Mohr.
Regular Admission.

27 February, Saturday - 8:00 PM
BEYOND BAROQUE FICTION SHOWCASE: INNOVATIVE FICTION
Join JULIA SHIFFRIN, TOME PAGE, JOHN O’KANE and RIP RENSE for an evening of innovative fiction. Hosted by RICHARD
MODIANO. Regular Admission.

28 February is the ACADEMY AWARDS - Please plan accordingly for possible traffic diversions
28 February, Sunday - 2:00 PM
THE NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING
Our fourth Sunday reading hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD This month’s feature TBD. Suggested donation $5.

28 February, Sunday - 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL
Our monthly bilingual poetry salon, hosted by ANTONIETA VILLAMIL. Free, donations appreciated.

28 February, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA: RESIDUE
STEVE DEGROODT’s (in person) mediation on the presence of Western consumerism confronting the tribes on the island of
Papua New Guinea, plus more ethnographic films. Free, donations appreciated.

3 March, Thursday - 8:00 PM
BRENDA YATES & CECILIA WOLOCH

Reading together for the first time: Cecilia Woloch, prize-winning poet, teacher and essayist is the author of seven poetry collections. Brenda Yates celebrates the publication of her first book of poems, Bodily Knowledge. Regular Admission.


4 March, Friday - 8:00 PM
NORMAN FISCHER

A Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, Norman Fischer earned an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent five years at the Tassajara Zen Monastery in San Francisco. An author of both nonfiction and poetry, his collections of poetry include: Turn Left in Order to Go Right (1989), Success (2000), Slowly but Dearly (2004), I Was Blown Back (2005), Questions / Places / Voices / Seasons (2009), Conflict (2012), The Strugglers (2013), and Escape This Crazy Life of Tears: Japan 2010 (2014). Regular Admission.


5 March, Saturday - 8:00 PM
POETRY IN MOTION: MAD MEN, THE MAN SHOW

Since 1988, Eve Brandstein presents an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities. This month’s line-up TBD. Special admission $20 General, $10 Students & Seniors, $8 Members. Advance general admission tickets available at Eventbrite.


6 March, Sunday - 5:00 PM
FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING

Our popular monthly open reading. Features this month TBD. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five-minute limit. Suggested donation $5.


6 March, Sunday - 7:30 PM
DIANA BLOCK: CLANDESTINE OCCUPATIONS -
CANCELLED


11 March, Friday - 8:00 PM
SESSHU FOSTER & MARIA TEUTSCH

Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 20 years. He's also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. Maria Garcia Teutsch’s recent publications can be found in the Sylvia Plath anthology: Fat Gold Watch, McSweeney’s anthology, Conversations at the Wartime Cafe, and Eighteens. She is editor-in-chief of The Homestead Review magazine, and also Ping-Pong: a journal of literature and art published by the Henry Miller Memorial Library. Regular Admission.


12 March, Saturday - 2:00 PM
WOMAN SCREAM FESTIVAL - FILM SCREENINGS

A screening of films documenting the feminist struggle faced by all women, but by some more than others. Regular admission.


12 March, Saturday - 4:00 PM
ART OPENING: HOLADAY MASON
TWO LITERARY PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS

The Quatrains: 3 multi-image constellations (chosen from a series of 50 sets) are startling conversations of content, color & range. In the upstairs gallery, The Mud/ Urn/Altar/ Fairy Tale Series: A nude study of the human beings dreaming of death, sex & other realms. Free to all.


12 March, Saturday - 5:00 PM
HOLADAY MASON, MARSHA DE LA O & GAIL WRONSKY

Holaday Mason, Marsha De La O & Gail Wronsky read together for the first time offering up a kaleidoscope of intense imaginal/surreal/lyric poetry that leaps with the colors found in the many words within many worlds. Suggested donation $5.


12 March, Saturday - 8:00 PM
WOMAN SCREAM FESTIVAL READING

Woman Scream is a chain festival happening globally in March. This installment features Alicia Partnoy, Gail Wronsky, Sholeh Wolpe and more. Regular admission.


13 March, Sunday - 2:00 PM
SOAP BOX POETS 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. Suggested donation $5


13 March, Sunday  - 4:00 PM
THE BARRESIANS POETRY READING

Barresi’s workshop has been meeting for over a decade and has produced award-winning, much-published poets. They read together for the first time tonight. Featuring: Mary Fitzpatrick, Kate Hovey, Judith Pacht, Candace Pearson, Beth Ruscio, Catie Sandstrom, Lynne Thompson, Carne Topal, Brenda Yates and Kim Young. Dorothy Barresi hosts. Regular Admission.

13 March, Sunday - 5:30 PM
JOSEPH CAMPBELL ROUNDTABLE SERIES - CONNECTING TO OUR HEART WISDOM

First in the series of our new Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTables is the screening of the award winning film, Femme: Women Healing the World, produced by actress, Sharon Stone and Emmanuel Itier.  Mr. Itier will be on hand for the screening.  Free, donations appreciated.


13 March, Sunday - 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM
GORGEOUS STORIES WITH TERRIE SILVERMAN

You're invited to witness embarrassing, absurd and painfully comic moments become Gorgeous Stories. Be inspired by hilarious true stories and solo-show excerpts developed in Terrie Silverman's Creative Rites Fall workshop at Beyond Baroque. Special Admission: $8 for all.


17 March, Thursday - 7:30 PM
POETRY IN THE LOFT OFFSITE AT THE HOTEL ERWIN

Join us at our favorite boutique hotel for a night of poetry. Check the calendar or our social networks for the line up closer to the date. Suggested donation $5-$10.


17 March, Thursday - 8:00 PM
VOICES IN THE WELL: FORGOTTEN HORIZONS

This evening we present an improbable comedy based upon a unique correspondence between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud -- matched with scenes from a rare pageant play by G. Bernard Shaw -- featuring a lively and provocative meeting of the minds! Regular Admission.


18 March, Friday - 8:00 PM
WILL ALEXANDER & HELLER LEVINSON

Will Alexander - author of approaching 30 books. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, visual artist, pianist, and Beyond Baroque Poet-In-Residence. He will be reading with Black Widow poet, Heller Levinson whose "hinge theory" has empowered a half dozen books as well as individual writings and articles across the US and abroad. Regular Admission.


19 March, Saturday - 1:00 PM
GORGEOUS STORIES with TERRIE SILVERMAN

You're invited to witness embarrassing, absurd and painfully comic moments become Gorgeous Stories. Be inspired by hilarious true stories and solo-show excerpts developed in Terrie Silverman's Creative Rites Fall workshop at Beyond Baroque. Special Admission: $8 for all.


19 March, Saturday - 8:00 PM
MONA FAITY-MOUSA

Inspired by several Canadian and American slam poets, Mona found herself in an addictive relationship with the written and spoken word. At 17 she hit the stage for the first time at Toronto’s well-known annual Open Minds Respect events. 9 years later, Mona has been on the road almost non-stop, having recently come off her 2015 Summer tour schedule to the southern US, and Hawai’i. Regular admission.


20 March, Sunday - 5:00 PM
VOICES IN THE WELL: CHIMES OF FREEDOM FLASHING
J oin us as we celebrate our theme of freedom through storytelling, poetry & music with our favorite guest performers drawn from Voices in the Well. Regular Admission.


24 March, Thursday - 8:00 PM
OSMOTIC INNUENDO: WILL ALEXANDER & SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS

A night of surreal music led by Poet-in-Residence, Will Alexander on piano, and guests from San Francisco: Andrew Joron on Theremin, and Mark Pino on drums. Regular Admission.


25 March, Friday - 8:00 PM
ONE ACTS BY ARAM SAROYAN & MICHAEL C FORD

Michael C Ford and friends present two one-act plays by Mr. Ford and internationally known poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright Aram Saroyan. Regular Admission.


26 March, Saturday - 10:00 AM
IT’S YOUR MFA! HOW THE LOW RESIDENCY MODEL CAN WORK FOR YOU
with GODDARD COLLEGE FACULTY MEMBER AIMEE LIU

If you’ve been considering a Master’s degree in creative writing but are unable to leave your job or family-- or are daunted by the expense of traditional graduate programs-- please join Goddard College MFA faculty member Aimee Liu to learn about the low-residency model that gives you the best of both writing worlds: brief but intensive on-campus residencies with fellow students and faculty, AND 1-on-1 mentorships with faculty advisors focused on work that you write at home. This 2-hour session will give you sneak preview of the experience and rewards of earning an MFA that’s tailored to your needs. Suggested donation $5-$10.


26 March, Saturday - 1:00 PM
GORGEOUS STORIES WITH TERRIE SILVERMAN

You're invited to witness embarrassing, absurd and painfully comic moments become Gorgeous Stories. Be inspired by hilarious true stories and solo-show excerpts developed in Terrie Silverman's Creative Rites Fall workshop at Beyond Baroque. Special Admission: $8 for all.


26 March, Saturday - 4:00 PM
LAUREL BLOSSOM

Laurel Blossom reads from Longevity, the second in a trilogy of long poems, the first of which was Degrees of Latitude. Each poem began as a journal and developed over many drafts and a number of years to its final form and publication. In the Mike Kelley Gallery. Suggested donation $5-$10.


26 March, Saturday - 8:00 PM
RED HEN SHOWCASE

Red Hen Press presents a two-hour showcase and reception featuring new and recent releases, and featured authors from Beyond Baroque's Wide Awake Anthology. Don't miss this anticipated literary event of the season! Readers: Tony Barnstone, Sean Bernard, John Brantingham, Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, Kathy Hall, Genevieve Kaplan, Ron Koertge, Louise Wareham Leonard, Gary Lemons, Seema Reza, and Charles Harper Webb. Regular Admission.


27 March, Sunday - 2:00 PM
THE NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING

Our fourth Sunday reading hosted by Wyatt Underwood. This month’s feature TBD. Suggested donation $5.


27 March, Sunday - 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL

Our monthly bilingual poetry salon, hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Free, donations appreciated.


27 March, Sunday - 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA

Free, donations appreciated.

29 March, Sunday - 7:30 PM
KAAREN ALENIER

Free, donations appreciated.

31 March, Thursday - 8:00 PM
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

Noir and the erotic meet up for AWP! Featuring Dorianne Laux, Richard Garcia, and Joseph Miller. Also on the bill are Cynthia Atkins, Francesca Bell, Michelle Bitting, David Tomas Martinez, and your host Alexis Rhone Fancher. Regular Admission.