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beyond baroque calendar

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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.


 

JANUARY

13 January Friday 8:00 PM
PACIFIC COAST POETRY SERIES PUBLICATION PARTY! OUR FOREIGNER BY NANCE VAN WINCKEL WITH JEFFREY SCHULTZ

The Pacific Coast Poetry Series (an imprint of Beyond Baroque Books), publisher of Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, is
delighted to announce the launch of its first individual collection and winner of the $2,000 Pacific Coast Poetry Series Prize: Nance Van
Winckel's Our Foreigner. Through personae wry, savvy or wistful, Our Foreigner charts an American West sometimes mysterious, elliptical,
and sometimes oddly familiar. Nance lives in Washington State and is the author of seven other books of poetry. Jeffrey Schultz is the author
of two National Poetry Series Selections: Civil Twilight and What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other. He is a Visiting Assistant
Professor of English and Creative Writing at Pepperdine University and lives in Los Angeles. Hosted by Suzanne Lummis. Regular Admission.

14 January Saturday 4:00 PM
"ALL THE SHIPS ARE SINKING..."

Diane Lefer, Natasha Sajé, and Elizabeth Iannaci read from new and recent work. “Snow does not freeze the hands, but like ether, distends
the lungs until they burst. All the ships are sinking with fire in their bowels, and there are fires hissing in the cellars of every house.” - Anaïs Nin.
Hosted by Brendan Constantine. Regular admission.

14 January 5:00 PM
BITTERSWEET: THE IMMIGRANT STORIES

Angeleno immigrants tell bold, untold stories of their journey to America. Among them is“Sugarcane Arirang, "recounting the first Korean
Americans' long days toiling in the sugar fields of their new country. Special guest Korean poets Soo Bok Kim and Duk Kyu Park will also read.
The evening of multi-language readings will be hosted by Tanya Ko Hong and Julayne Lee, followed by a reception and opportunity to meet
the poets. $5.00 donation suggested. In The Mike Kelley Gallery.

14 January Saturday 8:00 PM
L.A. WOMAN - THE CONFESSION

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…Oh boy, have I sinned.” A middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career,
dramatically building to an explosive confrontation in this debut staged reading of the new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe.
Three amazing actresses alternate as star in this theatrical tour de force, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Rodd. Saturday January 14, 2017 at
8:00 PM—Christina Linhardt. Saturday February 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM—Robin Ray Eller. Saturday March 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM—Denise Lebra
Hefti.

15 January Sunday 1:00 PM
WRITERS RESIST

Poets and writers have a responsibility to preserve language in all its truth, whether beautiful or ugly, and to resist any attempt to put their art in
the service of the powerful. Hosted by David St. John. FREE but donations gratefully accepted.
Co-sponsored by PEN Center USA.

15 January Sunday 5:00 PM
VOICE IN THE WELL

Public Works Improvisational Theatre's "Voice in The Well" is a series of monthly literary salon-style readings produced by Eric Vollmer.
We are a group of writers, poets, and performers who believe in the transformative power of art. Our Performing Arts Ensemble seeks to
breathe new life into classic works of prose, poetry and playwriting, while also encouraging new creative expression within the greater
community of California. Regular admission.

20 January Friday 7:00 PM
KING CON: INAUGURATION DAY OPEN READING

Give voice to your fears, hopes and dreams about America’s future under the new regime. Sign-ups begin at 6:00 PM. Hosted by S.A. Griffin.
FREE ADMISSION

21 January Saturday 8:00 PM
JAY MURPHY - THE ARTAUD EFFECT

Following the ‘late’ or ‘final’ work of Antonin Artaud, Jay Murphy investigates the virtual body, neurology and the brain as fields of contestation.
Jay Murphy is a writer whose screenplays participated in the invitation-only 2014 Episodic Story Labs of the Sundance Institute and were
finalists in 2011 and 2006 for the Sundance Screenwriting Labs. His essays have appeared in The Progressive, In These Times, and other
forums. Regular admission.

22 JANUARY SUNDAY 7:30 PM
14th Annual VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

Colorful history of films made in Venice California, and celebration of the otherwordly happenings at the legendary Venice West Gallery
(birthplace of the Beats), aka Sponto Gallery with live performances. Experience the essence of Spontofication Rituals in art, music, poetry
and the freedom of creativity. FEATURING RARE COSMO video footage including the SUNNY ZORRO art show at Sponto and more.
FREE but donations gratefully accepted. Laughtears.com

27 January Friday 8:00 PM
TUPELO PRESS 30/30

The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project is a unique poem-a-day project with a fundraising twist that builds a wonderful community of readers for each
poet. The alumni group boasts more than 350 poets from around the world, and reaches thousands of readers. We invite you to this special
reading by Los Angeles area participants followed by a discussion of their writing experience. With Lois Jones, Adele Slaughter, Dan Murphy,
Chris Emerson, Claire Acerno, Colleen Harris Keith, Nina Clements, and Catherine Abbey Hodges. Hosted by Kirsten Miles.
Special admission: $5.00.

28 January Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
THE MAGIC OF THE POETIC LINE: A GENERATIVE WORKSHOP WITH SAWNIE MORRIS

We’ll consider an array of exciting free-verse possibilities available to us in the shaping of our poems (and one often over-looked traditional form)
and we’ll write new poems, keeping in mind that every turn of the line is a turn toward deeper meaning.
* This workshop will include a break from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

28 JANUARY SATURDAY 2:00 PM
7th Annual POETRY OF VENICE PHOTOGRAPHY

Paramedia ecologist Gerry Fialka hosts a panel discussion of award-winning Venice photographers, who explore landscapes of the human
psyche and push pictorial representation beyond! Examine the trance-inducing transforming power of cameras in our community by way of
McLuhan. With B MEADE, KRISTY CAMPBELL, MARGARET MOLLOY, Dave Healey (Time Magazine, NY & LA Times), Todd Von Hoffmann,
TRISH ELLEBRACHT and more. Panel Discussion 2:00 PM-4:00 PM , photo show opening in the Mike Kelley Gallery 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
FREE but donations gratefully accepted.

28 January Saturday 4:00 PM
HER, INFINITE - SAWNIE MORRIS & ELENA KARINA BYRNE

Sawnie Morris has received a Poetry Society of America George Bogin Memorial Award and, for her chapbook The Sound a Raven Makes
(Tres Chicas Books, 2006), a co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award. Her writing about poetry and poets won a Texas PEN Literary Award.
Elena Karina Byrne is author of Squander, MASQUE , and The Flammable Bird. A former 12-year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of
America, Byrne is a multi-media artist, editor, Poetry Consultant / Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Literary Programs
Director for The Ruskin Art Club, and one of the final judges for the Kate/Kingsley Tufts Prizes in poetry. Regular admission.

28 January Saturday 8:00 PM
CAROL V. DAVIS - BECAUSE I CANNOT LEAVE THIS BODY

In her new poetry collection, Because I Cannot Leave This Body, Carol V. Davis crosses cultural and geographic boundaries to explore her
family’s history as Jews, as outsiders, as immigrants. Ranging from Los Angeles to Nebraska to Germany to Russia, she probes the boundaries
between faith, folklore and superstition, trying to find her own way in landscapes that both beckon and threaten. Her restless mind is most at
home at the uncomfortable edges where solace, when found, is ephemeral and fragmentary. Regular Admission.

FEBRUARY

3 February Friday 8:00 PM
CRAZY UNDERNEATH THE TREES

A collaborative poem written and performed by Darrell Larson and Rob Sullivan which investigates parallel cases of mental and physical
breakdowns which lead both men to savage insights, overwhelming despair, and a fragile sense of hope. With improvised, live score from top
notch multi-instrumentalists Mike Tempo and Paul Lacques. Regular Admission.

4 February Saturday 8:00 PM
POETRY IN MOTION

Since 1988, Eve Brandstein presents an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities. This season Poetry in
Motion will feature special events and solo performances. Check out her website evebrandsteinpoetryinmotion.com and Facebook page
for more information. Special General Admission – Advanced tickets $15 on Eventbrite; $20 at the door, $10 Students/Seniors; Members $8.

5 February Sunday 2:00 PM
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. Come down and see some amazing
musical performances. $5.00 donation requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

5 February 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.

10 February Friday 8:00 PM
KEVIN OPSTEDAL and JULIEN POIRIER

Born and raised in Venice, California, Kevin Opstedal is a poet whose line leaves three decades of road cuts across the entire imaginary West.
His latest book, PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016) is a 200+ page collection of new and selected poems that provides
a thorough introduction/reintroduction to his enormous output of chapbooks and two full-length collections. "His poems," writes Lewis
MacAdams, "are hard-nosed without being hard-hearted." As identity and ideas duke it out in the back-alley of academia, Opstedal surfs an oil
slick off Malibu into the apocalypse of style. Julien Poirier has taught poetry in the New York City and San Francisco public schools and at San
Quentin State Prison. He was a founding member of the Brooklyn-based Ugly Duckling Presse Collective. Some of his book are: Out of Print
(City Lights, 2016), Way Too West (Bootstrap, 2015), and El Golpe Chileño (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Regular admission.

11 February Saturday 8:00 PM
L.A. WOMAN - THE CONFESSION

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…Oh boy, have I sinned.” A middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career,
dramatically building to an explosive confrontation in this debut staged reading of the new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe.
Three amazing actresses alternate as star in this theatrical tour de force, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Rodd. Tonight’s performance
features Robin Ray Eller. Regular Admission.

12 February 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
Cardenas. FREE, but donations are always welcome.

12 February Sunday 5:00 PM
VOICE IN THE WELL PRESENTS: "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE”

Join us as we explore how Love Conquers All in Story & Song! Featuring many talented Favorite Performers TBA. Hosted by Eric Vollmer.
Regular Admission.

12 February Sunday 8:00 PM
ENEMY IN THE GARDEN: ANTI-SEMITISM IN AMERICA, FACT OR FICTION?

The program will contrast fact and fiction about anti-Semitism in America. As the author of a thriller on point, Harriet Pike will introduce a
fictional family in suburban Long Island of the 1970s caught in the web of an anti-government, anti-Semitic plot. Simon Wiesenthal's Co-Director
of Digital Terrorism and Hate Project, Rick Eaton, will then talk about the reality of anti-Semitism in today's America and engage in a
conversation with the author, followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Regular Admission.

17 February Friday 8:00 PM
I WAS GOING TO BE A COWGIRL: LIN BENEDEK, ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER AND SUSAN HAYDEN

L.A. poet Lin Benedek, in celebration of her debut book, I Was Going to Be a Cowgirl, will be joined on stage by Alexis Rhone Fancher and
Susan Hayden for a special evening of fearlessly earthy poetry. Reception and book signing to follow. Regular Admission.

18 February Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
"THINKING WITH SOUND – A VOICE CLASS FOR WRITERS" WITH MARIE CHAMBERS

The experience as to HOW SOUNDS FEEL propels each of us towards a unique understanding of WHAT SOUNDS MEAN. This workshop will
explore how the physicality of spoken word (phonetics!) impacts the emotional and intellectual powers of the written word. By using your voice,
by thinking through the experience of vocal production, the writer can create a more persuasive on-the-page voice. $50 .00 general; $35.00
members; $15.00 to audit. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

18 February Saturday 8:00 PM
SCOTT WANNBERG, THE LUMMOX YEARS

For 10 years, Scott, the ambassador of YES!, was a regular contributor to the Lummox Press. Join us as we celebrate the Scott/Lummox years
with his friends and other surprises. Food, drinks and copies on sale. Regular Admission.

19 February Sunday 4:30 PM
LUNCH BB 30

This new monthly program brings together writers of prose, poetry and creative non-fiction. Hosted by Jon Hess.

19 February Sunday 7:30 PM
SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

映画の言葉は世界てき です: “The language of cinema is universal.” Cinema was the new art of the 20th Century, and this new monthly program
looks at past masterpieces and new trends in filmmaking. Guest speakers include actors, directors, writers and critics. Hosted by Jon Hess.

24 February Friday 8:00 PM
THREE DOUG NIGHT

Our annual Three Doug Night returns with new work by these distinguished poets. With F. Douglas Brown, Douglas Kearney and Doug Knott.
Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Regular Admission.

25 February Saturday 8:00 PM
THE POETRY OF RUTH SUSSKIND-SCHNEIDER

The daughter of Jewish immigrants, Ruth Susskind-Schneider reflects in her poetry the rich texture of her life experience from early childhood
in Brooklyn to life here in Venice since the 60´s. Hosted by Mariano Zaro. FREE to all.

26 February Sunday 2:00 PM
THE NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING

Sign-ups start at 1:30 PM. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. FREE

26 February Sunday 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA

Cutting-edge cinema featuring music, politics and the counterculture. Hosted by Laughtears.com. Hosted by Gerry Fialka.
FREE but donations gratefully appreciated.

MARCH

3 March Friday 8:00 PM
SMALL TOWN STORIES: A NIGHT OF STORIES WITH TARA IGOE

Sit back and relax as terrific local storytellers share true stories from their lives based on interpretations of the theme, Small Town Stories.
You'll laugh (and maybe even cry) as you are inspired and entertained by their tales. This show is produced by comedic speaker and storyteller,
Tara Igoe. Regular Admission.

4 March Saturday 4:00 PM
AMY UYEMATSU, MARSHA DE LA O & NELS CHRISTIANSON

Three remarkable poets come together to share new work! Regular Admission.

4 March 8:00 PM
POETRY IN MOTION

Since 1988, Eve Brandstein presents an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities. This season Poetry in Motion
will feature special events and solo performances. Check out her website evebrandsteinpoetryinmotion.com and Facebook page for more
information. Special General Admission – Advanced tickets $15.00 on Eventbrite; $20.00 at the door, $10.00 Students/Seniors; Members $8.00.

5 March 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. In the Scott Wannberg Bookstore and Poetry Lounge.

10 MARCH FRIDAY 8:00 PM
INSIDE THE WRITER'S STUDIO

Patricia Nell Warren authored the first contemporary gay novel to be on The New York Times Best Seller's List. Felice Picano wrote several
of the classic gay American novels. Join Eric Andrews-Katz as he asks these two literary giants about their careers, writing process, influences,
and their places in LGBT literary history. FREE but donations gratefully accepted.

11 March Saturday 4:30 PM
GET LIT PRESENTS

A reading and reception for Get Lit's special poetry workshop. Hosted by Diane Luby Lane. FREE but donations gratefully accepted.

11 March Saturday 8:00 PM
LA WOMAN—LAST PERFORMANCE!

A middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career, dramatically building to an explosive confrontation in this debut
staged reading of the new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe. Three amazing actresses alternate as star in this theatrical tour de
force, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Rodd. Featuring Denise Lebra Hefti. Regular Admission

12 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 Cardenas. FREE, but donations are always welcome.

12 March Sunday 5:00 PM
“BEYOND THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN: RENAISSANCE DAYS”

Join us as we reminisce about the Renaissance Faire in Story & Song! Featuring many talented Favorite Performers TBA.
Hosted by Eric Vollmer. Regular admission.

17 March 8:00 PM
THE POETRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Poetry Salon presents The Poetry of Social Justice Final Reading, featuring powerful, purposeful writing that addresses issues of the day.
Come hear new, urgent work conceived in empathy and raw experience. Hosted by Kelly Grace Thomas. Donation requested.

18 March Saturday 8:00 PM
ALISON TURNER & LOU MATHEWS

Alison Turner's poems have appeared in Black Clock, Nimrod, Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry East, Santa Monica Review,
San Pedro River Review, Fault Line, Jacaranda, and other journals. Lou Mathew’s stories have been published in Black Clock, Tin House,
New England Review, 40+ other literary magazines, ten fiction anthologies and several textbooks. His first novel, L.A. Breakdown was an L.A.
Times Best Book. Regular Admission.

19 March Sunday 4:30 PM
LUNCH BB 30

This new monthly program brings together writers of prose, poetry and creative non-fiction. Hosted by Jon Hess.

19 March Sunday 7:30 PM
Sunday Night at the Movies

映画の言葉は世界てき です: “The language of cinema is universal.” Cinema was the new art of the 20th Century, and this new monthly program
looks at past masterpieces and new trends in filmmaking. Guest speakers include actors, directors, writers and critics. Hosted by Jon Hess.

24 March Friday 8:00 PM
RICK SMITH & RD ARMSTRONG

Regular Admission. Poet, musician and clinical psychologist Rick Smith joins legendary SoCal publisher and poet RD Armstrong for a
scintillating evening of the ars poetica. Regular Admission.

25 March Saturday 8:00 PM
BEYOND SPANISH: POETRY IN BASQUE, CATALAN, GALICIAN AND SPANISH

A multilingual reading with poetry in Basque, Catalan, Galician and Spanish. Sponsored by the Spanish Resource Center of the Consulate
General of Spain. With Josu Baque Ugarteburu and Mariano Zaro. Regular Admission.

26 March Sunday 2:00 PM
THE NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING

Sign-ups at 1:30 PM. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. FREE but donations gratefully accepted.

26 March Sunday 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA

Cutting-edge cinema, neglected masterpieces and mixed media presentations. Hosted by Gerry Fialka.
FREE but donations gratefully accepted.