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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26 August, Friday - 8:00 PM
WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE POET IN RESIDENCE GEORGE WALLACE
George Wallace is writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, author of two dozen chapbooks of poems,
editor of Poetrybay and associate editor of Great Weather For Media. A New York City poet, he travels
throughout the US and Europe to perform poetry and teach writing workshops. His work is alternately intimate,
piercing, and humorous. Regular admission.
27 August, Saturday - 10:00 AM
WORKSHOP WITH GEORGE WALLACE
Wallace will lead the group in stimulating exercises based on re-discovering and using imaginative skills that
enhance your brain's 'muscle memory’ to result in improved writing. Learn to use wordplay to activate the
inherent energy in language and come up with the initial ideas you are looking for to write poems. Imagination-
based poetry gives the writer permission to create space for the imagination to explore, invent and roam.
$35.00 members, $50.00 non-members. Limited to 12 participants.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PURCHASE YOUR TICKET.
27 August, Saturday - 5:00 PM
Beyond Baroque stalwart Peggy Aylsworth reads from her new book of poetry, Under the Unwed Moon,
published by Letters at 3AM Press.
27 August, Saturday - 8:00 PM
FICTION SHOWCASE: VICTORIA LOOSELEAF ISN’T RICH?
Les Femmes Fatales: Los Angeles will seduce us with a noir cocktail of literary violence, eroticism and trenchant
humor drowning in a deeply disturbing need for romantic connection. Please join award-winning arts
journalist and cultural provocateur Victoria Looseleaf (“Isn’t It Rich?”), author and actor Mary Woronov
(“Swimming Underground: My Years In the Warhol Factory”), glam-pop poet Kate Crash (“Plush Novel”) and
slammin' bassist Benny Reitveld (music director, Santana). Publisher Gordy Grundy will roll out the bloody red
carpet for this one-night only belletristic event. Hosted & Curated by Richard Modiano. Regular admission.
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!
9 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
Judith Pacht’s Summer Hunger, (Tebot Bach), won the 2011 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. Her chapbooks,
User’s Guide (2009), and St. Louis Suite (Finishing Line Press) were published in 2009 and 2010. Her first collection,
Falcon (Conflux Press), was published in 2004.
B.H. Fairchild has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award, the Kingsley Tufts
Poetry Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Arthur Rense Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and
the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, among others.
10 September, Saturday - 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OPENING RECEPTION: NEW WORK BY JAMES SCOTT
James Scott’s new series of paintings and drawings speak to a practice in which simple configurations of line and shape allude
to life’s complexities, occupying the space where form and metaphor become contiguous. Scott has chosen to display brand
new works alongside works from the past couple years. The inherent comparative study illuminates the artist’s continued interest
in material experimentation and the emergence of a visual language that is all his own.
James Scott trained in painting and theater design at London’s Slade School of Fine Art and has been living in Los Angeles
since 1990. From filmmaking to painting, Scott’s fluency in a variety of mediums converges with his fearless approach towards
art-making. His work pushes boundaries across styles, subject matters and formal conventions, even blurring the lines between
two- and three-dimensional space.
10 September, Saturday - 5:00 PM
JAMES SCOTT'S "Love's Presentation (1966)" Screening
Love’s Presentation, follows David Hockney as he worked on his Cavafy etching series.
10 September, Saturday - 8:00 PM
The Wobblies in Their Heyday: The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era
Eric Chester's book gives us a much-needed reminder of the government-backed destruction of the most radical working-class
organization in U.S. history―an organization whose class-wide organizing across lines of occupation, race, and gender is
a potent perspective for the renewed class struggle today.
11 September, Sunday - 3:00 PM (Please Note This Event Will Be Held In The Long Beach At The Auarium Of The Pacific)
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POETRY FESTIVAL
Gail Wronsky, Laurel Ann Bogen, and Mike "The Poet" Sonksen will be representing Beyond Baroque at the first Southern California Poetry Festival
at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
The SoCalPoFest is an annual poetry festival that relocates each year to a different Southern California community. The festival's
"theme" will change from year to year. For 2016, the inaugural launch, the event will feature readers hosted by literary organizations,
local presses, and local literary journals. The SoCalPoFest is dedicated to preserving the diversity of voices within our community,
and this diversity extends across cultural lines and lines related to schools of poetic thought.
REGISTRATION IS FREE. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
11 September, Sunday - 5:00 PM
ALL WE CAN HOLD
In this beautiful, necessary anthology, All We Can Hold, poets turn their lyric gifts to motherhood, a subject so loaded
that it, along with apple pie, forms our cultural shorthand for everything good. In this book, mothers, fathers, and
grown children bring their lyric gifts to bear on this most close-to-the-bone relationship, celebrating parenting, and
mourning the loss of children. With Susan Bernardo, Chanel Brenner, Michal Limburger, Shali Nicholas,Cathie Sandstrom
and Jeff Walt. Hosted by Chanel Brenner.
18 September, Sunday - 8:00 PM
A CENTURY OF SAMBA: A MUSICAL TIMELINE OF BRAZIL’S MOST POPULAR GENRE
Join Brazilian American musician Beto Gonzalez, with members of his band Samba Society, as they take you on a journey
through 100 years of samba history. Urban samba has its beginnings in Rio de Janeiro at the musical gatherings of the
city’s Bahian matriarchs who lived in the region referred to today as the “Little Africa” of Rio. It was at one of these eventful
gatherings (attended by not only local musicians, but also historians, journalists, and probably even some politicians) that
the song “Pelo Telephone” was collectively written, then later “copyrighted” by the musician Donga, and recorded in 1916.
The song, labeled as a “samba," was a major hit during Carnaval of the
following year and has since become widely
accepted as “the first recorded samba."
23 September, Friday -
MEHNAZ SAHIBZADA & ARMINE IKNADOSSIAN
Mehnaz Sahibzada is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her short story, "The Alphabet Workbook",
appeared in the August 2010 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her poetry chapbook, Tongue-Tied: A Memoir
in Poems, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press, and her second chapbook, Summer Forgets to Wear a
Petticoat, is new from Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, such as Asia Writes, The
Rattling Wall, and Pedestal Magazine.
ARMINE IKNADOSSIAN was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Southern California. She received her undergraduate
degree with an emphasis in creative writing from UCLA. She earned a graduate degree in poetry from Antioch University.
She teaches high school English, journalism, and poetry recitation and has received two fellowships from Summer Poetry
in Idyllwild. Publications include Backwards City Review, Alabama Literary Review, Common Ground Review, Margie,
Weave, RHINO, and Pearl. Iknadossian also does freelance work for Indie-Libertines and TOM TOM Magazine.
24 September, Saturday - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
650 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September 29 to promote environmental, social, and political
change. Poets, writers, artists will create, perform and demonstrate in their communities, and decide their own specific
area of focus for change within the framework of peace and sustainability, which founder Michael Rothenberg stated,
“…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.” FREE
24 September, Saturday - 8:00PM
Joel Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, PANK, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of
Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, MARGIE, Fulcrum and many other national journals, as well as in journals
published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium and India.
30 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
NATIONAL TRANSLATION MONTH
NTM's mission is to encourage readers worldwide to celebrate literary works in translation from a variety of international
authors both past and present. Special guests will be reading works translated from Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese.
Kim Dower & Ron Koertge
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.
Robbie Fitzsimons musical program
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. Hosted & Curated by RM.
Three Generations on a Stage
Jerry Garcia celebrates the publication of his poetry collection On Summer Solstice Road (Green Tara Press) with
guest poets and multimedia.
Halloween Spookactular With Dennis Etchisn & Peter Atkins
Holiday Mason & Sarah Maclay Publication reading for The "She" Series: A Venice Correspondence.
Mason's Noise Parlour
Young adult spoken word & music
Alicia Bay Laurel
Jackson Prize Winner & BB Poet in Residence Will Alexander and Rae Armentrout
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