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.


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

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

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

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



24 March Friday 8:00 PM

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

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

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

26 March Sunday 4:00 PM
J.Mae Barizo & Allison Benis

J. Mae Barizo is the author of The Cumulus Effect. A prize-winning poet, Phillip Lopate wrote that Barizo's "exquisite poems display
throughout a mastery of poetic form and a thoroughly professional command of surface and tone. It is clear we are in the hands of a
highly cultivated, intelligent writer." Allison Benis White is the author of Please Bury Me in This and Small Porcelain Head, selected by
Claudia Rankine for the Levis Prize in Poetry and named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the California Book Award.
Regular admission. Members FREE

26 March Sunday 7:00 PM
7 Dudley Cinema - Death Must Be Earned
(2017, 97 minutes)
Nicolas Drolc's (in person) intimate portrait of Serge Livrozet, former safe-cracker, one of the protagonists of 1970s French counter-culture,
alongside Michel Foucault founder of the Committee of Prisoner's Action, self-taught writer and anarchist activist.
Free admission, donations appreciated,

31 March Friday 8:00 PM
The International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War

Join historian Robert Rosenstone, author of Crusade of the Left; poet and historian Marjorie Ruth Becker; Adam Cornford, who will read from
his uncle John Cornford’s works; and singer songfighter Ross Altman who will sing songs of the Brigidistas and the Spanish Republicans.
Regular admission. Members FREE.


2 April Sunday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Baggage Review

The Baggage Review presents a collision of music and words. The all-improvisational band Baggage plays host to a revolving cast of bands
whose singers and songwriters will not only play songs, but also read their poetry and lyrics and otherwise incorporate spoken word into their
music performance. $5.00 donation requested but no one turned away for lack of funds.

2 April Sunday 5:00 PM
La Poesia Festival

Open mic and featured readers hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Potluck party in the lobby. FREE but donations appreciated.

2 April 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 & Poetry Lounge.

7 April Friday 8:00 PM
Mason's Noise Parlour

The quarterly presentation of L.A.’s best young talent is curated by local singer-songwriter MASON SUMMIT. Regular admission.

8 April Saturday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mini-Master Workshop: Writing Our Obsessions, with Carolyne Wright

We will explore ways modern and contemporary poets and writers effectively write their obsessions, considering the relationship of form and
content, paying attention to rhetorical and experimental devices (often unconsciously chosen).
Registration & Fee required. $50.00 general, $35.00 members.

8 April Saturday 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
A Tribute to John Harris

The late John Harris was a seminal force in the Los Angeles poetry world for five decades as poet, publisher and bookseller. With Joseph
Hansen, John started the Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop at Beyond Baroque in 1969. FREE

8 April Saturday 8:00 PM
Poetry Reading: Carolyne Wright & Victoria Chang

Carolyne Wright has published nine books and chapbooks of poetry, a collection of essays, and three volumes of poetry translated from
Bengali and Spanish. Victoria Chang has published three books of poetry, with another forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017.
Regular Admission. Members FREE.

9 April Sunday 2:00 PM

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.

9 April Sunday 5:00 PM
Voice in the Well

Public Works Improvisational Theatre presents an evening of lively cultural arts programming and celebrates the talents of many local writers,
storytellers, poets, musicians and comics. Every month, we explore literary and social themes for your pleasure and enjoyment.
Hosted by Eric Vollmer. Regular admission. Members FREE.

14 April Friday 8:00 PM
Beat and Beyond I: The Work of Lew Welch and Lenore Kandel

Like the Post-WWI Surrealist poets of Paris, the Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later. Tonight’s program
features the work of Lew Welch and Lenore Kandel, lovers and poets, performed by Michael Harris and Luivette Resto. Regular Admission.
Members FREE.

15 April Saturday 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Beyond Beat II: Kerouac, Cassady and Friends

The rhythm of the road played into the prose and poetry stylings of Kerouac and Cassady. Poet and novelist Steve Abee reads Kerouac’s
seminal “Jazz of the Beat Generation” followed by a screening of Neal Cassady: the Denver Years and a discussion on the Wichita Vortex
with Robert Branaman. Regular admission. Members FREE.

15 April Saturday 8:00 PM
David St. John & Anna Journey: New Work

David St. John reads from his The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems and Anna Journey reads from her new collection The Atheist
Wore Goat Silk. Regular admission. Members FREE

16 April Sunday 4:30 PM
Beyond Words: Beauty and Resistance

BEYOND WORDS is a reading series that presents work by innovative and highly influential writers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction
with a theme of Beauty and Resistance. Special guest host Luivette Resto. Regular admission. Members FREE.

16 April 7:30 PM
Beyond 24 Frames

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. Regular admission.

21 April 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. Members FREE.

22 April Saturday 4:00 PM
Bonnie Bolling & Christopher Buckley: New Work

Inspired by her time in the Persian Gulf, Bonnie Bolling expands the typical American view of the Middle East in The Red Hijab. Christopher
Buckley is the editor of Miramar magazine and the author of 0over 20 collections of poetry. Regular admission. Members FREE.

22 April Saturday 8:00 PM
David Zasloff: A Musical Comedy

Jazz comic and multi-instrumentalist David Zasloff 's solo show tells a tale of love, marriage, divorce, money, the Alaskan wilderness, religion,
outer space, abortion, evolution, Zen Judaism, meditation, negative thinking, black Jews, babies, and redemption. Directed by Eve Brandstein.
Regular admission. Members FREE.

23 April Sunday 2:00 PM
The Nebraska Girl Open Reading

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

23 April Sunday 4:00 PM
Mike Sonksen Presents 4 Generations on a Stage

Hosted by Hosted by Mike Sonksen. Regular admission. Members FREE.

23 April Sunday 7:00 PM

Interview: 7pm, Film: 8:30pm - The Novgorod Spaceship (2016, 46min) is the story of the Dostoevsky's Drama Theatre's uneasy survival and
modernist architecture. Free admission, donations appreciated. Hosted by Gerry Fialka.

28 April Friday 8:00 PM
Ambika Talwar: New Work

Composed in the ecstatic tradition, Ambika Talwar’s poetry is a “bridge to other worlds.” She has authored Creative Resonance:
Poetry—Elegant Play, Elegant Change and also 4 Stars & 25 Roses (poems for her father). In the Mike Kelley Gallery. Regular admission.
Members FREE

28 April Friday 8:00 PM
CalArts MFA Reading NEXT WORDS

With Amanda Choo Quan, David Connor, and Giovan Alonzi. NEXT WORDS is an annual reading series organized, curated by and featuring
second year MFA students in the CalArts Creative Writing Program. FREE.

29 April Saturday 11:00 AM – 3 PM
Mini-Master Workshop With Laurel Ann Bogen: Surving the Plath Complex

Many poets believe that you need to experience something to be able to write about it. This one-day poetry workshop will guide participants
through a series of exercises that will help them harness their imaginations so as to go beyond their comfort zones.

29 April Saturday 4:00 PM
Remembering the L.A. Riot

Saturday, April 29, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 LA Riots. Please join us for poetry, dance and discussion. Hosted by
Tanya Ko Hong and Julayne Lee followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the artists. Regular admission. Members FREE

29 April Saturday 8:00 PM
David Zasloff: A Musical Comedy

Encore presentation. Last performance! Regular admission. Members FREE

30 April Sunday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
PM Poetry Post Cards

The First Poetry Postcard Protest Party was so successful (with nearly 500 postcards written to representatives) that we have decided to do
it again! The Living Poetry Project is looking for poems of protest to print on postcards. FREE but donations gratefully accepted.