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.



1-30 September, Every Day
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? No problem.
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!

23 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
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.

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.


30 September, Friday - 8:00 PM
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.

1 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
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!

7-9 October, Saturday - 8:00 PM
Other Venice Film Festival October 7th- 9th
Opening Night October 7th Doors Open @6pm
Short Film Series October 8th 11am-12noon AFTER MUSIC VIDEO PARTY!



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

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. 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

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