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.


Welcome to Beyond Baroque's Performances & Readings calendar. Note that the event schedule may change without prior notice. The best way to stay up to date is to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook Page, Twitter, or Instagram.


$10 General Admission, $6 Students/Seniors, Members free
Selected events will have a special admission price.

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

Upcoming Events


L.A. Book Launch: Blue on a Blue Palette by Lynne Thompson

Thursday, June 20, 8:00 PM PT
In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Lynne Thompson’s Blue on a Blue Palette reflects on the condition of women—their joys despite their histories, and their insistence on survival as issues of race, culture, pandemic, and climate threaten their livelihoods. “Say history. Claim. Say wild.” For its L.A. Book Launch, Thompson will be joined by poet Pam Ward for a reading and conversation in The Wanda Coleman Theater, followed by a reception and signings.



Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club: J. Ryan Stradal & Guest Authors

Friday, June 21, 8:00 PM PT
In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

From the New York Times bestselling author, J. Ryan Stradal delivers a story of a couple from two very different restaurant families in rustic Minnesota, and the legacy of love and tragedy, of hardship and hope, that unites and divides them. Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club is a window into a colorful, vanishing world of relish trays and brandy Old Fashioneds. The author will be reading alongside L.A.’s literary couple, Alison Turner (author of The Second Split Between), and Lou Mathews (author of Shaky Town & L.A. Breakdown). Book signings to follow after the readings.



A Reading at Beyond Baroque: Stacey Levine & Douglas Messerli

Saturday, June 22, 2:00 PM PT
In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Beyond Baroque welcomes Seattle-based Novelist, Stacey Levine, reading alongside L.A.-based Poet, & Publisher, Douglas Messerli. The special evening celebrates new work of prose and poetry. Stacey Levine will be reading from her most recent novel Mice 1961 (Verse Chorus Press). Messerli will be sharing poems from his ambitious project, Writing Through, a collection he began working on at the turn of the century inspired by the writings of fellow poets such as Diane Ward, Charles Bernstein, Elizabeth Robinson, Paul Vangelisti, and many more, as well as predecessors who've made an impact in his life and creative work.



A Celebration of New Works at Beyond Baroque: Dion O'Reilly, Dorianne Laux, & Michelle Bitting

Saturday, June 22, 7:00 PM PT
In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Authors Dion O'Reilly (Sadness of the Apex Predator), Dorianne Laux (Life On Earth), and Michelle Bitting (Dummy Ventriloquist) are celebrating newly published collections and will be reading from their latest books at Beyond Baroque. Enjoy a reception and book signings after the program.



Skulls & Stairs: Brittany Menjivar, Omar Bárcena, Lily Lady, & Jack Skelley

Thursday, June 27, 7:30 PM PT
In person at Beyond Baroque and Live on YouTube

Skulls & Stairs comes back for its 2024 season of readings in the staircase at the Original Venice City Hall Building, aka, BB headquarters. Featuring poets dwelling on the occult with punk and rebel attitudes, the first installment of the year features poetry in English and Spanish by borderlands poet Omar Bárcena, author of Poemas desde el otro lado (Valparaiso); and New York - L.A. sensation Lily Lady, author of quickie (Dream Boy Book Club) and NDA (Far West Press) will feature alongside Jack Skelley, reading from his upcoming book Myth Lab: Theories of Plastic Love, and Car Crash Collective's co-founder & parasocialite, Brittany Menjivar.