Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rent Beyond Baroque for your Monster Bash HALLOWEEN event!

Our theater and beyond is now available for rent on
Friday, 31 October 2014
for your Monster Bash HALLOWEEN event! 

When witches go riding
And black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers
(Author unknown)

Have some fa-BOO-lous fun at our venue on HALLOWEEN night!

Inquire about rates at jim@beyondbaroque.org

Your Beyond Baroque Team

Monday, July 28, 2014

Diane Raptosh: interviewed in Page A1 New York Times story, Monday July 28, 2014

Beyond Baroque is happy to share that The New York Times interviewed Diane Raptosh for a page A1 piece on Poets Laureate that will appeared in July 28, 2014 paper.  

The article was just early-posted on-line and includes 2 quotes, and a link to her author website.

Please click here for the article.


Monday, July 21, 2014

R.I.P. Bill Hickok

Beyond Baroque mourns the passing of Board Member and Green Poets Workshop leader Bill Hickok

Bill was an outstanding poet who's book The Woman Who Shot me & Other Poems was praised by Al Young who described the book as "...a pillow-book of personable back-stories. 
Bulging with all of life’s male stuff — aims vs. goals, family, fortune, shame, love, wine, women, Kansas City-proof jazz, savvy, fish and game — this thickly beautiful, late-life collection shines like a golden retriever.”

1931 - 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Join Kiss the Ground as we amend the soil at Beyond Baroque!

June 13 9am-2pm
681 N Venice Blvd in Venice

Join Kiss the Ground as we amend the soil by digging 12 inches down and layering compost and alfalfa.  

And we want your help!  

Reasons to swing a pick or shovel with us:

It's fun
Release aggression
You can dance while you do it
You'll have a new appreciation for farmers

What to bring?

A pick and/or shovel if you have it
A reusable water bottle

What we will provide:

Some tools

Kiss the Ground is a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding soils to improve human and planetary health.  Visitwww.thesoilstory.com

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Barry Spacks RIP

Beyond Baroque stalwart Barry Spacks passed away January 28. 

Barry was a UCSB Professor and Santa Barbara Poet Laureate who read 
at Beyond Baroque several times over the decades, most recently in 2012. 

Barry was an active supporter of the poetry community and leaves behind 
a distinguished body of poetry. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wanda Coleman, acclaimed L.A. poet, has died at 67

It is a sad day for our poet community with Wanda's powerful, witty and charismatic voice now silent. 

R.I.P. Wanda Coleman!

Wanda Coleman's husband Austin Straus has announced that there will be a memorial for his late wife. Details forthcoming.

Read the LA Times article here:

Read the LA Times obituary here:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Event has been postponed for the time being. A new date will be announced for the Austin Straus talk on Monday, November 18, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, at Occidental College

Event has been postponed for the time being. A new date will be announced! 

There will be a talk with Austin Straus on Monday, November 18, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, at Occidental College 1600 Campus Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 to formally open an exhibition of his works.


Paintings/Collages & Unique Books

by Austin Straus

Violators by Austin Straus
Special Collections, Occidental College Library
Paintings/Collages & Unique Books by Austin Straus
Main Floor, Library
Open through January 31, 2014.
"The works shown here are a small sampling of my output spanning more than 50 years. I have been experimenting with burning techniques since childhood. I love the feeling of multi-layered aerial views which suggest maps, roads, veins and arteries, and the inner complexity of the brain and mind. Among my many influences are layered and weathered posters and billboards, and the work of Schwitters, Rotella, Tobey, Kandinsky, Klee, and Stuart Davis.  In many of my collages I try to suggest the multiplicity, ambiguities, and interplay of memories and dreams. (Thus: Rosetta Speaks, Boy in a Sailor Suit, Panther Song and Violators.) In others, I map cities and ruins. And in Las Vegas I tried to suggest the glitter and gold of that overwhelming money machine. I started making artists’ books more than 30 years ago. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with burning books (see my additional statement near the vitrine). I love the idea of see-through multi-level pages that can be turned by the reader-viewer, with a beautiful and powerful surprise on each page. Many of my books are sculptural artworks in book form. Other books are albums of paintings, collages, and drawings."  -- Austin Straus.
There will be a talk with Austin Straus on Monday, November 18, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, to formally open the exhibition of his works. More info here.
Photo: Violators, mixed media on board, by Austin Straus.