Thursday, December 29, 2011

A little bit about our series BEYOND MUSIC

BEYOND MUSIC, curated and hosted by Daniel Rothman, is an innovative series promoting music specifically of genres outside (beyond) those that are more commonly heard at commercial venues, such as clubs.  
Although it is primarily a curated series, proposals may be submitted by sending a CD accompanied by a description of performers and technical requirements to Beyond Music at Beyond Baroque at 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. 

Please do not email your information with links to a website where your music can be heard. 
Beyond Baroque appreciates proposals it receives from composers and performers; however, please be advised that limited series dates for the current season and dates already scheduled for future seasons prevent Beyond Music from programming everything of interest. 


Please check out our newly created youtube channel named BeyondBaroqueMusic Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeyondBaroqueMusic


We hope you will come and enjoy the series, which is presented every fourth Saturday of the month at 9PM sharp!

Check our web calendar for the music events listings at www.beyondbaroque.org



Your Beyond Baroque Team

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HEALTHY AND POETRY-FILLED 2012!


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POETRY
HOME
TO
YOURS.

Thanks for all your support! 
The spoken and written word does appreciate you!

Here is to another successful and happy New Year!

~ Your Beyond Baroque Team ~

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 9, Friday through December 22, Thursday MOVIE EVENT: PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE


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We are happy to share the info we received from the production company ZEITGEIST about the screenings of  their movie

PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE



**Location**
Downtown Independent
251 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Check their website for ticket and screening information.

Watch the trailer here. 



Goodman's prolific career as a “professional outsider”was an uninhibited articulation of the diminishing democratic voice in Post World War-II America. His incessant publishing of philosophical, sociological and psychological texts, along with a large body of fiction and poetry, provide a glimpse into the accelerating unrest of the 40's and 50's. His political impact culminated in Absurd's publication in 1960, after which Goodman, exhausted by the tumultuous excess of 60's culture, faded into obscurity. In his prime, an advocate for massive education reform, a passionate poet, a radical urban planner and an anarchist steeped in classical western tradition. “I suspect that as a person, he's not very well remembered” said Noam Chomsky, “but his impact is all around us.”

With PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE director JONATHAN LEE, himself a longtime social activist and writer, testifies to Goodman's profound influence on personal and political communities, as well as boldly calls for a resurrection of his voice in the public sphere. The long deceased Goodman emerges in the film in all his humane beauty and frailty, an uncompromising man of letters.

“Any page by PAUL GOODMAN will give you not only originality and brilliance but wisdom, that is, something to think about. He is our peculiar, urban, twentieth-century Thoreau, the quintessential American mind of our time.” —Hayden Carruth, poet.
http://www.paulgoodmanfilm.com/

Thanks for checking it out!

Your Beyond Baroque Team

Friday, December 2, 2011

Starting in February of 2012: Latin American Poetry Workshop With Yago Cura!



We are happy to announce that Yago Cura, publisher of the online journal Hinchas de Poesia (www.hinchasdepoesia.com), will serve as facilitator of the free workshops.

Each session will address the work of a different 20th Century Latin American poet, and allow students to generate a piece inspired by some of their signature poems. 

More details to follow soon.

Greetings,
Your Beyond Baroque Team

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HOLIDAY BOOK SALE AT BEYOND BAROQUE!

EXPANDED BOOKSTORE HOURS:
Friday 11 AM -6 PM
Sunday 11 AM -6 PM (December only)
and open 1 hour before and after events.



This year give a gift that supports a love of words.

If you're looking for the perfect gift, come shopping at the Beyond Baroque Bookstore for a gift of books.

We have Los Angeles' largest selection of new poetry books and chapbooks of poetry. 

The used books section features titles in all disciplines priced to move with Art books $5, Used books $3 and Library bound books $1.

When you purchase $30-$49 worth of books you will receive a premium gift of a Perceval Press CD, your choice of REUNION featuring the music of Viggo Mortensen and Buckethead or CANCIONES DE INVIERNO featuring Viggo Mortensen reading from his book of the same name.

When you purchase $50 or more you will receive Perceval Press' publication, HOME by Ann Fishbein. 

Can't make it to the bookstore?

Memberships make a great gift! A $35 membership gets you one of the CDs listed above, and a $50 membership gets you the book. That's a gift for a friend and a CD or book for you. It's all so easy!
Just visit our website or click here to donate with PayPal.





 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Just added: December 19, Monday 8:00 PM FESTIVAL ETERNAL TOUR AND ENSEMBLE VIDE PRESENT: DESERTING LAS VEGAS

A performance with music, text and dance, in one prologue and four acts, for six performers
Duration: 45 minuts
Non-profit project

Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, members FREE
Free street parking.







Monday, November 21, 2011

Check out our very own Beyond Baroque Music channel


 Now on youtube.


Click on the youtube button and see what Beyond Music is all about:


November 27, Sunday 7:00 PM ONE AND ONLY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ON THE ROAD WITH GERALD NICOSIA

Discover the Hidden History of the Girl Who Went On the Road with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady
On-line advanced ticket sale available NOW!
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http://bboneandonlyevent.eventbrite.com/


Beat historian GERALD NICOSIA spent years looking for LU ANNE HENDERSON, the woman who started JACK KEROUAC and NEAL CASSADY on their journey, because he knew that if not for her, the two men wouldn’t have taken the road trip that became On the Road. With the help of Lu Anne’s daughter Anne Marie Santos, Nicosia tells the story of the beautiful 15-year-old girl who loved both men, and taught them how to love each other, in ONE AND ONLY: The Untold Story of On The Road, being published by Viva Editions in November.

Nicosia had interviewed Henderson in 1978, when she was 47 and he was just in his early 20s, and though he said “a lot of Lu Anne was beyond me then,” he understood what a great gift she had given him. She had long strenuously avoided the spotlight—Nicosia only found her through an off-hand comment from a fellow Beat aficionado—and she quickly dropped out of sight again after they spoke. As the author of Memory Babe, widely regarded as the definitive work on JACK KEROUAC, he alone recognized her secret impact on 20th century literature.  ONE AND ONLY includes the never-before-published transcription of the 34,000-word taped interview and is illustrated with fifty-five rare archival black-and-white photographs, including priceless pictures of NEAL CASSADY and JACK KEROUACALAN GINSBERG and others, many of which have never before been seen. 
Viva Editions Associate Publisher Brenda Knight, herself a Beat scholar and author of Women of the Beat Generation, winner of the 1997 American Book Award, said, “There are many ‘Beat bombshells’ of new information. This book will be controversial and a major contribution to the oeuvre. People will read it alongside On the Road, scene by scene.” 
The book will be published in November, to coincide with the release of the long-awaited WALTER SALLES movie of On the Road later this fall, in which KRISTEN STEWART will portray Marylou, the character based on Lu Anne Henderson. The actors starring in the film weren’t born when On the Road was published. To educate them, Director Salles created “Beat boot camp,” enlisting ONE AND ONLY authorGERALD NICOSIA as the first instructor.  
Lu Anne has routinely been portrayed as a teenage slut, which is how she came off in Carolyn Cassady’s memoir Heart Beat, made into a major movie in 1980.   Finally, in ONE AND ONLY, we see Henderson as astutely sensitive and keenly observant about her own life, that of her friends, and the human condition. In preparing for her role, KRISTEN STEWART was having a hard time making sense of how Lu Anne could still love Neal, despite his endless cheating on her. After listening to the taped interview that is at the heart of ONE AND ONLY, Kristen said she found the key to playing Marylou in the movie “as her own woman, not Neal’s.” 
At last, through the indefatigable research of GERALD NICOSIA, we meet the real woman who sparked a literary revolution—in effect, making the Beat Generation possible, as well as giving Kerouac the material for On the Road.


 ________ Gerald Nicosia

Starting in February of 2012: Latin American Poetry Workshop With Yago Cura!


Just in:
Yago Cura, publisher of the online journal Hinchas de Poesia (www.hinchasdepoesia.com), will serve as facilitator of the free workshops. Each session will address the work of a different 20th Century Latin American poet, and allow students to generate a piece inspired by some of their signature poems. More details to follow soon.

Stay tuned for more details to come soon.!

Your Beyond Baroque Team

Saturday, November 12, 2011

CLAYTON ESHLEMAN ON AIME CÉSAIRE

November 13, Sunday 4:00 PM

CLAYTON ESHLEMAN will be reading from his co-translations of the unexpurgated 1948 edition of AIME CÉSAIRE'S Solar Throat Slashed, recently published by Wesleyan University Press.
CLAYTON ESHLEMAN has been at the heart of American poetry since the early 1960's. His poems, critical essays, and translations of poets as important and diverse as CÉSAR VALLEJO, AIME CÉSAIRE, PABLO NERUDA, ANTONIN ARTAUD, VLADIMIR HOLAN, HENRI MICHAUX, and BERNARD BADOR have earned him (and his fellow co-translators in some cases) international acclaim, as testified by a US National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and two Landon Translation Prizes from the Academy of American Poets. In 1994, he was a fellow at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, where he wrote a 50 page poem on HIERONYMUS BOSCH'S The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Eshleman was also the founder and editor of two of the most important literary journals in the latter half of the 20th century: Caterpillar (1967-1973, 20 issues) and Sulfur (1981-2000, 46 issues). During his career he has published over forty books, including, between 2000 and 2007, the following: three collections of poetry—My Devotion, An Alchemist with One Eye on Fire, and Reciprocal Distillations; three translations—AIME CÉSAIRE'S Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, a second edition (with many new texts) of his “selected translations,” Conductors of the Pit, and The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo; and three collections of prose—Companion Spider, Archaic Design, and Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld. This last title is a groundbreaking collection of poetry and prose that is the culmination of Eshleman's twenty-five years of research into the origins of image-making via the Ice Age painted caves of southwestern France. In 2008, Black Widow Press in Boston brought out a 630-page Clayton Eshleman Reader, The Grindstone of Rapport, collecting 40 years of poetry, prose, and translations. A new collection of poetry, Anticline, appeared in the spring of 2010.
Eshleman continues to live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Michigan University, with his wife Caryl, who for forty years has been his editor and who for nineteen years was the Managing Editor of Sulfur magazine.



Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, members FREE
Free street parking.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Big Sunday ahead of us! 4 events to choose from or come to all of them! See you there;)

November 6, Sunday 2:00 PM 


THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED WITH WILLIAM M. ADLER AND ROSS ALTMAN


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November 6, Sunday 5:00 PM 

FIRST SUNDAY OPEN READING - FREE event 


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November 6, Sunday 7:30 PM 


JAMES RAGAN SOLO



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November 6, Sunday 9:00 PM 


THE DARK KINGDOM Of 
KENNETH PATCHEN


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Location: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291


For more information visit our website at www.beyondbaroque.org

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 29, Saturday 6:00 PM NIGHT AND THE CITY - L.A. NOIR IN POETRY, FICTION AND FILM: OFFICIAL KICK-OFF: PEN CENTER USA PRESENTS: Lit Crawl 3: Bar Noir



Presented by the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center.
A bar crawl through downtown Los Angeles with performances of classic noir literature at each stop. Noir dress encouraged. • Admission: FREE • Guests must be 21 and over • Please visit the following PEN Center's Blog to rsvp and to find more information on where, who, what, and when.

http://www.penusa.org/five-five-los-angeles-writers-read-classic-noir


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Limited Branaman Serigraph Celebrates McClure's 80th

Handmade History.
In celebration of San Francisco beat Michael McClure's 80th year on earth, Witchita Vortex beat, Robert Branaman handmade a handful of seriographs.

Some naughty, some nice. 


Click on the link for more info about the artist Bob Branaman, the posters for sale and the event itself.
http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/702820/28f1ee7f06/ARCHIVE


SAN FRANCISCO RENAISSANCE POET MICHAEL MCCLURE CELEBRATES HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY AT BEYOND BAROQUE LITERARTY/ARTS CENTER OCTOBER 20, 2011 at 7:30PM

Monday, October 17, 2011

MICHAEL MCCLURE BIRTHDAY READING WITH MICHAEL C. FORD - October 20, Thursday 7:30 PM

Presented in cooperation with Border Poetics Consortium.
Hosted by S.A. GRIFFIN.
At age 22, MICHAEL MCCLURE gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where ALLEN GINSBERG first read Howl. Today, McClure is more active than ever, writing and performing his poetry at festivals, and colleges and clubs across the country.
“The role model for JIM MORRISON,” as the Los Angeles Times characterized MICHAEL MCCLURE, has found sources in music from THELONIOUS MONK and MILES DAVIS to the composer TERRY RILEY with whom his poetry performances frequently share a bill and with whom he created a CD titled I Like Your Eyes Liberty. The CD explores spontaneous music and voice (working together) expressing the outrageous and mystical in both artists.
McClure has worked extensively with his old friend RAY MANZAREK, THE DOORS' keyboardist, at festivals and colleges and clubs. They appeared with saxophonist DAVID SANBORN on NBC-TV performing a jazz version of McClure's Love Lion Blues. Mystic Fire released a 70-minute video of the duo and a compact disk Love Lion followed. McClure and Manzarek's second CD carries on their explorations. Third Mind, a film of Michael and Ray's conversations and performances, was premiered by the Sun Dance Channel.
McClure reads with an actor's command and a singer's timing, his impact “transports audiences to a very different and intriguing place.” He has given hundreds of reading in venues as varied as the Fillmore Ballroom, Yale University, Stanford, The National Biodiversity Conference at the Smithsonian, and the Library of Congress. His audiences have ranged from an intimate dozen at a tiny Maui bookstore, to tens of thousands at San Francisco's Human Be-in in San Francisco, and to multitudes at Airlift Africa. One of the poet's readings was to, and with, four lions at the San Francisco Zoo - a film of it is sometimes shown on TV. McClure's world-wide performances include Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Lawrence, Kansas, London, a bull ring in Mexico City, The Whitney Museum, and a steam room in Nairobi for a group of African businessmen.
A reviewer of a recent London reading wrote, “McClure's West Coast delivery was deliberate, cool, spacious…” The Journal-World in Lawrence, Kansas offered these observations of McClure at the WILLIAM BURROUGHS celebration, “McClure looked cool. Yet he grew warm, wending lyrical words around the air and across the hall. The coolness fell away with his simple elegance in word and presentation… McClure was controlled and read with steady jazz rhythms, a perfect, minimal chart of spoken words.”
He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award for Best Play, an NEA grant, the Alfred Jarry Award, and a Rockefeller grant for playwriting. McClure has written twenty plays and musicals, which are performed in the U.S. and abroad. His play The Beard provoked numerous censorship battles. In Los Angeles the cast was arrested after each performance for fourteen nights in a row. Later The Beard received two Obies in N.Y.C. and was warmly embraced in both London and Paris. The play has played a role in U.S. censorship and free speech battles since1966 when it won the first lawsuit.
The poet is featured in Scorcese's Last Waltz, in which his reading of a poem by Chaucer “lilted, rolled, and seduced the audience into the lyric tonality of Middle English” (Atlanta Poetry Review). McClure played a Hells Angel in NORMAN MAILER'S film Beyond the Law. He had a cameo in PETER FONDA'S Hired Hand. McClure has made two television documentaries - The Maze and September Blackberries. His many books of poetry include Jaguar Skies, Dark Brown, Huge Dreams, Rebel Lions, Rain Mirror, andPlum Stones. He has published eight books of plays and four collections of essays, including essays on BOB DYLAN and on environmental issues. His novels are The Mad Cub and The Adept.
McClure's songs include “Mercedes Benz,” popularized by JANIS JOPLIN and new songs, which are being performed by The Twenty-first Century Doors.
His journalism has been featured in The Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and the L.A. Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
MICHAEL MCCLURE'S travels include Africa, Mexico, South America, India, Thailand, and Japan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area hills with his wife, the sculptor AMY EVANS MCCLURE.
Two collections of Michael's poems are being published:
Mysteriosos and other Poems (New Directions spring 2010)
Of Indigo and Saffron: Selected and New Poems (University of California Press, 2010).

MICHAEL C. FORD was born on the Illinois side of Lake Michigan. His debut spoken word vinyl LANGUAGE COMMANDO earned a Grammy nomination in 1986. His book of Selected Poems EMERGENCY EXITS was honored by a 1998 Pulitzer Prize nomination. His last CD FIRE ESCAPES was produced at Sonora by Michael Campagna who also composed and orchestrated most of the charts. He concluded a recording project, a verbal rhapsody, which pays an important tribute to both the art and the history of percussion and collaborating with THE DOORS co-founder JOHN DENSMORE at the drum kit. MICHAEL C. FORD has participated in keeping THE DOORS open by occasionally being in the company of keyboardist RAY MANZAREK. Since their milestone appearances at McCabe’s (1986-1989), they’ve been collaborating on several voice and piano recording dates, the most recent track titled EXTREME UNCTION FOR JAMES DOUGLAS MORRISON for Hen House Studios anthology Vol. 4. Besides publishing music journalism and essays on other aspects of American cultural history, he’s served as judge and panelist for literary arts organizations and publishers. Ford’s plays have been staged internationally, and a screenplay version of a West Coast production of BLONDES DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK is currently in production. He’s been called into service to teach in USA county area middle-schools and high-schools through the PEN in the Classroom program and to recite at various venues, many times with musical accompaniment.



Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, members FREE
Free street parking.

Friday, October 7, 2011

WE PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF BEYOND BAROQUE’S SECOND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

ATTENTION POETS:
WE PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF BEYOND BAROQUE’S
SECOND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
First Place: Michelle Bitting
Second Place: Beth Ruscio
Third Place: Zanni Schauffler

Some of the winning poems will be published soon!
Please join us on October 16, Sunday at 4:00 PM when JOYCE JENKINS, editor/publisher of POETRY FLASH will present prizes to the winners of the second Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest who will read their winning poems. Winners will be published in the POETRY FLASH and honored, along with five runners-up at this reading and reception at L.A.’s preeminent literary center.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SPECIAL EVENT AT BEYOND BAROQUE: VENICE JAPANESE AMERICAN MARKER FUNDRAISER

October 29, Saturday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
SPECIAL EVENT AT BEYOND BAROQUE:
VENICE JAPANESE AMERICAN MARKER FUNDRAISER


VIP Sushi & Sake Reception from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM plus screening of three short films on the Japanese American Internment during World War II. 
Tickets (both of the following ticket options include free DVD):

VIP Reception: $100 (VIP ticket includes reserved seating at screening)
SCREENING only: $25 (If purchased by October 22nd, or $30 at the door) 

For advanced ticket reservations (all reservations are 'will call') mail your check with contact info and address to:
VAC/VJAMM, PO Box 993, Venice, CA 90294.
Make checks payable to "VCHC/VAC" with 'VJAMM' in the memo field.
For more information, go to www.venicejamm.org and/or call Phyllis Hayashibara at (310) 390-1576.


Here is the newest PRESS RELEASE.

Monday, October 3, 2011

L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011
NIGHT AND THE CITY - LA NOIR IN POETRY, FICTION, AND FILM SERIES

Los Angeles' first citywide, multi-arts noir series presented by the LA Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque at various locations all over Los Angeles with some being held at our venue. 



This great little piece by Carolyn Kellogg in was published over the week-end in the Los Angeles Times' on-line "Jacket Copy"?  We got a nice plug in the print edition too, in the Calendar section, page 2, which comes under the title "The Dark Side of L.A." and encourages readers to check out the full story in the blog. 
Here is a link:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/09/la-noir-in-poetry-fiction-and-film.html

See you soon!
Best
Beyond Baroque

Monday, September 26, 2011

NIGHT AND THE CITY: L.A. NOIR IN POETRY, FICTION AND FILM October 15 – November 13


For Immediate release
September 20, 2011
Contact: Suzanne (323) 255-5223

                                                                   Poetry.
                                                      Suddenly — It’s a crime.

NIGHT AND THE CITY: L.A. NOIR IN POETRY, FICTION AND FILM
October 15 – November 13

What: Kiss of Truth: Noir Women (followed by a screening of The Crimson Kimono); Sun Drenched Dark: Raymond Chandler and his Los Angeles Legacy; The Best of the Hard Boiled; Noir Continental Breakfast with Eddie Muller, “the Tsar of Noir” (says James Ellroy); Full Moon Noir: The Lighter Side of Noir; Valley Noir; Dark Laughter: Comedy Noir; Cine Negra: The Lost Tradition of Mexican Film Noir—and many more readings and panels.

Who: James Ellroy, aka “The Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction,” author of Detours: Seven Noir LivesDetours: Seven Noir LivesThe Black Dahlia, My Dark Places, L.A. Confidential; Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award winner of the Mas Arai mystery series; Robert Polito, Director of The Graduate Writing Program, The New School, NYC, editor of The Library of America anthologies Crime Stories of the 30s and 40s, and Crime Stories of the 50s, author of the forthcoming Detours: Seven Noir Lives; Denise Hamilton, editor of the Edgar- award winning anthologies Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics, and the five Eve Diamond Crime Novels; Dick Lochte (“Sensational writing, mordant wit, an intricate crime puzzle, and a duo of private eyes as Wonky and offbeat as the mind of Dick Lochte” – Harlan Ellison on Laughing Dog). These and other noted local and visiting scholars, crime writers and noir poets will converge in Los Angeles to present their work, the work of the classic crime novelists, and discuss noir—its relevance today and its historical connection to the city.

Where: Beyond Baroque, The Ruskin Club, The South Pasadena Library, The Japanese American National Museum, Max Bloom’s Noir Café, CBS Studios, Avenue 50 Studio, Libros Schmibros Lending Library and Used Bookstore, Book ‘em Mysteries – and other venues South to Fullerton, North to Ventura, Venice to East Downtown Los Angeles.

So What’s the Big Deal: The Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center have organized Los Angeles’ first citywide, multi-arts noir series exploring the culture and history of Los Angeles through readings, panel discussions, film showings, musical performances, and visual art. And poetry. Every event will begin with a noir poem. Or two. This has never been done. No one has dared. Another first. Another risk. And yet more danger. L.A. style.

FOR FULL PROGRAM OF EVENTS GO TO: lapoetryfestival.org



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL, Saturday 9-25-11 from 10AM - 6PM

A Community in Concert on Abbot KinneyBlvd.
Visit the Beyond Baroque booth and our friends the Venice Arts Council!
Visit www.abbotkinney.org for more information.




One of Southern California’s most popular community events—the annual ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL now in its 27th year—will be held in Venice on Sunday, Sept. 25th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The free festival, which leads along the one-mile stretch of Abbot Kinney Blvd. from Venice Blvd. to Main St. in Venice, features local artisans, live music, and family entertainment.

In addition to the KidsQuad, this year’s festival includes up to 400 arts & craft exhibitors, three live music stages, Whole Foods Market Green Scene, two bike valet stations, three food courts, and two beer gardens. All complement the eclectic mix of over 100 boutiques, coffee houses, restaurants, salons, art galleries, and nightclubs located along the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard, stretching nearly one mile from Venice Blvd. to Main Street.

**NOTE**
Due to a Triathlon on September 25, the same day as the Abbot Kinney Festival, the Eastbound lanes of Venice Blvd. will be closed from 6am - 2pm. The city will start doing rolling openings around 11am. The Westbound lanes will be open all day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

MEMORIAL FOR SCOTT WANNBERG

Saturday, September 17, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
We invite anyone who was touched by Scott Wannberg's life to join us at Beyond Baroque for a wild and wooly party to share memories, console, grieve, drink, dancem and generally raise the roof in memory of the amazing Mr. Mumps.

BBQs will start getting heated up at 3:00 PM. BYOE (everything). Carlye Archibeque is coordinating the pot luck sides & such. Call her at 310.490.2933 or email to carlye@beyondbaroque.org if you want to know what to bring.

This is a party! Bring liquor, beer, musical instruments, poetry, and your dancing heart. Let's send him off with a noise they can hear in heaven and beyond.

Street parking.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice Beach, CA

Mark your calendars: 9/25, Sunday from 10AM - 6PM: The Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice Beach, CA. Visit the Beyond Baroque booth and our friends the Venice Arts Council!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monday, July 25 at 7:30pm - Folk Artist Ryan Harvey


Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, members FREE
Street parking.



Just in for Monday, July 25 at 7:30pm...Folk Artist RYAN HARVEY. A part of the Riot-Folk Collective, his music is aimed to support those working for positive change and to educate people about issues of peace and social as well as economic justice. He is currently touring to release Ordinary Heroes, a collaborative album with violinist/journalist/documenta​rian MICHAEL FOX.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Coming up this week-end:


July 16, Saturday 4:00 PM - THE LIT SHOW WITH SUZY WILLIAMS, Special admission: $15.00 
Freeway closure! Allow extra time for travel!

July 17, Sunday 6:00 PM 
BEYOND BAROQUE'S FIRST AWARD GALA. Held at the Church of Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica, CA. Freeway closure! Allow extra time for travel!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Welcome to two new board members!

Hi all!
We are happy to introduce two new members to Beyond Baroque's Board to you:

Melody Kellogg and Henry Morro.

We are excited to have them!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

UPDATE FOR THE CHURCH OF OCEAN PARK AWARDS DINNER on July 17, 2011 at 6pm

Beyond Baroque's First Award Gala
Sunday, July 17, 2011, 6:00 PM
The Church in Ocean Park,
235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased in advance. Your ticket includes dinner, parking, wine, coffee and dessert. $30 of your ticket is tax deductible.

There are three ways to purchase your ticket:
1. Call Beyond Baroque at 310.822.3006 and have your credit card ready
2. Send your snail mail address to us at specialevents@beyondbaroque.org
3. Go to beyondbaroque.org, click on the Donate button and purchase tickets via PayPal. Be sure to say in the message section that you are purchasing tickets for the Gala.

DAVID ST. JOHN will receive the George Drury Smith Award presented by Beyond Baroque founder George Drury Smith
and poet S.A. GRIFFIN will receive the Beyond Baroque Distinguished Service Award presented by Suzanne Lummis

Doors open at 5:30 PM
Dinner begins at 6:00 PM
Ceremony begins at 7:30 PM

MC: Brendan Constantine
Music: Tracy Newman & Band
Entertainment by Tracy Newman & Band

Dress casual.
FREE parking at the church and nearby school parking lot at 2802 4th St., Santa Monica.

Yes, it's true, this event is on the coming Carmagedon weekend when the 405 freeway between the 101 and the 10 freeways will be closed. If you plan your route ahead of time, this should not be a problem. If you would like help planning your route, please go to the link below for alternate routes. Remember this is at the end of the day on a Sunday and beach traffic, if there is any, will be on its way home rather than on its way to Venice.

Detours can be found here:
http://beta.metro.net/projects/I-405/segment-detours/


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beyond Baroque's first Award Gala on Sunday, July 17, 2011

~REQUEST FROM THE BOARD OF BEYOND BAROQUE~
How to get your invitation!

Dear friends and supporters:

Poets David St. John and S.A. Griffin will be honored at our first-ever Awards Dinner.

Now we'd like to send you a fromal inivitation to this historic event.  We'll do this post haste if you send us your street address by reply email.

You probably know how much our honorees have contributed to our poetry community through their distinguished work and devoted services. We hope you'll join us in thanking them on Sunday, July 17th, at the Church in Ocean Park in Santa Monica, CA 90405. At the cost of $60 per person you'll enjoy an evening of fine food, good talk and rousing entertainment.

Most importantly, you'll be helping Beyond Baroque survive and grow as the literary heart of Southern California.
Please send your address to: specialevents@beyondbaroque.org

Many thanks,
Beyond Baroque



Friday, June 10, 2011

HITCHED: THE FEMININE VOICE featuring GAYLE BRANDEIS with TISHA REICHLE and LAUREL ANN BOGEN with HELENA LIPSTADT




Hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

GAYLE BRANDEIS is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt). Gayle's poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as Salon.com, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received several awards, including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Award, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial time capsule in 1986, when she was 18. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award. Gayle holds a BA in Poetry and Movement: Arts of Expression, Meditation and Healing from the University of Redlands, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University. She currently teaches at Antioch and has taught at universities, libraries, community centers, and writing conferences around the country; she is also on the national staff of the women's peace organization CODEPINK and is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective. Gayle lives in Riverside, CA and has a son in college, a daughter in high school, and a one year old boy.

LAUREL ANN BOGEN was born in Los Angeles and has lived within twenty miles of the hospital that spawned her for her entire life. She is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction the most recent of which is Washing a Language published by Red Hen Press, which will also be publishing her New and Collected Poems. She teaches in the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award in 2008. Her work has been published in more than 100 literary magazines and anthologies.

HELENA LIPSTADTis the author of two chapbooks, Leave Me Signs and If My Heart Were A Desert. Leave Me Signs was written during a residency at Arad Arts Project in Arad, Israel. Her work has appeared in Bridges, Lilith, Sinister Wisdom, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beyond Baroque's first Award Gala on Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ad Space in the Gala Program available 


Beyond Baroque's first Award Gala will be held Sunday, July 17, 2011 honoring poet David St. John with the George Drury Smith Award and poet S.A. Griffin with the Beyond Baroque Distinguished Service Award. 

We are currently reserving ad space in the Gala Program and encourage you to take out an ad congratulating one or both of our honorees. 

Program Book Ad Space is priced as follows:

Friends Listing (business card size)      $25.00
One-quarter page (4"x3")                 $100.00
One-half page (4"x6-1/2")                $175.00
Full Page ad (8"x6-1/2")                   $250.00
Inside Back Page                            $400.00
Back Cover Page                            $400.00

Ad Copy is due by July 5th 

Send all PDF files to specialevents@beyondbaroque.org

Hard Copy may be sent to:
Beyond Baroque
Attn: Gala Program Book
681 Venice Blvd, Venice CA 90292

Please let us know if you need help designing your ad and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you,
The Gala Committee

Friday's (6/10) William O'Daly event has been postponed to Saturday, 7/30/11!

Next ones up are: Saturday at 4:00pm - GORGEOUS STORIES WITH TERRIE SILVERMAN and at 7:00pm - RANDOM SPARKS! See you then!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BEYOND MUSIC: SCOTT FOSTER HARRIS OF ZEN RIZING

Music with integrity. This concept in and of itself holds the answers to the ongoing crusades seeking to discover the secrets of timeless art. If only everyone shared this ideal, there would be no ‘plastic’ music. Such is the case with SCOTT FOSTER HARRIS who is enthusiastic about the fact that he can share his songs during his acoustic gig with you tonight at our venue.
Scott discovered the musical facet of his soul at the age of nineteen. While healing from an injury he sustained as a rodeo bull rider, Scott became completely and utterly obsessed with music and poetry along with a variety of other creative avenues. Temporarily unable to ride, he began an entirely different venture with unrestrained and unapologetic enthusiasm consisting of teaching himself to play multiple instruments and, almost immediately, writing songs.
Briefly, Scott toured Texas and Oklahoma as a singer/songwriter. He then moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a writer where he landed a publishing deal with Amylase Music; his earliest songs were cut by artists such as STEPHEN COCHRAN, TODD O’NEIL, and VINNY VAN ZANT of TRAILER CHOIR. After leaving Amylase, Scott began recording and performing with the band SEVENTY SEVEN. However, within a few months he grew restless to create and perform his own music thus beginning his search for musicians who would share his vision. One by one he put his band ZEN RIZING together and shortly there-after moved them all out to LA to pursue their kind of music. Having been on the West Coast for little more than two years they’ve already accomplished such feats as winning an LA Music Award for ‘Rock Single Of The Year’ for their tune“Heaven In Your Eyes”, establishing a residency at the Whisky A Go Go, and becoming regular fixtures on such stages as The House Of Blues and The Roxy.
Scott and his band ZEN RIZING just recently announced that they will open for RAY MANZAREK and ROBBY KRIEGER of THE DOORS on 8/19 at the Whisky A Go Go. More info on this and all upcoming shows etc. can be found on ZEN RIZING's website at http://www.zenrizing.com/.

Special admission: $10.00
Street parking.

Check out this video:
Another of Scott's acoustics gigs - check it out! Will convince you that this event at Beyond Baroque is a 'must-see'!

Friday, June 3, 2011

"IN TENSE" Art Exhibit with work by Paddy Campanaro

Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment

Showing June 5 - 30, 2011

IN TENSE

BY

Paddy Campanaro

Opening Reception on June 5 at 7:30pm:
Paddy is pleased to host a rare evening with two of Los Angeles’ finest and most intensely original voices. She will be joined by poet STEVE ABEE and singer/songwriter ROD SMEAR who have been hooking loyal listeners for years with the power of their words and rhythms. Come and get hooked. Lobby refreshments and a few surprises.

About the exhibit:
PADDY CAMPANARO’s IN TENSE includes 2D and 3D work in several media and materials.

She has had work in both solo and group gallery shows in Los Angeles since the early '90s at Studio Raid, POST, Miller Durazo, Irvine Art Center, and others. Paddy especially enjoys being in alternative space shows like artists Michael Arata’s and Mark Dutcher’s forward thinking One Night Stand group shows at the Farmer’s Daughter Motel on Fairfax Ave.

Paddy has also read her poetry at many venues in Los Angeles over the years especially here where she’s read as a featured reader, at opens, marathon book readings, and special events. Under Pant is a two-volume chapbook of her poetry and Subjects Matter is a book of interviews with accompanying original portraits of eight Los Angeles-based artists. Singer/songwriter ROD SMEAR is included in the book as is poet ELLYN MAYBE, RODEO FOR THE SHEEPISH, and photographer MARK SAVAGE, who is well known for his Souls and Passions, The Los Angeles Poets Project.

Paddy continues to do interviews with Los Angeles-based artists and recently completed one with artist DAVID McDONALD.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 3, Friday 7:30 PM HAWBUCKIN' HOBOS

Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, members FREE
Street parking.

Cultural anthropologist GERRY FIALKA explores America’s affection for free spirit and the open road. Utilizing rare audio and film clips, Fialka arouses insight into music experimenter/hobo HARRY PARTCHand folk singer/labor and peace activist UTAH PHILLIPSPay-what-you-can donation.Check out Gerry's website about any of his upcoming film events:http://www.laughtears.com/Beyond_Baroque_Events.html
Here you can find Gerry's bio. 
 Gerry Fialka
 Harry Partch (1901 - 1974)
 Utah Phillips

June 2, Thursday 7:00 PM FILMS AT BEYOND BAROQUE: IN BLOOM

FREE EVENT!

Celebrate James Joyce's Bloomsday with rare film clips and live readings from The Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club who prioritize effects before causes. The gap is where the action is. Mash up resonating intervals with magical parallelisms. As McLuhan is music of the future, Joyce's doubleness in Ulysses bridges the ancient and modern worlds by a continuous parallel of the interface between myth and realism, order and anarchy.
"Joyce uses the pun as a way of seeing the paradoxical exuberance of being through language. - McLuhan.
Percept plunder for the recent future.
Also join us for Gerry Fialka’s presentation on James Joyce and Experimental Filmhttp://www.laughtears.com/wakedreamawake.html at http://www.joyceconference2011.com/

Here you can find Gerry's bio. 
Hosted by GERRY FIALKA. FREE. 
 Gerry Fialka

Sunday, May 29, 2011

ATTENTION POETS: BEYOND BAROQUE’S ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST IS UNDERWAY!


L.A.’s preeminent literary center conducted its first-ever competition in 2010.
Last year’s success has enabled us to increase the prizes:

$1,000, $500, $250

Final judge is JOYCE JENKINS, editor/publisher of POETRY FLASH.
Winners will be published in the Flash and honored, along with five runners-up,
at an October 16th reading/reception at Beyond Baroque.

Entry deadline: SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 (postmarked)

CONTEST RULES
1. Submit up to three unpublished poems, 40 line limit per poem.
2. All themes and styles welcome.
3. No ID on poems; poet’s name, address, phone, e-mail address
and poem titles on cover sheet.
4. Send entries, including $15 entry fee, to Beyond Baroque Contest,
681 Venice Blvd.,Venice, CA 90291 (snail mail only).
5. Checks payable to Beyond Baroque.
6. No SASE. Poems not returned.
7. Open to CA residents only.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Anonymous
Mary Armstrong
Marjorie Becker
Nels Christianson
Conflux Press
Sherman Pearl
Ellen & Herb Reich
Carol Stager

Your entry helps Beyond Baroque serve the poetry community.
Thank you.

For more Information: www.beyondbaroque.org