Monday, June 27, 2011

Please always check our online calendar for an updated events list. Events may change without prior notice!

** This event has been canceled and postponed until the fall: July 15, Friday 7:30 PM - URI HERTZ, JOHN SOLT, MORGAN GIBSON **

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


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
3. Go to, 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:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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

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:

Many thanks,
Beyond Baroque

Friday, June 10, 2011


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, 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

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


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

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



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.


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:
Here you can find Gerry's bio. 
 Gerry Fialka
 Harry Partch (1901 - 1974)
 Utah Phillips



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 Film at

Here you can find Gerry's bio. 
 Gerry Fialka