Saturday, December 29, 2012

Poet Marie Howe is coming to Los Angeles

Laurie Wagner lives in the Bay Area where she is a writer and a teacher. She also produces a traveling writer's series where she brings writers - mostly poets - to her home in Northern Cal. to teach. 

She is a friend of Marie Howe's and is producing a really wonderful, intimate workshop for her in L.A. on February 15th, 2013. It's a Friday - the workshop will be at her Mom's house in West L.A. She thinks they're going to limit the group to 15 people. 

She doesn't have as many contacts here in L.A. in the poetry/writing community and everyone tells her that she needs to connect with Beyond Baroque if she wants to connect to the epicenter of L.A. poetry. She needs to spread the word about the workshop so that 15 lucky people can find out about it. 

The cost is $150 for the day 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM - and a chance to work intimately with Marie - one of the best poets and teachers that we know.

The link on Marie's website gives more details:

Please pass this note on to anyone who you think would want to know about the workshop and perhaps even come. We'd so appreciate that.

Thank you!

Beyond Baroque

Friday, December 28, 2012


Beyond Baroque mourns the passing of JAYNE CORTEZ. Jayne authored ten books of poems and performed her poetry with music on nine recordings. She presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Her poems were translated into many languages and widely published in anthologies, journals and magazines, including  Daughters of Africa,Poems for the Millennium, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology.
She was organizer of "Slave Routes the Long Memory" and "Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writer Dissecting Globalization", both conferences held at New York University. She was president of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa and appeared on screen in the films Women In Jazz and Poetry in Motion.
She married Ornette Coleman in 1954 and divorced him in 1964. She is the mother of jazz drummer Denardo Coleman.
 Jayne Cortez 1936 - 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

End of Year News

Poetry Workshop News:
Due to the holidays, there will be no Monday night fiction workshop on Dec 31. The Saturday Afternoon Poetry Workshop will be closed on Dec. 29, restarting at 1:30 pm Saturday, January 5th. Please also note that we will be closed on New Year's Day, Jan 1, 2013. 
Happy Holidays from us to you!


Just added:
30 December, Sunday - 7:30 PM
Please join us for an evening of poetry from the Palestinian Diaspora as well as original poems from LA poets ARASH SAEDINIA, ARMINE IKNADOSSIAN, and KHADIJA ANDERSON. There will be an additional surprise or 2 or 3! Hosted by KHADIJA ANDERSONFREE event.  

Thank you for supporting the power of spoken word and the possibilities of language!

681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
Phone 1-310-822-3006 Fax 1-310-821-0256

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Check out our huge bookstore sale!

HOLIDAY SALE WITH 40% OFF on all NEW books!
Plus discover an inexpensive way of acquiring quality, previously-archived, out-of-print books covering:
- Art
- Criticism
- Philosophy
- Bios
- Literary Essays
- History
- Theater & Plays
- Classic fiction
- and more

Bookstore hours:
Friday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
And one hour before and after events

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Our MONDAY NIGHT FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP - 7:30 PM FREE will continue after all! Temporarily facilitated by LISA LANE. Bring five copies of up to five pages.
(LAURIE HOROWITZ back on Sept. 3)
Please always check our website for updated information on our workshops and events.
Thank you!

Your Beyond Baroque Team

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beyond Baroque Monday Night Fiction Workshop needs a volunteer temporary facilitator

The Beyond Baroque Monday Night Fiction Workshop needs a volunteer temporary facilitator for six Mondays starting this Monday (July 23). Experienced fiction writer to give support and feedback to a group of aspiring fiction writers. The regular facilitator, Laurie Horowitz, will take the reins back on Sept. 3.

Please forward this to anyone you may know, and ask them to email or call 310-822-3006. 

Workshop hours are 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Compensation: two hours a week of great conversation about literature - and the knowledge that you're helping writers - and BB!! Thank you so very much! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


New youth workshop for High School students and young adults added! 

An introduction to rudiments and rhythm with poet A. K. Toney and musician Alfredo Rivera. 

This workshop is designed to assist youth poets and storytellers with presentation using musical accompaniments.  It will assist the student poets by allowing them to effectively communicate with the musician that will perform with them.  Using the tools of memorization, timing, and basic chord theory, student poets will obtain a modest comprehension of call and response with performing in front of audiences.  Thus allowing students to expand their knowledge musically and elevate their writing, giving it liberty on stage as well as on the page for readers and listeners.  More importantly, this process is designed to make poetry sound well crafted, profound and give ambiance when performing through a musical medium.

When: July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Time: 10-12pm, Saturdays

Where: Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
Only taking 20 students


Funded by  Poets & Writers 

Saturday, June 2, 2012


You are invited:
"Save KLSD: Media Consolidation & Local Radio" screening on
Sunday, June 17, 2pm with special guest Bree Walker joining the post-screening Q/A panel with producers Jennifer C. Douglas and Jon Monday. Bree is a long-time SoCal broadcaster, actress and activist, and co-narrates Save KLSD.
To RSVP, email (an evite will then be sent).

Save KLSD is a new grassroots documentary film that explores the struggle of Air America KLSD-AM and the near extinction of local, diverse radio in America, with Bill Moyers, Phil Donahue, Ed Schultz, Randi Roades, Cenk Uygur, Robert Reich, Richard Wolffe, Van Jones, Eric Klinenberg, Senator Barbara Boxer, Stacy Taylor, Roger Hedgecock and more broadcasters, advocates and experts.

More info: and

Suggested donation $10, and get a DVD for another $5. For each sale, $1 donated to media reform groups.

Afterward, we walk a few blocks to Lemonade Cafe (Abbott Kinney & Venice Blvd.) for a no-host after party. 

Thanks for supporting independent film making and the cause of local, diverse media!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our 3rd NATIONWIDE Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest - Updated Rules

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 1, 2012 (postmarked)

First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Five honorable mentions will also be given.

1. You may submit up to 3 unpublished poems, all themes and styles welcome. 42 lines max. The entry fee for 1-3 poems is $15.

2. Poems should each be on their own sheet of paper. Multiple page poems should be numbered and have the title on each page. Poems should not have any identifying text on them except their title, but should be accompanied by a cover letter containing the author’s contact info and the title(s) of the poem(s) being submitted.

3. Send entries, including the entry fee, to:
Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest
681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

4. If you would like confirmation that we received your entry, please include your email address. Receipt confirmation will only be sent via email.

5. Entries accepted from inside the U.S. only.

Entries will be judged by SUZANNE LUMMIS,
poet, teacher and director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival.
W inners will be featured at a poetry reading at Beyond Baroque
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
All participants in the reading are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Thank you for your participation!
Your Beyond Baroque Team



Hello, dear Beyond Baroque supporters,

At Beyond Baroque's Second Annual Awards Dinner we will be honoring 



AM√ČLIE FRANK with the

The dinner will take place on

Sunday, July 15, 2012 
at the Church in Ocean Park, 
235 Hill St. 
Santa Monica, California

All proceeds benefit Beyond Baroque's literary programs.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the awards program will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

No tickets available at the door, because the event is completely sold out!

This year's Master of Ceremonies will be Brendan Constantine, and our presenters will be Beyond Baroque founder, George Drury Smith, as well as last year's Distinguished Service Award recipient, S.A. Griffin.

David Zasloff will entertain, and catering will once again be provided by Wild Thai Restaurant.

Dress is casual  and muses are welcome.

Free parking available at the nearby school parking lot located at 2802 4th Street in Santa Monica.
We are looking forward to a wonderful award ceremony and thank all of you for your generous support!


VENICE, CA 90291

A place dedicated to the possibilities of language.

Monday, April 30, 2012


Artist Duo JEFF&GORDON present new video and sculptural work plus a performance at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Venice, CA

Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 5-8 pm
( ( ( ( Performance at 6:30 pm ) ) ) )
Exhibition: May 5 to May 21, 2012

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

What's in a name? That which we call a NASCAR driver by a slightly different name would be an artist group. Such is the case with JEFF&GORDON, the artist duo comprised of Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko; and Jeff Gordon, the charismatic NASCAR driver (#24). The ampersand—the symbol for the Latin word for “and”—is all that separates the artist duo from the driver. Such a small detail can be easily overlooked, or so it would seem by the number of Jeff Gordon NASCAR fans who mistakenly “like” the artists’ Facebook page. Used with Deceit examines public identity and fan culture; JEFF&GORDON has taken these incidents of mistaken online identity as a point of departure, appropriating Jeff Gordon Youtube videos posted by fans and altering them in various ways to conflate the artists with the titular subject. Into NASCAR video game footage featuring Jeff Gordon's car, the artists insert themselves driving around the block multiple times in defiance of a "no vehicular cruising" law; into a clip of the race car driver and his mother cooking with a family recipe on the Rachael Ray show, they insert themselves having a curious encounter with a fried egg; into a fan video of Jeff Gordon winning a race, they insert themselves performing everyday tasks while wearing identical Jeff Gordon masks. JEFF&GORDON will ultimately deposit these (and more) clips back onto Youtube; this exhibition will be their public premiere.

Beyond Baroque is one of southern California’s leading literary/arts centers. It houses a theater, an art gallery and a bookstore specializing in poetry and alternative writing (the perfect venue for an exhibition that examines the ampersand). The center is based in Venice’s former town hall; the building has a long history of community interaction and JEFF&GORDON will tie all of Beyond Baroque’s areas of interest together with one exhibition including sculpture, video installation and a performance in the center’s theater on the evening of the opening.

Winiemko further explains the group’s inspiration for this new work: “Being mistaken for Jeff Gordon [the driver] on Facebook pointed us towards working with the arbitrariness of identity. We just happen to be mistaken with a race car driver. And in this 15-minutes-of-fame world, who gets to use the identity of Jeff? And Gordon? And JEFF&GORDON?”

Exhibition curated by Carleton Christy
More information

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Art Show runs through Monday, April 30, 2012 in our upstairs Mike Kelley Gallery.
Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment. 
FREE Admission.

ROBERT BRANAMAN's tremendous body of work includes etchings, paintings, films, books and most recently a series of limited edition digital/traditional prints. Bob was one of the innovative artists showing at the legendary Batman Gallery in San Francisco and was part of Michael McClure’s play !The Feast! performed there. His paintings were prominently featured in Oliver Stone’s film The Doors. His films include Ginsberg (1966) and Goldmouth (1965), starring LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI. He presently lives and works in Santa Monica.

A graduate of CSULB with an MFA in Studio Art, TODD A. SMITH constructs faux books made from wood that address aspects of popular culture, history, science and religion. His creative process begins with an idea that he gleans from personal experiences and interactions with radio, television, books and pop culture. He transforms these ideas into book titles and screen-prints them onto wooden books. Todd places some of these books in libraries; some are transformed into “pop-ups” while others are constructed into columns or small “still-life’s.” Todd also has a series of drawings and prints that expand on the transitory nature of the traditional book and what its content has to offer in the way of knowledge and imagination.

"Mother Earth", a special serigraph series of four different landscapes and earthly delights and insights hand-made by ROBERT BRANAMAN, will be available for $25 each at the reception on April 7th.
A Color Kablooie - Bob Branaman
Fuck Wall Street - Bob Branaman
Kablooie - Bob Branaman

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

May 6, 2012 at 3:00pm - BEYOND BAROQUE ART AUCTION

You are invited to attend our upcoming first-ever art auction. Please spread the word and invite your friends and interested art collectors you might know!

Beyond Baroque, Venice's literary/arts center, will hold its first-ever benefit art auction on Sunday, May 6th. Works by over 25 of Los Angeles' most prominent artists will be featured.
The artists, all of whom have donated their works, include Ed Ruscha, Gronk, Raymond Pettibon, George Herms, Viggo Mortensen and Robbie Conal.    Proceeds  will  support  Beyond Baroque's program of new and experimental music, "Beyond Music."

The event will open at 3 p.m.  Works on sale will be on view for an hour, accompanied by new music performance in the Poetry Garden by renowned saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.  The auction will commence at 4 p.m., and will be conducted by Robert Berman. 
Following the auction, the Mike Kelley Gallery will be dedicated at Beyond Baroque.

"We are deeply grateful to the contributing artists," commented Bob Branaman, curator of the event.  "This landmark auction not only provides great opportunities for art buyers, it represents 
a major interaction between the arts."
Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Blvd, Venice (in the former Venice City Hall).  Admission to the auction is free, and refreshments will be served.
Beyond Baroque is one of America's oldest and largest independent literary/arts centers.  
Founded in 1968, its  black  box  theater  has  presented  many of the nation's foremost poets and writers. Its free Wednesday night poetry workshop has been held continuously for the past 41 years, and its archives contain some 40,000 volumes--a history of literary Los Angeles.
The monthly "Beyond Music" series, curated by composer Daniel Rothman, began in 2010 and has  been praised in the L.A. Times for presenting musically innovative local, national and international composers and performers.

For further information, contact Carlye Archibeque at Beyond Baroque 
(310) 822-3006 | or visit  

Artist Donors:

Sharon Anderson
Anthony Ausgang
Robert Branaman
Eve Brandstein
Terri Bromberg
Paddy Campanaro
Robbie Conal
Cheri Dickinson
Bill Farroux
Kristin Fouquet
John Greco
George Herms
Hillary Kaye
Kelly Lynn Kimball
Melissa Ann Lambert
Mary Lejewski
Barry Marcowitz

Louis Metz
Mike Mollet
Henry Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
Joseph Patton
Sabine Pearlman
Raymond Pettibon
Martin Pollack
Ed Ruscha
Gailyn Saroyan
Todd Smith
Austin Straus

Mike Street
Andy Takajian
Neil Taylor

Daena Title
Brennan Wheeler
Maija Wilder
Stephan Woodruff
Liv Zutphen

Take a look at the art available at the auction:

                                      Kelly Lynn Kimball


                      Bill Farroux

Cinco de Mike Watt on Saturday, May 5 at 2 PM - Book Launch for "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass"

Mark you calendars!

We're thrilled to be hosting Mike Watt's book launch complete with a live performance by Watt with the Missingmen and the Lofty Canaanites. 

Hope you can make it on May 5th.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Here's a little preview.....

Barbara Kraft will be talking about her book at Beyond Baroque on June 23 at 7:00 PM.

Thanks for marking your calendars!

Beyond Baroque

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Just added! New Series - Every Third Thursday!

In our upstairs Gallery: 
Live story-telling brought to you by HENRY MORTENSEN and GEOFF SCHOENBERG.

Starts 15 March, Thursday - 7:00 PM

Go to our website at for more info tba shortly.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Monday Night Workshop News!

Please note that Yago Cura's workshop ends on April 9 and a new fiction writing workshop will begin on Monday April 16 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The workshop will focus on narrative technique, use of language, characterization, plot, point of view and the realization of an idea. Facilitated by LAURIE HOROWITZ. (Begins on April 16)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Art Show: LIV ZUTPHEN, March 3 - 31, 2012

Now showing in our upstairs Gallery: LIV ZUTPHEN, March 3 - 31, 2012. Free admission. 
Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Beyond Baroque regrets the passing of Fred Moramarco

He was the founding editor of Poetry International and Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University where he taught American Literature and Creative Writing. 

Fred gave his last reading at Beyond Baroque on October 7, 2011.

Beyond Baroque mourns the passing of Carol Lem

Carol gave her last reading at Beyond Baroque in July 2011.
She will be missed.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

FREE Latin American Poetry Monday Night Workshop With Yago Cura!

Starting tomorrow on February, 6th 2012 at 7PM:
Yago Cura, publisher of the online journal Hinchas de Poesia (, 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.

The class will be taught in English but the poems Yago Cura uses will be read in Spanish and English.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Beyond Baroque mourns the loss of Mike Kelley, artist, patron, and friend.

Here is a link to the LA Times obituary.
Our condolences to his family and friends.

R.I.P. You will be missed dearly, Mike Kelley.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Don't miss it! Music & Poetry at Beyond Baroque

Events for Thursday, January 26th -
Sunday, January 29th

January 26, Thursday 7:30 PM
Open reading featuring L.A.’s inimitable ELLYN MAYBE'S BAND. Bring up to 5-minutes of poetry, and the band will improvise alongside your performance! 
General Admission $8.00, Students/Seniors $5.00, Members FREE.

27 January, Friday - 9:00 PM

ART JARVINEN (January 27, 1956 – October 2, 2010): “composer, musician, author, excellent cook…” can be read about on his homepage, While he was known by many throughout the world, he was, to the LA music community, a dear friend whose departure we mourn and birthday we celebrate! Please join us to hear the FORMALIST QUARTET perform Art’s extraordinarily beautiful 100 Cadences with Four Melodies, a chorale, and a coda (with bells on!) and Conspiracy of Crows for three oboes, performed by KATHY PISARO
Special Admission $5 Members, $5 Students/Seniors, $10 General.
Art Jarvinen

28 January, Saturday - 9:00 PM
Our own JEFF GAUTHIER, whose new CD Open Source was hailed by the New York Times (Oct. 30, 2011) for its electronic haze that adopts the escalating intensity of a groove, performs with the “voluptuously” lyrical (Downbeat) MICHAEL DESSEN and riveting MOTOKO HONDA."
MICHAEL DESSEN, trombone & electronics
JEFF GAUTHIER, violin & electronics
MOTOKO HONDA, keyboard & electronics

Special Adminssion $5 Members, $5 Students/Seniors, $10 General.
 Jeff Gauthier, photo by Yvonne Suter

29 January, Sunday - 4:00 PM 
Six of the most evocative and controversial Southern California based writers in concert commenting,
through their poetry, about why “culture vultures” in so many cities believe that the literature of Los Angeles is of questionable parentage.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


19 February, Sunday - 2:00 PM

**At Beyond Baroque** We will be unveiling a painting of the late, great poet  SCOTT WANNBERG as rendered by L.A. artist Louie Metz as part of the dedication for the new SCOTT WANNBERG BOOKSTORE AND POETRY LOUNGE at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA. Also on hand to help launch the new space and lend his bookstore magic will be DOUG DUTTON of the once glorious Dutton's Books, and present Director of Beyond Baroque, RICHARD MODIANO. Afterwards, there will be a screening of one of Scott's favorite films, Budd Boetticher's iconic western 7 Men From Now starring RANDOLPH SCOTT, GAIL RUSSELL and LEE MARVINFree popcorn.

**At Skylight Books** February 20th is the birthday of legendary Los Angeles poet SCOTT WANNBERG. Join family, friends and fans at **Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles ** as we all sing Scott's simultaneous languages of love at the first whenever SCOTT WANNBERG UNINVIATIONAL BIRTHDAY READ INDEED!, an open reading hosted by S.A. GRIFFIN. Festivities begin at 7:30pm. If you would like to be a part of the open reading, please bring poems by or for Scott. A largely unsung hero while he was here, Scott was a long playing heart beat atDutton's Books in Brentwood. A big man, Scott was and is one of the most original, vital voices in American verse. He never met a soul he didn't touch.
Born February 20, 1953 in Santa Monica, sadly, Scott passed away very suddenly August 19, 2011 in Florence, Oregon.
Come help us celebrate his work and bring him home on what would've been Scott's 59th birthday. 
Both events are free.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Our January 2012 e-Newsletter

Our January 2012 e-Newsletter with updates, events and the

paypal donate button;)

Thanks for all your support! Happy 2012!

Your Beyond Baroque Team