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1 JUNE 2013 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • "A Nebraska Girl & Two Valley Girls," a reading by poet and talk show host Melissa Alvarado, and poets Susan Hayden, You Are What You Drive, and Carlye Archibeque, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 4:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Eve Brandstein's Poetry In Motion: Stop That Train presents writers from the Hollywood community and the literary world at large, featuring readers to be announced, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $20/$10 student/seniors, $8 members, advance tickets online at Eventbrite $15, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

2 JUNE 2013 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • First Sunday Open Reading, a monthly open reading with featured guests, hosted by Billy Burgos, five-minute limit, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free/donations welcome, sign up 4:45, reading 5:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Opening of an exhibit of John Greco's prints, drawings, and paintings, "Modern Archetypes," in the lobby and upstairs Mike Kelley Gallery, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donations welcome, reception 4:30-6:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Jerry Stahl reads from Bad Sex on Speed, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 7:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

3 JUNE 2013 — monday

4 JUNE 2013 — tuesday

5 JUNE 2013 — wednesday

6 JUNE 2013 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • John Andrew Fredrick reads from his novel about an indie band in L.A., The King of Good Intentions, Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com)
  • "The Dead Can Grow," an evening honoring two twentieth century poets, Kenneth Rexroth and Kitasono Katue, featuring poets John Solt, Michael C. Ford, Rexroth scholar and poet Morgan Gibson, special guests, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

7 JUNE 2013 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • One man show with Reg E Gaines, playwright, poet, Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champ, and composer, leader of "Is Poetry Theater?" workshops, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

8 JUNE 2013 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • "To Go Further: Poetry and Art," poet Helen Steenhuis and writer/artist Lisa Lane share their latest works in a reading followed by reception, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

9 JUNE 2013 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Ocean Friendly Garden Celebration Reading is an evening of readings and art dedicated to nature, conservation, and the ocean, celebrating the Ocean Friendly Garden, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 5:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Soapbox Poets Open Reading, everyone welcome, six-minute limit, hosted by Jessica Wilson, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, free/donations welcome, sign up 1:45, reading 2:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

10 JUNE 2013 — monday

11 JUNE 2013 — tuesday

12 JUNE 2013 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Ru Freeman reads from On Sal Mal Lane, a novel about the years leading to the Sri Lankan civil war, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com)

13 JUNE 2013 — thursday

14 JUNE 2013 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Alysia Abbott reads from and discusses her book, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, about growing up motherless in San Francisco with her father, the noted gay poet and fiction writer Steve Abbott, an early editor of Poetry Flash, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com)
  • Doug Knott celebrates the late poet and writer Charles Bukowski by embodying him and reading his prose, poetry, and ramblings, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

15 JUNE 2013 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Breaking the Rules open mic for young poets from the Beyond Baroque Student Poets Workshop, today features Irvine Workshop students, other young poets welcome, five-minute limit, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, free/donations welcome, sign up 3:45, reading 4:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Elizabeth Ross reads from her historical novel, Belle Epoque, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com)
  • "The Official Language of Yes!" and BBQ, a retrospective of the life and work of late poet and bookseller Scott Wannberg, who performed with The Carma Bums poetry troupe and toured with them 1989-2009, bring your own meat for BBQ, condiments and side dishes provided, drinks by donation, co-sponsored by Moon Tide Press, hosted by S.A. Griffin, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, BBQ 7:00, reading 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
    NORTH:
  • Arcade Poetry Series presents Amy Uyematsu, Stone Bow Prayer, and Bob Chianese, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, $3/members free, 7:00 (http://www.carnegieam.org)

16 JUNE 2013 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Great Beyond Open Reading features Melissa Alvarado, younger poets are encouraged to read, hosted by Jessica Ceballos, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, free/donations welcome, sign up 1:45, reading 2:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Hitched: The Poetry of Emerging Counterparts, features established poets and writes with new voices, hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 5:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • 7 Dudley Cinema: Gerry Fialka screens rare literature films to celebrate The Lit Show (July 20 at Beyond Baroque), starring L.A.'s Diva Deluxe Suzy Williams and Brad Kay, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donations welcome, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

17 JUNE 2013 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Novelist Rob Yardumian reads from The Sound of Songs Across the Water, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com)

18 JUNE 2013 — tuesday

19 JUNE 2013 — wednesday

20 JUNE 2013 — thursday

21 JUNE 2013 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lectures from Beyond: a look at poet Elizabeth Bishop, with special guest readers, hosted by Carlye Archibeque, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)

22 JUNE 2013 — saturday

23 JUNE 2013 — sunday

24 JUNE 2013 — monday

25 JUNE 2013 — tuesday

26 JUNE 2013 — wednesday

27 JUNE 2013 — thursday

28 JUNE 2013 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tebot Bach Series presents a poetry reading by Consuelo Marshall and Larry Colker, Amnesia and Wings, open reading follows, Golden West College, Community Room 102, Huntington Beach, use Gothard Street entrance, parking is free for the reading, open sign up 7:30, reading 8:00 (tebotbach.org)

29 JUNE 2013 — saturday

30 JUNE 2013 — sunday


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