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21 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

  • The World Stage Press presents Poets Feed the People, a fundraising event for the Los Angeles Food Bank, featured readers TBA, the goal is to raise enough to provide 5,000 meals for food insecure L.A. residents, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $20 (each ticket pays for 140 meals!), 8:00 (

22 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque's After School Workshop launches their first book, Under the Belly of the Beast, hosted by Ryka Aoki and Cori Bratby-Rudd, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (
  • That Love Vibration, part of the Artists Union's Erotic exhibit and fundraiser for the Ventura County Poetry Project, is an erotic poetry reading hosted by Ellen Reich, Laure-Anne Bosselaar and Marsha de la O, with readers Peg Quinn, Mariano Zaro, Cee Chávez, Ann Buxie, Mary Kay Rummel, Ellen Reich, Jennifer Kelley, Ron Alexander, Jacqueline Tchakalian, Elaine Alarcon, Glenna Luschei, Vincent Mowrey, Marsha de la O, Crn Contreras, Ricardo Means Ybarra, Claudia Reder, Florence Weinberger, Becky Sanvictores, Tim Tipton, Perie Longo, Chris Spangenberg, Christine Penko, Sandra Knapp, Sarah Maclay, George Yatchisin, Marcy Wingard, Phil Taggart, Chryss Yost, Brad Bauer, Sammy Ginsberg, Diana Raab, Molly Burns, Anita McLaughlin, John White, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, and Holaday Mason, Art City Gallery, 197 Dubber Street, Ventura, $10 at the door, 3:00 (

23 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

  • A celebration of the life and powerful legacy of Toni Morrison, the great American author whose novels include The Bluest Eye and Beloved, featured readings TBA, discussion hosted by Shonda Buchanan, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 5:00 (
  • Nebraska Girl, an open reading hosted by Wyatt Underwood,

24 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

25 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862,
  • John Sayles reads from his fifth novel, Yellow Earth, set in the aftermath of a shayle oil discovery under Yellow Earth, North Dakota, and the Three Nations Indian reservation; he is a screenwriter, actor, and director whose work includes Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nominees Passion Fish and Lone Star, and National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award-nominee Union Dues, Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (

26 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history of the relationship between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200,

27 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

  • Gatsby's Literary Women Book Club, new members welcome, every fourth Thursday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862,
  • Poetry reading by Scott Charles, Soft Water, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (

28 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

29 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

  • Cafe Society presents Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist, on her recent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (
  • The Ellyn Maybe Band, a poetry/music group formed in 2010, who have performed across the U.S and Europe, presents Ellyn Maybe's Poetry Rodeo, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, two featured readers to be announced, theme to be announced at the end of the January reading, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK,

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