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Wednesday, July 8
• 8:00 PM
Suzy Williams at Danny’s.

Thursday, July 9
• 7:00 PM
Westside Guitar Wizards hosted by Michael Jost , The Unurban

Friday, July 10
• 8:00 PM
FORBIDDEN PLEASURES:
POETRY IN TRANSLATION WITH STEPHEN KESSLER & SUZANNE JILL LEVINE – STEPHEN KESSLER and SUZANNE JILL LEVINE, award-winning translators read from their new books, Forbidden Pleasures by Luis Cernuda (Kessler) and Tides, poems by Pedro Xavier Solís Cuadra (Levine). Tides, by Pedro Xavier Solís Cuadra, is the first collection by the Nicaraguan poet to be published in English, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine. This will be a bilingual reading with JORGE LUIS CASTILLO, a critic of Latin American poetry and a prize-winning fiction writer, who teaches at UCSB. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque

Saturday July 11
• 4:00 PM
MESS Noted Author LAWRENCE GROBEL interview unurban 3301 pico blvd free http://www.laughtears.com/mess.html
• 4:00 PM
RAE ARMANTROUT: ITSELF With special guest JEANETTE CLOUGH, RAE ARMANTROUT, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. “No poet gets caustic, or self-critical, or sarcastic, as well as Armantrout, whose quick stanzas—half Twitter, half Emily Dickinson—say a lot about how language, money, love, and memory can fail us, and in very little space.”—Publishers Weekly. Special guest JEANETTE CLOUGH also reads. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque

• 8:00 PM
THE POETRY MYSTIQUE WITH SUZANNE LUMMIS – Celebration for SUZANNE LUMMIS’, The Poetry Mystique: Inside the Contemporary Poetry Workshop. Denise Roman, Jawanza Dumisani, David Eadington, Mary Fitzpatrick, Evangeline Ganadin, Cece Peri, Thac Si Pham, and others. This unusual publication charts the progress of student poems through commentary from the teacher (Ms. Lummis) and her students. It is a book on craft like no other as well as a testimony to the love and dedication required of poets. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque

Sunday, July 12
• 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1st ANNUAL FERMENTATION FESTIVAL This one-day festival celebrates the art of making traditionally fermented foods and beverages such as kimchi, kombucha, kefir, pickles, beer, sauerkraut, wine, cider, cultured vegetables, and sourdough bread, and empowers attendees to make these foods at home. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.fermentla.org. FREE, but donations are always welcome. Beyond Baroque
• 2:00 PM
SOAP BOX OPEN READING – This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM. There is a five-minute limit. Hosted by JESSICA WILSON. FREE, but donations are always welcome. Beyond Baroque
• 8:00 PM
DEAN KOSTOS & VERONICA GOLOS
DEAN KOSTOS recently won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty, for a collection called, This Is Not a Skyscraper that was released last April from Red Hen Press. VERONICA GOLOS is co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. She is also the poetry editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She lives in New Mexico. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque

Friday, July 17
• 8:00 PM
HAROLD NORSE SELECTED POEMS
TODD SWINDELL, editor of I Am Going to Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse, will read along with S.A. GRIFFIN, featuring video clips of the Beat poet designated by William Carlos Williams as “the best poet of [his] generation.” Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque

Saturday, July 18
• 11:00 AM -3:00 PM
RICKS MINI WORKSHOP with SARAH MACLAY – see workshop section of the calendar for more details. Beyond Baroque
• 4:00 PM – THE HEALING POWER OF LANGUAGE. Join ROBERT ROMANYSHYN, psychologist and Jungian psychotherapist, and poet BRIAN MICHAEL TRACY as they engage in a conversation about the Healing Power of Language. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque
• 8:00 PM
SUZY WILLIAMS – THE LIT SHOW at beyond baroque – 10th annual celebration of song and literature starring LA’s Diva Deluxe & Brad Kay 8pm, $15 Beyond Baroque

Sunday, July 19
• 2:00 PM
THREE GENERATIONS ON A STAGE
With MIKE “THE POET” SONKSEN
MIKE SONKSEN is hosting young readers and established readers. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque
• 3:00-6:00 PM
We Need Each Other: Conversations Between Men – a series of dialogues between men and women. It’s objective is to encourage the realization that human beings are not intended to live in isolation. We live in relationship with others because we need them in our lives. Even those who trigger our impatience and, perhaps, anger provide to us an opportunity to recognize the areas in our lives that are calling forth growth in compassion, understanding and acceptance of others. – The Electric Lodge, $20-$30
• 7:00 PM
PEN PALS – Written in the same room at the same time by poets SHARON RIZK and RADOMIR VOTECH LUZA, Pen Pals is a performance piece that tells you what it means to be a child growing up by way of two youngsters, living thousands of miles apart,
communicating through letters over a 15-year span. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque

Monday, July 12
• 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venice Neighborhood Council Board meeting. Westminster Elementary School Auditorium

July 24, 25, 26 , 31
• 8:00 PM Friday, 8:00 PM Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday
The Biscuit Eater – Jim Loucks brings his new rollicking, heartfelt solo performance to the Electric Lodge after its premiere at the FronteraFest in Austin and performances at the Oahu Fringe and the Solo Performance Festival in Seattle. The Electric Lodge. $15/$10 Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks’ distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. A moving tribute to an imperfect hero.

Saturday, July 25
• 4:00 PM
ROBERT SCHEER: THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU – “Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Scheer examines how online convenience has supplanted bedrock American values of personal freedom and the right to privacy…Scheer provides more than enough solid journalism to show that the digital dirt is knee-deep and getting deeper.”–Kirkus Reviews. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque
• 4:00 PM
DUBLIN POETRY REVIEW READING
Beyond Baroque invites you to join STEPHEN YENSER, ELENA KARINA BYRNE, MING DI, JOHN FITZGERALD, and HELENE CARDONA to celebrate Dublin Poetry Review: Éigse Átha Cliath, an international journal of poetry. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque

Sunday, July 26
• 2:00 – 5:00 PM
A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF STEVE KOWIT Award-winning poet (NEA, Pushcart Prize), editor/publisher (The Maverick Poets), teacher, activist and mensch, Steve Kowit died in his sleep in April 2015 leaving many many friends, poets, and admirers. Please come and join us to celebrate his life, his work and legacy at a potluck gathering of his friends, family and fans. Read one of his poems, reminisce or just come to be with others whose lives were somehow changed by knowing him. Free to all. Beyond Baroque
• 2:00 PM – NEBRASKA GIRL OPEN READING
In the Mike Kelley Gallery – Hosted by WYATT UNDERWOOD & MELISSA ALVARADO. Feature TBD. Five-minute limit, sign -ups at 1:45 PM. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque
• 6:00 PM
LA POESIA FESTIVAL – Hosted by ANTONIETA VILLAMIL. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque
• 7:00 PM
7 DUDLEY CINEMA – HIPPIE REVOLUTION FILMS Tune in, turn on and drop out! Rare films on music and politics. The hippies were heirs to a long line of bohemians that included William Blake, Walt Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Hesse, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, Huxley and utopian movements like the Rosicrucians and the Theosophists, and most directly the Beats. Free, but donations appreciated. Beyond Baroque

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