Saturday, August 1
7pm Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts Pop Saturdays. Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey CA
8:00 PM Vicky Hamilton & Frank Ferrante Appetite For Dysfunction shares VICKY HAMILTON’s undeniable optimism, hope and faith-eternal and is a must read for anyone who is a music fan curious about the golden era of the record business, and for anyone with a dream of their own. Frank Ferrante is an international spokesperson for personal transformation and weight loss, author of his soon-to-be-released book, May I Be Frank, subject of the award winning documentary, “May I Be Frank” and featured in the documentary, “Hungry For Change”. These films and book reflect Frank’s journey back to health and spiritual redemption. $10, $6, $0. Beyond Baroque.
Sunday, August 2
9:00 am – 5:00 PM Hari Krishna Festival on Venice Beach
1:00 PM Mel Weisburd Memorial. Join Sherman Pearl, Stefi Weisburd, Alice Pero, Kathabela Wilson,Glenna Luschei, and many others to celebrate the life, humor and poetry of Mel Weisburd. Mel who, passed away in April, was Los Angeles’s original Smog Inspector, an LSD literary pioneer, Co-Founder with Gene Frumkin of Coastlines literary magazine, consummate spanner of C.P. Snow’s two cultures, a deep and beautiful writer and an all around kind and playful soul. Refreshments, hugs, laughter. FREE. Beyond Baroque.
5:00 PM First Sunday Open Reading Our popular monthly open reading. Feature this month, Flor de Te. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five minute limit. Please note that this will be a bi-lingual reading in Spanish/English. Free, but donations always appreciated. Beyond Baroque.
Tuesday, August 4
6pm McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club MDR library 4533 admirality way MDRey
6:00 – 9:00 pm LAPD National Night Out, Venice High School
Thursday August 6
6:00 – 8:00 PM Mike Bonin and Eric Garcetti present Neighborhoods First, Venice Boulevard Great Streets Program, and results of recent community input studies. Coffee Connection at the Vinyard Christian Center, 3838 South Centinela Avenue.
7:00 PM Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts Symphonic Thursdays Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey CA
7:00 PM Venice Arts has a free screening of Being Mortal, a documentary film affirming the importance of human dignity, compassion, and self-determination. Based on the book by Dr. Atul Gawande. Who should attend? Health care practitioners. Caregivers. All of us!
Friday August 7
6:00 PM First Friday on Abbot Kinney
10:00 PM High Voltage is Electric Lodge’s Performance/Installation/Happening late night series, coinciding with Venice’s “First Fridays” event on Abbot Kinney, and is free to the public. High Voltage offers new opportunities for both emerging and established Los Angeles based artists to present developing work. . The performances are minimal tech, in a “pop-up ” fashion and take place in our large street-level dance studio.
8:00 PM Mason’s Noise Parlour The eighth installment of Mason’s Noise Parlour features a diverse selection of songs and poetry from Lexie Rose, Nando Anderson, and Spencer Shapeero. Host Mason Summit and guest Spencer Shapeero will also perform as their duo, The Clowns Will Eat Me. $10, $6, $0. Beyond Baroque.
Saturday, August 8
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Oakwood Barbeque
4pm: MESS – Filmmaker Wenhua Shi interview unurban 3301 pico blvd free
7:30 PM Krsko’s “Summer Boogie Bash” 2015!! This is a local, musical nonprofit event, raising funds and awareness for homeless youth and families in LA. We give directly. Phenomenal bands, artists, singers, dj’s and poets who are blowing up. Change is heart based, and we’re bringing it On. Easy parking, food, drinks, sweets + more. See address below. Donations appreciated. Come get your Boogie on… The Unurban Coffeehouse.
8:00 PM Chokin’ In The Heat: Watts Uprising 50Th Anniversary On Wednesday, 11 August 1965, Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old black man, was arrested for drunk driving on the edge of Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. The ensuing struggle during his arrest sparked off a 6-day uprising that resulted in 34 deaths, over 1,000 injuries, nearly 4,000 arrests, and the destruction of property valued at $40 million. American Book Award-winning poet and 1965 Watts resident Will Alexander headlines a reading that revisits those tumultuous days and their long term aftermath. Featuring: Will Alexander, Jawanza Dumisani, Pam Ward, and special guests. $10, $6, $0. Beyond Baroque.
Sunday August 9
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CicLAvia Culver City Meets Venice, The route will be a six-mile variation of the previous CicLAvia Westside route, allowing participants to explore more of Culver City’s charming neighborhoods, eclectic businesses and delicious restaurants, as well as connect with such Westside treasures as the Mar Vista Farmers Market, Abbot Kinney and Venice Beach.– Presented by Metro
2:00 PM 50 Years Of The Doors! In 1965, four guys started practicing in a band in Venice, who called themselves The Doors. Two years later, they would release Light My Fire and become an international rock sensation. We have a Doors Ekphrastic Poetry Set by LA’s amazing Poets! Inspired by the Photography of Jim Coke! S.a. Griffin, Gerald Locklin, Laurel Ann Bogen, Iris De Anda, Brenda Petrakos, Carl Stillwell, Don Kingfisher Campbelll, Charles L. Davis, Shy But Flyy, Jessica Wilson Cardenas, Juan Cardenas, Fred Voss, Joan Jobe Smith, Stevie Kalinich, Pam Ward, Kristin Sharp. Music from Juan Cardenas and his friends, sending us on a journey of Doors influenced sound. Reception starts at 2pm, reading at 2:30pm. Open mic starts at 3:30pm, one piece per person, please. $5 Suggested donation. Beyond Baroque.
7:30 PM Ruthie Buell’s 85Th Birthday Celebration Uncle Ruthie Buell, teacher, performer and pioneer of children’s programming on Pacifica radio station KPFK-FM, is still going strong at 85! Join Ruthie and guests for a mix of storytelling, music and conversation.This celebration of the written word offers a taste of everything from Thurber to Saroyan. $5. Beyond Baroque.
Wednesday, August 12
7pm: Suzy Williams jazz-blues at Dannys 23 windward av venice ca 90291 310 566 5610 FREE Thursday August 13
8:00 PM Mavericks & Masters Summer Workshop Reading – Instructors Join the instructors of the 2015 Mavericks & Masters Summer Workshop for a reading of their work. $10, $6, $0. Beyond Baroque.
Friday August 14
8:00 PM Beyond Baroque Fiction Showcase Poet Ryka Aoki reads from her debut novel, A Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song, a tale of colliding and evolving cultures on the Big Island of Hawai’i. You will not soon forget the lives portrayed here, the contrasting ethnicities, beliefs, sometimes fraught with greed, intrigues, prejudice, and bigotry, but transformed by ancient and contemporary hula, all blending in a feast of dance, music, food, local theater, into a community of distinct and colorful individuals finding its unique, inspired self. Hosted by Richard Modiano. Regular Admission $10, $6, $0. Beyond Baroque.
Saturday August 15
10:30 am – 2:30 pm; Volunteer Day at A Window Between Worlds 10:15 am for first-time volunteers. The purpose of these days are to help with a variety of tasks that can include mailings, art supply sorting, project preparations and decorating envelopes. Volunteers are welcome to come to these whenever their schedule permits. A Window Between Worlds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma. 710 4th Avenue, #5
4:00 PM Mike Street: The Late Late Show – Opening Reception Created with a highly theatrical and cinematic eye, this sampler platter of recent artwork includes drawings, paintings, collaborative photography and film. This crowd-pleasing “HAPPENING” is dedicated to the memory of longtime cinephile friend Paul Stiver (1953-2015). The show fatefully opens on what would have been his 62nd birthday. Free. Beyond Baroque.
7:30 PM The Philomenian! Beyond Baroque
Sunday August 16
3:00 PM The Official Language Of Yes! By Scott Wannberg Publication Reading Please Join Beyond Baroque For A Celebration Of Scott Wannberg’s newest Perceval Press release. A big book for a big man with a big heart, The Official Language of Yes is a hardbound volume standing 8.5”x11” with over 300 pages containing not only a grand dynamic of Scott’s writing covering his entire canon, but full-color reproductions of Scott’s original art and infamous spontaneous poems as well. Food, drink and special guests. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque.
4:00 PM Attaway’s Last Venice Studio Art Show – The ironic graffiti would read “ Fuck Art, lets eat”. It would be created with florescent 3D virtual i- phone 6 spray cans, sponsored by Whole Foods and emblazoned on the walls of local restaurants and development encroaching on the artist district of Venice. Attaway is a cultural treasure. Mark this transition with the vibrant community that continue to support art and imagination in Venice, Califas. 334 Sunset Ave
4:00 PM The Poetry Salon In the Mike Kelley Gallery This intimate poetry showcase presents a variety of poets and writers from Tresha Haefner’s advanced poetry workshop, performing their latest work. Followed by open mic, wine, and snacks. Suggested Donation $5. Beyond Baroque.
Tuesday August 18
7:00 PM Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting at Westminster Elementary School.
Wednesday August 19
7-10pm: MOM- Media Discussion Beyond Baroque.
8:00 PM Poetry In Motion At The Hotel Erwin Poetry in Motion does McPoetry right with John Tottenham, O-Lan Jones, Michael Harris, Susan Hayden, Sandy Helberg, Jon Hess, Carrie White, Suzanne Whang, Rex Weiner, Anne Beatts, Lisa Thayer, John Difusco. $20, $10, $8. Tickets for $15 on Eventbrite. Hotel Erwin: 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, CA
Friday, August 21
8:00 PM Celebrating At The Doors Of Perception An Evening Celebrating the Forming of The Doors Join MICHAEL C FORD, JOHN DENSMORE and ROBBY KREIGER (schedules permitting) as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the forming of The Doors in Venice. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque
Saturday, August 22
7-10pm Jazz Funk Fest at unurban 3301 pico blvd santa monica ca free
7:00 PM Maureen Cotter’s Stories at 8pm. Music and food and great people to tell your stories too. Hope to see you at my 11th one woman show! Beyond Baroque.
Sunday, August 23
2:00 PM Go Topless Day Pride Parade – OFW
2:00 PM Nebraska Girl Open Reading In the Mike Kelley Gallery Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Feature this month: Iris De Anda. Five-minute limit, sign ups at 1:45 PM. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque.
4:00 PM Mix Tape: An Urban Love Story By Paula Stinson A play with music in two acts. Were you abused as a child? Do you struggle to transcend the residual anger and resentment toward the people who abused you? Has this toxic anger infiltrated the very fiber of your life – affecting everything from your mental and physical health to your interpersonal relationships? Do you have addiction, self-harm and/or codependency issues? Me too! Well, enough of that crap! Let the healing begin. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque.
6:00 PM La Poesia Festival Hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Suggested donation $5. Beyond Baroque.
7pm – I’ll Light Your Pyre – Exorcising Jim Morrison – Will Erokan & Gerry Fialka’s psychedelic multi-media party probes The Doors’ birth in Venice with live experimental cinema, music & poetry that deconstructs Jim Morrison, Artuad & The Gulf of Tonkin. Hack your own doors of perception. Free, Beyond Baroque.
Wednesday August 26
8:30pm Suzy Williams jazz&blues Cinema Bar 3967 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230 310-390-1328 free
Thursday August 27
6:00 PM Doccupy Film & Speaker Series: Alternative Media & Community Radio, Electric Lodge
Saturday August 29
6-9pm free The Cadillac Hotel proudly presents Collage-O-Rama at 8 Dudley Ave, Venice CA 90291, 310-399-8876 Featuring visionary mixed-media artists: B. Meade, La.Marche, David Healey, Randi Hall, Gerry Fialka, Will Erokan, Jon ClarK, Mark X Farina, Trish Ellebracht, Barbara Mastej.
8:00 PM National Beat Poetry Festival Event Celebrate our Venice Beat heritage with readings by one of the original Venice Beats Frank T. Rios, And S.a. Griffin, Harry Northup, Holly Prado, Pegarty Long, And Michael C Ford, reading selections from other Beats including Stuart Z. Perkoff, Tony Scibella, William Margolis, Philomene Long, and Alexander Tocchi as well as their own original work. Regular Admission $10, Students & Seniors $6, Members Free. Beyond Baroque.
Sunday August 30
7:30 PM Paul Lieber And Kita Shantiris Los Angeles Poets Paul Lieber And Kita Shantiris explore trauma, love and loss with fierce honesty, tenderness and humor. An actor and producer/host of KPFK’s “Why Poetry?”, Lieber has a “cunning way with words,” while Shantiris, a psychologist who runs Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, writes “with a refreshing delight in language.” Suggested Donation $5. Beyond Baroque.
7:00 PM 7 Dudley Cinema – The Autobiography Of Karl Krogstad (2015, 160 min.) Humorous & deeply human film on the maverick filmmaker’. With Gus Van Sant & Tom Robbins. Free Laughtears.com Donations appreciated.
Saturday, August 1