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Beyond November Fundraiser July 12, 2009, Michelle Shocked, Bernie Pearl, Los Pochos, Richard Montoya ++
The Ash Grove Foundation will hold a fundraiser on Sunday, July 12th for its Beyond November Summer 2009 festival in August. The fundraiser will take place at
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Contact: Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330 email@example.com
The Talking Stick proudly presents JAZZ FUNK FEST on Saturdays, June 20, Sept 19 and Dec 19 from 7-10pm, free admission at 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA 90291, phone 310-450-6052, more info: laughtears.com 310-306-7330
In the tradition of the Venice West Cafe (the legendary Beat hang-out at 7 Dudley Ave, aka Sponto Gallery from 1984-2008), local Venice musicians will celebrate the rebellious liberation of tuneful creativity.
At 7pm, BLACK SHOE POLISH. Within the free collective BSP, words that should never be said collide with notes that should never be played. Fiery poetic painter Rex Butters slap sense into words through multi-dimensional discourse. Clifford Novey & Gerry Fialka combine fantastical funky fretwork with keyboards and a cauldron of controlled chaos, creating ink stained improvisational interplay. Spoken Word and Free Improvisation as it was never meant to be, Black Shoe Polish reconvenes the Inconceivable with righteous rascality.
At 8pm, FREDDY GINNS & ZEBRA PARTY provide original witty lyrics to their jazzy blues ala Mose Allison and Detroit funk keyboardist Lyman Woodard.
At 9pm, Lyrical multi-instrumentalist ERIC AHLBERG'S JAZZ WORKSHOP recall the explorations of Public Enemy, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and John Coltrane with tasty world beat tangents.
"To funk is only peternatural its daring feers divine. Bebold!" - Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
Come on out on this Friday, June 19th from 7pm til 10pm at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln in Venice 90291 as MoZaic Celebrates Spoken Word past, present, and future. We are so proud to be hosting our favorite family members that have gone on to be Teachers. Bess Kepp, Mike The Poet, A.K. Toney, Saria, and Christian. These amazing Artist will be featuring their top Poetry Students, who happen to be some of the best young Poets on the Slam Scene. I cannot wait for this festive evening! Please join us! Love and Respect Nickie Black
June 18th Thursday night 7:30-10P
Come, relax… enjoy singer-songwriters
Steve Moos , Ivan Kadey & Stefani Valadez, performing original, & classic, passionate, acoustic sounds with real Venice ambience and a good meal !
Please join us at Danny’s Deli in Venice
a "matzoh ball’s throw away from the beach" (Zagat, 07).
23 Windward Avenue
Venice, California 90291
(located at the corner of Speedway and Windward Ave. Just 1/2 block from Venice Beach.)
19 June, Friday— 7:30 PM
WHEN JUSTICE FAILS BUT THE PEN PREVAILS: with TERRI JENTZ, JOHN POMPOSELLO, and MARINA BORAWICK
Spend an evening with authors relating truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories about felons among us, from that handsome boy next door, to cops, even the judge! TERRI JENTZ is author of Strange Piece of Paradise, 2006 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, an LA Times Book Award, and Edgar Allan Poe Award in mystery writing. The book investigates an unsolved attempted murder against her and her Yale roommate in the Oregon desert in 1977. Her story will be part of a PBS Frontline documentary, Forgiveness this summer. Former NYPD officer JOHN POMPOSELLO has received 20 medals including the Medal of Valor. As an undercover cop in harm’s way, he fought the drug trade, organized crime, and bodyguarded Presidents. His favorite? “Getting mugged for a living." JP’s memoir is The Inner Shield. MARINA BORAWICK is daughter of a judge, an attorney, and is finishing a memoir of the American dream become nightmare amidst an upscale suburban minefield of deception, sadism and devilry, the latter in high places. Both Pomposello and Borawick are alumnae of Beyond Baroque’s non-fiction and poetry workshops (Pomposello facilitated the Tuesday Creative Fiction workshop for several years). Borawick has devoted the last decade to transforming the Center’s grounds. Anyone remember when the front garden was six dead rose bushes and the backyard lifeless? Justice is slow but sure!
20 June, Saturday— 7:30 PM
Beyond Baroque Celebrates POETRY FLASH with WANDA COLEMAN, BRENDAN CONSTANTINE, CYNTHIA KRAMAN, SUZANNE LUMMIS, and JOYCE JENKINS
Join us for a celebration of the West Coast’s crucial and free literary
periodical, Poetry Flash. This vital print resource has helped
California and West Coast poets, publicized their work, supported
countless small press publishers and provided lit news and gossip since
1972, appearing in over 300 print issues. We’ll feature poets published
in and featured by The Flash. Prize-winning WANDA COLEMAN, L.A. poet, prose writer, and truth-teller, has been featured many times in Poetry Flash. Her newest books are Jazz and Twelve O’Clock Tales: New Stories and The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors. BRENDAN CONSTANTINE’s new book is Letters To Guns (Red Hen). His other titles are Zombie Dovecote and Crimewave. He is the creator of Industrial Poetry, a Writer’s Block workshop, and lives in Hollywood at Bela Lugosi’s last address. CYNTHIA KRAMAN’s new book is The Touch (Bob Holman’s Bowery Books). She’s author of three previous books of poetry, and was lead singer and lyricist for the Seattle punk band Chinas Comidas. SUZANNE LUMMIS is founder and director of the LA Poetry Festival and literary coordinator of Poetry in the Windows for the Arroyo Arts Collective. The Flash selected her last book, In Danger (Heyday), for the California Poetry Series. JOYCE JENKINS, Poetry Flash founder, is author of the chapbooks Joy Road and Portal. Her poetry is part of the Berkeley Poetry Sidewalk, a street of cast bronze pavement plaques. She received an American Book Award 1994 and the PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award 2006. All proceeds will benefit Poetry Flash.
21 June, Sunday— 3 - 5 PM
SWAMI X SPEAKS
Meet the 83 yr-old Venice icon and philosopher who initiated stand-up
comedy on Ocean Front Walk park benches in the 1970s. SWAMI X's wisdom, puzzles, humor, numerological observations, and poetry have graced the Boardwalk for three decades, making him a legend and living symbol of the Venice community’s free and nonconformist spirit. Presented by the Free Venice Beachhead. $10 special admission.
26 June, Friday— 7:30 PM
B.H. FAIRCHILD and ALBA CRUZ-HACKER
The Dominican-American poet, teacher, and translator, ALBA CRUZ-HACKER is author of No Honey for Wild Beasts (2008). Her creative and critical works have been published throughout the US, Canada, and Caribbean. She was awarded the 2007 UCR Poet’s Laureate Prize and the 2007 Tomas Rivera Selection in Poetry. B.H. FAIRCHILD's The Art of the Late was finalist for the National Book Award and received the Kingsley Tufts Award. His Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest received the National Book Critics Circle Award and Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. His sixth book, Usher, is just out from W.W. Norton.
27 June, Saturday— 7:30 PM
Spirit of Southern California Poetry Series Celebrates LUMMOX PRESS and RD ARMSTRONG
Beyond Baroque's Spirit of Southern California Poetry Series celebrates
the work of poet, publisher, and renegade RD ARMSTRONG (Raindog) and his Lummox Press. Lummox Press, and the Little Red Books, have featured some of the leading lights of SoCal poetry, its outsider poets, beats, bohemians, and beyond. The evening will mark a decade of Little Red Books with publication of Lummox Press' latest, The Long Way Home. Readers will include PATRICIA CHERIN, BILL GAINER, EDWARD JAMIESON, JR., MARIE LECRIVAIN, TERRY MCCARTY, ANGELA MANKIEWICZ, RICK SMITH, WILLIAM TAYLOR, JR., GERALD LOCKLIN, SCOTT WANNBERG, and the publisher/poet himself, RD ARMSTRONG. Hosted by AMELIE FRANK and G. MURRAY THOMAS.
28 June, Sunday— 7:30 PM
The Spirit of Hope and Change: Music, Poetry, & Conversation with FERNANDO CASTRO, HECTOR HERRERA, ARLEN JONES, and a Tribute to UTAH PHILIPS
Poet, playwright, and journalist FERNANDO CASTRO was born in Ibagué, Colombia and immigrated to the New York’s Jackson Heights. He "grew up in the bosom of an immigrant working class family,” keen to America’s contradictions. HECTOR HERRERA was born and raised in Mexico City, is a labor activist, and a member of SAG. He’s provided voice over narration and served the community as legal and medical interpreter. ARLEN JONES has worked as boycott organizer for UNITEHERE! on hotel campaigns. He is a volunteer bike mechanic and board member for the LA Bicycle Kitchen, an East Hollywood non-profit. The late UTAH PHILIPS was a nationally known folk artist, singer/story teller, and Grammy Nominee for his work with Ani DiFranco. An archivist, historian, activist, philosopher, hobo, tramp, and member of the IWW, Philips’ life was reflected in his music and lyrics. Courtesy of Brave New Films there will be a screening of the short documentary Stop Starbucks. Hosted by RICHARD MODIANO.
5 July, Sunday— 5 PM
Open reading with C.E. CHAFFIN
C.E. CHAFFIN is editor of The Melic Review. Widely published as a poet, critic and essayist, his new collection Unexpected Light: Selected
Poems and Love Poems 1998-2008 was recently published by Diminuendo Press. Hosted by MARIE LECRIVAIN. Sign-up 4:45 PM. FREE.
10 July, Friday— 7:30 PM
An Evening with ASKEW POETRY JOURNAL
The Askew Poetry Journal has published twice a year since only 2006 and has already featured some of the best voices in SoCal poetry. Done
beautifully in the indie tradition of newsprint, Askew is based in Ventura, its philosophy citing Emily Dickinson’s “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant.” Askew is edited by poets MARSHA DE LA O and PHIL TAGGART. Readers will include: SUZANNE LUMMIS, PATTY SEYBURN, GLENNA LUSCHEI, AMALIO MADUENO, MARJORIE BECKER, PERIE LONGO, CAROL DAVIS, DOROTHEA GROSSMAN, JACKSON WHEELER, KIMBERLY YOUNG, RUTH NOLAN, FLORENCE WEINBERGER, LAUREL ANN BOGEN, JAMES CUSHING, CATHYRN ANDRESEN, DORIS VERNON, HOLADAY MASON, SARAH MACLAY, ENID OSBORN, CAROL DECANIO, DAVID STARKEY, MAGGIE WESTLAND, MICHAEL BAUER, ELNORA MCNAUGHTON, JEANETTE CLOUGH, RICHARD NEWSHAM, FRIDAY LUBINA, ELLEN REICH, JOAN DAY, JOYCE LAMERS, DIAN SOUSA, and AMY UYEMATSU.
17 July, Friday— 7:30 PM
Fathers and Children: MEL WEISBURD & STEFI WEISBURD, GERALD LOCKLIN & ZACHARY LOCKLIN
MEL WEISBURD co-founded the epochal Coastlines Literary Magazine and has been published in Walter Lowenfel’s New Poets of Today; Best Articles and Stories, Epos, Poetry Los Angeles, Leonard Wolfe’s Voices from the Love Generation, Poets of the Non-Existent City: L.A. During the McCarthy Years, and Eating the Pure Light, (Homage to Thomas McGrath). He is author of A Life of Windows & Mirrors, Selected Poems (Conflux) and The Gloria Poems, A Short Memoir of a 50-year Marriage. His daughter STEFI WEISBURD is author of The Wind-Up Gods (Black Lawrence), winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award, and a children’s collection, Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet (Wordsong). Her work has appeared in Poetry, APR, Paris Review, and Threepenny Review. She received a "Discovery"/Nation prize in 2002. GERALD LOCKLIN is author of over 125 books, chapbooks, and broadsides, with over 3,000 poems, stories, articles, reviews, and interviews published in periodicals. His most recent titles include Gerald Locklin: New and Selected Poems, Points Elsewhere; Wedlock Sunday and Other Poems; The Hotel Ristorante; Candy Bars: Selected Stories; The Life Force Poems; Go West, Young Toad: Selected Writings; The Pocket Book and others. A collection of essays on his work and a bibliography will be available from Blazevox in 2009. His son ZACHARY LOCKLIN teaches at California State University, Long Beach. His poems and stories have been published in magazines including Pearl, Flymf.com, Poetic Diversity, Magnapoets, Freefall, and the Chiron Review, which he coedits with his father.
18 July, Saturday— 7:30 PM
SUZY WILLIAMS - THE SUMMER LIT SHOW
In her fourth annual summer celebration of song and literature, LA's
Diva Deluxe SUZY WILLIAMS performs songs based on the words of Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Parker, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, William Blake, Vladimir Nabokov, Frank Conroy & Baudelaire. With BRAD KAY & special musical guests. You've read the book, now hear the song. Nat Hentoff has praised Suzy Williams: "Vibrant and lusty...great gusto and bold emotion." Admission $10.
24 July, Friday - 7:30 PM
Uberbraid #1: Collages & Collisions, with MOLLY BENDALL, SARAH MACLAY, HOLADAY MASON, and GAIL WRONSKY
Two pairs of collaborators join forces for a combined reading of work,
lending voices to each others' words. MOLLY BENDALL is author of three collections After Estrangement, Dark Summer, and Ariadne’s Island. Her new collection Under the Quick is forthcoming from Parlor. She co-authored with GAIL WRONSKY (see below) the forthcoming Bling & Fringe from What Books. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies: American Hybrid: The Norton Anthology of the New Poem, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry. SARAH MACLAY is author of The White Bride and Whore (both U of Tampa), and three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared recently in APR, Field, Ploughshares and The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present (Scribner). She is currently working on a collaboration with HOLADAY MASON, with whom she co-edited the anthology Echo 6 8 1 (Beyond Baroque). HOLADAY MASON is author of Towards the Forest (New Rivers) and two chapbooks: Light Spilling From Its Own Cup (Inevitable) and Interlude (FarStarFire). Her poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Poetry International, Runes, and River Styx. She was co-editor of Echo 6 8 1 (Beyond Baroque). GAIL WRONSKY is author, coauthor, or translator of nine books of poetry and prose, including Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon), Blue Shadow Behind Everything Dazzling (Hollyridge), and a translation of the poetry of Alicia Partnoy, Volando Bajito (Red Hen). She is Director of Creative Writing and Syntext (Synthesizing Textualities) at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.
8 August, Saturday— 7:30 PM
A Summer Night with MAUREEN COTTER
MAUREEN COTTER returns for her fifth annual summer reading performance at Beyond Baroque with more "Prison Stories," this time from the year 1969. This year’s evening will focus on the back story of how Charles Manson got caught, as told by the guard and the inmate whose testimony was key in putting the Family behind bars. Cotter is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and has been developing her autobiography in workshops at Beyond Baroque.
6 Visions: Group Show
Work from the Venice Arts Adult Documentary Photography Workshops
Saturday, June 20, 2009 - Monday, July 6, 2009
Exhibit Opening and Reception: Saturday, June 20th 5-8pm
1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Featuring the works of:
Emily Hart Roth
Venice Arts Gallery
1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Phone: 310 392-0846
America is on sale and so is my art!
See the great creative studio and gallery...
Larger format prints are here now.
Food, beer and wine will be served by
Chef Colleen Stewart of On Location Catering -
Keeping the Venice Vibe Alive.
Music courtesy of 100.3fm
Plenty of parking!
Thursday, June 25th 4-8pm
Spread the Word - RSVP
Bea Ammidown Yoga
537 San Vicente Blvd. #104
Santa Monica, CA 90402
310.358.3338 voice mail; 310.451.0598 home/studio
Please see my new information re Yoga and The Writing Muse by donation. Spread the word, come and stretch the body and mind with me Monday evening. June 15. 7-9 PM.
breathe sweetly, Bea
YOGA AND THE WRITING MUSE
Let your writing breathe
As your body flows
Monday June 15, 2009
7 –9 PM
Mystic Journey Book Store
1319 Abbott Kinney. Venice, CA
By donation suggested $10
50% donated to the non-profit YogAbility Institute for Special Needs
With Bea Ammidown, E RYT 500
Journalist: L.A. Times, Life Magazine
Voice Dialogue Facilitator
Certified Yoga Therapist
This creative and healing workshop( since ’94) allows hidden (or very present) voices in the body to speak through gentle dynamic Yoga therapeutic movements and energizing writing exercises.
Learn to align different body parts with the intellect, the emotions and the spirit through a therapeutic practice and guided visualization. Inspire and uplift the muscles in the brain and heart as well as in the body!
Beginners and non-writers welcome. Please bring a mat and a notebook.
For more information call Bea 310-358-3338. www.yogability.org <http://www.yogability.org> firstname.lastname@example.org
PEACHFEST celebrates Peach Tree Pottery's 10 year anniversary in Mar Vista. This incredible FREE summer event runs from 11 am to 6 pm on 6/14 and is open to the general public. PEACHFEST will highlight the pottery and ceramic work of current and former students, as well as studio Teacher/Ceramicist, Linda Mechanic. A retrospective of previous Peach Tree Pottery gallery artists will also be available (paintings, photography, multi media & much more). Studio-REV (a local recording studio) and two Boise Avenue musicians are taking charge of the live music portion of the day. Scheduled to perform are Billy Yates (The Outlaws/Marshall Tucker Band), Dominic Campanella (Lead Vocalist/Guitarist of The Quarter After), Stampead, Simone DeBlasio, Melissa Chester, Meagan Walsh, and The Motion. 15% of the sale of pottery & art will be donated to The MS Society, with some artists donating 100%. Additional fundraising opportunities include a raffle with chances to win free Pottery Lessons, Dance Lessons, Closet Organization, Hair Cut/Styling, and more. Free food will be provided by The Metro Cafe, Pit Fire Pizza, Creative Edible Delights, and New School West (with additional donation opportunities available at the food concession). PEACHFEST is a "green" event, featuring recycling, use of compostable/biodegradable service items, and a water bottle refillable water station. For full event details, log on to: http://www.peachtreepottery.com
There are preparations for Venice Artists and their friends to participate
in the Venice Ecofest with their art.
This has a lot of potential and limitation.
Thru discussion we came up with these guidelines:
Frequently to be Asked Questions:
How can I display my art at the Eco-Fest?
Wall Hanging space is limited, but we want to use some of the handball court walls.
That’s a lot of space but only so much at eye level for small work.
Work to be placed on these walls must be coordinated with Brett Woods (see below).
Artists are completely responsible for their own installation and pickup.
Easels could be used but they need to be wind-proofed, like with artist-provided sandbags and clamps.
They also need to be located where they do not block walkways.
Free standing sculptural pieces are good but must be windproof and tourist-proof.
We may be able to locate these all over our site.
The fire department inspectors will ask us to remove art which might be somehow dangerous to public safety.
We must cooperate with them 100%.
Who decides what work is placed?
This is going to be a very informal process and is being coordinated by Brett Woods.
Who will provide security for art pieces?
All artists are responsible for their own work’s security and installation. Bottom line is that you stay with your work all day. You may be able to coordinate with others to guard the works.
Can I sell my Art?
Only in a Vendor Booth, if you rent one or work with another vendor. No work can be sold outside of the vendor areas. No work can be sold in the exhibition area. This is not an Art Sale, it is an informal exhibition. If the possibility of sales comes up, exchange business contact information and do your business elsewhere.