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An Evening with Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers (Virtual Event)

An Evening with Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers discussing their book, "Inside Bridgerton."*** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 6pm PT/9pm ETAn Evening with Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers*discussing their book, "Inside Bridgerton"*interviewer to be announcedTICKETS:$65 Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the bookInside Bridgerton, a gorgeous coffee table book, is the official book about the show featuring never-before-seen photographsTicket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for three days, thru November 4 at midnight.Books ship one week after the event.Inside Bridgerton brings together the creative minds that launched a cultural phenomenon to reveal the intimate behind-the-scenes story of how the hit Netflix series was made. Shondaland executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will discuss how Julia Quinn’s beloved novels transitioned to the screen, and share insightsabout the casting, costumes, set design, favorite scenes, and more during this special event. Shonda Rhimes is CEO of the global media company Shondaland.  With a focus on innovation, Rhimes’s company approaches storytelling through brand partnerships, merchandise, and content for film, streaming, audio, digital, and editorial. In her career, Rhimes’s work has been celebrated with Read More ...

Russ Feingold & Peter Prindiville (Virtual Event)

Russ Feingold & Peter Prindiville, "The Constitution in Jeopardy."*** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Russ Feingold & Peter Prindiville discussing their book, "The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We Can Do About It."TICKETS:$40 Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the bookTicket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for 3 days, thru November 5 at midnight.Books ship one week after the event.A former US senator and legal scholar examine the ongoing effort to radically change the laws of our land, and articulate a plan for how to handle it.Russ Feingold, as a lawmaker, diplomat, attorney, and professor has devoted his career to protecting the Constitution's bedrock guarantees. He served as United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011. Feingold was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act, citing civil liberty concerns, and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), the most important campaign finance reform in decades. He sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and chaired its Sub-committee on the Constitution.Feingold has also served as a U.S. special envoy and taught at Stanford, Read More ...

An Evening with Jon Meacham (Virtual Event)

An Evening with Jon Meacham discussing his book, "And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle." *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Tuesday, November 6, 2022, 3pm PT/6pm ET An Evening with Jon Meacham discussing his book, "And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle" TICKETS: $48 Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the book Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for three days, thru Nov 9 at midnight. Books ship one week after the event. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham chronicles the life and moral evolution of Abraham Lincoln and explores why and how Lincoln confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery in order to expand the possibilities of America Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. The Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, he is the author of the New York Times bestsellers His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, The Soul of America, The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Read More ...

An Evening with Geena Davis (Virtual Event)

An Evening with Geena Davis discussing her memoir, "Dying of Politeness." *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 6pm PT/9pm ET An Evening with Geena Davis discussing her memoir, "Dying of Politeness." TICKETS: $40 Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the book Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for three days, thru Nov 12 at midnight. Books ship one week after the event. From two-time Academy Award winner and screen icon Geena Davis, the surprising tale of her “journey to badassery”—from her epically polite childhood to roles that loaned her the strength to become a powerhouse in Hollywood. Geena Davis, a two-time Academy Award winner, is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, having appeared in several roles that became cultural landmarks, such as Thelma in Thelma & Louise, Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own, and Mackenzie Allen in Commander in Chief. She is also a world-class archer and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls, as Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "With saucy self-deprecation, robust glee, and touch of Read More ...

Siddhartha Mukherjee with D.A. Wallach

Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Siddhartha Mukherjee with D.A. Wallach discussing his book, "The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human" Join us for an in-person* Live Talks Los Angeles event: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 8pm *Virtual event airs on November 13 at 3pm PT/6pm ET Siddhartha Mukherjee with D.A. Wallach discussing his book, "The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human" TICKETS: $48 General Admission + a signed copy of the book $20 General Admission Additional books available for purchase at event Face masks recommended Tix also include opportunity to watch the virtual event The virtual version of this event airs on November 13, at 3pm PT/6PM ET. Tickets for the virtual event can be purchased here (includes the book) ASL interpreter provided upon request. Presented in association with the Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center From the author of The Emperor of All Maladies, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene, an exploration of medicine and our radical new ability to manipulate cells. Rich with Mukherjee’s revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may be saved by their work, The Song of the Cell is the third book in this extraordinary writer’s exploration of Read More ...

Stacy Schiff with Lisa Napoli

Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Stacy Schiff with Lisa Napoli discussing her book, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams." Join us for an in-person* Live Talks Los Angeles event: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 8pm *Virtual event airs on November 15 at 3pm PT/6pm ET Stacy Schiff with Lisa Napoli discussing her book, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams" TICKETS: $48 General Admission + a signed copy of the book $20 General Admission Additional books available for purchase at event Face masks recommended Tix also include opportunity to watch the virtual event The virtual version of this event airs on November 15, at 6pm PT/9PM ET. Tickets for the virtual event can be purchased here (includes the book) ASL interpreter provided upon request. Presented in association with the Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center A revelatory biography of arguably the most essential Founding Father—the one who stood behind the change in thinking that produced the American Revolution.  Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; Cleopatra: A Life, winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; and most recently, The Witches:Salem, 1692. Schiff has Read More ...

An Evening with Siddhartha Mukherjee (Virtual Event)

Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

An Evening with Siddhartha Mukherjee discussing his book, "The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human" *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Sunday, November 13, 2022, 3pm PT/6pm ET An Evening with Siddhartha Mukherjee discussing his book, "The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human" TICKETS: $40 Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the book Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for three days, thru Nov 16 at midnight. Books ship one week after the event. From the author of The Emperor of All Maladies, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene, an exploration of medicine and our radical new ability to manipulate cells. Rich with Mukherjee’s revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may be saved by their work, The Song of the Cell is the third book in this extraordinary writer’s exploration of what it means to be human. Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Gene: An Intimate History, a  New York Times bestseller; The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize; and The Laws of Medicine. Read More ...

Ken Burns with Lisa Napoli (Virtual Event)

Ken Burns with Lisa Napoli discussing his book, "Our America: A Photographic History" *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Monday, November 14, 2022, 6pm PT/9pm ET Ken Burns with Lisa Napoli discussing his book, "Our America: A Photographic History" TICKETS: $80 Virtual Admission + coffee table book with signed book plate *Includes shipping. US Orders only for ticket with book. $15 Virtual Admission Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for for 72hrs after it airs thru November 24 at midnight Books ship one week after the event. From one of our most treasured filmmakers, a pictorial history of America—a stunning and moving collection of some of Ken Burns’s favorite photographs, with an introduction by Burns, and an essay by longtime MoMA photography curator Sarah Hermanson Meister Ken Burns, the producer and director of numerous film series, including The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, and The War, founded his own documentary film company, Florentine Films, in 1976. His landmark film The Civil War was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television, and his work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. He Read More ...

An Evening with Stacy Schiff (Virtual Event)

An Evening with Stacy Schiff discussing her book, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams." *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 6pm PT/9pm ET An Evening with Stacy Schiff discussing her book, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams" TICKETS: $42 Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the book Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for three days, thru Nov 18 at midnight. Books ship one week after the event. A revelatory biography of arguably the most essential Founding Father—the one who stood behind the change in thinking that produced the American Revolution.  Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; Cleopatra: A Life, winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; and most recently, The Witches:Salem, 1692. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A member Read More ...

Recurring Event WeHo Reads 2022

WeHo Reads: Light in Our Hearts

Our journey’s last step leads us toward light with bridgette bianca, Cassandra Lane, and traci kato-kiriyama and close with Shonda Buchanan The culminating event in the Road to Joy series will bring together poets, writers, and artists who live and create at the intersection of joy and hope and reckoning with pain. bridgette bianca is a poet and educator from South Central Los Angeles. Her debut book of poetry, be/trouble (Writ Large Press, 2020), is a powerful love letter to oft-overlooked Los Angeles, one that offers as much danger as it does glamour and as much grit as beauty. traci kato-kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Her recently published book from Writ Large Press, Navigating With(out) Instruments, is a collection of poetics, micro essays, and notes to self (and other)—a journey of several years, navigating through death moments, past/present tensions of war and violence, trauma and ideation, excavation and memory. Cassandra Lane is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. Her first book, WE ARE BRIDGES: A Memoir (Feminist Press, April 2021), weaves personal and historical geographies, lineages, upbringings, and upheavals into a complete tapestry, validating her glorious existence as a Black mother. Read More ...

Book Talk! AMERICAN SEX TAPE by Jameka Williams

Chevalier's Books 133 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

JAMEKA WILLIAMS discusses her most recent book, American Sex Tape ABOUT THE BOOK: Moving beyond a biting indictment of American popular culture, Jameka Williams captures the reader’s gaze and stares right back: “I’m sorry, America, but I’m rich in baby oil & paperback novels only these days. So finish paying for me with what is mint. No conditions.” In this stunning debut collection, Williams offers a deeply personal investigation into how Americans (herself included) have been duped, buying into classism, sexism, and racist beauty ideals, while sacrificing the freedom of self-love and self-determination. With whip-fast profanity and fiery humor, she charts a tender, exalting, and vibrant path to freedom from mirrors, stages, and screens. Fiercely feminist, Black, American, and powerful, Williams speaks for a generation of obsessive social media influencers and consumers, revealing the complex ways in which we are all actors, witnesses, and victims in our public and private performances. Though we may be permanent residents of this soulless cultural landscape, this stunning collection refuses to let it define us. ABOUT THE AUTHOR & INTERVIEWER: JAMEKA WILLIAMS holds an MFA in poetry from Northwestern University. Her poetry has been published in Prelude Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, and Gulf Coast, among Read More ...

Southern California Poetry Festival – A Celebration of Sesshu Foster

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Southern California Poetry Festival Opening Night Reception, Reading, & Discussion! The 2022 Southern California Poetry Festival opens with a reading and discussion celebrating one of Los Angeles' most iconic poets, Sesshu Foster. Foster will read with poets Amy Uyematsu and Angel Dominguez, and with fiction writer Carribean Fragoza. A discussion focused on Foster's work, its poetics of place, and its grounding in Foster's East Los Angeles community will follow, moderated by Kaya Press Managing Editor Neelanjana Banerjee. Co-presented by Kaya Press. 7 pm - Reception 8 pm - Reading & Discussion Organized in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. All festival events are free. For information about the festival, including the complete schedule, visit beyondbaroque.org Masks are required while inside our center. Event attendees are expected to behave in a respectful and considerate manner while in our space. Beyond Baroque reserves the right to remove individuals from our events, virtual or otherwise, if they are not respecting the space, fellow attendees, or performers. Reservation Policy: Please RSVP if you are planning to attend this event. Limited seating is available in the theater, therefore seating may not be guaranteed in the case of a full program; we recommend arriving early.

Southern California Poetry Festival – Saturday, Nov. 19.

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Day two of the 2022 Southern California Poetry Festival Day two of the 2022 Southern California Poetry Festival features acclaimed poet Kazim Ali reading with Pulitzer Prize finalists Mai Der Vang and Jos Charles; a zine-making workshop by Errant Press; readings curated by Moon Tide Press, Nightboat Books, and Kundiman; a generative workshop led by Brendan Constantine; and a reading and panel on the poetics of the borderlands featuring Anthony Cody, Vanessa Angélica Villareal, and others. Organized in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. All events are free. For information about the festival, including the complete schedule, visit beyondbaroque.org Schedule: Workshops 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: A zine making workshop with Errant Press 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: A workshop with Brendan Constantine 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Literary Showcase: Moon Tide Press, Nightboat Books, Kundiman Moon Tide Press:  Kelsey Bryan-Zwick Gustavo Hernandez Ellen Webre Nightboat Books: Jackie Wang Angel Dominguez Carlos Lara Kundiman:  Kien Lam Dorothy Chan Cynthia Dewi Oka 3:30 - 5:30 pm: With(out) Borders, a reading & panel discussion Anthony Cody Omar Pimienta Vanessa Angélica Villareal Sehba Sarwar 6:30 - 8:00 pm: A reading with Mai Der Vang, Kazim Ali, & Jos Charles Mai Der Vang Kazim Ali Read More ...

Southern California Poetry Festival – Sunday, Nov. 20.

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Day three of the 2022 Southern California Poetry Festival Day three of the 2022 Southern California Poetry Festival features the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Lynne Thompson, and the Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin reading alongside Shonda Buchanan, Conney Williams, and bridgette bianca; workshops led by Douglas Manuel and Sarah Maclay; readings curated by The Offing, What Books Press, and the LA Review of Books;  and a reading by indigenous writers that includes Tommy Pico, Kinsale Drake, and others. Organized in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. All events are free. For information about the festival, including the complete schedule, visit beyondbaroque.org Schedule: Workshops: 10am - 12pm - A workshop with Douglas Manuel: Returning to Harlem  10am - 12pm - A workshop with Sarah Maclay: The Nocturne 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Indigenous Poets Across the Americas. Co-presented by Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural. Tommy Pico Kinsale Drake Moncho Ollin Alvarado 2:00 - 4:00 pm: SoCal Literary Showcase: The Offing, What Books Press, LA Review of Books The Offing:  Michael Reyes Jose Hernandez Diaz Gabrielle Civil What Books Press: Mariano Zaro Elena Karina Byrne Carolie Parker LA Review of Books:  Elizabeth Metzger Allison Hedge Coke Anna Journey 4:30 - 6:00 pm: Read More ...

Misty Copeland with Rachel Moore (Virtual Event)

Misty Copeland with Rachel Moore discussing her new book, "The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven " *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Sunday, November 20, 2022, 3pm PT/7pm ET Misty Copeland with Rachel Moore discussing her book, "The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven" TICKETS: $40 Ticket: Virtual Admission + a signed copy of the book Ticket includes opportunity to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days, thru November 24 at midnight. Books ship one week after the event. From celebrated ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland, a heartfelt memoir about her friendship with trailblazer Raven Wilkinson which captures the importance of mentorship, shared history, and honoring the past to ensure a stronger future. Misty Copeland is a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Life in Motion, Ballerina Body, Black Ballerinas, and the children’s picture book Bunheads, as well as the award-winning children’s book, Firebird. She made her Broadway debut in 2015’s On the Town, putting a show that had reportedly been suffering financially for months into Read More ...

The Mic @ Micky’s

Micky's Weho 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

Open mic night for LGBTQ+ & allies' poetry, stories, and music at one of LA's historic gay clubs! The Mic at Micky’s (dubbed by the LA Times as “Pride’s hottest new club”) is a space for creatives to gather, collaborate, and share their work every Tuesday night! Located in the heart of one of LA's oldest gay clubs, this space promises connection and community for folks across the LGBTQ+ spectrum (and allies!) before the untz untz starts. The open mic sign ups are first come, first serve. Each performer has 3-5 minutes at the mic: Poems, stories, and music are welcome. Originals & homages. Come share your voice and hear your community loud and proud. More information here. Hosted by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, Nate Lovell, and Tony Moore.

Book Talk! YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Dr. Ken Duckworth

Chevalier's Books 133 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Ken Duckworth discusses his most recent book, You Are Not Alone with Corrine Foxx. ABOUT THE BOOK: You Are Not Alone is the first and only book fully supported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest US grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. It is an authoritative, essential guide offering information and guidance on dealing with mental health conditions and navigating care; evidence about what works based on up-to-date scientific research; insight and advice from renowned clinical experts and practitioners; and relatable, first-person stories that articulate what the facts do not. The book’s emphasis on the lived experiences of those with mental illness is in line with NAMI’s work; in their advocacy efforts, NAMI uplifts the stories of its members as well as NAMI’s celebrity ambassadors, who count among their ranks Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez,Taraji P. Henson, Mayim Bialik, Maria Bamford, and Corinne Foxx. ABOUT THE AUTHOR & INTERVIEWER: KEN DUCKWORTH is the Chief Medical Officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and a professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, certified in both psychiatry and neurology. Ken grew up with a Read More ...

Beyond the Binding: A Beyond Baroque Book Club hosted by Dana Johnson

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Second meeting of Beyond Baroque's inaugural book club—Beyond the Binding, hosted by Dana Johnson. Featuring special guest, Lynell George. Beyond Baroque is pleased to announce the launch of Beyond the Binding, a Beyond Baroque book club with host Dana Johnson. In our first meeting, we discussed Kindred by Octavia Butler. Our second discussion (December 3) will cover A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler by Lynell George. We are also excited to welcome the author herself to this session of Beyond the Binding! Octavia Butler’s Kindred remains deeply relevant more than 44 years since its original publication in 1979. In it, she explores the legacy of slavery through her incomparable vision and imagination. Lynell George’s A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky beautifully illuminates how Butler’s life informed her craft and paints an intimate portrait of Butler’s creativity. These two California writers are a perfect pair to launch the inaugural book club of Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles’s seminal literary arts center.

Comedians Who Write: Sapna Kumar and Jason Stuart, with Sandra Tsing Loh

Red Hen Press presents “Comedians Who Write” with Sapna Kumar and Jason Stuart on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at Red Hen Press’s venue in Pasadena. These raucous out performers double as authors. Tonight, they will entertain you with their comedy sets and then dish about their private writing lives with moderator Sandra Tsing Loh! You will also get a chance to buy signed copies of their books! All attendees must be fully vaccinated and boosted and provide proof of such at the door prior to entry. Masks are strongly encouraged when not eating or drinking. When you think one of the most prolific character actors, who’s also an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian, one name comes to mind…. Jason Stuart. As an actor he is best known for his major role as a slave owner in The Birth Of A Nation, Recently he won The Indie Series Award For Best Actor In a Comedy Series for his Amazon comedy series on Smothered. Jason also has appeared in the award winning films Tangerine, Love Is Strange, Gia with Kindergarten Cop and Vegas Vacation among his fan favorites. He has wowed TV audiences with guest roles on such shows as Read More ...

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Paulina Porizkova with Zibby Owens (Virtual Event)

Paulina Porizkova in conversation with Zibby Owens discussing her book, "No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful" *** US orders only. We only ship books to addresses in the US. Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 6pm PT/9pm ET Paulina Porizkova with Zibby Owens discussing her book, "No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful" TICKETS: $40 Ticket: Virtual Admission + a copy of the book with signed book plate Books ship one week after the event. Complementary to watch event Writer and former model Paulina Porizkova pens a series of intimate, introspective, and enlightening essays about the complexities of womanhood at every age, pulling back the glossy magazine cover and writing from the heart. Paulina Porizkova is a Czechoslovak-born writer. A former model, she was the first central European woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. In 1988, she became one of the highest-paid models in the world as the face of Estée Lauder. She has starred in sixteen movies and a slew of TV shows as an actress, and she served as part of the judging panel on cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model. Read More ...

Praxinoscope PerformanceX “One of the Dozens”

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Praxinoscope presents “One of the Dozens,” curating live, interdisciplinary, and group performances Praxinoscope presents “One of the Dozens” — the fourth and final installment in this ambitious quarterly event series — initiated in 2022 — curating live, interdisciplinary, and group performances. Each of the Praxinoscope events has featured a curated selection of 12 + artists performing or presenting short works — poetry, song, sound, performance art, video, comedy, plays and dance — each relating in its own unique way to a rotating central theme. "One of the Dozens" is both a theme and a format for the next PerformX on December 8, 2022 at the renowned center for Los Angeles letters, Beyond Baroque. For this next Praxinoscope event, we seek to present Duets. Duos. Twosomes. Two-Person Scenes. Pairs. Pas de Deux. Counterpoints. Opponents. Competitors. Antagonists. Debaters. Contestants. Why "The Dozens"? Our inspiration for Duets in public performance arises from "The Dozens." The Dozens is a game played between two participants in front of an audience in which the contestants insult or one-up each other in boasts and brags until one of them gives up. The audience is usually actively engaged by the performers — either directly or indirectly. The onlookers Read More ...

Bodies, Borders, & Tongues: Farnaz Fatemi, Lisa Ortiz, & Leonora Simonovis

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Farnaz Fatemi, Lisa Ortiz, & Leonora Simonovis will read from their latest collections. Three poets will read from their latest collections, Sister Tongue (2021 Wick Poetry Prize), Stem (2021 Idaho Prize), and Study of the Raft (2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry). Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet, editor & writing teacher, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective in Santa Cruz, CA. Her book, Sister Tongue زبان خواهر, was published in September 2022. It won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith, and received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. Some of her work appears in Poem-a-Day (Poets.org), Nowruz Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly and the anthologies Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora, and Halal If You Hear Me. More at farnazfatemi.com. Lisa Allen Ortiz is the author of two poetry collections: Stem, winner of the 2021 Idaho Prize and Guide to the Exhibit, winner of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Review, Colorado Review and The Literary Review. She is co-translator with Sara Rivera of The Blinding Star: Selected Poems of Blanca Varela which won the 2022 California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. Read More ...

Live Poetry ft. Francesca Bell, Patrick Phillips, and Atsuro Riley

Venue: The Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 4th Street San Francisco, CA 94107 Join three incredible Bay Area poets at the famed Hotel Utah Saloon for an evening of live poetry!Atsuro Riley is the author of Heard-Hoard (University of Chicago Press, 2021), winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a finalist for PEN America’s Voelcker Poetry Award, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2021, and a Bookworm Top 10 Book of the Year. His first book Romey’s Order was the winner of the Whiting Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress, and a Lannan Literary Award. Riley is the editor of Revel, a literary journal. He lives in San Francisco. Patrick Phillips is currently a fellow of the Cullman Center for Writers at the New York Public Library, as well as a Carnegie Foundation Fellow. His first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton and named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Smithsonian. Elegy for a Broken Machine appeared in the Knopf Poets Read More ...

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