A New Open Mic

By Brian Dunlap

pipeThere is a new open mic in town. Yes, another open mic. Yes, even though this site lists more than 30 in and around L.A.

This open mic brands itself as “Open Mic Poetry Slam.” It goes down the first Friday of each month at Pipe & Thimble Publishing on Narbonne Avenue in Lomita, a heavy commercial street, out of the way of where one would expect to find a literary event.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/12/17 –6/18/17

Man of the Year: A Memoir at Book Soup

962c73d329fab17f1251d1a9b83ae050Lou Cove, with Joel Stein, discusses and signs Man of the Year: A Memoir, which tells the story of a family in the 1970s. After his eighth move in twelve years, Lou figures he should resign himself to teenage purgatory of tedious paper routes, school bullies, and unrequited lust for girls he likes. But the arrival of an old friend of Lou’s father from California leads him to juggle the perils of adolescence with the pursuit of Hollywood stardom.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/lou-cove-joel-stein-discusses-and-signs-man-year-memoir

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At 18, this L.A. high school poet often makes audiences go silent

By Esmeralda Bermudez

From: L.A. Times

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At 4 feet, 11 inches, Vanessa Tahay is what you might call a chaparrita.

Her skin is dark, her accent is thick, and if you ask her, she will tell you these are the things she’s proudest of.

Tahay is a poet, and at 18, considered among the best in the city. The high school senior has performed and competed not just in Los Angeles but in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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Alternative Facts Not On Exhibit. Gluten-free Chicano Cooks. Film and Opera News.

by Michael Sedano

From: Labloga.blogspot.com

Luivette RestoResist! What is it good for? Absolutely everything. Saturday evening it was great for a poetry reading and art show that captured the essence of what Resist! looks like: committed, diverse, unrestrained. That was Saturday night’s “Alternative Facts: People of Color Living in White Tides” at CIELO Gallery in South Central Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/05/17 –6/11/17

cover-(Case-Conflict)My City Centennial Celebration at Vroman’s Bookstore

David Wolf presents a Centennial of the City Planning Movement in Pasadena. My City tells the story of the City Beautiful movement and the landmark exhibit that brought 5000 people together to envision the city’s future. This project and narrative history explores the extraordinary results of this proven approach, the subsequent planning mistakes that occurred when it was abandoned, and how this simple process can be revitalized for any city today.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:   http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/david-wolf-presents-centennial-celebration-pasadena’s-greatest-endeavor-“my-city”-and

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Sunday at L.A. Zine Fest

By Brian Dunlap

IMG_5390 #2Last weekend the sixth Annual L.A. Zine Fest took place at the California Market Center in downtown L.A. Two halls in the buildings basement were packed with Ziners selling and promoting their wares. The DIY spirit and the necessity of marginalized stories and issues permeated the atmosphere. These are the main reasons that pushed the more than 200 exhibitors to pen and draw their necessary stories. Stories that face an extremely difficult up hill battle to get out into the mainstream. Hence the special insider-outsider role they hold in the book world.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/29/17 –6/04/17

 

Otidownloads Redding Biography at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Jonathan Gould discuss and sign Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, with Tom Vickers. In chronicling the story of Redding’s life and music, as the architect of the gospel-inflected rhythm and blues of Stax Records in Memphis, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. This is an indelible portrait of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates with the present day.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jonathan-gould-tom-vickers-discusses-and-signs-otis-redding-unfinished-life

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