“A Gathering Of Friends” @ Cafe de Solar – Wed. Sept. 12th 7:30 PM Tonight!

Tracy McCormick and Levy Lee Simon present



Lisa K. Thayer/Poet, Todd Garner/Singer, Johnny Cervolo/Singer, Special Guest Maria del Carmen/Poet, Carla Collins/Comedienne, Rob Larkin/Singer, John Marshall Jones/Actor, Durga McBroom Hudson/Singer, Joseph Eid/Singer, Dyan Kane/Actress, The Cast of KBP Theater Group’s “The Last Five Years”, Robbie Mangiardi/Singer, Jeff Labeouf/Poet, Anna Robles, Neon West and  singer Roberta Freeman!!

Come and join us at the hippest Cafe in LA, Cafe de Solar.

Grab some cool drinks and something to eat while listening the words and sounds of some incredible artists.

Wednesday, September 12th 7:30PM – 11PM.


1847 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

No charge. Just an amazing gathering of friends that includes YOU!!!!!

Photo by L. K. Thayer

“The Man In Charge Of Watering” by Jack Grapes

The summer sun, strong and bright,
sits down on the bricks in the front yard.
Cars which have nothing to do with bricks
go by on the street heading home.
It’s Wednesday afternoon,
middle of the week,
when you can put everything you’d planned
on Monday
back on the back burner.
A lady goes by; I nod and smile and say hello.
She’s carrying a bag of groceries.
I think she lives down the block.
I should go back inside,
the sun’s hot on my face,
and I’m not wearing my hat.
Lori admonishes me
“Don’t forget to wear your hat.”
I came outside to fill the fountain
and forgot to wear my hat.
Now, I’m just standing here,
looking around, saying hello
to the neighbors as they pass by.
When we first bought this house
when Josh was two years old,
I used to go outside after the sun had gone down
and hose the grass on the front and side lawn.
Such a peaceful time, and the back spray from the hose
cooled everything down.
I was Mr. Homeowner watering his lawn.
There are flowers blooming here
that Lori knows the names of, but I can’t
seem to remember their names.
Jasmine, Bougianvillea, true geraniums.
I can’t keep track of them all.
I’ve tried, but the names elude me.
Even the grass has a name,
but I’ve forgotten that too.
This is what heaven will be like.
Anytime I want, I’ll be able to water the lawn.
All my friends will walk by,
I’ll nod, say hello, watch them pass along
going wherever people go in heaven.
I won’t have to do anything but water the lawn.
And the water, you should see the water in heaven.
Crystal clear, light as a feather, so to speak,
diamonds of light.
The back spray will cool my face and head.
And the grass. You’d think grass
in heaven wouldn’t need watering,
but you’re in for quite a surprise.
Everything up here needs watering.
Even the bricks, the bricks that sit in the sun
getting hot.
Even God, who soaks up all our prayers.
Even God will need a spray or two
to cool down.
I’ll be the waterer.
The man in charge of watering everything
and everyone,
the man spraying water in heaven.
That’ll be my job.
When God comes by, asks how I’m doing,
I’ll say, “Fine, just fine.”
Then I’ll turn and ask,
“Need a little watering?”
And God will nod,
say, “Sure, soak me down, just
don’t wet the groceries.”
And I’ll give God a good spray.
That’ll be my job —
the man in charge
of watering God.

Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet and playwright. He will be reading from his new book, “THE NAKED EYE: New and Selected Poems 1987-2012″ at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California,

aug 26, sept 9, and sept 30 are sold out,
and there’s a few seats left for oct 7. 1pm.

Reservations and tickets here

Photo by L.K. Thayer

Tennessee Williams

“Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success.

When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.”

– Tennessee Williams

Opening soon an original play

Cast includes:

Jack Heller, Tamara Braun

Louise Davis, Robert Standley

and Lisa Thayer

Produced by Janice Allen

Directed by Sal Romeo

April 13-May 20

Sidewalk Studio Theatre

4150 Riverside Drive

Burbank, CA 91505

Tickets $20

Call for Reservations

(800) 838-3006


John Fugelsang now at FAKE GALLERY on Sat. 27th Melrose 8pm!!

Due to popular over-spillage John & guests will be at

Fake Gallery


4319 Melrose Avenue,between N Vermont & N Mariposa Avenues,

MidtownLos Angeles

Telephone 1-213 514 5345

Fake Gallery website

John Fugelsang

“A breath of fresh air…Imagine, a comedian who actually reads for his conversation points. Stunning” – Diane Werts, Newsday

“One of the single best comedy acts I have ever seen” – John Hoglund, Backstage

“A rapier wit…hip and hilarious.” – Wayman Wong, NY Daily News

special guest just added – miss suzanne whang

with a very special guest to be announced Friday…

John Fugelsang returns from NYC to present all you tan people with an evening of razor-sharp comedy, political satire, spoken-word performance & hip-hop poetry this Saturday Night in Hollywood. Special guests to be announced.

It’s a comedic/spoken word orgy of unspeakable brilliance and the best hip-hop poetry/standup/spoken word show you’ll see on a Saturday Night in Hollywood.

Cover is only 5 bucks; get there early to ensure your spot.

Performers Include…

Jim Ward

Mr. David Feldman

Kelly Carlin!

Chris Bonno

Richard Chassler


Eve Brandstein

Lisa (L.K.) Thayer

Ben Brandstein

and TV’s Frank, Frank Coniff.

additional guests to be announced, or not.

“Sparring With The Beatnik Ghosts” Tonight @ Stella Adler Theatre!

San Francisco’s popular traveling poetry super-show “Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts” brings its marvelous, mystic boxing match of spoken word variety to southern California for the “L.A. Sparring Tour” June 4-6 with five “Rounds” of knockout poetry and music.The L.A. Sparring Tour kicks off at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd., Venice) on Saturday, June 4 at 9 p.m. This Round (#15 in the series) features San Francisco cabaret poet Cara Vida, Ellyn Maybe & Her Band, Jeanne Spicuzza, Guy Hoffman, Eve Brandstein, Lisa Thayer, Susan Hayden, Jack Bowman; plus Mystery Poets. Hosted by Rich Ferguson.Next up, the first-ever Sunday matinee show of Sparring With Beatnik Ghostswill inspire and entertain at the Whitefire Theatre (13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks) – June 5 at 11 a.m. (doors 10:30 a.m.). The special matinee show will offer six featured performers plus an open mic segment at the conclusion (sign-up at 10:30 a.m. as time slots are limited). Mani Suri will host and produce the Round 16 reading at Whitefire, showcasing the talents of Peter Coca, Jim Bolt, Amélie Frank, Elizabeth Iannaci, Angel Perales, Mehnaz Turner and special guest San Francisco poet Cara Vida.

There are two incredible evening shows Sunday, June 5 in Chinatown at Grand Star Jazz Club (943 Sun Mun Way, Los Angeles) — Rounds 17 and 18. The first round of the “Sparring Double Feature” is at 5 p.m. – an ensemble spectacular with jazz performers “The Scrappers”; hosted and produced by S.A. Griffin: and featuring dynamic wordsmiths Rafael FJ Alvarado, Laurel Ann Bogen, Michael C. Ford, Douglas Kearney, Marc Olmsted, Ara Shiriyan, Herbert T. Schmidt, Jr. and Pam Ward. The second round of the evening will be brought to you by Mike The Poet at 9 p.m., ushering in an impressive lineup of performance poets, including Jim Bolt, Rachel Kann, Michael Leon, Mindy Nettifee, Brenda Petrakos, Dani Roter, Chris Vannoy, Cara Vida, Rex Weiner and special guest Berkeley poet Steve Arntson. Plus mystery poets will surprise and put the ghosts in check.

The final round of the L.A. Sparring Tour will bring the three-day poetic séance to a rollicking close on 7:30 p.m. at Monday night, June 6 — Stella Adler Theatre — 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Host Mike The Poet will bring together one final sparring crew to keep the ghosts in the ropes. Features include Hart D. Fisher, Busstop Prophet, Richard Modiano, Eric Lawson, Lee Boek, Rachel Kann, Susan Hayden, Lisa Thayer, Besskepp and Bay Area Poets Cara Vida and Steve Arntson. Mystery poets will materialize to join in on the Spar.

The L.A. Sparring Tour is produced by Mike The Poet, Michael C. Ford and Daniel Yaryan. Grand Star Producer is S.A. Griffin and The Whitefire Theatre Producer is Mani Suri. Admission to these events is a $7 donation ($5 for students/seniors at Beyond Baroque). No one turned away.

For more information, visit www.sparringwithbeatnikghosts.com or email dyaryan@gmail.com.

RSVP at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149589848443704