“WAITING FOR JACK…” Friday Nov. 16th 8PM @ Beyond Baroque!

Waiting For Jack  with…
S.A. Griffin, John Doe,
Lisa Thayer, Marc Olmsted,
Cheryl Fidelman, Richard Modiano,
Marc Olmsted, Yvonne De la Vega,
Theida Salazar, John Thomas,
Mark Salerno & Herb Schmidt
Performing the works of
Diane di Prima, Ferlinghetti,
Ginsberg, Corso, Janine Pommy Vega,
LeRoi Jones, Bob Kaufman,
Jack Spicer, Anne Waldman,
Hettie Jones, Robert Creeley,
Kenneth Patchen
See WAITING FOR JACK – Nov. 16, 8 pm Beyond Baroque $15
Eve Brandstein’s Poetry in Motion Presents WAITING FOR JACK, a tribute to Beat Poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CAVENICE, CA – November 16: A lineup of L.A.’s poets and actors will perform poems by Beat Era icons in a re-creation of the historic 1955 Six Gallery poetry reading in a theatrical performance produced by Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner and Eve Brandstein.The shamanistic evocation of the Beat Era, staged at Beyond Baroque, the legendary Venice poetry mecca, is

a “must see” for those who love Beat poetry and great performances.In this limited engagement on two dates—November 16 and December 7—today’s poets recall the lyrical language, powerful political commentary and eloquent insults of the influential writers of the Beat Era, all the while awaiting the arrival of “Jack” (Kerouac), who is always late to every engagement. Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane DiPrima, LeRoi Jones, Ann Waldman, and Gary Snyder are just few of the spirits conjured to appear in these two performances. Jack finally arrives, but in a magically unexpected manner.This 90-minute theatrical experience was created by Michael C. Ford and Rex Weiner, who play regulars in a mythic Beat cafe, summoning the poets who are introduced as they appear, and providing social commentary as the events and attitudes of the past reflect and are reinterpreted in new realities of our Millennial age. The performance is directed by Eve Brandstein and Rex Weiner.
WHERE: Beyond Baroque 
681 Venice Boulevard 
(310) 822-3006
WHEN: November 16, 8PM
December 7, 8PM
Advance tickets are available for $15 at

CONTACT: Nancy Fulton
(424) 270 9004

WEBSITE: http://waitingforjackshow.blogspot.com/

“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

“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

“The LA Poets & Writer’s Collective” & Jack Grapes at Beyond Baroque

Jack Grapes presents

The Los Angeles Poets & Writers Collective

At Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA

Sunday, May 29th 1:00 pm

Featuring some Juice Bar poets including

L. K. Thayer

Alexis Rhone Fancher

Adesh Kaur

Julie Dolcemaschio

Kay Bess

and more…

including his combined writing classes

$5.00 donation

Beyond Baroque


(310) 822-3006
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA

“Always a blast, writing & poetry at it’s best!”

– L. K. Thayer

Poetry In Motion @ Beyond Baroque Thurs. Nov. 11th


Foto by L. K. Thayer


Beyond Baroque – 681 Venie Blvd., Venice, Ca. 90291

Time:7:00PM Thursday, November 11th


“People came to hear poetry as if it were a rock concert. It was amazing! We were actually a success story. We even published a book The Hollywood Review… I’m about to start up another run of Poetry In Motion LA, this year at Beyond Baroque…”  Eve Brandstein

More than a reunion – a renaissance and with some new features. The first show of Poetry In Motion LA will be Nov. 11 – Reunion of the Vets with Michael Des Barres, Pamela Des Barres, Anne Beatts, Rick Overton, Ty Granderson Jones, Michael C. Ford, Susan Hayden., Meri Danquah, Yvonne De LaVega, Anthony Di Novi, Pam Ward, Ron Zimmerman, Michael O’Keefe, Jamie Rose, S.A. Griffin, Doug Knott, Eric Trules, Jen Lynch and featured spoken word and musical artist – David Zasloff After that it will be a monthly series every 3rd Thursday.

At Last: A Reunion of the Vets –

On Nov. 11, 2010 Beyond Baroque and Eve Brandstein presents “The Poetry In Motion Series” Beyond Baroque – 681 Venie Blvd., Venice, Ca. 90291

Time:7:00PM Thursday, November 11th $10 donation
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