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28 MAY 2012 — monday

29 MAY 2012 — tuesday

  • Indelible Ink: a Vanguard Poetry Series presents poet Chris Davidson and performance poet Marcus Omari, singer-songwriter Andrea Hamilton, Slow Miracle, 13-year-old singer-songwriter Mason Summit Allport, and middle school student writers and singer-songwriters from the Student Competition perform, Café Bizou, 91 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, $15 advance/$20 door/$10 students, 6:30 (tickets: 626/578-7267,
  • Cultural critic Mark Dery discusses and signs his essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (323/660-1175,
  • Poet Sandra Knapp reads, open mic follows, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (
  • Carlos Cortés reads from Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time, a cross cultural memoir, signing follows, A.K. Smiley Library, 125 West Vine Street, Redlands, free, 6:00 (

30 MAY 2012 — wednesday

  • Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading by Timothy Green, American Fractal, and Charles Harper Webb, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street, Ground Floor, downtown Los Angeles, free, 8:00 (213/488-0599,
  • Sam McPheeters reads from his novel, The Loom of Ruin, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (310/659-3110,

31 MAY 2012 — thursday

  • The Bank-Heavy Variety Show presents a poetry reading with Courtney Clink, music by JC Villafan, open reading follows, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862,
  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents La Jolla Brown Bag drop-in writing group, bring a notebook, no registration required, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, free, noon-1:00 (
  • Mark Bego presents Whitney Houston: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Woman Whose Voice Inspired a Generation, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (310/659-3110,
  • Poets & Writers: Cross Cultural Reading celebrates their Readings/Workshops Program and the diversity of the Southern California literary community with representative poets and writers from the organizations 826 LA writing and tutoring center, Da Poetry Lounge, Newer Poets annual reading, the senior GLBT writing collective QueerWise, and Taller Letras del Maguey, poets and writers scheduled to read: Edgar Gonzalez, Lily Medrano, Jocelyn Ramirez, Rolando Riggio, Javon Johnson, Shihan, Natalie Patterson, Larry Colker, Sarah Maclay, Mariano Zaro, David Parke Epstein, Bonnilee Kaufman, Ariana Manov, Endy, Ofelia Esparza, and Rosaura Olivia Ramirez, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, suggested donation $7, members free, reception 7:30, reading 8:00 (310/822-3006,,

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