A truly tremendous thanks to EVERYONE who contributed, it was an AMAZING five days over the top with real magic and genuine spirit. Richard Modiano and I are over the proverbial moon with all, what a dream come true!! From beginning to end, unbelievable!! And closing last night with David Amram delivering his genius soul to a packed house on Jack Kerouac's birthday... it doesn't get any better... it just doesn't!!
Beyond Baroque thanks you, Richard thanks you, my wife Lorraine thanks you, the gods and goddesses of any and all beatitude thank you, but most of all... yes, I thank you.
And the Beat goes on...
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Beyond Beat is a five day festival of events celebrating Beat culture and history with those that were there, and those that are here now with participants gathering from all corners of the U.S. and abroad. Beyond Beat will examine the post WWII phenomenon that shaped an entire world as a literary, artistic and philosophical revolution that continues to influence and inspire minds and lives globally. In the words of legendary Beat poet Diane di Prima, "It's not a generation, it's a state of mind."
IMPORTANT NEWS: Brian Chidester, who was going to talk about So Cal coffee house culture, Eden Ahbez and surf, Saturday March 10th, 10am - noon, had to cancel. He is stuck on the east coast because of the weather and cannot get another flight out in time. We truly apologize to anyone who may be inconvenienced. Richard and I are very saddened by his circumstance. Thankfully, he is safe at home, but truly regrets not being able be part of Beyond Beat. We will miss him.
For further information and tickets please contact Beyond Baroque at (310) 822-3006, or you can email me, S.A. Griffin, here.
Thursday, March 8th - $15 for the evening, members $10. (Mail art, FREE! Mail art and money don't mix!)
6PM - 7PM - (No admission, free to public) Beyond Beat International Mail Art opening, Mike Kelly Gallery.
7PM - 7:30PM - Frank T. Rios, burning of the poem/invocation and reading.
7:30PM - 8PM - Frank T. Rios, short documentary film by Don Rothenberg.
8PM - 8:30PM - Opening night performance: George Herms with Pegarty Long, Rushin' the Beat.
8:30PM - 9PM - Tate Swindell on San Francisco poet-performance artist, ruth weiss.
9PM - 11PM - Women of the Beat Generation reading: Eve Brandstein (Diane di Prima), Pegarty Long (Philomene Long), Phoebe MacAdams (Joanne Kyger), Skira Martinez (Janine Pomy Vega), Lorraine Perrotta (Carolyn Cassady), Susan Heldfond Saunders (Aya Tarlow)
Friday, March 9th - $15 for the evening, members $10.
8PM - 8:15PM - Gregory Corso Bomb performance.
8:15PM - 9:30PM - Reading with poets Neeli Cherkovski (My Beat Generation), and Paul Vangelisti.
9:30PM - 11PM - Neo-Beat reading: Laurel Ann Bogen, Victor Clevenger, John Dorsey, Rich Ferguson, Michael C Ford, Yama Lake, Marc Olmsted.
11PM - Midnight - Group howl of Howl by Allen Ginsberg.
Saturday, March 10th - $20 for the entire day, members $15.
BRIAN'S EVENT CANCELLED!! 10AM - Noon - Brian Chidester on So Cal Beat Coffee House culture, Eden Ahbez and surf.
Lunch Break, Noon - 1PM
1PM - 2PM - Bill Mohr on Venice West.
2PM - 3PM - Venice West panel: Bill Mohr (Moderator), Gayle Davis, S.A. Griffin, Joesph Patton, Frank T. Rios.
3PM - 4PM - V. Vale on The Intersection of Punk & Beat.
4PM - 5PM - Punk / Beat panel: V. Vale (Cancelled, Sick). Richard Modiano interview with Jerry Casale and audience.
5PM - 6PM - Punk / Beat reading: Linda J. Albertano, Iris Berry, Jack Brewer, Michael Lane Bruner, S.A. Griffin, Doug Knott, A. Razor.
Dinner Break, 6PM - 7PM
7PM - 9PM - Neuyorican Cafe - Luivette Resto (Curator). Li Yun Alvarado, Yago S. Cura, Joshua Evans, Alexandra Hohmann, Reynaldo Antonio Macías, harold terezón.
9PM - 10PM - Panel on Bob Kaufman: Neeli Cherkovski, Tate Swindell.
10PM - 11:30PM - And If I Die, Bob Kaufman documentary film. Cancelled, film was stuck in NYC because of weather.
Sunday, March 11th - $20 for the entire day, members $15.
10AM - 11AM - Marc Olmsted on Buddhism and Beat.
11AM - Noon - Buddhism and Beat panel: Marc Olmsted (Moderator), Julie Adler, Bob Branaman, Richard Modiano.
Lunch Break, Noon - 1PM
1PM - 2PM - Steve Silberman on the Legacy of Howl.
2PM - 3:30PM - Howl panel: Steve Silberman (Moderator), Richard Modiano, Marc Olmsted.
3:30PM - 4PM - William Margolis, short documentary film by Don Rothenberg.
4PM - 4:30PM - Tate Swindell on Herbert Huncke.
4:30PM - 5PM - Gay Beat reading: Marc Olmsted, Steve Silberman, Tate Swindell.
5PM - 6PM - Gay Beat panel: Steve Silberman (Moderator), Marc Olmsted, Steven Reigns, Tate Swindell.
Dinner Break, 6PM - 7PM
7PM - 7:30PM - Michael C Ford on Beat / Hollywood (Film & TV).
7:30PM - 10PM - Film screenings: Stan Brakhage, Bob Branaman, Bruce Conner. Short documentary, The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima by Melanie La Rosa. Diane di Prima's film cancelled. Stuck with the Bob Kaufman doc in NYC because of weather. Additional films by Marc Olmsted screened.
Monday, March 12th - $25, no discounts.
8PM - 8:30PM - Short film, Pull My Daisy by Robert Frank.
8:30PM - 9:30PM - Pat Thomas talks with David Amram.
9:30PM - 11PM - David Amram in performance.
To date, the international mail art exhibit has garnered submissions from 23 countries plus the U.S.!! This cobbled together image represents a portion of the fantastic submissions. Big thanks to Neal Taylor and Elaine Parks.
"Art is love is God." Wallace Berman
See you there.
S.A. Griffin and Richard Modiano
Your intrepid producers