Rapp Saloon First Fridays Reading Series presents three Featured Speakers and a night of Poetry, Prose, Music, Theater, Dance, and Comedy, in the oldest historical building in Santa Monica--the Rapp Saloon. Free and open to the public. You are welcome to contribute something to the refreshments table.
Bring your work (two poems or five minutes, whichever comes first) for the Open Mic--Sign up at 8pm. All arts welcomed. Reading begins at 8:30pm.
The SoCalPoFest is an annual poetry festival that relocates each year to a different Southern California community. The festival's "theme" will change from year to year. For 2017, our second annual, the event will feature themed readings and workshops. The SoCalPoFest is dedicated to preserving the diversity of voices within our community, and this diversity extends across cultural lines and lines related to schools of poetic thought. We want to hear poetry from all who make a practice of it, regardless of poetic affiliation or cultural group. This is how we come to understand and appreciate varying experiences and modes of thought.
Bao Phi, author of Song I Sing (poetry): Thousand Star Hotel http://coffeehousepress.org/shop/thousand-star-hotel/
Bio: Bao Phi is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist whose poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, and the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His first book of poems, Song I Sing, is widely taught in classrooms across the United States and garnered a positive review from the New York Times. His second collection of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, will also be published by Coffee House Press on July 5, 2017. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, will be published by Capstone Press in August of 2017, and has already received three starred reviews: from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist.
Check out audio and video of Bao's poetry here http://www.baophi.com/in/poetry/performances/
Scott Kurashige: The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the Political Crisis Began in Detroit http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520294912
Bio: Scott Kurashige is Professor of American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His prior books include The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (2008) and The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century with Grace Lee Boggs (2011).
We were honored to hear 41 brilliant, touching, beautiful stories through the audition process and are grateful to everyone who shared their words and hearts with us last month. The 13 stories that we’re bringing to the stage on May 2nd are powerful and poignant. They’ll make you laugh and make you glad you brought tissues (bring tissues.)
*This event is made possible with the generous support of Beyond Baroque. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html
Parking: free parking lot behind the Pacific Resident theater at 701-1/2 Venice Blvd (park behind theater & walk to Beyond Baroque), street parking also available
Bibimbap (Korean rice bowl with vegetables) will be provided. Please bring a dish of your choice, or one of the following according to your 1st name:
G-L: salad, side dish
History: On March 3, 1991, after a high-speed car chase, Rodney King was beaten by four LAPD officers. Videotape of the beating was obtained by KTLA and portions of the video were shown around the world. On March 16, 1991, Latasha Harlins, a 15 year old African American girl, was shot in the back of the head by Soon Ja Du 두순자, a 51 year old Korean shop owner. Du was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. She was fined $500, five years probation, 400 hours community service but served no prison time for the murder of Latasha Harlins.
On Wednesday, April 29, 1992, an almost all white jury in Ventura County acquitted all four LAPD officers in the beating of Rodney King. Over five days, the 1992 LA Riots would claim over 60 lives, ten of whom were shot by law enforcement officials. In addition, there was approximately $400M in damage to Korean-owned businesses.
*According to Denise Harlins, Latasha Harlin’s aunt, Latasha was the center of the family with a passion to live. Latasha attended Westchester High School and planned to be an attorney because of the injustice to her mother who was murdered in 1985. The murderer was sentenced to five years in prison.
A timeline of events including video of the beating of Rodney King and the reading of the verdict are included here in the April 28, 2016 LA Times piece “The LA Riots: 24 Years Later.” http://timelines.latimes.com/los-angeles-riots/
The exhibit "No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992" is open through August 27 at the California African American Museum. Admission is FREE.http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/current_exhibitions_la1992.htm
Angelenos tell bold, untold stories of their journey to America. Among them is So Hyun Chang's poignant narrative poem "Sugarcane Arirang" recounting the first Korean Americans' long days toiling in the sugar fields of their new country.
Special guest Korean poets Soo Bok Kim and Duk Kyu Park will also read.
The evening of multi-language readers include: Alexis Rhone Francher, Christine Gonzalez, liz gonzalez, Jun Kim, Kuya Paul, Hiram Sims and more.
Admission: $5 suggested donation
The reading will be hosted by writers Tanya Ko Hong and Julayne Lee, followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the poets.
430 - 5pm: Arrive
5 - 630pm: Reading
630 - 7pm: Reception
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations. It is also made possible with Beyond Baroque’s generous support.