Monday June 24 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM
June is for homo-centrics
Tuesday June 25 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
June is Pride month but every month is a homo-centric month. This time around I'm excited that London Alexander and Melian Radu are joining me to share their talents. London's book, 'The Downtown Underground,' dropped this month and we're excited he'll be on hand to read from it. Melian is taking time from a busy writing and tutoring schedule to join us and share her words - some of which have been published in 'Vetch.'
This is the 10th year of homo-centric! Come be a part of L.A.'s venerable LGBTQ reading series 7:30 pm Tuesday June 25th at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park. Stories is located at 1716 Sunset Blvd. between Le Moyne and Logan. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the store on Le Moyne St.
Dig Sow Reap: American Roots Music Series
Wednesday June 26 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Dig / Sow / Reap is an American Root Music Series. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month at Stories Books & Cafe. Curated by Ben Guzman.
EPIC Poetry Night
Thursday June 27 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Sunday June 30 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM
BUSted is true stories about getting around L.A. told by people who don't drive! These stories take place on buses, trains, bicycles, cribed our stories as skateboards, sidewalks, but definitely not automobiles! We've been proiding a voice for Los Angeles non-motorists since 2013!
Los Angeles Times said our show finds the "Magnificent in the mundane," and described our stories as "laugh-out-loud funny, extremely relatable or heartbreakingly intimate."
Featured storytellers include:
Hosted s always by Scott Schultz
The show is always the People's Price (FREE)
We are dog and service animal friendly!
A Rrose in a Prose: Revival!
Monday July 01 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM
A Rrose in a Prose, your favorite literary salon/slapdash variety show/bisexual eyeliner festival, is BACK FROM THE DEAD!
We'll be celebrating with fully recharged poetic powers on JULY 1 at Stories Books, where we'll hear work from a slew of great poets, storytellers, writers, comedians, and activists, including some classic A Rrose in a Prose favorites from way back in the Obama administration:
Giselle Gonzalez (XRLA)
Art Currim (live via satellite!)
a MYSTERY GUEST OF GREAT SKILLS AND GREATNESSES
... and more yet to be announced!
We're also going to hear some music from the talented and very, very Oklahoman musical group ASTROPHORIA (Tulsa, OK)! These people just could not be more talented or delightful.
Things start at 7 p.m. and go until they end, probably around 10 or 11. And we tend to do things in a round-robin format, so you'll want to be here for as much of this as possible to hear the most great stuff from your favorite performers!
As always, A Rrose in a Prose is hosted by DM Collins. His pocket may or may not be on fire.
Good Heroin Comedy Show
Saturday July 06 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Strange Cures Book Reading with Rob Zabrecky
Tuesday July 09 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
AN EVENING WITH ROB ZABRECKY, DISCUSSING AND READING FROM HIS NEW MEMOIR, STRANGE CURES AS WELL AS LIVE PERFORMANCE
Strange Cures is a turbulent, against-all-odds memoir of self-discovery, success, failure, and reinvention, told by one of LA’s most interesting natives. With an unflinching gaze, musician/magician/actor Zabrecky recounts his bizarre coming-of-age tale and his quest to find a place in the arts—and the world. The author reveals a young life filled with both physical miracles and subversive role models, including an FBI impersonating uncle who in a drunken delusion, shot and nearly killed him. He takes readers on a roller coaster ride through the nascent days of Silver Lake’s music and art community, as seen through the lens of his critically acclaimed band, Possum Dixon; the left-of-center landscape of the LAs independent coffeehouse Jabberjaw, which featured the early talents of Nirvana and Beck; Zabrecky’s own struggles with drug addiction, love, and recovery; and finally his re-emergence as a magician venturing into the sacred world of Hollywood’s Magic Castle.
Strange Cures is a trip through the thrilling and hazardous landscape of Southern California at the close of last century. His story is a revelatory look a back at the pre-internet world of 80s madness and inside the LA underground music world of the early 90s —as seen through the alleys and doorways from a key insider.
Juliet Escoria Reading
Wednesday July 31 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
“To read Juliet the Maniac is to confront our shared faith in the flawed logic of life’s meaning, and by so doing, become worthier of our humanity… a gift to any reader who has ever lost control, sighted a horizon and began moving toward it.”
—THE WASHINGTON POST
"Escoria’s descriptions are moving... It’s the electricity that pulsates from within the prose. [A] fire burning inside."—BOMB
"Juliet the Maniac is a wild ride of a book, and I was rooting for Juliet every page
along the way."—CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS
“Brims with dark humor and empathy”—POP SUGAR
"[With] heft and a sense of authenticity, Escoria earns the readers' trust early... Juliet The Maniac is a heartfelt, raw, powerfully told story about surviving mental illness and learning to cope with inner demons."—NPR.org
"You don’t want to miss Juliet the Maniac...It’s a stunning portrayal of what it’s like to struggle with bipolar disorder, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts as a teenager."