Schedule

5pm – Pre-Event at Melrose Bellow, November 12

Event: Block Carving Workshop with Loren Kantor

Learn to carve your own rubber blocks and make custom prints and greeting cards.  Participants use a tool called a gouge (not sharp) to carve a soft rubber block.  The carved block becomes a rubber stamp and is used to make prints with colored inks.  Make your own designs or utilize designs supplied by instructor.  The class is fun and meditative. Reserve your free spot now!

Venue: Village Idiot 7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Event: NaNoWriMo Writing Meet Up 

November is National Novel Writing Month and literary festivals are no excuse to fall behind on your November wordcount. Meet your daily goal with us! For more information about NaNoWriMo visit: http://nanowrimo.org or our region at http://nanolosangeles.org. And no, it’s not too late to start!

Hosted by Xander, a seven time NaNoWriMo Champion and six year Municipal Liaison (really fancy term for volunteer) for Los Angeles. He writes urban fantasy.

Venue: NEVEUX Artisan Creamery  7407 1/2 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

6pm – Pre-Event at Melrose Bellow, November 12

Event: Melrose Poetry Bureau 

Melrose Poetry Bureau – MC’d by RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace, the poets of Melrose Poetry Bureau will face off to create a spontaneous literary masterpiece with suggestions from the audience, blending poetry and improv into a genre totally its own. What kind of poem do you need? These poets will craft it on the spot and deliver it with unpeered showmanship right into your earholes. Come prepared to laugh and think!

Venue: Outside Spartina (at the corner of Gardner and Melrose)

Event: NaNoWriMo Writing Meet Up 

November is National Novel Writing Month and literary festivals are no excuse to fall behind on your November wordcount. Meet your daily goal with us! For more information about NaNoWriMo visit: http://nanowrimo.org or our region at http://nanolosangeles.org. And no, it’s not too late to start!

Hosted by Xander, a seven time NaNoWriMo Champion and six year Municipal Liaison (really fancy term for volunteer) for Los Angeles. He writes urban fantasy.

Venue: NEVEUX Artisan Creamery  7407 1/2 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

6:30pm – Pre-Event at Melrose Bellow, November 12

Event: We Are Unknown

LA Filmmaker Jasmin Carr is going for her dream! We will be launching her Indiegogo page at Melrose Below with a sizzle reel from the film and a Q & A.

This film is about the mental health journey of the main character who is queer, black, asian, and androgynous. They are living their life, which involves relationships and friendships with other people. Being able to communicate is a rare attribute in our society, and therefore causes lots of conflict in these relationships due to a lack of understanding. Misunderstandings occur often, and we get to see some of why that is in this film.

Communication is the whole reason art, poetry, film, and BELLOWING are necessary in our society.

Find out more at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-are-unknown-a-mental-health-queer-lgbt-film-love#/

Venue: Sal’s Restaurant 7356 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

 

7pm – Round 1 at Melrose Bellow, November 12

Event: The Standup Bus

Come and hang out at the Stand Up Bus with Mike Frankovich and Dusty Trice. It will be parked outside of Love Baked Wings.  There will be two hours of stand up comedians, story tellers, poets, and even an open mic.

Venue: Love Baked Wings 7350 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Event: A Bunch of Losers Reading Essays

Helvetica Charles and her “writing” students present an evening of improvised, artless essays, a confused group discussion, and a Q&A with YOU!
Created & Directed by Phyllis Katz
Starring: Phyllis Katz, Chase Winton, Jeff Galante, Mike Rose and Kevin Berntson.

Venue: G3 Stage at 7280 Melrose Ave ( Groundlings), Los Angeles, CA 90046

Event: Rant & Rave

“Proof that LA fosters dazzling wits… original, enrapturing, and deeply relateable” – Culture Spot LA

Rant & Rave: a production of Rogue Machine Theatre. An ongoing art project where prose finds voice.

We take a group of vocal LA writers, give them a topic and a time limit. It’s an evening of cathartic thinking by some of the most dangerous minds in the city.  A curated and uncensored show, now in its seventh season, Rant & Rave was conceived by John Pollono and Roxanne Hart.  The monthly live show at Rogue Machine Theatre is hosted by Ron Bottitta and is podcast weekly.  Listen here.

Venue: Sal’s Restaurant 7356 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Event: Story Salon and the Mean Kind

Story Salon, Los Angeles’s longest running storytelling venue, has been challenging performers and audiences for two decades. It will be hosted by the fantastic Bev Mickins.

The Mean Kind is a group of writers with ties to the South (US). Members Brandon Jordan Brown, Rachel McLeod Kaminer, and Chris L. Terry will read work that might be about the South or not. You’ll have to judge for yourself.

Venue: Debonair 7364 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Event:  Page Meets Stage – Disassembled

Let the lines between page and performance poets blur as these experts share their work. MC’d by Rick Lupert who will never tell you who is Page and who is Stage. Special thanks to the original Page Meets Stage series in New York City! Readers are Brendan Constantine, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Crystal Salas, and Cyrus Sepahbodi.

Venue: Hutch Remodeling 7270 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Event: From the Desert to the Sea

Ann Buxie is the host of Tales From the Sea, and Cheryl Montelle is the host of Desert Stories. Together, they’ll tell stories from the desert to the sea. In addition, Robert Kerbeck and Deanne Stillman will be reading.

Venue: Vinoteque 7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Event: Las Lunas Locas & Kaya Press

Las Lunas Locas are a community of self-identified womyn who gather every Monday night and write, right and rite.  They come from all walks of life from Los Angeles and beyond.  They understand that the personal is always political and as such use words as weapons, whether it is to dismantle patriarchy or speak tenderly of our sadness.

Kaya Press is a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. We believe that people’s lives can be changed by literature that pushes us past expectations and out of our comfort zone. We believe in the contagious potential of creativity combined with the means of production

Venue: Dunkees 7567 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Event: Da Poetry Lounge & Laboratory Arts Collective

Da Poetry Lounge is a poetry venue at the Greenway Court Theatre, Los Angeles just off Melrose. They have been in operation since 1998 and is the largest weekly open mic in America! Edwin Bodney and Fisseha Moges will be reading.

The Laboratory Arts Collective creates original experiences for curious minds. www.laboratoryartscollective.com

Venue: LA Eyeworks 7407 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

8pm – Round 2 at Melrose Bellow, November 12

Event: The Standup Bus (Take 2) 

Come and hang out at the Stand Up Bus with Mike Frankovich and Dusty Trice. It will be parked outside of Love Baked Wings.  There will be two hours of stand up comedians, story tellers, poets, and even an open mic.

Venue: Love Baked Wings 7350 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046    

Event: Writ Large Press

Writ Large Press is a downtown LA based small press. Founded in 2007 to publish overlooked Los Angeles writers, WLP continues to experiment with the idea of publishing and explore the role of the book in society with DTLAB, a pop-up bookstore and performance space project, PUBLISH!, a continuing underground publishing project, and Grand Park Downtown BookFest, a festival for LA writers and publishers.  http://writlargepress.com/about

Readers for the evening are Janine Lim, F. Douglas Brown, Billy Burgos, Jesse Bliss.

Venue: Hutch Remodeling 7270 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 

Event: Women of The Rumpus

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!  The Rumpus was founded by Stephen Elliot in 2009 to “change the conversation,” turning the idea ofthe modern online literary journal on its head. Four sorceress scribes and magical wielders of words set on holding you spellbound with their written work. Readers are Melissa Chadburn, Rachel Kann. Lauren Eggert-Crowe and Shawna Kenney.

Venue: Radiant Ink Lab 7365 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Event: The Nervous Breakdown

The Nervous Breakdown (.com) is an international online cultural magazine and literary community based in Los Angeles featuring upcoming and established writers from around the world in quality fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and podcasts.

Venue: Debonair 7364 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Event: Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove is a monthly literary variety show now in its’ 13th year. You can expect to be served spoken word, poetry, short fiction, personal essays, and storytelling with a side of live music. Read more at www.conradromo.com. The readers are Jack Grapes, Derrick Brown, animation by David Huntsberger, and a musical guests Erin and Melissa hosted by Conrad Romo.

Venue: Sal’s Restaurant 7356 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048