You are welcome to bring your own work and sign up to read with the Ellyn’s band! Show starts at 7:30!
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September 30 kicks off a monthly series with Ellyn Maybe and her Band performing songs from her acclaimed pop poetry album, Rodeo for the Sheepish (Hen House Studios) as well as other works. The readings will feature guest musicians and an open reading where poets can bring up to five minutes of poetry and the band will improvise with them.
Hen House Studios is proud to host Maybe and her band September 30 at 7:30pm. The series will be held at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center at 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice Beach. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, seniors and children, free for members with free parking in the lot next to Beyond Baroque.
Maybe is the author of The Cowardice of Amnesia, The Ellyn Maybe Coloring Book, Putting My 2 Cents In, Walking Barefoot in the Glassblowers Museum, Praha and the Poet and A Talk With Nature. Rodeo for the Sheepish was featured as the top album of 2010 in famed critic Greil Marcus’s column for The Believer magazine. Ellyn opened the MTV Spoken Word Tour in Los Angeles and has read widely, from Bumbershoot, the Poetry Project and the New School to South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, all over Europe and on the BBC, just to name a few. Writer’s Digest named her one of ten poets to watch in the new millennium.
Thu., September 30, 7:30pm
By Falling James
In her song-poem “There Were Two Girls Who Looked a Lot the Same,” the local poet Ellyn Maybe celebrates her titular subjects with a profusion of succinct details and a steadily rhythmic accumulation of playful phrases, such as “One wore lipstick/One bit her lip” and “The astronomy was tangible” and “They had eyelashes that looked like a hula skirt made of coal.” When Maybe declared, “They wanted a bite from each world,” she was marveling about how the girls appreciated both Gidget movies and Tennessee Williams plays. However, the L.A. wordsmith could have also been describing the sinuous way she moves between the worlds of poetry and music on her new CD, Rodeo for the Sheepish . Maybe’s homages to Picasso and Sylvia Plath are infused with beat-driven, soulful trip-hop moods from her simpatico band, who’ll not only back her tonight at this monthly event but will also whip up cool grooves for adventurous poets in the audience, who’d like to marry their words with this mysterious thing called music.
Text and Photos by Daniel Yaryan.
Ellyn Maybe and Michael C. Ford inside the Beyond Baroque bookstore before the show.
Round VII: Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts on Friday, July 23, 2010, Venice, CA.
Photo by Mani Suri
ELLYN MAYBE is a dynamic performer (joined on the night of July 23rd at Beyond Baroque by two extremely talented musicians Danny Moynahan and Robbie Fitzsimmons matching her charistmatic artistry) and I’m so honored to have had her be a part of Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts. Maybe’s Rodeo For The Sheepish is getting rave reviews and her set at Sparring was filled with beautifully infectious sound and words connecting the brain to a much needed transfusion of art at its best!
Photo by Mani Suri
MICHAEL C. FORD is not merely a Language Commando but a Five Star General of poetry — once again demonstrating his craft not only to the Beyond Baroque audience on July 23rd but drawing tremendous respect from his poet peers with the highest standards. He has it dialed in impressively — as the crowd witnessed at the Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts show. Ford’s work is extremely influential and his accessibility to less-known poets earns him a place of honor among Los Angeles poet greats.