Beyond Beat Festival / March 8-12 / 2018 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Beyond Beat Banner... art by Elaine Parks
Beyond Beat Banner… art by Elaine Parks

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.”

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.

Hassan, drums.

  • 6PM – 7PM – 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, John Dorsey, Rich Ferguson, MC Ford, Yama Lake, Marc Olmsted.
  • 11PM – Midnight – Group howl of Howl by Allen Ginsberg.

Saturday, March 10th – $20 for the entire day, members $15.

  • 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, Joesph Patton, Frank T. Rios, Paul Vangelisti.
  • 3PM – 4PM – V. Vale on The Intersection of Punk & Beat.
  • 4PM – 5PM – Punk & Beat panel: V. Vale (Moderator), Jerry Casale, S.A. Griffin.
  • 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: Paul Vangelisti (Moderator) Neeli Cherkovski, Tate Swindell.
  • 10PM – 11:30PM – And If I Die, Bob Kaufman documentary film.

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.

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.
Photo by Quentin Ring.
Photo by Quentin Ring

S.A. Griffin. Photo by Mark Hanauer
S.A. Griffin / Photo by Mark Hanauer

S.A. Griffin. lives, loves and works in Los Angeles.

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