Altered Space Gallery (formerly Culture Shop Gallery) – 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 452–8121.
Anastasia’s Asylum – 1028 Wilshire, Santa Monica. (310)394-7113
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – FREE Workshops & Readings. This week: Thu, 10/27, 7:30pm: “Cecilia Woloch, John Amen, Collin Kelly. Woloch is author of Sacri?ce, Tsigan, The Gypsy Poem, and Late. Amen is author of Christening the Dancer and More of Me Disappears as well as a folk/folk rock CD, All I’ll Never Need. He edits The Pedestal Magazine. Kelly is author of Better To Travel and the spoken word CD HalfLife Crisis. Fri, 10/28, 7:30pm: Tribute to Soft Skull with Maggie Nelson and David Breskin. Nelson has two collections of poetry, Shiner and The Latest Winter. Her new novel is Jane. Breskin has collaborated with visual artists, most recently on Richter 858, investigating Gerhard Richter through poetry, music, image, and critical texts. He is an award-winning playwright, former contributing ?lm editor for Rolling Stone, and producer for Vernon Reid and Bill Frissel. His new book is Escape Velocity. Sat, 10/29, 7:30pm: Beyond Text: The Constitution with Jen Benka, Stephen Yagman, Simone Forti, Carmela Hermann and Section 8 in the Project Room. “. . . an evening dedicated to the ultimate text, the Constitution, as interpreted by artists, poets, lawyers, and dancers.” Sun, 10/30, 7:30pm: Halloween Reading and Costume Party for Chance of a Ghost, An Anthology of Ghost Poems. Includes Elena Karina Byrne, Cathy Colman, Jeanette Clough, Eloise Klein Healy, Jane Langley, Jim Natal, Marie Pal, Anika Paris, Lee Rossi, Patty Seyburn, Judith Taylor, Kathleen Tyler, Cecilia Woloch, Gloria Vando, Philip Miller. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310)822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org
Diesel, A Bookstore – 3890 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265. (3100 456-9961, www.dieselbookstore.com
Duttons Books Brentwood & Beverly Hills – Critically acclaimed readings and events. This week in Brentwood: Thu, 10/27, 7pm. Megan Crane signs Everyone Else’s Girl. Fri, 10/29, 11am: Storytime with Dan The Giant. 2pm: Madelyn Pugh Davis signs Laughing with Lucy. This Week in Beverly Hills: Sat, 10/29, 3pm: Storytime with Princess Meg. Sat, 10/29, 7pm. Ed Ruscha signs Then and Now. Sun, 10/30, 3pm: Storytime with Gabe. Duttons Brentwood – 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 476-6263 or www.duttonsbrentwood.com. Duttons Beverly Hills – 447 N. Canon Drive.
The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge – 1630 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 450-6052. Thu, 4/14, 7:30pm:
Village Books – 1049 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, (310) 454-4063, www.pp90272.com/books.