Altered Space Gallery (formerly Culture Shop Gallery) – 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 452–8121.Anastasia’s Asylum – 1028 Wilshire, Santa Monica. (310)394-7113Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – FREE Workshops & Readings. This week: Fri, 2/17, 7:30 p.m.: David Hayward, John Harris. Hayward “has played jazz trumpet with legends like Sonny Rollins, Stan Kenton, and Janis Joplin. He has published a book on astrology called Shorthand of the Soul: The Quotable Horoscope Vol. 1 and three poetry chapbooks: The Lowered Bucket, Hoisted Water, and Compensation.” Harris “is identified with two landmarks in literary Southern California – Papa Bach’s Bookstore and the Beyond Baroque Wednesday Night Workshop, which he co-founded. He is author of Where Love Is and Against the Day of the Dead.” Sat, 2/18 7:30 p.m.: Philip Good, Bernadette Mayer. Good “was co-editor of Blue Smoke, one of the last New York mimeograph magazines. His work has appeared in various publications including: Yawp, O’blek and Bombay Gin.” Mayer is author of “Scarlet Tanager and Indigo Bunting.” Sun, 2/19, 7 p.m.: Poets Beyond The Half Shell. Carlye Archibeque hosts this poetry happening, which features Santa Barbara poet Phil Taggert, author of Opium Wars, plus Brenden Constantine, Jerry Garcia, Jim Doane, and more. Open reading sign up is at 6:30 p.m. FREE. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310)822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.orgDiesel, A Bookstore – 3890 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265. (3100 456-9961, www.dieselbookstore.comDuttons Books Brentwood & Beverly Hills – Critically acclaimed readings and events. This week in Brentwood: Thu, 2/16: New Roads School Students. Sat, 2/18, 11 a.m.: Storytime with Dan The Giant. Tue, 2/21, 7 p.m.: Robert Crais signs The Two Minute Rule. This week in Beverly Hills: Sat, 2/18, 3 p.m.: Storytime with Princess Meg. Sun, 2/19, 3 p.m.: Storytime with Gabe. Mon, 2/20, 7 p.m.: Rabbi Michael Lerner signs The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back from the Religious Right. Tue, 2/21, 11 a.m.: Judith Palarz Book Group discusses Runaway by Alice Munro. Tue, 2/21, 7 p.m.: Jay McInerney signs The Good Life. Wed, 2/22, 11 a.m.: Judith Palarz Book Group discusses Runaway by Alice Munro. Wed, 2/22, 4 p.m.: Storytime with Polly Petunia. Wed, 2/22, 7 p.m.: Kevin Roderick and J. Eric Lynxwiler sign Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. 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.
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