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literalley: KCRW pledge drive edition W 08

January 23, 2008

That’s right, KCRW’s pledge drive runs from this Fri. Jan. 25-Mon. Feb 4–so get your pledge in and then get out on the town! Need some ideas about what to do and where to go? see below!


Registration is open for a yoga class I’m teaching 11am Sundays: 1/27, 2/3, and 2/10 ($49 for all 3 one hour classes) plus a Haiku & Asian Philosophy class I’m co-teaching with Sophia Kidd 9-noon Sat. 2/9 ($49). We may do a second session later as a fundraiser for Art City (whatcha think, Sophia?)


The Tuesday Night poets meet at 730pm tonight and every Tuesday night at the Artists Union Gallery for an open mic and often a featured poet. Tonight Jan . 22 is Chyrss Yost from Santa Barbara; she’s a poet and an editor of several anthologies including California Gold. Next Tuesday Jan 29 the feature is Jim Lenfesty, founder of the Ojai Poetry Festival; he’s also published several books including a beautiful translation of Cold Mountain. Looking ahead, David Oliveira returns from Cambodia to read at the AUG Feb. 26.


Thursday’s Train of Thought continues to arrive at the Artbarn on Thompson at Kalarama; music, open mic, read your favorite poems, relax by the fire…BYOB


This Saturday afternoon 2pm Jan 26, head for the hills behind Santa Barbara for the second annual William Stafford reading organized by Westmont’s Paul Willis. Bring your favorite Stafford poem to read alongside feature Glenna Luschei and David Starkey at the First Crossing Day Use Area, Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, Los Padres National Forest. In case of rain, indoors at the nearby Los Prietos Ranger Station. No day use fees necessary.

William Stafford won the National Book Award in Poetry in 1963 for his book TRAVELING THROUGH THE DARK. He subsequently served as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress and as Poet Laureate of Oregon. During World War II, he worked as a conscientious objector at the Los Prietos Civilian Public Service Camp. This camp, now torn down and converted to a picnic area, is the exact site of the reading.

Directions: Allow a half hour of driving time from Santa Barbara. From 101, take Hwy. 154 to the top of San Marcos Pass. Descend the other side of the pass 3.5 miles to Paradise Road and turn right. The First Crossing Day Use Area is 5.5 miles up Paradise Road, just past the Los Prietos Boys Camp. (The Los Prietos Ranger Station is a mile closer to Hwy 154).


Saturday night Jan 26 7:30pm head over to Bell Arts where Friday hosts Joyce LaMers plus an open.


Fridays at the Getty? First Fridays at the LA County Nat History Museum? Why not do both Friday Feb. 1 by checking out the scene at the Getty from 6-9pm (Peter Case at 730–need a reservation though) then cruising over to the Nat Hist Museum! Lecture at 530, music etc until midnight. And if you don’t want to leave town, you can always check out First Fridays Ventucky…


Sat. Feb 2 is Ojai’s annual Mardi Gras party at the Women’s Center. Live music, costumes, food, rowdiness, costume contest!


This should be enough to keep you busy for the next few weeks! Check back with the ART PREDATOR for more todos including MARCH 8: FANDANGO–FUNDRAISER for Art City! and California State Laureate Al Young’s visit to Ventucky College! etc etc etc!

For more poetry news, go to for calendar listings or to read Phil Taggart’s column about SB and Ventucky haps.


i will try to add more details and links about these events when i get a chance!

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