Don't be expecting Doors drummer John Densmore to regale you with stories about who he and the Lizard King shtupped back in the '60s. Instead, like waiting for Elijah, he'll be trying to conjure Jack Kerouac in Waiting for Jack, a 90-minute, partly scripted, partly improvised re-creation of the historic 1955 Six Gallery poetry reading, along with other readings of the Beat era. Kerouac may indeed be roused from the dead, as Densmore reads from the works of Gary Snyder. If that doesn't do it, noted L.A. poets will try to take on the personae of the Beat icons (does that mean drunk and depressed?) as readers include Sarah Maclay, Bill Duke, Stephen J. Kalinich, Eve Brandstein, S.A. Griffin, John Harris, Jerry Garcia, Cyril O'Reilly, Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner, Gail Wronsky and Chuck Rosenthal incanting the words of Denise Levertov, Kenneth Rexroth, Charles Bukowski, Philomene Long, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, Philip Lamantia, LeRoi Jones, William Burroughs and others. Fittingly, the action takes place in a bar, so perhaps he'll at least stop by for a drink. Poets and readings change nightly. The Short Stop, 1455 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., Fri.-Sun., Aug 13-15, 7-9:30 p.m. $5 donation. (213) 482-4942, waitingforjackshow@blogspot.com.

Fri., Aug. 13, 2010

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