If you haven't been to Traxx Bar in Union Station lately, you've missed a little more than a third of the impressive 90-events-in-90-days drinking game that is the DTLAB literary pop-up juggernaut — but this is the perfect time to catch up. The corner bar in the stunning historic lobby hosts free readings and book-related shenanigans, activating the public space and attracting curious passersby with its ever-growing audience. Tonight, Chiwan Choi, partner in Writ Large Press and co-founder of the #90for90 series, is coming out of semi-retirement to read his own poems and stories. Ah, Choi. If they named a drink after him, which someone really should, it would be called the Lightning Rod. It'd be whiskey-based. And knocking back two or three would make you write poetry. No way to know how many it took to make a nonstop season of nightly events seem like a good idea, but it has officially become a phenomenon. Choi's own work is as legendary as his crew's tireless support of local authors, characterized by a blazing wit, unflinching social satire and unexpected tenderness. He believes ardently that, despite the vagaries of venue politics and the general malaise of the poetic life, the word-show must go on. Come be a part of the new history of L.A. letters — and see what happens when you order a round of Lightning Rods. Traxx Bar at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., dwntwn.; Mon., Aug. 11, 8 p.m.; free. (213) 625-1999, writlargepress.com.

Mon., Aug. 11, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 08/11/14)

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