Waiting For Jack: Poems of the Beat Era stands as that one extortionately rare chance to hear Beat poetry as delivered by the aesthetic descendents of the Beats inside one of American poetry's great and stalwart cornerstones, Beyond Baroque. Produced by writer and casting director Eve Brandstein, this second in the irregular series of semi-spontaneous readings features L.A. poets and personalities reading verse by not only Beat poets like Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso, but also works by L.A. favorites like Bukowski, Philomene Long and Stuart Z. Perkoff. It all harkens back to the epic Six Gallery poetry reading of 1955, and while the identities of those scheduled to read this year won't be revealed until the date of the show — nor will the identities of the poets they've chosen to read – the most recent “Waiting For Jack” evening saw suitably grizzled poet Jack Knott reading Bukowski, John Densmore of the Doors playing bongos and stately stentorian actor Bill Duke reading the works of Leroi Jones. Anything could happen – and that's exactly the way it should be with poetry. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.; Venice; Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; $10, $5 seniors & students. (310) 822-3006, beyondbaroque.org

Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2012

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