Update 022108: Keep your fingers crossed.
The City Attorney is trying to toss them out of the facility they’ve been in for 40 years. City Councilman and friend of poetry in LA, Bill Rosendahl, recommended a 25-year lease extension, but the City Attorney is opposing it for some outrageous reason.
So, if you’d like to support the continuing existence of one of LA’s greatest poetry venues, workshops and, oh my God, BOOKSTORE, please call/write/email Councilman Rosendahl’s office with a message of support and encouragement to keep fighting and win the good fight for Beyond Baroque:
Councilman Bill Rosendahl
Councilman.Rosendahl AT lacity DOT org
City Hall Office 200 N Spring Street, Rm 415
LA CA 90012
This week is the make or break and it’s not too late. Please send your message of support for Beyond Baroque and Mr. Rosendahl’s efforts to keep it in it’s home of 40 years.
It’s one of the few places in LA I’ll drive across town for. Especially the bookstore, which is one-stop shopping for the best and all kinds of poetry books and ~swoon~ chapbooks ~sigh~ and the only improvement I would suggest is that it be open on Saturday or Sunday when working stiffs like me can get there more easily. Anyway, please help save one of the great LA institutions and places to spend money from whatever the City Attorney thinks should happen to it. Crosspost at will.
PS. I know all this because I went there for an event honoring Suzanne Lummis and it was great!