Notable Los Angeles: 5/5–5/11


Monday 5/5: Scotch Wichmann presents and signs Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things with Him. 7:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 5/6: Dinah Lenney reads from The Object Parade, in conversation with David Ulin. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Rachelle Friedman reads from The Promise. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Wednesday 5/7: The Moth presents Guts and Glory: Stories from the Razors Edge. Featuring Lynn Ferguson, Jessica Harper, Taylor Negron, Joshua Wolf Shenk, and Wendy West. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. at Avalon Hollywoood. Tickets and wait list information are available here. 21+ event.

Thursday 5/8: Randy Jurado Ertll reads from and signs copies of his new book, Life of an Activist. 6:00 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

The Worst! A storytelling festival featuring writers, comedians, and musicians telling funny stories about terrible things. Day one features Justin Maurer, Todd Taylor, Myriam Gurba, Brodie Foster, and Hubbard Keith Knight. 7:00 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Teeny Lamothe presents Teeny’s Tour of Pie. PIE! 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 5/9: The Worst! A storytelling festival featuring writers, comedians, and musicians telling funny stories about terrible things. Day two features Nate Waggoner, Ted Travelstead, Sofiya Alexandra, Will Stegemann, and Will Link. 7:00 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Mandy Kahn reads from her poetry collection Math, Heaven, Time. Also featuring Becky Stark and The ∞ Angeles Ladies’ Choir performing new collaborative works that feature poetry, solo voice, and a chorus. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Saturday 5/10: Ryan Conrad presents Against Equality. Take a thought-provoking look at LGBT struggles from a whole new angle. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

A Poets’ Birthday celebration: Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Rich Ferguson, Micheal Leon DeWitt, and others read works by the celebrated poets. Hosted by Carlye Archibeque. 8:00 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Sunday 5/11: Roar Shack is back, featuring Ashley Perez, Ann Reinhart, Sara Finnerty, last month’s Live Write winner Rachael Warecki, and Lisa Cheby. Also featuring a new Live Write contest, where audience members get to vote on writing prompts and compete against the authors. 4:00 p.m. at 826LA Echo Park.

The New Short Fiction Series presents its 11th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show with new fiction by Eric Barnhart, Shanda Connolly, Julia Cooperman, Trista Payte, Sean Pessin and Cynthia Romanowski. The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Alex Boling, Angela Gibbs, Brian Norris, Buckley Sampson, and Wilson Wong. Doors at 6:00, show at 7:00 at The Federal Bar. $10 tickets in advance, $15 cash at the door.

Xach Fromson is a native Angeleno and the co-host/co-founder of Shades & Shadows, a sci-fi/fantasy/horror/etc. reading series here in LA. He studied creative writing at California State University Northridge, where he worked on The Northridge Review. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency program, and is finishing his first novel. He appeared at Dirty Laundry Lit's "Love Sucks" event in February 2013, and has stories published in "Halloween Tales" and "Winter Horror Days" from Omnium Gatherum press. And once, he slew a dragon. Follow him on Twitter @_mythogenesis_. More from this author →