“Tongue & Groove”
Tongue & Groove in collaboration with Grand Performances presents a tribute to Charles Bukowski. Featuring readings of his work and that of and by the following:
Gerald Locklin, Harry Dean Stanton, Rebecca De Mornay, Jack Grapes, Wendy Rainey, Chiwan Choi, Dan Fante, Kenneth Sonny Donato and Joan Smith Voss
Saturday June 30th
Grand Performances at California Plaza
350 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Park for a few bucks in the garage on Olive between 2nd and 4th St under the bridge
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Harry Dean Stanton was born in Kentucky in 1926 on a tobacco farm. After serving in the US Navy in WWII, he moved to Pasadena and began his acting career. Harry has been in over 200 films. Harry has had a 10 year side-career as lead singer of a band, and still loves playing the harmonica more than almost anything. He turns 86 next month and is still acting today. He can be seen currently in "The Avengers", and the upcoming films "This Must Be the Place" and "Seven Psychopaths".
Chiwan Choi is a writer, editor, teacher, and publisher. Abductions is his second book of poetry.
Gerald Locklin is an emeritus professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, after having taught there since 1965. He is the author of Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet, as well as over a hundred books and chapbooks of his own fiction and poetry, and over three thousand works in periodicals. He was a friend of Bukowski’s from 1970 on, and over fifty letters from Bukowski to him are housed in the Special Collections of the Cal State, Long Beach Library. He is regularly contacted by journalists, broadcasters, scholars, and graduate students—here and abroad--regarding the life and career of Charles Bukowski.
Dan Fante was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is the author of twelve books. He writes novels, poetry, plays, and short fiction. His latest book is the memoir, Fante, A Family Legacy or Writing, Drinking, and Surviving. His new book, the detective thriller 'Point Doom' (Harper Perennial), will be published next year.
Joan Jobe Smith, founding editor of Pearl and Bukowski Review enjoyed a fascinating 10-year literary and Platonic friendship with Charles Bukowski, whom she gratefully considers her first mentor. Her writings have appeared internationally in 100s of publications. World Parade Books will publish her memoir TALES OF AN ANCIENT GO-GO GIRL.
Wendy Rainey Poetry editor of Cultural Weekly, an online journal, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, currently working on a novel entitled Nancyland.
Kenneth Sonny Donato was fifteen when he met Jack Kerouac at Murphy’s Bar in his hometown of Northport, Long Island in 1964. Later, he hitchhiked and jumped boxcars across thousands of miles of America. At the end of the rainbow in California, Doug Weston hired him to tend bar at the Troubadour. Nights off he drank and traded poetry with Charles Bukowski at the No Name Bar on Yucca and Vine.
Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He's also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry.
Rebecca De Mornay grew up in England and the Austrian alps, where she graduated summa cum laude in German. Her first job was at age 15 when she was hired to write a song to play over the opening credits of a Hong Kong Kung-Fu movie. After a short stint as a singer-songwriter/ waitress in London, she came to Hollywood, studied briefly at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and got the lead role in the film "Risky Business". She has performenr in 60 films, tv and stage shows, including favorites "Runaway Train" and "Hand that Rocks the Cradle" (for which she won MTV Movie Award for Best Villain), and after directing a film, and currently writing her first novel.
Come one, come all! Bring a cushion or a blanket to sit on for this outdoor event. We start on time!