“Round About Midnite” — Stuart Z. Perkoff at LACMA

Saturday, October 4, 2014

I gave a talk this past summer at LACMA along with George Drury Smith that was part of the programming associated with the exhibit of a mural from the Venice Post Office. As that exhibit comes to a close, LACMA has decided to celebrate the Venice West scene with a staging of Stuart Z. Perkoff’s “Round About Midnite,” which was last publicly presented in Venice in 1960. It will be a staged reading with live jazz music by the Eric Reed Trio. For those interested in reading about the Venice West scene, I recommend John Maynard’s Venice West as well as the chapter on that portion of the Los Angeles poetry renaissance in my book, Holdouts (University of Iowa Press, 2011).


The California Beat Scene: The Eric Reed Trio

and Stuart Z. Perkoff’s Round about Midnite

Saturday, October 11, 2014

 2:00 pm



 Free and open to the public
 Note: Doors open at 1:30 pm

Bill Mohr—noted L.A.-based poet, professor at California State University, Long Beach, and a top authority on Los Angeles poetry—introduces the verse play.

Stuart Perkoff’s poetry appeared in Donald Allen’s classic anthology, The New American Poetry (Grove Press, 1960) as well as several anthologies edited by Paul Vangelisti. Eric Reed has long been known as one the best jazz pianists working today. This is the first appearance at LACMA of the Eric Reed Trio.