Friday, November 25, 2011

26 shopping days and counting!

Hi folks , again happy Ha ha days!  Let's get right to it shall we?

1. Friday, December 9,       8:00 - 9:30 a.m.       - Create a Sizzling BrandBrighton Town Hall 2300 Elmwood Ave Brighton, NY 14618  

2. Artists Union Gallery: poetry every Tuesday at 7:30pm 330 South California Street, Ventura, CA
Host:Phil Taggart open-mic www.venturaartistsu

3. People+People=Business2Business Tuesday, December 6, 2011 5:00pm until 7:00pm
Monroe's Restaurant (Former historic Spring House), 3001 Monroe Ave, Rochester, New York

  • Free Admission *Cash Bar * Free Appetizers * Music RSVP by November 30th email


    4.The Fourth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be held from April 20-22 in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. The Planning Committee of Mass Poetry is requesting proposals for programming from poets, poetry organizations, presses, and editors. The deadline for getting your proposal for presentations at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival is December 1.

    To submit a proposal go to: 2012Programs

    The Festival seeks programming that encompasses the diversity of Massachusetts poets. We seek diversity of poetic voice, style, vision, language and method. Within that diversity we will select the highest quality of content and presentation possible. We seek diversity of age, region of the state, language, gender, background, race and ethnicity. As well we seek diversity of presentation: readings, panels, poetry and dance, poetry and music, workshops, interactive events, poetry and the other arts.

    To see past festival programming, go to: http://masspoetry. crowdvine. com/

    5. our Annual Local “Author Extravaganza” this year to be held on Sunday December 11th, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. Due to the growing number of participating authors, we have extended the event an extra hour to 5 p.m. Lift Bridge Book Shop 45 Main St. Brockport, NY 14420 585-637-2260 fax 585-637-7823  visit  for addtional info

    6. Larry, the next deadline for the San Gabriel Valley Quarterly is December 3rd.As always, we'll accept submitions from everywhere.   I would refer people to the website t;  Thanks, Don " Kingfisher" Campbell ( aka : The Soup (urp!) man!)  publisher. 

    7. Congrats to Prof. Vincent F. A. Golphin of Rochester, NY  on being chosen as the Poetry Super Highway's  Poet of the Week for the week of  11/27/11 - 12/3/11 ! vistit: to check him out! 

    8. Ellyn Maybe's Poetry Rodeo Thursday, December 15, 2011  7:00pm - 10:00pm

    The Ellyn Maybe Band which includes Harlan Steinberger, Robbie Fitzsimmons, Danny Moynahan and Tommy Jordan will perform and there is also an open reading where the band will improvise behind you. General admission $8, seniors and students $5, members free.Beyond Baroque Literary/ Arts Center
    681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 310-822-3006

    9. Center at High Falls60 Browns Race Ste 1, Rochester, NY 14614 Currently in the Gallery:“Treasures”Reception December 4,2011 3-6pm P.M.Last view Friday 1/6/12 (585) 325-2030 

    10. Cindy Blair is reading at the Black Eyed Susan Cafe on Dec. 20th at 7:00pm.22 W. Main St. in Angelica.NY 585-466-7070

    Lots of  stuff this week huh?  I guess that means I have to do a poem doesn't it?  

    A Thanksgiving Poem
    by "Laughing" Larry B. 

    Past the turkey and the cranberries.
    we'll get our exercise later doing the mash potato
    til the sun goes down

    Past the Football and the parades 
    we all take Tryptophan induced naps
    and dream of what presents we're going to get
     that would make getting up at 5:00 A .M. to hit the sales worthwhile

    after all
    we all need stuffing at least once a year in America
    don't we?

  • Neat huh?  Well, Thanksgiving is now officaily over so on with the rest of Ha-ha Day season! Books make great gifts! Here are the links to where you can buy mine for those of you STILL doing your shopping. And for those of you who might think you're finished before you buy my books, there's always room for one more gift right?  Here are the links:
see you next week! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

Hi folks:  well now It's officaily the  Ha-Ha Days!  ( happy holidays from "Laughing"" Larry Berger! get it? )   Lots of stuff happening! lets get right to it shall we? :

1. Rhapsodomancy Announces the Writers Reading
Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Doors open at 7:00pm - Reading begins at 7:30pm
The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027 (East Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of Hollywood Blvd. Hillhurst)
21 and over only.
$3 suggested donation at door. There will be a cash bar.

2.Milo Martin's latest collection of poetry is entitled, "Poems for the Utopian Nihilist' (Echo Park Press, 2008).

  • Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291 Saturday 12/3/11 2-5 P.M.

    4. MonkeyShines Holiday Improv Show! I don't usualy post ebvents in more than one blog but Robin is a good friend! A smidge over two months later, and we're BACK! MonkeyShines Comedy Improv troupe RE-reunites for another one-night-only show, 8pm, Saturday, Dec 3rd, just before all your holiday parties get rolling. Get the season started with laughter.

    Tickets $10 - cash at door. Box office opens at 7:30pm. (Or buy in advance from your favorite cast member or by credit card via the MonkeyShines hotline: 310-576-7561).

    LIVE improv comedy! Every show is new, fresh, and laugh-out-loud fun! You, the audience, drive the show with your suggestions!

    Matthew Moore
    Ben Benjamin
    Lori Ellison
    Daniel Mentz
    Robin Gwynne

    Directed by the amazing David Jahn!

    MonkeyShines Hotline: 310 576 7561
    --or contact your favorite cast member to buy your tix in advance!

    NOTE: The Promenade Playhouse is located on the Third Street Promenade (cross street Santa Monica Blvd). Next door to Anthropologie. $5 parking after 6pm in the structures on 2nd Street or 4th Street.

    Cultural Council Gallery exhibition entitled, Four Artists:  Cook, Keyser, Notides-Benzing, and Sacksopening Tuesday, November 9th, and closing Wednesday, November 30th.  The closing reception will take place on Wednesday, November 30th from 5 PM to 7 PM. Arts ; Cultural Council for Greater Rochester 277 N. Goodman Street Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 473-4000 Be There!  

    6. 21st Annual Members Exhibition December 2, 2011 – January 8, 2012 Rochester Contemporary Art Center 137 East Avenue (between Scio; Gibbs Sts) Rochester, NY 14604  tel:  (585) 461-2222 ( ask for Gabriel.) My picture by John Retallack is in the exhibit!  Come and check it out!  His book Colleagues, RIT Faculty/staff portraits is published!  See it at

    7. This is just a quick reminder that the next Rochester WordPress Users Group meeting will be Wednesday Nov. 30th at 7pm at coworking Rochester. We will be discussing plugins at this meeting, so be ready to discuss your favorites, and if you're looking for a plugin to add some specific functionality this would be a great time to bring that up and see if anyone knows of a good plugin!Those of you who have already joined the group on the new Kohort platform ( can RSVP to the event there. If you haven't joined please let me know if you need another invite. If you don't plan to join please let me know why, and make any suggestions of alternatives I should look at!  Have a great Thanksgiving! See you next week, Terran

    Whew ! Another busy week and the Ha-ha days are just getting started!  Here's a short poem:

    Happy Thanksgiving 2011 !By "Laughing " Larry Berger

    What a year ! 
    The Arab summer
    The debt crisis
    The 10th anniversary of 911
    at least 3 bombing scares and more!

    The Chinese have a saying
    "may you live in  interesting times!"
    If that's not something to give thanks for
    I don't know what is! 

    neat huh? here are the book links:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Stuff!

Hi folks: I'm not sure if this post is going to be early or late this week. Lots of stuff to do and going on! Let's get right to it shall we?

1.  Check this out!

2. Ain't Got No Press presents "The Night Goes On All Night" Noir inspired poems edited by Rick Lupert
Available now HERE and at   Congrats Rick! 

3. Mary Eaton has invited you to the event 'MARYS BRIDGE BOOK FAIRE 2011' on Mary's Bridge - Poetry-Prose-Photography Art and Video Sharing!
Mary's Bridge has many books on our shelf currently... Please show your support to our favorite bridge authors by supporting them through donations... Thanks, Mary

MARYS BRIDGE BOOK FAIRE 2011Time: November 13, 2011 at 1am to December 31, 2011 at 11:45pm
Organized By: Robert Paul Goode

Event Description:


See more details and RSVP on Mary's Bridge - Poetry-Prose-Photography Art and Video Sharing:

4. MonkeyShines Holiday Improv Show!
Saturday, December 3 · 8:00pm - 9:30pm 
Promenade Playhouse & Conservatory
1404 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA  Tickets $10 - cash at door. Box office opens at 7:30pm. (Or buy in advance from your favorite cast member or by credit card via the MonkeyShines hotline: 310-576-7561).
Matthew Moore
Ben Benjamin
Lori Ellison
Daniel Mentz
Robin Gwynne

The Promenade Playhouse is located on the Third Street Promenade (cross street Santa Monica Blvd). Next door to Anthropologie. $5 parking after 6 pm in the structures on 2nd Street or 4th Street.

5.  December 3,2011  2:00 p.m.  Iris Berry and friends. click on the link for directions and address info. 

 Well, I guess there isn't as much going on this time as I thought. LOL. 

I'm not including a poem this week! sorry but my mind is just to  discombobulated from this weekend
( I had 3 arts events where I had gotten poetry involved and was also performing in all of them myself!  UGH!  I haven't run around so much in years! ) 
 Anyway here's the links for the books: 

 See you next week! BTW, I switched back to the old font because no one left a comment last week saying the new one was any Better. please feel free to leave me a comment on this.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Veterans day!

Hi Folks! Happy veterans  day to all and don't forget to stop by the Art at the Armory show this weekend if you're in Rochester,NY! All vet's get in FREE ! Details can be found in last weeks post! (11/2/11) Here's the  new stuff for this week!

1. Round 27: Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts takes place at Santa Cruz Art League's Broadway 
Playhouse (526 Broadway, Santa Cruz) on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Doors Open 

Open Mic Sign-up @ 6:30 p.m.

Featured readers include Ava Bird (from Berkeley), Lauren Crux, John Laue, Leon Petty, Paul Corman Roberts(from San Francisco)  and Donald Young. Event hosted by Yaryan and co-
sponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Art League. This event will have an open mic 
with sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

2. You've just got to read this!  click on the link, read the article. You'll understand! 

3. DSO 11/19 @ State Theatre [Our 2000th show!]
Saturday, November 19 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm Tickets:
 They ARE kind of good. Don't believe me? Here's the YouTube Video.
You decide! 

4. Blaise Smith Presents: The Swine n Dine @ Pig n Whistle Thursday, November 17 at 8:30pm - November 18 at 1:00am
Pig 'n Whistle
6714 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

 Come one, come all. To wine and swine and dine at Pig n Whistle. Sit where Marylin and Bugsy once sat when they wined, swined and dined and made immortal the Pig.

Musical entertainment is top tier. Dig. Enjoy. See some of you there.

$6 cover- 18 and over. Full menu (pub food) Right on the walk of fame (pink marble stars with celebrity names line the side walk) (people fight each other) (they howl) Most importantly, drive safe and dont get a DUI. (Black mini skirts in high abundance parading, stumbling) very entertaining. 
5.Stella Adler Open Mic !!!!!  Tuesday, November 22 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

6773 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 2nd floor

6. Dear Friends, Moonday in the Village (Moonday West) continues our run at the  Buerge Chapel at Aldersgate Retreat in the Palisades. We invite all our poets and listeners to experience this lovely, peaceful spot close to the Pacific Ocean.
The staff at Aldersgate has been most gracious to offer Moonday this wonderful setting for our reading. 

Date: Monday (Moonday) November 14, 2011
Time:  7:30 pm 
Place:  Buerge Chapel at the Aldersgate Retreat Center, 925 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Open Reading?
 Yes, come early to sign up.You can also sign up by email:
Questions?  Email:
Directions? Call the Aldersgate office: 310-454-6699 during office hours
Please do check out their website: 

In November we are proud to feature James Ragan  Peggy Dobreer.More about the poets and more poems at:


Rochester Area Vegetarian Society upcoming meeting 11/ 20/11: T. COLIN CAMPBELL, PH.D.
speaks on “A Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet: What The China Study Has Taught Us”
Dr. T. Colin Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell. His China study, the results of which were published in 1991, followed thousands of people in 65 provinces over twenty years,  and was the largest epidemiological study ever conducted of the connection between diet and disease. The study showed a direct
correlation between the consumption of animal  protein, including dairy protein, and chronic disease. Dr. Campbell’s book, The China Study, presents his own research and that of other scientists showing “the connection
between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and also its ability to reduce or reverse the risk or effects of these deadly illnesses.” He also “examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and irresponsible scientists” (, Dr. Campbell has received media
attention as one of the major figures whose life and research is profiled in the feature length film “Forks Over Knives.” This film has been called “the movie that could save your life,” and the more than 300 people who
filled the Rochester Academy of Medicine to view it in September can testify to that. Dr. Campbell’s scientific and personal integrity led him to part ways with mainstream nutritional authorities and to recommend a completely plant-based diet. Now there is a groundswell of evidence and a growing cultural consensus in favor of this
way of eating. Come to our November meeting to hear Dr. Campbell speak,  Dr. Campbell is  a member of the
North American Vegetarian Society’s HALL OF FAME! PLEASE NOTE: We always welcome new people at our meetings. You may attend just the dinner, just the program, or both; there is no need to “reserve” for either. If you attend the dinner, we ask that you pay a $3 Non-Member Fee in addition to bringing a vegan dish to pass. . Non-Member Fee will be subtracted from your dues, if you decide to join later in the meeting.No fee is charged to attend the program portion of the meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, regular meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, 5:30 PM Vegan Share-a-Dish Dinner, 7:00 PM Program.

 Whew! Another Busy Week!
What do you think of this font?
Is it easier to read than previous posts?
Let me know!

I THINK I might have room for a poem this week! I'm not sure, but I'll try! Here goes:

By "Laughing"  Larry Berger 
It all started with a Rock!
Then a yell.

Next came the lyre and the flute
followed closely by
Minstrels and Fools  

who in turn were replaced by the likes of Mozart, Choppan, Beethoven, Baudelaire, Shakespeare and the like. 

it's Billy Collins, Tupac Shikur, Areatha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Madonna Cher and me.  

The more things change the more they stay the same.
the values are still:

a Bard's tale is worth a portion from the table
and a Poet's song is worth a cup of wine.
We still "sing for our supper." 
Food has just simply gotten more expensive!

Neat huh? If you like that then check out my books: