Nestled between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach along Pacific Coast Highway is Crystal Cove State Park. Stretching over three miles of wooded coastline, Crystal Cove like Torrey Pines is a rare slice of uncut California. The landscape is one of the few undeveloped pieces of coast left in Orange County.
Crystal Cove’s scenic bluffs, ravines, ridges and canyons are matched by the underwater park living in Crystal Cove’s waters. Tide pools, rocky reefs, kelp forests, sea lions, harbor seals, occasional migrating grey whales, Crystal Cove’s archipelago is a vibrant ecology. The backcountry area of the park is a large expanse for hiking.
The Native Americans that once lived along the coast gathered wild berries, seeds and acorns in this area. A short walk reveals willow thickets, elderberries, sycamores, live oaks and shallow caves. Crystal Cove is an incredible place to explore the coast or watch the sun dip into the ocean.
As we are unbeholden to any particular school, method, or ideology, the one constant for this reading is each participant’s unique kick-assness.
Participants so far confirmed include Karren Alenier, Fred Arroyo, Sarah Barber, Seth Berg, Jesse Bradley, Jane L. Carman, Sarah Carson, Larry O. Dean, Eric Elshtain, Maggie Flanagan-Wilkie, Nathan Floom, Joseph Lease, Jacklyn Dre Marceau, Anna March, Karen McElmurray, Daniel Nester, Pamela Johnson Parker, Brianna Pike, Mike ThePoet Sonksen, Mark Statman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Simokaitis, Margo Stever, Ben Tanzer, Meg Tuite, Robert Vaughan, Chet Weise, Snezana Zabic, V Lazaro Zamora, and Cindy Zelman.
Immediately following will be music from The Injured Parties, Khalid Hanifi, and Decoy Prayer Meeting.
The venue has a menu that includes food and drink. Come early, stay late!
The Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Avenue, 773-248-1366.
California is home to more people than any other state in America and the Pacific Ocean is why. Even though most beach communities are developed and commercialized, there are still a few places along the coastline where you can camp or snorkel or just enjoy the landscape for itself. All due respect to the many great seafood eateries out there, but it heals the soul to walk on an empty beach or at least a quiet one without parking structures and fast food franchises. Though it’s hard to believe, a few choice quiet slices of coast still remain in San Diego, Orange County and Malibu. Put on your hiking shoes and enjoy California!
Torrey Pines State Reserve in North San Diego is a botanical wonderland where three major plant communities thrive together over 1700 acres. The sage-scrub, chaparral and salt-marsh plant communities all intermingle over three miles of gorgeous coastline. The landscape is a photographer’s paradise packed with Torrey Pine trees on coastal bluffs, fields of wildflowers, jagged cliffs and long sweeping vistas.
The Torrey Pine is a rare tree that only grows in two places on Earth. One is the Torrey Pines State Reserve and the other is Santa Rosa Island, off Santa Barbara. The Torrey Pines are California icons on par with other symbolic shrubs like Joshua trees, cypress trees or Arizona’s Saguaro cactus. The Torrey Pines growing amidst the diverse ecosystem make the State Reserve especially popular with San Diego hikers and nature lovers.
Be advised about occasional high tides and seasonal danger that intermittently occurs here. After all it’s the millions of years of constant pounding by the Pacific that have made the cliffs at Torrey Pines so picturesque.
Café Cultural, 1726 South Vermont Avenue, is happy to present the second in its new poetry series. Café Cultural is a literary and visual arts venue, representing the El Salvador Community Corridor’s commitment to the arts as an integral part of the community’s vitality and growth. Café…
POETRY FESTIVAL SANTA CRUZ takes place on February 12, 2012 at the Cocoanut Grove — Grand Ballroom (400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz). Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 3:30 p.m. There will also be a SPARRING ARTISTS EXCHANGE concurrently in the Bay View Room (adja…cent classic Casino window room) with books, art, memorabilia and photography. The festival is produced by Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts.
Featured performers at Poetry Festival Santa Cruz include: Wanda Coleman, Jack Hirschman, Michael C. Ford (with Ray Manzarek), Genny Lim, Lorna Dee Cervantes, The Ellyn Maybe Band, Stephen Kessler, Avotcja & Modupue, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Andy Clausen, Ellen Bass, Jerry Kamstra, A.D. Winans, Gerald Nicosia, Cara Vida, S.A. Griffin, Jennifer Barone with Nova Jazz Band, Mike The Poet, Jane Ormerod, Marc Olmsted, Rich Ferguson (w/Bo Blount), Floyd Salas, Claire Ortalda, Gary Young, Quiet Lightning, Ron Lampi, T. Mike Walker, Keith Savage, Dennis Holt, Peter Marti and Kevin Patrick Sullivan. Musical Guests: The Invertebrates, Alan Sitar Brown, Ruebi Lynn Jimenez and Geordie Van Der Bosch. Hosted by San Francisco poet MCs extraordinaire Ginger Murray and Marc Kockinos.
The event is sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, Poetry Santa Cruz, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz Weekly, Santa Cruz Art League, Nickelodeon/Del Mar, Food Bin & Herb Room, The Starving Musician, The Beat Museum, Felix Kulpa Gallery, Poetry Flash, Sport About, Community Printers, Santa Cruz Construction Guild, Poesy and Torkos Media.
General admission is $15.00 at the door (includes SC city tax), Seniors/student tickets are $12.50 at the door (includes SC city tax) Advance tickets are greatly encouraged as seating is limited.
1726 South Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, 90007
“The Discovery Series”
Featured Poet: Mike the Poet
Discovery Poet: Trevon Kelley
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Open Reading to Follow
A Presentation of the El Salvador Community & Cultural Corridor of Los Angeles