It exists out of time, and physical space as you may know it, and while there are many doors, you will find this particular gateway in the heart of the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The historic venue of El Cid is iconic in its appearance and since its opening in 1962 has been the premiere location for authentic Spanish tapas and flamenco dance. But once a month, much like the swelling of the full moon, it is the gateway to what has been simply referred to as “The Poetry Brothel”.
Madam Tallula opens her doors and as you descend the steps into the brothel courtyard, you can’t help but feel that you’ve been transported to another world somewhere between the birth of European Bohemianism and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Simple admittance to the brothel will treat you to some of the finest burlesque performances you will ever be fortunate enough to witness, exquisite aerial work, heavenly music, and poetry performed in a dramatic and heartfelt fashion that will leave you trembling in your seat–all of which is introduced to you by the quick wit and unparalleled humor of your MC, Ach Suzette.
And once you have had your fancy tickled, your amuse bouche of literature, if you will, you may purchase tokens. These tokens will grant you time with the poet of your choosing for private poetry readings.
Now, dear wanderer, you may not quite understand why you would seek such a thing, but let me enlighten you. Each poet is not just a poet–they are not merely masters of verse, but of expressing those words they poured onto each page. They are performers, and a private reading has never disappointed. Readings involve a rare sort of human connection between you and your chosen poet, a vulnerability that I dare say we rarely even share with some of our closest confidants.
Since my first attendance, I have tried diligently to never miss an event. It feeds my soul, and often acts as a sort of creative jumper cable for my muse. I cannot urge you strongly enough to attend one if you can. And if you happen to be in the LA area this coming Sunday, the portal will be opening up once again.
Come along now, traveler… Adventure awaits:
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