Tongue and Groove , a literary variety show and it's our 11 year anniversary !

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month features: Jim Ruland " Forest of Fortune", J. Ryan Stradal "Kitchens of the Great Midwest", Dinah Lenney " The Object Parade", Rolland Vasin, Cathy Schenkelberg and our  musical guest  Jeremy Bass

Jim Ruland is the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome and co-author with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch of Giving the Finger. His debut novel is Forest of Fortune, by Tyrus Press.

 J. Ryan Stradal's volunteers at 826LA and co-produces the literary/culinary event "Hot Dish," and works in TV, most recently as the Supervising Producer on the A&E series "Storage Wars: Texas." He likes wine, books, root beer, and peas. Some places where he as been published include Hobart, The Rattling Wall, Midwestern Gothic, The Rumpus, and McSweeney's. His first novel "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" will be published in 2015 by Viking.

 Dinah Lenney is the author of Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and co-authored Acting for Young Actors. Her essays and reviews have been published in a wide range of publications and anthologies including LARB, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and Brevity. com. Dinah serves as core faculty for the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Her new book, The Object Parade, was recently published by Counterpoint Press. 

 Cathy Schenkelberg  is an actress, singer, mom and all around bon vivant. She will tell you how she feels about spending nearly one million dollars on scientology services for her bridge to freedom and then some.

 Rolland Vasin, third-generation American writer (pen name Vachine) is published in the journals Open Minds Quarterly, Gnome, and Found and Lost and is an active open-mic-reader at venues from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Big Sur, California. He has featured at Los Angeles’ World Stage, The Rapp Saloon, and Cobalt Cafe, among others, and dabbles in improvisational theater and stand-up comedy for which we was recognized as the Laugh Factory’s 1992 3rd Funniest CPA in Los Angeles. As a day job, Rolland's CPA corporation audits youth and family charities.

 Jeremy Bass is a singer/songwriter, master strings player, and a published poet and literary critic. Jeremy is the Musical Director and Bandleader for the bicoastal cabaret The Secret City, and is as well touring this summer in support of his debut album, TENANT, set for release October 7th, 2014.

Come early!  Seating is limited and we start on time!


The club is a two story black brick building 1/3 rd of a block below Hollywood Bl. There are parking lots on Selma as well as Cahuenga. Meters need to be fed till 8pm.

Avoid Cahuenga street parking. The signs are deceptive 

August 24, 2014 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hotel Cafe
1623 No Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States
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Conrad Romo · · 3239370136
$7.00 USD
Tammy Abell Janet Kirker

Will you come?

NOTE: After RSVP, you will still need to purchase a ticket