HAMMER Museum – Reading Series

by Lee Rose Emery

270Here’s a little cultural event series that if you go, the experience might bring you back to another time in your life; a time when you actually attended cultural events regularly instead of children’s birthday parties. I went to hear the poet Mark Strand read from a collection of his new poems a few weeks ago, at the Hammer Museum’s Reading Series. It was a delightful evening. Just adults in a room, listening to poems, adult poems, not Shel Silverstein Poems, although I am a big fan of Shel’s, too. The Hammer Museum is affiliated with UCLA and has an extensive array of public offerings from lectures to film screenings, readings like this and musical performances. (They also have some offering for kids – but that will be a separate article.) And they are all FREE!  They are usually during the week at 7pm. There are no reservations accepted, and seating is on a first come first served basis, but I have been to several readings, and have not seen people turned away.


Upcoming authors include poet Erica Dawson, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Veryln Klineborg, Kimberly Johnson, and Glen David Gold.


So make a date and go plug into some culture. Or, if you can’t find a sitter, go with a group of girlfriends and then after have a drink at the nearby W Hotel. So you’ll be a little hung over the children’s birthday party the next day. It’ll be worth it.


10899 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310.443.7000






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