Come celebrate The Summer of Love with your favorite poets, because the revolution didn’t end in the sixties — we walk with it, write with it, sing with it, always!
Dust off the sand, wash off the chlorine, and join us for a magical night of poetry dressed in Bohemian Fashions, Brilliant Colors, and Unmistakable Personal Style that will convince you you’re hallucinating, and leave you tingling all over.
Madam Tallula presents a rotating cast of poets who impart their work as purveyors of private poetry readings in secret, hidden, well-appointed chambers. You may avail yourself of your choice of poet for tokens at any time during the event.
On the patio, the troupe presents Tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, live typewriter poetry, and occasional burlesque and musical performances.
On the stage, a three-hour roster of Vaudeville variety entertainment… and words, words, words!
The El Cid tapas kitchen and bar will be open for dinner and drinks throughout.
Linda Ravenswood as Ach, Suzette
Burlesque Performances by:
Peggy Dobreer as Lily Langtry
Kiri Callaghan as Echo
Terence Leclere as Jacques Used
Rachel Appelbaum as Duberry
Arm Ikna as Madeline De Sade
Christian Geo as Monsieur Le Fevre
Christian Perfas as Kid Rexx
Music by our Artistic Director:
Joseph of Windows to Sky
“13 Best Things to Do in LA: Prepare to have your expectations exceeded by The Poetry Brothel.” – LA Weekly
~> In addition to its poets, The Poetry Brothel presents artists and activists working in a variety of mediums both on stage and through its ever-changing array of intimate, interactive, and creative services. Artists performing with the Brothel may be male, female, faeries, sea creatures, witches, aliens, POC, straight, queer, emerging, established, local, international, virgins, whores, and everything in between.
~> The Poetry Brothel celebrates paid personal connection, but recognizes that not everyone can take off the mask of being a “whore” at the end of the night, and therefore uses its platform to support sex workers, and to teach the public that sex work is real work. Sex work and poetry are two of the oldest professions – both feed the human need for intimacy, fantasy, and desire. By entwining these elements into a seamless, immersive experience, The Poetry Brothel promotes empowered sexuality practices and progressive artistic expression by exhibiting radical inclusion, consensual intimacy, conscious communication, and the inherent value of beauty in all its forms.
~> On Consent:
Behave with beauty, connect with intention. We are, by and large, a no-contact event — here to blow your mind and nothing else! Always ask before touching anyone in our House, and report any discomfort to security or staff or the Madam Herself without delay.
Photo by Amanda Hoskinson
Doors open at 6pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formal wear are encouraged but not required.
This event is 21+
This is a wheelchair accessible event (ask us how!)
Our show includes flashing lights, reasonably amplified music, a startling glimpse of your true self, and fog machines