Tongue & Groove – Tues, August 26, 2014


A literary variety show tonight of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This month features Taylor Negron, Tonya Ingram ” Growl and Snare”, David Darmstaedter “‘Costa Rican Schadenfreude”, Ann Buxie and  music by Logan Heftel.

Tues, August 26th
6:30-7:45 pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Taylor Negron is a comedian, novelist, playwright and an overall a bon vivant. As an actor he can be seen in the upcoming films Pledge This, Retirement and Surf School which he also co-produced. He just got back from an off Broadway show The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron, and was met with standing ovations.

David Darmstaedter was born in Manhattan and lives in Topanaga. He has been a performing poet, a playwright and a penned a few screenplays before settling into writing novels. His first novel, My Monster, is in development with Mark Ruffalo producing. He has also written, ‘Jesus Feet’ – ‘One Last Prayer’ and ‘Snake For The Day’ which is also in development as a movie. He will be rereading from his latest book ‘Costa Rican Schadenfreude’.

Ann Buxie is a poet/storyteller raised in Yuma, Arizona and now lives in Malibu where she produces the wonderful home concert series, Tales By The Sea.

Tonya Ingram is the 2011 New York Knicks Poetry Slam champion, a member and co-founder of NYU’s poetry slam team, a member of the 2011 Urban Word-NYC team and the 2013 Nuyorican Grand Slam team. She is the author of “Growl and Snare”. Her work has traveled to Ghana, California, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., New York, The Literary Bohemian, Cultural Weekly, Upworthy, Youtube and season four of Lexus Verses and Flow. She is a New York University alumna, a Cincinnati native, a Bronx-bred introvert, and a hopeful Los Angeles flower-child, where she will be pursuing her MFA in Public Practice at Otis College of Art & Design.

Logan Heftel is a producer and singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles.

Conrad Romo grew up in L.A. short, stocky and swarthy. He is the producer and host of one of the very best literary reading events in L.A. called Tongue & Groove at the Hotel Cafe, now into year 11. He is also a co-founder of the NoHo Litcrawl and has earns his daily bread as a salesman. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Wednesday Magazine, Noveltown, Tu Ciudad, Brooklyn & Boyle, Palehouse, Huizache and Latinos in Lotusland. He can be reached at

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Tongue & Groove – Sun, August 24, 2014


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 TBD.

Sunday, August 24th
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

$7.00 at the door

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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 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.

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.