Tongue & Groove on August 30th, 2015


Sunday August 30

6-7:30 pm

The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, Ca 90028


Tongue & Groove

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month we proudly feature: Mari Naomi, Andrew Ramirez, Craig McLaughlin +  music by The Sunset Trio the knownothings

** Tonight there will also be an open mic. 3 min limit. Drop you name in the hat.**

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and the upcoming Turning Japanese. Her work has appeared in over sixty print anthologies, featured in such places as Bitch Magazine, LA Review of Books, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013. Mari is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

Andrew Ramirez has published fiction and poetry in Slake: Los Angeles, If & When, Literature for Life, Gumbo, among others, as well as being a featured writer for The New Short Fiction Series. He was born in El Paso, Texas and educated at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles

Craig McLaughlin is a teacher and author of creative nonfiction, an award-winning journalist, and a nationally recognized storyteller. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in Journalism from UC Berkeley and taught creative nonfiction at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. A former editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he received numerous awards as a reporter and memoirist. He performs his essays as a storyteller at venues throughout the country, most often in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives. For details, visit

The songs of the knownothings transmit from an eternal underground station deep beneath the streets of east Hollywood. here the censors are gagged the spellcheck turned off the autotune disengaged and all the girls in the chorus are lolling about outside the stage door, smoking a joint and cursing gleefully. in the corridors the cats rove all night, heedless of any grid… the knownothings album “slummers of lust” will be released later this year.

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.