On Sunday, August 30, 2015, Tongue & Grove — a monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo — features MariNaomi, Andrew Ramirez, Craig McLaughlin, and music by the knownothings.

WHAT: Tongue & Groove Literary Variety Show

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

TAB: $7.00 at the door

ETC.: Come early! Seating is limited and the event starts on time! There are parking lots on Selma as well as Cahuenga. Meters need to be fed until 8 p.m. Avoid Cahuenga street parking. The signs are deceptive.



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. Visit her at

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

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The songs of the knownothings transmit from an eternal underground station deep beneath the Erasure_poetry 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. in the corridors the cats rove all night, heedless of any grid…the knownothings album slummers of lust will be released later this year.