Sunday, October 30, 2011


Kim Barry and Joey Thate are delighted to announce West Eleven’s first happening.11.11.11

They have invited , writer and creative visionary, Courtney Barriger, and singer, song writer, and cruel vocal temptress to ears everywhere , Rachel Borovik, to collaborate.

7:30pm Courtney Barriger discusses her newly published book, “NightBook” and will have signed copies available.

8:30pm Rachel Borovik graces us with a live set or two, (if we are good).

10:30pm Watch one of Kim’s infamous “choice” movies from her classic , obscure and always entertaining collection. Prepare yourselves for cloud pillows to lounge upon during the music and the film .
As always, Kim and Joey will have an interactive installation revolving around the night’s juicy and not so juicy moments. Details are under wraps.

Next door, Ryan McIntosh and Danielle Lange , open their space “Art Is Shit” for their 1st exhibit
Featuring new work by Brandon Andrew & Kayla Mattes
November 11, 2011 (One night only!)
Opening Reception 11/11/11, 6-10pm

Art Is Shit Editions proudly announces their first exhibition in their Los Angeles based gallery and print shop. BLOW POP will feature new installation-based artwork along with exclusive limited edition prints by artists - Brandon Andrew and Kayla Mattes.

BLOW POP looks at these two artists connection to nostalgia from the 1990's. By bringing back these relics and imagery from yesterday, both artists work appear to be a celebration, of sorts. However, upon deeper scrutinizing you see another layer that exposes the purity and sincerity within its irony, where every celebration is equally matched with devastation.

The first exhibition in Los Angeles by Art Is Shit Editions continues to promote the shops mission - to provide passionate art collectors of all levels access to premium quality artwork by emerging contemporary artists who challenge and push the boundaries of art today.

Art Is Shit Editions - 642 Moulton Ave. W12. Los Angeles, CA 90031

Food, drinks, and great company will be here This is an invite only event. We ask for your presence and we ask that you kindly bring a gift of $10 to help us continue bringing good times for you

west eleven
642 mouton ave w-11, Los Angeles, CA 90031


Presenting NightBook, a short story anthology. And my first novel.

This novella took three years to write, and has been a roller-coaster of a journey.

As small as the novel is, it is my greatest accomplishment as of yet.

It will be available on EBooks 11.11.11. And I will have hard copies soon.

Order a copy on-

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Something Sweet

Something sweet -
honey on toasted bread -
is a delightful distraction.

Something solid -
the walls of my castle -
could come down in an earthquake.

To me, a person to love -
something deep -
is the wind;
Flight over mountain and tree.

But where is this flightful breeze?
Must I wait for it to come to me?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Bear Courts by Courtney Barriger

The Bear Court
Courtney Barriger

There once was a place called Bear Court.
Where they dine on fine honey and tart.
They twirl on their paws,
to much great applause,
for dress shoes are not of their sort.

In the court there is much Bear Courting.
The ladies do all of the sorting.
With a bow and a hand,
lead by the bear man,
they will flirt till the wee early morning.

Best dressed is the Bear Courtier.
She is admired where ever she stirs.
She has many suitors,
but if nobody suits her,
she will away to brush out her fir.

Take a trip to the Bear Court-of-Law.
Swear an oath with an honest bear paw.
When the judges decide,
hope the verdict is right.
And don't tell another bear what you saw.

Bear Court-Martial is fitting for a soldier
who did not do as the Bear Captain told him.
At a hearing he decides
which way he will sign.
It may be that he will just scold him.

Even when bear cubs are so curious,
bear fathers are always Bear Courteous,
He steps out to the air,
so bear cubs are not near;
bad habits near cubs make mom furious.

Lend an ear to the Bear Jazz Court-et;
the most happening band as of yet.
When the beat is a jive'n
you feel more alive in
that swing and that dip and that step.

Bear Basketball Half-Court-Press
will divide one bear from the rest.
Two of the friends
will try to defend
against one who is trying to pass.

Bear Tennis Court is a great bear workout.
A good place for the tall and the stout.
With every hit
the more tone they get;
they will wind down by eating a trout.

Worst of them is the Bear Courtisol,
the most misunderstood of them all.
The harder work gets,
the more he will stress.
And his madness will end in a brawl.

The day ends in a green Bear Court Yard.
Close at hand is honey by the jar.
After a good snack
it is time for a nap;
and bears dream till the rising of stars.


To purchase in paperback, go to The Bear Courts Paperback

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Art Show at The Artistree Gallery

The Artistree Gallery presents an art show that unites continents. A piece of Europe came back from Courtney Barriger's solo adventure through Spain, England, France, and Germany last fall. Opening at Atlantic Beach February Art Walk, a collection of works painted during her adventure will be displayed along with other conceptual works.

Door proceeds, art sales, and poster sales will help benefit the Lighthouse Orphanage in Nagpur India. Over 25 million orphans struggle to survive in the second largest populated country in the world. This is an opportunity to directly help build more homes for orphans in Nagpur India. Lighthouse Orphanage

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