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Poetry at the Getty, featuring Marilyn Manson

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Marilyn Manson will make an appearance Saturday at the Getty Museum, where he'll be reading the works of Romantic poet William Blake.

The goth rocker adds star power to an event that's focused on poetry, which tends to be a little quieter than your basic stadium rock show. Six poets will be reading original works inspired by the current Getty exhibit "Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings."

Poets on the bill include Patricia Smith, a 2008 National Book Award finalist; Whiting Award recipient Ilya Kaminsky; Jeffrey McDaniel, who has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; poetry slam champ Rachel McKibbens; and poets and educators Brendan Constantine and Suzanne Lummis.

The readings will be accompanied by live music from Timmy Straw, who combines classical string training with electronics, and Roberto Miranda, an improvisational bassist.

The event, called "Dark Blushing," is organized by the Write Now Poetry Society, a nonprofit founded by actress and poet Amber Tamblyn and poet Mindy Nettifee.

"Dark Blushing" begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free; parking at the Getty is free after 5 p.m. Although reservations are currently full, the Getty will be passing out standby tickets starting at 6 p.m.

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Photo: Marilyn Manson at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands in 2007. Credit: Rick Nederstigt / EPA

 
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