Sharq is an nonprofit art space in Los Angeles devoted to the work of bicultural artists with roots in Sharq - the East - with the aim of showing the diversity and creativity in this region. Primarily an exhibition space for visual artists, Sharq also hosts events which involve film, music, and spoken word.


An Afternoon of Poetry and Jazz
Saturday May 16, 2015

Book Cover

Come help us celebrate the first publication of Sharq Press

Enjoy poetry and jazz, with music by
guitarist PETER CURTIS and pianist JOEL PAAT 

View Nahid Massoud's stunning new

Saturday May 16 – 3 to 6 p.m.
 Music starts at: 3:30 p.m.
Reading and book signing follow
Admission $15 individuals - $20 for couples
includes a signed copy of the book
 ( cash or checks only)  


Rosenstone, an innovative and compelling historian, turns his sensitive gaze back on a remarkable life in poems that crackle with feelings of love, humor, sadness, and the surprise of the unknown.

   --Marjorie Becker, nominee for a National Book Award for Body  Bach and also author of Setting the Virgin on Fire, and Piano Glass / Glass Piano

Robert A Rosenstone, Professor Emeritus of History at Caltech, has published fifteen books, including works of biography, history, criticism, and fiction.  In this, his first collection of poetry, he views life from the eve of retirement with pathos, wonder, and humor.  Laments for what has vanished and taken its place, critiques of the self and the world, questions about history in a culture that rushes to erase the past, the mysteries of aging, and celebrations of unexpected love – all mark this stunning debut volume of poems about our lives today, tomorrow, and yesterday.
Guitarist and composer Peter Curtis, who holds a PhD in Music from Indiana University, has played with many famous jazz musicians such as James Carter, Freddy Cole, Taj Mahal, Barbra Morrison and James Moody.  He has performed in clubs across the US and Europe, including the Jazz Baker, A-Trane in Berlin, Sounds in Brussels, Jazz Garden in Budapest, Jazz Club in Florence, Jumpin’ Jazz Ballroom in Milan, Studio Des Islettes in Paris, Regentenkammer in the Hague, and Reduta in Prague. His album, Swing State, can be found at, and on Amazon and itunes.


Pianist Joel Paat  has performed at the Greenwood Jazz Festival (Tulsa), the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), the Ozone Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), as well as at many locations in Southern California. Among the well-known musicians he has played with are Tom Scott, Bobby McFerrin, Brandon Fields, Danny Reyes and Vinnie Colaiuta.  He teaches jazz piano and jazz combos at Riverside City College. Check him out on Facebook.