Over a week ago, a poet was punched and injured by an audience member at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park. I attended that reading, but left as soon as the closing "group poem" was concluded. So I missed the incident--not hearing about it until a couple of days later.
Am guessing last night's Cobalt reading was a more civil occasion (I was at Coffee Cartel in Redondo Beach).
Nonetheless, I very much hope that the Cobalt Cafe owners will once again (as in past years) pay for either a bouncer and/or someone to work the counter on Tuesdays. It isn't fair to ask longtime host Rick Lupert to do everything on those evenings.