Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film, a celebration of the “noir” literary and film genre, will open Saturday, Oct. 15 at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice.

The opening night event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with a keynote presentation byRobert Polito, a poet and editor of the Library of American volumes Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s and Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s.

Polito received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art and is the author of the forthcoming Seven Noir Lives.

The event includes a special guest performance by Cristy Knowings, a virtuoso noir singer.

Admission for members is free, or $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

Reservations are required. Information, (310) 822-3006.

The Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center are collaborating to produce Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film.

While many major events will take place at Beyond Baroque, others are being developed for venues around Los Angeles.

The festival will introduce audiences to some of the region’s finest contemporary poets, authors and thinkers, event organizers said. The “noir” era thrived artistically in the 1940s and 50s but is constantly being redefined by contemporary perspectives, event organizers note. The fall events aim to investigate Los Angeles culture and history by way of noir’s dark, witty, unsentimental visual and verbal beauty.