Slake, a new showcase for long-form journalism, seems not only bent on resuscitating passionate reporting but also the grand tradition of literary partying, which can be a dangerous enterprise with a bunch of people who revel in the joys of a multi-clause sentence. The local magazine will host a night of readings from its second issue, themed "Crossing Over." Authors will include Dana Johnson, John Albert, Joseph Mattson, Victoria Patterson, Rachel Resnick, Harry Shannon and Joe Donnelly. The event is part of the Hotel Cafe's Tongue and Groove series and will feature the gospel-infused pop music of Echo Park native Dorian Wood. Hotel Cafe, 16231/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 6 p.m. Sun. (323) 461-2040.