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Sidecar at Café MontmartreOpen Mikes & Slams

Inform arachne@madpoetry.org of any other cyclic or once-in-a-blue-moon events. We look forward to more slams!

Fourth Wednesdays, 6:30 pm: The Cardinal, 418 E. Wilson St. $3 cover.

First Thursdays, 7–9 pm: The Bubbler Open Mike, Madison Public Library Central Branch, Bubbler Room, 201 W. Mifflin St. 6–6:30 pm: poetry mini-workshop.

Third Thursdays, 6:30–8 pm: Writer's Read Open Mike at the DeForest Public Library, hosted by Art Rathbun, Kathryn Sczepanski and James P. Roberts. Writer's Read meets every third Thursday at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. (608) 846-5482.

Third Thursdays, 9–11 pm: Electric Earth Cafe, 546 W. Washington, signup at 8:45 pm.

First Fridays, 9–11 pm: Just Bust, On Wisconsin Room, Red Gym, 716 Langdon St. Sign up 8:30 pm.

Sporadic Second Fridays, 7:30 pm: Village Booksmith, 526 Oak St., Courthouse Square, Baraboo.

Third Saturdays, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and open mike, Genna’s on the Capitol square. $5 cover.

April

April 3, Thursday, 7–9 pm: Bubbler Poetry Open Mike, Central Branch Library Bubbler Room, 201 W. Mifflin St. 6–6:30 pm: poetry mini-workshop. For info 608-566-9087 or arachne@madpoetry.org

Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m., Madison Central Library, 3rd floor Community Room, 201 West Mifflin St. Let’s read poetry together and celebrate our words in this multi-ethnic and multi-generational event. An open mik follows scheduled poets: Fabu, Araceli Esparza, Sarah Hatchett, Eileen Hocker, Jolieth McIntosh, Oscar Mireles, Fran Rall, Richard Roe, Nydia Rojas, Foluke Salami (middle school student), Wendy Vardaman (Madison Poet Laureate), Rakina A. White. Other poets are invited. Family friendly. 2 or 3 poems on any theme. Open mike sign-up at event.

April 19, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and monthly open mic. The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective has consistently packed Genna’s upstairs room, displaying the best performance poets both locally and nationally. The poetry is passionate, funny, powerful and always entertaining; each slam is a competition wherein the competing poets can earn slots at this year’s Madison Slam Finals.Poetry slam is the art—and sport—of competitive poetry reading. Five judges are picked at random from the audience, and performers are judged based on content, delivery, form and originality. Each poet has three minutes, and cannot use props, costumes or music; it’s just the voice and the mic. Part poetry, part theater, part stand-up comedy, part oratory, slam is a constantly-evolving form, and always entertaining. At Genna’s on the Capitol square. Contact David at urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org

May

May 1, Thursday, 7–9 pm: Bubbler Poetry Open Mike, Central Branch Library Bubbler Room, 201 W. Mifflin St. 6–6:30 pm: poetry mini-workshop. For info 608-566-9087 or arachne@madpoetry.org

May 17, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and monthly open mic. The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective has consistently packed Genna’s upstairs room, displaying the best performance poets both locally and nationally. The poetry is passionate, funny, powerful and always entertaining; each slam is a competition wherein the competing poets can earn slots at this year’s Madison Slam Finals.Poetry slam is the art—and sport—of competitive poetry reading. Five judges are picked at random from the audience, and performers are judged based on content, delivery, form and originality. Each poet has three minutes, and cannot use props, costumes or music; it’s just the voice and the mic. Part poetry, part theater, part stand-up comedy, part oratory, slam is a constantly-evolving form, and always entertaining. At Genna’s on the Capitol square. Contact David at urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org