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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!

Sundays, 9 pm: Tip Top Tavern, 601 North St.

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.

November

Friday, November 7, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the event begins at 8 pm. The featured reader is Andy Griecevich.

November 15, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word annual haiku 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

December

December 4, 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

Friday, December 5, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the event begins at 8 pm. The featured reader is Anna Vitale.

December 20, 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