THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.
This is our last slam of the year folks because we are taking two weeks off during the holidays. It’s the Anarchy Slam this week! And that means anything goes. We have a MIGHTY fine feature for the night. One of the most beloved and accomplished poets to come from our neck of the woods, the one and only, MIKE MCGEE. We love Mike, we know a lot of you love Mike, let’s end the year correct!
Also it’ll be our slammaster, Betsy Gomez’s last show. As many of you may know she has been the guiding force of the Berkeley Slam since taking over for Berkeley Slam founder, Charles “Ekabhumi” Ellik a few years ago. She has dedicated so much of her time over the years from even before her time as slam master to today. So let’s send her off right and thank her for all the hard work she’s put in over the years.
Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.
Your host for the night will be Dre, with musical accompaniment by DJ Freez
“Mighty” Mike McGee is a well-traveled funny hobo-poet from San Jose, California. He has been a force in Bay Area spoken word since 1999. His reach expanded internationally after winning the 2003 National Poetry Slam Grand Championship. McGee soon after embarked on an international poetry and comedy tour, which has taken him to venues and festivals all over Europe, Canada and the U.S. He has since become a favorite performer to many schools around the U.S. and was one of the first Americans to perform at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne) and Glastonbury, the largest music festival in the world. McGee travels roughly 100,000 miles a year to make people laugh, think and cry with his brand of “stand-up poetry.”
McGee is a co-founder of the live spoken word groups Tons of Fun University (TOFU), The Whirlwind Company and Electric Whale/Junkyard Ghost Revivals.
Mike has a mighty appetite, an uncanny relationship with ladybugs, several tattoos and siblings, and a passable Scottish accent. He breathes somewhere between Silicon Valley, California and Vancouver, B.C. as often as possible. Mike thoroughly enjoys weather, beverages, the number 3, and the scent of mock orange blossoms in the spring. Welcome back. Live love. Feel free.
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THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.
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