Monthly Archives: March 2014

Berkeley Poetry Slam Recommends

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Our good friend, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, has put together this festival to bring together Latino poets in the Bay Area. Three different nights, three different venues, all of it happening in San Francisco. Featured performers include former Berkeley Grand Slam Champion: Leo Bryant, Perez, Fish Vargas, and many more. We encourage you to support this event and if you see someone you think we should feature at the Berkeley Slam, let us know!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/713449205366448/?ref=br_tf

April 5th Books Inc. 2275 Market Street.
7:30pm Free
Alejandro Murguía
Sandra García Rivera
Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano
Denise Benavides
Lito Sandoval
Harold Terezón

April 12th Magnet. 4122 18th Street.
7:30pm Free
Avotcja (Avacha)
Jaime Cortez
Fish Vargas
Maya Chinchilla
Estela de la Cruz
Dylan Amaro-Mcitntyre

April 19th Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th Street
7:30pm 10 to 20dollars sliding scale fund raiser
Guillermo Gómez Peña
Christina Pérez
Baruch Porras -Hernandez
Gabriel Cortez
Kay Nilsson
MK Chavez
Tomas Moniz
Marisela Treviño Orta
Sarah C. Jimenéz

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Upcoming Shows in the Area

There are a lot of shows going on during the week so here’s a few you might be interested in checking out!

3/29

THE PALO ALTO POETRY SLAM

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SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL WITH FEATURED ARTIST JELAL!

7 – 9:30 pm

Nick’s Lounge (21+)
3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
1 block south of Ashby BART
Between Fairview St & Martin Luther King Jr Way

https://www.facebook.com/events/1461727584044646/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

4/3

TOURETTES WITHOUT REGRETS

THE OAKLAND METRO
630 3rd St
21 ++++ * FULL BAR * $10
Sign up’s 8pm * Show 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/560182177422413/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

4/4

THE NEW SHIT SHOW FEATURING JADE SYLVAN

@Merchants of Reality 285 9th St. San Francisco, CA

workshop at 7
open mic + slam list goes out at 8
show at 8:15

we need five judges for the slam! please be a judge!

***THIS SHOW WILL BE A LAST CHANCE SLAM FOR NEW SHIT FINALS ON APRIL 18TH!***

https://www.facebook.com/events/262701407243264/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

4/5

A SYMPHONY OF VERSE

Please join OACC and Hyphen Magazine in celebrating API poets and National Poetry Month with A Symphony of Verse on Saturday, 4/5, between 5-8pm.

Our lineup includes:

Karen Llagas
Barbara Jane Reyes
Joel Barraquiel Tan
Shailja Patel
Pireeni Sundaralingam
Jason Bayani
Sean Labrador Y Manzao

Get Tickets: http://symphonyofverse.eventbrite.com/

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The Berkeley Slam presents SEMIFINALS #1, featuring Jade Sylvan!

APRIL 2nd! AT THE STARRY PLOUGH!

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THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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Semifinals start tonight! Come see the first clash of poets and find out which four will be competing in finals on April 16th for a spot on the 2014 Team Berkeley!

Your host for the night will be Dre, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice.

Here’s the line-up (subject to change):

SEMIFINALS #1 – April 2, 2014
1. Leo Bryant
2. Jelal Huyler
3. The Poetician
4. Patrick Ohslund
5. Danez Smith
6. Jason Bayani
7. Nazelah Jamison
8. Imani Cezanne
9. Abe Becker

SEMIFINALS #2 – April 9, 2014
1. Jaz Sufi
2. Toaster
3. Daniel
4. Be Deep
5. Queen Jasmeen
6. Joshua Merchant
7. Cameron Awkward-Rich
8. Brandon Melendez

The next three weeks are all fundraisers for the team. Come out and show your support! If you can’t be there, please spread the word and cajole, guilt, and bribe your friends into attending! These three shows are going to be among the best (if not THE best) of the whole year.

UPCOMING
April 9: SEMIFINALS #2 with Jamie DeWolf
April 16: FINALS! The top four poets from each semifinal bout compete for one of five spots on Team Berkeley to compete at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA!
April 23: Shawn William
April 30: Carrie Rudzinksi
May 7: Brynn Saito
May 14: David Winter
May 21: Chinaka Hodge
May 28: Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.
FUNDRAISER: $10 door

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Berkeley Slam presents Battle of the Bay: Win and You’re In

WEDNESDAY MARCH 19th! AT THE STARRY PLOUGH

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!

Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleyslam.org

https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam

http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/

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We have a special event this week as representatives from the Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley slams will be convening at the Starry Plough. This year Oakland, CA is hosting the National Poetry Slam and we’re about to give you a preview of what to expect as these four teams battle it out. Who do you think will come out on top?

Your host for the night will be Dre

Upcoming Features:

March 26th  Last Chance Slam

April 2nd      Berkeley Slam team semifinals #1 featuring Jade Sylvan

April 9th      Berkeley Slam team semifinals #2

April 16th    Berkeley Slam team finals

April 23   Shawn William

April 30   Carrie Rudzinksi

May 7     Brynn Saito

May 14   David Winter

May 21   Chinaka Hodge

May 28   Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero

THE STARRY PLOUGH

3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082

(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).

EVERY WEDNESDAY

$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)

Cash Prizes!

Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.

ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/

Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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5 Questions with J. Bradley

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Jesse Bradley hails from Orlando, FL. He’s been involved with some of the coolest literary mags and publishers in the country such as Pank and YesYes books (who has published his newest collection of poems, The Bones of Us).

I’ve gotten a chance to take a sneak peak at The Bones of Us, which features some amazing artwork by Adam Scott Mazer. It takes poetry and melds it with the graphic art form. What’s left is a disruptive meditation on the end of a relationship between two people.  Jesse has written poems that seem to fall naturally into this form, whether they are stuffed into comic book narration boxes or draped across a body. I really appreciate what he’s done here as what is presented in this collection serves to expand upon any notions of what a poem can become.

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring JESSE BRADLEY

 

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THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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Semifinals are almost here! This is your (second-to-) last chance to rack up points to compete for Berkeley’s 2014 slam team. This week we’ll be featuring Jesse Bradley, author of The Bones of Us.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30 and close at 8:15. 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 Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

TBA

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Upcoming Shows:

March 19th – 2014’s first Battle of the Bay!
March 26th – The LAST CHANCE SLAM
April 2nd – Semifinals #1 with Jade Sylvan
April 9th – Semifinals #2
April 16th – Team finals!

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE SLAM TEAM

https://www.facebook.com/events/634165639952420/

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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We’re in the thick of team season, with semifinals and finals right around the corner. What better way to start things than with a feature by the San Francisco State slam team? Come send them off before they go rep the Bay Area at CUPSI!

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 Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

TBA

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Upcoming Shows:

March 12th – Jesse Bradley
March 19th – 2014’s first Battle of the Bay!
March 26th – The LAST CHANCE SLAM
April 2nd – Semifinals #1 with Jade Sylvan
April 9th – Semifinals #2
April 16th – Team finals!

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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