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The Berkeley Slam presents SUPPORT THE BAR SLAM!

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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 1999.

http://berkeleyslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/

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Last week was our 2015 Indie Finals, where the top poets of the season battled to see who would represent the Berkeley Slam at the Individual World Poetry Slam. The competition was fierce, but at the end of the night, the winner was your 2015 Grand Slam Champ (and slammaster), Jaz Sufi! Before that was the National Poetry Slam, and months of practice for the big event. After all this competition, it’s time for some fun. You know what that means: another Support the Bar Slam!

Your host for the night is Toaster, with house band 3 Blind Mice!

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Sign up works the same: the list opens at 7:30 and closes at 8:10, with twelve poets* chosen through random draw. The twist: when it’s your turn, you come on stage and draw a second number. The audience will chant up until that number, and it’s your job to chug your drink until they stop. Failure results in a penalty game!

That’s not all for the audience, however. Everyone who buys a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!) gets a free slam bingo card. Take a drink every time you hear one of the squares. First one to bingo gets a free drink!

* All competing poets must be 21+ and will be asked to show ID after the draw is completed. All poets are required to buy at least one drink for the game, with subsequent drinks offered at a discount.

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September 9: Derrick Carr
September 16: Santa Cruz slammaster Raggedy Andey
September 23: Bad Poetry Slam with Rachel Lark! Come with your worst poetry!

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!
Workshop: 6:30 PM ♦ Sign-up: 7:30 PM ♦ Show: 8:15 PM.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

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The Berkeley Slam presents THE 2015 GRAND SLAM FINALS!

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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 1999.

https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/

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This is it, folks: the end of the line, the finishing blow, what we’ve been building towards all year. On the 15th, the Berkeley Slam is thrilled to present our 2015 Grand Slam Finals. The top poets of the year battled for blood at semifinals over the last two weeks, and now the best of the best will compete to see who will be on the 2015 Berkeley Slam team. Who will get through semifinals and earn their way into finals? Who will make the team? And, most importantly, who will be the 2015 Grand Slam Champ and win the coveted golden macaroni belt? It’s our biggest and best show of the year, so don’t miss it!

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Line-up TBA! Come to semifinals and find out!

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April 1: Semifinals #1, with feature Sarah Griff!
April 8: Semifinals #2, with guest host and feature Jamie DeWolf!
April 15: 2015 TEAM FINALS! It’s the best show of the year, with the best poets competing to see who comes out on top and makes the 2015 Berkeley Slam team. Don’t miss it!
April 22: 2015 Women’s Champ Shannon Matesky
April 29: Joyce Lee

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$12 online pre-sales, $15 at the door
Cash Prizes!
Workshop: 6:30 PM ♦ Sign-up: 7:30 PM ♦ Show: 8:15 PM.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

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The Berkeley Slam featuring JAZ SUFI!

Our feature, Jaz Sufi!

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 1999.

https://www.facebook.com/events/755538534518634/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/

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Last week was a fantastic show — the workshop was full, the slam list was packed, and the audience loved every second of it. This week, your feature is Jaz Sufi! If you’ve been to the Berkeley Slam, you’ve probably seen Jaz hosting, slamming, or just running around the Plough. Now come see her feature!

Your host for the night will be Dre, with house band Three Blind Mice!

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Jaz Sufi is a poet, a Bay Area native, and delighted to make your acquaintance. At 18, she became the slammaster of the Legendary Santa Cruz Indie Slam and the youngest slammaster of a PSI-certified venue in the country. Later that year, she assistant coached her team to place 8th at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. She competed on the city of Stockton’s Pierced Ear Poets team in 2012 and 2013, as well as being voted audience’s choice both years at inkSlam, and represented San Francisco at the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She was also a featured poet at the 2011 USF Creative Justice Art Show, and will be published in the upcoming Hurt to Hope Anthology. Sometimes Jaz is sad in her poems, and that’s fine, but sometimes she’s not, and that’s fine, too.

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UPCOMING

November 19: Aleysha Wise
November 26: Sock Puppet Slam! Just like a regular slam, but sock-style!
December 3: Donny Jackson
December 10: Ela Barton

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!
Workshop: 6:30 p.m. 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 LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://berkeleyslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/

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This Wednesday, the Berkeley Slam is excited to present our first ever SUPPORT THE BAR SLAM! We’ve been at the Starry Plough since the very first slam nearly fifteen years ago, and with all the love and support we’ve gotten from them, we want to give some back. This will be a night of drinks and the drinking thereof, with drinking games and drink specials for poets and audience alike!

Read on for the rules!

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Sign up works the same: the list opens at 7:30 and closes at 8:10, with ten poets* chosen through random draw. The twist: when it’s your turn, you come on stage and draw a second number. The audience will chant up until that number, and it’s your job to chug your drink until they stop. Failure results in a penalty game!

That’s not all for the audience, however. Everyone who buys a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!) gets a free slam bingo card. Take a drink every time you hear one of the squares. First one to bingo gets a free drink!

* All competing poets must be 21+ and will be asked to show ID after the draw is completed. All poets are required to buy at least one drink for the game, with subsequent drinks offered at a discount.

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UPCOMING

June 25: Battle of the Bay!
July 2: Sam Sax
July 9: Tova Charles and Zai Sadler
July 16: Return of the Poet Swap! Come watch your favorite poets do poems inspired by your OTHER favorite poets!

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 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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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

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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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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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