SEATTLE SPOKEN WORD CALENDAR — February 2017

UPDATED: 2/12/2017

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 (2ND SUNDAY)

Sunday, February 12 @ 2-4 pm Seattle Poets Gathering #223 @ Brouwer’s Café, 400 N 35th. Rescheduled due to sportsball, but it’s really happening today. Poets vs sportsball—and sportsball wins? (Not Jeff’s fault.) (Still. My mind is boggled.) Nevertheless, see ya then.

Sunday, February 12 @ 2-4 pm Short Stories Live: Stories from The New Yorker @ Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Selection is intended to represent the magazine’s sophisticated humor, New York City itself, + increasingly diverse voices: S. J. Perelman, “Farewell My Lovely Appetizer” (1944); Oliver La Farge, “Wedding at Rociada” (1951); Renata Adler, “Brownstone” (1973); Jamaica Kincaid, “Poor Visitor” (1989). Tickets $13 general, $10 TH members, seniors, students.

Sunday, February 12 @ 2-4 pm Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays, speaks @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave. Screenwriter speaks about his debut novel, which features time travel.

Sunday, February 12 @ 2-9:30 pm Front Row Center: Bring Down the House @ KUOW Public Radio, 4518 University Way NE. Two-part, all-female adaption of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy. From battlefield betrayals to royal court deceptions, focuses on the scheming noble families of the houses of York & Lancaster as they jockey over who will wear the crown of England. Part I @ 2 pm, Part II @ 7:30 pm. Talkback ~ 4:30 pm. Tickets $25 with code FRONTROWCENTER.

Sunday, February 12 @ 5:30-7 pm Speakeasy: KT Niehoff on ‘what does it feel like to be in your body?’ @ Velocity Founders Theatre, 1621 12th Ave. Kt Niehoff asks extraordinary people this question in her new work, Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds, premiering at 12th Ave Arts March 9 – April 1. Join KT + an astronaut & the first Korean woman to go into space, Soyeon Yi, professional in-line speed skater Maurice Hall, survivor of a near death experience, Shevanthi Daniels, + paraplegic rower Michael Grady. FREE.

Sunday, February 12 @ 6-11 pm Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry presents My Funny Valentine @ Parlor Live, 700 Bellevue Way, Suite 300, Bellevue (3rd floor of Lincoln Square). 1st show @ 6:30 pm (seating 6 pm). 2nd show @ 9:30 pm (seating 9 pm). Tickets $20 barstool, $25 table, $35 VIP table/booth. 21+ only.

Sunday, February 12 @ 7-9 pm Adagio: The Music of Arvo Part @ On the Boards, 100 W Roy. Lie back and let the minimalism do stuff to you. Played on piano, violin, cello: Fratres, Fur Alina, Spiegel im Spiegel, Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka, Mozart-Adagio. This is in the spoken word calendar because I aspire to write like Part composes. Someday. Sometimes. Tickets $20.

Sunday, February 12 @ 7-11 pm Thick As Thieves release party featuring Lady Krishna @ Brainfreeze, 1315 1st Ave. Full-length issue featuring Seattle comics artists. Drinks, art, and the music of Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge. Free.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (2ND MONDAY)

Monday, February 13 @ 7 pm Charles R Wolfe, author of Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Monday, February 13 @ 7-9 pm Easy Speak featuring Matt Trease + OPEN MIC @ Wedgwood Ale, 8515 35th NE (come round N side to pool hall). Signup 7-7:30 pm, OPEN MIC 8 pm, feature 8:40-8:50 pm. 2nd & 4th Mondays.

Monday, February 13 @ 7:30-9:30 pm Ask the Oracle featuring oracles Claudia Rowe, Randy Sue Coburn, and JM Miller @ Hotel Sorrento Fireside, 900 Madison. Write your burning questions and seek answers in litra-chur. Also, drink in elegant surroundings.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (2ND TUESDAY)

Tuesday, February 14 @ 6:30-9:30 pm RASP Poetry & Prose Circle @ Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th, Redmond. Bring your poem or story to share, then get  ideas for improvement. Take away a new perspective on your creative work.

Tuesday, February 14 @ 7-10:30 pm Love and Heartbreak Slam featuring Taylor Bereiter @ 1114 Howell. Competing poets performg pieces on the topic of love & heartbreak. Three rounds, no props, costumes, musical accompaniment. Prepare three 3-minute poems. 1st place winner gets $20. $5 admission. 21+ ID required.

Tuesday, February 14 @ 8-10:30 pm Round 141 featuring Pepper Proud, Gabriel Wolfchild, Tyler Edwards @ Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N. Musicians Pepper Proud, Gabriel Wolfchild, Tyler Edwards, + spoken word poet, live painter Abe Poultridge + interactive live painter Sara Snedeker (Wild Flower Murals). Tickets $10 advance, $15 day of show. $30 reserved table for 2, $60 reserved table for 4. 7 pm doors, 8 pm show. All ages, bar with ID.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (3RD WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, February 15 @ 10-11 am Gallery talk: Royal Alley-Barnes on Jacob Lawrence @ Jacob Lawrence Gallery, 1915 NE Chelan Ln on UW Campus. Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT, was Jacob Lawrence’s first graduate student & instrumental in bringing Lawrence to the University of Washington in 1970. Alley-Barnes is executive director emerita of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 6:30-8 pm Panel: The Evolution of Curation @ Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave. Once the fairly exclusive realm of scholars + art historians focused on relationships of + to art objects, the word “curate” has permeated popular culture + is today informed by artists, dealers, + other professionals participating in this practice. Panelists include Sharon Arnold, Bridge Productions; Nina Bozicnik, Henry Art Gallery; Vicki Halper, independent curator. Moderated by Negarra A. Kudumu, Manager of Public Programs at Frye Art Museum. Tickets: $10 general, $5 PCNW members.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7 pm David Osborne, author of The Coming, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. “Osborne uses fiction in the form of the vast novel to tell the story of Daytime Smoke, Nez Perce son of 19th century explorer William Clark.”

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7-9 pm WordsWest 23 features Sierra Nelson & Ann Teplick @ C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW. Favorite poem by Susan Rich. This special February edition of WordsWest includes a writing workshop where participants at every level might try a hand at creating a nontraditional love poem. 3rd Wednesdays.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7-10 pm 8th annual Galileo Dialogues featuring a reading of Celebrating Women in Science @ Seattle University Student Center, 1100 E James Way. Infinity Box Theatre Project, Seattle U Physics Department, & Association for Women in Science present reception & networking 7 pm, reading & discussion of Celebrating Women in Science: Things You Don’t Know about Several Centuries of Women In Science, by Catherine Kettrick.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam + features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7:30-9 pm Hinge: A Conversation with the Parents of Trayvon Martin @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. A conversation with Sybrina Fulton + Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin. Tickets include option to purchase discounted copy of their new book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. Advance tickets sold out, but you can always ask for unused tickets online.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (3RD THURSDAY)

Thursday, February 16 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 16 @ 6-11 pm Hip Hop benefit for Standing Rock featuring Tall Paul (Leach Lake Ojibwe) & Komplex Kai (Tulalip) @ 55 Bell St. Opens with traditional storyteller Roger Fernandes + guest speakers Matt Remle, Elizabeth Sweetly + 2 drumming families. 1 hour OPEN MIC. All ages. Drug + alcohol free.

Thursday, February 16 @ 6:30-9:30 pm Subdrift OPEN MIC: exploring love/hate @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Bring improv, comedy, music, performance art, dance, spoken word, hip hop, whatever you can think of around theme of love/hate. Questions? Interested in performing? Sign up at subdrift.com or email subdriftsea@gmail.com. Tickets $10.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7 pm Immigrants Wanted—Mideast Poets @ SoulFood Coffee House, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond. Featuring poets from Mideast: Mitra Lotfi Shemirani (reading in Farsi & English), Faiza Sultan (Arabic & English), Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (Arabic & English). Also everyone-welcome OPEN MIC.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-9 pm Along the blue @ The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave N. “It’s about navigating through the world while figuring out more about yourself and your queerness, after a long-term relationship ends.” WIP shows are pay what you will but RSVP by 4 pm day of show.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-9:30 pm Deport THIS: a comedy show for immigrant rights @ Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave. Comedy show comprising exclusively comedians who are 1st generation Americans or immigrants themselves. Comedians include: Arijana Ramic, Aisha Farhoud, Ellen Go Acuario, Abraham Tadesse + headliner Dewa Dorje + host Clara Pluton. 7 pm doors, 8 pm show. Tickets $7, portion of proceeds + proceeds of zine/baked goods sale to NW Immigrant Rights.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-9:45 pm Voices Raised—Some Things Gotta Be Said Concert #2 @ Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. An evening of songs about our life & times. Activism songs about the state of our country. Ssongs celebrating our nation’s diversity. This is going to be a political night with heartfelt expressions of both concern & community. David Guilbault, Tai Shan, Jeremy Serwer, Audrey Goodman, Peter Spencer, Claire Michelle.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-9 pm Tides Zine issue #1: Fire launch @ Beats and Bohos, 7200 Greenwood Ave N. 7 pm doors & zine intro, 7:30-8:15 pm group discussion, 8:15-9 pm mingle. “Wine provided.” Free, all ages.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-10 pm Sweet T: The Physical Album @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Created by Dani Tirrell & Jhon Stronks. A discovery, a ceremony in how we live & protest in/with our queer bodies. Through dance, song, & spoken text Dani & Jhon explore Race, Gender, & Queer Performance Practice/ Protest. Tickets $15 general, $12 student/senior, $20 sponsor.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:30 pm A sound/film editor, a software engineer/architect, and a science writer walk into Town Hall to discuss astrophysics—and hilarity ensues @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. These guys discuss Walter Murch’s (the editor) staunch defense of gravitational astro-acoustics. Deeply deeply sexy for physics geeks. See you there.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (3RD FRIDAY)

Friday, February 17 ALL DAY National General Strike

Friday, February 17 @ 11 am – 3 pm Solidarity Demonstration to resist undermining collective bargaining for education workers @ Volunteer Park Ampitheater, 1400 E Prospect.

Friday, February 17 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

Friday, February 17 @ 7 pm Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation, reads @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Friday, February 17 @ 7-10 pm Sweet T: The Physical Album @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Created by Dani Tirrell & Jhon Stronks. A discovery, a ceremony in how we live & protest in/with our queer bodies. Through dance, song, & spoken text Dani & Jhon explore Race, Gender, & Queer Performance Practice/ Protest. Tickets $15 general, $12 student/senior, $20 sponsor.

Friday, February 17 @ 7:30-9 pm Live taping with Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter of A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment podcast @ Town Hall Seattle Great Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $20 general, $60 patron, $80 grand patron.

Friday, February 17 @ 7:30-10 pm Angela Flournoy, Phillip B. Williams, Megan Kruse, and Crater perform work on the theme of Exile @ Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave E. Tickets $25 general. $20 HH member, $10 student.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 (3RD SATURDAY)

Saturday, February 18 @ 10-11:30 am Marian Ghani speaks on What We Left Unfinished: Afghan Filmmakers and the Afghan Left @ Seattle U Student Center 160, 901 12th Ave. Individual tickets at door only $10 general, $5 SAM members.

Saturday, February 18 @ 2-3:30 pm Elissa Washuta discusses her Fremont Bridge residency @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave. Washuta presents part of the work she made & discusses her residency project with Anca Szilagyi.

Saturday, February 18 @ 3:30-5 pm Sessions of She showcasing art by Blanca Santander, comedy by Hope Linden, and music by Coreena @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Free, donations appreciated.

Saturday, February 18 @ 4:30-8 pm Workshop & reading with Matthew Brouwer + OPEN MIC @ BookTree, 609 Market St, Kirkland. 4:30-6 pm Free workshop. 6:15-8 pm Free reading + OPEN MIC. 3rd Saturdays.

Saturday, February 18 @ 7-10 pm Sweet T: The Physical Album @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Created by Dani Tirrell & Jhon Stronks. A discovery, a ceremony in how we live & protest in/with our queer bodies. Through dance, song, & spoken text Dani & Jhon explore Race, Gender, & Queer Performance Practice/ Protest. Tickets $15 general, $12 student/senior, $20 sponsor.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (3RD SUNDAY)

Sunday, February 19 @ 11 am – 5 pm Exterminator City 7: underground comix market @ Push/Pull, 5854 Shilshole Ave NW. Featured artists include: Adam Lynn, Laura Knetzger, Mark Falkey, Kieran Lampert, J.B. Fletcher, Savannah Horrocks, Eli Tripoli, Mike Mcghee, Kalen Knowles, Mike Monroe, Brandon Lehmann, Lisa Jaech, Crystal Rollins/Wayward Studios, Bjorn Miner, Neil Devlin, Katie Berntson.

Sunday, February 19 @ 12:30-1:30 pm Deep Listening: Masaru Higasa @ James Turrell Skyspace in Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus. Multi-instrumentalist Mas Higasa has a grounded, focused presence that is clearly reflected in his music. He is the creative force behind the music and movement projects, Yaima, Aja and Utooto.

Sunday, February 19 @ 7 pm Do Tell, a comedic storytelling show @ Laughs Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE. 6 pm doors, 7 pm show. Tickets $10. 3rd Sundays.

Sunday, February 19 @ 7-10 pm Sweet T: The Physical Album @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Created by Dani Tirrell & Jhon Stronks. A discovery, a ceremony in how we live & protest in/with our queer bodies. Through dance, song, & spoken text Dani & Jhon explore Race, Gender, & Queer Performance Practice/ Protest. Tickets $15 general, $12 student/senior, $20 sponsor.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (3RD MONDAY)

Monday, February 20 @ 6:30 pm signups, 7-10 pm show Works in Progress OPEN MIC @ Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St. PRO TIP: Get your name in the jar well before 6:30 if you want to read for sure. 1st and 3rd Mondays.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 (3RD TUESDAY)

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7-8 pm Trans Writers Meet Up @ Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 517 E Pike. Provides space for Trans, genderqueer, nonbinary & otherwise genderweird folks who want to get together & do some prompted/ free writing & chat about culture & literature. First 30 minutes—introductions, discuss books, media, current events. Final 30 minutes—writing, prompts provided.

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7-9 pm Tim Dorsey reads from his new novel, Clownfish Blues @ Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE. Has anybody else noticed that Third Place tends to move into spaces that the Puget Consumers Co-op vacates? No? Anyway, the book is supposed to be funny, so what’s not to like.

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7-10 pm Chain Letter Vol 1 features Amber Nelson, Evalynne McLaughlin, Jeremy Springsteed, Tarsier Eyes + OPEN MIC @ Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave. “A new performance series in which the performers become the curators.” Don’t know how that works but can’t wait to find out! Meredith Myre is the host, which means something interesting is sure to happen.

Tuesday, February 21 @ 8-10 pm The Comedy Nest features Monisa Brown @ The Grotto at The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. With producer Dewa Dorje, host Mitch Mitchell, and special guest Ade Ajayi.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (4TH WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, February 22 @ 3-6 pm Learn to Purposefully Edit Wikipedia (Part I) @ ARC Overlook, UW Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell. Equips you with the critical tools you need to log on with purpose and make edits that make a difference. Bring your laptops, power cords, coffee mugs.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam + features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7-9 pm Melissa Michelson, author of Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. “Examines the ways in which political opinions about LGBT rights have changed. Why, for example, have people’s minds changed so dramatically on the issue of marriage equality, and why so quickly?” If I go, I will raise my hand and say: QUICKLY? Ha ha ha ha ha.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7-10 pm Two Hour Transport science fiction and fantasy features + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE. Signup 7 pm, OPEN MIC 7:30-8:30 pm, features 8:45-9:45 pm.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (4TH THURSDAY)

Thursday, February 23 @ 3-6 pm Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (Part II) @ Common Grounds, UW Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell. Group editing session. (New editors encouraged to attend the Learn to Purposefully Edit session on Feb. 22.) Add or edit pages to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Black history and culture. Bring your laptops, power cords, books/articles.

Thursday, February 23 @ 6-8 pm Bad Blood? A conversation about the FDA ban on gay blood @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Featuring activists Phil Bereano and Christopher Peguero plus Dr. Aubuchon of Bloodworks Northwest. This is a topic that gets me so angry I literally cannot speak. But I wonder how many people actually care in this “post-AIDS” world?

Thursday, February 23 @ 6-9 pm Faggots in the Stacks discusses Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS @ Capitol Hill Library, 425 Harvard Ave E.

Thursday, February 23 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 23 @ 7-9 pm Emily Fridlund, author of the novel History of Wolves, reads @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Thursday, February 23 @ 7-9 pm Post-Valentine’s Day OPEN MIC @ 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE. To perform, email poettothepeople@gmail.com with your name (+ how to pronounce it) & the title of your piece(s). We also have a sign-up sheet at the venue. Suggested donation $5; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Thursday, February 23 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (4TH FRIDAY)

Friday, February 24 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

Friday, February 24 @ 7 pm RASP reading featuring Danielle K.L. Gregoire + OPEN MIC @ VALA Eastside, 7525 166th Ave NE, Redmond Town Center. Come early to sign up for OPEN MIC.

Friday, February 24 @ 7-9 pm Book release party for It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop @ Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave. Readings by Robert Lashley, Quenton Baker, Brian McGuigan, & more. On the turntables: WD4D.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (4TH SATURDAY)

Saturday, February 25 @ 7-9 pm Launch of Chelsea Werner-Jatzke’s Adventures in Property Management @ Hugo House, 1021 Columbia. Also featuring fiction writer John  Englehardt, poet Lauren Ireland, and multimedia artist & writer Leena Joshi.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 (4TH SUNDAY) NEW MOON

Sunday, February 26 @ 3 pm Zarqa Nawaz, author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Sunday, February 26 @ 4-5 pm Launch of Thalia Field’s historical novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction @ Hugo House, 1021 Columbia. A history of lab science and animal rights and the story of a disastrous marriage. Read by Hugo House fellows Beryl Clark and Gabrielle Bates along with their own original work.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (4TH MONDAY)

Monday, February 27 @ 7 pm Bill Hayes, author of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. What you might not know is that the Oliver in the tile is the late Oliver Sacks. The two men fell in love toward the end of Sacks’ life.

Monday, February 27 @ 7-9 pm Easy Speak featuring Peter Ludwin + OPEN MIC @ Wedgwood Ale, 8515 35th NE (come round N side to pool hall). Signup 7-7:30 pm, OPEN MIC 8 pm, feature 8:40-8:50 pm. 2nd & 4th Mondays.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 (4TH TUESDAY)

Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:30 pm George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, speaks @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $35 (1 seat, 1 copy of Lincoln), $40 (2 seats, 1 copy of Lincoln).

 

SEATTLE SPOKEN WORD CALENDAR January 2017

UPDATED 1/27/2017

JANUARY 2017

 

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 (4TH THURSDAY)

Thursday, January 26 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, January 26 @ 7 pm James Hamblin, author of If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. Hamblin, an Atlantic Monthly senior editor/writer, is also host of the popular If Our Bodies Could Talk video series.

Thursday, January 26 @ 7 pm In the Cold poetry reading & film screening @ City Hall Plaza, 600 4th Ave. A reading on the eve of the annual survey to document homelessness. Claudia Castro Luna, Angel Gardner, & writers from Recovery Cafe + Mary’s Place. Screening Michelle de la Vega’s film US THEM WE. If you make it to one reading this week, choose this one.

Thursday, January 26 @ 7-9 pm Obscura Society presents the Urban Death Project @ Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N. About the Urban Death Project’s Recomposition Center and how to plan for your own death. Katrina Spade, the mastermind behind the Urban Death Project, & Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, faculty member at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health + facilitator at Bastyr’s Death & Cupcakes events. Tickets $20 general.

Thursday, January 26 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

Thursday, January 26 @ 7:30 pm Prabhjot Singh, author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, talks about rebuilding health care from the neighborhood up @ Town Hall Seattle Downstairs, 1119 8th Ave (at Seneca). Tickets $5 advance via Town Hall or at door starting 6:30 pm.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 (4TH FRIDAY) NEW MOON

Friday, January 27 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

Friday, January 27 @ 6-9:30 pm Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #3 @ Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. Decides the top 5 poets to rep Seattle at Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This year, winners travel to San Francisco. Must be 13-19 years old as of July 2017 to compete. Bring 3 poems, each no longer than 3:40. Tickets $5 youth, $10 adult, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, January 27 @ 7 pm Hayan Charara and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha read @ Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N 45th

Friday, January 27 @ 7 pm Claudia Rowe, author of The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. Rowe spends 18 years investigating a serial killer, including interviews with police and with prostitutes who experienced his alarming behavior.

Friday, January 27 @ 7:30-9:45 pm That Was the Year That Was Cabaret @ Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Performers include Jeffrey Robert, Matt Price, Beka Barry, Joe Vinikow, Linny Simkin, Kate Smith & Victoria Millard, & Theo Dzielak.

Friday, January 27 @ 9-11 pm American Angels: Baptism of Blood @ Grand Illusion Cinema, 1403 NE 50th. “This slab of analog glory will rock your world: the perfect combination of B-movie acting and out-of-sight professional wrestling!” I’m SO in.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 (4TH SATURDAY)

Saturday, January 28 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (6 Saturdays) Comedy Writing through Improvisation with Joe Guppy @ Unexpected Productions Improv School, 650 S Orcas. Course fee $225.

Saturday, January 28 @ 8-9:30 pm Storytelling night @ Left Bank Books, 92 Pike St. Local weirdos read speculative fiction. Weirdos include: Cowgirl Bloodshed, kestrel cub, ~magpie~, Elly Bangs.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 (5TH SUNDAY)

Sunday, January 29 @ 2-4 pm Seattle Writes: Residencies Revealed @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave. Come and learn about all the wonderful programs you can get rejected by repeatedly! (Bitter, me? Why, yes I am.)

Sunday, January 29 @ 6-9 pm CaBAL (Creative Babes in Arts League) meeting @ Push/Pull, 5484 Shilshole Ave NW. Maxx spends the first 15-20 minutes talking about social media & how to use it for good and not lose your mind, ie, scheduling posts, filtering friends, creating effective content. Then you have time to network, draw, paint, scribble, chat, & plan. CaBAL is open to female + nonbinary folx in arts & creative fields. Last Sundays.

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (5TH MONDAY)

Monday, January 30 @ 6-8:30 pm The Great Work Begins @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts, 104 17th Ave S (& Yesler). A chance for artists to share hopes & fears for the next 4 years through group discussion & collective art-making. Committed to racial & social equity with a focus on diversity, inclusivity, & acceptance for people of all orientations & identities. Not a panel or lecture. Sponsored by KUOW in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture. RSVP. Come prepared with your answers: (1) What is your biggest fear? (2) What is your greatest hope?(3) Where do we go from here? (4) How might your work reflect these questions?

Monday, January 30 @ 7 pm Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. “Reading itself is Will Schwalbe’s great topic.”

Monday, January 30 @ 7-10 pm Poetry Laboratory featuring Nikki Agee + OPEN MIC @ Black Lab Gallery, 1618 Hewitt Ave, Everett. Feature + OPEN MIC for poets & other performing artists. Every Monday. “A safe haven to express your written words.”

Monday, January 30 @ 7:30 pm Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup, speaks @ Town Hall Seattle Downstairs, 1119 8th Ave (at Seneca). With insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the feminist movement. Tickets $5 advance via Town Hall or at door starting 6:30 pm.

Monday, January 30 @ 7:45 doors/sign-up, 8-10 pm show Bellingham Poetrynight features + OPEN MIC @ Bellingham Public Library (back fountain entry), 210 Central Ave, Bham. Doors + sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8 pm sharp. Free, but they do pass the hat for donations. Every Monday.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 (5TH TUESDAY)

Tuesday, January 31 @ 7-8:30 pm Pacifica Issue 9 release party @ Capitol Cider, 818 E Pike. Featuring the lyrical stylings of Bill Carty, JM Miller, Diana Xin, Tele Aadsen, & Gabrielle Bates.

Tuesday, January 31 @ 7-8:30 pm SFWA reading by Randy Henderson, Curtis Chen, Fonda Lee @ Wilde Rover Irish Pub, 111 Central Way Kirkland.

Tuesday, January 31 @ 7-9 pm What do we do now, part 2: Creating new narratives @ Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave. Looks at how to create progressive narratives that become everyday common sense. An activity well suited to artists, writers, & performers is messaging. A whole lot of political power comes with whoever controls the messages. It comes from narratives that are so effective that they come to be taken for common sense. They become the dominant story.

Tuesday, January 31 @ 7:30 pm Ayelet Waldman, author of A Really Good Day, talks about LSD microdosing @ Town Hall Seattle Downstairs, 1119 8th Ave (at Seneca). In which we turn a mind opening experience into a productivity enhancement routine. It may treat depression in some but it causes depression in me. Tickets $5 advance via Town Hall or at door starting 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, January 31 @ 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show Comedy Nest features + OPEN MIC @ Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Host Aisha Farhoud. Sign up by Sunday noon, email comedynestseattle@gmail.com. Tickets $5, or FREE for comics. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 31 @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Seattle Poetry Slam features + OPEN MIC + Slam @ Rebar, 1114 Howell St. Doors 8 pm, OPEN MIC 8:30 pm, slam 9 pm. Every Tuesday.

FEBRUARY 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (1ST WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam + features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7-8:30 pm Reading through it: a post-election book club @ Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. In February we read Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. All welcome, no purchase required. 1st Wednesdays.

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7-8:30 pm Contagious Exchanges: artists with host/curator Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore @ Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St. 1st Wednesdays.

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:30-9 pm Helen Macdonald reads for Literary Arts Series @ Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. Tickets $10 student/ under 18, $20 balcony, $35 general, $45 founder’s tier.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (1ST THURSDAY)

Thursday, February 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism @ 2100 24th Ave S. Collaborative workshop for individuals & organizations. Facilitators guide you to: explore the narratives behind your institution’s organizational chart; practice deep listening, especially with regards to the language of power & privilege; role-play for navigating difficult conversations and the anatomy of making amends. Tickets $150 for early registration for April 20. (February event is full.)

Thursday, February 2 @ 6-8 pm From the Convergence Zone with activist poets Dawn Lundy & Layli Long @ UW Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell. Poetry reading & conversation.

Thursday, February 2 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 2 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 (1ST FRIDAY)

Friday, February 3 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

Friday, February 3 @ 6-8 pm Timestamps: Leland Chazen’s Chapbook Release + Benefit Show @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Including Tara Hardy, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm, Chan Barazza Benicki, Brooke Shoostine. Tickets $5-$10 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Fundraiser for Leland’s lyme disease treatment.

Friday, February 3 @ 7-9 pm Activist Poetics @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave. Speakers: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Kai M Green, Fabian Romero, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Layli Long.

Friday, February 3 @ 7-10 pm Freshest Roots Expresso OPEN MIC @ Langston Hughes, 104 17th Ave S. Share your writing, poetry, art, comedy, music, and love. If you don’t have anything to share, come anyway! Support your local talent and have some fun! Info keeptherootsalive@freshestroots.com. 1st Fridays.

Friday, February 3 @ 8-11 pm Through the Eyes of Art, a look at art + building a strong black economy @ Museum of Pop Culture, MoPOP (was EMP Museum) (when the hell did that happen?), 325 5th Ave N. Featuring a speech by CNN correspondent, Seattle native Angela Rye, live performances from Owuor Arunga & Josephine Howell, + special reunion show by Seattle hip-hop group Ghetto Chilldren. Tickets $15 general, $12 MoPOP members.

Friday, February 3 @ 11 pm Spin the Bottle @ Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike, 2nd floor (unfortunately not accessible). Late-night variety! A curated mix of theatre, music, film, burlesque, dance, spoken word, and many other treasures. Curated by Catherine Blake Smith. Ends with a raunchy reading of scintillating smut. Tickets $10 general, $5 student. 1st Fridays.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 (1ST SATURDAY)

Saturday, February 4 @ 4-7 pm Black Artists Lead: Creative Education for Liberation & Survival @ Langston Hughes Institute, 104 17th Ave S. Black teaching artists come together to demonstrate the role arts & creativity have in promoting healing, building community, & fighting injustice. Free registration.

Saturday, February 4 @ 7-8 pm The Mom Show! @ Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave N. Storytelling by Kara O’Connor (host), Molly Tellers, Wood Shticks, Brittany Tipton, Missy Lacy, and Sara Porkalob. Tickets $10.

Saturday, February 4 @ 7-10 pm Studio Current Fundraiser/ Celebration @ Studio Current, 1100 # Pike (next to Vermillion, downtstairs from Annex Theatre). Ring in the future of the space with your words, score exchanges, & more. Celebrate founding artist wrangler Vanessa DeWolf + welcome new artistic director kt shores + managing artist directors Corina Dalzell, Laura Aschoff, Markeith Wiley, Will Courtney, & Syniva Whitney.

Saturday, February 4 @ 7-10 pm Meet the authors: Odes for You @ Gay City, 517 E Pike. Two-woman performance by traveling poets Shira Erlichman & Angel Nafis. Tickets $15 general, $12 student/ senior, $20 sponsor.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 (1ST SUNDAY)

Sunday, February 5 @ 1-3 pm Free Queer Self-Defense Workshop @ Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, 525 21st Ave. Learn basic self-defense skills to keep you and your community safe. Hands-on, will be working on pads & on bodies. Wear comfortable clothing. All genders welcome.

Sunday, February 5 @ 1:30-3:30 pm Writers Read Out @ Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE. 15 writers read 5 minutes each of their unpublished work. Funny, feisty, fantastic, historic, erotic, mysterious, poetic, genre-bending, device-wielding, shape-shifting, mind-blowing, but no drama over the time limit—5 means 5. Age 18+. Reserve a slot WritingPractice.com/events. Contact PenPal@WritingPractice.com. Free. 1st Sundays.

Sunday, February 5 @ 4:30-8:30 pm YouthSpeaks OPEN MIC + Writing Circle @ The Station, 2533 16th Ave S. Schedule: 4:30-6 pm writing circle; 6 pm OPEN MIC signup; 6:30-8:30 pm OPEN MIC. Free, all ages. Last OPEN MIC at this location. 1st Sundays.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 (1ST MONDAY)

Monday, February 6 @ 6:30-9:30 pm Margin Shift presents erica lewis, Steven Karl, Amber Nelson, and Jamaica Baldwin @ Common AREA Maintenance, 2125 2nd Ave.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (1ST TUESDAY)

Tuesday, February 7 @ 7-10 pm Ogopogo features Tessa Hulls, Sonya Vatomsky, DJAO + OPEN MIC @ Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave. Besides the delicious features, which you should come, did you hear what else I said? I said OPEN MIC. How weird is that? That’s up to you.

Tuesday, February 7 @ 7:30-9 pm Ross Gay reads for Poetry Series @ McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer. Tickets $5 student/under 18, $15 general, $50 patron.

Tuesday, February 7 @ 8-10 pm Salon of Shame #72 @ Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer. To hear embarrassingly awful writing, you pay $18.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (2ND WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7 pm Beacon Bards features 4 writers, post-reading conversation, and NO OPEN MIC @ Third Place Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S. No cover. Info Billie Swift bswift@gmail.com. 2nd Wednesdays.

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam + features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7-8 pm Fist & Shout, QTPOC centered comedy/variety @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Co-hosted and co-produced by Marita DeLeon & Elicia “El” Sanchez. Tickets $8 advance, $10 day of show. 2nd Wednesdays.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (2ND THURSDAY)

Thursday, February 9 @ 6-7:45 pm It’s About Time Reading #000 features  + The Writer’s Craft + OPEN MIC @ Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW. Emcee Katie Tynan. 3 minute open mic slots. 2nd Thursday.

Thursday, February 9 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 9 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (2ND FRIDAY) FULL MOON

Friday, February 10 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

Friday, February 10 @ 7-7:30 pm FULL MOON HOWL @ Madrona Beach, 853 Lake Washington Blvd S— in the parking lot just south of the bathhouse. I invite my pack to join me in a good howl. Bring drums and instruments if that pleases you. Sing if you need to. Shout the words and the names that need to be shouted. By all means, bring dogs and children and anyone else that needs to howl. I think we’ll howl together for no more than 15-30 minutes. We’ll howl as long as we need to. Monthly @ full moon. Free.

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (2ND MONDAY)

Monday, February 13 @ 7-9 pm Easy Speak featuring Matt Trease + OPEN MIC @ Wedgwood Ale, 8515 35th NE (come round N side to pool hall). Signup 7-7:30 pm, OPEN MIC 8 pm, feature 8:40-8:50 pm. 2nd & 4th Mondays.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (3RD WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam + features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (3RD THURSDAY)

Thursday, February 16 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (3RD FRIDAY)

Friday, February 17 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 (3RD SATURDAY)

Saturday, February 18 @ 4:30-8 pm Workshop & reading with Matthew Brouwer + OPEN MIC @ BookTree, 609 Market St, Kirkland. 4:30-6 pm Free workshop. 6:15-8 pm Free reading + OPEN MIC. 3rd Saturdays.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (3RD SUNDAY)

Sunday, February 19 @ 7 pm Do Tell, a comedic storytelling show @ Laughs Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE. 6 pm doors, 7 pm show. Tickets $10. 3rd Sundays.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (4TH WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam + features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7-10 pm Two Hour Transport science fiction and fantasy features + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE. Signup 7 pm, OPEN MIC 7:30-8:30 pm, features 8:45-9:45 pm.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (4TH THURSDAY)

Thursday, February 23 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. 1st & 3rd Thursdays slam; signups 6 pm for slam & open mic. $0-$5 cover for feature. Every Thursday.

Thursday, February 23 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (4TH FRIDAY)

Friday, February 24 @ 1-3 pm Timed writing @ 14 Carrot Café, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. We write for 45 minutes in two formats. Both have start lines. The first is “Today I am writing about.” That table/group writes straight through in one 45-minute session. The second format is random start lines generated by members of the table. This group works with 4 individual start lines. Each start line kicks off a timed session: 5, 10, 15, 5 minutes. Stopping + reading the new lines eats up a few minutes. Every Friday.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (4TH MONDAY)

Monday, February 27 @ 7-9 pm Easy Speak featuring Peter Ludwin + OPEN MIC @ Wedgwood Ale, 8515 35th NE (come round N side to pool hall). Signup 7-7:30 pm, OPEN MIC 8 pm, feature 8:40-8:50 pm. 2nd & 4th Mondays.