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Passages on the Lake

Wed., April 29, 7:45-9:30 p.m.
A sophisticated spoken word showcase featuring talented storytellers, writers, and musicians from the Bay Area. Free
Terrace Room at Lake Merritt Hotel 1800 Madison St., Oakland (map)


Friday Night Launch

, , Fridays, 7 p.m.

Every Friday, the Launching Pad (2649 Russell St., Berkeley) hosts the Friday Night Launch, featuring spiritually focused spoken word, discussions, and music for young adults. The events start at 7 p.m. and are free, although donations are accepted; there's a group vegetarian dinner available at 6 p.m., too. 510-859-3150 or

Launching Pad 2649 Russell St., Berkeley (map)


Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Reading

, First Saturday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
Strawberry Creek Lodge 1320 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

Youth Open Mic

Every third Sunday, 4-7 p.m.
BandWorks and the Starry Plough offer regular youth open mics each month.
Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)


Pass The Mic Tuesdays

, , Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Oakland's Queer Open Mic with Hosts Kin Folkz and Blackberri. Bring your thoughts, words, short films, music and more - signups begin at 6pm - sharing begins at 6:30pm. Free
Perch 440 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)


The Berkeley Slam

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
With spoken word and an improvisational band or DJ. Hosted by Betsy Gomez, Dre, Jamie DeWolf, Sevan, and Katelyn Lucas. Cash prizes each week. $7
Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)


Holla Back and Speakeasy $5 Thursdays

, , , , Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Open mic poetry, followed at 10:30 p.m. by dancing, poetry, rap, food, live DJs, and more. donations accepted
EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Blvd., Oakland (map)


Thursday at Word Beat

Thursdays, 8 p.m.
She draws, paints, races bikes, and does gymnastics on horseback. Multitasker Carole Dwinell reads her poetry at the Mediterranean Cafe with Daniel Johnson, who owes his awakening to the Beats. An open mic follows, hosted by David Gollub, Debra Grace Khattab, and Jeremy Morris Siegel. free
Mediterranean Cafe 2475 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley (map)


Vagrant Poetics

First Friday of every month, 8 p.m.
Open mic poetry readings. free
Good Bellies Cafe 4659 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)


Second Saturday Prose & Poetry Reading

Second Saturday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
Poetry reading and open mic.
Frank Bette Center 1601 Paru St., Alameda (map)


The Shout

Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.

From a man whose family ended up in the Federal Witness Protection Program to a woman who once had a job caring for a fortune-telling chicken in Guinea Bissau to someone's unforgettable encounter with a bee on a golf course, the stories told at The Shout are the stuff of fiction, but drawn from real life. Much like The Moth StorySLAM events, The Shout is crowdsourced storytelling: Stories have few guidelines besides being true, less than ten minutes long, and worth the time it takes to tell the tale. Featured storytellers are selected beforehand, but audience members can put their names in a hat in hopes of sharing their own six-minute yarns. Join hosts Rami Margron and Cassidy Brown at Grand Lake Coffee House (440 Grand Ave., Oakland) on the second Monday of every month for some riveting tidbits of real life. 7:30-9:30 p.m., $5-20.

$5-20 sliding scale
Perch 440 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)


Second Tuesdays Poetry Night

Second Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
Poetry readings by local poets, followed by an open mic. free
Albany Library 1247 Marin Ave., Albany (map)


Youth Speaks Open Mic

, Second Friday of every month, 7 p.m.
Youth Speaks presents a monthly under-21 open mic hosted by Meilani Clay and Katy Turchin and featuring dancing to DJ Dion Decibels. free
Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)


Art Beat Bazaar

, , Third Sunday of every month, 3-7 p.m.
A monthly showcase of music, spoken word, and a local pop-up indie-mart. free
Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (map)


The Golden State Poetry Slam and Open Mic

First and Third Sunday of every month, 6:30-10 p.m.

Twice a month you can earn points to qualify for the 2012 slam team at the Golden State Poetry Slam and Open Mic, hosted by three-time Grand Slam winner Sean "Ner City" Gullatt and Earring Diva D'Dra White. DJ Harvey Kent provides the tunes. Every first and third Sunday at Grand Lake Coffee House (440 Grand Ave., Oakland). 6:30-10 p.m. $5-$7. 662-589-8577 or

Perch 440 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)


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