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Poetry and Performance News from San Diego October/November 2010

By Michael Klam

Poetry & Art Series: 3 for $300 Poetry & Art Slam at Museum of the Living Artist Quarterly Event Featuring DJ Gill S.O.T.U

P&A for almost 10 years now is a movable feast with many a sweet moment and a few excellent shenanigans. Come say hello, share, hang out, fill your eyes and ears.

WHAT: Poetry & Art 3 for $300 Slam
DATE: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
TIME: 6:30-9:30 p.m.; slam signups at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Museum of the Living Artist
                     1439 El Prado, Balboa Park
COST: $5, members free, wine and snacks

Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. is the next Poetry & Art Three for $300 Slam in the Museum of the Living Artist featuring San Diego poet, host and DJ, Gill S.O.T.U. He will read before and between bouts of the slam, and provide music throughout.

Gill S.O.T.U Host for Train Of Thought, successful weekly open Mic at Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center in North Park, San Diego. Facilitated poetry workshops in San Diego’s juvenile county lock-up for over 2 years. Host for ACLU’s Freedom of Expression Showcase. Creative Director for The Marquee. DJ for Elevated, San Diego’s largest spoken word venue. Resident DJ at Balboa Park’s Museum of the Living Artist.

3 for $300 Slam (http://sandiego-art.org/), a poetry/prose/visual art combination slam for writers, artists and performers, is a poetry/prose competition with a slight twist: Performers who bring and show visual art connected in some way to their poetry/prose will earn extra points. Performers may also use (and are encouraged to use) artwork hanging in the museum's current exhibit. Simply pick a painting, and it will be displayed front and center for the audience while you read. Each written piece performed or read must be under three minutes and ten seconds. Winners take home $150 (1st Place), $100 (2nd Place) and $50 (3rd Place).

(What is Poetry Slam? Here is the official word from Poetry Slam, Inc.: “A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance.”)

The Poetry & Art Series (established in the summer of 2001) in the Museum of the Living Artist is itself both a unique show and a unique venue. Poets and audiences gather amongst the paintings to witness a live collaboration between writers and visual artists. The San Diego Art Institute’s quarterly museum series, gives regional artists an opportunity to express themselves in a variety of forms and styles. Audiences hear poetry and prose in dialogue with painting, photography, sculpture, music and dance. Any featured guests serve not only as entertainment but also as inspiration for developing artists. The free speech event reveals the diversity and importance of the region’s artists.

Poetry & Art takes place in the 10,000-square-foot San Diego Art Institute at Balboa Park and includes music and snacks. The event is open to the public and audience members can participate or simply enjoy the show. Cost is $5. Open mic signups start at 6:30 p.m., and the event runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

As always, our resident Poetry & Art DJ (and this show’s feature, too!), Gill S.O.T.U., will provide R&B, funk, soul, and there is a new art exhibit on display at every show.

So bring poems and paintings on Wednesday, October 13, and step up to the mic. Or simply come to enjoy the performances. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Klam at (619) 957-3264 or call the museum directly, Kerstin Robers at (619) 236-0011. E-mail: mkklam@gmail.com. Visit: www.punapress.com and sandiego-art.org/.

For more information, contact Michael Klam, (619) 957-3264 cell, (619) 236-0011 office or mkklam@gmail.com.

General Information
The San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist features a new exhibition of works by talented Southern California regional artists every four to six weeks in this specially designed 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art gallery space. The San Diego Art Institute is dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts through outreach, education and exhibition. The institute’s mission is to maintain a center for emerging artists and the visual arts in San Diego.

Poetry at SDMA! The Summer Salon Series

Carrie Minikel, Brian Dick and Michael Klam take over the San Diego Museum of Art on August 12, 2010. Carrie has designed several interactive drawing projects in the past and Brian will once again bring out the Nationwide Museum Mascot Project. Michael Klam (www.sandiego-art.org and www.punapress.com). Carrie Minikel (www.carrieminikel.com). Brian Dick (www.brothergeek.com)

Each Thursday evening from May 27 through September 2 contemporary artists will be performing and presenting their works of art inside and outside the Museum. During your visit will be able to explore the works of living artists, participate in hands-on art making activities, enjoy a cocktail, and view the Museum's current exhibitions and collections.

Even More Poetry at SDMA — bkSoul and Collective Purpose:  July 18, 19, Copley Auditorium.

Spacebar Poetry & Prose, Thursday, October 28, 7:00! Inspirations Jim Moreno and Jihmye Collins have invited me to read at their new shindig at Spacebar. I’m honored. Here is the info: Open Mic Poetry, Prose, Performance, San Diego’s newest venue welcomes you along with appreciators of this discipline in the arts. The Spacebar Internet Café and Coffee Shop, 7454 University Ave., La Mesa 91942. 619/461-7100. Hosted by Jim Moreno and Jihmye Collins, October 28th, 7 p.m. sign ups, and every 4th Thursday monthly.

Check out Creative Writing Now.

Collective Purpose carries on as a San Diego source for exceptional spoken word events, and CP’s Elevated continues to be one of SD’s top outlets for creative expression.

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series features Mark Doty, Oct. 4.

Agitprop Reading at SDMA Oct. 9.

Gill S.O.T.U.  Train of Thought

Go to Thumbprint Gallery http://thumbprintgallery.blogspot.com/, and check out Stanza, an open mic event, 3925 Ohio Street, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m.

WriteOutLoud http://writeoutloudsd.com/about-wol/wol-history/

Word SD http://www.wordsd.com/

San Diego Writers Online http://sandiegowriters.ning.com/

San Diego Writers, Ink rules on 13th Street in the Arts Center. Upcoming events (at the The Ink Spot and around town) include The New Poetic Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading. Hosted by Eber Lambert. One poem or 3 minutes, you choose. Third Tuesday of each month. Sign-ups start at 6:30 pm. Rebecca's Coffeehouse is located at 30th & Juniper in South Park.

For more info, contact:
Judy Reeves
Executive Director
San Diego Writers, Ink

A Writer's Book of Days
Writing Alone, Writing Together
A Creative Writer's Kit
The Writer's Retreat Kit

Sushi Performance and Visual Art — For a complete schedule visit www.sushiart.org or call 619.235.8466.

Pruitt Igoe is in its umpteenth year of beautiful madness: www.pruittigoe.com and www.myspace.com/pruittigoe.

Visit Puna Press to get a taste of BARZILLA by Edwin Decker. Decker is the author of the column "Sordid Tales," a staple of San Diego CityBeat, and has contributed to Modern Drunkard Magazine, The Stranger ( Seattle, WA ), Tucson Weekly, Cleveland Scene and other national publications. Decker has tended bar in San Diego for more than 15 years at many notable music venues including the legendary Bacchanal and these experiences flavor his book BARZILLA. Also available: Less by Ted Washington. And some love poems by Ted, too: 22.

Kimberly Dark Web site.

Jimmy Jazz on MySpace and YouTube.

Bluestocking Books
FIRST Monday of each month at 7pm Monday Montage - Join Curran Jeffries, Kris, & Tom reading original as well as favorite poetry and prose out loud amidst the stacks. You can read too, or come just to listen and refresh your mind. 3817 5th Ave., Hillcrest.

Poets & Writers, Inc.
For more information about Poets & Writers Readings/Workshops program, visit www.pw.org or call the office at 310-481-7195.

Open Mic San Diego, comprehensive list: http://www.openmicsandiego.com/sandiego/


Drunk Poets Society spoken word open mic, every Monday, 6:30-8:00. Hosted by Ola. Winston’s Beach Club, 1921 Bacon Street, San Diego, (619) 222-6822, www.myspace.com/winstonsdrunkpoetssociety.

Poetic Brew open mic poetry reading, third Thursday monthly, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00. Hosted by Eber Lambert, read up to three poems or for three minutes, thirty-three seconds. Rebecca’s Coffeehouse, 30th and Juniper Street, South Park, San Diego, (619) 284-FOOD, sandiegowriters.org.

Sunset Poets presents a featured poet and open mic, third Sunday monthly, 3:00. Oceanside area, (760) 758-2410, or www.sunsetpoets.org.

Fallbrook’s Writers featured reading and open mic for poetry or prose, once a month, Thursdays, doors open 5:30, reading 6:00. Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, (760) 522-1064, www.kbgressitt.com/fallbrooks-writers-read.

theVessel open mic features poets, singers, actors, comedians, every first and third Friday, 8:00. Live music, drinks, and refreshments, all ages, $5 cover. Canvas Cafe, 1370 San Marcos Blvd., Suite 120A, San Marcos, www.myspace.com/thevesselmovement.

POETS, INC ( Inland North County ) & THE ESCONDIDO ARTS PARTNERSHIP (www.escondidoarts.org) host a Literary Series the first Sunday of every month. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave at Juniper (760) 480-4101.

The Poetry Bench
Noon on the first Sunday of the month in Balboa Park. Quince Street at 6th Avenue on the north east corner. Email cyberhuts@worldnet.att.net for more info.

The Off Beat Open Mic
Rebecca's Coffeehouse 5 to 7 pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. www.rebeccascoffeehouse.com.

Walk the Walk www.walkthewalkpresents.com

San Diego Poetry Slam
Check in with Collective Purpose for dates and details: http://collectivepurpose.blogspot.com/. The San Diego Poetry Slam is a spoken word celebration and tournament that features locally renowned poets, brand new slammers, and everyone in between. Slam is no ordinary, sedate open mic. The audience participates. If you're a poet and you want feedback on your work, you'll get it here. If you want to get paid for your words, slam will give you a chance. Slam has an open sign up (poets: get there at 8 p.m. to sign up for a spot) $5 fee for competitors, free for everyone else. Winner takes all! Judges are picked at random out of the audience so you never know what kind of poetry will win on any given week! Check out the San Diego Slam website for descriptions and details. The slam is open to all to come and enjoy the show or to compete for cash prizes. Come unload your philosophies and re-create yourself.

POETRY LIVE(S), film by Mark Freeman
San Diego's poetry scene comes to life in a new documentary "Poetry Live(s)," produced and directed by San Diego State University professor Mark Freeman.

Look to DG Wills Books for great author events. Billy Collins is in the post for October! Check the site!

Poetry and More at Rebecca's Coffee House.

E.Michele Paul
Get Involved!
ComMonUnItY Poetry
Ask me how: Info@poeticworks.com, (949) 547-9935

Barnes & Nobles Poetry Events
Barnes and Noble, Hazard Center, Friars Road, Mission Valley, San Diego.
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Poetry Flash Calendar of Events

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More Poetry Links and Weekly Event Listings

Links to San Diego Coffee Houses

The Espresso, San Diego's coffeehouse & café newspaper since 1992. Articles and events listings and venues
String Beans
AOL Guide to San Diego's Best Coffeehouses

San Diego Poetry Links

101 Artists Colony
Coffee House Press
Jim Moreno
Judah Israel

Kimberly Dark
Los Bilingual Writer

Los Able Minded Poets
Malcolm X Library
Poetry International
Poets & Writers

Puna Press
Red Calacarts
Resist Much
San Diego Blog
San Diego Writeway

The Rubber Rose

Radioactive Radio
The PROBEA project
Planes, Trains and Dead Sea Scrolls
Teen Producers
Poetry & Art article
Ted Washington
Border Voices
Zuri Waters
Old Globe
Leguizamo monologues
Akexander Salazar

To submit events, contact Michael Klam.