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Late-Night Events

Here at the 2011 National Poetry Slam, we know you are looking for an opportunity to cut loose from all the competitive spirit. What better way to do it than with our wild late-night events, taking place after hours once the night’s slams are over! Night events are public and the open mics are open to competitors, spectators, volunteers, and the local community.

You’re invited to kick back at nine late-night events, all starting at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 9-11. All events are 21+ with a $7 cover charge (or free with a Festival Pass). Events will take place at The Cantab Lounge (upstairs), All Asia Cafe, and The Lizard Lounge.

In addition, we are excited to announce a tenth all-ages late-night event, kicking off at 11 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at The Brattle Theatre. This special one-night screening of the Chicago youth poetry documentary Louder Than a Bomb is a $10 charge (or free with aFestival Pass).

For an easy-to-read PDF version of our schedule, click here. You can also check out ourvenue page for more details on these great establishments who are welcoming a bunch of crazy poets to their stages!

National Poetry Slam Opening Ceremonies: BeeCool Poetry/Music MashUp!
Monday, August 8, at 8:30 p.m.
The Middle East Corner, 480 Mass Ave. in Cambridge
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Welcome to the National Poetry Slam, Cambridge! More than 300 poets will be flooding the city for the five-day festival this week, and we’ll kick it all off with a reading right here in the heart of Central Square. Poets and listeners alike are invited to this poetry open mic that features musical collaboration by local artists, as well as a few talented surprise guests! This event is 18+ and FREE. Hosted by Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge, and presented in proud collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Council.

all shows 11pm-1am, 21+, $7 cover

NPS Welcome Open Mic
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It’s the first night of NPS, and it’s time to meet and greet the poets you’ll be spending the week with! Consider this an informal open mic and bar social to warm you up for the festival ahead. Hosted by Brian S. Ellis at All Asia, 334 Mass Ave., Cambridge.

The SlamMasters Slam
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Remember that silent poet at the back of the room during bouts, high-fiving poets who left the stage and crunching the numbers faster than the scorekeepers? That’s the most experienced member of the team, the venue’s SlamMaster (who is frequently their coach, too). Here’s a chance to yank some of those poets out of retirement and see the competitive fire that brought them to slam in the first place. Hosted by Nick Fox at theCantab Lounge (upstairs), 738 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Open Mic Backed by the Jeff Robinson Trio
dedicated to the memory of David Blair

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A musical open mic opportunity for poets to be accompanied by the famed JR3 of the Lizard Lounge. Don’t hit the mic if you don’t want the band playing with you: this show is all about the rare, perfect fusion of poetry and music. Hosted by Iyeoka Okoawo and ARTiculation at the Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave., Cambridge

all shows 11pm-1am, 21+, $7 cover

The Encyclopedia Show
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This famed institution of learning, knowledge, poetry, and witty banter began as a monthly theme show in Chicago in 2008. Now franchised to cities around the country, the show was inaugurated at NPS last year. A variety of poets, musicians, and other artists will be invited to present on the theme of “The Moon.” Hosted by Robbie Q Telfer and special guests atAll Asia, 334 Mass Ave., Cambridge

The Legend Showcase Featuring Patricia Smith
You may have heard of the Legends Showcase at NPS, where the tournament invites famed poets at the tournament to strut their stuff for the benefit of the rookies. Well, in Boston, there’s only one Legend, and that’s Patricia Smith, four-time NPS Champion and co-founder of the Boston Poetry Slam! She’ll be putting on a serious one-woman feature, maybe with just a few special guests. Hosted by James Caroline at the Cantab Lounge (upstairs), 738 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Hip-Hop Headquarters
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An open mic opportunity for freestylers to work with a beat, or for lovers of hip-hop to tell their stories. This popular event will feature a live DJ. Hosted by Marlon Carey, Rasul “the Knowbody” Elder and special guests at the Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave., Cambridge

all shows 11pm-2am, 21+, $7 cover

The Decathlon Slam
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Part poetry slam, part track-and-field, and all goofy fun: this slam features three pickup teams from poetry scenes all over the country, laying down improv group pieces, interpretive dance, eating contests, a heckling round… You name it, this slam’s got it!Hosted by Jesse Parent, J.W. Basilo, and Khary “6 is 9″ Jackson at the All Asia at 334 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Erotica Showcase
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You asked for it… And you’re getting it! An open mic that’s positively the hottest event at NPS, with featured performers, on-stage contests, and a whole lotta erotica lovers dressing the part. Hosted by April Ranger, Roger Bonair-Agard, and Jason Carney at the Cantab Lounge (upstairs), 738 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Hip-Hop Headquarters
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This show is so nice, we had to book it twice; it’s one of the best-attended at NPS. Come check out this open mic opportunity for freestylers to work with a beat, or for lovers of hip-hop to tell their stories. This event will feature a live DJ and special guest DirtyDurdie.Hosted by Marlon Carey, Rasul “the Knowbody” Elder and special guests at the Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave., Cambridge

sponsored by Mass LEAP
doors at 10:30 for an 11:00 screening (film runs 99 minutes), all ages, $10 cover

Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge

For more information, please visit the Louder Than A Bomb web site.

Our Late-Night Events schedule is also available in an easy-to-read PDF: click here to download.