Thursday, October 8, 2015

Weekly Spotlight on Literary Events: October 9-15



Tribute to Richard Ford
Friday, October 9th from 7 pm to 9:30 pm
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

The Writer's Center hosts a tribute to Richard Ford as part of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. Four distinguished contemporary fiction writers will read selections from their work as their tribute to Fitzgerald Award honoree Richard Ford. This program is the first in several special events organized as part of the Center’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. The program will be followed by a reception and book signing. Featured authors: Robert Olen Butler, Jeffrey Eugenides, Howard Norman, Susan Shreve. $15 ($10 for Writer's Center members)

Sandra Cisneros - A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
Friday, October 9th at 7 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Readers of Cisneros’s many volumes of fiction and poetry may think of the site of her beloved The House on Mango Street as this writer’s true home. As her new book reveals, however, “home” has meant many things to Cisneros. Written over the course of several decades and at widely dispersed addresses ranging from Chicago to Mexico, the short fiction and essays gathered here include family memoirs, tributes to literary mentors, political statements, and more, charting the author’s long progress toward not just finding her place in the world, but making it. Free admission.

Patti Smith - M Train
Friday, October 9th at 7 pm
GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Musician, writer, poet—the artist known as Patti Smith is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a record on the list of top 100 albums of all time. The French Ministry of Culture has declared her a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, and she was awarded the National Book Award for Just Kids, a memoir that has moved and enchanted thousands of readers. Now Smith continues the story with M Train, visiting eighteen places that have special meaning for her: from the Greenwich Village café where she begins her days to the Michigan home she shared with her late husband and on to the memorials and grave sites of artists who have empowered and inspired her, including Kahlo, Plath, and Rimbaud. Smith complements her journeys with her signature wry musings and her own black-and-white photos. Patti Smith will be in conversation with Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air and most recently author of So We Read On. 1 Book and 1 Ticket: $35; $33 for P & P members

Individual World Poetry Slams
Friday, October 9th at 7 pm and 9 pm
Busboys and Poets (5th and K location)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
AND
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
AND
Busboys and Poets (Takoma location)
235 Carroll St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20012

Join us for the Individual World Poetry Slam Competitions.  All ages welcome. See some of the world's best poets compete for the championship. Enjoy the festival and attend workshops, late night events, and more! Purchase on the #iwpsdc website http://iwps.poetryslam.com/ Two bouts: at 7 pm and 9 pm. $5 per bout. $60 for a festival pass, which includes access to all events, workshops, and more.

Nine on the Night hosted by Derrick Weston Brown
Friday, October 9th from 9 pm to 11 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

At this now legendary poetry night, the feature opens the show and the open mic follows. Immediately following the feature we hold a 10 to 15-minute, 9-question interview and audience Q&A with the artist before we finally slip into the limited open mic to close out the event. $5 tickets available ONLINE beginning at midnight on the day of the Open Mic. If available, door sales will begin 30 minutes prior to the event. Cash only.

11th Hour Poetry Slam Hosted by 2Deep the Poetess
Friday, October 9th from 11 pm to 1 am
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Busboys and Poetry Event. The 11th Hour Poetry Slam offers an opportunity for poetry lovers to enjoy the competitive art of late-night performance poetry. Enjoy two rounds of high intensity poetry, with the audience choosing a winner. Join us for an alternative way to spend your Friday night at Poetry Slam, Inc's (PSI) DC Slam Venue. $5 cover.

Kate Clifford Larson - Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Saturday, October 10th at 1 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

In her third biography, Kate Clifford Larson, who has written about Harriet Tubman and Mary Surratt, continues her focus on the often overlooked role women have played in shaping American identity. Rosemary Kennedy (1918-2005), disabled and unable to compete with her ambitious siblings, spent most of her years institutionalized in Wisconsin. Larson draws on diaries, correspondence, and interviews with her relatives to show that she had a profound impact on her family. Her family, in turn, by virtue of its political prominence, was able to improve the perception and treatment of disabilities in the larger American society. Free admission.

Mark Riebling - Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War against Hitler
Saturday, October 10th at 3:30 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Pope Pius XII has been denounced for his failure to take action against Nazi atrocities—and has even been accused of complicity with the Germans. In fact, the truth was far more complicated. Mark Riebling uses newly unsealed documents to show that Pius was involved in a number of actions to undermine Hitler, but tried to keep a low public profile in order not to jeopardize the Vatican’s resistance. Riebling is author of Wedge and a specialist on national security issues who has written for publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Free admission.

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut
Saturday, October 10th from 4 pm to 6 pm
Busboys and Poets (5th and K location)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

In a continuing celebration of the Justice or Else March marking the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, join us for Black Poets Speak Out! This literary movement started as a poetic protest by Cave Canem fellows Jericho Brown, Jonterri Gadson, Amanda Johnston, Sherina Rodriguez-Sharpe, and Mahogany Browne. This activated a vibration of mourning and healing through literacy, which has now evolved into community readings around the world, a national letter campaign, as well as lesson plans utilizing Black Poets Speak Out videos for the classroom all encouraging the community to speak out. This reading will showcase the work and voices of black identifying poets speaking out for All Black Lives. Free and open to the public.

Morton Kondracke - Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America
Saturday, October 10th at 6 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

In collaboration with Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard executive editor and Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier correspondent, Morton Kondracke has produced a comprehensive biography of Jack Kemp (1935-2009) who continues to influence the Republican Party. Drawing on unpublished documents and an ongoing oral history project, Kondracke details Kemp’s formative experiences from childhood and professional football through his nine terms in congress and an appointment as housing secretary. Kemp was prominent among the Reagan-era supply-siders while also speaking on behalf of the working class. And he was never afraid to compromise to achieve goals. Kondracke is former executive editor of The New Republic and Roll Call and is currently a Fox News commentator and The McLaughlin Group panelist. Free admission.

Alice Waters - My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own
Sunday, October 11th at 10 am
Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market
1500 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Simple, basic, and flavorful are the watchwords Waters follows when she prepares meals at home. In this warm and practical collection of essays and recipes, the proprietor of the legendary Chez Panisse invites readers into her own kitchen. With the same élan and that has earned her three James Beard Awards, Waters shows how to shop for, store, and prepare essentials like tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, fresh cheeses, and more. Waters will be joined by her collaborator, illustrator and daughter, Fanny Singer, whose pen-and-ink drawings enliven this personal new cookbook.  Waters is the author of a dozen cookbooks including The Art of Simple Food. Free admission.

Sasha Abramsky - The House of Twenty Thousand Books
Sunday, October 11th at 12 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

A senior fellow at Demos and writing teacher at UC Davis, Abramsky is the author of Conned and The American Way of Poverty. His journalism has focused on many progressive and social justice issues, notably work on U.S. prisons for Human Rights Watch. In this memoir of his grandparents, Miriam and Chimen (1916-2010), which doubles as an intellectual history of the 20th century Jewish diaspora, Abramsky chronicles a thriving left-wing London salon that hosted intellectuals including Isaiah Berlin and Eric Hobsbawm, and a steadily growing collection of “useful” books, which for Chimen embraced thinkers from Maimonides to Marx to Darwin. Free admission.

Alice Waters - My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own
Sunday, October 11th at 2 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Simple, basic, and flavorful are the watchwords Waters follows when she prepares meals at home. In this warm and practical collection of essays and recipes, the proprietor of the legendary Chez Panisse invites readers into her own kitchen. With the same élan and that has earned her three James Beard Awards, Waters shows how to shop for, store, and prepare essentials like tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, fresh cheeses, and more. Waters will be joined by her collaborator, illustrator and daughter, Fanny Singer, whose pen-and-ink drawings enliven this personal new cookbook.  Waters is the author of a dozen cookbooks including The Art of Simple Food. Free admission.

Karina Borowicz and Ann McLaughlin
Sunday, October 11th from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Reading by poet Karina Borowicz, who is recipient of an Emerging Writer Fellowship, and novelist Ann McLaughlin, who reads from Sunset at Rosalie. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission.

Daniel J. Levitin - The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
Sunday, October 11th at 5 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Daniel J. Levitin gave us the fascinating inside story of what happens when we listen with This is Your Brain on Music and traced music’s specific emotional effects in The World in Six Songs. In his third book, Levitin draws on his many areas of expertise, as well as on the challenges of such multitasking itself, to show how the brain has evolved to pay attention, how it handles distractions, and how we can use the latest lessons of neuroscience and information theory to stay organized and think creatively. Levitin, a professor of psychology and music at McGill, has also held appointments in the departments of behavioral neuroscience, computer science, and education. Free admission.

John DeFerrari - Capital Streetcars
Sun, October 11th at 6 pm
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

Washington's first streetcars trundled down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Civil War. By the end of the century, streetcar lines crisscrossed the city, expanding into the suburbs and defining where Washingtonians lived, worked, and played. From the quaint early days of small horse-drawn cars to the modern streamliners of the twentieth century, the stories are all here. John DeFerrari will take us through the storied history of D.C. streetcars in this presentation about his new book, Capital Streetcars. There will be refreshments! Free admission.

Tom Foreman - My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan
Monday, October 12th at 6:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Until his daughter asked him to join her in training for a marathon, Tom Foreman, then fifty-one with his last foot race decades behind him, had no idea he wanted to hit the trails again. But one race led to another, as he reports in this account of three marathons and five half-marathons, Foreman, an Emmy Award-winning CNN correspondent who has covered events including Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and the Gulf BP oil spill, offers an inspiring story of father-daughter bonding, unexpected adventures, and facing the challenges of both distance and age. Free admission.

Jenny Lawson - Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
Monday, October 12th at 7 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Lawson’s popular, irreverent web presence has earned her a Nielson rating as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Mom Bloggers, and her Bloggess is one of the Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women. Lawson is very funny in any format, as she proved in her first memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, which recounted her childhood as the daughter of a taxidermist. Her follow-up puts a similar lighthearted spin on more challenging material: her struggles with anxiety and depression. Free admission.

Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by 13 of Nazareth
Monday, October 12th from 8 pm to 10 pm
Busboys and Poets (Shirlington location)
4251 South Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. $5 cover.

Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Joseph LMS Green
Monday, October 12th from 9 pm to 11 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. $5 cover.

Elizabeth Benedict, Deborah Tannen, and Marita Golden - Me, My Hair, And I: Twenty-Seven Women Untangle An Obsession
Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Elizabeth Benedict, a novelist who was a National Book Award finalist with Slow Dancing, has in recent years become a skilled editor of thematic anthologies, drawing out writers on their relationships with their mothers in What My Mother Gave Me and on influential people in their lives for Mentors, Muses & Monsters. Now she asks some two dozen women writers for their thoughts on hair. The result is a wide-ranging, surprising collection of reflections, regrets, and sundry other sentiments. Join Elizabeth Benedict and contributors Deborah Tannen, Georgetown linguistics professor and author of books including You Just Don’t Understand, and Marita Golden, a long-time teacher and author of fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction, for a discussion of cuts, salons, dyes, and much more. Free admission.

Ed Rall – Snowden
Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Ed Rall got his start as a political cartoonist by posting his work on the New York City streets. His venues have become more sophisticated, but in works such as the Attitude anthologies of subversive comics, The Anti-American Manifesto, and others, he shows he’s as edgy and outspoken as ever. His latest book profiles Edward Snowden, celebrating his courage in revealing the government’s vast surveillance network, and drawing on Orwell’s 1984 to show how much is at stake in the new era of digital technology. Free admission.



Arissa MacFarquhar - Strangers Drowning: Grappling With Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge To Help
Tuesday, October 13th at 7 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

The words “extreme” and “selflessness” seldom arise together, but when they do, they provide a powerful example of what human life can mean. In her inspirational and thought-provoking first book, Arissa MacFarquhar, a long time New Yorker staff writer and former Lingua Franca senior editor, profiles people who consistently seek ways to practice virtuous acts regardless of personal cost. Yet even as these self-sacrificing individuals donate organs to strangers or give up their homes for a cause, the good deeds may or may not actually help their intended beneficiaries, nor is highly ethical behavior a guarantee of the moral high ground. Free admission.

John Flanagan - The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan
Tuesday, October 13th at 7 pm
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

In John Flanagan’s new prequel series to The Ranger’s Apprentice, Halt takes center stage as he and sidekick Crowley undertake a long journey north to warn Prince Duncan that Morgarath has infiltrated the Rangers as part of his plot to stage a coup. When they discover that Morgarath’s plan has progressed even further than they realized, the young Rangers must race against the clock to foil the coup before it begins. Ages 10 and up. Free admission.

Barbara Klein Moss – The Language of Paradise
Tuesday, October 13th at 7:30 pm
Colony Club
3118 Georgia AVE NW
Washington, DC 20010

The Inner Loop: Literary Haunts presents Barbara Klein Moss, author of the novel The Language of Paradise. She will be followed by readers in fiction (Jennifer Clements, Judith Podell, Leeya Mehta), non-fiction (Ellen McBarnette, Rachel Coonce), and poetry (Nick Seifo, Don Illitch, Eric Lotke). If the weather is good, the event will be held outside; otherwise, we will make use of the Colony Club’s great upstairs space. Free admission.

Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted by Pages
Tuesday, October 13th from 9 pm to 11 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. $5 cover.

Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted by Orville Wecker
Tuesday, October 13th from 9 pm to 11 pm
Busboys and Poets (Takoma location)
235 Carroll St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20012

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. $5 cover.

Erica S. Perl - Totally Tardy Marty
Wednesday, October 14th at 10:30 am
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
(Children’s and Teens’ Dept)
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Marty’s imagination knows no bounds, including those of time. He is always late for school due to dreaming up inventions like Toast-on-a-Rope. When he finally arrives, Never-Late Kate is there
to hand him a tardy slip. It seems as if the two will never find common ground—or will they? Ages 5 – 8. Free admission.

Joshua Stephens - The Dog Walker: An Anarchist's Encounters with the Good, the Bad, and the Canine
Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

In 2006 Joshua Stephens founded a worker-cooperative dog-walking agency in Washington. This might seem an unlikely day job for an anarchist whose usual concerns include activism and publishing in AlterNet, Truthout, and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, but Stephens calls it “probably the greatest job in the world,” and this series of “field notes” recounts the unexpected lessons he learned on the street, from issues of gentrification to harassment to empathy in all its many guises. Free admission.

Garth Risk Hallberg - City on Fire
Wednesday, October 14th at 7 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Garth Risk Hallberg’s nonfiction has appeared in publications including Slate and The New York Times Magazine; his fiction has been widely published in literary magazines and was selected for Best New American Voices 2008. His debut novel, set in 1970s New York and culminating in the infamous July 1977 blackout, is an expansive look at the era. Spanning the nascent punk scene, a shooting in Central Park, the fiscal crisis, and more, Hallberg’s powerful narrative depicts a city and a country struggling to move on after the upheavals of the Vietnam War. Free admission.

Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Elizabeth Acevedo
Wednesday, October 14th from 9 pm to 11 pm
Busboys and Poets (5th and K location)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. Tonight's host is Elizabeth Acevedo. $5 cover.

Dave Goulson - A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm
Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (Takoma location)
235 Carroll St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20012

While many of us dream of starting a new life in the French countryside, not everyone buys a fixer-upper and turns it into a wildlife sanctuary. Dave Goulson, a British biologist, author of A Sting in the Tale, and award-winning founder of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, chronicles his transformation of Chez Nauche from a “derelict farm” in a beautiful landscape to a complex and thriving ecosystem of birds and insects. Free admission.


Ever Lee Hairston – Blind Ambition
Thursday, October 15th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Busboys and Poets (5th and K location)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

As a child, Ever Lee Hairston faced one disappointment after the other. A product of share-cropping parents and raised on one of the biggest plantations in the South, Hairston allowed disappointments to diminish her self-confidence and sully her self-esteem. Not to mention, that for years, she hid a terrible secret, which she hadn’t told anyone (not her family, friends, teachers, and as she got older, even her employers): Ever didn’t want to accept that she was slowly losing her eyesight. As darkness began to envelop her, and inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ever eventually decided to stop feeling sorry for herself and face her fears. Through two turbulent marriages, a host of setbacks, and a life that was getting harder and harder to manage, Ever encountered defeats, but was determined not to be defeated. Now, decades after she lost her eyesight, her powerful story is one of inspiration and ambition….and helping others realize their lives have purpose as they reach their full potential in spite of any obstacles in their paths. Free admission.

Humanities DC presents: Current Literary Voices of the District
Thursday, October 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets (Brookland location)
625 Monroe St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
Join HumanitiesDC for an evening of conversation and literary city-making with some of the most important and vibrant poets, fiction writers, and editorial figures in Washington today. Free admission.

Poetry Reading with Sarah Blake
Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Mr. West covers the main events in superstar Kanye West’s life while also following the poet on her year spent researching, writing, and pregnant. The book explores how we are drawn to celebrities—to their portrayal in the media—and how we sometimes find great private meaning in another person’s public story, even across lines of gender and race. Blake’s aesthetics take her work from prose poems to lineated free verse to tightly wound lyrics to improbably successful sestinas. The poems fully engage pop culture as a strange, complicated presence that is revealing of America itself. This is a daring debut collection and a groundbreaking work. Free admission.

Geraldine Brooks - The Secret Chord
Thursday, October 15th at 7 pm
Sidwell Friends
3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

From the boy with the slingshot to the legendary king and the man willing to do anything to have Bathsheba—ultimately, what kind of person was David? In her fifth novel, The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks tells a story of one of history’s truly towering figures. To capture the many facets of this complex individual, Brooks reimagines his life from the perspectives of those who knew him, making rich characters of David’s wives, youngest son, and Natan, shepherd boy and prophet. Brooks is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for March, the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award for Caleb’s Crossing. 1 Ticket: $10; 1 Book and 1 Ticket: $30; $28 for P & P members; 1 Book and 2 Tickets: $35; $33 for P & P members 

David Talbot - The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
Thursday, October 15th at 7 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Talbot’s portrait of Allen Dulles, the CIA’s fifth and longest serving director, examines recently discovered documents—ranging from the correspondence and journals of Dulles’s wife and mistress to U.S. government documents and European intelligence sources—to show that Dulles used his position to further his own public and private agendas. Presenting evidence that Dulles put in place many of the hallmarks of a national security state, Talbot, founder and former editor in chief of Salon, former editor of Mother Jones, and author of the The Brothers, raises new questions about many events of the time, including the assassination of President Kennedy. Free admission.

Coming of Age - A Book Event Featuring Authors Audrey Taylor Gonzalez and Marilyn Oser
Thursday, October 15th from 7 pm to 9 pm
Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)
2021 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Join Audrey Taylor Gonzalez and Marilyn Oser for a discussion and signing of their novels South of Everything and Even You. Filled with love found and lost, wisdom, rebellion, death, and triumph, these coming-of-age stories offer powerful lessons about our passage to adulthood. Free admission.

Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by Rebecca Dupas
Thursday, October 15th from 9 pm to 11 pm
Busboys and Poets (Hyattsville location)
5331 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781
For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. $5 cover.

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