The Literary Beat
The wordy side of Burque
By Nora Hickey
Here’s what this town has to offer word fanatics.
I’ll Drink to That
After appearing on the scene a few years back, I’ll Drink To That has emerged as one of the most fun-loving and energetic performance series, thanks to a sundry of entertainers and beer serving locales. IDTT features poetry, spoken word, comedy, music and more. Carlos Contreras, the host extraordinaire, welcomes performers from the area and the occasional out of stater if they have the chops. With a rotating group of artists, you never know who you’ll find sipping an IPA up on stage.
Sunday, Aug. 24
Tractor Brewery Wells Park
1800 Fourth Street NW
If you like your readings with a side of class, Chatter Sunday is the place to go. Housed in the striking Kosmos space, the series pairs music and writing in a surprising and affecting marriage 50 Sundays a year. The musicians are masters of their craft, performing both classical and contemporary pieces. The speakers are most often poets, but also include fiction and nonfiction writers. If you are looking for a meditative space to mentally reenergize before the workweek begins, search no further. The one-hour program of Chatter Sunday is the place to find your muse and a well-poured cappuccino.
via Chatter Sunday
1715 Fifth Street NW
$15 regular, $9 under 30 and students, $5 child
Three is the magic number at DimeStories, where writers are timed at the mic as they deliver their (short) prose pieces. Compression results in tales of humor and heartache, true or not. Anyone can read at the mic, as long as they present fiction or nonfiction for three minutes. Hosts Jennifer Simpson and Merimee Moffitt suggest aiming for 500 words if you are looking to lay down your own tale. They welcome both readers and listeners every third Thursday of the month.
Every third Thursday
1111 Carlisle SE
Suggested donation: $3
Poetry ’n Beer
First Wednesday of the month
509 Central NW
A relative newcomer to the 505 readings scene, The Roost began as a creative, experimental music series. While it continues to focus on delivering an innovative, improvisational musical experience, the Roost also gives stage time to members of the Local Poets Guild. In addition, a Cerebral Peepshow will provide an intimate glimpse of a poet’s mind, if you dare (that could be a perilous [and sticky] place). Hoping the brain tour and music will inspire you to write, the Roost welcomes audience members to compose their own unique works. You never know what wildness flute/
via The Roost
Every Sunday through Sept. 14
1103 Fourth Street NW
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