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 V.14 No.31 | August 4 - 10, 2005 
Veteran Albuquerque slammers Don McIver (with glass) and Danny Solis (with stick) are two of the main organizers of the 2005 National Poetry Slam, running August 10-13 at venues around Albuquerque.

Feature

Poetry for the People

The National Poetry Slam comes to Albuquerque

By next Wednesday, the Hotel Blue will be packed full of rowdy performance poets from all over the continent. By the time they check in, they'll be pumped up and ready to stage dive into a four-day, knock-down, drag-out contest of live versifying the likes of which our city has never seen. The 135-room hotel located at Central and Eighth Street is serving as the official headquarters for the 2005 National Poetry Slam. Part conference, part festival, part bloody, fight-to-the-death contest of verbal skill and will, the event is about to invade Albuquerque with a vengeance.

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Feature

An Idiot's Guide to Slamming

Slam competitions distinguish themselves from other poetry contests by giving equal weight to both writing and performing. In other words, they reward poets not only for what they say but also how they say it. Sometimes slight variations on the official rules are allowed, but here's how a slam typically works.

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Feature: Schedule

2005 National Poetry Slam

Schedule of Events

Festival passes, which include a ticket to the finals, are $30. Tickets for the finals only are $20. Tickets available at: The Blue Dragon Coffeehouse (1517 Girard NE, cash only), Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW, cash only), Natural Sound (3422 Central SE, cash only) and the Harwood Arts Center (1114 Seventh Street NW, cash and credit card). You may order tickets over the phone at the Harwood by calling 242-6367. For details, and for the latest changes to this schedule, go to nps2005.org. During the festival, you can check out the most current rankings at this site by clicking on "scores."

Tuesday, August 9
Pre-National Poetry Slam 2005 Welcome Party
Hosted by Albuquerque: The Magazine
National Hispanic Cultural Center (1601 Fourth Street NW)
5-8 pm
Screening of Slam Planet: War of the Words
National Hispanic Cultural Center
8:30-10:30 pm

Wednesday, August 10
Registration
Hotel Blue (717 Central NW)
9-11 am
Opening Ceremonies
Robinson Park (Eighth Street and Central)
12-2 pm
Pull The Next One Up (aka Rookie Open Mic)
Robinson Park
2:00-3:30 pm
Bouts 1-16
See "Tournament Venues" at nps2005.org
7-11 pm
Hip-Hop Headquarters
The Bubble Lounge (506 Central SW)
11-1 am
Erotic Poetry Reading
El Rey Theater (620 Central SW)
11 pm-1 am
24-hour open mic kick off
Out ch'Yonda Performance Space (929 Fourth Street SW)
2 am

Thursday, August 11
Screening of Slam Planet: War of the Words
National Hispanic Cultural Center Bank of America Theater
10 am-noon
Jewish Showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
10:30 am-noon
EC Challenge Survivor Slam
National Hispanic Cultural Center
10:30 am-noon
The "Rainbow" Reading
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Noon-1:30 pm
Screening of Hawaii Slam: Poetry in Paradise and "Omaha's First"
12:30-2:30 pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center
African-American Showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1:30-3 pm
Asian-American showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3-4:30 pm
Grief and Remembrance Reading
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3-4:30 pm
Nerd Slam
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3-4:30 pm
Bouts 16-32
See "Tournament Venues" at nps2005.org
7-11 pm
Hip-Hop Headquarters
The Bubble Lounge
11-1 am
Slam Masters Slam
El Rey Theater
11-1 am

Friday, August 12
Kids' Show
National Hispanic Cultural Center
9:30-10:30 am
Screening of Hawaii Slam: Poetry in Paradise and "Omaha's First"
National Hispanic Cultural Center
10 am-noon
Youth Slam
National Hispanic Cultural Center
10:30-noon
Women's Showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Noon-1:30 pm
Screening of Word!
National Hispanic Cultural Center
12:30-2:30 pm
Latino Showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1:30-3 pm
Indigenous Showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3-4:30 pm
World Peace Reading
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3-4:30 pm
Group Piece Showcase
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3-4:30 pm
Semi-Final Bouts
See "Tournament Venues" at nps2005.org
7-11 pm
Indy Tournament
El Rey Theater
11-1 am

Saturday, August 13
Slam Family Meeting
Hotel Blue Conference Room
10:30 am-noon
Open Mic Stage at We Art The People Festival
Robinson Park
10:30 am-noon
Poet's Plaza Dedication
Harwood's Art Center
1-1:30 pm
Head-To-Head Haiku
Harwood Arts Center
1:30-3 pm
Slam Family Picnic
Tingley Field
3-5:30 pm
National Poetry Slam 2005 Finals
Kiva Auditorium (401 Second Street NW)
8-11:30 pm

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