Poets from around the country will take aim and fire at one another, turning Albuquerque into an O.K. Corral of lyricism. The 2011 Southwest Shootout features wordsmiths from Louisiana, Colorado, Texas and, of course, New Mexico performing their particular flavor of poetry.
The instigators over at Warehouse 508 just won't leave kids alone, what with their constant encouragement and program development. Witness 508's latest machinations (this time abetted by the Duke City Youth Poetry Collective and ABQSlams) at the 2010 ABQ Youth Slam-Off tonight (Saturday) at 7 p.m., with sign-up beginning at 6 p.m. Poets, MCs and spoken-worders ages 13 to 19 will battle it out for the title of 2010 Youth Champion. The event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) is $5.