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Pints 'n' Poems

The late, great bard Brendan Behan was quick-witted when it came to his passions. He quipped that rather than being a writer with a drinking problem, he was a "drinker with a writing problem." If you're a writer, or have spent any time around writers, that sentiment probably strikes a familiar chord. You're not alone. Local slam hero Carlos Contreras is starting a series of spoken word events called I'll Drink to That. The inaugural show takes place at Nexus Brewery (4730 Pan American NE) today from 4 to 6 p.m. and boasts an impressive lineup, including Contreras and newly named Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy. Like poetry but not beer? Good. Everyone loves a designated driver.