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Saturday Night Special, A “Scandalous” Open Mic

March 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm PDT


Scandal is “an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage.” Whether it’s the short skirt your mom wore, or the shocking things your dad said, something Voldemort tweeted, or maybe it was that thing you did – we want to know! Write it down and bring your best for the next SNS!

March featured writers: Rebecca Foust & Halim Madi

Bring your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our (optional) theme (or any topic).

First come first served. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes when it fills up or when the reading starts, so get there early if you want to read! (Note: Sometimes the list is full by 7:03pm)

Each reader will have 3 minutes maximum. For prose writers this is about one and a half double-spaced pages.

PLEASE NOTE: We are strict about the 3 minute max. When you reach your time limit at SNS, we turn on the disco lights! So, please plan ahead. Practice your piece out loud. Time yourself!

After the reading, stick around for karaoke starting at 10pm

Saturday, March 28, 2020
7 – 9:30 pm

Nick’s Lounge (21+)
3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
1 block south of Ashby BART
Between Fairview St & Martin Luther King Jr Way

But bring CASH if you want to buy drinks (which you sort of have to, because there’s a 1-drink minimum!)

Hosted by: Hollie Hardy

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Rebecca Foust’s books include The Unexploded Ordnance Bin (2018 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Award) and Paradise Drive (Press 53 Poetry Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, Washington Review of Books, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere and in literary journals including the Georgia, Harvard, and Hudson Reviews. Recognitions include the CP Cavafy and James Hearst poetry prizes, and fellowships from The Frost Place, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Foust was Marin County Poet Laureate in 2017-19 and works now as Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change, an assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine, and co-producer of a new series about poetry for Marin TV, Rising Voices.

Halim Madi grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. He left at 17 to study in Paris. Worked in London and Sao Paulo. And eventually landed in San Francisco. He fundraised money from friends to write a book called “Flight of the Jaguar” last year. Then actually wrote it and sent it to his friends. Recently he took his friend’s money again to write a book called “In the Name of Scandal.” He’s working on getting that one out. You can find his work on his website halimmadi.com


March 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
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Saturday Night Special, an East Bay open mic
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Nick’s Lounge
3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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