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Saturday Night Special presents: Dating

April 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0

Spring is in the air and other clichés, and people are swiping right and left like crazy! Whether you’re single or coupled or thrupled up or “it’s complicated” you’ve got a sick or sexy or funny story to tell. And here at SNS, we want it all! Tell us the truth; lie to us; sing to us; tell us a story; write a poem for us. Give us your DATING inspirations, real or imagined, past, present, or future. Best and worst. First or last. Hot or horrible. Let’s do this!

As always, we’d love to hear your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our optional theme (or any topic).

Our featured readers for April are Don Gonzales Filmmaker & Jan Steckel

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, April 28, 2018
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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Donny Gonzalez is the result of what happens when you get fed cocaine while teething. Raised in the inbreeding Capitol of California, Modesto aka Methdesto. A place where people have more tattoos than teeth, and the line outside the methadone clinic looks like the line outside Walmart on Black Friday. Donny began writing poems to stay sane & as an alternative to murdering his neighbors. These neighbors would be the focal point of Don’s bizarro poetry. Don left Modesto in 2015 and is now a booth mopper at an all male peepshow in San Francisco.

Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her work was nominated three times each for the Pushcart and Sundress Best of the Net anthologies, won the Goodreads Poetry Contest twice, and won various other awards. She lives in Oakland, California.


April 28, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
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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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