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Saturday Night Special presents: Obsession

November 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm PST

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Don’t miss the last SNS of the year! The last (fifth!) Saturday of November, right after Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating OBSESSION. Every writer is obsessed with something: love, loss, longing, the past, the future, the end of the world, your mother, my sister, owls, spiders, scissors, salt, bones, little red wagons, the perfect pun. You know what yours is; you don’t need me to tell you. Write it down. And again. And again. Then come share.

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!

November features Giavanna Ortiz de Candia & Norman Zelaya

Giavanna Ortiz de Candia is a Bay Area born and bred writer, musician and photographer. In 2011, at age 22, Giavanna wrote David Jacobs, who was serving a nine year sentence for white collar crimes. Giavanna and David corresponded for two years, engaging in topics of art, music, literature, and how to live a life without compromise. A Story That Could Be True is an accumulation of these letters and includes illustrations, cards, lyrics-tablature, cooking recipes, and photographs.

Giavanna and David lived together for two years after his release in Brooklyn, New York and Oakland, California. He is currently in Federal Prison, and Giavanna is finishing what the pair began.

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

Saturday, November 30, 2019
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
Guest Hosted by: Abe Becker

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BIOS forthcoming


November 30, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm PST
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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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