Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival
. “They have three minutes to tell a whole story and draw us in. They’ll be judged on what they can tell in three minutes,” says Savannah Blue, event organizer. The two-day competition starts with 40 spoken-word artists in a preliminary round, each moving through a series of eliminations. The final 12 left standing after three rounds will move on to day two at the Alley Theatre for a final showdown to crown the king (or queen!) of the competition.
7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. Also 7 to 11 p.m. March 24, Houston Community College, 3517 Austin. For information, call 832-396-9547 or visit bayoucitypoetryslam.org
. $10 to $25.
Over 40 poets from across the region and nation will compete for cash prizes in a thrilling display of poetic virtuosity. Poetry slam is competitive performance poetry. Since the 1980’s poetry slam has grown as the premier performance poetry genre involving poets performing their original work before judges for Olympic style scores. The very best “slam poets” skillfully emphasize their skill with poetic craft, and then deliver their work with dramatic performances that often leave audiences mesmerized.
On March 24
, the venue is Houston Community College, Spring Branch Campus, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North.
On March 25
, the venue is the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas.
Brush up on the vocal warm-up techniques from that public-speaking class. Three minutes to tell a story might tongue-tie even the most cunning of linguists, but that’s what some of the country’s best poets will be doing at the