Whisper & Shout: Open Mic for Poetry

Contemporary Art Center

Whisper & Shout: Open Mic for Poetry

Thursday, November 5 ~ 8:00 -10:00 pm

Tickets in Advance Online: $5-members, $8-nonmembers, $3-poets + fees (till 7pm day of event)

Tickets at the door*: $9-Members, $12-nonmembers (*No money will be taken at the door unless we don’t reach our max capacity)

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The open mic often features a popular regionally known poet but everyone is welcome to share his or her work. To comply with new guidelines due to the pandemic, a new seating arrangement is in place and admission will be online only. When paying, indicate if you wish to share your poetry.

November Featured Poet: HUEY Gang

HUEY Gang (Headstrong Urban Educated Youth) is a music collective based in the west side of Chicago led by collection of Hip-Hop artists/emcees, poets, producers, fashion designers, open mic hosts, youth mentors and community activists. Live performances feature high energy and improvisation at Young Chicago Author's Louder Than A Bomb Festival, Chicago Park District's TIPFest, and Common's AAHH! FestThe Thrive Youth ConferenceToday at Apple and as part of The People's History of Chicago events.

About the event: Experience a diverse open mic with artists from all backgrounds in a positive and inspiring atmosphere. Peoria’s Open Mic for Poetry is held on the 1st Thursday of each month. It is truly astounding what talented locally based poets that one will hear on any given night. Each night the open mic also features a popular regionally known poet. Poets from as far away as Maryland, Missouri and Florida have graced the stage.

Audiences experience more than just someone reading from a page. Poets often memorize the piece and perform it as in a stage play. These are often soul-baring performances that might make you weep or laugh out loud. One thing is for certain, this is an entertaining and stimulating event. Regardless of a poet’s level of experience, everyone is welcome to share his or her work. Join us on the 2nd floor, in the Preston Jackson Gallery.

Safety Protocols: To keep everyone as safe as possible and to comply with new government guidelines, a new seating arrangement is in place. We are using only small tables placed 6 feet apart. Seating is limited. We encourage purchasing tickets online via 309Tix.com. No money will be taken at the door unless we don’t reach our maximum capacity, then we will allow walk-ins. Individual chairs (a-j) can be separated. Tables may NOT be moved as they are spaced to follow social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times. Between sips and bites, everyone must re-mask. Masks must be worn when entering, exiting, and moving about the room and talking to someone other than those you came with. Hand sanitizer will be present at the doors. No drinks will be offered at the bar. Performers are required to wear a mask when not performing.