Friday, April 4, 2014

April is Poetry Month! April open mics and stuff in NEPA

April is Poetry Month! What better way to acknowledge this than by starting off the list with a non-poetry event!  (Poet Laurel Radzieski is assistant-directing, so that's the poetry angle here!)

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 - Theater at Brooks at Keystone College
Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 - Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock

The Laramie Project, the true story of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. The show details the effects of his death told by the residents of a small town that was forever changed by a hate crime. Directed by Jane Honchell and Jennifer Jenkins.

  • Performances at the Theater at Brooks at Keystone College will be Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Performances at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock will be Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each, $5 for students and seniors.

Please call 570-945-8454 for reservations and tickets to the Keystone College performances and call 570-996-1500 for reservations and tickets to the Dietrich Theater performances.

This production of The Laramie Project was supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley. Funding grants for The Laramie Project were also provided by the M & T Charitable Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Every Sunday - Stroudsburg
Every Sunday features the Open Mic at the Living Room, 522 Main Street in Stroudsburg, next to the Sherman Theater. You never know what you'll have there: music, dancing, poetry, storytelling... plus whatever you bring to the event! Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00. (Special All-Stars edition on April 25 requires tickets; see below.)

Sunday, April 6 (rescheduled from March 30) - Tunkhannock
Breaking Ground Poets Open Mic held at the Tioga Bistro, 49 E Tioga St, Tunkhannock, this open mic is for poets twenty years of age and younger. Sign ups at 6:30, poetry at 7:00. All are welcome to attend! See the Breaking Ground Poets Facebook page for more information.

Tuesday, April 8 - Kingston
2nd Tuesday Open Mic At The Bakehouse, 152 South Wyoming Avenue, Kingston. Hosted by Carlton Farnbaugh.

Come one, come all! Bring.your friends and check out NEPA's newest Open Mic Event! The second Tuesday of each month at 7pm, we'll be at The Bakehouse spotlighting YOU!  Do you play original music? Do you write words you're proud of? Do you do some sort of David Letterman-esque stupid human trick that won't gross me out? Then this is for you! Come on by for our first foray on April 8th at 7pm and we'll have a good ol' time!

Friday, April 11 - Scranton
Swandive Publishing Company presents Everyday Escape Poems Book Release Party, Friday, April 11 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave Scranton.

The night will include readings from Dale Wilsey Jr., Stanton Hancock, Andrea Talarico McGuigan, Eric Wilson, Dawn Leas, Kait Burrier, Sarah Zane Lewis, and Barbara DeCesare. There will also be time to meet the poets and get your copy of the book autographed. 

Thursday, April 17 - Scranton
Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night at the Vintage: April is Poetry Month Edition, 326 Spruce Street, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers Collective! Sign-ups begin at 8:00, poetry at 8:30. Come celebrate the first day of Spring with poetry! This is a free event, but donations to support the Vintage are encouraged and appreciated.

Friday, April 18 - Wilkes-Barre
Third Friday Spoken Word Event W. Featured Performer: Dawn Leas! at Art Seen On The Square, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Hosted by local theatre personality Paul Winarski. Open Mic plus the poetry of local poet and educator Dawn Leas, one of the local poets featured in Swandive Publishing's new anthology Everyday Escape Poems (see event for Friday, April 11.) Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 19 - Scranton
Breaking Ground Poets presents the FINAL YOUTH SLAM of the Season, TwentyFiveEight Studios, Rear of 703 North Washington Street, Scranton  (behind Cooper's) from 5-7 PM. Hosted by Conor O'Brien. Tickets will be on sale there for Jeanann Verlee. See the event's Facebook page for more information.

***THREE EVENTS (so far) for Friday, April 25!***

Friday, April 25 - Scranton
The seventh edition of Kick Out the Bottom open voice poetry reading at Embassy Vinyl in Scranton, hosted by Charwonica Dziwozony! Limited to thirteen readers, signups begin at 6:45, poetry begins at 7:00! This continues to be one of the most vibrant and exciting readings in the area, featuring brand new talent month after month. Competition is fierce for the thirteen spots, so get there early! NOTE: The event is BYOC - Bring Your Own Chair - so be sure to bring along a folding chair, stool, inflatable lounge chair, or other form of posterior prosthetic as needed!

Friday, April 25 - Tunkhannock
Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Open mic, followed by The Keystone Poets will performing in honor of National Poetry Month.! Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00. Open to audiences and performers of all types.  Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. Hosted by Laurel Radzieski.

Friday April 25 - Stroudsburg
Open Mic All-Star Show at The Living Room, 522 Main Street, Stroudsburg. "Fresh performing artists ready for their debut. Rap, spoken word and acoustic performances! 4 shows for $7. Doors open at 5:30 show starts at 6. There will be a bar for over 21!" Featuring Sick Antelope Party, Sunnyshading, Justin Rosario, and Crock113. Capacity is limited, so these shows can sell out fast. Buy your tickets early!

As always, this may not even be the whole list! Let us know if there are events that need to be added!

Be sure to check the Facebook page for The Vintage to find out about upcoming events of all sorts there! Support The Vintage, home base for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective and host for our meetings and Third Thursday Open Mics!

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