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By Sophia Hanifah (Nov 20, 2004)
Ever since it opened in the 70s, Simple Pleasures Café has been a hangout for local musicians and artists. The art-deco mural gives it the feel of a bygone time, as does the raven perched above the order window. More
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By SFS Staff (Nov 20, 2004)
Robert Gaines, 16, and Amber Walker, 20, are poised in front of microphones, recording flows over beats Gaines created on a video-game system. A few feet away, Rashidi Omari Byrd, 26, of the hiphop crew Company of Prophets, has manned at the sound system and is busy with the specifics of recording. More
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By Sophia Hanifah (Nov 20, 2004)
At the Silicon Valley Poetry Slam, ten poets compete in two rounds, with cash prizes awarded to the top three slammer. Top poets at the annual Silicon Valley's Poetry Slam Finals advance to the National Poetry Slam, held in a different city each year. More
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By SFS Staff (Nov 20, 2004)
What to do when you have a craving for poetry? Open up your business to poets, which is exactly what Paul Geffner, the host of monthly poetry reading Poetry and Pizza, has done for the past four years. Escape from New York Pizza on Bush Street, with New York paraphernalia adorning its walls, may seem like an unlikely spot for poetry. However, Geffner's love for poetry can be seen on the walls of the pizza joint -- customers can enjoy "Suzie's Enzyme Poem" or a poem by Galway Kinnell while munching on a potato-and-pesto pizza slice. More
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By Sophia Hanifah (Nov 20, 2004)
Poetry open mic used to hold sway every Tuesday at Java Source, while comedy happened on Fridays and Saturdays. Since Tuesday's host, Lori Chapman, moved back East in mid 2002, all three nights have been a lively mix of comedy, poetry readings and singing. More
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By SFS Staff (Nov 20, 2004)
Almost hidden next to a pool hall on 23rd Avenue in East Oakland, the Black Dot Cafe would be easy to miss if not for the ten or fifteen young MCs from the Black Dot Collective's BeatsFlowsVideos class waiting for a shot at the microphone. More
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By Sophia Hanifah (Nov 20, 2004)
Sure, you know about the salami at Molinari's and the pipe organ at St. Francis of Assisi's shrine, but did you know about the New Poetry Series at Caffe Sempione? More
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By SFS Staff (Nov 20, 2004)
In a back room, in a quiet, upscale coffeehouse populated by students typing away at laptops, sit five poetry old-timers waiting for The Whole Note Poetry Series. This open mic series happens at The Beanery on College Avenue every other week. More
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By SFS Staff (Nov 20, 2004)
The word is the cultural weapon of choice for the organizers of The Liberated Zone, a brand spankin' new hiphop open mic and freestyle which started up at The Jahva House this month. More
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By Sophia Hanifah (Nov 20, 2004)
Final Fridays is part of Youth Speaks' Bringing the Noise Reading Series, hosted by members of Spokes Youth Board -- their all-youth Board and internship program. Each year for more than 3 years, creative, new members join their producing crew, drawn from teen participants of In-School Workshops and After-School Programs all around the area (with strong East Bay representation). The results? An influx of fresh ideas to an already hyped-up group, hungry for their turn to present. And yes, it is boisterous! More
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