ART + STAGE
Bards & Brews: Birmingham Public Library October Open Mic Event
October 5, 2012
The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series will be held at the Central Library. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the October 5th edition of Bards & Brews will be an OPEN MIC. The merriment begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music, and poetry performances start at 7:00. Emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that run the gamut from romantic relationships to the local political scene. The program is free of charge and is open to the public.
Craft beer will be available for sampling courtesy of Terrapin Beer Co. of Athens, Georgia, and light refreshments will be served. Attendees must be 18 years or older to be admitted, and 21 years or older to be served. IDs will be checked.
Bards & Brews is usually held on the first Friday of the month at various locations around town. Check out the Bards & Brews page on Facebook for more information. This program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Brian Hawkins (AKA Brian Porter) will serve as emcee for the Bards & Brews Poetry Slam. He is a full-time performance artist and poetry slam events director. Mr. Hawkins has hosted "On Stage at the Carver" at the Carver Theater, the longest running poetry open mic in Birmingham (almost 7 years running). He has hosted numerous additional events of this nature and has also performed his own works many times and across the country.