Here’s the round-up of Albany WordFest events around town this week:
TODAY (MONDAY, APRIL 15)
6pm: Youth Open Mic @ Bethlehem Children’s School, Slingerlands. Jill Crammond hosts a special open mic for young poets, writers and spoken word artists in grades 5–12 to share their work.
8pm: Poets Against Fracking @ the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. A night of poetry and spoken word by Band of Bards, a community of Binghamton area writers, artists and activists who have turned their talents toward helping to preserve their community against the threat of hydraulic fracture gas drilling in New York State and beyond.
TUESDAY (APRIL 16)
7pm: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Albany’s poetry slam continues with open mic host Mojavi and slam master Thom Francis at the helm. This edition of NGS will feature the long-awaited Haiku Battle! $5; students $3.
WEDNESDAY (APRIL 17)
7pm: “Louder Than a Bomb” @ The Linda, Albany. A screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary film about passion, competition, teamwork and trust. It’s about finding your voice. It’s also about poetry. Followed by a panel discussion and performance. FREE.
THURSDAY (APRIL 18)
7pm: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts this open mic for poetry and spoken word featuring Gettin’ Fierce, the student ensemble of Daniel Nester’s oral presentation class at the College of St. Rose.
9pm: Urban Guerilla Theatre @ The Linda, Albany. The poetry/spoken word/performance group presents its annual Skit Happens event with skits, comedy, performance and, of course, poetry featuring Carlos Garcia, Q-Diamond, Leslie Michelle, Tenesha Smith, Ms. Bliss, Mojavi and more.
SATURDAY (APRIL 20)
6pm: Albany Word Fest Invitational Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Yes, Albany’s own Nitty Gritty Slam will be joined by Verbal Slap (CT), Underground Poetry Spot (Syracuse), Suffern Slam (NY), Jersey City Slam (NJ) and Buffalo Slam (NY) to compete for prizes and wrap up WordFest. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
BUT WAIT… there’s more. We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for Saturday’s Word Fest Invitational Slam to some lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12noon on Saturday (April 20). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Saturday afternoon. Good luck!
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/27/13
WILDWOODstock @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs, 4/28/13
Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany, 5/11-12-13, FREE
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/6-9/13
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, 6/8-9/13
A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/13-15/13
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, 6/15-16/13
Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/21-23/13
Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/28-30/13
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/29-30/13
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/13/13
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/18-21/13
Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/20/13
The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Clavarack, 8/8-10/13
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13