When technology was cruder, people learned from each other through word of mouth. Sometimes life teaches us more than a class can, so expand your consciousness of human experience by taking in the words and rhythms of Philadelphia’s finest poets and storytellers at these open mics.
Take a little excursion to hear a reading featuring a slew of laudable poets at the Montgomery County Wordshop, followed by an open mic. April 9, 7pm. The Water Gallery, 319 W. Main St., Lansdale. 215.393.7180. watergallerylansdale.com
Philadelphia versus Boston in Philly vs. Boston Slam! During this story slam competition, see if your Eagles fervor can cross over to rooting for First Person Arts going head to head with the massholes, massmouth, about science. April 15 at 7:30pm. $15. Free Library, 1901 Vine St. 800.595.4849. firstpersonarts.org
InFusion will host the FUZE Poetry Slam and Open Mic in a battle of wits and words, open to the public in all manners of styling and subject. April 8, 8pm. $5. InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. 215.888.2529. infusioncoffeeandtea.com
Dowlings Palace’s got eclectic hosts for Jus’ Words, an open mic with a featured performer meant for keeping the spoken-word tradition alive. April 7, $3 before 9:30pm. Dowling Palace, 1310 N. Broad St. 215.236.9888. dowlingpalace.com
The Crossroads Coffee House hosts an open poetry reading and discussion. Readers can recite something original, famous or obscure but meaningful. Beginning May 10, 7pm. Crossroads Coffee House, 6156 Ridge Ave. 215.487.1923. crossroadsrox.com
There’s nothing like a tough economy to get us looking for cheap ways to learn new skills, make connections or blow off steam. PW has rounded up the best ways to pursue a neglected hobby or try something new.