Tuesdays at Da Poetry Lounge
You can question how Radioshack pays the bills, and you can wonder what’s keeping that cupcake bakery open down the street, but you can’t dismiss the excellence of a renowned poetry venue. Da Poetry Lounge (DPL) really is all that it’s cracked up to be; it’s raw, it’s dark, it’s lively, it’s diverse and it’s excellent.
DPL opens its doors to all ages every Tuesday at 9 p.m. for an open mic which sees the likes of professional poets, comedians, first-timers, hobbyists and kids who had to do this for class (entry is $5, cash only). Every third Tuesday of the month is Slam Night, which consists of slam-style poetry delivered by more experienced poets (entry for Slam Night is $10, cash only).
There’s a ton of free parking in the lot adjacent to the theatre, so don’t worry about that. And if you’re staying at Farmer’s Daughter, DPL is only a few blocks up Fairfax and right across the street from the Silent Movie Theatre. Seating is limited, so we recommend getting their a bit early if you prefer bleachers and beanbag chairs to the floor; the rest of the seating is across the stage – literally across the stage – or standing room. Fortunately, you won’t be turned away from the venue due to capacity (at least, not if you show up relatively on time), you’re just running the risk of being slightly uncomfortable.
If you want to perform at a DPL open mic, just show up before 9 p.m. and write your name down (oh, and it’s free entry if you’re reading – yay!). Check out DPL’s Instagram (@da_poetry_lounge) for a little taste of what the venue brings.