The open-mic series focusing on spoken-word artists ends its four-year run with a poetry slam — and a book-launch.
The book-launch is for Straightening Combs and Other Things That Changed My Life, by local performer and poet Kim El. The book incorporates material from her solo stage show Straightening Combs.
The slam, meanwhile, will feature eight competitors who have either battled in previous slams or who were featured Eargasm artists, all chosen by series organizer and host Leslie "Ezra" Smith. The winner gets a cash prize.
Smith is a seasoned poet, spoken-word performer and actor whose one-man show The Book of Ezra was recently staged by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.
The book-launch and slam are preceded at the Hill House Kaufmann Center by "The Uplifting and Beauty-Enhancing Workshop," organized by fashion-designer and make-up artist Cheryl El-Walker. The workshop, running 7-8 p.m. has a $10 cover.
The separate cover for Eargasm is $5. For more information, see here.