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Untitled Ope Mic + Slam Featuring Sterling Higa


03/17/2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus
61 Market Street
01852 Lowell , MA

Description of Event: 

Untitled Open Mic + Slam featuring Sterling Higa

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The Untitled Open Mic is held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at Lowell's very own Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus.

This evening encourages poets, musicians, and all artists to share their work. The hosts and organizers are dedicated to keeping our show and venue a SAFER / BRAVE SPACE. We do not tolerate offensive material that is insensitive to gender, race, sexuality, and a group of people. We love the brave voices in our community and are excited to witness growth, creativity, and accountability.



Sterling Higa is a poet, hip-hop artist and educator. He has represented Hawai'i at eleven national slam poetry competitions at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. He was the HawaiiSlam state champion in 2010 and the first poet to represent Hawai’i at both youth and adult competition in a single summer. He has since performed and facilitated writing and public speaking workshops across the country and at dozens of Hawai’i schools. As Punahou Lincoln-Douglas debate coach, Sterling helped crown three state champions. He has taught poetry at 'Iolani School and Kawananakoa Middle School, and formerly served as Program Director of Youth Speaks Hawai’i, a program of Honolulu based nonprofit Pacific Tongues. Sterling earned his bachelor’s degree in Communicology with a minor in English from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He is currently an Ed.M. candidate in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


6:00PM | Sign-ups
6:30PM | Open Mic 
7:30PM | Slam 
8:00PM | Feature



• 3-5 minutes on the mic
• acoustic performances
• no musical covers
• respect the space, the mic and yourself
• have fun!!


Poetry slam is conventionally defined as the art of competitive performance poetry. Invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith (so what?), slam is a fast-paced competition where poets have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use all the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theatre, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect!).

Poets are competing for a spot in our 16-slot MILL CITY SLAM FINALS 2015, where the top 5 poets in the slam will represent Lowell nationally at the NPS, held this year in New Jersey.

• Competitors need 2 original poems
• Each poem has a 3 minute time limit with a 10.0 sec grace period. If the the poet goes over time, points will be deduction from their final score
• No will be no prop, costume, or musical accompaniment allowed
• Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30
• The format is head-to-head, with 4 competitors
• The poet with the higher score in each of the two rounds will go head-to-head in the final round
• The poet with the higher score in the final round wins and gets a spot in our MILL CITY SLAM 2015 FINALS



//Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus//





Parking + Directions:
Plenty of Free on-street parking after 6pm 
(Market St./Middle St./Merrimack St./Central St.)
Two Parking Garages
(Market St./John St.)

40mins from North Station to Lowell via Commuter Rail
10-15mins walk from Train Station
Commuter Rail Times | http://www.mbta.com/
Downtown Shuttle leaves from Kennedy Center every half hour

35mins from Lawrence via Bus | Route #41
leaves every Hour | http://www.mvrta.com/Our-Services/Fixed-Routes---Schedules/All-Routes-Listed/Lawrence-Lowell.aspx

30mins from Boston via via I-93 N + US-3 N
35mins from Manchester via I-93 S
40mins from Worcester via I-495 N

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Venue: Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus | 978.454.2739