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Individual World Poetry Slam

Set To Rattle Phoenix

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Phoenix Metro Venues

Ak Chin Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
5 Seconds of Summer, Nov. 13
Arizona Broadway Theater
7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
The Producers Oct. 4 to 28
Celebrity Theater
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Wanda Sykes, Oct. 17
Comerica Theater
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Arctic Monkey’s, Oct. 25

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
OK GO, Oct. 24
Firehouse Gallery
1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Firestage, Oct. 17
Grady Gammage Auditorium
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe
Pippen, Dec. 2 to 7
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
Vanya and Sonia and Mash Spike, Oct. 9 to 26
Joe’s Grotto
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Demi Hughes, Oct. 9
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Small Leaks Sink Ships, Nov. 15
Lawn Gnome Publishing
905 N. 5th St., Phoenix
IWPS Last Chance Clam, Oct. 8
Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix
Sister Lip, Oct. 14
Marquee Theater
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
IWPS Finals, Oct. 11
Mesa Amphitheater
263 N. Center St., Mesa
Insane Clown Posse, Oct. 15
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Shear Madness, Oct. 29 to Nov. 23
Pub Rock Live
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Drowners, Oct. 11
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Guitar Shorty, Oct. 24
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
Mr. Burns A Pos-Electric Play, Oct. 3 to 25
Tempe Center For The Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Art After Work, Oct. 8
Tempe Tavern
1810 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Makeshift Skyline, Oct. 11
Theater Artists Studio
4848 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale
Speed The Plow, Oct. 17
Torch Theatre
4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Skewed News Hour, Oct. 17
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix
10 Years of Fathers Day, Oct. 30
US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Black Keys, Nov. 10
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Speedy Ortiz, Oct. 11

Underground Arts Oct. 8 to 23: The Best Shows And Events You Don’t Know Also Includes A Free Show At Bison Witches, S&M Comedy Presents, Poetry Slim, Verci Official Afterparty Showcase, New Age Renaissance Festival


By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 8, 2014 — Phoenix is really making a push at opening up its profile as both an arts city and as an international city, and they can thank Lawn Gnome Publishing owner Aaron Johnson for taking them one step close to their goal by bringing the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam to Phoenix.

The slam will see 72 poets from all over the world come into Phoenix to compete for the title of best in the world. There will be events related to  IWPS all over the city between Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 beginning with the Last Chance Slam on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. FIfth St. As well as the main competition taking place throughout the weekend and culminating with the finals at The Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe.

Some of the more offbeat events associated with the IWPS include Extreme Championship Poetry, which will mix the pageantry and showmanship of pro wrestling with the nuance of slam poetry. That event will take place at Mother Bunches Brewing, 825 N. Seventh St. Phoenix, Oct. 9 at 11 p.m. As well as the Limerick Slam at Lawn Gnome Publishing at 3 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Most of the events are all ages though some are 21 and up. Every show has it’s own entry fee, or a full festival pass can be purchased.

Friday, Oct. 10

Tempe sandwich shop and bar Bison Witches, 21 E. Sixth St., Phoenix, is obviously trying to tap into the local music scene like their neighbors Casa Sunba are doing, and they’re doing a pretty good job of it. They had a mighty fine First Friday outing including the likes of Bad Neighbors, and Fairy Bones, and this week they are coming with another great lineup that includes Wolvves, Paper Foxes, Doll Skin, Leonardo DiCapricorn, The Echo Bombs, and Fairy Bones. The is 21 and up and free. Music starts at  7 p.m. with Fairy Bones.

Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, is a pretty happening place for offbeat performance art, and in the spirit of the IWPS they will be taking a jab at the poetry slam with their own Poetry Slim. Leave your sensitive poetic side at home, because we’re mercilessly mocking the languid, melancholy lyricist in all of us tonight. Comics will read their original sonnets, haikus, and villanellas, as well as some musty old classics and found poems, fresh off the bathroom wall. As always, this will be a bring your own absynthe event.” says the event’s Facebook page. The event begins at 10:30 p.m. Find more info on the event page.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Jerusafunk, Pro Teens, Red Tank!, The Wavelengths, no it’s not the next sell out show at Crescent Ballroom. It is the lineup for an upcoming local benefit show to get local photographer Ferdinand TIto, AKA Verci, a new camera after his was most heinously stolen. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is all ages. This one is a house show, so do yourself a favor and be respectful. So find a friend, and find the show, because this one is going down.

The New Age Renaissance Festival is taking place at The Rogue Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Genre and Bad Neighbors are some tree hugging age of aquarius hippie’s and they’re trying to indoctrinate all of us into their Branch Davidian like musical cult. Or maybe they just want to have a good time, spread some positive vibe, and play some music, either way it’s a party. The event is 21 and up and free. There will also be tarot card readings, comedy performances, and live painting, Showtime is 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Out of town pop-punkers This Legend will be in Mesa, are bringing their LA-inspired sounds to the Nile Theater, 105 W. Main Street, Mesa at 6 p.m. The band is comprised of former Yellowcard members LP and Ben Harper, as well as Chris Castillo and Steven Neufeld. For more information, visit

Friday, Oct. 17

The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, will present Forever Plaid beginning Oct. 17 and running through Nov. 22. The play is an musical-comedy and an homage to the 1950s. The story is centered around a quartet of aspiring young performers who are tragically, and inconveniently struck down in a bus collision before their first big gig. For more information, visit

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