The second stop on my book release tour was the Bay Area. I’m ashamed to say that I left my camera at home for the Berkeley show and have no funky pics of the first show! You will have to take my word that it was a fun night, full of old friends and great poetry. Charles Ekabhumi Ellick was a welcoming host as always.
The tag line for the Tourettes show is “the fight club of underground art.” I’ve heard about the show for years and approached the show with a dress made of wonder and a train made of fear. Tourettes has a reputation for a rowdy audience, boundary pushing performances and nudity. What I didn’t know is that the audience would top 300 in a comfortable warehouse space with a great stage.
The show feature a world-class contortionist, a beat boxer-as-DJ, dirty haiku, an April Fool’s prank in which someone appeared to die on stage, a poetry slam and a troop of half-naked girls. It also featured my favorite act of the night, Jamie DeWolf performing “The Worst Poem you Ever Heard.” My great friend and old touring partner C.R. Avery performed a show stopping set, and the night was rounded out with an emcee battle.
C.R. and I tried to remember lines from the poem the next day. We got the repeating mantra “my words can save your life cuz they’re sharp like a steak knife.” Jamie hit every hackneyed convention of spoken word and the audience loved it.
As always I loved the great poets of the Bay Area. What a loving, generous, talented, spirited bunch of writers. Thanks to everyone who came out to see my show at the Berkeley Slam. I could feel the love!