Monday! Feb 20th! NYC’s CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN breezes through! Musical Guest JORDAN CASTY from Boston! Plus! The “GOP Candidates Forum” Haiku Game Show!

Last week was bananas! Let’s keep the great vibes and great weather going! If there was only one thing we were a bit bummed about, is that we only had one female on the open mic! In the interest of not letting the testosterone dominate… this week…

POETRY FEATURE: CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN is a New York City-based writer and performer of spoken word poetry, theater, creative nonfiction, and journalism. She was a member of the 2010 Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team, which placed second at The National Poetry Slam in 2010. She has competed, performed, and led workshops at poetry venues, theaters, colleges, universities, and schools around the United States for more than a decade. Caroline is a member of the Intangible Collective, and was both a member of and director for The Excelano Project, a nationally-acclaimed spoken word poetry organization at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the 2004 and 2006 UPenn Grand Slam Champion, is a five-time College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational finalist, and coached the UPenn slam team to CUPSI championships in 2007 and 2009. Upon graduating in 2006, Caroline was honored for her work with an event in her name at the Kelly Writer’s House called “The Caroline Rothstein Annual Oral Poetry Event.” A longtime activist in eating disorder recovery, she hosts the widely viewed video-blog “Body Empowerment,” sharing her own recovery story as a means to promote positive body image worldwide. Since 2000, she has served as a Resource Person for the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Her new one-woman play “faith” about her experience with and recovery from an eating disorder will be part of Culture Project’s 2012 Women Center Stage festival on April 3 and 4 in New York City. As a poet and journalist, Caroline has been published in various literary journals, anthologies, and publications, also self-publishing three books of poetry: After Leo Tolstoy (2011), This Book Wrote Itself (2009), and What I Learned in College (2006). She has a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

MUSICAL GUEST: JORDAN CASTY – This talented singer songwriter originally hails from Chicago, but now lives in Boston as he finishes his work at Berklee College of Music, where he also fronts a blues driven rock band called ELEVEN DOLLAR BILLS. Jordan is paying us a solo visit this Monday, bringing soulful melodies and youthful exuberance to our stage. He’s studied and toured across Europe, made some waves across country and hears good things about Worcester, so he’d thought he’d drop in and check it out. And so we were like, why not? And he was like, ok, fine then. And we were like cool. This is how this stuff happens!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “GOP CANDIDATES FORUM” Haiku Gameshow! Monday is President’s Day, so let’s take a few minutes (and I mean a few minutes) to highlight some of these would be presidential hopefuls just weeks before the Massachusetts Primary. Your curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS & I will put together some haiku with clues as to the personalities, backgrounds and ahem… aspirations of this year’s crop of Republican Hopefuls, you buzz in, guess which candidate we’re talking about, and win! First to three gets a drink on us and more importantly our write-in vote!!!

Visual Artist TBA! Snacks TBA! or is it TBD?! DIRTY GERUND DUCT TAPE BAND needs no such information to rock out! YOSH & CHICKEN will flip your script, between burger flips! Not quite sure how Damian is gonna top his LIMP BIZKIT cover last week for 90’s song of the week! We are currently in pre-production on a new add campaign, write Nick if you’ve got ideas. I heard he likes listening! Speaking of listening, go check out his new album on iTunes, whut? Produced by Dorian Gatej at Vemplore, these tracks are online and looking to corrupt! If you need a physical copy, bring some extra scratch to the DG this Monday and I’m sure he’ll gladly hook you up, after you buy the feature’s merch that is! Let’s go! Art!

We’ll leave you with some words from our awesome feature!

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