Monday December 9th! Poet, Emcee, Activist JARED PAUL from Providence! Plus! The JUKEBOX Remix Performance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2013 by dirtygerund

jaredpaul1POETRY FEATURE: Having toured internationally in over 200 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing alongside legendary poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Bill Clinton, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Jello Biafra, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, The Misfits and many others, JARED PAUL is widely recognized as one of the premiere performance poets in the world. His work has been featured on the jaredpaul2Canadian Broadcast Company program, “Zed TV,” as well as in CMJ Magazine and The Providence Journal. Jared is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and has been a featured poet at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Post Secret national book tour, South By Southwest Music Festival, and Net Roots Nation. He was also the headlining act for the 2009 Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach grand opening at the nationally acclaimed Villa Stuck gallery in Munich, Germany. www.jaredpaul..org

Victor Infante wrote a bad-ass review in the Worcester T&G for Jared’s new spoken word album, check it HERE

jukeboxBONUS RUCKUS: The first ever JUKEBOX RUCKUS REMIX Performance Challenge! Got nerve? Got an unbreakable performance spirit chops? Got LOUD? Well here’s your chance to win a snazzy prize this week! We know where the volume knob is on the Ralphs Diner Juke Box! The challenge? You begin your loud performance piece, and you try to keep it together, while NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS tries to throw you off your game by playing god, I mean, DJ on the jukebox. He’ll choose a weird song and twist the volume know hither and tither trying to make you lose your place! Come out the other side like a champ and impress the audience to win!!!

More factory of Terror Guest Visual Artist as our new friend DGfunHECTOR mans the paint brushes this Monday night! Who’s got the snack! YOSH SHARTIN has been manning the taps alone lately, let’s pack the place and create more jobs local creative economy style! Three weeks in a row we miss duct tape band members DERRICK MEADE & ADAM CASTEN, but expect them back after their jam band sabbatical! Not much more to say! Remember, we start at 8:30pm these days! Packed open mic last week including new voices! DG is on fire and not retiring!

Monday Dec 2nd!!! CLARK UNIVERSITY SLAM reads poems at a Grad School Level!!! Plus! Haiku X-Mas Wish List Challenge!!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2013 by dirtygerund

ritter-prestonWelcome December! Now snow yet and things are just heating up at the Dirty Gerund! So join us in killing off the rest of this year with another month of great times! POETRY FEATURE: Members of the CLARK UNIVERSITY POETRY SLAM COLLECTIVE – 3 amazing young writers are 21 plus and co-featuring us something fierce! ZOE RITTER, JOHN PRESTON (pictured above eating guac) and CLAIRE McDONALD (reading at stART Fest, pictured right) have been penning awesome verse on claire-mcdonaldcampus over the past few years! They run a weekly college writing group, hold poetry slams & open mics and have performed all over school and beyond! Each are wonderfully talented and deserve features of their own, but hey, we’re into working all sorts of holiday time magic, so we’re inviting all three to our stage to rock it!

drunksantaBONUS RUCKUS: The first ever “Ole Saint Nicholas’ Haiku Holiday Wish List” Challenge! If by Saint Nick, you mean SAINT NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS, who’s got sugar plums and other outdated, archaic winter time tasty treats dancing around in his sleepy time melon! Well he’s gonna spend the better part of 14 minutes monday afternoon furiously writing down popular gifts that he just wishes someone would wrap up and put under his tree of send to him via Amazon! It’s easy, he reads the original hai-klu (get it?) you buzz in and guess. First to three wins a special holiday beverage on us! Ho ho ho!!!! Hiccup!

Well, our holiday prayers have been answered, we expect the return dg-handbill-newof our regular DG Duct Tape Band tomorrow! We are even expecting a special surprise who’s been known to strum a tune or two on our stage! Ooops, maybe I said too much! You can never say too much on our open mic! Get there before 8:30pm if you want in. Who’s got the snacks? Who’s got the visual arts? Join us, I promise to keep safe and sparkly under that mistletoe. Let’s make good choices people!

Monday! November 25th! KAYLA WHEELER from NH Slam Free or Die! Plus! “Drunken Text or Poem?” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 by dirtygerund

Great couple weeks in a row! Starting at 8:30 once again!!! Get at us!

kaylawheelerPOETRY FEATURE: KAYLA WHEELER is a poet, potty-mouth and ex-ballerina from New Hampshire. She was a semi-finalist at the 2013 National Poetry Slam, having represented Manchester, NH’s Slam Free Or Die. Her work has appeared in various literary journals including The Subterranean Quarterly, Wicked Alice and Resurgo Magazine. She is a gentleman and scholar. Currently living in Maine and studying Nursing, Kayla’s taking a break to pay us a visit and feature at our venue for the first time!

BONUS RUCKUS: Is that uhmmm… a poem or a drunken drunk-cattext message? CHALLENGE! Yeah, we know. It’s really hard to tell sometime. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is fluent in both, so we’re letting him tugboat this ship into the harbour! We’ll take three of our most competitive guessers, Nick reads off a snazzy line, you buzz the buzzer and say “Poem” or “Text” – remember, you can’t say other! Be the first to guess three correctly and win a frothy prize that will help both your poetry and your late night communications!

dgfun2Last week saw the beginning of our DUCT TAPE Band’s two week hiatus while they’re off writing them hit songs! In the meantime, uber DG friend JOSH HOLDEN put together a new band called THE LEAF PEEPERS and they brought the space noise circus quirk! Who will guest band us this week? stay tuned! Who’s got the snack? Message us! Who’s got the visual arts! Get at AARON WHITE if you’re interested! Open Mic, YOSH & CHICKEN give thanks for your patronage! Hey! Start this holiday week off right! Everyone’s cutting out and cutting it up a bit next week, so let’s rock!

Monday Nov 18th! BEN BARKER visits from Salt Lake City! Finally! The “Toasty Roasters Challenge!” More!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2013 by dirtygerund

REMEMBER WE’RE STILL KICKING THINGS OFF AT 8:30PM LAST WEEK REALLY WORKED SO LET’S KEEP THE ENERGY GOING!

benbarkerPOETRY FEATURE: BENJAMIN BARKER has competed regionally and nationally with multiple poetry slam teams, most recently with the 2013 Salt City Slam Team that competed at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the co-slammaster of Voice Boxers Poetry Slam in Riveton Utah. Ben has two self published chapbooks: Prose For The Living & Poetry For The Dead as well as Learning To Surrender. His work has recently been spotlighted by Button Poetry. He can be contacted via Facebook or at dustednation@gmail.com. This is his first North East Tour and very first visit to Worcester, so let’s go all out in welcoming him!

BONUS RUCKUS: Finally, we’re getting around to the 53toastmaster“Toasty Master Challenge!” You come to the Gerund and help us launch our 5th year with a toast to our mental and cultural health! Second Round, Nick Davis tests your improv muscles, by giving you an awkward scenario in which you must toast under strange circumstances! Winner gets a frothy frosty prize on us! Our regular DIRTY GERUND DUCT TAPE BAND is on a two week hiatus! Watch as we improvise, divide and conquer? EMILEE MORREALE is bringing the snack old school! AARON WHITE does the art old school! YOSH & CHICKEN got the suds and burgers to keep you warm!

Monday Nov 11th! JADE SYLVAN returns, book release party style! PLUS!!! IRON POET UNIFICATION CHAMPIONSHIP!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2013 by dirtygerund

DIRTY GERUND BEGINS at 8:30pm from now on! Please take note and get down early in order to get down!

jadesylvan-NEWPOETRY FEATURE: JADE SYLVAN is an award-winning poet and nonfiction writer whose poetry and essays have been published in over twenty journals, websites, and magazines. Jade won the 2011 Bayou Poetry Prize, and was a finalist in the 2012 Bunchgrass Poetry Prize and the 2012 Write Bloody Book Competition. Jade’s received artist grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Amethyst Arsenic, and was nominated “Best Poet” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper in 2013. Jade is a member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team. jadesylvanNEW2Kissing Oscar Wilde is forthcoming on Write Bloody Press in 2013. Jade has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe following the release of the poetry collection, The Spark Singer (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2009), and has performed and facilitated workshops at Harvard University, New York University, Bread Loaf, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Seattle Poetry Slam, Asheville Wordfest, The Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, The Green Mill (Chicago), The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC), The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC) among many others.

IronPoetApronBONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET UNIFICATION CHAMPIONSHIP! “MAHON vs. CHARPENTIER!” This just in!!! Confirmed and wooot! Last year Dr. JENN MAHON claimed the championship trophy, then promptly moved to Texas for work considerations (hmmm maybe we should get jobs, wait! we got a job this monday)! We quickly crowned an interim champion and gave her a championship belt! Now, after nearly a year of waiting, the title get’s UNIFIED as interim champ JENITH CHARPENTIER challenges Jenn to a battle of words, the likes of which we’ve never seen! Trophy and belt on the line! 3 rounds, 3 poetic concoctions, 3 judges scoring on 3 categories and of course, one insidious secret ingredient provided by our heralded chairman! Let’s get this!!!

DUCT TAPE BAND loves setting up and cutting out earlier. They shakespears-DGplayed on point for our superb Portland Double Features! If only we had more folks on the open mic! We’re in a lull. Not going to lie. We’re hoping to rebound before the winter (which is coming sooner than we think). YOSH & CHICKEN are enjoying the flat screen TV up front in the diner! Message us if you want to do a snack this week! Otherwise, let’s go! We’re revved up and hoping for a fantastic night this Monday!

Monday Nov 4th! DG welcomes “Fall Frontal Assault” Tour from University of Hell Press! Plus “The Erm… Awkward Toast Masters’ Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2013 by dirtygerund

Remember! We’re still rocking an 8:30pm start time! Get to the house early for your shot at the mic! This week’s super special as we welcome special, intrepid, poetic masters on tour!

eireanbradleyPOETRY DOUBLE FEATURE: The “FALL FRONTAL ASSAULT TOUR” – Portland Oregon Duo tearing across country on a 3 nationwide month tour! If you’ve been to the Portland Poetry Slam, there is a strong possibility that EIREAN BRADLEY has called you a “motherfucker” several times in the most loving way possible. Bradley is the host and organizer of the Portland Poetry Slam and is a seven-time National Poetry Slam competitor, a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, and former Portland davidsonGrand Slam champ. He has toured extensively, showcasing his prowess in 46 states, and is known for being equal parts cuddly and cranky and one of the foulest-mouthed humans alive. He loves poetry and bacon, not in that order. the I in team is his first book (with real, perfect binding and everything). Eirean can be found on Facebook. LEAH NOBLE DAVIDSON  has a curious 6-year-old and the charismatic precision of a spy. She lives in Portland, OR. Poetic Scientifica is her first book of poetry. Leah can be found on Facebook. Both are rocking brand spanking new full collections of poetry, released on UNIVERSITY OF HELL PRESS

53toastmasterBONUS RUCKUS: The Super Awkward Toastmaster’s Challenge – flex your poetic improv muscles as NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS welcomes you into the incredibly awkward world of public speaking! Bring your best prepared toast (the speaking kind, not wonderbread kind) dedicated to the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show as we enter into our fifth year of doing… you know… that think we do! That’s the first round! Round #2 takes you to stranger places where your improv skills will be on call, then will be mad at you later. Nicholas will throw down the subject and setting of your next toast. Keep in mind, Nicholas will be presenting you with toast challenges that’ll make you wish we were talking about wonderbread. Awesome prize for the winner!

Thanks to KENNY BRIAND aka Mone3 for beat-boxing his way into being alexDGthreethe house band this past Monday Night! Great open mic and Dead Poetry Slam won by JENITH CHARPENTIER who’s winning every prize we got these days! We could use a snack time volunteer! Visual Arts will be had! YOSH & CHICKEN miss you and are ready to bring you the best in burgers and drinks, this time a bit earlier! RALPH’S DINER has a larger flat screen TV and Netflix up front, in case you want to take a break and check the score or whatever classic flick Yosh is entertaining himself with. Great Alex! Promote the Poetry Show with TV. “All to inform, all to inform!” Happy Halloween!

Monday October 28th! We start early again! w/ DEAD POET’s SLAM

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2013 by dirtygerund

Great show last week everybody! Full open mic, actually kicked off at 8:30! Excellent energy and we persevered the impromptu metal show last night! Only metal this week is the mercury as our blood fever pitches us through the World Series!

ImageDEAD POET’S SLAM – in honor of the creepy crawlies, let’s have a cash prize poetry slam. Bring two poems from someone who is no longer living (although their words live on, etc, etc) – Perform them to the best of your abilities, get the best scores from our randomly selected judges and walk away $50 richer!

Feel free to rock your favorite costume! We’ll have a special prize on hand for the best!

House Band! Open Mic! We could use a snack volunteer!

This is a short and sweet post. I’m a short and sweet guy!