Tonight's Bards & Brews at Central Library is Open Mic

 Emcee Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins at the EDRW edition of B&B
The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series will be held at the Central Library. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the October 5th edition of Bards & Brews will be an OPEN MIC. The merriment begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music, and poetry performances start at 7:00. Emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that run the gamut from romantic relationships to the local political scene. The program is free of charge and is open to the public.

Craft beer will be available for sampling courtesy of Terrapin Beer Co. of Athens, Georgia, and light refreshments will be served. Attendees must be 18 years or older to be admitted, and 21 years or older to be served. IDs will be checked.

Bards & Brews is usually held on the first Friday of the month at various locations around town. Check out the Bards & Brews page on Facebook for more information. This program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

EDRW coordinator Haruyo Miyagawa (left) and performers
Event: Bards & Brews Open Mic Event
Emcee: Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins
Place: Central Library
Date: Friday, October 5, 2012
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Call time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Registration: Not required

EDRW audience sampling goodies from local restaurants
We’re still basking in the afterglow of our fantabulous Eat Drink Read Write Festival edition of Bards & Brews on September 14 that offered extra helpings to please just about everyone—a talk on beer and cheese pairings by Chef Chris Hinkel of MIX Bakery and Café, appetizers created by Chef Chris DuPont of MIX and Café Dupont, a bevy of brews courtesy of The J. Clyde, music performed by BPL’s own band, the Reflections—and a very talented line-up of poets who regaled us with verse inspired by food and drink.