What's Happening at Busboys and Poets

August , 2017

Events at 14th & V

Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Twain Dooley
14th & V | Langston Room | August 1, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


LIVE! from Busboys Talent Showcase Open Mic hosted by Beny Blaq
14th & V | Langston Room | August 4, 2017 | 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! LIVE! is an open mic talent showcase that offers a platform for all performers.


A.C.T.O.R (A Continuing Talk on Race)
14th & V | Langston Room | August 6, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) open discussion series is hosted by Busboys and Poets as a community service. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. 


*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic
14th & V | Langston Room | August 6, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! *SPARKLE* Open Mic Poetry is a queer-friendly and focused reading series that has featured an array of LGBT-dedicated poets. Hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou.


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Joseph LMS Green
14th & V | Langston Room | August 8, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


11th Hour Poetry Slam Hosted by 2Deep the Poetess
14th & V | Langston Room | August 11, 2017 | 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

The 11th Hour Poetry Slam offers an opportunity for poetry lovers to enjoy the competitive art of late-night performance poetry! Enjoy two rounds of high intensity poetry, with the audience choosing a winner.


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Drew Anderson
14th & V | Langston Room | August 15, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry
14th & V | Langston Room | August 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Each program includes one to two featured poets and an open mic segment.


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Gowri K
14th & V | Langston Room | August 22, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Tuesday Night Open Mic
14th & V | Langston Room | August 29, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Events at 5th & K

Ford Foundation Staff Dinner
5th & K | The Loft | August 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Wednesday Night Open Mic hosted by Chris Thomas
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 2, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


​Private Event: Beloit College Alumni Event
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 2, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


University alumni/student/faculty lunch
5th & K | The Loft | August 3, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Private event in The Loft. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Haiti Will Not Perish - Author Event with Michael Deibert
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join Busboys and Poets Books as we welcome author Michael Deibert to our 5th and K location to discuss his new book Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History.


Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Simply Sherri
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 9, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Does Your Mama Know?
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 15, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

ZAMI + Makers Lab present Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories


Wednesday Night Open Mic Hosted by Mary Bowman
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 16, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Youth Open Mic presented by Busboys and Poets
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 19, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere.


VegFest Media Launch Party
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday Night Open Mic hosted by Dwayne B
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 23, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


ASL Open Mic
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 25, 2017 | 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

A Busboys and Poetry event!?On this night, American sign language users and viewers from all corners of life will come together to recite a poem, song, short skit or jokes. Come out and enjoy the wonderful environment while you eat, get your drink on and socialize. Great for those learning American sign language. Hosted by Fred Beam


Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Jonathan Tucker
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 30, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


National Student Poets, Partners & Alumni Dinner
5th & K | Cullen Room | August 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Events at Brookland

Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Charity Blackwell
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 7, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Orville Walker
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 14, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


College Open Mic Night hosted by Kosi Dunn
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 18, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

College Open Mic Night is an open mic event featuring groups or individuals from particular colleges who are invited to perform, followed by an open mic for college students and other audience members.


A.W.E. (All Women Everywhere) Open Mic hosted by Carolyn Malachi
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 21, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Medical Education for Patients
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 24, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Private event in the Pearl Bailey Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-6432


Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Lissa Piercy
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 28, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


BUSBOYS AND POETS & @BeltwaySlamDC Present: the BELTWAY POETRY SLAM
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | August 29, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

BUSBOYS AND POETS & @BeltwaySlamDC Presents: the BELTWAY POETRY SLAM. DC's only Poetry Slam, Inc certified slam event meets the last Tuesday of every month at Busboys and Poets' Brookland location.  


Events at Hyattsville

Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by DJ Tao
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 3, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 7, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's Performer: TBD


Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by 2 Deep
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 10, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 14, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's Performer: TBD


Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by Rebecca Dupas
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 17, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


LIVE! from Busboys Talent Showcase Open Mic hosted by Angie Head
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series LIVE! is an open mic talent showcase that offers a platform for all performers.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under hosted by Marsha Goodman-Wood
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 21, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's Performer: Marsha Goodman-Wood. 


Thursday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by E-baby
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 24, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Busboys Book Club in Hyattsville
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 26, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Busboys and Poets Book Club in Hyattsville meets on the last Saturday of every month at 9am in the Zinn Room.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under featuring Frank “Banjoman” Cassel
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 28, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's Performer: Frank "Banjoman" Cassel


Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by Kosi
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | August 31, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Events at Shirlington

PRIVATE EVENT: South Arlington Kiwanis
Shirlington | Paul's Den | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Private event in Paul's Den hosted by South Arlington Kiwanis.


Busboys and Poets Book Club in Shirlington
Shirlington | Paul's Den | August 5, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Book Club meets at the Busboys and Poets in Shirlington on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am-11am.


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by KaNikki J
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 7, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


PRIVATE EVENT: Arlington Democrats
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 12, 2017 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Private event for the Arlington Democrats in Robeson Room. 


Youth Open Mic, Shirlington
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 13, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere.


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by 13 of Nazareth
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 14, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


PRIVATE EVENT: South Arlington Kiwanis
Shirlington | Paul's Den | August 17, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Private event in Paul's Den hosted by South Arlington Kiwanis.


Monday Night Open Mic Hosted by Lauren Bullock
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 21, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


“LIVE! from Busboys” Talent Showcase hosted by Beny Blaq
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 25, 2017 | 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

LIVE! from Shirlington takes place on the last Friday of every month and offers a platform for all performers ...musicians, comedians, dancers, thespians, magicians, or any other type of performer!


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by Sli’im Williams
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 28, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 29, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is TBD


Focus In! Film Series presents: “Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock”
Shirlington | Robeson Room | August 30, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Our Revolution at Busboys and Poets Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community for a screening and panel of the Documentary"Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock".


Events at Takoma

Author Event - Jonathan Rosenblum
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 3, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Busboys and Poets Books as we welcome author Jonathan Rosenblum, author of "Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement" at our Takoma location. Readers interested in labor activism, history, economics, industrial relations, or immigration studies will find this book to be compelling and captivating, as Rosenblum captures the story of this unifying, important, and successful fight for economic equity. This event is co-sponsored by Bread & Roses. 


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under Featuring Audrey Engdahl
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 7, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is: Audrey Engdahl


Hurston/Wright Foundation Reading with Tiphanie Yanique, Kyle Dargan, Sheri Booker
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 8, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics and Prose at Busboys and Poets in Takoma welcomes the Hurston/Wright Foundation's annual summer workshop reading featuring Kyle Dargan, Tiphanie Yanique and Sheri Booker.


Jazz & Verse Open Mic
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 13, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunday Jazz & Verse Open Mic Poetry & Jazz Night! A Busboys and Poetry Event. Every second Sunday, cap off brunch with two hours of incredible music and poetry! Audiences can expect a diverse array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and more with a Jazz soundtrack! It will feature the sounds of a professional Jazz Band to groove us into the night. All are welcomed to perform, or enjoy a night of Jazz & Verse!


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 14, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's Performer: TBD


Bread & Roses
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bread & Roses is a monthly labor series that features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a new topic through interactive discussions, film screenings, and performances. 


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under featuring Margot Bevington
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 21, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is: Margot Bevington


Rise & Rhyme: Super Family Saturdays w/ Culture Queen
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 26, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is: Culture Queen


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under hosted by Marsha Goodman-Wood
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | August 28, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is: Marsha Goodman-Wood