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Discover the Bliss of Asheville's Open Mic Nights

Open Mic Nights in the Asheville Area

The Back Room at the Flat Rock Wine Shop
is a wonderful place to enjoy the wonderful wines and other beverages of the Wine Shop... and to enjoy a fabulous schedule of local live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays ... plus open mic night every Wednesday. Food is available, prepared by Green River BBQ. Located in Flat Rock, about a half an hour from Asheville. "... walking distance from the Flat Rock Playhouse, we are your destination before or after the show..." DIRECTIONS

Blue Mountain Pizza (Weaverville)
"... a family friendly, neigborhood place to sit, relax, have some great food, a cold beer, listen to wonderful music, get up on stage for open mic night [Wednesdays] or just sit out on our front porch and enjoy the day. A place for the town of Weaverville and points north to call their own. Come with your family, friends or come alone and meet new neighbors...." Check their calendar for this month's offerings

Click on each of the dozens of categories to the left to uncover what makes the Asheville area so vital, so intriguing and so, well, UTTERLY BLISSFUL!

Explore the Bliss of Asheville ...
Via
Eric Weiner's new book
The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World: ".... Asheville, North Carolina, with its idyllic mountain setting and proliferation of good restaurants and New Age healing spas, is enjoying a vogue as a happy place to live. As one newly arrived resident puts it, "A lot of people spin the globe and their finger stops on Asheville."

"....the author is correct, nice weather, affordable housing, lovely scenery, and a slower pace of life, yet an active cultural scene..."

From Rolf Potts' Vagabonding blog:

I've never been one of those uptight literary types who thinks that you have to have actually read a book in order to recommend it to others. So I feel no trepidation in suggesting Eric Weiner's new travelogue-slash-memoir The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World The premise of the book is simple but intriguing-- here is Amazon's description:

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Singapore benefit psychologically by having their options limited by the government? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

In the imaginary Netflix queue of books-that-I'm-planning-to-read, this one has just jumped to the top. By the way, why has no one started a Netflix for books? This question, and many more, I'll leave for another day.

 

Courtyard Gallery Open Mic

"... Every Thursday at the Courtyard Galley! Come enjoy, relive and restore the previously demised Thusday night Beanstreets open mic. Hosted by Jarrett Leone, signup starts at 8:30PM and performances from 9pm-12, Podcasts every week...." 9 Walnut Street in Downtown Asheville

The "True Home" Open Mic PODCAST
"... now has over 60,000 Subscribers in 35 countries including Farkministan and GROWING. This broadcast features the highlights of the Thursday Night Open Mic each week, and showcases the best audio artists and poets in Asheville and surrounding areas. Hosted by Jarrett Leone and featuring singer/songerwriter Ash Devine... find out what the buzz is about-- subscribe by clicking on the box or copy the address and paste into your player! Advertise on the podcast by calling 828-273-3332...."

Discover the Bliss of Poetry Slams, the Spoken Word and Open Mics

"... a collection of the written and performed works of more than 40 of the most influential slam, hip hop and performance poets in the world today. Slam poetry has evolved into an exciting cultural movement, with attendance far surpassing the traditional open mike poetry readings (anyone is welcome to participate and the crowd is generally supportive)...."
"Poetry slams-the Olympics of poetry-have become a cultural phenomenon. This groundbreaking anthology documents 10 years of poetry slams, with 100 poems from national slam champions and a dozen essays on how to run a slam, winning strategies, tips for memorizing poems, and more...."
"...A MUST have for any poet who is (or is considering) performing their poetry before audiences in any capacity. A necessary bit of packing for any poet with national aspirations of slamming, touring or just reading...."
In a little more than an hour, Billy Collins completely changes my mind about what poetry should be like. It's funny. It's witty. He's actually writing for an audience that isn't full of fellow poets who think that "deep" is a substitute for entertaining. And yes, it's entertaining. The poem about the dog that he put to sleep is sad and funny. The summer camp poem actually reminded me of that stupid craft that I also made at summer camp.....
".... For anyone who likes slam poetry or even if you just want to "hear" the emotion" the way the poet actually meant it, this is a great choice. This one is right next to to the first book on my shelf of favorites. The ones I never loan out! AWESOME!...."

".... Great poems in this collection for your next poetry slam. Intriguing original works of art too...."

"... Through the poet's eyes and the poet's heart we feel a rebirth of the wonder of life, the depth of despair and the joy and hope of a lifetime of dreams. Path of the Poet is a perfect present for anyone!..."

A Bigger Boat chronicles the Albuquerque Slam Poetry scene's growth and success at the 2005 National Poetry Slam competition, which it hosted and won. This collection of poems and personal memories explores Slam from the voices of the poets who began developing the Albuquerque scene in 1990 to poets who witnessed and celebrated the 2005 hometown victory.
".... The history, the rules, organizing, performing, scoring: all these are the elements of a fascinating phenomenon known as "Slam Poetry." Designed and concocted more than 20 years ago in Chicago and what has come to be a "new American artform," slam poetry and poetry slams are lushly written about by veteran poet, Geof Hewitt. Vermont's 2004 state champion, Hewitt is a master of the game but reminds us that "the point is not the points, the point is the poetry."..."
x "... The Freedom of the Mind: Open Mic contains 50 poems that are designed to be spoken over the open mic. An “open mic” is a microphone that is open to the public to freely express their thoughts and ideas. The open reading allows poets to entertain the audience with their personal expressions. This manuscript contains poems that were designed for the specific purpose of expressing the thoughts that capture the freedom of one’s intellect and dreams. Each poem has a creative tone and feel, which are vividly articulated by a plethora of similes, metaphors, nouns, and verbs; the author’s voice can undeniably be heard...."
"... Female spoken word artists have become the spokeswomen for a new generation. This demanding oral poetry of the early 21st century has defined a vanguard of lithely muscled voices; women who think and act decisively to create their distinctive and desperately earned realities. The combination of the eminent slam movement and the upsurge of bold underground feminism has created a unique pool of women who verbally challenge society on all fronts...."
".... This book provides a completely engaging narrative of the history of slam poetry in NYC. I was given this book by my husband -- as an infrequent reader of non-fiction with only a marginal interest in poetry slams, I did not expect to finish it quickly. The book was so engaging that I wound up finishing the last 100 or so pages in a single marathon reading session. I highly recommend it! The author does a fabulous job of blending together a truly fascinating narrative with in-person interviews with key figures in the NYC slam scene...."
What a good mix of new poets, well known Floridian poets, young, old, a true taste of NE Florida...whether you are from Florida or not you will enjoy this delightful anthology and bios of the 54 poets. Winner of a 2004 Royal Palm Award. Internationally recognized in Poetry Now Magazine the most read poetry magazine in all of Europe. "Open Mic Jacksonville" was also placed in the archives at the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens as part of Jacksonville, FL history...to be enjoyed 4 ever...It's a treasure.

 

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