CalSLAM

UC Berkeley Spoken Word & Slam Poetry

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Click Here for CalSLAM Staff Applications!

Thank you to all the people who made it out to our CalSLAM Info Session last night! Lots of love in that room. For all who are interested (read: everyone ever), our CalSLAM staff applications are now available and due no later than 11:59PM Monday 9/3/2012.


Please send in your answers in the body of an email or as an attached document to calslamdirectors@gmail.com

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CalSLAM Fall 2012 Info Session Wednesday 8/29!

Come see what CalSLAM’s all about! We’ll briefly go over the history of the org & slam poetry, how you can get involved with our events throughout the year, and apply for staff positions! Everyone is welcome (whether you go to Cal or not).

Wednesday, 8/29, 7-9PM
B51 Hildebrand Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Directions from Sather Gate:
Immediately after Sather Gate, turn right onto the path in front of Wheeler Hall. Follow the path straight up (you will pass the Campanile, Birge, and Gilman on your left). Hildebrand is the red brick building connected to Gilman. There will be a breezeway inside Hildebrand on your left. B51 is the first large classroom when you enter the breezeway, on the right hand side (there is a SLC Tutoring sign on the door). Campus Map

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CalSLAM Fall 2012 Weekly Writing Workshops Officially Start This Monday 8/27!
7-9PM
110 Wheeler, UC Berkeley Campus

You’ll write awesome stuff!

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CalSLAM Presents: Battle of the Bay

Attention poets and poetry lovers from near and far: CalSLAM’s reach is extending to the rest of the Bay! That’s right, CAlSLAM’s Battle of the Bay poetry slam will bring together the forces of various Bay area collegiate teams, including: 

UC Berkeley
UC Santa Cruz
Stanford
San Francisco State University
University of San Francisco

You won’t want to miss the magic that’s going to happen here, so come through to see which Bay area team will win the crowd and dominate at this year’s Battle of the Bay! 

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If you are interested in watching, being enlightened, writing/performing in the future, or getting more involved with the organization, please come! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

159 Mulford, UC Berkeley Campus
$5 General Admissions. 
Show 7:00PM

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CalSLAM Open Mic celebrating Women, Femininity, and Goddesses!

Before you hit the road for spring break, join CalSLAM in celebrating National Women’s Month with an ever-epic open mic honoring women, femininity, and goddesses! The evening’s events will begin Friday the 23rd of March at 7 with a writing workshop to get some creative juices flowing and engage in a personal and group exploration of women, femininity, and goddesses. Then at 8, bring your poems both new and old to the stage during our open mic! The theme of the writing workshop and open mic is in honor of March as National Women’s Month, but it is open to interpretation. Whether you read, write, or listen, your presence is valued as CalSLAM continues to spread the love… lady style! 

Friday, March 23rd

UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Center
Writing Workshop: 7 p.m.
Open Mic: 8 p.m.

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Up Next: Perspectives Showcase

Come out and support the ASUC by watching the 11th Annual Perspectives Showcase!

On March 2, 2012 in Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus performing groups of diverse background, ethnicities, and performance styles will perform together in the hope of unity on one stage to help create a more inclusive and accepting Cal community. 2,000 students, faculty, and staff will gather to experience the talent and diversity that make up the lifeblood of the UC Berkeley campus. 

COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCES BY: 
Azaad and Fei Tian
Barestage and Human Journal
Cal Jazz Choir and TDPS
For Christs’s Sake and Kol Ha Dov
Bhangra and Ego
Jericho and Unscripted
Cal Slam and Dancers
Dil Se and Golden Overtones

When: Friday March 2nd, 2012
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm
Show will begin at 7:00 pm
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Uc Berkeley

TICKETS:
$7- General Admission
$10- VIP
$5-If purchased with RHA or a Perspectives team member

They can be purchased either online or on Sproul at the Perspectives table. Tickets will be available from February 1 to March 2, 2012. 

Tickets Online: http:// perspectives2012.eventbrite.com/

Sproul: Perspective table
February 1st til March 2nd 
Monday-Friday 10am-3pm


For more information check out our website: www.asucperspectives.org

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CalSLAM’s Grand Slam Finals!

11 poets have racked up points over the 2011-2012 slam season to qualify for CalSLAM’S Grand Slam Finals! On Thursday, February 23, they will compete to earn one of 5 spots on the CalSLAM poetry team, which will represent UC Berkeley at the 2012 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) and compete against 35+ Universities across the nation. This promises to be a powerful night of epicness, honesty, and healing.

If you’re not familiar with the rules of a poetry slam: Participants have 3 minutes to share their words. They are then scored on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly selected judges. Participants are given a ten second grace period, after which .5 points will be deducted with every subsequent 10 seconds over time. Also, this slam will consist of three rounds - so be prepared to hear three epic poems from each finalist! OF COURSE, the point is not in the “points,” the point is the poetry! 

Here are the names of your competing poets:
1) Natasha Huey
2) Ariana Weckstein 
3) Isa Borgeson
4) Brandon Melendez
5) Jade Cho
6) Gabriel Cortez
7) Brandon Young
8) Sanjana Bijlani
9) Emily Chan
10) Noor Al-Samarrai
11) Leslie Valencia

If you are interested in listening, writing, performing in the future, or otherwise getting more involved with the organization, please come! We have plenty of events that will continue throughout the semester and would love to see you around! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

2060 Valley Life Sciences Building, 
UC Berkeley Campus
***Admission: $10***
Doors at 6:30PM
Show starts at 7:00PM

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Last Chance (For Love) Slam and Open Mic

February 9th, 6:30-10 in UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Center

Love CalSLAM? Love poetry? Love bearing your heart and soul to a rich and supportive community? CalSLAM’s Last Chance (For Love) Slam and Open Mic is your second-to-last opportunity to get your fix before the semester’s over! 

This is the sixth of a series of slams leading up to our final slam in February, where students will compete to earn their place on the Cal Slam poetry team, which will represent UC Berkeley at the 2012 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) and compete against 35+ Universities across the nation. *You do NOT have to be a Cal student to perform in the open mic or compete in the slam, however you must be affiliated with UC Berkeley to qualify to compete at CUPSI.

If you do not know the rules of a poetry slam: Participants have 3 minutes to share their words. They are then scored on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly selected judges. Participants are given a ten second grace period, after which .5 points will be deducted with every subsequent 10 seconds over time. Also, the slam will consist of two rounds - so prepare at least two poems if you plan to compete.

OF COURSE, the point is not in the “points,” the point is the poetry but if you’re uncomfortable being judged on a rigorous 1-10 scale, the night starts off with an OPEN MIC that we HIGHLY encourage folks to share their stuff (*hint* new poets *hint*)

If you are interested in performing, watching, being enlightened or even getting more involved with the organization, please come! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

Multicultural Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building, UC Berkeley Campus
Free admission, but $5-10 donations highly encouraged.
Sign-Ups 6:30PM, Show 7:00PM

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HALLOWEEN Open Mic and Slam feat. TERRY TAPLIN

This Thursday CalSLAM is hosting its annual Halloween slam & open mic! Bring your best costume; we will have a costume contest, with a first place prize of a haiku from the winner of the slam. If that isn’t enough for you, our feature is CalSLAM alumni, National Poetry Slam competitor, and all around badass TERRY TAPLIN.



Terry Taplin is Bay Area native and Berkeley based Spoken Word artist and educator. He has represented the Bay Area on 5 national poetry slam teams at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. In 2006 Terry represented the Bay Area as a member of the Youthspeaks Nation Youth Championship team and went on to become the Bay Area Teen Poetry Grand Slam Co-Champion the following year and is a member of the 2009 UC Berkeley Slam Team that placed third at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 Terry coached the Bay Area Youth team to the Brace New Voices Final Stage(2nd place) and represented Bay Area at both CUPSI, as a member of the UC Berkeley Slam team and the National Poetry Slam as a member of Team San Francisco(ranked 10th in the nation) InTerry’s work he aims to demystify and expand masculinity, maleness and what it means to be both powerful and human at once. By illuminating and navigating the ever exponential intersections of race, gender and sexual orientation he hopes to empower others to embrace their own humanity in its entirety.

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This is the second of a series of monthly poetry slams this semester where students will compete to earn their place on the Cal Slam poetry team, which will represent UC Berkeley at the 2012 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) and compete against 35+ Universities across the nation. *You do NOT have to be a Cal student to perform in the open mic or compete in the slam.

If you do not know the rules of a poetry slam: Participants have 3 minutes to share their words. They are then scored on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly selected judges. Particpants are given a ten second grace period, after which .5 points will be deducted with every subsequent 10 seconds over time. Also, the slam will consist of two rounds - so prepare at least two poems if you plan to compete.

OF COURSE, the point is not in the “points,” the point is the poetry but if you’re uncomfortable being judged on a rigorous 1-10 scale, the night starts off with an OPEN MIC that we HIGHLY encourage folks to share their stuff (*hint* new poets *hint*)

If you are interested in performing, watching, being enlightened or even getting more involved with the organization, please come! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

145 Dwinelle Hall. UC Berkeley Campus
$5 General Admissions. Competitors in for FREE
Sign-Ups 6:30PM, Show 7:00PM

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LIFE is LIVING: FREE Performances, Writing Workshops, Open Mic, and Concert feat. QUESTLOVE



Local spoken word org Youth Speaks is hosting an amazing free event in Oakland this Saturday. Our very own Gabriel Cortez and other local poets are performing; there will be a writing workshop on the media and oppression of youth from 11am-12pm; and an Under-21 Open Mic from 12:30pm-1:30pm open to anyone who wants to read. This is a great way to connect with the greater Bay Area community and see poetry outside of Cal, while experiencing some of the dopest things the Bay has to offer - and all for free!


Life is Living: A FREE Celebration Of Urban Life Through Hip-Hop, Intergenerational Health, And Environmental Action.

Saturday October 8th | 11am-5pm | Defremery Park/1651 Adeline St (Between 16th & 18th), Oakland CA

Music concert featuring
DJ QUESTLOVE + PETE ESCOVEDO JAZZ ORCHESTRA + LOS RAKAS

Also Featuring
* THE 5TH ANNUAL ESTRIA INVITATIONAL GRAFFITI BATTLE FINALS
* HOOD GAMES @ Town Park
* YOUTH SPORTS Bandits Girls Softball Exhibition
* Performances by JENNIFER JOHNS, RAW G, RYAN NICOLE and ANTIQUE
* REFLECTIONS OF HEALING Mural Project featuring Brett Cook with Speakers Stage
* YOUTH SPEAKS Writing, Visual Art, & Science Workshops
* STEM-POSIUM Youth Science Fair & GreenTech Exhibition
* VENDORS BAZAAR with FOOD, CLOTHING, JEWELRY, and ART for SALE
* THE CIPHER featuring Tommy Sheppard and 20+ Bay Area MC’s
* URBAN GARDENING
* KIDS ZONE with petting zoo, stenciling,and face painting
* TOMMIE SMITH HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR with free HIV, Cholesterol, & Diabetes screenings


Come through! We’d love you see your beautiful faces there (:

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Next Up: CalSLAM Celebrates Homecoming!

GOAL: Create a space where different communities and community members can come together and share a little piece of their homes with each other

HOW: BY ANY ARTISTIC MEANS NECESSARY

CalSLAM is putting together a “Homeland” themed event in the Multicultural Center for Homecoming on Friday October 14th at 7pm. Because it’s a homecoming event, we want to bring our homes here and celebrate the homes we create for ourselves at Berkeley.

This is a chance to rep your community- as both an audience member and a potential performer. Yes that’s right; this a show, not a slam, so we want artistic diversity – dancers, singers, musicians, comedians, painters, sculptors, paper folders, talkers, listeners, performers of all sorts, and any other artists that can celebrate their homeland. Share your stories and your talent with us!

If you’re interested in performing or want more information, please email calslamdirectors@gmail.com  by Saturday October 8th (New Deadline!) so we have enough time to put together an amazing night and get your community on stage!

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE:

Word is getting around fast and some amazing performances are already lined up (including some student singers, poets, LIVE ART by Mechxa and a performance by Theatre Rice), but there is always room for more so we extended the deadline to submit your performance idea to SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH. Please pass this on to all of your community’s artists and performers!

For the Facebook Invite, go HERE


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CalSLAM Open Mic and Slam featuring Joshua Merchant

CalSLAM: UC BERKELEY OPEN MIC/POETRY SLAM – Every 3rd THURSDAY

Shake off those summer cobwebs, bring those new pieces, and start off the semester right with CalSLAM’s first open mic and slam of the year, featuring Oakland poet Joshua Merchant!

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JOSHUA MERCHANT is the 2011 Youth Speaks San Francisco Grand Slam Champion and member of the 2011 Brave New Voices Bay Area Team. He is now preparing to compete at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Ohio this October.
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This is the first of a series of monthly poetry slams this semester where students will compete to earn their place on the Cal Slam poetry team, which will represent UC Berkeley at the 2012 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) and compete against 35+ Universities across the nation. *You do NOT have to be a Cal student to perform in the open mic or compete in the slam.

If you do not know the rules of a poetry slam: Participants have 3 minutes to share their words. They are then scored on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly selected judges. Particpants are given a ten second grace period, after which .5 points will be deducted with every subsequent 10 seconds over time. Also, the slam will consist of two rounds - so prepare at least two poems if you plan to compete.

OF COURSE, the point is not in the “points,” the point is the poetry but if you’re uncomfortable being judged on a rigorous 1-10 scale, the night starts off with an OPEN MIC that we HIGHLY encourage folks to share their stuff (*hint* new poets *hint*)

If you are interested in performing, watching, being enlightened or even getting more involved with the organization, please come! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

145 Dwinelle Hall. UC Berkeley Campus
$5 General Admissions. Competitors in for FREE
Sign-Ups 6:30PM, Show 7:00PM

Attend it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231350440248474

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