Thursday, December 28, 2006
The first poetry night will be Thursday January 4th. This will be theme night and it's called RESOLUTIONS-Out with the Old and In with the NEW! What kind of poetry will be shared? The answer: ALL NEW POETRY!!! Yep that's right, no old poems will be read on Resolutions Theme Night. Hopefully we will all be able to enjoy New Poetry for a New Year!!! You can write about anything, including any Resolutions you may have made for 07'.
The second poetry night will be HOT POETS 1 YR ANNIVERSARY NIGHT! This will be January 11th. On this night, I plan to have a photo/video montage to present for all the documentation of the past year. For those of you who've been faithful to Open Mic Poetry at Beatnix, my request is that you come and share what poetry at Beatnix has meant to you. I'm looking for "back then" and "now" short pieces. They can be written in poetry form or just plain ole' writing from the heart. We want to have a nice cozy night and I guess you could call it, "testimony" night. Come ready to share your feelings on poetry night and reminisce about your favorite poem or favorite night you attended. Or perhaps the first time you got up to read or the first poem your wrote. What ever you come up with is fine with me!!
The third poetry night which will be January 18th will be another theme night. The theme will be FAVORITE NURSERY RHYME, TV THEME SHOW OR LYRICS night! What does that mean? Just pick your favorite of the afore mentioned and change the words/verses and make up your own personalized poem. Just make sure it's fun and clean! Thanks!
The last Thursday of the month will be Featured Poets Night. The two Featured Poets will be Jack Larimore and Me! Come on out and share in both our personal works. Jack will also have available his second book of poetry he's just published called Metamorphosis.
And that will wrap up the start of a great New Year of Open Mic Poetry in Waco!
Friday, December 22, 2006
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Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The last poetry night of 2006 will be next Thursday December 21, with Featured Poets, PJ Kelly and David Crelia! Don't miss either night!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Featured will be Sha'rol, a Waco native, bringing some hometown flavor. Here she is reciting an original called, Round and Round.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We will have "themed" poetry nights monthly and I will add to the schedule earlier to give everyone time to prepare their poems. We'll see if we can reserve all "I Got Issues" Poems until after the break so I can videotape them all in on shot this evening. Theme nights help you in creating new work and that gives us a variety of new poems to hear at least on a monthly basis for us regulars.
Next week will be Thanksgiving, so no poetry night because Beatnix will be closed for the holidays.
The last Thursday of each month is Featured Poets Night. November 30th (mark your calendars) we will be featuring Sha' Rol, a local poet cutting her teeth at OMP and our long distance HOT Poet, Mike Guinn of the Ft. Worth Poetry Slam. It should be an exciting night filled with a lot of original pieces from the heart.
On Featured Poets Night, regular OMP will be from 7:30 til about 8:20ish and the Features will have 30 minutes each the rest of the night.
Keep writing, and I hope to see you out tonight!
Friday, November 10, 2006
|Performing an original song at Beatnix Coffeehouse's Live Music Night, Friday November 10, 2006. Shane was recently signed to Amnesty Records and goes on tour in January 2007. Show him some love by linking this video to your myspace or blog and leaving your comments in his guestbook at http://www.shanespann.com|
Monday, November 06, 2006
For those of you who've been coming out to Thursday night Poetry on a regular basis know that from time to time, I give "homework" so to speak. This month's assignment is to write about about whatever issues you may have. It can be issues with yourself, your work, relationships, life, quirky things that really bug you or whatever you come up with. Be as creative as possible, and also, have fun.
Remember it's rated PG, so make sure you bring something that will be fun but interesting to hear. How about folks with unusual feet? Anything you can come up with I'm sure will be just fine. And remember, have fun!!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Tim Cates and the Dave Wild Band opened up the night.
Rob Holbert of Mirage was the headliner for the evening. It was such an awesome night! I was a little under the weather but enjoyed Mirage thoroughly. Richard Thomas emceed the event sponsored by Black Tie Productions.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Jena Evans and Apoetaswell tonight at Beatnix Coffeehouse: 8:30-9:30pm. Come on out and support these HOT Poets.
Pictures from the Open Mic and Featured Poets night are here.
Jena reading one of her original pieces called Love Me.
Apoetaswell reciting A Sword in the Snow from his CD.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Yesterday's activities were fun filled and there were a lot of families out. The weather was nice and warm. Make sure you dress comfortably and get ready to buy some good food and drinks from local restaurant vendors.
Friday, September 22, 2006
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Sunday, September 17, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
OK, from time to time I like to give "writing prompts" or "assignments" to the HOT POETS and anyone who'd like to participate in these writing exercises. Well about two weeks ago while on stage it came to me that we ought to come together and write a positive poem about good ole' Waco, Tx! Now the poem can be written any way you want to, just as long as it's positive.
Need some ideas about what you can write about? Try these links:
- Waco Tourist Information Center
- City of Waco
- Cameron Park Zoo
- Cameron Park
- Waco Trib
- Check out the links on the right!
THE DEADLINE FOR THE POEM IS THURSDAY AUGUST 31ST!!!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
If you'd like to see more pictures from the Opening Reception, please visit MJS Productions.
This was my first time meeting this young man, and I might say I was quite impressed. He's very articulate, mannerable, and quite handsome! I wish him much success at the University of North Texas this fall.
Monday, August 21, 2006
The next picture is Scott Vaughn. He hosts the songwriter's workshop the Monday after the MACT meetings. I plan on dropping by next Monday night at 7pm to share some of Jen's and my song lyrics.
The third picture is Michael and Rita Jones. Rita was the songwriter of the year last year and her birthday was today. We celebrated with cake! Penney at Beatnix sent us to the meeting to represent Beatnix, because they are members of MACT. Beatnix is one of the major sponsors for River Jam this year, so they were real happy to see us. We saw Terry Roller, Bryan Martin, Marty Floyd, Gordon Collier of The Nick Hildebrand Band, Carolyn Hurst and her husband. It was nice to see familiar faces. We met plenty other singer/songwriters including Glenn Parmelee of Tenderheart Ministries. We invited all out to Open Mic Jamz and to Beatnix Open Mic Poetry. We also sat and chatted for a moment with Mary Duty of Poppa Rollos Pizza where the meeting was held. It was a good night.
If ya look real close at the man on the plaque and our faces, you may see a strong resemblance. Why? Because that's our late Uncle Sherman on the plaque. He was a well known singer all over Central Texas for many years until his health failed in the late 80s and he passed away in 1989. About 5 years ago MACT decided to start honoring those who've made major contributions to music in the Central Texas area by having a Hall of Recognition annually presented at the Groovy Awards. Well, our Uncle Sherman was the first inductee.
I have run into plenty of folks of all races all over Waco who when they find out I'm an "Evans", they ask, "Do you know Sherman Evans?" I poke my chest out, grin shining on my face and proudly say, "That's my Uncle!!" What follows is always, "Your Uncle was a great singer!! He sang at Walker's Auditorium. We'd go see him here and there." Of course they'd name places that no longer exist in and around Waco that I was unaware of in my youth. I really miss my Uncle Sherman and like anyone who loved him dearly like me, I wish he were still here today to make me laugh and sing a sweet tune in my ear. He was a fun, witty, and handsome Uncle. He's been gone for 17 long years but his spirit will never die. Just wanted to give ya'll the inside track on our family.
My dad is a good singer as well and Uncle Sherman's son, Jason plays the bass for a Christian Rock band here locally. Unfortunately for me, I write songs, but can't carry a tune in a bucket! I guess I'll stick to reading and reciting poetry and oh, writing songs.
Beatnix offers local artists space to display paintingsAug. 21, 2006
By ANNA WOODCOCK, Entertainment editor
Students can now get their daily dose of caffeine and art at Beatnix Coffeehouse.
The coffee shop offers a new environment for coffee lovers free from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
With food, drinks, live music and "Open Mic Poetry Night," Beatnix has a variety of entertainment to offer, but it's also a local art venue.
"When we found out how starved locals were, we wanted to give them a location to display their work and help get their name out," said Todd Millerd, Beatnix's general manager and business partner.
Beatnix first opened its doors to customers and McLennan Community College art students by mounting their works on the walls.
Since the opening, the art exhibit has expanded to include more than just work from MCC students, but from artists all around central Texas.
"Classes came occasionally, too," Millerd said. "One professor had her students draw what drink they wanted on napkins as a grade."
Keeping the local community in mind, Millerd, along with his business partner Penny Simpson, immediately accepted Laura Walton's request to display her pieces of art.
"Laura was originally a customer and was one of the first artists to hang her pieces," Millerd said.
Walton later became the curator of the local art venue, searching for local artists and creating six-week shows.
"I've been to nearly every poetry night," Walton said. "One night, Penny and I got to talking and that was part of her vision, to have a nice looking, gallery-type presentation, so we put our heads together."
The first show, "New Geometries," began July 9 and ended Sunday with features from James C. Brown, Ruby Hanna and curator Laura Walton.
Brown's three-panel work titled "Relativity" is the largest piece on display and is definitely an eye-catcher, Millerd said.
Walton, who has run her own art shows in Dallas and Austin, said this is the first introduction outside of school for many of these artists who otherwise may not have the opportunity to display their works.
"It's very nice to have the opportunity for a place like this in Waco," she said. "You feel proud having your family and friends and prospective artists view your work in a local business."
The dimly-lit atmosphere mixed with cozy couches and recliners would appear to be the most unlikely place to display art.
However, Millerd said Walton makes sure to design the proper lighting needed for an art show.
"The presentation and lighting is more what you would find in an actual art gallery," Walton said.
While business remains relatively the same, Millerd said the number of positive comments and questions concerning the show have soared.
"Especially with this show, people are asking questions and are happy to find out we deal with local artists," he said.
Reicher High School senior Lauren Pate, an employee, said the art display has sparked her decorating interests for her future college dorm room.
"I always notice when we get new pieces and like to look at them during my breaks," Pate said.
All the art on display is for sale, ranging in price from $85 to $600.
Beatnix is not discounting the artwork from its loyal students.
The coffee shop is still transforming its back coffee room into a venue solely devoted to local student work, including MCC, local high schools and Baylor. The new exhibit is free and open to the public and began in early August with works from the artist Andrew Currey.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Now, on to the Beatnix T's. They are $15 plus tax, I guess, and the three colors to choose from are Starburst Yellow, Blue, and Army Green. I tried them all on and settled with the Yellow. When you drop by Beatnix, make sure you pick one up. They are going fast!!!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
If you were a teen and enjoyed yourself and would like to see the Cafe open over the holidays and school breaks, leave me a comment. I spoke with Penney, the owner of Beatnix about having Saturday workshops, especially right before UIL so those competing can sharpen their skills in preparation for the competitions. Poetry is one of the categories at all levels. I know because I was a volunteer UIL coach for Carver Academy this past Spring for the 6th graders. Now 7th grader Zagoria D. placed 2nd and she has graced the stage at Beatnix on a Thursday night with the big dogs! So email me or leave a comment if you are interested in Beatnix and HOT Poets hosting ongoing workshops or the Cafe opening back up before next Summer.
OAN, Beatnix is still having Open Mic Comedy on Tuesdays and I believe it will be every Tuesday night from 9pm until...Contact Beatnix Coffeehouse for more info.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
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Brittany and Allie both reading on stage for the first time at Beatnix. Although they said they were nervous, no one could tell. Both shared original work. We expect to see these Baylor Bears back often!!
Murray Price specializes in Country Western Music and will be a featured live performer Friday August 4th at Beatnix Coffee House. He's Good!!!! Come on out and support him!! Here he's playing and singing Folsom Prison Blues. Your comments are welcomed!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Need some ideas about what you can write about? Try these links:
- Waco Tourist Information Center
- City of Waco
- Cameron Park Zoo
- Cameron Park
- Waco Trib
- Check out the links on the right!
Here's Jen playing her song. It's quite nice, I might say, and I'm not saying that because she's my sister. You see for yourself. Make sure you give the video time to buffer.
Teen Poetry Cafe
at Beatnix Coffee House on 19th and Lake Shore. This will last until Tuesday August 8th, with a final Teen Feature Night! So if you have teen and tweens, bring em' on out to Beatnix Coffee House. These young folks are really talented and have a lot to share. Oh yeah, and send em' with some money cause they're gonna want to eat some pizza or get something to drink. Check out Beatnix's menu.
The Teen Poetry Cafe host is Richard Simpson, an 8th grader at St. Lewis.
Every Thursday from 7:30-9:30pm:
HOT POETS' Open Mic Poetry
at Beatnix Coffee House. It's open to all ages. There's a lot of poetry that gets either read or recited each Thursday night. If you've never attended an open mic poetry meeting, come on out. It's a warm and inviting environment and the audience is quite gracious. Trust me, I'm the host.
I know. If you have any music accompaniment or a drummer you'd like to read or recite your poems to, Beatnix has congas, a banjo and an acoustic guitar for your pleasure.
**3 poems or 5 minutes, which ever comes first
**Rated PG-13 ~~ It's a family atmosphere and poets from ages 7+ read weekly ~~
**If you have announcements, give them to Maryee to announce during the break
**Have fun and bring a friend or two
Every Saturday from 8:00-11:00pm: Beatnix Open Mic Jams
Can you sing, play an instrument, like to cover your favorite artist's songs? Christian, Folk, R & B, Rap, Country, drummer, harmonica, flute, bass???
Well come on out and get your 15 minutes of fame at Open Mic Jams.
Nick Stewart is the host and is himself, a very talented singer/songwriter. Come on out, sit back, relax and enjoy some good ole' music from local talent right here in Waco, Texas. There have been artists who've come out to Open Mic Jams and after the feedback and encouragement, they auditioned with Penney, the owner and were given a night to feature on Friday night Live Music Night at Beatnix. So who knows, you might be inspired and talented enough to have your own show one day. Come on out!! If you can't sing or play an instrument like me, you'll enjoy yourself anyway. Check out some video below of two performances.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
If you are a teen and have not dropped by Beatnix Coffeehouse for Teen night, you're missing a treat. This past Tuesday seemed like Teen Comedy night! Adults and teens alike were laughing and sharing poetry the whole time. I'm really impressed with the talent of these young people!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
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Jason says he loves working the Open Mic Poetry shift cause that's when he gets the most tips! We'll miss his when he heads off to the University of Dallas in August.
The crowd is very supportive and buys lots to eat and drink. Hearing and reading poetry can really work up a thirst and an appetite!
Monday, July 03, 2006
TEEN POETRY CAFE
Beatnix Coffeehouse will be closed from today (Monday) til Wednesday. That means No Teen Poetry Cafe tomorrow night. They will re-open Thursday, bright and early at 7am for coffee and pastries and we will have Open Mic Poetry at 7:30pm as scheduled.
If you haven't been out, please come and bring some upbeat poems if you have any. Last week was kinda melancholy and we need the HOTPoets to always have a poem or two handy to lift the mood when it starts to get too dark in the place. The crowd has been good even though it's summer time, but hey, that may be a Waco thing, cause there's no other consistent Open Mic poetry nights going on and not much to do on a Thursday night.
OBSERVATIONS FROM MARYEE
- I've noticed that most of the poets are reading their own work. We try and provide a safe place in which to share at Open Mic Poetry Night, which is good. Most of us share intimate and personal stuff, so that's helpful for them and others also and very therapeutic. Sometimes it gets pretty deep.
- The young folks amaze me by not being fearful of reading in front of a crowd. They add a nice balance for Thursday evenings and put the older folks to shame with their courage and creativity. Tuesdays have been nice as well and the poetry prompts I‘ve been giving the teens have been put to good use.
- Something else I've noticed is how many folks are becoming inspired to write their own "anthems" if you will, partly from others who have shared their own. Nick Stewart's "Screw You Ex-Girlfriend" has "spawned" others into writing from their own perspective. He said he’ll be reading it this Thursday.
- The self-censuring has been going fairly well. Beatnix is in business to make money, not run off customers who get offended when they walk in the doors to get a Chai tea and a danish and hear something lewd or offensive come from the stage. So, as a reminder, please be considerate of the Coffeehouse, the patrons, and the fellow poets when you read yours or someone else's work. IOW, use wise discretion.
PICTURES PICTURES PICTURES
I have been uploading pictures in my fotki account. If you would like to check them out, please do. If you want to purchase any, that would be great also. Check back often cause when I get the time to upload I will. If you want a picture but need it edited first (lightened, cropped, red-eye removed, etc), let me know and I'll clean it up before you purchase it. Right now, I'm just uploading pictures mostly without major touch-ups.
VIDEOS VIDEOS VIDEOS
As of last Thursday I also started videotaping the poets which means I took less still still shots, but captured as many poets as possible reciting their poetry. My digital camera as some of you know is also a camcorder and audio recorder as well, which means, you can have your stuff recorded by me with still or moving pictures, and solely audio as well.
I'm not working this summer substitute teaching so I thought it would be a good idea to offer my services in photography for those who are willing to help me out while I have fun doing what I love, which is capturing moments, visually, digitally and audibly. We've had a lot of memorable moments at Beatnix and I wish I had been capturing them all since the beginning, but hey, at least we are doing what we are doing. So support my side gig and purchase some pictures.
Believe it or not, it is a bit time consuming dealing with hundreds of photos. Downloading and editing can be a bear, especially when uploading video to google.com. I'm finding out the hard way that I need more hard drive space on my computer to handle all of picture and mSo I do what I want to do because I enjoy it, but if you want me to do a "paid" project for you, I'll be more than happy to discuss it with you via email or at Beatnix. Penney is helping me get my portfolio together, so if anyone wants to join in and support my efforts, that would be great.
The videos I have uploaded so far are here:
If you want to see some, check out google video. They are allowing for comments and ratings for google members, so please know that if I upload your video someone whom you do not know may comment. Just an FYI…
The hotpoets.org website is under construction. So, for now any announcements and updates will be coming either from the hotpoets newsletter group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hotpoetsnl/
WANT YOUR POEM ADDED TO YOUR PICTURE?
If you want me to add your poem under your picture on the blog, just email me with the text and I’ll add a the poem with the picture. If there’s anything you do not want, say a picture of your, etc, just email me off line and let me know and I’ll fix it.
HAVE A BLOG OR WEBSITE?
Send me your links to your blogs/websites and I’ll add them to the links in my Waco blog. You can also add your links into the newsletter group, by clicking on “links” when you are in the group.
Well, that’s all for now. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed. Looking forward to seeing you out on Thursday night!
Thursday, June 29, 2006
This tune is called We Are Marching.
Richard also owns Richard's Band Instrument Repair on 510 Elm Ave. Please click on the link above to visit his website.
For private engagement bookings, please call Richard at 254-752-1000 or 866-752-1003.
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Isabel congratulating Richard on his jazzy performance!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The Mother's Day and "IT" poems were great and we are still hearing
others that were not shared on the assigned nights. The "THEY"
poems will be scheduled perhaps later. We'll see. The feedback on
the "assignments" has been good and the poems have been creative and
very thought provoking.
To give folks time to prepare some really good Truth and Freedom
poems, we'll share them the week before the 4th of July on Thursday
June 29th. If you have any questions, email me or see me at Beatnix
If you would like to receive reminders for upcoming events via your email, make sure you sign up for the yahoo hotpoets Newsletter.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Check out more of Jena's Music on her Soundclick.
Your comments are welcomed!!!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
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Thursday, June 08, 2006
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Saturday, June 03, 2006
Writing Exercise by Maryee
The mother will write with a mild pencil
She's had enough of slick pointy ends
that have no real say so in how she feels
as she glides the wooden brush across the paper
with subtle dullness rather fast
The shade of her dreary disposition
Dark misty clouds
She will, but her story, it will only be led by her feelings
and then she writes again to fill the lonely void
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Another change to Beatnix's schedule is, they are now open Monday through Friday until 11pm.
The time change for each started last week.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
For May 25th, see if you can cook up some poems for Memorial Day, end of school year, and Summer.
Monday, May 01, 2006
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Thursday, April 20, 2006
It's been more than fun hosting Open Mic Poetry at Beatnix Coffee House. I have the sneaky suspicion this is becoming a family, a community of people coming together to create, share, and grow. I don't believe I'm speaking for myself. Since we've started, I've had other HOT Poets help me out by hosting. That's so no one can ever say when I'm not in town, the show can't go on. I call it good succession planning! Jen, Orlando, and David C. have hosted, and I'm sure more are to come.
Here's a collage of poetry tonight!
As usual we had our faithful regulars come up to grace the mic as well as some new faces, one being Tank's 7 yr old daughter "A". She read like a pro, an original hand written piece, preferring to sit rather than stand. Her younger brother shouted and cheered his big sis on, later sharing with the crowd that he was "working on his poem." Priceless!