Washington poetry: Spit Dat weekly open-mike poetry event is spirited place

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 5, 2010; WE24

Poet Regie Cabico calls Spit Dat, the city's eight-year-old weekly open-mike poetry event, a kind of church. Like congregants at a tent revival, attendees one recent evening responded with their version of "amen" every time one of the parade of testifying poets turned a beautiful phrase, used an arresting image or otherwise struck a nerve: "Whaaat?"

The spirited audience response is only part of what makes Spit Dat -- hosted by the tag team of poets Drew "Droopy the Broke Baller" Anderson and Dwayne "Mister Mysterious Dwayne B" Lawson-Brown -- so much fun, not to mention what many consider one of the most welcoming of the area's open mikes.

Whether you're new to spoken word and merely curious, or thinking of taking the baptismal plunge as a performer, Cabico says Spit Dat is the best place "to get your feet wet."

What to expect: Kooky haiku, beat-accompanied rapping and heartfelt soul-baring. Although Spit Dat is open to all ages, the content can sometimes be raw.

If you go: Spit Dat is Thursdays from 8:45 to 11:30 p.m. at Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. http://www.ecacollective.org. Like a floating crap game, the series has had several homes over the years, including a coffee house and a capoeira studio. Stay on top of relocations by becoming a fan of "Spit Dat" on Facebook. Admission is by $1 suggested donation.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

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