Thursday, January 12 @ 8:30pm
744 High St Thornbury
Has an Open Mic?
Featuring poetry and music by Brendan Bonsack and poetry by Margo Coulter. Plus the launch of ‘One Night Only – #1’ chapbook by Steve Smart.
Why ‘Blame Smarty’ as a gig name? Good question. Truly MC/convenor/regular performer Steve Smart has been blamed for so many things – mostly aching heads and whiny livers – and he believes in making the best of what he’s got to work with. So feel free to come along to Tago Mago on the 2nd Thursday of the month for poetry/music/shenanigans, and the next morning know that you can always ‘Blame Smarty’. Sometimes there are sparklers and glowsticks too, along with friendly staff, a high end sound system and reasonably priced drinks. Come for the art, stay for the chaos.
The event is curated, so all features and no open mic. but the MC can be bribed if he’s in a good mood, and we do love our surprise guests. Entry is by donation, helps us pay our artists in the style to which they’ve become (cough) accustomed. Keep your eye on MSW for some interesting new tangents over the next couple of months.
Margo Coulter caught poetry after spending far too much time around poets. There is no cure for poetry however proper management of symptoms can allow for a normal lifestyle. Margo thinks ‘normal’ is just an arbitrary social construct anyway and prefers to focus on one-sided conversations with her cats, making the perfect mac and cheese and binging on television.
Over the past 16-17 years Steve Smart has performed all over the world, run workshops, gigs, festivals (RIP Overload Poetry Festival) and been sporadically published. He has released six poetry CDs, various self-published chapbooks and has a massive web presence. His hair is no longer categorised as brown, it is now officially ‘salt and pepper’. As a poet Steve has been described as ‘Melbourne’s rockstar of performance poetry’ – (Perth Poetry Club), “wildly funny to deeply moving’ (Simon Leo Brown – abc.net.au) and ‘a raw, seething, hardcore poet who makes the rest of us look spineless’ (Amanda Anastasi – melbournespokenword.com). He lives in Footscray and is the current President of Melbourne Poets Union.
Every second Wednesday, behind the bookshelf in Sooki Lounge’s secret downstairs ‘nook’, you will find a collection of Belgrave’s local creatives opening their chests and sharing their heart with one another.
An incredibly supportive environment where each poet is greeted with genuine applause.
Tim Evans performs ‘Poem, Interrupted’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, where he was awarded an honourable mention.
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Tim Evans is still recovering from being English and can be found performing his poems at gigs and slams all over Melbourne and beyond. His hobbies are anxiety, depression and jokes and he often does them all at the same time. He’s been published on Audacious Vol. 4, has featured at The Dan O’Connell, Owl & Cat Readings, Poetry at Tago Mago and Poet’s Corner and was a Slamalongdingdong 2017 finalist. Several people have said nice things about his poetry but have refused to go on the record. He likes using self-deprecation but he isn’t very good at it.
Chalise van Wyngaardt performing ‘Truth’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Chalise was awarded an Honourable Mention.
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Chalise van Wyngaardt is a poet, theatre-maker and performance artist who believes truth is found outside the comfort zone. Having performed across Melbourne through numerous events and festivals including White Night, Seven Sisters and The Village fest, Chalise is renowned for her provocative and experimental performance styles that challenge the genre of spoken word at a core level. Chalise’s debut poetry collection Author and Melody is now available online through Melbournespokenword.com, and select bookstores across Melbourne