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Here are some live events for you to add to your calendar.

San José Poetry Slam
Sunday, October 9 at 7pm
Tabard Theatre
29 N San Pedro Street, San José, California
Streaming live here!
$0–10 at the door

Sponsored by Poetry Center San José and Tabard Theatre.

Sign up list will be open from 6:30 to 6:59 p.m.
Slam starts at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Mighty Mike McGee!

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Our featured poet, José Jiménez (He/Him/His) is a storyteller with a passion for quesadillas, Cumbias, trashy TV, expanding immigrant rights and abolishing institutionalized racism: you know… the basics. His writing includes fond memories of growing up in Michoacan, Mexico, processing microaggressions about race/national origin and calls for all of us (especially our elected officials) to contribute in fixing the broken immigration system. At the core of his writing is the need to expose our differences for what they really are: Strengths. José has featured/read at open mics in Nebraska & California. He is the 2020 Grand Slam Champion for The Loud Mouth Poetry Jam & a finalist at the 2021 inaugural Stonewall International Poetry Slam (SIPS).

Your intrepid, San José-loving emcees, Mighty Mike McGee and Mr. Ato Walker.

Off Nite: Episode #001
Monday, October 10 at 10pm
Tabard Theatre (with a full bar!)
29 N San Pedro Street, San José
(Entrance behind Dr. Funk’s Tiki Lounge)
Live stream link TBA!
Free in person admission! Come watch and laugh and learn!

Park here for cheap!

San José is not necessarily the place to be on a Monday unless Mondays are your weekend. There is so much happening in our valley nowadays that it’s hard to always know where to go for a good time. Me and my comedic co-pilot Mr. Ato Walker have joined forces with the folks at Tabard Theatre in San Pedro Square to create and host a late-night style variety talk show taped live in front of a live studio audience on the most boring night of the week in the Santa Clara Valley. It will be a “What’s Happening In The Valley This Week.” We taped the experimental “Episode 000” to get an idea of what the show is and needs and we were very pleased to have found a groove we think you will enjoy. We’re also looking for interesting videos to present during the show. Weird, wonderful and wild are the themes. If you have something like that, send it my way: mightymikemcgee at gmail

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Bound for the Pacific Northwest

I have a great story for you. I am making my way up the west coast for some shows and for a Mega McGee Family reunion. I’ll be performing in Redding, California, Portland/Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C. If you know folks in those wondrous places, please let them know I am coming.

After my shows, I will head toward Seattle to meet up with the McGee side of the family. My grandfather is ill, so my father is flying in from Germany as well as my brother Jamie and his wife and kids here in the Bay. My father hasn’t seen his dad since 1988, nor has he seen Jamie since 1990. My uncles, aunts and cousins are all coming together and my grandma will be there. My dad hasn’t been in the same room as both of his parents since the 1970s. It’ll be the first time I’ve been in the same room as my father and brother since 1989, and the first time ever that the three of us will be in the same room with my grandpa. And it turns out we’ll all be together on Father’s Day. That detail was unplanned… I am so excited and I don’t know what more to say about it…

Sun, 6/9 | Redding, CA | An Evening with Mike McGee

Mon, 6/10 | Portland, OR, with Brian Stephen Ellis and Anis Mojgani |

Tue, 6/11 | Eugene, OR, with Roxy Allen, Devin Devine, Julia Allegretto Gaskill |

Wed, 6/12 | Bellingham, WA | Just hanging out.

Fri/Sat June 14/15 | Vancouver, BC, with Jamie DeWolf & Co. for the final Game of Thrones Live: Fire & Ice, Ice Baby |

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IMAGE | Tim “Toaster” Henderson, Minneapolis, MN

9:11pm. November 24, 2015. Minneapolis, MN.

Tim Toaster Henderson (@toastersmodernlife) performs perfectly balanced poetry set at SlamMN. Toaster is one of those performers who seems to effortlessly take the stage for a warm city, braving the cold. His words were clearly infused with the feeling of the day and all that came with marching to city hall. Tired, but woke. #poetsinbw #blacklivesmatter (at Kieran’s Irish Pub)