Friday’s event pick: Austin Poetry Slam 20th Anniversary Showcase

Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN;  Christopher Michael introduces Poetry Slam finalists on the main stage at the 29th Street Ballroom on Tuesday March 27, 2012. Spiderhouse has added four stages for entertainment and a bar expansion with the addition of the 29th Street Ballroom.

Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN;
Christopher Michael introduces Poetry Slam finalists on the main stage at the 29th Street Ballroom on Tuesday March 27, 2012. Spiderhouse has added four stages for entertainment and a bar expansion with the addition of the 29th Street Ballroom.

For the past 20 years, the Austin Poetry Slam has entertained thousands of Austinites with a consistently running weekly show featuring slam poetry — a competitive hybrid art form mixing elements of poetry, theater, comedy and hip-hop performance, with the exact blend varying from performer to performer.

This year’s slam culminates in these two nights of shows featuring all-star lineups including Lacey Roop, Tony Jackson, Phil West and more.

The shows will take audiences back in time by revisiting the two-decade history of the Austin Poetry Slam.

Details: 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $6 per show or $10 for both. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. austinslam.com.


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