Date and Time
May 18, 2022 8:00 pm
"Water is Life" Open Mic hosted by Waterkeepers Chesapeake
What does water mean to you? This special series of poetry events explore the undeniable fact that “Water is life.” Waterkeepers Chesapeake, in partnership with Busboys & Poets, hosts this series as part of the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Campaign. Everyone has the right to clean water. We need it to keep our bodies healthy, our communities safe, and our economies strong.
For five decades, the Clean Water Act has protected our waterways and stopped practices such as the discharge of completely untreated wastewater. But we still have work to do. Our DC rivers, while vastly improved since the 1970’s, still experience sewage overflows and legacy toxic pollution. Too often, our low-income and marginalized communities are the ones most harmed by flooding, polluted waterways and historical disinvestment. We hope this poetry series will lift up the stories from these communities, as well as speak to the spiritual and healing connections, and fun times humans have with water.
This event is part of a series on the 3rd Wednesdays May through October:
May 18 - Takoma Park
June 15 - Hyattsville
July 20 - 14th & V
Aug 17 - Takoma Park
Sept 21 - Shirlington
Oct 19 - 14th & V
To learn more about the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary campaign and other events go to: https://cwa50.org
Learn about Waterkeepers Chesapeake at https://waterkeeperschesapeake.org
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Host: MALACHI BYRD
You won’t get five minutes into a conversation with Malachi Byrd, without hearing about Washington, D.C. An author, teacher, songwriter, and arts advocate from the district, Malachi believes superpowers exist in creative writing. An African-American Studies graduate from Princeton University, MalPractice gets his name from his commitment to mastering his crafts, and staying ready so he never has to get ready. If you follow performing arts in D.C., you’ve probably seen Practice rapping, laughing, and hugging everyone in the room. He often asks, art is made of healing properties, so why not use them
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For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear.
$5 Cover. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.
Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check-in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in a forfeiture of seats.