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Wednesday Open Mic Night | 5th & K | March 22, 2017 | Hosted by Dwayne B. featuring Portia Bartley

Busboys and Poets

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Wednesday Night Open Mic! A Busboys and  Poetry Event   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.




Dwayne B aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a homegrown DC native poet, activist, break-dancer, and fashion designer. Dwayne has been known to write a pretty good haiku in his day which has lead to him win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA), and his work to increase HIV awareness through the spoken-word community garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and the Washington Post. Ultimately his goal is to make the audience feel something, and he’s always met his goal! When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.

 FEATURING: Portia Bartley

Portia Bartley is an Actress and Poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in London, England, she has studied in New York and Los Angeles where she earned her BFA in Acting from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her acting workhas given her Theatre credits such as Ruined and The Laramie Project. She also has worked on films, Commercials and TV shows such as Skechers, BET Black Girls Rock and Baskets on FX. Her poetry speaks on social injustice, immigration, race and sexuality. It has taken her to Colleges, Theatres and workshops around Southern California including UCLA, Chapman University, The Los Angeles LGBT Centre and The Southern California Sexual Health Summit. It has also been featured on The Black And Sexy Web series “Sexless” as well as Russell Simmons’ “All Def Poetry”.  With her poems, Portia strives to connect and empower. She shines light on another side of being black in America - a side where her nationality, sexuality and race have significantly shaped her experience. She is excited to take her poetry across the country as well as back to her hometown in the near future. 



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1025 5th Street NW
Washington, 20001

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world. 

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Wednesday Open Mic Night | 5th & K | March 22, 2017 | Hosted by Dwayne B. featuring Portia Bartley
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