Busboys and Poets, 14th & V

busboysThe flagship location of Busboys & Poets is located in the historic U Street neighborhood, and combines a restaurant, bookstore, and performance space (the Langston Hughes Room).  They host book release events, author talks, films, live music, and several regular reading and performance series, including: an open mic every Tuesday night at 9:00 pm, Live from Busboys (Talent Showcase, all performing arts disciplines, hosted by Ne’a Posey and Bomani Armah, 1st Fridays at 11:00 pm), the Sparkle Series, a queer-friendly monthly performance series (featured readers plus open mic, hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou, 1st Sundays at 8:00 pm), the 11th Hour Slam (home of the DC Poetry Slam Team, hosted by 2Deep the Poetess, 2nd Fridays at 11:00 pm), an ASL Open Mic (spoken word performed in American Sign Language, hosted by DJ SupaLee, the last Friday of the month at 11:00 pm), Nine on the Ninth (featured readers and open mic, hosted by Poet-in-Residence Derrick Weston Brown, on the 9th day of every month at 9:00 pm), and Sunday Kind of Love (sponsored by Split This Rock, hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, 3rd Sundays at 5:00 pm).  Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, DC. (202) 387-POET.  $5 Admission to most events.