The best poets are masters of language, rhyme, and the ability to walk onstage in front of thousands of people and talk about some very sexy topics. Watch the best with this GrouponLive deal.
- Poetry, hip-hop, and theatrical performances
- Where: Nuyorican Poets Café
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here for a calendar of upcoming shows
- $15 for two general admission tickets and two drinks (up to a $34 value)
- $29 for a one-year membership (up to a $60 value)
Student discounted tickets are available but this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Friday Night Slam with Mahogany Browne (Fridays through July 19)
This Cave Canem Fellow presides over an audience-judged poetry slam between the pros and the winners of Wednesday night’s contest.
WORDS (the third Saturday of every month)
WiseGuy and Gaston host a hip-hop open mic that has seen appearances by such icons as Mos Def, Saul Williams, M.C. Search, and Company Flow.
Riffs and Rants (select Tuesday nights)
Writer-director Tony Drazan shows off his improv skills in a free-form storytelling forum. Drazan and guest performers tell tales from their lives—or the lives of audience members—centered on a suggested theme.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began in 1973 as a literary get-together in the living room of college professor and celebrated scribe Miguel Algarin. By 1975, sick of cleaning up dangling clauses left all over his house, Algarin began renting the Sunshine Café to give local writers and performers a venue to develop their craft. In 1980, the non-profit organization moved to its current home in a century-old tenement on East Third.
Today, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe plays a crucial, street-level role in New York's art scene. Randomly selected audience members judge weekly poetry slams, and the venue plays host to small theatrical productions on many Thursdays through Sundays. Other evenings may feature hip-hop concerts, snappy Latin jazz, and freewheeling open mic nights.