Goofy to too damn serious is how
spoken-word artist 331 describes the range of the lip servers who frequent the weekly Dramatic Art in Rhythm open mics
at The Hangout (3611 Broadway, 816-931-9200). The gathering has spawned a wide-ranging community of poets, lyricists, songwriters and visual artists. Were not cliquish or anything. Were just family, explains 331, a local poet who represented Kansas City in the 2003 national slam team. When you come through those doors, youre welcome. Everything negative is left outside. He and his partner, Priest a spoken-word duo known as the Recipe break the ice each week with memorized pieces cadenced to the rhythms of hand drums and occasional live ensembles. Wordsmiths interested in joining the Dramatic Art in Rhythm lineup can check out myspace.com/therecipekcmo or stop by The Hangout from 7 to 9 p.m. Tonights featured performer is neo-soul singer TBlaze, with an open mic to follow. Admission costs $5.
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., 2007