When: First and Third Sunday of every month, 6:30-10 p.m.
Twice a month you can earn points to qualify for the 2012 slam team at the Golden State Poetry Slam and Open Mic, hosted by three-time Grand Slam winner Sean "Ner City" Gullatt and Earring Diva D'Dra White. DJ Harvey Kent provides the tunes. Every first and third Sunday at Grand Lake Coffee House (440 Grand Ave., Oakland). 6:30-10 p.m. $5-$7. 662-589-8577 or GSSlam.com