Cantab Recap For Wednesday, July 12th, 2023

Happy Wednesday! We say this often, but last week was truly full of some crazy talent on the open mic. Across all the first-timers and veterans, people really brought their A-game, and it was great to see. Highlights: SaiDee was, according to them, very much “on their bullshit,” Sramana is grateful she didn’t love California, and Hallie elaborated on what she has learned from watching 113 romantic comedies.

Our feature was the Letta Neely. Her performance was so enthralling, eye-opening, and overall mind-blowingly good that she received a standing ovation. Letta read pieces on the significance of gay bars, specifically in places like Indiana, her and her family’s relationship with grief, tales of Mona… and Lisa, and several others that made us laugh, cry, and cheer. Thank you for coming, Letta! Wow.

This week’s 🪑Shenanigans🎶 is courtesy of an acapella performance at the mic, as Guy sang out “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from the musical Les Misérables to a room full of full chairs and zero tables. 

This week’s ✏Line of the Wednesday✏ comes from Sramana, with “The Teslas are sunning themselves like albino lizards

Also, 📰 NEWSFLASH 📰: We will be switching to taking the $4 cover charge downstairs this coming Wednesday. We prefer you to bring cash (to minimize fees) but we also now will accept Venmo, and contactless payments like chip credit cards and Apple pay.

This Wednesday: all the way from Providence, Rhode Island, we have the great Zee Stewart (aka the Michael F. Gill of Slam Free or Die). Zee is an overly hopeful Libra who resides in the Northeastern corner of the US. At any given point, you’ll likely find Zee belting Nate Ruess (pronounced ROO-SS) songs, baking for her loved ones, or projecting their writing dreams into Google Docs. They have been featured at various venues around northern New England and has been one of the organizers at her home venue of Slam Free or Die since the summer of 2021. Zee’s work primarily dives into the subject of love in all its forms, including but not limited to grief, the complexity of interpersonal relationships, and the ways in which love weaves itself in and out of life like a precarious yet resilient thread. She hopes that her work helps you find the light, because they want to stroll into it with you.

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All shows take place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). The show is $4 / 21+ (ID/Proof of Vaccination required) and doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 PM and the feature begins at approximately 10:00 PM.