Join Artie Moffa, the night’s scheduled feature, for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. Artie will be offering a workshop called “Your Heartbeat Has Been Telling You For Years.” From the workshop leader:
“Sonnets have rhyme schemes, dramatic turns, stanzas, …but they DON’T have to have convoluted speech patterns. The false idea that sonnets sound ‘weird’ can dissuade people from trying them. But the real heart of a sonnet is no more exotic than your own pulse: ba-Dum, ba-Dum, ba-Dum, ba-Dum, ba-Dum. Master that simple rhythm and everything else falls into place. Miss it and the tightest rhymes you’ve got won’t save you. Learn to spot iambic pentameter in everyday speech, and then learn how to write genuine sonnets using conversational English, all from the guy who once hosted an entire Cantab open slam speaking only in iambic pentameter, without anyone noticing.”
Doors open at 5:30 for workshop participants only: the workshop runs from 6:00 to 7:00. Cover charge is $5, which includes admission to the evening show. The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required.
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