Best spoken-word night
Anyone can listen, but only women can shout out at Ren Jender's Amazon Slam, which takes place on the
last Sunday of every month at Ryles. Most poetry nights have a short life span, but the verbal riffs have
been echoing in this Inman Square jazz club for several years, and the crowds just keep getting bigger.
Participants are expected to demonstrate their own staying power: you must have at least three poems in
order to sign up when the doors open at 7:30 p.m. (The slam starts at 8.) And it isn't mandatory, but
it sure is fun to stick around after the slam for dancing with DJ She-Bang. Admission for the whole
evening is eight bucks, which is a bargain considering how much sweat is being generated for your benefit.
For details on upcoming shows, check out www.nestovipers.org.
Amazon Slam at Ryles, 212 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, (617) 876-9330.