Black Voices Matter, April 19, 6:30-9 p.m., Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region, 506 E. Moreno Ave.; Denim Day Open Mic: April 24, 6:30-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., $5 suggested donation per event, facebook.com/Poetry719.
Poetry 719, a local collective of spoken-word poets, really doesn’t slow down. Consistently setting out to raise the voices of the marginalized, the group hosts amazing, specialized open mics. In the coming days, we can look forward to not one, but two exciting events: Black Voices Matter and Denim Day Open Mic. Black Voices Matter (April 19) will include a writing workshop and an open mic for black performers. Denim Day Open Mic (April 24) will be open to all performers who wish to show support for survivors of sexual assault, including and especially survivors themselves. This will be Poetry 719’s observance of Denim Day, held annually during April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), which raises awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence.