Press Release - Detail
For immediate release on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
CONTACT:  Charla Draper
Public Relations Dept.Head
Phone: (205) 226-3746
Mobile: (205) 382-7029

Bards & Brews Rescheduled for Friday, March 9

Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance and beer tasting series has been rescheduled to Friday, March 9.   Originally scheduled for March 2, the event was cancelled due to the possibility of bad weather.  Usually held the first Friday of each month, the March edition of Bards & Brews will be an OPEN MIC event rather than a poetry slam.  Sign-up and live music begin at 6:30 p.m.  Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins, the emcee, will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of banter ranging from comedy to social commentary starting at 7:00 p.m. The Central Library is located at 2100 Park Place.

Craft beer will be available for sampling along with light refreshments.  You must be 18 or over to attend Bards & Brews and age 21 or over to sample the beer.  IDs will be checked.

Bards & Brews is one of the ways the Birmingham Public Library is reaching out to a younger demographic.  The craft beer movement in which beer is elevated to the level of fine wine as something to be savored and appreciated has really taken hold, especially among the younger generation.  Poetry slams have grown in popularity in recent years, and is a natural fit for the library.  The pairing of beer tastings with the poetry slams makes for a program with broad appeal.  The slams held last year attracted some of the most diverse audiences BPL has had for any programming.  Last month, more than 120 attended the program at the Avondale Regional Library.

This program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information, visit our website at or check us out on Facebook.
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