Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of October (aka 10.05.22) when we’ll once again be doin’ the open mic voodoo that we do do at our OC home, BARBARA’S PAVILLION and from our Mad Zoom Room (broadcasted via FB Live)!

Starting at 7:30pm, join hosts Johnny O and MH Clay as we will kick off these open mic’n Mad Swirl’n festivities with some musical grooves brought to you by Swirve (Chris & Tamitha Curiel, Gerard Bendiks) followed by our usual unusual open mic!

This month we will also be doing a soft-launch of Angst, written by our very own Poetry Editor MH Clay! Here’s a bit about that:

In March 2016, Mad Swirl Press released a limited edition of Angst; a collection of poetry by MH Clay with artful illustrations by Jeff “Skele” Sheely. Given the angst-ful events of recent years, we think this collection is as relevant as ever. Come get yourself one of the very first copies of this 2nd edition at our open mic. If you can’t make it to our open mic, don’t you fret… you can get your copy via Amazon right here!

Come one.

Come all.

Come to participate… (RSVP at our Facebook event page or send a message to

Come to appreciate… (join us LIVE at Barbara’s Pavillion- located at 323 Centre St, Dallas -OR tune in to our Facebook LIVE feed starting at 7:30pm)

Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call… Mad Swirl!

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 09.07.22

If you joined Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Wednesday of September (aka 09.07.22) at our OC home, Barbara’s Pavillion, then you know that once again whirl’d up the Swirl and got the Mad mic opened for all you Mad ones out there!

Here’s a shout out to all who graced our stage (both live & virtual) with your words, your songs, your divine madness…

Johnny O
MH Clay

Musical Overture:
Swirve (Chris & Tamitha Curiel, Gerard Bendiks)

Round One:
*Gayle Bell
Paul Koniecki
*Anthony Ripp
*Marianne Szlyk
James “Bear” Rodehaver
*Atenea Afrodita
Suza Kanon
*Giulio Magrini

Round Two:
Greg Cisneros
*Chris Zimmerly
Dick Zinnendorf
*Edward Wells
Martin Hache
Elliot Hill
Aaron Glover
George Duncan
Zoe Dune


HUGE grats to ALL the participators & appreciators who rode the Mad wave live at Barbara’s as well as our FB Live feed! We know you have a few choices of what to do with your Wednesday night & you picked to hang out with lil ol’ us!

’til next 1st Wednesday (aka 10.05.22)… may the madness swirl your way!

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, your eye can spy on the whole virtual Swirl’n scenes right here…

Round One…

Interested in Performing?

If you are a mad poet, musician, actor, singer and/or performer (circus freaks and Elvis impersonators always welcome) & live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come and strut–yo–stuff.

The show starts at 8:00pm and the mic closes when there's no one left standing.

Come one. Come all! Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to Swirl-abrate! Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl Open Mic!

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