Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 05.04.22

Dallas Poet Laureate Joaquin

If you joined Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Wednesday of May (aka 05.04.22) 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!

Huge GRATS to our feature guest, Dallas Poet Laureate Joaquin Zihuatanejo, for joining in on our mic madness!

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) with special guest Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Round One:
* Mike Zone
Alan Gann
* Atenea Afrodita
James “Bear” Rodehaver
David Crandall
*Edward Wells
Lauren Coe
* Marianne Szlyk
* Anthony Ripp

Round Two:
Elliot Hill
Josh Weir
Suza Kanon
Dick Zinnendorf
Harry McNabb
Wood Don


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 06.01.22)… may the (fourth) 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…

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 to Absinthe & 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 be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

Got questions? E-mail us at for further details that may not be listed here.

Mad Swirl Open Mic at The City Tavern. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month!

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

The City Tavern is located at 1402 Main Street • Dallas, TX