Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 03.06.24

The Best of Mad Swirl : v2023

This past 1st Wednesday of March (aka 03.06.24) Mad Swirl Open Mic whirl’d up the Swirl at our OC home, Barbara’s Pavillion, getting the Mad mic opened for ALL you Mad ones out there!

This month we featured the Poets & Writers who are featured in our anthology The Best of Mad Swirl : v2023:

Johnny Olson
MH Clay
Marianne Szlyk
Christopher Calle
Marie Higgins
Tony Robinson*
Ryan Quinn Flanagan
Hem Raj Bastola*

(*read by hosts)

Special thanks to those who supported the Mad cause & got themselves a copy of “The Best of Mad Swirl : v2023”. Get yours HERE!

Grats to ALL the participators & appreciators who rode the Mad wave live at Barbara’s:

Johnny O
MH Clay

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

Open Mic:
Opalina Salas
Alan Gann
Harry McNabb
Carlos Salas
Elliot Hill
Christopher Calle
Josh Weir
Elliot Hill
Dick Zinnendorf

We know you have a choices of what to do with your Wednesday night & thrilled you picked lil ol’ us to hang out with!

Stay tuned ’til next 1st Wednesday (aka 03.06.24) when we will be featuring the dynamic duo, Opalina & Carlos Salas!… ’til then, 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…

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