Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 07.03.24

Joaquin Zihuatanejo & GNO

This past 1st Wednesday of July (aka 07.03.24) Mad Swirl Open Mic whirl’d up the Swirl at our OC home, Barbara’s Pavillion (for 3 years now!), getting the Mad mic opened for ALL you Mad ones out there!

This month we featured OG Dallas Slam Poets, Joaquin Zihuatanejo & GNO!

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

Johnny O
Desmene Statum

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

Open Mic:
Roderick Richardson
Sarah Simmons
Gregory Cisneros
Opalina Salas
Alan Gann
Valerie Parsley Crowe
Brian Duran-Fuentes
Harry McNabb
Mz. Jolie
Jean Gallante
A. Psymmetry
Anita Sanchez
Lyric Jane
Lyrik Hunter

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

Stay tuned ’til next 1st Wednesday (aka 08.07.24) when we will be featuring Poet Roderick Richardson.

Johnny O

P.S. Here is the full line-up of remaining features for 2024:

August: Roderick Richardson
September: Desmene Statum
October: PW Covington
November: Mad Swirl Open Mic 20th Anniversary
December: Holiday Special

Huge THANKS to our past 2024 features:

January: Inciting the rise of YES & the fall of NO
February: Suza Kanon
March: The Best ofMad Swirl 2023 Anthology Launch
April: Opalina & Carlos Salas / Your Loving Son
May: Josh Weir
June: B Randall
July: Joaquin Zihuatanejo & GNO

P.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