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Poetry Cabaret

October 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

WHEN:  Sunday October 22, 2017
DOORS: 7pm  |  SHOW: 7:30pm
GENRE:  poetry / cabaret / spoken word
AGES:  18+
SEATING:  seated general admission
TICKETS:  $7 adv. / $10 d.o.s. / $15 VIP (guaranteed seating in 1st three rows!)

The Asheville Poetry Cabaret Collective features an array of local favorites and traveling performers and the Poetry Cabaret show blends original spoken-word poetry with music, comedy, burlesque and boylesque, and magic for an experimental poetry reading in avant cabaret style. The show is a fearless exploration of erotic expression and Bacchanalia, yet it still confronts themes of resistance and social justice. This year the show has taken a harshly critical tone on the racism and sexism spewed by Trump, epitomized in Justin Evans’ trumpian ode “Fuck You.” Acclaimed poet Richard Jarrette will be headlining the October 22 show along with guitarist Charlie Rauh from NYC and renowned local poets Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Kevin Evans, Kelley Hoyer, Kevin Barger, Michael Coyle, Justin Blackburn, and Jadwiga McKay. 

This is a special show, because Poetry Cabaret had its first show at the Altamont Theatre in 2012, hosted and organized by poets James McKay and Caleb Beissert. Since then, Poetry Cabaret has grown to have a cult following in Asheville, giving regular packed performances at a certain favorite bar and at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in 2015 and 2016. In summer of 2017, the group released a spoken word and music album and went on the road to give six performances at Capital Fringe in Washington, DC, a show in Strasburg, VA, and in Asheville. Poetry Cabaret Collective is currently planning and fundraising to continue to take the show on the road. October 22 will be our last show at the Altamont Theatre, the place where it all started for us, because the theatre will be closing at the end of the year, and the poets surely will be sharing some thoughts on the state of gentrification in Asheville. 

Contains strong language and nudity. Approximately 90 minutes. For more information visit


October 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm