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We are at the end of 2011 and the right to free speech is still being visibly violated around us. Most dramatically in the casual showering of pepper spray. Well, Amnesty once again joins Cottonmouth to voice the common rights to basic freedoms by spraying back. With words, those painful and powerful things.

Spoken word artists, writers, poets and musicians will congregate once again for a night that entertains, yes, but does so with import. All proceeds go to Amnesty International, bolstered by the ammunition of declarations and exaltations that remind us of the wrongs as much as it reasserts the rights.

Performers will be announced shortly!

WHAT: Cottonmouth XXXIII meets Amnesty International For ARTillery Spoken Word.
WHEN: 7.30pm Tuesday 6 December 2011
WHERE: The Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge
HOW MUCH: $10 - all proceeds go to Amnesty.

A zine will be released. Submissions with socially conscious interests and themes will be considered. 

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Why hello there, September. Fancy seeing you in a bar like this? Can I buy you a drink? No? What would you prefer? Enough triple-charged words to send you out to Mars? I think we've got the night for you with the return of Cottonmouth with  enough blather to turn you out into a lather.


Yes, the date is Tuesday the 6th of September and we're taking you out to The Bird once again for a night on the town.


Our Maitre d' will be the debonair dignitary Tomas Ford, serving us up a main course of bodies, mouths and voices on-stage for delectable consumption. Tut tut, but what will our main course be, September? What treats await us?


Our performers will be:

Steve McCall

Benjamin Mulvey

The Scrutineer of Splodge

David Vincent Smith

St John Cowcher

Daniel Kershaw

Khin Mynt

Eva Bujalka 


Nothing fans intimacy between us, September, than the music of the spheres...


Our music acts are:

Mobb Saraswati and

Obscotch


Dessert will be provided by that suave sod Byron Bard, providing us surprising sweets in those who bite at the chomp for the Open Mic.


And if we need further advice on the practicalities of when to make a sure-fire seduction of September or at least when to read the signals right, the Perth Zine Collective will provide advice and wisdom stored in the printed words they have for purchase.


Dress up to the nines and we'll open the door for you, September. Our words may be polished or our words may be rough, but they'll be sincerely full of love for you. As long as we can go steady.


While you think it over, submit to the zine at zine@cottonmouth.org.au!

WHAT: Cottonmouth XXVIII
WHEN: 7:30pm Tuesday 6 September 2011
WHERE: The Bird, 181 William Street, Northbridge WA

HOW MUCH: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
ZINE: by donation

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A month away, yes, and I know you've had words, you've had voices, and you've had music. Maybe you even had some Byron Bard on the side (he gets around, we know). What you've been really missing though, I know, is the night when all of these precious things coagulate into a vibrant spectacle known as Cottonmouth.


For August, we have something special - basically, a new night and a new venue! Yes, like any important thing in your life that leaves you momentarily, we have returned changed. Different. New.


As the old poem goes, The Bird is the word, yes, but on the first TUESDAY night of each month, THE BIRD will be for the word, particularly that word known as COTTONMOUTH. We return to you on Tuesday 2 August, resurfacing for a restaging of the night you've been really missing, really exploring the space of The Bird as best we can, because Tuesday nights right? The Bird. Tuesday nights. The Bird. Tuesday nights. You're picking up what we're putting down, yes? 


As per usual, Tomas Ford MCs your face off, swinging on a chandelier to lead the resumption into a consumption for your ears, which are begging for it, I know.


Though he's sullied his reputation with others, Byron Bard will be Chancelloring the Open Mic like the elegant despot he claims to be, undertaking the overtaking of the stage by the great unwashed.

Further words are to be found in the printed medium, the Perth Zine Collective as they open up their wares for perusal, zines to purchase for all those lonely nights when Cottonmouth cannot keep you company. One night a month is so fleeting, I know...


So, open your arms and embrace us warmly, because we've missed you too!


In the meantime, submit to the zine at zine@cottonmouth.org.au

WHAT:: Cottonmouth XXVIII

WHEN: 7:30pm Tuesday 2 August 2011

WHERE: The Bird, 181 William Street, Northbridge WA

HOW MUCH: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology

'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXVIII, Thursday 7 July

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Gadzooks, our fellow homeboys and homegirls, gad-muthaluvin'-zooks!

It's gonna be July soon and hark(!), it's gonna be Thursday 7 July soon.

Have them washed and brought to our tent, 'cause we're gonna be Cottonmouthing until late.

The illustriously high-steppin' Tomas Ford will herald us through sweethearted performers with much raising of hands and crying out with hallelujah.

The Chancellor of Open Mic Byron Bard presents his new open stage spectacle. Know the rules.

As always, the Perth Zine Collective sets up shop in the back chill out room with loads of awesomeness to read and touch and buy!

In the meantime, submit to the zine at zine@cottonmouth.org.au

What: Cottonmouth XXVIII
When: 7:30pm Thursday 7 July 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXVII, Thursday 2 June

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Sometimes Cottonmouth comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes 'round the moon
I see the passion in your eyes
Sometimes it's all a big surprise

Cottonmouth XXVII swooping into a North Perth bar near you - Thursday 2 June. We've got a line-up in store for you that'll make you say "And now we're standing face to face, isn't this world a crazy place?"

More info to come.

The Chancellor of Open Mic Byron Bard presents his new open stage with open arms and an open scowl. Trust us, this new incarnation the Bard has cooked up is a spectacle! Sign up before 10pm peeps.

In the meantime, submit to the zine yo!

When: 7:30pm Thursday 2 June 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXVI, Thursday 5 May

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I can feel May coming in the air tonight, oh Lawd
And I've been waiting for this May all my life, oh Lawd
Can you feel May coming in the air tonight? oh Lawd, oh Lawd

Cottonmouth XXVI is coming to all the sweethearts of Perth on Thursday 5 May - it might even be sweded!

Our indomitable Tomas Ford has got a line-up in store for you that'll give ya goosebumps. More info to come.

The Chancellor of Open Mic Byron Bard presents his new open stage with open arms and an open scowl. Trust us, this new incarnation the Bard has cooked up is a spectacle! Sign up before 10pm peeps.

In the meantime, submit to the zine yo!

When: 7:30pm Thursday 5 May 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

The new rules

  1.  The correct form of address when speaking to the Chancellor is "Your Eloquence".
  2. Open mic sign up concludes when the Chancellor takes exclusive possession of the sign up board (at around 10:00pm, most likely).
  3. The sign up board comprises separate sign up sheets in different spoken word categories, each containing six spots.
  4. Performers signed up in the first spot (marked "1") in each category will be called first. Subsequent performers will be called at random from the various categories until the open mic ends.
  5. Performers may sign up in the first spot in only one category each. They may sign up elsewhere in one other category, but preference will be given to performers who have not yet been heard from.
  6.  Brevity is the essence, the core, the very soul of wit. Time is limited, so performers are asked to present only one short piece. One or two minutes is excellent, three quite acceptable, four or five pushing it a bit, six or seven almost unbearable, and eight or more unspeakably naughty.
  7.  Performers are asked to keep their pieces within the reasonable bounds of their category. For example, claiming that a poem about a cat counts as a lecture is a little suspect.
  8. When it is time for the open mic to end, the Chancellor will personally select the final performer for the night from the names remaining.

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Since September 2nd, 2010, it has been my privilege to serve as Cottonmouth's Chancellor of the Open Mic. During my tenure, I have borne witness to the nativity of many fine spoken word performances, gazed admiringly into the metaphorical birth canals of many talented artistes, and greedily devoured the placentas of many superb creative
pieces. In this I have been ably assisted by my Vice-Chancellors, each of whom selected a Speaker of Words for the month of his or her appointment.

To all open mic performers, Vice-Chancellors, Speakers of Words, and, of course, audience members, I offer my thanks for sharing their words, voices, hearts, minds, applause, and enthusiasm. Spoken word is a most exciting art form, an anarchic maelstrom of diverse minds and voices. It is both a depository and a clearing house of change, and we must offer up and accept that change with equal grace.

With great sadness, I hereby tender my resignation as Cottonmouth's Chancellor of the Open Mic, and announce that the Open Mic is now to be replaced by the New Open Mic.

As my last official act as Chancellor of the Open Mic, I hereby appoint myself as Chancellor of the New Open Mic.

As Chancellor of the New Open Mic, I gratefully acknowledge the brilliance and dedication of my predecessor, and, in his memory, declare that the New Open Mic will henceforth be referred to as the Open Mic, and I as Chancellor of same.

I pledge that this will be the first of many changes, and that the reinvigorated Open Mic will be the home of variety and originality, and I call on all past and future friends of the Open Mic to help make it so.

I proudly remain your humble servant,

 

Byron Bard

Chancellor of the Open Mic

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Cottonmouth XXV, Thursday 7 April

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Oh. My. Goodness.

April just posted a tumblr about how she's gonna be on tour soon and she's playing in our lil ole town.

We should totally get everybody together and throw April an after-the-show-it's-the-af
ter-party (shout outs to Lil Leonie Lionheart's folk cover version on the uke) sorta near the Hotel lobby (ie the 459)! Seriously dudes 'n dudettes, let's throw April one mean performance art party.
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Cottonmouth XXV bam bam bam... (Can you believe we're up to 25?!?! Holy crabsticks!)

On Thursday 7 April at 7:30pm, the 459 Bar stage will once again bear the brunt of the larger-than-life Tomas Ford who will, with a egomaniacal sweetheartedness, swoon you through spoken-worders, old skool poets, sound artists, playwrights, new-media-welders and modern heartbreakers.

We've got a line-up in store for ya that'll make ya wanna clap your hands and sing "Mercy, Oh Mercy Me!".

Performers include:

Michael Collins
Andrea Gibbs
Alex Kannis
Bobby von Baker
Clayton Lin
Jackson Lawlor
Zoe Barron

Musical guests are:

Andrew Ryan
Ghostdrums


As always, the Chancellor Byron Bard, presents his open stage with open arms and an open scowl. Sign up before 10pm peeps.
Read up on the Bard's friendly proclamation.

In the meantime, submit to the zine yo!

When: 7:30pm Thursday 7 April 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXIII, Thursday 3 February

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Woah(!) February, you're coming soon? That's fantastic news because we haven't seen you in a really long time. And guess what February? We threw a party for January and it pretty much was totally rad. We swooned lots.

Oh, you wanna have one too, February? Sounds awesome, let's do it.

On Thursday 3 February at 7:30pm, the 459 Bar stage will once again hold the weight of the larger-than-life Tomas Ford who will, with a dignified defiance, pave the way for spoken-worders, poets, sound artists, playwrights, new-media-welders and modern heartbreakers.

We've got a line-up in store for ya that'll make ya wanna raise your hands in praise.

Including performances by:

Tiffany Ha
Dosh Luckwell
Claire Furchick
Paul Harrison
Phil English

& a special presentation of Tristan Fidler's radio play "Flap Yo Lips", as performed by Tristan Fidler and Leonie Brialey

With musical guests:

Salt Licked
Clare Nina


As always, the Chancellor of Open Mike, Byron Bard, presents his open stage with open arms and an open scowl. Sign up before 10pm. Read up on the Bard's friendly proclamation.

When: 7:30pm Thursday 3 February 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXII, Thursday 6 January

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We got to thinking, wouldn't it be nice to start the year off hand-in-hand? Golly me, golly my, skipping into 2011 together.

With just enough recovery from New Years, Cottonmouth blazes onward this week with the first of what is looking to be a bright-eyed and fresh-faced year. There'll be hooping, there'll be hollering, there'll be hand-clapping, there'll be foot-stamping.

On Thursday 6 January at 7:30pm, the 459 Bar stage will once again bear the magnanimous Tomas Ford who will sweetheartedly give you spoken-worders, poets, sound artists, playwrights, new-media-welders and modern lovers.

With performances by:

Jay Pruyn
Eva Bujalka
Renata Sain
Claire Potter
Chris Arnold
Sam Knee
Matt Giles
Kaitlyn Plyley

With musical guests:

David Egan
Luxury Cat

For a spot in the open mike section presented by the Chancellor of Open Mike Byron Bard, sign up before 10pm. Read up on the Bard's friendly proclamation.

When: 7:30pm Thursday 6 January 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

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