Upcoming dates:


January 31, 2015

Featuring: Jaz Sufi & Jennifer Blowdrier

Theme: Feral


February 28, 2015

Featuring:  Madison Young and Ivan Hernandez

Theme: Bad Romance


​March 28, 2015

Featuring: Martha Grover and Harold Terezón

Theme: Dangerous


​April 25, 2015

Featuring: Katie Wheeler-Dubin and Elwin Cotman

Theme: Poison


​May 30, 2015

Featuring: Lake Lady and Wonder Dave

Theme: Slippery


​June 27, 2015

Featuring: Keenan Norris and Amy Berkowitz

Theme: Nasty


July 11, 2015

Beast Crawl Presents: Saturday Night Special! 

Featuring:  Peter Bullen, Maisha Z Johnson,

Hollie Hardy, Jason Schenheit, Chad Sweeney, William Taylor Jr., and Sarah Wisby


​July 25, 2015 

Featuring: Joshua Mohr 

Theme: Shameless


August 29, 2015

Featuring: Amos White and Indiana Pehlivanova

Theme: Hungry


September 26, 2015

Featuring: Siamak Vossoughi and Terry Taplin

Theme: Hidden


October 31, 2015

Annual Halloween Reading & Costume Contest! 

Featuring: C Anne Gardener and Tracey Knapp

Theme: Deadly


November 28, 2015

Featuring: JK Fowler and Geraldine Kim

Theme: Sick


No SNS in December


January 30, 2016

Featuring: Lisa Martinovic & Freddy Gutierrez

Theme: Lonely 


February 27, 2016

Featuring: Kimberly Reyes & Joseph Rios

Theme: Filthy


March 26, 2016

Featuring: Rei Jackler & Garrett Murphy

Theme: Colorful


April 30, 2016

Featuring: Karen Penley & James Cagney 

Theme: Broken


May 28, 2016

Featuring: Barbara Saunders & Tim Donnelly

Theme: Sullied


June 25, 2016

Featuring: Marguerite Munoz

Theme: Birthday


July 16, 2016

Beast Crawl Presents: SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

Featuring: Peter Bullen, Dennis Cruz, Hollie Hardy, Tomas Moniz, Karen Penley, and April Sinclair


July 30, 2016

Featuring: Kelly Landmine & Fisayo Adeyeye

Theme: Jiggle


August 27, 2016

Featuring: Natasha Dennerstein & Gabe Gusman

Theme: Music


September 24, 2016

Featuring: Richard Loranger & Venus Jones

Theme: Fairytale


October 29, 2016

Featuring: Laura Zink

Theme: Heroes & Villains


November 26, 2016

Featuring: Hugh Behm-Steinberg & Keenan Norris

Theme: Surreal


No SNS in December


January 28, 2017

Featuring: MK Chavez & Alexandra Kostoulas

Theme: Animal


February 25, 2017

Featuring: Bri Blue & Bradley Penner

Theme: Hope


March 25, 2017

Featuring: QR Hand & Paul Corman-Roberts

Theme: Get Off My Lawn


April 29, 2017

Featuring: K.R. Morrison & Robert Andrew Perez

Theme: Elevator Pitch


May 27, 2017

Featuring: Jennifer Lewis & Cleavon Smith

Theme: Invisible


June 24, 2017

Featuring: Rebecca Gaydos & Tomas Moniz

Theme: Family


July 29, 2017

Featuring: Bronwyn Emery & René Vaz

Theme: Freedom


August 26, 2017

Featuring: Vernon Keeve III & Joel Landmine

Theme: Confession


September 30, 2017

Featuring:  Vanessa Rochelle Lewis & Zephir O'Meara

Theme: Impermanence 


October 28, 2017 (HALLOWEEN READING)

Featuring: Abe Becker & Kwan Booth

Theme: Night Circus


November 25, 2017

Featuring: Barbara Saunders & Andrew J Thomas 

Theme: Beginnings & Endings


No SNS in December


January 27, 2017

Featuring: Doug Cordel & Jason Bayani

Theme: TBA

Saturday Night Special

An East Bay Open Mic


SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL, an East Bay Open Mic is a monthly literary reading series, which makes its home at Nick’s Lounge in Berkeley on the last Saturday of every month from 7 to 9:30pm. 

​SNS began in July of 2011 and has acquired a huge following and a reputation for being diverse, loud, gritty, sexy, supportive, inclusive, and loaded with local talent.

Each month we feature two kick-ass writers and about 20 open mic slots, as well as an optional writing theme. The new theme is announced at the end each month’s reading, and posted on our Facebook page. Some themes we’ve had in the past include: “juicy,” “bloody,” “dirty,” “naked,” “secrets,” “scars,” “change,” “hair,” and “the body.” 

We'd love to hear your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches and occasional songs on our optional theme (or any topic). 

​The open mic list is first come first served. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes when it fills up or when the reading starts. Sometimes the list is full by 7:03pm, so get there early if you want to read!

Each reader will have 3 minutes maximum. (Strictly enforced.) For prose writers, this is about one and a half double-spaced pages. 

As a side note, we have a special anniversary party every July and a hiatus every December. 

Find more details, monthly features, themes, and photos from past events visit our Facebook page, which you should go to and “like” immediately:

Saturday Night Special is FREE! But please bring CASH to buy drinks. Nick’s Lounge has a 1-drink minimum.

Saturday Night Special is hosted by Hollie Hardy


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Poet, Writer, Educator