open mic

variants: or less commonly open mike

Definition of open mic 

: an event in which amateurs may perform (as at a comedy club) usually without auditioning first

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The Clinton Art Gallery’s free Poetry Place Sunday Series and open mic will continue Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. with Connecticut poets Jamie Crepeau, Pit Pinegar and Brie Quartin at Olcott Art Center, 20 East Main St., Clinton. Carole Goldberg,, "Steve Almond To Give Writing Workshop, Eric D. Lehman To Discuss 'Connecticut Vanguards'," 16 May 2018 Entertainment will feature some performers quite well-versed with the CCC, having previously been named the center's Best of Blueburg winners, based on performances at Blueburg Cafe open mic nights. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dine, bid, laugh and more at Cedarburg Cultural Center's annual Gala," 23 Apr. 2018 As Control Yourself has grown and evolved, Schinderle has set the standard for how to produce and run a comedy showcase, turning a weekly open mic into a full-time job. Mike Acker,, "JoAnn Schinderle is the latest comedian to leave Portland for L.A.," 21 Mar. 2018 The open mic nights are for performers ages 13 through 19. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 1 May 2018 Schinderle ended up at the open mic at the Boiler Room, where much of Portland's top talent got early mic time. Mike Acker,, "JoAnn Schinderle is the latest comedian to leave Portland for L.A.," 21 Mar. 2018 Mike Deni still remembers his first open mic at the Hotel Utah Saloon. Emma Silvers,, "Hotel Utah is not your average open-mic night bar," 5 June 2018 Blessedly there were no fisticuffs, just 3 1/2 hours of alternating pro-soccer and pro-golf speakers taking the open mic -- democracy in action! Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 The Cedarburg Cultural Center provides a multitude of activities all summer, including classes in art, writing, theater, jewelry designing and yoga; open mics; exhibits; arts and craft fairs and more. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Never hear 'I'm bored' again: 40 things to do for fun this summer if you live on the North Shore," 23 May 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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