Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

11 Feb 2003, 10:00 a.m.

Johnny's Cabaret of Curiosities

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Woke up thinking, "What am I doing tonight? Besides the A Cuppa Tea open mic, besides some Cody's event. There's something else..."

Then I remembered that, in my dream, Zack Weinberg, who resembled Lieutenant Reed from Enterprise, had received an assignment from an editor. This assignment included visiting many area open mics, including the Mango Mic and some event known as "Johnny's." "Johnny's" had a reputation for enabling awful poets and other bad performers; I read a sample of poetry read at Johnny's and indeed it was terrible.

I think I thought I needed to go to Johnny's tonight.