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Slam Alexandria – hosted by Shelly Bell

with a special performance by The Noctonals

Friday, January 18, 2013 / 7 pm / Free


Admission to event is free
Enter the Poetry Slam for just $10


Join us for a night of live music, open mic, and slam poetry! Sign up for the open mic and share your original work as part of the poetry slam or simply sit back and enjoy. Sign up for the poetry slam for only $10 and you could win a cash prize! Slam Alexandria is hosted by Shelly Bell and co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and Shelly B. Arts.


The evening kicks off at 7:00 pm with a performance by The Noctonals, an all a capella group with a contemporary repertoire of songs, including hits by Adele, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood, and more.

Spoken Word Poetry events begin at 8:00 pm. Attendees are invited to sign up for the open mic to share original work, participate in the poetry slam, or simply sit back and enjoy.

Spoken word poetry is the art of bringing written works to life through performance. Spoken word artists create a poetic theatrical experience that engages audiences of non-poetry and poetry lovers alike. The works are valued for their brutal honesty; non-traditional use of poetic conventions, words, and sounds; and fresh creativity. HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and Brave New Voices have increased the mainstream popularity of spoken word.

 Shelly Bell

Shelly Bell, Director of Shelly B. Arts

Formerly titled WRITE. SPEAK. LIVE., SLAM ALEXANDRIA is a quarterly event hosted by Ms. Bell at the Athenaeum incorporating spoken word poetry recital, slam competition, and music.  The audience and participants have included well-known regional artists and first-time slammers alike. The program joins the NVFAA’s core arts programs of visual arts exhibitions and Second Thursday Concerts in the gallery. SLAM ALEXANDRIA is designed to present an exciting new art form with high artistic merit to the community, as well as to attract new audiences to the Athenaeum.

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For more on the Noctonals click here

The next two scheduled SLAM ALEXANDRIA events will be held:

Friday, April 19, 2013 7:00 p.m. (FREE)
Friday, July 19, 2013 7:00 p.m. (FREE)

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201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
703.548.0035 /

We invite you to join us Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission is free.

The NVFAA is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.The NVFAA is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format contact us or call 703.548.0035.

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