For almost two decades, SlamMN!'s Erotica Poetry Tournament has been one of the best Valentine's Day happenings no one could get into. The event typically sold out so quickly that those slow to move on reserving a spot were left out in the cold. In order to accommodate its ever-expanding popularity, the tourney has added dates to the schedule. This year's event boasts three days of competitive sexy-word awesomeness, with Saturday's grand finale determining the most erotic poet in the Twin Cities. Got something to say? Sign up at wordsprout.org. Or simply sit back and enjoy the evening, which will be filled with titillating poetry, naughty word games, and raunchy haiku. Talented folks already signed up to slay audiences (sexily, of course) include previous winner Cynthia French, Paul Canada-Gay (of OUTspoken! Queer Open Mic), author John Jodzio, Rockstar Storyteller Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, and, according to the press release, "a car full of Chicago poets bringing the smackdown." Performances Thursday and Friday evening determine who will compete for top honors at Saturday's final showdown. For tickets, visit eroticaslam.brownpapertickets.com.
Feb. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 15, 7 p.m., 2014