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Strut your nerdiness and cosplay at this open mic and haiku battle 

click to enlarge This is Colorado Springs: Nerd Open Mic and Haiku Battle, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., KaPow Comics & Coffee, 4239 N. Nevada Ave., free, tinyurl.com/NerdOpenMic.
  • This is Colorado Springs: Nerd Open Mic and Haiku Battle, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., KaPow Comics & Coffee, 4239 N. Nevada Ave., free, tinyurl.com/NerdOpenMic.
How nerdy are you? We all may dress up as our favorite superheroes or Harry Potter characters from time to time, but it takes a next-level nerd to write poetry about their favorite pieces of pop culture. Luckily, plenty such poets call Colorado Springs home. Friday, locals will take the mic to perform their own geeky verse, and all are welcome to join in on the fun. The event will start with a workshop hosted by superstar Colorado poet Ashley Cornelius, followed by an open mic with Michael Ferguson (aka Skillzilla). At the end of the evening, stick around for a haiku battle hosted by Chris Beasley. That’s right, nothing nerdier than poetry geeks who can construct haiku out of thin air. To top it all off, there’ll be a costume contest, so get cosplaying!

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