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🎤 Drop the mic
Two people on stage hold guitars, while one sings into the mic. A glittery display of rainbow curtains are hung up in the background, with a sign reading "Happy Black History Month." People in the crowd are holding drinks and sharing tables.
Speak Out! Sacramento partners with other local organizations and businesses for each event. | Photo by SACtoday staff
An extrovert’s heaven and an introvert’s refuge — that’s what open mic nights provide for Sacramentans. Founded in December 2016, Speak Out! Sacramento offers a free safe space + spotlight for local talent with themed events and small biz takeovers.

Most recently, Speak Out! partnered with Sac Queer Takeover to celebrate love, heartache, and everything in-between. The normal noisy chaos of the Bear Dive (1330 H St.) subsided as each participant stepped up to the mic, serving up poetry, cover songs, original ballads, and stand-up jokes.

Before the next event, here are some tips for how to get involved:
  • Follow Speak Out! Sacramento on Instagram — they’ll update their bio when the next show is decided + post about it in advance.
  • Follow Sac Queer Takeover on Instagram — not all events are open mics, but each takeover offers new environments as safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ folks. (Pssssst — the next takeover is slated for March 9.)
  • Sign up to be a featured artist with Speak Out! — any and all forms of spoken art are welcome.
  • Own a cool space or venue? Whether it’s a spacious backyard, coffee shop, or even a parking lot, you can sign up to host the next open mic.
Monday, Feb. 19
  • NorCal Hot Tub and Swim Spa Show | Monday, Feb. 19 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley | Cost of purchase | Shop up to 50% off on artisan garden spas + equipment.
  • Curly Cut & Styling Class | Monday, Feb. 19 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1712 L St., Sacramento | $225 | This is an in-depth, guided workshop showcasing cutting, styling, and diffusing techniques to embrace natural hair texture.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Love at Sunset | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 5-8 p.m. | River City Brewing Co., 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael | $45 | This paint-and-sip event will show you how to create a serene sunset scenery.
  • Mixology Class | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Pacific Workspaces, 1104 Corporate Way, Sacramento | $125 | Learn how to craft the perfect margarita with fellow cocktail enthusiasts.
  • Magic City Hippies | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 7 p.m. | Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento | $35.25 | This group that started as a one-man band on the streets of Miami is bringing its alternative-indie-pop jams to Sac.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
  • CIF Sac-Joaquin Sectionals Tournament | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 10 a.m. | Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento | $15+ | Watch Divisions I-III in girls and boys basketball compete.
  • Sacramento Speakers Series: Women in Agriculture | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Milagro Centre, 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael | $50 | Hear from prominent women in the sustainable agriculture industry on best practices for food systems.
  • “Victory in the Pool” Author Talk | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 6 p.m. | Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Sacramento | $10 | Bill George shares the story of an Olympic swim coach and the obstacles he overcame.
  • Dressed to Kill | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 7 p.m. | Punch Line, 2100 Arden Way, Ste. 225, Sacramento | $20.30+ | Tune in for an evening of fashion + fun, with a final vote by the audience on best style — in threads and theatrics.
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News Notes
  • Sacramento St. Jude’s fourth Dream Home Giveaway is donating a 4-bed, 3.5-bath Rancho Cordova house — 9,000 tickets are available at $100 each, and one winner will be selected as the recipient of the new Woodside Homes estate. (ABC 10)
  • The City of Sacramento is offering “Safe Night Out” training for hospitality businesses on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 300 Richards Blvd., Room 221. This free, two-hour prevention program teaches staff how to identify warning signs of sexual and domestic violence + keep patrons safe. (Sacramento City Express)
  • Dave & Buster’s is set to open a new location in Folsom on Monday, April 1, and is looking to hire ~200 employees. Servers, bartenders, hosts, game techs, and line cooks are among the 17 open job listings. (ABC 10)
Plan Ahead
  • Starting Friday, March 1, landscape watering rules will change in adjustment to warming temperatures. New guidelines concerning when and how to water will last through the end of October.
  • A new horror period film, “The Devil’s Bath,” features research from UC Davis historian Kathy Stuart. The movie is based on Stuart’s latest research, “Suicide by Proxy in Early Modern Germany: Crime, Sin and Salvation,” and premieres tomorrow at the Berlin International Film Festival. (UC Davis)
  • Local candle shop Haus of Maye closed its brick-and-mortar space over the weekend. While the Cameron Park location will no longer be under operation, goods are still available for purchase online and at future local events.
  • Sacramento Railyards’ Kaiser Permanente hospital is expected to break ground later this year, according to executive James Robinson III. The 18-acre project has been over a decade in the making, with plans for a 310-bed hospital, 90-bay emergency department, and 17 operating rooms. (Sac Biz Journal)
  • Have the Sacramento Kings really gotten any better this season? Hear from the local experts on the Sacramento Kings with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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