Opalina Salas & Maggie Smith

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of May at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly in the LIVE way that we do every month now for OVER 10 years! This month we are featuring Dallas poetess divas, Opalina Salas & Maggie Smith! This is a dynamic duo you do not wanna miss!

After our feature set we urge you stick around to get yourself a spot on our list… first come, first on the list! Which means… get there early!

Come one, come all! Mad poets, musicians, actors, singers, circus freaks & other miscellaneous loco locals… come-n-strut-yo-stuff. Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

AND, as you may or may not know, every 1st Wednesday we get all giddy with the swirlin’ madness. Here’s who we will be featuring next month:

June: Brendan McCormack
July: John Kelly & Stefan Prigmore

Notes of Gratitude to ALL the Mad Ones! (04.01.15)


This past 1st Wednesday Mad Swirl bid adieu to the stage where the mic magic all began over 10 years ago. (If you hadn’t heard, Absinthe Lounge at its current locale will no longer be our Open Mic home. But don’t fret, we will be easin’ on down, easin’ on down, easin’ on down the road to their NEW locale come May Day.)

The vibe on the mic was a bit more nostalgic than usual but just as mad as always! The whole swirlin’ world of mic madness came full circle. The faces that have graced our stages thru the years seemed to be swirlin’ in from all corners. ’twas quite the night to be a part of this final-ish show. Thanks to all who came to celebrate, appreciate & participate last night…

photos courtesy of Dan “the man” Rodriguez

Johnny O
MH Clay

Paul Konieki
Opalina Salas
Carlos Salas
Paul Sexton
Devorah Titunik
Roderick Richardson
Jolee Davis
Dan Evans
Desmene Statum
Bear the Poet
Chris Zimerly
Josh Weir
Suza Hep Kat
CJ Critt

Mad Cast:
Harry McNabb
Eileen Simeonov
Laurie Lynn Lindemeier
Mike Adreani
Dante Dadon
Brittney Buster

HUGE thanks to Swirve (Chris Curiel, Tamitha Curiel, & Gerard Bendiks) for keeping the beat til the wee hours of the night. We got taken to another dimension of time and space on the wings of their jazzy madness!

And as always, big THANKS to the patron saint of the loco local mad ones, Kevin, owner of Absinthe Lounge, who has given 123 reasons to give him all the mad props and love that we do!

And finally we would like to thank ALL of you who freely shared their hand claps, finger-snaps, hoots and howls with all the mad ones who got up on this sacred mad swirlin’ mic.

We look forward to ALL the m-adventures to come! Stay tuned…

Interested in Performing?

If you are a mad poet, musician, actor, singer and/or performer (circus freaks and Elvis impersonators always welcome) & live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come to Absinthe & strut–yo–stuff.

The show starts at 8:00pm and the mic closes when there's no one left standing.

Come one. Come all. Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

Got questions? E-mail us at for further details that may not be listed here.

Mad Swirl Open Mic at Absinthe. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month!

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

Absinthe is located at 1701 S. Lamar • Dallas, TX • 75215