Out of the Blue Art Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge. Friday, 8-10 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. 617-354-5287, www.direreader.com.
The deal: Literature and alcohol, two of a writer’s favorite things, are on tap this Friday at Cambridge’s Out of the Blue Gallery, host of the Dire Literary Series. Held monthly for the past 13 years, this month’s installment — aptly titled Dire de Mayo — is part of Grub Street’s Lit Week 2014, a week full of literary events and parties around Boston. “Grub Street is great,” said Timothy Gager, poet, author and proprietor of the Dire Literary Series. “It’s wonderful when the writing community is actually a community instead of a competition.” The Dire event will consist of one hour of open mike, where participants can do readings of their prose or poetry for up to 15 minutes, followed by an hour featuring seasoned local writers Vi Khi Nao, Robin Stratton, and Christopher Reilly. Cinco de Mayo-themed readings are encouraged but not mandatory.
Who goes there: Usually, 50 percent of Dire attendees are interested in participating in open mike and the other half just come to listen to the feature writers, said Gager.
The drink: Beer and blended drinks will be available.
The tip: “Come early to sign up [if you want to participate in open mike] and enjoy the atmosphere of the art gallery,” said Gager.