Sightlines hosted an Open Mic event last Thursday evening in celebration of the release of the latest issue of its online magazine. The night featured various acts, including several musical performances, a poetry reading and a performance from Malone’s improv comedy group, MC Comedy.
Using a text-message voting poll, the audience chose poet Avery Linn as the first place prize winner of $50 dollars. Linn, a sophomore Bible and theology major, entertained the audience by reading several humorous poems.
Junior music production major Hannah Lewis won the second place prize of $25 dollars with an acoustic performance.
Travis Craig, a senior English and philosophy major and a member of the Sightlines editorial staff, hosted the event.
“It was better than expected,” Craig said about the number of performances. “Earlier in the day there weren’t that many sign-ups, so when people kept signing up, the atmosphere improved. Also, the audience was great and was very receptive.”
Sophomore computer science major Maxwell Schrack, a veteran of open mic nights, performed three times throughout the night. Schrack sang and played the guitar.
“I had fun playing,” Schrack said. “The voting was very accurate. Travis did a good job hosting. He was very funny. He was also very warm and inviting.”
Sightlines promotions manager and junior writing major Rachel Judy was pleased with how the night turned out.
“We’ve had better audience turnouts before, but tonight we created a better atmosphere I think,” Judy said.
Sightlines is an online student art journal that publishes works of various forms and genres, including poetry, short stories, essays and photography.
The newest issue of Sightlines can be found here.
Luke Ford is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.