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Poetry percolates at coffee shop

Lyricfest, described as a "new kind of poetry" by its founders, will debut this evening at Espresso Corner at 6.

Eight poets, chosen from work submitted over e-mail, will read their work at the coffee shop.

Catalina Ocampo, executive chair of La Sociedad Latina, said they were looking for poets who liked to experiment with style, theme and ways of reading poetry. They were searching for poets with a new perspective.

Espresso Corner co-owner John Salidis said they frequently have readings at his store.

"During Verbal Arts Live, an occasional event we hold, if I'm at work, I usually do something on the fly," Salidis said. However, his adored spontaneity and freestyle verse will not be showcased tonight.

Sponsored by Mosaic House, the Asian Student Association and La Sociedad Latina, Lyricfest may attract a new crowd to Espresso Corner.

"There's a serious regular crowd kind of people here. I'm sure this will bring in some new people," Salidis said.

SNL star lands in McLeod

Live from McLeod Hall, it's Saturday Night!

Okay, not really.

But "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jimmy Fallon, known for his impersonation of Jerry Seinfeld and for his recurring role on "The How Do You Say? Ah Yes, Show with Antonio Banderas" sketch, is performing at 9 p.m. in McLeod Auditorium.

Tickets have been on sale at the Newcomb Hall box office, and over half of the seats have been sold, said Dean Dodson, University Union Comedy and Variety Chair.

"We're expecting a rush tomorrow and at the door," Dodson said.

Fallon will stop off at the University as part of his college tour -- he played Longwood University last night. University Union decided to contact Fallon's agent to invite him after a brainstorming session about which comedians they would like to see come to Grounds.

"We wanted a rising talent," Dodson said. "Fallon is nationally recognized from being a member of the 'Saturday Night Live' cast but is still on his way up."

Tickets are still available at $5 for students and $10 for the general public.

Compiled by Josie Roberts

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