The local spoken-word community thrives in large part due to the many vital open mics in the Twin Cities. TruArtSpeak's weekly event at the Golden Thyme Cafe is one of the most respected for a reason. With a writing workshop at 4 p.m. preceding the 6 p.m. open mic portion the first Thursday of every month, the event showcases talent while cultivating it, and has produced some truly stellar poets. Some events feature famed local spoken-word artists like Desdamona and Fatima Camara, and others take on specific topics or styles. In all, the night's combination of open forum and constructive focus has made it one of the best for both performers and audience members.