WED 11/26If any part of your brain is beginning to drift off into the fringes of holiday depression, get thee to the Pride Factory (845 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) for Speak Up/Speak Out... Slam It! This weekly spoken-word event is a night of "verbal elation and stimulation" hosted by Bishop Mahee of the Great Congregation of Fort Lauderdale, and it's open to anyone. Now, if the thought of "spoken word" fills you with dread and brings to mind images of pasty dudes reading tear-streaked poetry out of their journals, don't worry. Speak Up/Speak Out focuses on the upbeat, the unique, and the bizarre. If you're a writer, musician, poet, or vocal stylist or just have something to say, damn it, the floor is yours. The verbal jubilation starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free. Call 954-463-6600.

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