Ever wonder why the coffee shop is such a popular venue for open-mic nights? It would stand to reason that caffeine (a stimulant) plus raw nerves (these aren't seasoned performers we're talking about) equals one big stutter-a-thon. Kava, on the other hand, has the opposite effect, calming those who drink it. This makes "Poetry and Acoustic Music Night" at the Nakamal Kava Bar (140 NW 20th St., Boca Raton) a more comfortable place for would-be poets. The bar has a separate room for the event, decked out in a South Pacific motif. It's not uncommon to hear aspiring young Dylans wax tipsy about anything from love and romance to, bear with me here, unicorns. Yup, you read that right. So now that you know there's nothing to be embarrassed about, why not try it out? Sign-up time is 9 p.m. sharp. Call 561-395-9888.