Stories of Sex Work at The Mic @ Micky’s

Performance, 21+
Micky’s Bar

8857 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

The Mic @ Mickys is the premiere LGBTQ+ and ally mic in the United States. Open mics are held on the first Wednesday of every month and showcase poets, singers, and comedians. The October 2023 mic invites participants to share poems, stories, and songs of sex work — performed or received. The featured comedian (and birthday boy!) for the month is GayVN’s 2023 “Best Newcomer” and Falcon pornstar Drew Valentino.

The Mic @ Micky’s happens every Tuesday upstairs at Micky’s on 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard — doors and sign-ups for the mic at 6, show 7-9pm. Attendees can book their seat or register to perform at

Doors and bar open at 7:00 PM. Show begins at 7:30 PM.

Attendees must be 21+ to enter.

Participant Bios

West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow for LGBTQ+ poetry activism, and the author of Maze Mouth (Moon Tide Press, 2023) The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a Typewriter (Harper Collins, 2020). His work has appeared in, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he teaches at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. More at and @rentpoet. 

Nate Lovell is a spoken word poet and actor from Virginia, based in Los Angeles. A former Brave New Voices slam coach, he holds a BFA in acting from DePaul University. He is the co-founder/host of an open mic at Micky’s West Hollywood called The Mic. 

Drew Valentino is a comedian and pornstar, a regular headliner of the Shes, Theys, and Gays show, GayVN’s 2023 “Best Newcomer” and Falcon and OnlyFans performer.

This program is organized by City of West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute. The show is part of The Mic at Micky’s open mic series.

  • Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Micky’s Weho is one of the most iconic and oldest gay bars in Los Angeles. Micky’s WeHo is also known not just for its live entertainment, go-go boys and longest running drag show, but for its community based events and fundraisers. Such as AIDS organization fundraisers, sports club fundraisers, Red Dress Party and many, many, more…representing the true heartbeat of West Hollywood.