San Francisco Chronicle

“The words come rapid fire, faster than the TV announcer revealing the disclaimers to car leases. The audience whoops and screams to climax. This invocation officially starts off the spoken-word soiree Listen and Be Heard. Every Thursday evening at Rafael’s Bar and Cafe in Vallejo, words pop and explode through jazz and funk rhythms. Here poetry bends the mind and charges the soul …”Vallejo verseRafael’s Bar becomes the place to Listen and Be Heard by Venise Wagner, Special to The Chronicle Friday, July 26, 2002