Performers of all walks, songs, poems, and acts of life showed off their talents at last Thursday’s night Open Mic Night—a Vincent and Louise House tradition. The evening maintained an informal, yet joyful rhythm as members of the DePaul community took up the stage to perform for friends and strangers alike. Each of the 16 ecletic acts contributed to the energetic vibe, but some of the night’s highlights included Mike Rogers rapping about the mystery of faith; an interactive improvisational skit by Lake Ponchatrain; spine-tingling spoken word by Mark Bychowski; V&L residents Emily Thenhaus’ and Kelli Nelson’s powerful piano version of “Winter Song;” and Dan Pasquini’s heartfelt reading of an original poem. Dinners at the Vincent and Louise House Sunday through Wednesday are always great ways to enjoy conversation and (free) food with the community, yet the Open Mic Night was an opportunity to intentionally celebrate one another’s authentic forms of self-expression. The Vincent and Louise House will be hosting another Open Mic Night Spring Quarter.