Book Reading, A reading to celebrate of the publication of Yuriy Tarnawskys book of mininivels, Like Blood in Water. Sat., May 19 at 6pm. THE UKRAINIAN MUSEUM, 222 E. 6th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. 212-228-0110. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery bet Bleecker & Houston. Check www.bowerypoetry.com for a schedule of upcoming events, including poetry, literature readings, music and theater. UPCOMING EVENT, SEGUE READING SERIES, Saturdays thru May 26, 4-6pm. $6, goes to support the readers.
Comix, 353 W. 14th St., www.comixny.com, 212-524-2500: Visit the website for up to date information on upcoming shows featuring headline comedians and established New York-area comics, alternative comedy, improv and sketch comedy as well as music and variety acts. Full dinner menu available. Cover plus minimum purchase required for most shows.
Emelise Aleandri & Joe Barone, The Italian American Writers Association continues to celebrate its 15th Anniversary. Emelise Aleandri, Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi, The Olde Time Italian-American Music & Theatre Company, and linguist and writer Joe Barone will share the stage. Sat., May 12 from 5:45-7:45pm. CORNELIA STREET CAFE, 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.iawa.net.
An Evening with Barbara Kingsolver, A lecture and book signing with bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible, will be speaking about her new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which chronicles the year she and her family spent eating a locally-produced diet and avoiding food transported by the use of fossil fuel. Thurs., May 3 at 6:30pm. THE COOPER UNION, The Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St. at 3rd Ave. $10. 212-279-4200. www.ticketcentral.com.
Experiments 07 Play Reading Series, A public forum for the work of emerging and culturally diverse playwrights to be heard. Hear Too Fast Waltz by Debra Greenfield. Two men on the edge of life share a hospital room for 24 hours: a punk-rocker-would-be-suicide and a once-hallowed-thespian on his deathbed. Mon., May 14 at 7:30pm. LA MAMA E.T.C., 74a E. 4th St. 212-475-7710.
Pink Pony West Poetry Reading Series, Call for more information on upcoming readings. Takes place on Fridays at 6pm. THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE, 29 Cornelia St., bet Bleecker & W. 4th Sts. $6, includes one free drink. 212-989-9319.
Poetry Project Events, THE POETRY PROJECT, 131 E. 10th St. 212-674-0910. Check the website for upcoming events. www.poetryproject.com.
Social Justice Dialogue and Initiative, Homeless LGBT youth & young adults and Seminary students from New York Theological Seminary bring together religious leaders, scholars, community organizations, families and the community to Create In Us a Safe Space. Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Traci West from Drew University Theological School, as well as Rev. Pat Bumgardner from the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, Rev. Johnny Youngblood from St. Paul Baptist Church and Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley from Covenant Baptist Church. Sat., May 12 from 10am - 1:30pm. JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH, 55 Washington Square South. Preregistration available at www.nyts.edu.
A Tale of Two Cities, A reading and discussion with novelists Jennifer Gilmore & Myriam Chapman and editor Paul Zakrzewski on the role of family, identity and success among immigrants in New York and Paris during the early Twentieth Century. Wed., May 9 at 7pm. ELDRIDGE STREET SYNAGOGUE, 12 Eldridge St., bet Canal & Division Sts. $6, $4 students & seniors. Reservations are requested. 212-219-0888 x302. www.eldridgestreet.org.
Ultra Violet: Superstar, Dr. Jacqueline Taylor Basker, Westbeth Artists Housing resident, will present Ultra Violet, artist, actress and author of Famous for Fifteen Minutes, who will share her secrets about Duchamp, Dali and Warhol. Thurs., May 3 from 7-8:30pm. NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Manhattan campus, 16 W. 61st St. at Broadway, 11th Floor Auditorium.
Voices of a Peoples History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove will introduce and narrate an evening of compelling readings featuring the words of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past and present, including Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, Emma Goldman, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. Wed., May 2 at 6:30pm. THE COOPER UNION, The Great Hall, 7 E.7th St. at 3rd Ave. 212-353-4195. www.cooper.edu.