Classics of JazzIn the Fall of 1957, Novelist Jack Kerouac and composer/musician David Amram presented the first public jazz/poetry readings ever given in New York City. This program re-creates the historic reading a half-century later. Sat., June 2nd at 8pm. THE THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 2nd Ave. at 10th St. Free.
Comix353 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.
Italian American Writers AssociationFeatured readers are Marisa Labozetta & Village Voices Michael Musto, plus open mic, 5 minute limit. Sat., June 9 at 6pm. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ, 29 Cornelia St., bet W. 4th & Bleecker. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com.
Libertarian Book Clubs Anarchist ForumA panel discussing the life, work and legacy of Paul Goodman (1911-1972). Goodman was a poet and author and is considered to have been a pacifist and anarchist. Tues., June 12 at 7:30pm. THE LIVING THEATRE, 21 Clinton St., south of Houston St. 212-979-8353. email@example.com. Free, donations accepted.
The New York Book ClubA Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forwardwith editor Alana Newhouse. A hundred years after the first issue of the Jewish Daily Forward was published in 1897, the newspapers editors discovered a treasure trove - filing cabinets full of photographs, letters, and keepsakes chronicling the lives of the Lower East Sides Jewish community. These documents are collected in A Living Lens, many published for the first time. Thurs., May 31 at 6pm. 108 Orchard Street. Space is limited, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pink Pony West Poetry Reading SeriesCall 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 EventsTHE POETRY PROJECT, 131 E. 10th St. 212-674-0910. Check the website for upcoming events. www.poetryproject.com.
Reading for FilthQueer writers read raunchy stories about queer sex in celebration of Pride Month. Wednesdays at 8pm. June 6: Mike Albo, Joey Arias, Hedda Lettuce & Dean Johnson. June 13: Amanda LePore, Cazwell, Jonny McGovern, Mr. Joe! & Dean Johnson. June 20: John Cameron Mitchell, Taylor Mead, Dominick, Frank DeCaro, Michael Warner & Dean Johnson. June 27: Michael Musto, Wayne Hoffman, Aaron Hamberger & Dean Johnson. RAPTURE, Ave. A. www.rapturecafe.com. No cover charge.