Thursday, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers Group. First and third Thursdays of each month. Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 626-4204 for information.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing open format poetry and spoken-word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave.
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Reading and book launch for American postminimalist artist Richard Tuttle's "8 Poems," a limited edition book project published by Mohawk Press in conjunction with Tuttle's "Toxicity And Purification" a series of temporary sculptures based on his original 1974 Artpark project of the same title featured in "Artpark: 1974-1984," an exhibition organized by the UB Art Gallery. Western New York Book Art Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk St.).