Thursday, 7 to 9:30 p.m.: Tangential Readings, open format poetry/prose reading and spoken word performance series hosted by George Georgakis and Andrea Zysk. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. $2.
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.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Performances by the Daughters of Creative Sound and the Njozi Poets in conjunction with Buffalo's Kwanzaa celebration. Featured performers include Erika and Ntare Ali Gault, James Cooper, Staci Cameron and Vonetta T. Rhodes. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.