Wednesday, April 20
We'll admit to getting a bit excited when we saw mention of a "panhandler" event at Helios this week, our thoughts quickly turning to a convention of hobos featuring lectures like "Constructing the Perfect Cardboard Sign." But the Panhandler Quarterly release party actually celebrates the launch of Panhandler Quarterly, a new poetry journal that highlights new, fresh poets from around the country. Stop by today and you'll receive a free copy of the journal, meet the staff of PQ and catch live performances by some of the publication's featured artists. Afterward, mix and mingle with the wordsmiths at the open-mike, and should you feel the urge to share a verse on train-ridin', corner-cash-collectin' or window-washin', well, knock yourself out. 8 p.m. 411 Westheimer. For information, visit www.thepanhandler.org. Free.