Update: Free for All: Kirk Whalum, Public Poetry and Dan Wells

Former Houstonian Kirk Whalum and his brother Kevin Whalum are in concert on Friday at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Kirk, who went to college at Texas Southern University, is touring in support of Romance Language, released last February. The CD is a re-creation of a 1963 recording session between saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman. The Coltrane/Hartman session, like the Whalum/Whalum session that followed, was an effort by a monster tenor saxman to support an underrated vocalist. In both cases, the resulting recordings are exquisitely romantic jazz albums. Expect to hear "Lush Life" and "They Say It's Wonderful." Special guest Nicole Henry also appears.

Enjoy music by the Whalum brothers at 8:30 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. For information, visit Miller Outdoor Theatre's website or call 281-373-3386.

Update: All tickets for covered seating to the Kirk Whalum show have been issued. If you want to see the show (and believe us, you really do), plan on sitting on the hill.

League City-based poet and jazz musician Oscar C. Pena is among the talents taking the mike at Saturday's Public Poetry reading. Pena, a past participant in Houston Poetry Fest, is the author of Fire of Thorns, a chapbook. Jonathan Moody, from Fresno, had his first book published earlier this year, The Doomy Poems by Six Gallery Press. With an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, Moody has been published in Gemini Magazine and the Crab Orchard Review. Also on the schedule are Thay Alaffita and Stephen Gros.

Hear from these poets at 2 p.m. at the Houston Public Library, McGovern-Stella Link Branch, 7405 Stella Link. For information, visit the library's Web site or call 832-393-2630.

Dan Wells discusses and signs his new book, The Hollow City, on Sunday at Murder by the Book. We have to admit, we love the central character in this story, Michael Shipman. He's a paranoid schizophrenic with vivid hallucinations, fantasies and delusions (already fun, right?). On top of that, some of his hallucinations aren't really hallucinations; some of the monsters in his head are real. Maybe.

Michael thinks faceless men are following him everywhere he goes. Of course, he can't take the meds his doctor prescribes because his shrink might be in on the plot. Then he wakes up in a hospital, the last two weeks just a blur. What's been going on while Michael's been out of commission? A series of murders where the victims are mutilated by the killer in an all too familiar way: He cuts off their faces. Is Michael a killer or a victim?

See what clues Dan Wells gives up during Sunday's reading at 2 p.m. at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, visit the bookstore's Web site or call 713-524-8597.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez