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Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: "Spotlight on Youth" open microphone performance for youths age 12 to 21. Sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center and a coalition of youth groups. Trinity Place Courtyard, 371 Delaware Ave. Call 832-5400.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Screening Room Series reading featuring poets Perry S. Nicholas and Ruth Thompson. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series at the Dog Ears Bookstore featuring readers Ann Goldsmith, Edric Mesmer, Fred Whitehead, Sara Ries and Marek Parker. 688 Abbott Road. $2.

Saturday, 3 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books presents book signing featuring Rose Hirsch ("Western New York Amusement Parks"), Steven Myers ("Buffalo Railroads") and Gerald Halligan ("Lackawanna"). 3158 Main St. Call 837-8554.