May is turning out to be a month of opportunity. This week you can meet an accomplished poet, celebrate a store's birthday and catch some sophisticated jazz — all for free. For more events, check out the Westword calendar — and if we missed a bargain, let us know in the comments section.
Reception & Reading with Sinead Morrissey at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (4:45 p.m. Tuesday, free)
Tonight you can meet the T.S. Eliot prize-winning poet Sinead Morrissey. She's in town to lead a paid workshop, but the reception and Q & A at Lighthouse is free — and how wonderful it will be. Learn more about Morrissey here.
Ironwood Turns 4 at Ironwood Gallery (8 p.m. Wednesday, free)
It's always encouraging when you see a local business thriving, especially a business like Ironwood. Tonight it celebrates four years of stocking the hippest stuff in town — and the party will include some hip music. Listen to synthesized sounds and rap from Gates and Barely Free while sipping beer and checking out cool found objects.
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"Artist in Residence" with the Eric Gunnison Trio at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge (10:30 p.m. Thursday, free)
Don't miss this opportunity to visit Dazzle, the city's best jazz club. World-renowned Eric Gunnison has been making music in this town for thirty years; a chance to see him for free is a real treat.