Superheroes, comedians and poets of all ages lay their words on the line for audiences at local venues this week. Here’s where to catch a phrase in Denver. Lisa Yee: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
Lisa Yee, a super hero herself when it comes to writing books for young readers, tips off a new middle-grade series, DC Super Hero Girls, with Wonder Woman at Super Hero High, which captures the super-powered Amazon in her formative years while encouraging readers to follow in her footsteps. Meet the award-winning conqueror of the chapter-book universe and try her empowering new series on for size Tuesday at the Tattered. Next in the series? Super Girl at Super Hero High, due for release in July. Paul Barach, Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains BookBar
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 1
Seattle standup Paul Barach has a lot more than a comedy career under his Kyokushin karate black belt: At the age of 28, Barach took off on an ill-prepared pilgrimage down the 750-mile Shikoku trail in Japan. He recounts his misadventures in a memoir interwoven with ancient Japanese legends and ghost stories. He’ll begin reading at 7 p.m. April 1, but if you arrive an hour early at 6, you’ll get to be a guinea pig for BookBar’s new Friday Zen Coloring Hour. The book store and wine bar will provide coloring-book pages, colored pencils and crayons for adults searching for a Zen moment — with help from a glass or two of BookBar’s “Zengria” special. Lift a glass and clear your mind. Denver Public Schools Poetry Slam
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2
$5 donation at the door
Student slam poets from seven Denver public high schools will face off at Lighthouse Writers Workshop on April 2 for a chance to compete in the upcoming Minor Disturbance Grand Slam, where the local 2016 youth poetry slam team will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C., for the nineteenth annual Brave New Voices national showdown in July. See the best of the DPS in action for only five bucks at the door. Stories on Stage: Poetry in Motion Su Teatro
1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2 Tickets: $15 to $28
National Poetry Month gets a nod from Stories on Stage with the return of last year’s popular narrative poetry program. The dramatic reading series turns to poetic endeavors when an all-star cast — Candy Brown, Geoffrey Kent, Leigh Miller and Mare Trevathan — bring to life works by Kate Daniels, Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison and David Rothman. Hutchison and Rothman will give a talkback after the matinee performance.
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