Three Book and Poetry Events for the Week of September 29-0ctober 5

This week, you can mix your bedtime reading with explorations of beer-making and improving health through medical marijuana, or just enjoy an old-fashioned open-mic poetry reading at the Arvada Center. Keep reading for the details.

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Michael Backes Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana Tattered Cover LoDo 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 1 Free

Remember how this whole legal marijuana deal got started in Colorado? All kinds of people -- from the very young to the very old -- are using pot to ease pains and control anarray of medical conditions in our state, thanks to the proliferation of the medical marijuana "pharmacies" that pioneered the concept. Author Michael Backes mines evidence-based research for this primer, and Dr. Andrew Weil, who wrote the intro, approves.

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Charlie Papazian Book Signings Great American Beer Festival Colorado Convention Center 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 2 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 3 2 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 4

If you're the lucky holder of a ticket to this week's Great American Beer Festival, you'll also have an opportunity to hobnob with Charlie Papazian, the guy who started it all and head of both the GABF and the Association of Brewers. Papazian will be signing copies of the newest edition of his homebrewing bible daily throughout the fest, and you will leave knowing everything you always wanted to know about beer -- including how to make your own.

The Art of Performing Poetry Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 4 Free

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To cap a two-day poetry workshop at the Arvada Center, longtime local performance poet Gregory Seth Harris, aka SETH, and his students, fresh from their learning experience, will work an open mic for the public. Joining Harris are Jared Smith and Wayne A Gilbert as the featured poets. The event is free -- and perhaps you'd like to step up to the microphone yourself.

What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.

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