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.
"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.