Mercy Moore does enough lecturing as a professor of English and reading at Broward Community College, "so this is going to be more of a chat," she says, "informal, interactive." During Soul Food for the Mind: A Smorgasbord of African-American Book Reviews and Dialects, she'll set quite a table and expects something from the audience in return. "Because I'm Baptist, I like to hear an 'amen' from the audience," she advises. The group will also react to poetry and prose readings from the works of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Sojourner Truth, Florida author Zora Neale Hurston, Nikki Giovanni, 1995 Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and, of course, Maya Angelou. "It would be like having a soul food meal without the corn muffins, to leave her out," Moore says. Soul Food is an installment of the African-American Book Review Series. The free event takes place at 7 p.m. at North Regional/BCC Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Call 954-969-2600.
Voices of Native America is not a powwow. The multimedia show is a celebration of American Indian culture, yes, and as such features singing, dancing, and storytelling. But an orchestra and some special-effects lighting will also be on display. While it may sound like a big Broadway production, everything about the show is authentic. For example, flutist Douglas Spotted Eagle is Lakota and Navajo; singer-dancer Rob Greyhill is Navajo; and storyteller Gayle Ross is a direct descendant of John Ross, who led the Cherokee Nation on the infamous Trail of Tears. They're joined by a full contingent of dancers, musicians, and singers for updates of traditional music, the Cherokee-language version of Amazing Grace, and much more. Tonight's 8 p.m. performance takes place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Ticket prices range from $15 to $28. Call 800-572-8471 or 561-832-7469.