Richard Green has attended plenty of literary events. "I'm a poet myself, and I go to a lot of poetry readings -- which is like reading to your grandmother," says the full-time construction worker. But a while ago, he heard about poetry slams. They may sound violent, but they're actually battles of words. Two poets take turns reading original work, and a panel of judges doles out scores from zero to ten. The loser bows out, and the winner battles on. The competitive aspect of the event appeals to Green, so he's adding a slam to the regular open-mic readings he hosts every Tuesday at the Underground Coffeeworks (105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach). Readings will begin at 8:30 p.m., the first round of the slam at 9:30 p.m. The store is donating prizes, and a hat will be passed to add to the bounty. Admission is free. Call 561-835-4792.
Not long ago, colored pencils didn't get any more respect in the art world than crayons did. Both were considered tools for kids and cartoonists. But one look at "Points of Color," the first all-Florida juried show devoted to works in colored pencil, and it's obvious the medium is making inroads. "You will find it hard to believe that many of these works are colored pencil," says Cornell Museum director Gloria Adams. Included in the exhibition are works by nationally recognized artists Melissa Miller of Palm Harbor, Anita Orsini of Fort Lauderdale, and Cira Costentino of Palm City. The show runs through November 16 at the Cornell Museum, located in Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-243-7922.