Author Sanjay Nigam discusses and signs his book The Snake Charmer--"a modern-day fable about the nature of love, perfection and the strange places in which manhood is ultimately found"--at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park. Admission is free. 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. 957-6660.
Also on the book-signing beat: Arkansas writer Jack Butler, author of such works as Jujitsu for Christ, tries his hand at the mystery genre with his new novel Dreamers. He signs and discusses this work from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Poisoned Pen, 7100 East Main, Suite D, in Scottsdale. Admission is free. 947-2974.
Hopefuls for the offices of governor, secretary of state and attorney general will participate in a "non-partisan" Candidate's Forum, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at First Institutional Baptist Church, 1141 East Jefferson, presented by The Arizona African American Republican Committee. You heard right. Admission to the event is free; somehow we doubt you'll have to fight for a seat. 547-3806.
Gary Cherone, Extreme alumnus and Sammy Hagar's replacement as new lead singer of Van Halen, shows his stuff when the newest incarnation of the '80s light-metal fave takes the stage in support of its album Van Halen III at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Monster Magnet shares the bill; tickets range from $23.25 to $38.50. 254-7599 (Sky), 784-4444 (Ticketmaster).
"Thoughts caress/the sleep-darkened mind,/occasionally bursting forth/with brilliance,/like fireflies/on a warm summer night." No, it's not lyrics to the love single from the new Van Halen album, it's a work by poet-musician Jerry Wills, who performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Arizona Pathways, 4126 North 23rd Avenue, as part of the Metaverse Poetry Reading series. Wills is accompanied by Ann Justice, a musician and (surprise!) master herbalist. Admission is free; an open reading follows. 212-0248.