It's Columbus Day--the anniversary of the day that European culture arrived full force in the Americas. This has had its downsides, but it did bring delicious Western cuisine like weenies to this continent. In recognition of this--and also in celebration of National Food Bank Month--Sine Ace Hardware, 7150 North 51st Avenue in Glendale, holds its second annual "grilled hot dog" meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, October 12, as well as an all-day food drive. Hot dogs are 75 cents, pop is the same price; all proceeds go to the Westside Food Bank. 242-3663.
Those who heard composer Richard Einhorn's remarkable Voices of Light, a powerhouse opera-oratorio about Joan of Arc, performed at Gammage Auditorium a couple of years ago, are unlikely to forget it. Now Chandler-Gilbert Community Dance Company, in conjunction with DeVere Dance Company, performs a 70-minute ballet based on the work, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. The ensemble includes dancers from both companies, as well as dance students from area high schools. Admission is free. 786-2680.
Los Angeles-based Native American writer Greg Sarris, whose acclaimed short-story collection Grand Avenue was published in 1994, talks about and signs his first novel, Watermelon Nights, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. The book, the tale of the family crises that result when a young Pomo named Johnny Severe considers a move from his grandmother's house to the big city, is told by three distinct narrators--Johnny himself, his grandmother, and his mother. 957-6660.