"Poetry readings are boring. This is a rock show compared to poetry readings," says Mary "Bone Mama" McCann, who will perform her high-octane sound poems at the Noisy by Nature book-release party on Sunday, October 16, at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt Street. This definitely ain't your ordinary "I was born in a log cabin" book reading, but an interactive, multimedia experience. "People will laugh, cry and join in," says McCann. The Tempe-based performance artist and writer teamed up with ASU's Pyracantha Press to create a limited-edition, two-sided origami book form in which McCann's vocal cadences are reflected through the use of visual typography and shaped text. She'll perform three sets of poems, each relying on atmospheric percussion supplied by Todd Chuba to enhance the already snappy prose, including a poem that reflects the sound of tires hitting wet pavement in Arizona. "I love sound. I love explosions," adds McCann. "I'll get the audience to create the sound with me."
Copies of the book will be available for viewing and purchase. Admission is $3 for one person, $5 for two. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 602-462-5516 or visit www.modified.org. -- Steve Jansen
Purple Palace Majesty
Phoenix Suns hoop-de-do it again
After the collective debacles called the D-Backs and Cardinals, Valley sports fans are hungry for some wins -- and we're about to get some. Yep, your Phoenix Suns are rising again in the Western Conference. Last year's second-best NBA squad returns with a largely intact core featuring league MVP Steve Nash at point, punishing center/power forward Amaré Stoudemire, and sweetness-in-motion forward Shawn Marion. The Suns open their home schedule with a preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, October 15. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. For tickets or other information, call 1-800-462-2849 or 480-784-4444, or visit www.nba.com/suns. -- Clay McNear
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Global fest on deck
It took Jules Verne's crew 80 days to go around the world, but thanks to the Caribbean American Association of Arizona, area residents can cross the globe in a mere two days. The World Cultural Festival offers a "one-stop world view," with music, poetry, storytelling, and dancing from Asia to Zaire, on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, 1106 North Central Avenue. Daily hours are noon to 9 p.m. Admission ranges from $5 to $15. Call 602-264-3229. -- Wynter Holden
Urban outfitters make a dif
Baron Gordon is busy. When the artist isn't designing boutiques or large-scale art installations, he's usually conducting live-painting demonstrations at hipster events along with the Alpha Monster Artist Collective. "We've been described as 'bold and urban,' but we're versatile in different forms of art," says Gordon. The artistic endeavors of the six-member cooperative -- running the gamut from the colorful, collage-like work of Sterling Bartlett to the graf art of Dumperfoo -- will be on display at Urban Fusion on Friday, October 14. The modish mega-event, benefiting Make A Difference, also includes food from such local restaurants as Cibo and Calabria, as well as entertainment by Axé Capoeira, the comedians of The Originals Improv, fire dancing by SoulTribe, and music from Sunday Morning Drive and DJs Senbad and Organic. The scene is Gold Spot Gallery, 1001 North Third Avenue. The 21-and-over event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $30, and are available by calling 602-973-2212, extension 224. -- Benjamin Leatherman