Discover poetry studying, open mic, karaoke in downtown Las Vegas

A back patio with lounge space and games is shown at Gold Spike Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. Gold Spike, with new design and ownership by Downtown Project, will celebrate its third year this May. Ronda Churchill/Las Vegas Review-JournalLita Ford

Artist to host fundraiser for sister

Artifice Bar, 1025 S. 1st St., will host downtown artist and hairstylist Amanda Fuller, who will show and sell her art to benefit her terminally ill sister Katy, who has an aggressive autoimmune disease. Katy and her husband, James Rugaard, have been a part of the downtown community and local music scene since the ‘90s. The event starts at 5 p.m. Thursday for those 21 and older. artificebar

Tickets available for Cabaret Jazz event

Former “Jersey Boys” conductor Keith Thompson will present the Composers Showcase at The Smith Center at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The monthly event features some of the Las Vegas’ top performers presenting original material in the intimate setting of Myron’s Cabaret Jazz. The event regularly sells out in advance, but tickets are available for this month’s show. They’re $20-$25. thesmithcenter

Kick the Monday blues with karaoke

Looking for a new tradition for the coming year? Check out the Bunkhouse’s Monday Night Karaoke. Starting every week at 9 p.m., there’s no cover charge as local musician Blair Dewane hosts. bunkhousedowntown

Step up for Open Mic at the Spike

If you want another excuse to unleash your inner performer, check out the Gold Spike’s open mic night. Open Mic at the Spike runs from 7-11 p.m. Wednesdays. goldspike

Professor sets book signing, reading

Poet Angela Ball will read and sign copies of her book “Talking Pillow” from 7-8 p.m. Friday at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Ball is a professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she directs the Center for Writers. The book centers around the sudden death of the author’s long-time partner and travels outward to events in the world at large. thewritersblock.org/events

Lita Ford to rock out at Former punk princess and heavy metal goddess Lita Ford will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Showroom at Tickets start at $42 and change, and are available through goldennuggetcom.

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