Image by Pierrick Gaumé, http://pierrick.co.nr/

This Saturday, August 15th,  from 8-11 p.m. La Belle Époque Art Gallerie (809 Adams St.) in Bay City will host a night of entertainment inspired by Persian and Turkish influences. The line-up includes belly dancing, poi and flow wand performances by Tam-Lin, music, and an open mic. Several books of classic Persian & Turkish poetry will be on hand for anyone to read from during the open mic. On the menu are such exotic appetizers as tabouli, red lentil soup, stuffed mini-zucchini, hummus, fattoush (Mediterranean salad), baba ganoush (fire-roasted eggplant dip), mini falafel wraps, Turkish delight, fruit juices, and Turkish coffee. There is no cover, but donations will benefit the performers.

Brewtopia Coffee house (810 Saginaw St.) routinely features bluegrass music on Thursday nights and open mic sessions on Fridays. The August 21st Poetry & Spoken Word Open Mic event will begin the shop's new line-up of pre-organized poetry events, scheduled to take place on the third Friday of each month.

This month's session will open at 7 p.m. with Gina Myers reading from her most recent book, A Model Year, just out from Coconut Books. Myers studied at The New School in New York City, which led to fresh expressions of her Saginaw roots. "Pigeons & sky washed- / out grey" and  "frenzied youth smashing / up against one another"  make up part of her poetic description of New York City. Myers teaches English at Delta College.

Next up, local legends The Burdons will treat listeners to a very rare and special acoustic session. This group of musicians (Bob Charlebois, Jim Davenport, Paul Schultz, Scott Causley) has transformed itself from a pop-punk and rock-a-billy band to a band with blues ballad undertones.

An open mic session for poetry, spoken word, and music will follow.  Participants should arrive early to sign up and limit themselves to two poems or one song per round.  Depending on how many sign up, they should prepare to go two rounds or more.