Published: September 29, 2011
Alterant Book Signing and Discussion Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. 7 pm; Barnes & Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-894-6024; barnesandnoble.com.
The Big Read Kickoff Celebration With Chris Semtner of the Poe Museum. 2 pm; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Harry Wise, Ghostmaster Talk Featuring the author of Weird Florida, Charlie Carlson. 7 pm; Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-665-2489.
Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings With Dr. Anna Lillios. 10:30 am - noon; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.
Nick Flynn Artist-in-Residence outreach reading/talk and book signing. 7:30 pm; University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; 407-823-5329.
Artist Lecture: German Poetry and Music With Bettina Matthias. 7:30 pm; Rollins College, Keene Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2000; rollins.edu.
History and the Love of Learning David McCullough discusses his The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. 8 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1995; rollins.edu/wpi.
Jocelyn Bartkevicius Readings 7-9 pm; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Wham Bam Poetry Slam 8 7-10 pm; Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-427-6975; atlanticcenterforthearts.org.
Better in Biz Workshops Weekly networking event offers resources and information for local LGBT & Allied business owners. 6:30 pm Tuesday; MBA Orlando Headquarters, 23 S. Osceola Ave.; free, RSVP required; 407-610-7412; mbaorlando.org.
Cocktails & Conversation Weekly informal social gathering. 5 pm Friday; MBA Orlando Headquarters, 23 S. Osceola Ave.; free; 407-610-7412; mbaorlando.org.
Illusions in Review Monthly celebrity look-alike show with Leigh Shannon. 7 pm, 9:45 pm the first Saturday of the month; Hamburger Mary’s, 110 W. Church St.; free; 321-319-0600; hamburgermarys-orlando.com.
Transgender Woman’s Business Council 6:30 pm Thursday; MBA Orlando, 23 S. Osceola Ave.; free, RSVP requested; 321-800-3945; mbaorlando.org.
Boi4Life Hosted by Rose Garcia of the Real “L” Word, with performances by Blue Starr. 6 pm; Mr. Sisters, 5310 E. Colonial Drive; $10-$40; 407-545-2467; mrsisters.com.
Charity Masquerade Ball To benefit the Center. 8 pm; Stonewall Bar Orlando, 741 W. Church St.; free, donations accepted; 407-373-0888.
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