Rochester's literary culture hub, Writers & Books, will hold two bashes this weekend in celebration of the written word. On Friday, September 14, head over to JGK Gallery (10 Vick Park A), for a night of Art and Poetry. The event takes place at 6 p.m., and features readings by 16 Rochester poets who have written works in response to California artist Brittany Ryan, whose paintings and sculptures will be on display in the gallery. Admission is $12 or $10 for W&B members. For more info, call 473-2590 or visit wab.org.
On Saturday, September 15, at 7 p.m., Writers & Books will host its Eat, Pray, Love Gala at Century Club of Rochester (566 East Ave.). Enjoy live music, performances by local youth writers, a silent auction including items from authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Debra Dean, and Ann Patchett, as well as Italian, Indian, and Indonesian fare. Recommended attire is tropical elegance and Indian summer.
Tickets to the gala are $100. An optional patron reception will take place 6-7 p.m., featuring wine and other goodies, at $150 per patron. For registration or more information, call 473-2590 x106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.