Dr. Cornel West is one deep brother. A professor at Princeton and the author of more than 18 books, he's known for spitting ultra-intellectual observations that often fly over folks' heads. But don't be daunted by the big words; West's literary and spoken work have done much to promote dialogue, thought and policy on issues of race, justice and human rights. So, all that said, be sure to check him out when speaks at the Neighborhood Theatre. Proceeds benefit the Charlotte Literary festival. $15. 6 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-377-8989. www.realeyesbookstore.com.