Poet, author and activist Nikki Giovanni will visit Alive for RealEyes Bookstore's "Change is Coming to Charlotte" event series. Giovanni will discuss her most currently released book, titled Bicycles: Love Poems. In addition, jazz, food and more will be provided. And it's all for a good cause, as this speaker engagement and book signing is a fundraiser for the Charlotte Literary Festival and the "Kickoff to Writing" scholarship program. $15-$20. 6 p.m. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St. 704-377-8989. www.realeyesbookstore.com.