Local poet/promoter J.C. Cowan has worked to keep the art of spoken word alive in Charlotte for nearly a decade. So, it's only fitting that some of the city's (and the nation's) top poetic talents would come out to celebrate Cowan's official birthday bash -- dubbed Poetry in Motion. Expect to see spoken word stars like Def Poetry Jam regular Georgia Me, the Q.C.'s own Concrete Generation and many more ringing in this special occasion through the power of speech. $20-$25. The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.