Soak up literary rays at Mesa’s Second Friday Books on the Beach block party, featuring Inkzilla (a menagerie of local authors and publishers showcasing their work), Spoken Word (poets expounding on their view of politics, love, joy, pain, and comedy), Speak your Mind Soap Box (an open mic for individual venting) and a Bad Hawaiian Shirt Contest with prizes to those wearing the tackiest.
DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Downtown Mesa, Main Street between Center and Robson. Free. (480) 890-2613 or 2ndfridaynightout.com.