Going Out: Literature latino poets

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Ride the coolest new wave in American Spoken Word when the Latino Poets hit town with percussive groovesters Sidestepper. Lithe and laid-back words are strung across a mutable mix of drum'n'bass 'n' brassy salsa to give the living spirit of Gil Scott Heron an up-tempo Nineties injection. Miguel Algarin and Piri Thomas (right), founding fathers of Nuyorican (New York Puerto Rican) poetry team up with smouldering young Chicano Ruben Martinez and bluesy newcomer Garland Thompson to carouse down the mean streets of Spanish Harlem: "A world full of backyards, rooftops, and street sets, all kinds of people and acts, of hustles, rackets, and eyedropper drugs."

Zap Club, Kings Rd Arches, Brighton (01273 325 440) tomorrow, 7.30pm, pounds 7;

Poetry International, Purcell Room, South Bank, London SE1, Mon 2 Nov, 8pm (0171 960 4242)