War of the WORDS

Hosted by internationally award-winning poet and comedian Queen Sheba, Poetry vs. Hip Hop is a verbal standoff, with one poet and one emcee trading word skills in each round. But in lieu of any onstage takedowns, the contestants are required to show each other love in some way to emphasize the bridging of gaps and culture.

9 p.m. Friday, May 5, Nighthawks, Riverside, $20, facebook.com/nighthawksjax