Performance artist José Torres-Tama will present poetry from his book, “Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The poems document migratory leaps from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to New York City, where his family owned a coffee wagon business in Union Square, and Jersey City, where teenage rites of passage forged his urban warrior persona, to New Orleans, his muse and adopted home since 1984.

MAKING JEWELRY: There will be a do-it-yourself jewelry program for all ages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a guardian. To reserve a spot, call (504) 596-2641 or stop by the library.

KRUMPING: A film on krumping, a high-energy contemporary dance, will be screened for a teen audience from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. This popular dance, with roots in South Central Los Angeles, has become a high-intensity form of self-expression. There will be a krumping demo after the movie, and pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

BITTERS: Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail, and Scot Mattox, founder of El Guapo Bitters, will discuss the history of cocktail bitters, their recent comeback and contemporary uses during a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans. Audience members will receive complimentary bottles of locally made El Guapo Bitters.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit