Al-Qaeda: Past, Present and Future, Lawrence Wright will discuss his book “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.” Wed., Jan. 24 at 6:30pm. THE COOPER UNION, The Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St. at 3rd Ave. Free lecture & book signing.

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery bet Bleecker & Houston. Check www.bowerypoetry.com for a schedule of upcoming events, including poetry, literature readings, music and theater. UPCOMING EVENT, “Langston Hughes in Harlem,” A reading with music by Harry Mann and Neal Kirkwood. Sat., Jan. 20 & 27 and Feb. 3 at 2pm. Also Sun., Feb. 4 at 2pm. $10, $8 students. 212-614-0505.

Comix, 353 W. 14th St., www.comixny.com, 212-524-2500: THE MARIJUANA-LOGUES, Touring stand-up comics and actors Arj Barker, Doug Benson & Tony Camin regale the crown with the higs and lows of marijuana. Thurs. – Sat., Jan. 18-20.

Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd floor, bet Houston & Prince Sts., 212-219-0736, www.dixonplace.org: QT, Hear new Queer Text curated by Sara Marcus featuring Sara Jaffe & Jess Arndt. Wed., Jan. 24 at 7pm. $5, TDF. MONEY MATTERS, All proceeds from this special event will benefit the construction of Dixon Place’s new space. Thurs., Jan. 25 at 7:30pm. $10-15, additional donations accepted. Event to be held at UNIVERSITYSETTTLEMENT, 184 Eldridge St., at Rivington St. 212-219-0736.

In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series, Erotic memoir night on everything from being a sex columnist to online dating and loving a transgendered partner. Wed., Jan. 17 at 8pm. HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 Broome St. Free. 212-334-9676.

New York Book Club, Stefan Kanfer discusses his book “Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy and Mishugas of the Yiddish Theater in America.” Thurs., Jan. 18 at 6pm. LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM, Visitors Center & Museum Shop, 108 Orchard St., below Delancey. RSVP to bookclub@tenement.org.

Pen And Brush, 16 E. 10th St., www.penandbrush.org: PEN READING, Bonna Whitten-Stovall, Rashidah Ismaili, Beth Dubus and Marcia Slatkin will read from their new work. Sun., Jan. 21.

Pink Pony West Poetry Reading Series, Call for more information on upcoming readings. Takes place on Fridays at 6pm. THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE, 29 Cornelia St., bet Bleecker & W. 4th Sts. $6, includes one free drink. 212-989-9319.

Poetry Project Events, THE POETRY PROJECT, 131 E. 10th St. 212-674-0910. Check the website for upcoming events. www.poetryproject.com. OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS, Wed., Jan. 17: Kamau Brathwaite & Susan Howe. Mon., Jan. 22: Gregg Biglieri & Evelyn Reilly. Wed., Jan. 24: Alan Gilbert, Bill Mohr & Roberto Tejada.

Targeted: Homeland Security & the Business of Immigration , Join “Democracy Now” host Amy Goodman & “Wakeup Call” host and author Deepa Fernandes to discuss the new book “Targeted.” Examine the new American immigrant experience and the human struggle behind the current immigration debate. Thurs., Jan. 25 at 6:30pm. THE COOPER UNION, The Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place, bet 3rd & 4th Aves. Free lecture & book signing.