BOOKS: Author, poet, and activist Alice Walker, best known for The Color Purple, is reading at Busboys and Poets. Her latest book, The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses, & Babe, is a memoir. 6:30 PM; free.
FILM: Learn about growing up in a different culture at the Growing Up: German Youth in Film festival at the Goethe-Institut. Films will screen every Monday through May 23. Tonight's offering, Run If You Can, is about a wheelchair-bound student and his caretaker who fall in love with the same girl. 6:30 PM; tickets are $7.
BENEFIT: Urban Chic is collecting party, bridesmaids, and other formal dresses for Baltimore's The Magic Wand Project, which donates gently used formal wear to underprivileged high school students for their prom. Shoppers will receive a 15 percent discount on their purchase. Today through Friday, May 13.