Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will present an inspiring evening of jazz and poetry Friday, July 30 at 7 p.m. The Words and Music event features The Crucible Ensemble, made up of poets Joel Lipman, Lauren Murray, Ellen Sander and pianist Tom Luther.

The Crucible Ensemble is an indeterminate and mixed media ensemble whose guiding principle is improvisation. The Crucible Ensemble brings together ideas and sounds from many different disciplines and burns away predisposition and forethought to exist purely in the moment. The three poets will be reading their work in collaboration with solo piano improvisations. Lipman is a professor of English and art at University of Toledo. Sander is a poet, author, ’60s rock chronicler, screenwriter, techie, mime, mother and wisecrack artist.

Murray is a Belfast area poet originally from Boston. She attended Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, is a founding member of the local Poets’ Table and was a featured poet in the 2009 Belfast Poetry Festival. Luther is a pianist and composer who performs regularly with MoJO and Luna Madidus.

There is a $7 suggested donation, and light refreshments will be served. Åarhus Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to 8 p.m. during Belfast’s Friday Gallery Walks. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.