The event “A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka: A Big, Bold, Beautiful Life!” is taking place at BAMcafe on May 17 at 9 p.m. Readings and performances will be done by Ras Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care Moore, Toni Blackman, Asha Bandele, Danny Simmons, Kevin Powell and the Burnt Sugar Arkestra. The event is being produced by April R. Silver of Akila Worksongs and is free and open to the public. For more information, go to Facebook or call 718-756-8501.