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The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation (1754 E. 47th St., 216.361.9255, morganconservatory.org) marks its first anniversary — its paper anniversary — with a party featuring the second edition of what it's dubbed "The Snail Mail Paper Trail." Artists working at the studio have made sheets of paper, which have been distributed — in some cases by the USPS "snail mail" — to other artists who have created works, especially prints, on them. Those works will be shown and sold at the party.

In its first year, the Morgan has grown from an idea with enthusiastic supporters to a busy operation, with interns working on projects, a full schedule of classes and gallery shows, and paper for sale — both from existing stock and by custom order. Funds raised by the Snail Mail Paper Trail silent auction will benefit Morgan and its educational activities. The party is from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, October 3. It's free. RSVP to rsvp@morganconservatory.org or call by calling Morgan.

Poetry Slam, Inc. has announced that Columbus will host the third annual Women of the World Poetry Slam March 10-13 next year. The slam is "a tournament created for women, facilitated by women, honoring women," says LaShaun Phoenix Moore, one of the event's founding organizers. The competition and other events will be held in and around Columbus' Short North neighborhood. For information, go to poetryslam.com.

Cesear's Forum — a company with a record of producing challenging plays — is taking a different tack this fall with three cabaret concerts, collectively titled A Little Brit Different, by singer Helen Welch, a British transplant to Northeast Ohio. Welch performed on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Café and with top jazz acts in the U.K. before moving here. She's worked with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and has appeared at Nighttown and the Bop Stop. The shows will feature her trio: pianist Rock Wehrman, bassist George Lee and drummer Roy King. Each evening will have a different theme, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 3, with Divas — The Songs They Made Famous, followed by L'chaim — To Life: The Best of Jewish Composers, Lyricists and Singers on October 10, and Through a Film Glass Darkly — Songs of Love, Reflection and Movies on October 17. They all take place at Kennedy's Down Under (1501 Euclid Ave., 216.241.6000, playhousesquare.org). Tickets are $20, or $45 for a three-show package.

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