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What’s a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than enjoying healthy food, live music and an interesting array of creative thinkers?

Pita Jungle is hosting Pitas and Poets on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 7366 E. Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. Throughout the afternoon, people will be mingling, eating, and drinking while bands play and a variety of poets perform 15- to 20-minute sets.

The ten featured poets include Rosemarie Dombrowski, Nadine Lockhart, Laura Lacanette, Bill Campana, Bryan Hall and Shawnte Orion. Pita Jungle will also debut a new specialty menu, "Menu for the Cure.” For the month of May, Pita Jungle will donate a dollar to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for every item ordered from the special menu.

Lacanette, who reads mostly slam poetry, explains that her style has been most influenced by spoken word.

“I really want to embody a character when I'm on stage, and take the audience into that world for 3 minutes,” she said. “On stage I like to be abrupt, aggressive and raw.”

Straying from the expected female topics (romance, love, heartbreak, repeat), Lacanette draws from her own more unique experiences. Her range for topics and comedy makes for a strong presence and energy onstage.

“It's usually more about emotions than literal experiences. As a completely flawed and imperfect person, I want to mentally put myself in extraneous circumstances and try to imagine how I would react,” she said. “I've written poems about anything from religion and violence, to nerd culture and video games.”

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