Free Concert: Fill out your voter reg. forms (in English or Spanish), listen to local bands (Saludos Compay, The Old Ceremony, Big Fat Gap and Red Skeleton), Friday, Oct. 1, 7-11 p.m., in Chapel Hill at the plaza behind the Franklin Street Post Office.
Volunteers Needed: N.C. PIRG, the public interest research group, is making a final voter registration push in Raleigh and Chapel Hill Oct. 1-3. To help: Lhepp@ffpir.org (Laura) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Breanna); or 833-2070.
Ex-Felons: You are eligible to vote in North Carolina (unlike some other states) when your probation or parole time is up. But you MUST re-register, by Oct. 8.
Kerrypalooza: Local bands (e.g., Milagro Saints, The Nerve), $5, for Kerry-Edwards. Friday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., Slim's Downtown Distillery, 227 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. www.nc4kerry.org , 522-0691 (Aniqa Tariq).
Auction: And blues guitarist Jon Shain. $10. For Kerry-Edwards GOTV (get out the vote). Saturday, Oct. 2, 7-11 p.m., Durham Arts Council. www.durhamfordemocracy.org , 824-2027.
Election Tunes: Also for Kerry GOTV. $25 and up. Wake Democrats present Raleigh's own Evan Rogister (he's big in the Big Apple) singing Gershwin, Porter, etc., with Laura Poe on piano. Saturday, Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh. email@example.com , 828-5656.
Kerry-oke: Need we say more? $10, Skylight Exchange, 405 Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, Sunday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. jtluckie13 (Janet Turley), 933-5550.
Concerts4Change: Raleigh's part in the national C4C drive. Tres Chicas, Patty Hurst Shifter and The Nevers play for Kerry at The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh, next Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org , 838-0825.
Pissed Off? Check out www.putwbackincrawford.org or call Tony Cope (332-3891) about the Moveon.org-related gig his crew's planned at Kings Barcade and Poole's Diner (formerly Vertigo), S. Dawson St., Raleigh, next Sunday, Oct. 10, 3-7 p.m.
Nadine Strossen: National ACLU president speaks at Duke. Free. Thursday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Page Auditorium, West Campus. 684-2911.
At Raleighwood I: Watch the first Kerry-Bush debate on the big screen with the Wake Democrats, Thursday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 (suggested); theater menu available. Reserve: www.wakedems.org, 828-5656.
Frontline Report: "Dying to Tell the Story" is an Emmy-nominated documentary about journalists killed in action. Q&A with producer Kathy Eldon follows. Friday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. 966-7024.
Ex-Felons Forum: Sponsored by ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and Southerners for Economic Justice. Saturday, Oct. 2, noon-3 p.m., N.C. Central School of Education, Durham. 834-3466.
Green Politics: Annual meeting of the Conservation Council of North Carolina (CCNC) focuses on political strategy. Saturday, Oct. 2, 1-5 p.m., Legislative Building, Raleigh. $20. "Festivity" follows at DesignBox, the art gallery. $20 more. www.conservationcouncilnc.org, 839-0978.
Gay Pride: Celebrate 20 years in N.C. working with pride. The Pride Promenade is Friday evening, Oct. 1, on Ninth Street in Durham. Fabulous Gay Pride Parade is Saturday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m. on Duke's East Campus, Durham (PrideFest rally starts at noon). Weekend-long schedule of events: www.ncpride.org.
Health is a Right: N.C. Museum of History's 2004 Civil Rights symposium is on health care issues. Saturday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with health fair 2:30-4:30. At 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Register: 807-7875.
Housing Rally: Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Eastway Elementary School, 610 N. Alston Ave., Durham. Sponsor: Durham Affordable Housing Coalition, 683-1185 x25 (Lorisa Seibel).
At Raleighwood II: Watch our Johnny battle Dick Cheney in the VP debate Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m; $25. Sponsored by Pro-Choice North Carolina, 514 Daniels St., Raleigh, 829-9779.
Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: Fridays, 5 p.m., NCSU Bell Tower, 833-4685 (Dante Strobino); 1st Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).
Durham Literacy: Volunteer tutors help adults, out-of-school teens, immigrants learn to read English. Orientation: Sept. 29. www.durhamliteracy.org, 489-8383.
Teens Climb High: In Women's Center program, women over 21 help middle-school girls throughout the Triangle. Lisa, 968-4610.
Help the Youth: Volunteers for Youth (VFY) mentor at-risk Orange County kids. Training session Oct. 5. www.volunteersfor youth.org, 967-4511.
Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail email@example.com (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact /phone number.
Deadline: Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!