Dispute Settlement Center Benefit: The Mad Dog Blues Band plays Jan. 27 from 8-11 p.m. at the Blue Bayou Club, 106 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. $15. Info and tickets: www.disputesettlement.org.
Our Democracy, Our Airwaves: The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties hosts three 45-minute sessions, each featuring a 7-minute video making the case for free air time for political candidates; ask questions, add your name to the grassroots signature drive. Jan. 27, 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Lower level of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. 542-7338, email@example.com (Liz Baron).
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund: Annual membership meeting (public welcome); honoring Raleigh Police Chief Jane Perlov. Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, fifth floor board room, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 403-7665, www.ncgv.org.
Dr. Jeff Halper: Reframing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A View from the Ground. Halper, Middle East expert and director of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), will share his first-hand insights on the current state of the Israeli Occupation at three public fundraisers for ICAHD-USA: Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. at 204 Rigsbee Ave., Unit 201, Durham; Jan. 30, 7 p.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh; and Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. (potluck dinner) at Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. 967-5181, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mary Lou Leiser Smith) and 949-8212, tomsternNC@earthlink.net (Tom Stern).
Nationwide Protest Against Unwarranted, Unconsented, Unwanted Hysterectomies: HERS Foundation says hysterectomy is one of the most-performed major surgeries in the U.S. and also one of the least necessary and most damaging. Daily protests Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Durham Regional Hospital, 3643 N. Roxboro Road. In conjunction with the play Un Becoming, Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 760-8719. www.theprotestandtheplay.com, www.hersfoundation.com.
War Takes: For over four years, three Colombian filmmakers turned their cameras on themselves, using personal stories to expose the tough reality--and the warmth amidst the larger turmoil--in their violent, war-ravaged country. Jan. 30, 5 p.m. CHICLE, 101 E. Weaver St., Carrboro. 933-0398, www.chi-cle.com.
How Democrats and Progressives Can Win: Learn how to frame and communicate issues and core values through this filmed interview with George Lakoff, a linguist from UC-Berkeley. Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Kings, 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 931-0198, email@example.com (Blaise Strenn) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Jesse Goslen). Free.
Narratives of HIV Series at UNC-Chapel Hill: Jan. 31, 7 p.m.: Greg Behrman discusses his book The Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, at Cobb Theatre, Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Feb. 2, 7 p.m.: Dr. Kate Winskell of Emory University talks about her innovative intervention to prevent HIV transmission among African youth, and short films Scenarios from Africa show the youth's perspectives, at 1301 McGavran-Greenberg, School of Public Health. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.: Dr. Cynthia Prather from the CDC discusses SISTA Intervention, a gender and culturally relevant intervention with African-American women, at 1301 McGavran-Greenberg, School of Public Health. www.unc.edu/sghc/events.htm.
Proposed Durham Event Center: The City of Durham is hosting a public meeting to give an update on the project and solicit community input. Jan. 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Adaron Room, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. email@example.com (Alice Sharpe).
Sister Helen Prejean: Social justice advocate, outspoken opponent of capital punishment and author of Dead Man Walking. Hosted by Peace College. Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Long View Center, corner of Hargett and Person streets, Raleigh. 508-2206, firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Hobbs) or 508-2207, email@example.com (Lisa Mumma). Free.
Durham Greendogs Meeting: All Dems invited to join the conversation with County Democrat Chair Ted Benson. Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Main Library Auditorium, 300 Roxboro Road, Durham. groups.yahoo.com/group.DurhamGreendogs.
Nonviolent Resistance to Violence: Closing the School of the Americas: Discussion led by Father Roy Bourgeois (founder of SOA Watch) and Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (professor of ethics at Duke Divinity School). Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Sanctuary of Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Free.
The Women's Center: Chapel Hill nonprofit needs mentors (women 21 and older) for at-risk teen girls. Training dates are Feb. 1, 3 and 9. 968-4610, firstname.lastname@example.org (Lisa). www.womenspace.org.
The Prom Boutique: Opening in March; provides dresses for students attending special events in Durham Public Schools' grades 9-12. Volunteers needed Thursdays through Saturdays: 682-7513 (Alice Sharpe).
Mental Health: Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family photography exhibit plus readings, forums and additional events coming to Orange County in fall 2005. Organizing volunteers needed: 968-2022 x291 (Maria Hitt, Healthy Carolinas).
Women Who Serve N.C. Center for Women in Public Service: Nonpartisan Summer Institute at Peace College for women who want to support and/or be women in public office. Application deadline Jan. 31. Tuition $300; scholarships available. 508-2308, email@example.com, www.nccwps.org.