Some of North Carolina's finest artists will be on view when the N.C. Central University Art Museum hosts Regional Perspectives: Art in the Triangle. The exhibit includes works by 10 local artists including Juan Logan, Michael Harris, Charles Joyner, Chandra Cox and Olivia Gatewood, who will be present at the opening reception, Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. NCCU Art Museum, Lawson St., between the Fine Arts Bldg. and Music Bldg. Oct. 11-Dec. 6; Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 2-5 p.m. Free. (919) 560-6211.
The Diwali (Hindi for "a row of lights") celebration is the most widely celebrated of Indian festivals, and signifies the victory of good over evil. Hum Sub Inc.--an organization established to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Triangle Indian American community--will present Cary Diwali Celebration 2002, a showcase of Indian culture and heritage. Classical and folk music, dance, an Indian wedding-themed fashion show, crafts bazaar and food, as well as special appearances by Congressman David Price and Mayor Glen Lang, are all part of the festival lineup. Amphitheatre at Regency Park, 404 N. Academy St., Cary. Saturday, Oct. 26, noon to 8 p.m. Free. (919) 460-4963. www.townofcary.org or www.HumSub.org.
Chapel Hill's Triangle Youth Ballet presents its eighth season of Tchaikovsky-influenced, classic children's ballet with a performance of Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. In addition to a dance performance, participants may sample treats from the "Land of the Sweets," see a magic show, enjoy "Nutcracker Story Time" and take a picture with the "Sugar Plum Fairy." Co-sponsored by the Carolina Inn, the performance will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Old Well Ballroom. Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $12. (919) 932-2676. www.triangleyouthballet.org.
The Carolina Theatre presents two-time Grammy winner and country music singer Kathy Mattea (pictured)--winner of the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards--for her "Roses" tour. The singer/songwriter will perform songs from her new Roses album, which she describes as "contemporary folk with a Celtic twist." The album features Mattea's vocals alongside an accordion, whistle, fiddles, mandolin and a pie pan, and include her messages of treasuring the moment and enjoying the journey. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 8 p.m. $28. 560-3030.
The Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center presents a special lunchtime double feature, Whispers and A Funeral At the Samba School. Whispers is the story of Kaliq, a young man obsessed with his success and caught up in a torrent of whispers and illusions. In the Afro-Brazilian comedy A Funeral at the Samba School, amazing things happen when samba masters, funk musicians, friends and admirers gather to pay their last respects to a young musician, and community leader who dies suddenly. 110 Lenoir Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Free. Noon. (919) 962-9001. www.unc.edu/depts/bcc.