"Trashing the Geneva Conventions," Community Church --UNC-Greensboro history professor Jeff Jones discusses the Bush administration's dismissal of the rules of war generally agreed upon by most nations on the planet. Various peace and social justice groups are sponsoring. Starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Clumsy Lovers, The Pour House --After playing 1,324 gigs across two countries and self-releasing six full-length records, Canada's The Clumsy Lovers signed a deal with Vancouver major Nettwerk Records late last year, happily cashing in on an honorable work ethic that carried the bluegrass quintet from scraping for shows to playing upwards of 20 shows a month. Expect this giddy, energetic balance of banjo and mandolin pickin'--played behind the band's nearly saccharine pop outlook of optimism--to go far. --GC
Thomas J. Ward , N. Raleigh Borders Books --Ostracized no more. Borders Books in North Raleigh welcomes the public at 7 p.m. to first-time author Thomas J. Ward's book signing for his Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South--the story of hundreds of African-American men and women who practiced medicine in the Deep South during the segregation era.
N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Carolina Theatre --The event's ninth year begins its 94-films-in-four-days run with a screening of the full-length version of an award-winning short, D.E.B.S., about an elite government force made up of girls in school-girl plaid skirts who take on a bank robber called "Lucy in the Sky." It ends Sunday with Eating Out, a love story of entangled gay and straight friendships. www.carolinatheatre.org/ncglff .
Nixon's Nixon, ManBites Dog Theater --Days away from the 30th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation is Nixon's Nixon, a play by Russell Lee that satires a political endgame to determine the president's place in history. Tickets are $15 ticket at the door.
Opening Art Reception, Temple Ball --The Temple Ball, at 307 E. Main St., is back in full swing with performances, an art gallery and even a recording and CD duplication service. The gallery is featuring an opening reception by mixed-media painter M. Annette Wadlington from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info about Temple Ball, go to www.templeball.com .
Bugfest, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences --In honor of our every-17-years guest Brood X--the cicada--view unusual live insects, arachnids, crustaceans and other swarming insects. And also indulge in bug-filled delicacies at the Cafe Insecta. It's free.
Home Movie Day, Duke's Perkins Library --Home movie day at Duke will bust those bottom-of-the-barrel expectations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the redeeming feature of originality. Bring your 8mm, Super-8 and 16mm films for viewing, and also listen to advice from film experts about how to preserve homespun film.
Lost trailers, Lincoln Theatre --Mixing Springsteen with Beck and rocking it out as rough as Skynyrd is a roots experiment that most bands aren't willing to try. But after Willie invited the Atlanta-based Lost Trailers to play his July 4 picnic, word spread about the roots-rock band with snappy lyrics and a backbeat strong enough to snap your spine. It's Southern rock with a twist, as if Bruce wrote for the Allmans. --GB
Follies, N.C. State's Thompson Theatre --The ultimate musical reunion party complete with glamorous old showgirls. These actors come together one last time to bid adieu to their old theater haunt before it's torn down. Expect solid drama and fabulous costumes from the University Theatre staff.
Bull City Bluesman, Durham County Library --If you want to whet your appetite for the upcoming Bull Durham Blues Festival, the Durham County Library presents folklorist Glenn Hinson and bluesman John Dee Holeman at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Durham County Library. Hinson and Holeman, recipient of the highest honor for excellence in the traditional arts--the National Folk Heritage Award--will take it back to the early 1900s, when Durham waxed bullish for the blues.
Oneida, Kings --One of the more perplexing bands in the rock canon, Oneida has a history that's seen it dip its toes into every corner of the indie rock pool. They played punk, '80s-style alt-rock and garage early on, and tried bits of pop and indie rock even as they delved into more experimental forms that drew inspiration from Sonic Youth to Neu and Can. There've been excursions through stoner rock and psychedelica and their latest, Secret Wars, even includes a 14-minute bit of brutal noise rock. The ultimate dilettantes, they're capable in whatever they tackle, and even better (and less off-putting sonically) live. --CP
Audio for the eyes, Gallery A --Check out the Glenwood Avenue gallery scene. At Gallery A are works by Alan Bowling, through Aug. 17. 1673 Glenwood Ave., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. 546-9011.
Literacy Campaign, 1410 W. Chapel Hill St. --Help spread the word: The Durham Literacy Center needs tutors for its adult literacy campaign. Attend this brief workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn how you can help adults and out-of-school teens throughout Durham County love the written word.
Camera Obscura and more, Artspace --Check out Clare Britt's life-sized Camera Obscura installation in the lobby at Artspace, 201 E. Davie St. Step inside for a view, and pictures taken at the exhibit's opening on Aug. 6 are on display. Exhibit closes Aug. 28. Info at www.artspacenc.org .
Jim White, Local 506 --Jim White has an unusual worldview, chording spooky jazz with a hand mangled in an industrial accident while looking through what he calls a "filter of primitive divinity." In White speak, that means it's OK to think of yourself as God as long as you remember you're the devil as well. --GB
Adult Dodgeball, 2305 Lake Wheeler Rd. --"Adult Dodgeball!" says it all: Raleigh Parks and Recreation sponsors the sport that caught everyone off-guard. Coed and male leagues are open to players age 18 and up, starting late August at the Carolina Pines Community Center.
Hotel Motel plus three, Nightlight --This looks like a full night of fun and good rock, with local trio Hotel Motel, NY aggro breaking-down rock group Modern Day Urban Barbarians, and two solid recent local duos. There's Jaguaro, newish Durham rockers, and The Whole World Laughing, the freshly-formed combo of Scotty Irving from Clang Quartet and David Cantwell of CG&J, Razzle, etc. As one Chapel Hill band put it, that's just about too much pork for just one fork. --CT