Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC
As part of its African Diaspora Lecture Series, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History presents Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, Soyinka is a prolific human rights advocate. As a playwright, poet, essayist and novelist, his politically motivated works have had an incredible impact on his home country. 150 South Road. 962-9001. Free. 4 p.m.
Sight Unseen/Back Porch Photography
Durham Art Guild
An artists' reception will be held tonight for the Guild's most recent exhibitions: Sight Unseen--A Touchable Exhibition, which features works by selected area artists that can be appreciated in ways other than visually. The Back Porch Photo Gallery features Pictures of Texture. Reception 5-7 pm. 120 Morris St. 560-2713. Gallery hours Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Lead Me, Guide Me
Binkley Baptist Church
Texas A&M professor and Jungian analyst Dr. David Rosen will discuss Elvis Presley's spiritual journey and the evolution of his myth this evening. He will be relating it to Taoism--China's oldest religion dealing with the soul, acceptance, healing, humility, nonviolence, compassion and balancing opposites. The CG Jung Society is sponsoring the program, entitled "The Tao of Elvis." 1712 Willow Dr. $10, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
When Writers Read
Page-Walker Arts and History Center
Writers get it going tonight with live jazz, poetry performances, spoken word and readings. The Page-Walker Center offers writing experiences and programs in poetry, short stories, creative writing, journaling, character development and fantasy world creation. Tonight's readers include Katharine Parrish, Sharon Wood, Cherokee Pinder, Laura Edwards, Evan Gordo and Darrell Stover. 119 Ambassador Loop. 460-4963. Free. 7-9 p.m.
NC Museum of Art Amphitheatre
After selling out performance after performance across the state, the play Millworker finally makes its way to the Triangle. The musical drama is based on real-life accounts from early textile workers. The performance will be accompanied by traditional bluegrass music from local artists. Not recommended for children under 12. 2110 Blue Ridge Road. 715-5913. $10. 8 p.m.
Oh What a Nightmare
These days, Scott and Seth Avett are known for making loud and lonesome, bluegrass-leaning music in the Avett Brothers trio. However, they cut their musical teeth playing acoustic Alice in Chains covers for tossed change on the Myrtle Beach strip before both plugged in and formed rock bands. Oh What a Nightmare finds the brothers on busmen's hard-rock holiday, reliving those not-so-distant days when comparisons ran more toward Layne Staley than Carter Stanley. --Rick Cornell
Senses of Escape
Durham Arts Initiative
DAI, The Durham Association for Downtown Arts and Dalloway Records present a night of live performances and video screenings. Senses of Escape: Multimedia Collaborations brings painters, filmmakers and photographers together with composers and bands for many multimedia experiments. The point of the project is to test how different expressive forms can function together as one. 122 W. Main St. 682-4091. Suggested $7 donation. 8:30 p.m.
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre
This play, which was written as a clear protest to the Vietnam War, uses an incident from American history as a backbone for its commentary. In the late 1800s, writer Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail for not paying taxes that supported the war with Mexico. Thoreau used that event as a basis for his popular essay "Civil Disobedience." The play, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, was so relevant to the Vietnam era that it was temporarily shut down in 1970. 7713-51 Leadmine Road. 866-0228. $10, $8 seniors and students. 3 p.m. matinee.
Tres Chicas and Geraint Watkins
the Pour House Music Hall
We at the Independent have been giving a lot of (well-deserved) love to the harmonically gifted Tres Chicas of late, so let's focus on the gentleman who'll be sharing time with the ladies at The Pour House. In addition to his many years of service in the ace British Cajun/zydeco band the Balham Alligators, keys man Geraint Watkins has supported the likes of Dave Edmunds, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison and Nick Lowe, on the road and in the studio. Lowe calls him "the missing link between Paulo Conte and Howling Wolf," a claim backed up by Watkins' entertaining, earthy new Yep Roc release, Dial 'W' for Watkins. --Rick Cornell
The Melvins, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant
One of the most important and influential groups of high school pals from Anytown, Washington, to deal with their boredom by starting a rock band, The Melvins have been playing and wearing out bassists since 1984, propelling the Seattle grunge movement and releasing more than 20 albums of their Sabbath-guided metallic sludge along the way. Their latest, Pigs of the Roman Empire, is a left-field headtrip of a collaboration with film composer and morbid ambient experimenter Lustmord, who shapeshifts the sludge to an angular dimension and gives it one of its darker hues thus far. --Grayson Currin
Underground Press Reading
Three authors will be sharing their work: Derek McCormack, from his books Haunted Hillbilly and Grab Bag; Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned; and Daniel Nester, who'll be reading from God Save My Queen, volumes one and two. Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. 286-2700. Free. 7 p.m.
Tim Junkin and Kirk Bloodsworth
UNC Law School and McIntyre's
There are two opportunities today, and more later in the week, to catch Tim Junkin, author of the book Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA along with Kirk Bloodsworth, the book's subject. Says Publisher's Weekly: "As Junkin tells it, Bloodsworth's inner strength and determination enabled him to survive in prison and to learn of advances in DNA fingerprinting that led to his 1993 exoneration and Maryland's belated identification of the killer." They're at UNC's law school at 4:15 p.m. and at McIntyre's in Fearrington Village at 7 p.m. You can also see them Thursday, Sept. 23 at noon at the Duke law school and at 7 p.m at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, and Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham.