They call themselves a string band, but there's nothing old-time about The Mammals' take on the music of their forefathers. There's a direct family connection to the music here: Guitarist/banjoist Tao Rodriguez-Seeger is grandson of legendary folk singer, Pete Seeger. Rodriguez-Seeger, along with multi-instrumentalists Ruth Unger and Michael Merenda, take a respectful, but upbeat rock-oriented approach to traditional music. And on their latest release, Evolver they take the music for a ride that has granddaddy Pete hanging on for dear life. Six String Café, 107 Edinburgh South, Cary. 469-3667. --Grant Britt
The Triangle Tangueros are sponsoring a night of passionate dance, with music by Italian quintet, The Quejas de Bandoneon. The five-instrument quintet have performed Argentine tango music in various international venues and will pay a visit the Triangle for a special one-night performance. Dancing begins at 9 p.m., with a newcomers' lesson at 8:15 p.m. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 466-8087 or www.triangle tangueros.org. $16, $8 with student ID.
The 18th annual North Carolina Gay Pride Festival takes to the streets (and air) this weekend. A gay pride parade, hot-air balloon rides, Phantom 5K run and walk, and pride rally are featured events at this year's festival. Local singer/songwriter/comic Jamie Anderson and Queer As Folk singing star Kim English will also make live appearances. Daytime activities take place on Duke's East Campus and Raleigh hosts nighttime events in various venues. email@example.com or www.ncpride.org.
The N.C. Museum of History presents A Closer Look: Good Sports in the Museum's Sports Hall of Fame--the nation's only sports hall of fame physically located in a history museum. More than 200 items including Dale Earnhardt's racing jumpsuit, Jim Valvano's NCSU warm-up suit and Kay Yow's Olympic team basketball are featured in the exhibit, which includes interactive displays and trivia quizzes. Participants can see, touch and try on reproduction artifacts from the Gallery Cart, from 1-3 p.m. 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 715-0200 or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Raleigh's New World Stage presents a production of Katmandu, a play by Robert Siegel. Part comedy, part drama, the production examines the life of 50-year-old Vincent Cercare, who is trying to discover who he is in the midst of fraught personal relationships. Katmandu is the first installment of the company's Fringe Festival Reading Series and begins at 8 p.m. Ideas Coffee House, 1011-2105 E NC Hwy 54, Durham. 643-4055 or www.newworldstage.org.
Bestselling author Charlotte Hughes makes a stop at two area bookstores for a reading and signing of her latest romance, Hot Shot. Set in Purdyville, S.C., the novel follows Detective Frankie Daniels as she tackles her life of boredom and Purdyville's local lawbreakers, and finds love in the process. Barnes & Noble, 4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 7:30 pm. 782-0030.