The Triangle Association of Black Journalists will hold a forum on Minorities and the Media, a discussion on issues of race and ethnicity in Triangle newsrooms. Forum panelists Melanie Sill (News & Observer), Bill Stagg (The Herald-Sun), Mike Ward (NBC 17), Rob Elmore (WTVD 11), John Harris (WRAL-TV) and Harry Amana (UNC-CH School of Journalism), will cover topics ranging from how well the media includes multicultural communities in its news coverage to hiring practices. 7:30 p.m. Raleigh Sheraton Capital Center, 421 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh. Demorris Lee, 956-2404.
Catch the Last Friday Arts Celebration in downtown Hillsborough. Sponsored by the Hillsborough Artists Cooperative, the festival is an opportunity to view art, hear live music, shake a leg and enjoy other special events. A photography exhibit by Roberta Wallace will be on view at the Hillsborough Arts Council (102 West King St.) and a local Latino band will perform at the old courthouse. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Hillsborough. 732-7746.
Duke University Museum of Art will present A Moving Experience, as part of their "After Hours" programming series. The live dance performance choreographed to DUMA works will include refreshments and a cash bar, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The performance is free and all are welcome. 6 p.m. Duke University East Campus, Durham. 684-5135 or www.duke.edu/web/duma for information.
On Sunday, dachshunds and dachshund enthusiasts will gather for Wiener Dog Day, a celebration of the tube-shaped canines. Standard and miniature-sized hot-dogs are expected to enjoy a bevy of trimmings including obstacle courses, games and contests. 2:30-5 p.m. Weaver Street Market, Carrboro. Free. Stacy Smith, 632-6164.
Barnes & Noble, Cary's Mystery Discussion Group chooses Anne Perry's Whitechapel Conspiracy as the topic of this week's discussion. Perry's whodunit covers the 1892 gruesome murders of Whitechapel hookers committed by a killer who's moniker is "Jack the Ripper." When key character and witness Thomas Pitt is transferred to Whitechapel--one of the East End's most perilous slums--he must work undercover to investigate the shady killings. 7 p.m. 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. 467-3866.
If it's been a long time since you've allowed your inner child to "come out and play," Teatro Hugo & Ines may just be your opportunity. Presented by N.C. State's Center Stage Performing Arts Series, the puppetry show is a collection of silent vignettes, featuring an unforgettable cast of characters, fashioned out of human imagination and body parts: knees, feet, elbows and fingers. A discussion with the puppetry artists will follow the show. And oh yeah, your kids can come too. Tuesday through Wednesday, Oct. 29-30, 8 pm. $22-$27. Stewart Theatre, N.C. State Campus, Raleigh. 515-1100 for tickets. email@example.com or www.ncsu.edu/arts. (Recommended for ages 10 and older.)