Lady Byron has traveled the world over with countless jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and the Duke, and has performed for every US president since Johnson. Not only is she a gifted pianist, but she's 79 years old and still wears 4-inch heels. Just try and catch up with her and The Lady Byron Trio tonight, 6:30-10 p.m. April & George, 414 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 828-9082.
The often separate communities of spoken word and written poetry come together for Wicked Lips, an exploration of sex, gender, desire and power through language with wordsmiths Lisa McCool, Carol Lautier, Tanya Olson and Langston Fuze. 7:30 p.m., Blue Coffee Company, 202 Corcoran St., downtown Durham. 683-5282. Free.
Celebrate the 20th birthdays of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina and The Independent Weekly at the Summer Solstice Birthday Party. Pop noir band Jackie O. Pillbox will swing you into a festive mood with '30s and '40s style music with a Latin-jazzy feel as you sip lemonade and stroll through the conservatory surrounded by over one thousand butterflies. 4-7 p.m., Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life & Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham. Zenobia Reed 929-5402 (ext 138). $20, $10 children.
Remember summers from the days of yore spent splashing in a river, or maybe playing in the creek, or do you at least remember the lemonade commercial? Recreate your childhood (or create one) by Wafting the Eno River, a two-hour float trip with naturalist River Dave. 10 a.m., 3:30 p.m. daily, and moonlight departures at 9 p.m., West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N. Roxboro St., Durham. 471-3802 for reservations. $12.
Enjoy one last evening with poet, author and storyteller Milbre Burch before she heads west. She is performing her one-woman show for adults, Mom's the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters. Monday, June 23 & 30, 7:30 p.m., Durham Arts Council PSI Theater, 120 Morris St., Durham. 942-7937. www.kindcrone.com. $10.
Sculptor Patrick Dougherty discusses his large-scale, site-specific installations of woven tree saplings in his lecture Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World. 7 p.m.: Page Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 468-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.