Graphic novels--a.k.a. comic books--are starting to get some respect as a literary art form. Three fans of the genre, Butch Arthur, Andrew Robbins, Buck Holmes, will talk about the increasing popularity of the format and popular film adaptations. They'll show some classic works that are available, as well as new releases. 7 p.m. Cary Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Rd, Cary. 467-3866.
All genres, all the time: That's the idea behind the five week-long Raleigh arts festival, 23 HOURS, opening tonight at Bickett Gallery with DJs Keith Ward and Dave Hogan. Rock acts such as Cherry Valence and the Apple Juice Orchestra will join DJs, jazz, film, spoken word and visual projects from the folks behind LUMP Gallery and Blam! Free events will happen almost every night through Sept. 14. For the full schedule, see www.23 hours.org. 8 p.m.-until. 209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh. 836-5358 or www.bickettgallery.com. Free.
Amid the quiet brick buildings, wrecked warehouses and busy construction of downtown Durham lies a remarkable history. The Historic Preservation Society of Durham has put together a walking tour of Durham's Civil Rights Legacy. A guide will take you on the one-mile, 1? hour stroll that examines the times, the people and the businesses that gave a unique flavor to the local protest movement. 10 a.m. Departing from Durham Farmer's Market, Morris St., across from Measurement Inc., one block south of the old Durham ballpark. 682-3060 or www.preservationdurham.org. Free.
Just because you can't draw doesn't mean you can't learn the basics. Scientific illustrator Emma Skurnick (who designed this year's poster for the Festival for the Eno) offers a fun, supportive Drawing Class for People Who Can't Draw. Classes start today and run Sundays through Sep 7 at SEEDS, Durham's community gardening organization. 2-4 pm. 706 Gilbert St, Durham. Contact Emma Skurnick at 542-4492 or email@example.com to register. $75, all materials provided.
Put on your best tartan and kick up your heels at Scottish country dancing lessons, every Monday evening. You'll get a workout and a dose of high(land) culture. 7 p.m. Jo Moore School of Scottish Dance, 1401 SE Maynard Rd, Cary. 380-1544. $3.
Radio commentator and community organizer Katie Davis, a regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and PRI's This American Life, joins the Center for Documentary Studies' week-long Hearing Is Believing: Audio Documentary Institute Presentations. Davis will discuss the personal audio essays that have evolved from her work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham. 660-3680. Free.