Two exhibits at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham document vibrant and distinct aspects of African-American culture in the Triangle. Quilted From the Heart with Soul features more than 50 quilts made by the African American Quilt Circle, a Triangle-wide group with members from kids to seniors. Also on display is the photography of Jerry and Kay Novick. Blues on the Road documents living legends playing at bars, clubs and festivals. Both exhibits run through Sept. 28. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham. 683-1709. Free.
The Cherry Valence has been rockin' the Triangle for some time now, and this weekend is your opportunity to check them out live. Stop by Friday Fest (N.C. State University's welcome-back event that lasts all weekend) to sample The Valence as well as The Greatest Hits, and stay for The Nein. Presented by WKNC and NCSU's Union Activity Board. 7 p.m., NCSU Campus (next to Talley Student Center), Raleigh. www.ncsu.edu. Free.
Enter the WDNC Radio Bike Rodeo for prizes in this kids event sponsored by The Herald-Sun and WDNC. REI will be on hand for minor repairs, and the Durham Police Bicycle Unit will team with Tarwheel Bicycle Club for a safety contest. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Diamond View parking lot, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Parents must accompany children, and participants must wear helmets. www.wdnc.com. Free.
Over the 22 years since Bill Hicks left The Red Clay Ramblers, he has continued to develop as a fiddler, and, as his recent albums demonstrate, a songwriter. He has spent much of that time working with Libby Hicks. They provide a powerful and delightful link to Chapel Hill as ground zero for the string band music revival, and a reliable source for excellent new music in the roots tradition. 7:30 p.m., Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham. 682-3343 or www.manbitesdogtheater.org. --Art Menius
If you want to be a star, show up for the open auditions for Night of Dreams, a Cary-based company looking to channel local talent into a benefitfor the Center for Child and Family Health. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. at the Six String Cafe in MacGregor Village Center, Cary. 363-1530 or www.nightofdreams.org.
Author Terrance Zepke relates the history, nature and legends surrounding all 18 of the still-standing Lighthouses of the Carolinas--and of those that have fallen into the sea. 7 p.m., Raleigh Barnes & Noble, Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 782-0030.