September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Turning Our Grief into Action for Peace tells the story of family members of 9/11 victims who chose to seek alternatives to war against Iraq as a response to the terrorist attacks (who are now nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize). Journalist and Indy contributor David Potorti will discuss the book. 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Southpoint Mall, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham. 806-1980; also Friday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588.
Goldie has crossed-over into quasi-celebrity after employing his gold front teeth in some movie roles, but he's best known for starting the jungle collective Metalheadz. . Come see his first N.C appearance, and how this fast-and-dirty segment of electronica has endured. With opening DJs from Charlotte, Raleigh and more. Presented by Progressive Collective. 9 p.m., Berkeley Cafe, 217 W Martin St, Raleigh. 821-0777. $20.
It's polka time! Polka Plus, North Carolina's only polka band, will provide the live music for an evening of polka and ballroom dancing. Polka lesson 6:30 p.m., dancing 7-11 p.m., A Step to Gold International, Pleasant Valley Promenade, Suite 200, 6278 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 781-6868. $10, $5 for polka lesson only.
The quiet rural town of Sophia, N.C., has an audience, a spirit peering into it from the heavens observing life and the soul of our nation to determine whether or not to be born. Settling Sophia, the work of playwright Cherryl Floyd-Miller (often known simply as BLUE), is presented by New World Stage. 3 p.m., ArtsCenter, 300 E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, www.newworldstage.org. $10. Three more shows, Sept. 11-13, 8 p.m.
Get off I-40 and take the train to work, and maybe you'll finally catch up on your reading (or your sleep). This fantasy is slated to become reality starting in 2007. The Regional Transit Plan includes rail service and expanded bus service, shuttles, park & ride facilities, and pedestrian/bicycle access to transit. The Triangle Transit Authority is hosting several open houses around the Triangle, and tonight's is 4-8 p.m. at the Page Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 485-7428 or visit www.rideTTA.org.
Some folks love their towns so much that they decide to never, ever leave. Hear about some of the godforsaken places that stubborn, brave, and eccentric Americans claim as home when Jake Halpern tells extreme cocooning tales from Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales. 7 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 286-2700.