Author and historian John Hope Franklin will talk about his life and civil rights in the South. Dr. Franklin, born in 1915, is the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, and recently chaired a national effort to promote racial understanding. 7:30. p.m., Historic Chatham County Courthouse, intersection of routes 64 & 15/501. 542-3524. Free.
International Orange, which features Ben Folds Five bassist Robert Sledge, go* machine, a quartet with an array of instruments including incorporating turntables, violin, laptop, Theremin, doumbek, and accordion, and the salsa reggae sounds of Mandorico, who are on their farewell tour, make the scene at Local 506. 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 942-5506, 10 p.m.
Local portrait photographers will be setting up studios throughout the Contemporary Art Museum of North Carolina (CAM), but local families will be capturing all of the attention. Exposure Time Photo Shoot Fundraising Event will feature 20 studio and fine art photographers providing 30-minute portrait sittings to benefit the CAM. At the museum's future home, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh, Sat. & Sun., 9:30. a.m.-5 p.m.
You don't need a golden ticket, just some weekend leisure time. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Raleigh. Presented by North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Fri & Sat, 7 p.m. Sun. at 3 p.m., Greystone Shopping Center, 7713-51 Leadmine Rd., Raleigh. 866-0228. $8-10, discounts for seniors, students and groups of 15 or more. Runs through Oct. 12.
Volunteer performers are needed for Bread and Puppet Theater's Victory Over Everything Circus--a post-conflict resolution circus featuring the dangerous acrobatics of the Tigers of Consumption and the dances of the Zebras of Consumer Confidence. Musicians are wanted for the circus band. Rehearsals are 5-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Forest Theater at UNC-Chapel Hill. The performance takes place on Oct. 1 & 2. Contact Maria Schumann at 933-1135 , email@example.com.
Kingsbury Manx has a tour under way and a new CD--Aztec Discipline-- coming out later this fall. They stop back in town for a break, but not before joining Chicago's The Sea and Cake at Cat's Cradle for a night of dreamy, droning rock. Show starts at 9 p.m., 300 East Main St., Carrboro, 967-9053, $12 in advance.