Sarah Vowell is a writer and storyteller with a wry, comic voice best known for her monologues on This American Life. Get cranky with Sarah tonight at 8 p.m., NCSU Center Stage, Raleigh. $27 reserved/$22 general/$13 students ($8 NCSU students).
The Duke University Dance Program presents November Dances 2003, a program of modern, ballet, African, hip hop and Indian classical dance. This year's concert includes the premiere of Arambh, choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia. Lakhia is renowned in India for her innovative presentation of the Indian classical dance technique, Kathak, in a modern framework. Tonight and Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Reynolds Theater, Duke Campus, Durham. 684-4444. $15, $8 students.
Male groupies wanted: The GoGirlsMusicFest showcases local indie rockin' women in 18 cities around the country to benefit the scholarship fund at Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. The Portland, Oregon-based organization encourages girls ages 8-18 to rock the instrument of their choice and provides role models to promote self-reliance and empowerment for emerging rock goddesses. Southend Brewery, 505 W Jones St, Raleigh, 832-4604. www.girlsrockcamp.org, www.gogirlmusicfest.com. $10.
Learn more about what makes your brain work. In The Art and Politics of Coffee, Peter Giuliano, Master Roaster and buyer for Counter Culture Coffee, will talk about how coffee is grown, harvested, processed, bought and sold. Best of all, a coffee tasting is included. 5 p.m., CHICLE (Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education), 412 W Franklin St. 933-0398. Free.
Helen Thomas, former White House bureau chief known as the "First Lady of the Press" will share insights from more than 40 years of covering presidential politics in her lecture Covering History from President Kennedy to President Bush II. Presented by UNC's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 6 p.m., Carroll Hall auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill. 962-3372. Free.
See what hell our neighbor in Hillsborough raises in What Would Marlette Drive: The Scandalous Cartoons of Doug Marlette, a collection of political cartoons from the Pulitzer prize-winning NC artist/author. 7 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, Durham. 286-2700, www.regulatorbookshop.com. Free.