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17 WEDNESDAY
Be an angel this season and help put some cheer into a kid's Christmas. Select a name off the "Angel Tree" and purchase a book or CD at a discount. The annual Angel Tree Project provides books for children through 15 local charitable organizations. Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588.

18 THURSDAY
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd contains powerful imagery, women with divine power and a mythic quality that helps readers find their own resources for healing. Judy Hogan, founding editor of Carolina Wren Press, and Rev. Bertha Thomas will lead a discussion of the book and will be joined by local beekeepers. Homemade bread and honey will be served. 7 p.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library, 158 West St. 545-9932.

19 FRIDAY
Cool John Ferguson has a new home down in the basement (that's where it's at...). Bully's Basement in Durham, that is. If you haven't yet heard the man Taj Mahal called "one of the five great guitarists that I've heard in my career." it's even easier to catch a show now that the juke joint has relocated to smack dab in the middle of Durham. Starting tonight and every Friday, you can hear the prodigy around 9:30 p.m. 1102 Broad St, Durham. Contact the Music Maker Relief Foundation, 643-2456. $10.

20 SATURDAY
It won't be the same old song and dance at George Wilson and the Taconic Tonic's house concert. The renowned northeastern fiddler (Cape Breton, Quebecois, Shetland, and New England styles) will surely light up the crowd at the concert and the following jam session. So fiddle the night away, yeah, you heard me. Sponsored by the Carolina Song & Dance Association and the Triangle Folk Music Society. 8 p.m., five miles west of Carrboro. Call for directions and reservations: 967-9948. $10.

21 SUNDAY
The annual Interfaith Celebration of Community, Spirit and Change is convened by Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South and stone circles. They'll be joined by 5 Tibetan monks from the Shiwa Tour of Peace and Healing. Kids are welcome. 7 p.m. Freedman Center, 1004 Watts St, Durham. 682-8323. $5 donation. Bring a candle.

22 MONDAY
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Dallas vs. Carolina game. Support your 'Canes as they duke it out against Texas' lone Stars. If you're a HUGE fan of American Idol, you'll also be treated to Clay Aiken singing the National Anthem. 7 p.m., RBC Center, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 861-2323. $12-99.

23 TUESDAY
Exploris' CANSTRUCTION Exhibit has been created by local architectural and design firms out of only canned and packaged foods (maybe we'll see a Leaning Tower of Pizza?), which will then be donated to the Food Bank of NC. To date, this award-winning event has contributed more than 115,000 pounds of food. 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh. 834-4040, www.exploris.org. Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. $7.95, $6.95 seniors 60 and older, $5.50 children ages 5-11.

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