Dr. William Powers discusses Tar Heel Catholics: A History of Catholicism in North Carolina (and apparently these days there's enough material for a book, not just a pamphlet). 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 1807 Chapel Hill Blvd., Chapel Hill. 929-8332. Also Fri., Mar. 5, 7 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 404-101 E. Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 755-9424. Free.
"Comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs." --Art Spiegelman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist and author will deliver a lecture titled Comix 101--A Chronological Tour of the Evolution of Comics. 6:30 p.m., Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham. 684-5135. Free.
Reggae-Rock-Euro-Ska-Indo-World-Dance-Middle-Eastern-Jazz-Arabic-Funk-Fusion. All in one night, all in one room. Can the soles of your shoes handle it? We know your soul can! Regatta 69, Project Mastana and Jaafar come together for World Dance Night at Cat's Cradle. 8:30 p.m., 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. 967-9053.
If Friday and Saturday's shows sell out, there's still today to take in the highly inspiring Collage Dance Company spring concert. This year's theme is Connections, and we'll see African and jazz-based dance that explores interwoven fabric--past to present, present to future, young to old, day to night, music to dance. Fri. & Sat., Mar. 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m. and today at 2 p.m., Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 560-ARTS. $10, $5 students.
A community's foundation rests on the oral histories shared by its families. Ancient African wisdom maintains that when an elder dies a library disappears. Come set a spell--share an evening of remembering Smithfield family life from 1897 to today with community elders, those vessels of wisdom, understanding, secrets. 6-7:30 p.m., Smithfield Public Library, 305 E Market St. 938-4635. Free.
It's not too late to get on the bus for the Civil Rights Historic Tour, but register soon since one of the three busses heading down to Selma, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Birmingham and Memphis is already sold out. This annual rite of passage is organized by the NC Martin Luther King Resource Center. Apr 6-9, 743-5464.