Be cool, daddy-o. The folks at NC Writer's Network want to hep you to some Crooks and Books: The Beat Movement's Criminal Element. The lecture kicks off the first ever Beat Literature Conference (happening Fri. & Sat., Apr 2 & 3 at UNC-Chapel Hill). 7:30 p.m., Branch's Bookshop, 243 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill. 968-9110, www.lib.unc.edu/beatsconf. Free, dig?
Steve Turre has consistently collaborated with the best in jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music (Dizzy, Tito Puente, Mango Santamaria, Max Roach, Horace Silver, on and on), and now he's bringing his trombone and seashells to Baldwin Auditorium. He'll play with Duke's Jazz Ensemble, led by visiting director John Brown. Duke University Campus, Durham. 684-4444. $10, $5 students and senior citizens.
It's a community cabaret, and they call it the Haw River Hootenanny. A night of music and storytelling to benefit the Haw River Festival Learning Celebration, a three-week hands-on event for school children happening along 100 miles of the Haw. 7-10:30 p.m. Nightlight, 405 1/2 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 933-5550. $7 suggested donation.
Fifty years ago, North Carolina's black farmers were thriving, but things changed when men migrated to northern cities. Ella Joyce Stewart, short story author and historian, spoke to the women who stayed behind. She will share her findings in Forgotten Rural Black Women: What Happens When the Farms and the Men Are Gone at 2:30 p.m., Pittsboro Memorial Library, 158 West St. 542-3524. Free.
With an 80-city tour focused on key swing states, the 12 co-authors of How To Get Stupid White Men Out of Office and the League of Pissed Off Voters have built a war chest of creative new online and offline tools to capture the imagination of non-voters just in time for the November elections. Hear success stories and get ready to swing this fall! 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nightlight, 405 1/2 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740, 667-9055, 967-9942.
In 1979, members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis opened fire on protesters at a rally in Greensboro's Morningside Homes neighborhood. Sally Bermanzohn, author of Through Survivor's Eyes, will talk about The Greensboro Massacre of 1979: Search for Truth and Reconciliation. 7 p.m., Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-7912.