The Politics of Poetry event at Ooh La Latte brings together local poets and activists from Durham People's Alliance, N.C. Lambda Youth Network, Center for Documentary Studies and others who imagine a new future after this election year. Open mic spots are available. 7 p.m., 1116 Broad St., Durham. 286-0650, www.oohlalatte.com.
The Open Door Theatre presents KERPOW!, by local playwrights Kit FitzSimons and Bryan Cohen. KERPOW! promises all the fun of previous summer shows, plus even more men in tights! When four friends set out to educate their audience about superheroes throughout the ages, they discover their own superpowers and defeat a villain who was hiding in their midst. July 30 & 31, 8 p.m., Skylight Exchange, 405 1/2 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill; Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m., Caffe Driade, 1215 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; Aug. 6 & 7, 8 p.m., Joe and Jo's Downtown, 427 W. Main St., Durham. 672-2426, www.theopendoor.net. Donation.
To get up with the Raleigh art scene, you must get down to the Basement Studios. Guest artist Tori Wright is featured, as well as studio paint-pushers Shonna Greenwell, Laura Snoderly, Russell Walls, Eddie Taylo, Daniel Hamilton and Nicole Welch. Musical guests Russ Never Sleeps and Heads on Sticks set the mood. 7 p.m. until the bell tolls. Behind Clark Art, 300 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 539-7042.
Get wet this Sunday on a guided canoe and kayak trip with Durham mom and pop adventure outfitters Frog Hollow Outdoors. Whether you're looking for the swift current or just a lazy river, these riggers will find that nearby body of water that is right for you. 949-4315, www.froghollowoutdoors.com.
On Monday nights, Bickett Gallery's winebar provides the wine and beer, but they do ask you to BYODM (Bring Your Own Damn Music to share, whether it's a CD or an instrument). 209 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh. 836-5358, www.bickettgallery.com.
If the name John Friend makes you want to inner-spiral your thighs, you're probably an Anusara Yoga freak, so take heed: Two of Friend's students and most sought-after teachers in the country have relocated to the Triangle, and they are offering a week of free classes. Meet Sommer and Paul Sobin at Triangle Yoga Studio, today through Saturday. 930 Airport Rd., Chapel Hill. 933-YOGA, www.triangleyoga.com for schedule.