Cokie Roberts: Wed, Sep 7, 7 pm: Reading Founding Mothers to benefit Wake County Literacy Council. $20 includes PB book. Meredith College: Jones Auditorium, 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
Hal Crowther: Wed, Sep 7, 7 pm: Indy columnist; Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh. 828-1588, www.quailridgebooks.com.
Jesse Helms: Sat, Sep 10, 2 pm: Here's Where I Stand: A Memoir. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh. 828-1588, www.quailridgebooks.com.
John Hope Franklin: Wed, Sep 7, 7:30 pm: In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South. Borders, 1807 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill. 929-8332.
Karen Krahulik: Wed, Sep 7, 7 pm: Provincetown: From Pilgrim Landing to Gay Resort. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, Durham. 286-2700, www.regbook.com.
Leah Stewart: Thu, Sep 8, 7 pm: Raleigh novelist; The Myth of You and Me. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, Durham. 286-2700, www.regbook.com.
Tim Tyson: Fri, Sep 9, 7 pm: Blood Done Sign My Name. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, Durham. 286-2700, www.regbook.com. Discussion Groups MSB Movie/Book Club: Thu, Sep 8, 7 pm: The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre. Market Street Books & Maps, Southern Village, 704 Market St, Chapel Hill. 933-5111, email@example.com. Literary Related Bull City Slam Team: Wed, Aug 31, 8 pm: A special Jambalaya Soul Slam Spoken Word Showcase, also with R&B/soul singer & hip-hop artist Sanaa; event is being recorded by Dasan Ahanu for a documentary. $5. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham. 683-1709, www.hayti.org.
Prompt Writing Workshop: First Thursdays, 6 pm & Third Saturdays, 10 am: Join fellow writers in a non-threatening atmosphere using provided prompts as launch pads into serious writing; with author Nancy Peacock. Bring pen & paper. Free. Borders, 1807 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill. 929-8332.
Shea Homes Book Drive: Thru Sep 5: Supporting the ³Read with Your Child 15 Minutes a Day² national public awareness campaign; books & bookstore gift certificates will be distributed to several Triangle-area schools. Drop off new & gently used books Mon-Fri 8am-5pm at Shea Homes headquarters, 101 J Morris Commons Lane, Ste 105, Morrisville.
STAMMER!: Fri, Sep 9, 9 pm: Non-competitive, bi-monthly multi-art extravaganza, featuring spoken word & poetry performances, featured films, musicians & performance art, plus scheduled & open-mic performers. This month features Billy E Williams Jr (aka B-dot ) & Val Jones; in Gallery 2. $4, $3 students. Artspace, 201 E Davie St, Raleigh. 821-2787, www.artspacenc.org.
Wake Reads Together: Sep 1-21: Wake County residents can nominate any title they feel would be a great book for countywide discussion. Stop by your local Wake County Public Library, or vote online. www.wakegov.com/readstogether.
Art Opening Raleigh Artspace: Sep 2-Oct 1: There's Something About Red , new acrylic paintings exploring the most symbolic of colors by Marriott Little; in Upfront Gallery. Sep 2-Oct 1: Every Day , Regional Emerging Artist Resident Amanda Micheletto incorporates everyday objects such as hair, toothpicks, skewers & matches into weavings; in Lobby. Fri, Sep 2, 6-10 pm: Reception . 201 E Davie St, Raleigh. 821-2787, www.artspacenc.org. Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm.
Brimstone Art Gallery: Sep 2-24: There She Goes , works in acrylic by Paulie Andrews. Sun, Sep 4, 6-9 pm: Reception . Tattoo Devil Studios, 1215 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. 834-8055, www.tattoodevilstudios.com. Tue-Sat noon-10 pm.
Carter Building Galleries & Artist Studios: Sep 2-30: Collages Revisited , by Stephen Edgerton. Fri, Sep 2, 5-10 pm: Reception . 14-22 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 829-1000.
Cody's Chinese & Thai: Sep 1-Oct 30: Nature & Figures , by Grace Li Wang. 301 Glenwood Ave, Ste 190, Raleigh. 899-6428, www.codysbistro.com. Mon-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm, Daily 5 pm-midnight (Fri & Sat 2 am).
Designbox: Sep 2-30: Color Meets Line , using acrylics & charcoal, Peter Milne carves out architectural space to give home to wonderfully playful figures. Fri, Sep 2, 7-10 pm: Reception . 315 S Bloodworth St, Raleigh. 834-3552, www.designbox.us. Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm.
Gallery A: Sep 1-Oct 31: People and Places: Reminiscences in Pastel , by Garrett Briggs; the artist is donating all proceeds to the Salvation Army in support of Raleigh's homeless, & the gallery is donating all proceeds to the Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation. Fri, Sep 2, 7-9 pm: Reception . 1637 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 546-9011. Mon-Thu 10 am-4 pm & by appt.
Helios Coffee Company: Sep 2-30: Full Moon Paintings , by Jennifer Clifton. Fri, Sep 2, 7-9:30 pm: Reception . 413 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 838-5177. Mon & Tue 6:30 am-10 pm, Wed-Sat 6:30 am-midnight, Sun 8:30 am-10 pm.
Lump Gallery/Projects: Sep 2-25: Hot and Cold: 4Real , zine project; in project room. Sep 2-25: Where We Meet , elaborate string installations transformed from paintings & drawings by Keepsake Society's Chris Duncan. www.keepsakesociety.com. Fri, Sep 2, 7-11 pm: Reception . 505 S Blount St, Raleigh. 821-9999, www.lumpgallery.com. Sat & Sun 1-5 pm & by appt.
NCSU Campus: Crafts Center Gallery: Sep 6-Oct 30: A Potter from Down East , easter NC potter extraordinaire Dan Finch. www.danfinch.com. Fri, Sep 9, 5-7 pm: Reception . Thompson Building lower level, Jensen Dr, Raleigh. 515-2457, www.ncsu.edu/crafts. Mon, Wed & Fri 2-10 pm, Tue & Thu 10 am-10 pm, Sat & Sun 12:30-5:30 pm; closed Oct 6-9.
Page-Walker Arts & History Center: Aug 31-Sep 28: Bundles and Shells , oil & mixed media paintings by Lynda Stuart Curry. Fri, Sep 9, 6-8 pm: Reception . 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 460-4963, www.townofcary.com. Mon-Thu 10 am-9:30 pm, Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-1 pm.
Points of View Gallery: Sep 2-30: Visions/Italy , by guest photographer Sal Fusaro. 20 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 829-1000, www.davidbibb.com. Thu & Fri noon-8 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm.
Porto: Sep 9-Oct 14: Large, mixed-media paintings by Clark Hipolito . Fri, Sep 9, 5-9 pm: Reception . North Hills Shopping Center, 4151 Main at North Hills, Raleigh. 341-2763, www.portohome.com. Mon-Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 1-6 pm.
Sertoma Arts Center: Sep 2-21: Fiber Exhibit , in Raleigh Room Gallery. Sep 4-27: Annual Instructor's Show , in Display Case & Hall Gallery. 1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh. 420-2329, parks.raleighnc.gov. Mon-Thu 9 am-9 pm (Fri 5 pm, Sat 3 pm), Sun 1-5 pm. Durham Durham Art Guild: Sep 8-Oct 16: Fiber by Elizabeth Aralia, painting by Murry Handler, photography by Louanne Watley, group show by Governor Morehead School . 120 Morris St. 560-2713, www.durhamartguild.org. Mon-Sat 9 am-9 pm, Sun 1-6 pm. Chapel Hill Animation and Fine Art Galleries: Sep 1-Oct 31: The Villains Show , annual show of animated villains in preparation for Halloween. University Mall, 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill. 968-8008, www.animationandfineart.com. Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm.
Bleecker Street Studio & Gallery: Sep 9-Oct 9: Sun Meditations , paintings by William Bradley & salt-fired clay by ceramic artist Ted Bleecker. Fri, Sep 9, 6-9 pm: Reception . 406 E Main St, Carrboro. 968-3433. Wed-Sun noon-5 pm.
Branch Gallery: Sep 9-Oct 29: New work by Julia Elsas . 205 W Weaver St, Carrboro. 918-1116, www.branchgallery.com. Tue-Thu noon-6 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am-6 pm.
Caffe Driade: Sep 1-30: Mixed media by Katy McQuillin . 1215-A E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 942-2333, www.caffedriade.com. Mon-Thu 7 am-11 pm, Fri & Sat 7 am-midnight, Sun 7:30 am-11 pm.
NC Botanical Garden: Sep 1-Oct 30: Petals and Buds , botanical chalk pastels by Patricia Savage; in Totten Center. Sun, Sep 4, 2-4 pm: Reception . Old Mason Farm Rd near 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. 962-0522, www.ncbg.unc.edu. Mon-Sat 8 am-5 pm (Sat 9 am), Sun 1-5 pm.
NC Crafts Gallery: Sep 1-30: Vorhees Family of Artists , porcelain pottery by David Vorhees & silver jewelry by Molly Sharp Vorhees; in front gallery. Sep 1-30: Vorhees Family of Artists , paintings, photography & fiber arts by Susan Vorhees, Jane Vorhees, Liz Vorhees, Amy Vorhees, Chad Alice Hagan, Susie Little & Mildred Vorhees; in back gallery. Fri, Sep 9, 6-9 pm: Reception . 212 W Main St, Carrboro. 942-4048, www.nccraftsgallery.com. Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 1-4 pm.
Open Eye Cafe: Sep 1-30: Chinese brush paintings by Angi Shearstone . 100-C E Main St, Carrboro. 968-9410, www.openeyecafe.com. Mon-Sat 7 am-10 pm (Fri & Sat 11 pm), Sun 9 am-10 pm.
Turning Point Gallery: Aug 31-Sep 12: The Lyric of Place , new works by Chris Doyle. www.common-ground-studio.com. University Mall, Chapel Hill. 967-0402. Mon-Sat 10 am-7 pm (Fri 9 pm), Sun noon-5 pm.
UNC Campus: Ackland Art Museum: Fri, Sep 9, 6-9 pm: Art After Dark , new program as part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk; opening kick-off is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of museum founder William Hayes' birth, with cake & jazz music. S Columbia St near E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 966-5736, www.ackland.org. Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm (2nd Fridays 9 pm), Sun 1-5 pm.
Wootini: Sep 9-Oct 10: Take That Back , original art, books, tees & toys by Andrew Bell. www.creaturesinmyhead.com. Fri, Sep 9, 7 pm-midnite: Reception . 200 N Greensboro St, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro. 933-6061, wootini.com. Mon-Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Pittsboro ChathamArts Gallery & Gift Shop: Sep 1-30: Women, Wood, Water, Work , carved decorative & functional wood pieces by Moncure chainsaw artist Karen Tiede, and acrylic paintings with Celtic designs & figures by Chatham County painter Shannon Bueker. Sun, Sep 4, 12-5 pm: Reception . 115 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro. 542-0394, www.chathamarts.org.
Side Street Gallery: Sep 6-Oct 2: Chatham Studio Tour Preview , selection of original works by artists of the 13th annual Chatham Studio Tour. www.chathamstudiotour.com. Fri, Sep 9, 7-9 pm: Reception . 18 E Salisbury St, Ste A, Pittsboro. 545-3033, www.sidestreet-gallery.com. Tue-Sat 10 am-7 pm & by appt. Ongoing Raleigh April + George: Thru Sep 1: Photographs by Steve Larson & Sherry Woodley . Thru Sep 1: Untold Story: The Paintings of Greg Giles . 414 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 828-9082, www.aprilandgeorge.com. Mon-Fri 11 am-11 pm (Fri 2 am), Sat 5 pm-2 am.
Artspace: Thru Sep 10: Fantastic Girlhood , Artist-in-Residence Carrie Scanga portrays girls' inner lives through drawings, etchings & installations; in Gallery 1. 201 E Davie St, Raleigh. 821-2787, www.artspacenc.org. Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm.
Bickett Gallery: Thru Sep 3: Lost and Found , mixed-media exhibition by Nicole Welch, Luke Miller Buchanan & Amanda Micheletto. 209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh. 836-5358, www.bickettgallery.com. Tue-Sat 11 am-7 pm.
Carter Building Galleries & Artist Studios: Ongoing: Works by over 20 artists on view throughout the building . 14-22 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 829-1000.
Cedar Creek Gallery: Thru Sep 15: National Teapot Show VI . 1150 Fleming Rd, Creedmoor. 528-1041, www.cedarcreekgallery.com. Daily 10 am-6 pm.
Enoteca Vin: Thru Sep 30: Jeremy Hauch , paintings inspired by a shed the artist built. home.earthlink.net/~jhauch. 410 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 834-3070. Tue-Sun 5-11 pm.
Gallery C: Thru Sep 6: Summer Selections , new landscape paintings by Jean Jack, Gordon Jameson & Jack Zhou. 3532 Wade Ave, Raleigh. 828-3165, www.galleryc.net. Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm (Wed 8 pm, Sat 5 pm), Sun 1-5 pm.
Glance Gallery: Thru Sep 14: Works by Meagan Chaney & Megan Marshall . Fri, Sep 2, 7-10 pm: Reception . 311 W Martin St, Raleigh. 821-2200, www.glancegallery.com. Mon-Fri 9 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm.
Grace Li Wang Event Gallery: Thru Sep 30: Radiance , by Grace Li Wang. Thru Sep 30: European Tour , by Bonnie Brooks, who was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts. Millbrook Lake Center, 2411 E Millbrook Rd, Ste 116, Raleigh. 412-6803, www.graceliwang.com. Call for appt.
Herbert C Young Community Center: Thru Sep 15: On the Road Again...An Exhibit of Creative Transportation Design , examples of public art projects around the country on roadways, bridges, trails, mass transit, street amenities. 101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary. 460-4965, www.townofcary.org. Mon-Fri 9 am-10 pm, Sat 9 am-6 pm.
Little Art Gallery: Thru Sep 30: Landscapes and Seascapes , paintings by Egi Antonaccio of NC. Cameron Village, 432 Daniels St, Raleigh. 890-4111. Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.
Meredith College: Rotunda Gallery: Thru Sep 4: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition . 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. 760-8332. Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat & Sun 2-5 pm.
NCSU Campus: Gallery of Art & Design: Thru Oct 6: War in Shadows and Light , photography by Pulitzer-nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros, an NCSU grad. Thru Oct 30: Rick Beck: Form . Talley Student Center, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh. 515-3503, www.ncsu.edu/gad. Mon-Thu 2-8 pm, Fri noon-5 pm.
Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery: Thru Sep 9: Endless Summer: Cool Art for a Hot Summer , mixed media by Nicole Kennedy, Eric McRay, Bob Rankin, Cathy Martin, John Gaitenby, Rocky Alexander, Diana Coidan & Toni Cappel. 715 N Person St, Raleigh. 838-8580, www.nicolestudio.com. Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm & by appt.
Page-Walker Arts & History Center: Thru Sep 28: The Carpenter Portfolio , platinum prints by Joe Lipka; in 2nd Floor Gallery. 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 460-4963, www.townofcary.com. Mon-Thu 10 am-9:30 pm, Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-1 pm.
Points of View Gallery: Ongoing: Summer Trees, Summer Water , by David Bibb. Ongoing: Mindful Photography , by Jacquelyn Schechter. Fri, Sep 2, 5-10 pm: Reception . 20 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 829-1000, www.davidbibb.com. Thu & Fri noon-8 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm.
Porto: Thru Sep 12: Urban Landscapes , by Bobby Logic. Thru Sep 12: Photos on Stretched Canvas , by Dawn Capron. North Hills Shopping Center, 4151 Main at North Hills, Raleigh. 341-2763, www.portohome.com. Mon-Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 1-6 pm.
Pullen Arts Center: Thru Sep 30: Jewelry by Madelyn Smoak & Joy McGill . 105 Pullen Rd, Raleigh. 831-6126. Mon-Thu 9 am-10 pm, Fri 9 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-3 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.
Rebus Works: Ongoing: Works by Eddie Taylor, Mick Winters, Ollie Wagner , on the office walls. 301-2 Kinsey St, Raleigh. 754-8452, www.rebusworks.net. Tue-Fri 11 am-6 pm, Sat 1-4 pm.
Sunflower Studio & Gallery: Thru Sep 3: Colors of Summer , by Lois Helene Bronstein. 214 E Jones Ave, Wake Forest. 570-0765. Thu-Sat 11 am-5 pm & by appt. Durham Craven Allen Gallery: Thru Sep 10: Horseplay , paintings about the numerous little bizarre stunts & performances we put on for people on a daily basis, by Peter Paul Connolly. Thru Sep 10: New paintings by Paul Hrusovsky , in which layer upon layer of acrylic on canvas gives these paintings a tactile, almost sculptural feel. 1106 1/2 Broad St, Durham. 286-4837, www.cravenallengallery.com. Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm.
Duke Campus: Center for Documentary Studies: Thru Oct 16: Mr Green's Barber Shop , by Jeremy Lange; in University Gallery. 1317 W Pettigrew St, East Campus, Durham. 660-3663, cds.aas.duke.edu. Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm (Fri 5 pm), Sat 11 am-4 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.
Durham Arts Council: Thru Oct 23: Variety of American Realism , in Mary Haggerty's b&w narrative photographs documenting small town America (in Allenton Gallery) & Lisa Cook's classically realistic oil paintings (in Semans Gallery). 120 Morris St. 560-ARTS, www.durham-arts.org. Mon-Sat 9 am-9 pm, Sun 1-6 pm.
ERUUF Art Gallery: Thru Sep 17: Beyond Cranes , colorful & intricate origami ³quilts² by Helen Wolfson. 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 489-2575, www.eruuf.org. Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm (Tue & Wed 8 pm), Sun 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
Flywheel Design Gallery: Thru Oct 19: New works by Durham artist Lucia Marcus , in a varied range of mediums, including reverse painting on glass, ceramic tile & works on paper. 409 E Chapel Hill St, Durham. 683-8164, www.flywheeldesign.com. Mon-Fri 9:30 am-5 pm.
Magnolia Grill: Thru Sep 10: Maine Sea and Sky , paintings by Lisa Creed. 1002 Ninth St, Durham. 286-3609.
Scrap Exchange Gallery: Thru Sep 12: Foil Wizard and Paper Shoes , wizards, knights, fairies & critters made from foil & shoes made from international papers by Joshua Lee & Wendy Tregay. 548 Foster St, Durham. 688-6960, www.scrapexchange.org. Mon-Fri 11 am-5 pm (Thu 6 pm), Sat 10 am-5 pm.
Through This Lens Photo Gallery: Thru Sep 15: Selections by local & international photographers . 303 E Chapel Hill St, Durham. 687-0250.
The Transom: Thru Sep 3: Portraits of Troika , images of artists & labels associated with the Troika Music Festival, an event designed to promote & celebrate the indie music scene in Durham, Chapel Hill & Raleigh. www.troikamusicfestival.com. 305 E Chapel Hill St, Durham. 599-7904. Chapel Hill Acme Restaurant: Thru Oct 31: New Works on Paper , sumi ink paintings by John Ensslin. 110 E Main St, Carrboro. 929-ACME.
Animation and Fine Art Galleries: Thru Sep 8: Wassily Kandinsky: Pure Abstract, Pure Color , one of the most important artists of the 20th century & one of the first to move toward pure abstraction. University Mall, 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill. 968-8008, www.animationandfineart.com. Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm.
Art Studio: Thru Oct 31: NC Landscapes: Oil on Canvas , by Vieni Pawloski; BFA Studio Art Show. 305 Oak Ave, Carrboro. 942-4588.
Benjamin Vineyards & Winery: Thru Oct 11: Jean Cerasani , original silk tapestries & egg tempera paintings by Saxapahaw artist. Thu, Sep 1, 3-5 pm: Reception . 6516 Whitney Rd, Saxapahaw. 336-376-1080, www.benjaminvine-yards.com. Thu-Sun noon-5 pm.
Bleecker Street Studio & Gallery: Thru Sep 4: Retrospective , 40 years of Owen Lee's art. 406 E Main St, Carrboro. 968-3433. Wed-Sun noon-5 pm.
Branch Gallery: Thru Sep 3: Paper Scissors Ron , posters, prints & collage by Ron Liberti. 205 W Weaver St, Carrboro. 918-1116, www.branchgallery.com. Tue-Thu noon-6 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am-6 pm.
Carrboro Branch Library: Thru Oct 30: Brushes with Life--Art, Artists and Mental Illness , work by STEP Gallery artists & patients from the UNC Neurosciences Hospital. McDougle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd, Chapel Hill. 969-3006. Mon-Thu 3:30-8 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.
Creative Metalsmiths: Thru Sep 30: Opal-Essence . 117 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 967-2037, www.creativemetalsmiths.com. Mon-Fri 11 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm.
Horace Williams House: Thru Sep 18: New works by David Connell , a Raleigh native who paints in oils, watercolors & acrylics. 610 E Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 942-7818. Tue-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm.
Panzanella: Thru Sep 18: Nouns of Assemblage , new paintings by Erik Niemi. Carr Mill Mall, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro. 929-6626, www.panzanella.com.
SandwHich: Thru Sep 15: NC Landscapes: Oil on Canvas , by Vieni Pawloski; BFA Studio Art Show. 431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 929-2114. Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm, Sat 9:30 am-6:30 pm.
Sizl Gallery: Thru Sep 7: Emerge , large abstracts in oils & acrylics on canvas and 100 acrylics on paper by local artists Jason Cardenas, Yvette Peters & Kevin Calhoun. 405 E Main St, Carrboro. 960-0098, www.sizlgallery.com. Thu 5-8 pm, Fri & Sat noon-6 pm, Sun noon-5 pm, & by appt.
Somerhill Gallery: Thru Sep 23: The Big Picture , invitational group exhibition of large-scale photography featuring an array of media & techniques. 3 Eastgate, E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 968-8868, www.somerhill.com. Mon-Sat 10 am-5:30 pm, evenings by appt.
Tyndall Galleries: Thru Oct 1: New paintings by Jane Filer . University Mall, 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill. 942-2290, www.tyndallgalleries.com. Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm.
UNC Campus: Ackland Art Museum: Thru Nov 13: Three Sides to a Sheet of Paper: How Prints Communicate, Represent, and Transform (1482-2002) , 80 prints, including Picasso's ³The Artist and the Child,² showcasing techniques ranging from woodcuts to photomechanical prints. S Columbia St near E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 966-5736, www.ackland.org. Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm (2nd Fridays 9 pm), Sun 1-5 pm. Pittsboro Side Street Gallery: Thru Sep 4: Paintings by Warren Hicks & P Forrest Steel . 18 E Salisbury St, Ste A, Pittsboro. 545-3033, www.sidestreet-gallery.com. Tue-Sat 10 am-7 pm and by appt. Art Related Arts at the Meadow: Sat, Sep 10, 10 am-7 pm: 85 booths displaying the juried work of NC artisans, music & entertainment, plus children's tent. 636-0598, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meadowmont Village, across from Friday Center on Hwy 54, Chapel Hill. www.meadowmont.com.
Autumn Arts Festival: Sat, Sep 10, 11 am-4 pm: Art, music & entertainment for kids & grown-ups. Downtown Wake Forest. 441-9551, www.wakeforestdowntown.com.
Chapel Hill/Carrboro 2nd Friday Art Walk: Second Fridays, 6-9 pm: Visit local galleries and enjoy live music, food & art-related activities. See website for galleries, maps & brochures. Free. www.2ndfridayartwalk.com.
Come Out and Play!: Fridays in Sep, 6 pm: Local artists exhibit their work at JimGin Farm outside Carrboro. Wine & cheese reception, children & leashed dogs welcome. See website for list of artists & directions. 942-3252, uniqueorn.com/comeoutandplay.
Pittsboro First Sunday: First Sundays, noon-5 pm: Craftspeople & artists display their goods on the sidewalks, plus antique stores, specialty shops, restaurants & businesses, and Music at the Circle at 2 pm. Downtown Pittsboro. Free. 542-7366, www.pittsboroshops.com.
Thresholds: Expressions of Art & Spiritual Life: Sep 1-Oct 23: Traveling exhibition of 53 contemporary, Southern artists' works, plus related events. Presented by Green Hill Center for NC Art & Guilford College. 336-333-7460, 336-316-2438, www.greenhillcenter.org. Call for Entries Emerging Artist Grants: Thru Sep 16: Grants made by the Durham Arts Council. Open to artists living in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville & Person counties who are at least 18 years old & not enrolled in an undergrad or grad program in their artform. See website or call for details & application. 560-2720, www.durhamarts.org.
La Fiesta del Pueblo: Thru Sep 6: El Pueblo seeks Latin-American artists to exhibit work in the Cultural Arts Exhibit at La Fiesta del Pueblo on Sep 10. Contact Molly Campbell. 835-1525 x245, email@example.com, www.elpueblo.org.
NC Botanical Garden: Thru Nov 28: Seeking pieces inspired by the natural world for holiday Diminutive Art Display & Auction; 2D art no larger than 5 inches. NC Botanical Garden, Old Mason Farm Rd near 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. 962-0522, www.ncbg.unc.edu.
Riverkeeper Film Festival: Thru Sep 15: Seeking submissions from artists to exhibit outdoors on the bicentennial plaza; work must be related in some way to rivers &/or clean water. Also seeking sponsors & volunteers to work the Oct 21-22 festival. Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org, 856-1180.
Traction: Thru Sep 2: Seeking photos of political guerrilla art--the political spirit of the community in grassroots signs, posters, graffiti, bumper stickers, etc--for an exhibit at Culture Crawl, an online gallery & a 2006 calendar. www.getTraction.org/cathARTic.htm. Comedy Ongoing Charlie Goodnight's: Wednesdays, 8:30 pm: Comedy Showcase , the best in local & regional talent. $5, $2 students, free with dinner. Thursdays-Sundays; Thru Sep 4: Tim Wilson , one of the premier Southern comedians & fastest rising comedy songwriters in the country. Thu & Sun $15, Fri $20, Sat $25. Thu, Sep 8, 8:30 pm, Fri, Sep 9, 8 & 10:15 pm, Sat, Sep 10, 8 & 10:15 pm and Sun, Sep 11, 8 pm: Lord Carrett , Bob and Tom Show regular; rated R. Thu & Sun $10, Fri $15, Sat $17.50. 861 W Morgan St, Raleigh. 828-5233, www.charliegoodnights.com.
ComedyWorx: Saturdays, 4:45 & 8:30 pm and Fridays, 8:30 pm: Comedy Sportz , competitive improv comedy for the whole family, featuring visiting teams Charlotte Brontes (Sep 2-3), Elon Gators (Sep 9-10). $6-10. 431 W Peace St, Raleigh. 829-0822, www.comedyworx.com.
Covenant Church of Raleigh: Fri, Sep 9, 7:30 pm and Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 pm: Comedy Cafe , featuring ³Big A² & Mission ImproVable. Free. 12621 Strickland Rd. 846-8742, www.ccrnc.org.
The Event Center: Fridays, 9:30 pm: Comedy Madness . Free. 669-8888, hungry4mor.com. Ashton Square Shopping Center, 4030-142 Capital Blvd, Raleigh.
FLEX Nightclub: Thursdays, midnight: Trailer Park Prize Night , comedy drag show featuring gag prize giveaways. 2 S West St, Raleigh. 832-8855.
Skylight Exchange: Tuesdays, 8 pm: Dirty South Improv . $3. www.dirtysouthimprov.com. 405 1/2 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 933-5550.
Sparks American Grill: Tuesdays: Comedy open mic , call for times. www.standup-underground.com. 5490 Apex Pkwy, Apex. 303-0074. Dance Participatory Argentine Tango: Wednesdays, 8-10 pm: Lesson & tango dancing. $60/4 wks. 423-7681, www.tangophilia.com. Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham. Fridays, 6:30-8 pm: Intro lesson/dancing. $36/3 wks. 423-7681, www.tangophilia.com. Ninth Street Dance, 1920 1/2 Perry St, Durham. First Fridays, free lesson 8 pm, dancing 9-11 pm: Milonga. Donation. 933-3987, www.triangletangueros.org. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm: Lesson & dancing to tangos, valses & milongas. $15. 423-7681, www.tangophilia.com. Bickett Gallery, 209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh. Wednesdays, 6:30-10 pm: Beginner & Intermediate lesson and practica (tango dancing). $60/4 wks. 423-7681, www.tangophilia.com. Fri, Sep 9, 9-11:30 pm: Milonga, tango social dance with refreshments. Call for prices. 423-7681, www.tangophilia.com. Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham.
Ballroom: Fridays, lesson 8:15 pm, dance 9-10:30 pm: $10. Arthur Murray Studio, 2733 Capital Blvd, Raleigh. 872-8900. Fridays, 8:15 pm: Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 6166-A Falls of the Neuse Rd, Raleigh. 872-0111. Second Saturdays, 8-11 pm: Triangle StarDusters. $12. 942-7232. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 4702 Garrett Rd, Durham. Second & Fourth Saturdays, class 7:30 pm, dance 8-10:30 pm: $10. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 6166-A Falls of the Neuse Rd, Raleigh. 872-0111.
Bellydance: Sundays, 5:30-6:45 pm; Thru Sep 18: Beginners classes with Sisterna Kali, the one & only Tribal (Con)fusion group of Chapel Hill; 6 weeks, no sign-up, attend any session(s). $10/class. email@example.com, 942-0240. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 W Weaver St, Carrboro. Sat, Sep 10, 10 am-3 pm: Daylong seminar with Onca of Baraka Mundi, followed by evening performance featuring members of Baraka Mundi, Blue Moon Dance Co & the local dance community. 303-6716, www.bluemoonbellydance.com. Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham.
Cajun/Zydeco: Fri, Sep 2, lesson 8 pm, dancing 9-11:30 pm: Beginner/Intermediate lesson (should be comfortable with basic steps) with Kathy & Mike Molesky, Jack Wolf & Sandra Smith. $5 lesson or dance, $8 both. 245-0822. Fri, Sep 9, lesson 8 pm, dancing 9-11:30 pm: Intermediate lesson with Jack Wolf & Sandra Smith. $5 lesson or dance, $8 both. 245-0822. Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham.
Clogging: Mondays, 7:20-8:05 pm; Thru Sep 26: Classes with the Apple Chill Cloggers; beginners welcome. Free. www.applechillcloggers.org. Street Scene, 179 E Franklin St (under the Post Office), Chapel Hill. 929-9675.
Contra: Fri, Sep 9, lesson 7:30 pm, dance 8-11 pm: With caller Herschel Nelson, music by Anam Cara; Triangle Country Dancers. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes; no partner needed. $8. 932-6050, www.tcdancers.org. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St.
Country: Tuesdays & Sundays, 6:30-10:30 pm: Lessons & dance to country two-step, waltz, cha-cha, swing & line dance. Longbranch Saloon, 600 Creekside Dr, Raleigh. 829-1125, www.longbranchsaloon.com.
English Country: Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 pm: Beginners welcome. Sponsored by Sun Assembly English Country Dancers. $5. 683-9672. Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St, Durham.
Free Style: First & Third Fridays, 7:30-10:30 pm: Friday Night Dance Jam to eclectic DJ music. Alcohol- and smoke-free space. $5-7. 929-7325. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 W Weaver St, Carrboro.
General: Fridays, 7:30-10 pm: Dance to recorded music or a band once a month. $5 band nights, $2 recorded nights. 831-6052 for schedule. Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave, Raleigh.
International Folk: Wednesdays, instruction 7:30 pm, dance 8 pm: Bring clean, soft-soled shoes. $3. 383-7172, www.chifd.org. Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St, Durham. Fridays, lesson 6:30 pm, dance 8:30-10:30 pm: Sponsored by Raleigh International Folk Dancers. $2 suggested donation. 834-4172. Glen Eden Pilot Park, 1500 Glen Eden Dr, Raleigh.
Irish Set: Thursdays, 7-9 pm: For adult beginners, no partner needed. $5/month. Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh. 872-4156.
Israeli Folk: First Mondays, 7:30-9 pm: $5. 942-8914. Chapel Hill Kehillah, 1200 Mason Farm Rd.
Salsa/Mambo/Latin: Wednesdays, 10 pm-2:30 am: Salsa, reggeaton, bachata, merengue & international. Kryptonite Night Club, 136 E Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 730-7009, www.kryptonitenightclub.com. Fridays, lesson 9 pm, dance 10 pm-2 am: LA-style salsa. Montas International Lounge, 2223 Hwy 54, Durham. 361-2390, www.montaslounge.com. Fridays & Saturdays, 9 pm-3 am: 954-0900. Bravo Bravo Cafe, 4000 Atlantic Ave, Ste 128, Raleigh. Fridays & Saturdays, 9:30 pm-3 am: Latin Party. $10. Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge, 108 Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville. 467-8080. First Saturdays, lesson 8 pm, dance 8:30 pm: Salsa Loca Dance. $5. 851-9337. Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham. Sundays, lesson 5-6 pm, dance 6-9:30 pm: Montas International Lounge, 2223 Hwy 54, Durham. 361-2390, www.montaslounge.com. Tuesdays, lesson 7 pm, dance 8-until: Salsa After Work. $5. Second Saturdays, 9:30 pm: Best of Both Worlds, free salsa & merengue lesson by Mambo Dinamico, plus DJ Nene spinning salsa, merengue, bachata & reggaeton, and DJ Nerve spinning hip hop, reggae & R&B. 467-8080, firstname.lastname@example.org. Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge, 108 Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville.
Scottish Country: Wednesdays, 7:30 pm: Beginners welcome, no partner required. Bring soft shoes. 847-5840. Glen Eden Pilot Park, 1500 Glen Eden Dr, Raleigh. Mondays, 7 pm: $3. Jo Moore School of Scottish Dance, 1401 SE Maynard Rd, Cary. 467-3390.
Shag: Wednesdays, call for time: Beach bands. Loafers Beach Club, 3914 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh. 872-5335, www.loafersbeachclub.com. First & Third Saturdays, 9 pm-1 am: enobeachshagclub.com. The Tavern at New Hope Commons, 5504 Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham. 493-5957. Mondays & Tuesdays: Lessons. www.donbunn.com. Reds Beach Music, 4400 Craftsman Dr, Raleigh. 876-REDS. Tuesdays, 7 pm beginners; 8 pm intermediate I; 9 pm intermediate II: Drop-ins welcome for intermediate levels. Loafers Beach Club, 3914 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh. 872-5335, www.loafersbeachclub.com.
Square: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm: Raleighwood Squares: Modern Western Square Dancing. Second Tuesdays: Beginner's class. No experience, partner or funny clothes necessary. Free. 317-1008, email@example.com. Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave, Raleigh. Sat, Sep 10, instruction 7:30 pm, dancing 8-11 pm: Community Southern-style square dance with old time music by the Hushpuppies & calling by Carol Thompson & Jason Phillips; no partner necessary. $7, $5 students. 451-5420, www.ncsquares.com. Pleasant Green Community Center, Pleasant Green Community Center Rd, Durham.
Swing: Fridays, 8 pm-2 am: West Coast Swing. $5. Loafers Beach Club, 3914 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh. 872-5335, www.loafersbeachclub.com. Sat, Sep 3, free lesson 7 pm, dancing 8-11:30 pm: Featuring Countdown Quartet. $11. 560-4358, www.triangleswingdance.org. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. Sundays, lesson 6 pm, dance 7-10 pm: Smoke-free venue sponsored by Carolina Dance Club. $7. Raleigh Elks Lodge, Leadmine and Millbrook rds. Mondays, 7:30 pm beginners, 8:30 pm intermediate & up: West Coast swing. $8. www.robinanddarlene.com. Loafers Beach Club, 3914 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh. 872-5335. Second Thursdays, 8-10 pm: Swing practice session with DJ. $3. 933-8982, www.triangleswingdance.org. Chapel Hill Senior Center, 400 S Elliott Rd. Sat, Sep 10, free lesson 7:30 pm, dancing 8-11 pm: Featuring Too Much Fun. $11, $5 students. 918-7364, www.triangleswingdance.org. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St.
Tango: First & Third Sundays, 7-10 pm: Triangle Tangueros. $7, $5 students. www.triangletangueros.com. Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham.
Universal Peace (Sufi): Second Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 pm: No experience necessary. $5. 680-3835. Friends Meeting House, 625 Tower St, Raleigh. Farmers' Markets Carrboro Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 7 am-noon and Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 pm: 301 W Main St. 932-1641, www.carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Cary Farmers' Market: Tuesdays, 3-6 pm and Saturdays, 8 am-12:30 pm; Thru Nov 30: Cary Depot parking lot, N Harrison & Academy sts. 772-4906.
Duke Hospital Farmers' Market: Fridays, 11 am-2 pm: Between Duke Hospital & Clinics, Durham.
Durham Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 8 am-noon: 400 block of Morris St, one block south of Old Durham Ball Park. 434-3084, www.durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Durham Regional Hospital Farmers' Market: Thursdays, 11 am-3 pm; Thru Sep 30: Grass lot across from Emergency Dept Lot, Roxboro St. 470-8157, www.durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Fearrington Village Farmers' Market: Tuesdays, 4 pm: 8 miles south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. 542-4000, www.fearrington.com.
Hillsborough Farmers' Market: Wednesdays, 3-6 pm: Behind sheriff's office, Margaret Ln. Saturdays, 7:30 am-noon: SunTrust parking lot. 732-8315.
Raleigh Farmers' Market: Mondays-Saturdays, 5 am-6 pm and Sundays, 8 am-6 pm: 1201 Agriculture St, at I-40 exit 297 & Lake Wheeler Rd. 733-7417.
SEEDS Farmers' Market: Wednesdays, 4-6 pm: All produce grown, freshly picked & sold by youth from the Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) program. 706 Gilbert St, Durham. 683-1197, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Village Farmers' Market: Thursdays, 3:30-7 pm: Market St, Chapel Hill. 932-1642, www.chcfarmersmarket.com.
Wake Forest Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 8 am-noon: With live entertainment. Municipal parking lot, White St. Get Outside American Tobacco Trail Workdays: First & Third Saturdays, 9 am: Help maintain Durham's greenway system. 545-9104, www.triangletrails.org.
Animal Rebels: Thu, Sep 8, 10-11:30 am: Discover animals that don't follow the rules of nature & how they've adapted: mammals that lay eggs, spiders that don't spin webs, an owl that lives underground. Meet at White Oak Shelter. $7/child. Lake Crabtree, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville. 460-2723, www.wakegov.com/county/ parks/lakecrabtree.
Big Lake Boat-About: Sat, Sep 3, 9-10:30 am: Join a ranger at the boathouse (off Hwy 70) for a canoe trip aroung Big Lake & discussion of the importance of watersheds. RSVP required. Free. Umstead Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 571-4170, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/wium/home.html.
Birding with Vernon: Sat, Sep 3, 8:30 am: Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking & listening for birds; meet at Waterwise Garden. Free. Lake Crabtree, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville. 460-2723, www.wakegov.com/ county/parks/lakecrabtree.
Bug Quest: Sat, Sep 3, 11 am-noon: Bring the family to search under logs, in the soil & among the trees for insects of all kinds. Join Raleigh Parks & Rec at Sanderford Road Park. $3/person. 831-6856.
Canoe Trip: Fri, Sep 2, 2-4 pm: Join a ranger for a canoe trip on the Eno River from Pleasant Green Access to Cabes Ford & back. Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham. 383-1686, www.ils.unc.edu/ parkproject/visit/enri/home.html.
Canoeing for Water Quality: Fri, Sep 2, 5:30 pm: Get involved in your watershed! Water quality monitoring volunteer Gene will teach how to test the water in the lake. Ages 12+ (under 18 with adult); canoeing experience required. Meet at Boat Rental Building. Free. Lake Crabtree, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville. 460-2723, www.wakegov.com/county/parks/lakecrabtree.
Cat Walks: Saturdays, Sundays, 10 am & 1 pm: Information, stories & close-up views of tigers, leopards, jaguars, servals, caracals, ocelots & binturongs; $10, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 & under. Reservations required. Twilight Tours: First and Third Saturdays, 7 pm: These special walks during the most active part of the predators' days are only available to ages 13+; $20. Reservations required. Carnivore Preservation Trust, 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd, Pittsboro. 542-4684, www.cptigers.org.
Civil Rights Legacy: Second Saturdays, 10 am: Walking tour examining the roots of Durham protest. Historic Preservation Society of Durham. Meet at Durham Farmers' Market, 400 block of Morris St. Free. 682-3036, www.preservationdurham.org.
Day Trip to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Register by Sep 1: DSBG sits on 450 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie (Belmont, NC) & is part nature preserve, part showcase for the best of Southern horticulture. Trip is Sat, Sep 24, 8 am-9 pm. To register: 513-7005. $55 including motorcoach, entrance fee & lunch.
Discovery Hike for Kids: Sat, Sep 10, 2 pm: Take a short hike with a ranger to find bugs, amphibians, nuts, flowers & leaves; children must be with an adult. Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham. 383-1686, www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ enri/home.html.
Durham City Lakes: Fridays-Sundays, 6:30 am-6 pm: 477-3906, 477-7889.
Durham West Point Historic Buildings: Saturdays, Sundays, 1-5 pm: Walking tours. 560-4355.
Frog Hollow Outdoors: Ongoing: Durham-based mom-and-pop canoe & kayak business providing private & group trips & instruction, from B&B adventures to moonlight paddles to kayak instruction, plus private rentals. All services by reservation only. Frog Hollow Outdoors, 5435 Guess Rd, Durham. 949-4315, www.froghollowoutdoors.com.
Garden Story Books: Wednesdays, 10 am; Starts Wed, Sep 7, Thru Oct 31: Preschoolers & their adult friends hear a story & explore the garden; at Paul Green Cabin. NC Botanical Garden, Old Mason Farm Rd near 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. 962-0522, www.ncbg.unc.edu.
Guided Arboretum Tours: Sundays, 2 pm; Thru Oct 31: Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh. 515-3132, www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.
Keep It Safe!: Sat, Sep 10, 3-4 pm: Join a ranger at the visitor center (off Hwy 70) to learn how you can have a safe & enjoyable visit to Umstead Park. Umstead Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 571-4170, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/wium/home.html.
National Historic Landmark Tours: Mondays-Fridays, 8 am-5 pm, Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm and Sundays, 1-4 pm: State Capitol, 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh. 733-4994, www.ncstatecapitol.com.
NC Botanical Garden Tours: Saturdays, 10 am: Tours of the plant collections. NC Botanical Garden, Old Mason Farm Rd near 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. 962-0522, www.ncbg.unc.edu.
Neuse River Foundation: Thru Oct 31: Canoe & kayak trips in the Neuse River Basin; easy floats to challenging adventures. Call or e-mail for locations & times. 856-1180, email@example.com, www.neuseriver.com.
Raleigh Historic Tour: Sundays, 2 pm: Walking tour of the Capitol & Blount St Historic Districts. Tours start at Wilmington St across from the Capitol. $10, $5 ages 7-12, $25 families. 829-4988.
Rockin' Reptiles: Sat, Sep 10, 2-3 pm: Discuss the types of reptiles, where they live & what they eat, then meet some reptiles up-close & hike to find more; ages 6-12. $5/child. 870-2871. Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh.
Saturday Safari: Sat, Sep 3, 10:30-11:30 am: Does your young explorer (ages 5-12) like to discover nature? Raleigh Parks & Rec. $1/child. 831-6856. Peach Road Neighborhood Center, 911 Ileagnes Rd, Raleigh.
SEEDS Needs: Durham's community gardening nonprofit seeks volunteers to work in garden with mulching, weeding, harvesting, planting, etc. SEEDS, 706 Gilbert St, Durham. 683-1197, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Guided Arboretum Tours: Ongoing, 8 am-8 pm: JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh. 515-3132, www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.
Space Invaders: Sun, Sep 4, 3-4:30 pm: Join a ranger for an exploration of invasive exotic plants; learn how to ID them, their history and how to control & prevent the spread of a plant population. Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham. 383-1686, www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ enri/home.html.
The Spin Cycle: Ongoing: Most days: Group bike rides. 1-888-SPINCYCLE, email@example.com for times & availability. SaltBox Village, 1241 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary. State Capitol Guided Tours: Saturdays, 11 am & 2 pm and Sundays, 2 pm: Group guided tours available. Free. State Capitol, 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh. 733-4994, www.ncstatecapitol.com.
Take Back the Forest: Sat, Sep 10, 9-11 am: Join a ranger for a workday to eradicate exotic species from the park; low to moderate physical work. Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham. 383-1686, www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/enri/ home.html.
Tour Guide Training: Volunteer to learn about the NC Botanical Garden & how to give interpretive walks there; 30 hours of service per year. Five-week training starts Sep 13, 2-4 pm. Call for info or to sign up. 962-9460. NC Botanical Garden, Old Mason Farm Rd near 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. www.ncbg.unc.edu.
Wafting the Eno River: Most days, 10 am, 3:30 pm, 9 pm: Guided float trips in inflatable wafts, led by Riverdave Owen. No experience needed. $12. 471-3802, www.wafter.org. West Point on the Eno, 5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham.
Walk for Your Heart: Ongoing, 12:30 pm: A brisk, half-hour lunch break spent walking; meet at Waterwise Garden. Lake Crabtree, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville. 460-2723, www.wakegov.com/county/ parks/lakecrabtree. Kids & Teens 4th & 5th Grade Book Club: Thu, Sep 8, 5:30-6:30 pm: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Cameron Village Library, 410 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh. 856-6710.
Afternoon Arts: Mondays-Fridays, 3-4:30 pm: The Make-N-Take Room is stocked with bright, colorful materials; create whatever you can imagine & take it home. $5/person. Scrap Exchange Gallery, 548 Foster St, Durham. 688-6960, www.scrapexchange.org.
CLASS Soccer: Saturday mornings, Sep 10-Oct 15: Children Learning Athletic Sports Skills, for children ages 4-6 & their parents. Pre-registration open: Carrboro Rec & Parks Dept, 100 N Greensboro St. $40/child. 918-7364, www.townofcarrboro.org.
Cool Kids Wednesdays: Wed, Sep 7, 10:30-11:30 am: Paint rocks; get creative & messy, then take home a beautiful rock. Free. Family Resource Center, Little River Community Complex, 8307 Roxboro Rd, Durham. 471-3231, littlerivercommunity.org.
Dewey Who-ey?: Thu, Sep 1, 4:30 pm: For ages 6-12; Fall Fun Club. East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Ct, Knightdale. 217-5300.
Future Kings & Queens Chess Academy: Mondays, 6 pm: Learn new chess strategies & play other members; ages 8-adult, all ability levels. Free. Richard B Harrison Library, 1313 New Bern Ave, Raleigh. 856-5720.
Kidsfest: Sat, Sep 10, 12-4 pm: With entertainment, hands-on activities, games, pony rides, hayrides & info vendors for parents. Raleigh Parks & Rec. 831-6833, 872-4156. Spring Forest Road Park, 4203 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh.
Kidsville Drop-In Play Space: Mondays 10 am-3 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-6 pm, Wednesdays 10 am-6 pm, Fridays 9:30 am-noon: Supported by Smart Start & the local community. For groups of 6 or more, call to reserve space. Available for private parties on weekends. Family Resource Center, Little River Community Complex, 8307 Roxboro Rd, Durham. 471-3231, littlerivercommunity.org.
Make-n-Take Crafts: Ongoing, 2 pm: Playspace Children's Museum, 410 Glenwood Ave, Ste 150, Raleigh. 832-2617, www.playspacemuseum.com.
Pizza Plus a Paperback: Fri, Sep 9, 5:30-6:30 pm: Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata; Middle School Book Club. Cameron Village Library, 410 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh. 856-6710.
Saturday Morning Live!: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am; Thru Sep 17: Jack & the Magic Beanstalk; Live Wire Theatre Co performs original versions of classic fairytales in interactive theater to engage, encourage and inspire young audiences; partnered with Durham Co Public Library. $5. 749-5020, www.LiveWireTheatre.com. Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd, Durham.
Tots Play Time: Fridays, 9:30 am-noon: Play & meet other parents. Family Resource Center, Little River Community Complex, 8307 Roxboro Rd, Durham. 471-3231, littlerivercommunity.org.
Youth Basketball: Ages 6-15; registration for residents begins Sep 6: Carrboro Rec & Parks Dept, 100 N Greensboro St. $48 Orange Co residents, $84 non-residents. 918-7364, www.townofcarrboro.org. Lectures Ann Blackman: Wed, Sep 7, 5:30 pm: Author of Wild Rose speaks about the female Confederate spy Rose O'Neale Greenhow, whose diary was written in code; in Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Reception precedes at 5 pm. Free. UNC Campus: Wilson Library, across from bell tower on South Rd, Chapel Hill. www.lib.unc.edu.
Back to the Source: The Research Behind Blood Done Sign My Name: Thu, Sep 8, 5:30 pm: Panel discussion led by author Tim Tyson on the research he did for his book, much of which relied on materials in UNC's Southern Historical Collection; in Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Reception precedes at 5 pm. Free. UNC Campus: Wilson Library, across from bell tower on South Rd, Chapel Hill. www.lib.unc.edu.
Democracy in Islamic Worlds: Thu, Sep 8, 9:30 am: Speaker Charles Kurzman, PhD. Breakfast with an Expert series. Free. Register: 918-7364. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St.
Dr Elizabeth Fenn: Thu, Sep 1, 5:30 pm: Assistant prof of history at Duke & author of Pox Americana discusses the disease's history & its influence on the American Revolution; in Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Reception precedes at 5 pm. Free. UNC Campus: Wilson Library, across from bell tower on South Rd, Chapel Hill. www.lib.unc.edu.
Moral Challenges Facing Nonprofits: Thu, Sep 8, 9-11:30 am: Seminar with keynote speaker Dr David Hammack (president of ARNOVA) plus a panel of nonprofit, foundation & academic leaders; presented by the Institute for Nonprofits at NCSU. $25. Info: 513-7031; Register: 515-2261, www.continuingeducation.ncsu. edu/seminars.html. NCSU Campus: McKimmon Center, corner of Western Blvd & Gorman St, Raleigh.
The Politics of Race and Class--Past, Present and Future: Tue, Sep 6, 7 pm: Speaker Cynthia Brown, former Durham City Council member & current commissioner on the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation Committee, discussing the importance of addressing historical injustices, the work of the GTRC & the current state of race & class relations in the Triangle & NC; in Room 210. 962-2084. UNC Campus: Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Rd, Chapel Hill. www.ibiblio.org/shscbch. Literary See literary listings on page 27. Museums Burwell School Historic Site: Ongoing: Docent-led tours , focusing on life at Burwell School from 1837-1857, when it was home to the Burwell family, the enslaved members of the Burwell household & the students at the Burwell's landmark school for young women. Ongoing: Self-guided tours , focusing on the lives of the Collins family, who lived in Hillsborough during the Civil War. Sat, Sep 10, 4-7 pm: Dog Day Afternoon , demonstrations & vendors, free water for dogs, plus dog contests (cutest puppy, best dressed, look-alike; registration 4-5:30 pm, $5 entry fee); on front lawn. 319 N Churton St, Hillsborough. 732-7451, www.burwellschool.org. Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm. Free.
Chapel Hill Museum: Permanent exhibits , The Paul Green Legacy; Ruth Faison Shaw: Open Door of Imagination; Farmer/James Pottery: NC Art Pottery Collection 1900-1960; Lincoln High School. Carolina in My Mind: The James Taylor Story . Thru Oct 23: Luther Hodges: The International Legacy of an NC Statesman . Sep 8-Oct 22: The Transformation of Memorial Hall: A Photographic Documentary by Catharine Carter , captures on film 3 years of renovation to the historic landmark. 523 E Franklin St. 967-1400, www.chapelhillmuseum.org. Starting Sep 1: Wed-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm. Free.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm: Tours of historic area & Tobacco History Museum . 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, off I-85 at Guess Rd, Durham. 477-5498.
Historic Stagville: Ongoing: Daily on the hour , tour the largest antebellum plantation in NC, including slave houses & main house. Free. 5828 Old Oxford Hwy, Durham. 620-0120, www.historicstagvillefoundation.org. Tue-Sat 10 am-4 pm.
Joel Lane Museum House: Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 am-2 pm and Saturdays, 1-4 pm: Guided tours . 728 W Hargett St, Raleigh. 833-3431, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mordecai Historic Park: Ongoing: Docent-led tours , interpreting the Mordecai plantation house (1785, 1826) & historic outbuildings, including the Andrew Johnson birthplace, St Mark's Chapel, an 1810 law office & an 1842 outdoor kitchen. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm: Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour , narrated tour departs from Mordecai & lasts approx 45 minutes, with stops throughout downtown. 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh. 857-4364, www.raleighnc.gov/mordecai. Tue-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm, last tour 3 pm; admission.
Morehead Planetarium: Astronomy programs , Carolina Skies; Magic Tree House Space Mission; Solar System Adventure; Sol & Company; DNA: The Secret of Life; Life in the Universe ; William Shatner's Extinction! Call for program times. $4.75, $3.75 children/seniors/students. 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 549-6863, www.moreheadplanetarium.org.
NC Museum of Art: Ongoing, 1:30 pm: Meet Your Museum , themed tours of the permanent collection. Free. Thu, Sep 1, 3 pm: The Classical Ideal , Mary Ellen Soles, curator of ancient art, presents the notion of the classical ideal in the museum's Greco-Roman collection. Free. Fridays in Sep, 6 pm: Appetite for Art: Italian Pleasures , themed tour of the permanent collection followed by dinner at the museum's restaurant. Tour free, dinner $29.50. Saturdays, 11 am: Free tours of various museum features , including exhibits & the park. Sat, Sep 3, 1:30 pm: In Focus: Art at Work . Thursdays, 10:30 am: World of Art lecture series , 27 lectures covering 5,000 years of art history, equivalent to a university-level introductory art history course; 2 sessions (Sep-Dec & Jan-Apr), see website for lecture schedule. $6/lecture, $65/session, $115/series. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 839-6262; box office 715-5923, www.ncartmuseum.org. Tue-Sat 9 am-5 pm (Fri 9 pm), Sun 10 am-5 pm.
NC Museum of History: Thru Sep 11: Celebration of NC Craft , rotating collection of handcrafted NC items from the museum's collection, including quilts, baskets & samplers. Thru Jan 1, 2006: Stitched from the Soul: The Farmer-James Collection of African-American Quilts , 32 quilts from NC, dating from the Civil War era to just after World War II, many of which reflect African cultural and textile traditions. Thru Sep 4: NC and Its Governors , a look into the life & evolution of NC through the story of its governors. New Leadership in NC Politics , Register by Sep 16 at 807-7968 for program on Mon, Sep 19, 7 pm. Ferrell Guillory, director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media & Political Life at UNC-CH, leads a panel of political leaders & strategists in a discussion of how the state's changing demographics are shaping the leadership of the state's political parties. Reception follows. Sat, Sep 10, 1-3 pm: A Closer Look: Good Sports , imagine yourself a star athlete; stop by the NC Sports Hall of Fame to see & try on reproduction artifacts. 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh. 807-7943, ncmuseumofhistory.org. Tue-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Free.
NC Museum of Life and Science: Virginia the Black Bear , a 50-pound, 7-month-old cub, residing in the museum's Carolina Wildlife exhibit thru Sep 5. Thru Jan 2, 2006: Flip It, Fold It, Figure It Out! , engaging activity centers with patterns, shapes & sizes that entice children to play with math; developed by museum staff. Ongoing: Magic Wings , 5,000-square foot tropical conservatory with over 250 tropical plant varieties & 50 exotic butterfly species. Thru Sep 5: Summer Wings Carolina Butterfly Pavilion , seasonal butterfly house showcasing butterflies in all 4 stages of development. Thru Sep 5: Invention at Play , discover your creativity through hands-on experiments & learn about inventors & how play sparked their creativity. Daily & weekly events , including train rides; farmyard up close; snake, alligator, spider & frog feedings; ladybug & butterfly releases; scientist talks. 433 Murray Ave, Durham. 220-5429, www.ncmls.org. Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. $8.50, $7.50 seniors/military, $6 ages 3-12, free ages 2 & under, group rate available. Free admission Wednesdays 1-5 pm for Durham County residents.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Daily events , including high-definition movies, Meet the Animals & Live at the Museum Science Show. Digital Theater , Beavers; DNA: The Secret of Life; Under Antarctic Ice; Wilderness North Carolina. Thru Oct 2: Fine Lines , birds & botany drawings by nature artists Chris Graebner & June Kluglein; in Nature Art Gallery upstairs. Thru Sep 18: CSI: Crime Scene Insects , examines forensic entomology, or the use of maggots, flies & beetles to reveal critical details of a crime scene. $5, $3 seniors & children 5-11. Thru Sep 18: 2004 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit . First Fridays , the Museum stays open until 9 pm & hosts the Natural Horror Picture Show at 7 pm (in Sep: I Married a Monster from Outer Space; see also Special Showings in the Movie Calendar); live music & an A/V Geeks film short precede feature. Free. Saturdays, 3 pm: Saturday Science Cinema , combining high-definition wildlife adventures with live presentations, contests & prizes. Free. www.naturalsciences.org/cinemaniac. 11 W Jones St, Raleigh. 733-7450. Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Free.
NC Railroad Museum: Ongoing: Outdoor exhibits , including cars & locomotives, historic memorabilia collection, 600-foot model railway. Free. Sun, Sep 4: Old Bonsal Day , Honored guests on hand to celebrate the centennial of the New Hope Valley Railway, including long-time residents of the communities & towns along the original railroad line, with oral history & tall tales. Sun, Sep 4, 11 am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 & 4 pm: New Hope Valley Railway Ride Day , ride through the shady woods of Chatham & Wake counties in an open excursion car; on the 1-hour round-trip ride to New Hill, you'll see about 10 buildings. Arrive at least 30 min early. $8, $6 kids 12 & under. Beaver Creek Rd, Bonsal. 362-5416, www.nhvry.org.
Orange County Historical Museum: Thru Sep 28: Nuns Feet , art exhibit by Louanne Watley featuring pared-down photographs revealing a part of society rarely seen--nuns' feet. www.unc.edu/~lkgarbo. Ongoing: Regulation to Revolution: 1766-1790 , exhibits on Hillsborough Constitutional Convention & UNC's charter. 201 N Churton St, Hillsborough. 732-2201, www.orangecountymuseum.org. Tue-Sat 11 am-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm. Free.
Raleigh City Museum: Exhibits , Charting Our History; It Started With One Thousand Acres: Raleigh and Its People; Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Toward Civil Rights; Nature Unleashed! Disasters in Raleigh; Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Transportation in the Triangle. Sat, Sep 3, 2 pm: Artifact Discovery , for children 6 & under, hosted by museum educator Ken Peters. Sep 7-14: Back from the Beach , used book sale, including used DVDs, videos, CDs & tapes. Briggs Building, 220 Fayetteville St Mall. 832-3775, www.raleighcitymuseum.org. Tue-Fri 11 am-4 pm, Sat 1-4 pm. Free. Special Events All-Star Ride for Life: Fri, Sep 9: VIP Party, meet celebrity ride leaders & fellow participants. Sat, Sep 10, sign up 9 am, ride departs 11 am: Fifth Annual Ride, begins & ends at Scooter's; all proceeds go to the Duke Children's Miracle Network. $20. ProdigalRN@aol.com, www.allstarride.org. Scooter's Bar & Grill, 1911 Sego Ct, Raleigh.
America's Walk for Diabetes: Sat, Sep 10, 9 am: Diabetes affects nearly 18.2 million Americans; 1/3 are unaware they have the disease. See website for info & registration. Location: Research Commons, RTP. 743-5400 x3251, www.diabetes.org/walk.
Boys & Girls Club Breakfast of Champions: Wed, Sep 7, 8-9:30 am: With keynote speaker Kay Yow, NC State Hall of Fame Coach; recognizing past B&GC presidents & inducting 2 volunteers into the club's hall of fame. Tickets: 834-6282 or online, www.wakebgc.org. RBC Center, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh.
Chapel Hill Toastmasters Club: Saturdays, 8-9:15 am: Toastmasters aims to help you lose your fear of public speaking & improve your communication skills. 932-1273, www.toastmasters.org. University Presbyterian Student Center, 110 Henderson St, Chapel Hill.
Cocktail Party & Bachelor Auction: Thu, Sep 1, 8-10 pm: WB22 is looking for 4 women age 21+ to star in several on-air promos for Sex in the City. Plus, bachelor auction benefiting the Triangle affiliate of the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Saks Fifth Avenue, Triangle Town Center, Capital Blvd, Raleigh. Free. 872-9535 x3350, email@example.com.
Community Day Festival: Sat, Sep 10, 10 am-5 pm: Face painting, moonwalks, food, music & fun for the whole family; sponsored by Durham Parks & Rec. WI Patterson Rec Center, 2641 Crest St. 560-4560.
Community Grief Recovery Group: Non-denominational & open to anyone grieving a loss. This group will focus on sharing and moving toward healing, & will meet for 7 consecutive weeks (Sep 12-Oct 24) on Mondays from 6:30-8 pm. Call or e-mail for info & to enroll. UNC Hospitals Bereavement Support Services. Free. 966-4021, firstname.lastname@example.org. United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 MLK Jr Blvd.
Conversation Cafe: Thursdays, 6 pm: A facilitated, drop-in conversation about things that are important to you (globalization, consumerism, voluntary simplicity, faith, morality, poverty, physical beauty, community, etc) as you try to make meaning of your life & a difference in the world. Bring someone who disagrees with you! RSVP 384-1668, email@example.com. Jump'N Java Cafe, 2945 S Miami Blvd, Durham.
Crabtree Black Tie Gala: Sun, Oct 2, 7:30-11 pm: Supporting local charitable organizations. Black tie optional, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar & entertainment by Liquid Pleasure. Promotional Court of Crabtree Valley Mall, Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. Visit website for list of participating organizations. Tickets available through Sep 24. $25 donation gets entry to the benefit, valet parking & a chance to win some hefty prizes, including a Honda Rebel motorcycle & a Lake Tahoe vacation. $1 donation gets a chance to win a CVM shopping spree ($500, $250, $100 & $50). www.crabtree-valley-mall.com. Easter Seals UCP Fantasy Auction: Fri, Sep 9, 6-10 pm: An Enchanted Evening, a black tie optional seated dinner with silent & live auctions, presented by Kirby & Holt LLP. Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Pkwy, Cary. $75/person, $125/couple. 783-8898 x1143, firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Annual MvR Raleigh Rumble: Sep 2-4: Classic bike rally featuring period motorcycles & scooters. Bike show, swap meet, pig pickin', bands, rides & raffle. Sponsored by Tonup-NC, Brit Iron Rebels & The Incriminators. See website for details. At Kings & Cup-A-Joe (Hillsborough St & Mission Valley). www.raleighrumble.com.
La Fiesta del Pueblo: Sat, Sep 10, 12-8 pm and Sun, Sep 11, 12-6 pm: The largest Latin-American festival in NC, featuring traditional music & dance, food, arts & crafts, children's area, health/education/ housing/employment fairs. $2, children under 12 free w/ adult. 835-1525, www.elpueblo.org. NC State Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge Rd at Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
Magic at the Mellow Mushroom: Fridays, 7-9 pm: Magician Joshua Lozoff performs tricks up close & personal. www.deep-magic.com. Mellow Mushroom, 410 Blackwell St, American Tobacco District, Durham. 680-8500.
NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival: Sat, Sep 10, 9 am-5 pm and Sun, Sep 11, 10 am-4 pm: The country's longest-running gourd festival celebrating this fun vegetable; more than 80 growing, crafting & artistic competitive categories as well as workshops & vendors. $3, $2 seniors (55+) & children 12-17, free children under 12. 781-7069, www.twincreek.com/gourds/festival.htm. Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh.
Serving the Masses: Thu, Sep 8, 5 pm: Annual Trading Path Assoc fundraiser, with music & chef Phil Campbell (CH's Flying Burrito & Hillsborough's Flying Fish) cooking. $7 dinner plate. www.tradingpath.org. Weaver Street Market, 101 E Weaver St, Carrboro. 929-0010.
Silent Auction & Fundraiser: Thu, Sep 1, 6-9 pm: To benefit Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation; items for bid include professional photography, fine dining, theatre & airline tix, spa treatments, gym memberships, personal trainer sessions, more. With Garrett Briggs. $20 suggested. www.DrAndreaus.com. Gallery A, 1637 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 546-9011.
SmartCommute Challenge: Thru Sep 30: Anyone working in Wake, Durham or Orange counties can enter to win roundtrip airfare to anywhere in the US plus a week's hotel stay (or other prizes) by pledging online to, at least once during the Challenge period, either carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, telecommute or ride the bus to work. www.smartcommute.org.
Sour Stomachs and Galloping Headaches: Treating the Sick in NC, 1500s-1900s: Thru Sep 30: A general intro to NC's medical history, focusing on ailments & diseases treated outside hospitals; in NC Collection Gallery. UNC Campus: Wilson Library, across from bell tower on South Rd, Chapel Hill. www.lib.unc.edu.
United Nations at 60: Past Accomplishments, Future Prospects: Registration deadline Sep 1 for Sat, Sep 10, 9 am-3 pm event: Conference includes concurrent workshops on Peace and Security; Human Rights: Women, Children and Health; Sustainable Development, Poverty and Hunger; plus keynote address by Wenyan Yang of the UN. $25 (including box lunch), $10 students. 523-0937, un60.una-wake.org. Exploris Museum, 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh.
Unity World Day of Prayer: Thu, Sep 8: Interfaith worship service & 24-hour prayer vigil in honor of this day, an interfaith event; the purpose is to unite as many people as possible in prayer for one another. See website for info & to submit prayer list. www.worlddayofprayer.org. Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill.
Weaver/White Rock Community Block Party: Sat, Sep 3, 10 am-2 pm: Face painting, info booths, games, food, music & fun for the whole family; sponsored by Durham Parks & Rec and White Rock Baptist Church. Weaver Street Rec Center, 3000 Weaver St. 560-4294. Theater Opening 24LIVE: Fri, Sep 9, 10 pm thru Sat, Sep 10, 10 pm: Dirty South Improv's annual benefit marathon of improv comedy, presented with Transactors Improv & The ArtsCenter. $14. www.dirtysouthimprov.com/24live. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787.
A Few Good Men: Fri, Sep 9, 8 pm and Sat, Sep 10, 2:30 & 8 pm: by Aaron Sorkin; The Road Less Traveled Theatre. 10% of show proceeds donated to Operation Family Fund. $14, $12 seniors & Duke students, 20% military discount. www.roadlesstraveledtheatre.com. Duke Campus: Page Auditorium, West Campus, Durham. Tickets 684-4444.
Camelot: Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts Sep 10, Thru Sep 18: Grammy-winner Debby Boone, All My Children's Christian Whelan & Michael Hunsaker in Lerner & Lowe's classic romantic comedy, produced by NC Theatre. $20-$65. 831-6950, www.nctheatre.com. Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center, 1 E South St, Raleigh.
The Donkey Show: Thursdays-Saturdays, 9 pm; Thru Sep 17: Sets Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the hedonistic nightclub culture of the 1970s, using such disco classics as ³I Love the Nightlife,² ³Don't Leave Me This Way² & ³We Are Family.² Ages 18+ only. $10. Reservations & info: 699-9831. Ringside, 308 W Main St, Durham.
Improv Art Show: Fri, Sep 2, 8 pm and Sat, Sep 3, 8 pm: 3 artists, 3 canvases, 50 minutes; artists swap canvases at timed intervals & incorporate audience suggestions. $7. 749-5020, www.livewiretheatre.com. Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd, Durham.
Long Day's Journey into Night: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 pm and Sundays, 2 pm; Starts Sep 8, Thru Sep 25: Told with scathing honesty, this classic of American realism creates a momentous day in the life of a family like playwright Eugene O'Neill's own: a famous father who fears dying poor, a morphine-addicted mother, & a loving alcoholic older brother; Ghost & Spice Productions. $14, $12 students & seniors. 888-239-9253, www.ghostandspice.com. Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd, Durham.
Moliere's The Miser: Sundays, 2 & 7 pm and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Thru Sep 18: This fast-paced version of the classic comedy of greed vs love is a collision of elaborate language & frank physical comedy skewering those who measure everything by money; new translation & adaptation by StreetSigns. Fri, Sep 2, 8 pm: Pay-what-you-can preview. $14 Fri& Sat, $12 Thu & Sun; student, senior & group discounts. Reservations 843-3865. UNC Campus: Studio 6 Theater, Swain Hall, S Columbia St & Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill.
Raleigh Village Idiots: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 pm; Thru Sep 10: A Fall from Grace, improvised scenes & songs, followed by long-form set edited for content. $5. www.idiots.net. North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, Greystone Village Shopping Center, 7713-51 Leadmine Rd. 866-0228.
Robin Hood: Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30 pm; Starts Sep 9, Thru Sep 18: Cary Players; all proceeds opening night go to CROP to feed the poor; audio described Sep 14. $12, $8 children & seniors. www.caryplayers.org. Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary. 469-4061.
The Story: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 pm and Sundays, 3 pm; Starts Sep 9, Thru Sep 25: African-American playwright Tracey Scott Wilson's award-winning, fast-paced tale of journalistic ambition, media integrity, race relations & newsroom politics. $15, $12 seniors & students on Thu & Sun; Sep 11 all seats $10. Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St, Raleigh. Box Office 821-3111; Business 821-4579, www.raleighlittletheatre.org. Ongoing Paperhand Puppet Intervention: Fridays-Sundays, 7 pm; Thru Sep 4: Garden of the Wild: Come celebrate the wild & wildness with fantastic creatures, giant beasts, masked dancers & more; pre-show at 6:30 pm. $10, $7 ages 2-12, free ages 2 & under. 923-1857, www.paperhand.org. UNC Campus: Forest Theatre, off Boundary St, Chapel Hill.
Permanent Collection: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 pm and Sundays, 3 pm; Thru Sep 17: NC premiere of Thomas Gibbons' play, a drama about racial politics & artistic integrity. Sep 1: All tickets $6. Sep 4: Post-show discussion. Sep 14: Special early show at 7:30 pm. Sep 15: Pre-show discussion of book The Color of Water. $15, $13 seniors, $10 students. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, 201 S Estes Dr, off US 15-501, Chapel Hill. 968-1515, www.deepdishtheater.org. Auditions, Etc. Live Wire Theatre: Auditioning actors, writers, directors, stage managers, designers & promotions people for projects throughout the year, including Saturday Morning Live (children's rep theatre), Sketch THAT! (touring sketch comedy) & Fight Show (a collection of Shakespeare's greatest fights). Call or email to make appt, or mail headshot/resume to 1213 Norris St, Raleigh 27604. 749-5020, BlazeFranco@aol.com, www.LiveWireTheatre.com.
OdysseyStage Theatre: Wed, Aug 31, 7-9 pm: Auditioning 2 female & 5 male roles in Larry Shue's comedy The Foreigner. Call to schedule audition. 929-4493, www.odysseystage.org. Chapel Hill Senior Center, 400 S Elliott Rd.
Placement Auditions: Thu, Sep 1, 7-9 pm: Placement auditions for families for RLT & Raleigh Parks and Rec's Halloween Trail performances. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St. Box Office 821-3111; Business 821-4579, www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
Raleigh Little Theatre: Tue, Sep 6, 7:30 pm and Wed, Sep 7, 7:30 pm: Auditions for ages 16+ for Triangle premiere of Miss Nelson is Missing. Wear comfortable clothes & sneakers or jazz shoes; bring sheet music & be ready to sing 16 bars of an upbeat comedy song. Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St. Box Office 821-3111; Business 821-4579, www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
Theatre in the Park: For annual production of Ira David Wood's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Dance auditions: Sat, Sep 10, 2-8:30 pm at Broadway Dance Studio. General auditions: Sun, Sep 11, 2 pm for ages 15 & under and Mon, Sep 12, 7 pm for ages 16 & up, both at Pullen Park Theatre. Audition info online. www.theatreinthepark.com/pages/auditions.htm.