N.C. State scholar and classic archaeologist S. Thomas Parker leads From Beneath the Sands: Archaeology of the Roman Near East, a three lecture-discussion, which will examine Rome's eastern border. The first lecture, Rise and Fall: Rome's Arabian Frontier will look at art and artifacts unearthed in field excavations and bring to light the cultural, and historical significance of the early Arabian frontier for Western civilization. 7:30 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. $19 (series; day of lecture), $15 (series; advance), $7 (single; day of lecture), $6 (single; advance). (919) 715-5923. www.ncartmuseum.org.
Author Haven Kimmel--and you--consider John Crowley's novel Little, Big this Friday when altReader, the Triangle-wide alternative book club co-sponsored by The Independent, reconvenes at Durham's Regulator Bookshop. If you've already read what Kimmel calls the "most ambitious, elegant, passionate, moving, funny, sexy, erudite [and] mysterious book in English," or if her description has just intrigued you enough to check it out, stop by the Regulator to participate in the discussion. 7 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. (919) 286-2700.
The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit organization that has made a business of recycling discarded materials--including paper, textiles, film canisters, baskets and picture frames. Open seven days a week, the company holds creative workshops and art events, and relies on fundraising to boost revenue. Enter, Rejuice and ReUse, a benefit perfomance for the organization's Creative ReUse Center. Off the Deep End Ensemble will present improv dance, song and story, while spectators make their own scrap creations. Now that's transforming trash into treasure! 6:30-9:30 p.m. PSI Theater, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. (919) 688-6960. www.scrapexchange.org.
William B. Umstead State Park presents dive safety officer Julep Gillman-Bryan in Photographs of N.C. Underwater Reefs and Wrecks. Gillman-Bryan will share her underwater photography from North Carolina's coast, including photographs of the shipwrecked Queen Anne's Revenge--Blackbeard's ship. 2 p.m. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. (919) 571-4170. http://ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/wium/home.html.
The Ballroom Dancers meet once a month at Raleigh's Skate Ranch--a brand-new, fully renovated facility--for Dance at the Rink. The event combines a variety of ballroom dance styles, from fox trot to salsa to swing dancing. Participants range in age from 20 to 92 and seniors are encouraged to come out to participate. Newcomers' lesson begins at 7:15 p.m. and dancers at all levels are welcome. 7-10:30 p.m. Second Monday of each month. Skate Ranch, 2901 Trawick Road, Raleigh. $8. 266-8039. 15 TUESDAY
The Regulator Bookshop presents Houston University Research Professor of Law David Dow and Indy columnist Bob Burtman, authors of Machinery of Death: The Reality of America's Death Penalty Regime. The book explores critical issues in regards to the death penalty, including how race and poverty continue to matter, how innocent people end up on death row and how constitutional rights are routinely ignored. 7 p.m. 720 Ninth St., Durham. (919) 286-2700.