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The Bread and Puppet Theater have trekked down from Vermont to perform the Victory Over Everything Circus, a political, though not heavy-handed, production featuring live music and fun for all ages. Oct. 1 & 2, 6 p.m., Forest Theater, UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. 933-1135. Suggested donation of $8, $5 children.

It's not your typical night at the opera--the Long Leaf Opera Company will be performing Jackie O, a work that explores the life of one of America's great icons. The contemporary English opera is set to jazz and music of the 1960s, and Jackie will be performed by Elizabeth Grayson, a former Miss North Carolina. Oct. 3 & 4, 8 p.m., Oct. 5, 2 p.m., Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 560-3030. $25 reserved, $18 general admission, $10 students and seniors.

Designbox Gallery has assembled an amazing group of local artists to decorate more than 70 plaster casts of torsos as part of a project called Keep A Breast-Raleigh. Tonight there's a silent auction of the work, with all proceeds benefiting breast cancer charities. Place your bid for a great cause. 7-10 p.m., Designbox Galley, 315 S. Bloodworth St., Raleigh, 834-3552, www.designbox.us.

Breaking the Chains Coalition is sponsoring Understanding War and Empire Here and Abroad, a conference exploring international conflict, the legacy of colonialism, and the role of the US and the European powers. Panels, workshops and speakers will focus on the goal of building the anti-war movement, right here in North Carolina and globally. Spanish/English translation available, light breakfast and lunch provided. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., N. C. Central University Health Sciences Building, Durham. 682-2821, 680-3181, fayettevillepwj.org/chains, $5-25 sliding scale.

Enjoy the fall weather, live music and dance (from blues to salsa), arts and crafts, international food and kids' activities at Chapel Hill's Festifall Street Fair. 1-6 p.m., West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 968-2784. Free.

Expect the unexpected at the Cutting Room Floor. The Pour House will be giving away behind the scenes secrets as Raleigh performers show off their improv, murder-mystery and comedy talent. And don't sit on the sidelines--they're seeking amateur and professional actors and scriptwriters, too! Mondays, 8 p.m., The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St, Raleigh. Contact Jenny, 280-0982.

Author Pat Conroy, best known for Prince of Tides, will receive UNC-Chapel Hill's Thomas Wolfe Prize and give a lecture. 7:30 p.m., Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC- Chapel Hill Campus, 962-4283. Free.

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