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Read Seed Inc. wants every child to have access to books. On Free Book Wednesdays, kids can peruse to their heart's delight from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you can help by bringing a gently used book for children through grade 5. Antioch Baptist Church, 1415 Holloway St., Durham. 688-8035, www.readseed.com.

Not exactly a fan of 1950s gender norms? Like seeing grown men bend those norms, perhaps even break a few? Thursday nights at the witching hour, Flex Nightclub presents Trailer Park Prize Night, a campy comedy drag show with gag prize giveaways. Midnight, 2 S. West St., Raleigh. 832-8855.

Streetsigns Center for Literature and Performance presents a reading of Everything That Rises, T. Cat Ford's adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's letters and short stories. Fri. & Sat., June 25 & 26, 8 p.m. Swain Hall, Studio 6 Theater, UNC Campus. 843-3865, strtsigns@aol.com. Free.

Blues Summerfest is an all day outdoor blues show featuring "Cool" John Ferguson, Skeeter Brandon, The Rocket Band, John Dee Holman, Lil' Dave, John Westmoreland and Bad Influence. Since it's at the All People's Grill, the event also features collard greens, fried chicken, fish, cole slaw, corn bread and sweet, sweet tea. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and your rockin' chair, too. Doors open 1 p.m., music starts at 3 p.m. 6122 Guess Rd., Durham. 620-9591, www.allpeoplesgrill.com. $20, free for kids 10 and under.

Get ready to salsa, baby, salsa when nine-member rhythm machine Bio Ritmo brings on the straight-up old-school sounds of Puerto Rican NYC. 9 p.m., The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 821-1120, www.the-pour-house.com. 21+ only. $5 adv, $7 door.

What's Going On tonight? Michael Eric Dyson continues to bear witness to black culture with Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye. Dyson will discuss the American icon's mix of spirituality and sexuality and his legacy as a musician. 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. 806-1930. Also reading Sat., June 26, 3 p.m. at NC Mutual Bldg., 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 536-4200. Free, but seating is limited.

Does Durham need a new performing arts center, and if so, what should it be? Arts & Business Coalition of Downtown (ABCD) is hosting a public meeting to discuss a proposed new theater project and alternatives to it. The future of Durham is now, and this meeting is a crucial step in the development of the Triangle's cultural landscape. 7 p.m., PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. 682-2226, www.abcddurham.com, www.durhamdada.org.

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