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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle.

12 Wednesday
If you already need another fix of Middle Earth, attend A Celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien from 7-9 p.m. at the Kresge Commons Room on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, where the subject will be The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Sponsored by the Carolina Association for Medieval Studies and UNC's James M. Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence. 843-7765.

13 Thursday
Take a romantic moonlit drive to the Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough, where the Hillsborough Literary Association presents An Evening of Love Poetry featuring local poets Alan Shapiro and Joe Donahue. A perfect chance to steal some verse to use the following day. The $10 admission includes wine, cheese, and desserts. 732-7451 for reservations and information.

14 Friday
What's today, again? Oh yeah. Why not celebrate by looking at some art? From 6-9 p.m., Sizl Gallery is having an opening reception for Finding Color, works by fiber artist Rachel Nicholson; new works by Kwang Suk Park; and new photographs by Stevens Clarke and Ellen Giamportone. Stick around afterward for a Valentine Dance featuring local rockers The b-sides. 405 E. Main St., Carrboro.. 690-0098.

15 Saturday
Mestre Mao Branca, one of the best contemporary masters of the beautiful Brazilian martial art Capoeira, is offering a workshop for newcomers to the art form as well as those looking to improve their skills. The event, hosted by Grupo Capoeira Brazil, will take place at the Durham Athletic Club from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Cost is $15 for Saturday's workshop or $25 for both Saturday and Sunday. Call Jacob Traverse at 539 4617 for more information.

16 Sunday
Barnes & Noble in Cary is hosting MAD Magazine editor Nick Meglin, who will discuss and sign MAD Art, a new book featuring a celebration of the artists who have contributed to 50 years of MAD's success. At 3 p.m., 760 S.E. Maynard Road. 467-3866.

17 Monday
The bi-monthly Flicker Film Festival, which features short works by local filmmakers, takes place at the Cat's Cradle at 8:30 p.m. As always, admission is only $3.

18 Tuesday
Brenda Dixon and Hellmutt Gottschild present Tongue Smell Color, a movement theater discourse centered around issues of race, gender, nationality, memory and guilt. 8 p.m., Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus. $12, $5 students. Call 684-4444 for more information.

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