Who's bad? If you are, you're down with Who's Bad, the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band comprised of some of the hottest musicians in the Triangle (Matt Brandau, Mark Wells and six more). They're playing tonight at the Library, 120 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. www.thelibraryrocks.com.
Come to the cabaret, old chum! Or rather, the Lounge at Chapel Hill's Holiday Inn, where Chris Reynolds will celebrate his birthday with the gifted back-up of his Swing 'N' Jazz Band. 7-10 p.m., 1301 North Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill. 929-2171.
Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan will address the relationship between the rhetoric of Nazi Germany and racism in the U.S. in The Meaning of Race: From the Holocaust to the Current Debate. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and as part of Judea Reform's longstanding commitment to civil rights. Friday, Jan. 16, following Shabbat services which begin at 8 p.m. Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham. 489-7062. All are welcome.
Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets perform The Gift of Light: Native American Stories of Fire and Light, featuring the magic of shadow and bunraku style puppetry. NC Museum of Art Children's Performance Series. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. $3.
David Karsten Daniels will play the Local 506 to celebrate the release of his third album, Angles. He'll share the stage with Bu Hanan artist the prayers and tears of arthur digby sellers, as well as Permanent Darling. 9:30 p.m., 506 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 942-5506.
The NAACP implores us all to Give Dr. King A Real Birthday Present--Register and Vote. The annual NAACP service celebrates Dr. King by talking the talk and walking the walk with a voter registration drive. 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, N. Roberson St (between Rosemary & Franklin sts), Chapel Hill. 942-4475.
Literary Evening at the Cave: Bring your best, and speak into the microphone. Tonight's open mic for poetry and prose will be recorded as a radio show pilot as Nancy-Alex Day aims to do for the literary scene in Chapel Hill what Austin City Limits does for the Austin music scene. 7:30 p.m., The Cave, 452 1/2 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 968-9308, www.cavetavern.com.