Raleigh Geodude! Lake crabtree park --It's a rock festival, but it has nothing to do with music. You can learn to name common rocks and minerals and start your own rock collection. 10-11:30 a.m. $7/person. Info: 460-2723.
Durham Christine Balint Regulator bookshop --With Christine Balint's second novel, Ophelia's Fan, the Australian writer is gaining wide praise. Ophelia's Fan was inspired by 19th-century Irish actress Harriet Smithson, who was the inspiration for Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Balint will be reading at 7 p.m. Free.
Chapel Hill les San Culottes, asobi Seksu local 506 --Purée the bounding pop energy of the Go-Gos, the effortless melodicism of ABBA, and the decadent sonic charm of Serge Gainsbourg, and you have the slinky, '60s cabaret pop allure of Les San Culottes. Like a relic from an Austin Powers movie, the Brooklyn septet radiates a cheeky joy keyed to their sexy twin chanteuses and the plucky ³Freedom² vocals of garçon Clermont Ferrand. Chris Parker Raleigh Big Keel Experience the pour house --You can never be quite sure who's gonna show up at a Larry Keel Experience. Keel runs several crews under similar monikers, including the Big Daddy Bluegrass Band, the Larry Keel Experience and the Big Keel Experience. Count on a core band of Keel, wife Jenny and ³Big Daddy² Steve McMurry from Acoustic Syndicate to be onstage for this experience. Grant Britt
Durham Creative Reuse durham arts council --The Durham Arts Council hosts an opening reception at 5 p.m. to introduce two exhibits--reDISCOVERed ART, a community art project, and TRANSFORMED, Body Adornments in Recycled Rubber, by Elizabeth Hake. People of all ages and from all over the community submitted works they created from salvaged materials for reDISCOVEREed ART. In TRANSFORMED, Hake makes jewelry and accessories from recycled rubber and silver. Info: 560-2713. Raleigh The Boys are Back in Town! kings --Several months in the making, this tribute and birthday celebration in honor of the late great Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy promises two live sets of Lizzy tunes performed by some of your favorite local rockers, including Chad Piraino and Charley Shackelford of Rise and Cheetie Kumar of The Cherry Valance, just to name a few. There's no opener and showtime is at 10:30 p.m., so get ready to rock--tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak!
Durham Culture Crawl downtown --This is a great night to check out downtown Durham. Now only is the Durham Music Festival opening, but there's a Culture Crawl and Main Street Fair. Be sure to catch the opening reception at Amano Paperie & Gallery, 329 Main St., from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring works by four Durham painters: Harvey Mercadocasio, Wendy Kowalski, Andrew Barco and Carrie Mallory.
Raleigh Robert Deeble and lisa cerbone bickett gallery --Deeble works in a literary style informed by visual songwriters like Leonard Cohen, while soprano Lisa Cerbone presents airy story-songs that gradually unfold. The two play Friday at Carrboro's De La Luz with The Strugglers and The Prayers & Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers. Saturday, you can Deeble and Cerbone at Bickett with opener Shallow Be Thy Name. Photog Nyree Watts shows her slides at each show. Both nights are presented by Fractured Discs, a new label out of Pittsboro. Chris Toenes
African American history tour N.C. Museum of History --Within the comfy confines of the museum, take a tour and learn about African-American pilots, athletes, craftsmen and artists throughout North Carolina history, and about the African-American experience in our state. The tour starts at 1:30 p.m. Info: 715-0200.
Chapel Hill Chrome Plated Apostles local 506 --Bluesy punk rockers the Chrome Plated Apostles are a local supergroup of players who moonlight in other rock favorites. Guitarist Clif Mann pulls double duty elsewhere, switching to bass and working alongside vocalist Hunter Landen in the Bad Checks as well as playing guitar in The Ghost of Rock. Drummer Dave Vespah doubles as the bassist for Jett Rink and Fake Swedish's drummer, and bassist Greg Adams is an ex-Pipe-er who now holds down the bottom for the Adult Film Makers. Catch their high-octane, beer-fueled rock at Local 506 on the closing night of Sleazefest. Grant Britt
Durham Rashomon main library --One of the smartest moves made by a local government institution in recent years was the Durham Public Library's decision to buy the video collection from the Carolina Theatre. Now it's running a series entitled ³A Year at the Movies: Rediscovering Classics² and offering post-film discussions. This week: The Japanese classic Rashomon at 2:30 p.m. Info: 560-0171. Raleigh 2 Live Crew Lincoln theatre --³We've got white-collar people trying to grab our style/Saying we're too nasty and we're 2 Live,² ripped Fresh Kid Ice on the title track to 1990's Banned in the U.S.A. , the solo debut from Luke Skyywalker, one of three emcees in the legendary, infamous and carnal-as-all-hell 2 Live Crew. That song came on the heels of a 1989 Miami movement to ban the Crew's album from Miami stores, declaring it and the thongs on front ³legally obscene.² The decision was overturned by the Supreme Court, and nothing--from the departure of Luke Skyywalker and Brother Marquis to a lawsuit over the use of Roy Orbison's ³Oh, Pretty Woman²--has been able to overturn the sexually provocative and controversial stance of this lady-lovin' legion. Grayson Currin
Chapel Hill Burning Brides, The Explosion Cat's cradle --The Baltimore trio Burning Brides alternate Helmet-y metal guitar heroics and a beefy, bass-driven lope with crunchy garage punk roar, arriving at a hybrid tough enough for all the haters, yet tasty enough to invite a major label bidding war and MTV airplay (oh, wait, MTV doesn't show videos). The Explosion play infectious Oi!-descended sing-along punk that is sinewy and raw in a UK Subs' ³I Live In A Car² way, with so much hook and punch you'll be there weak-kneed and googly-eyed hearing someone in the background scream, ³Go for the knockout!² Chris Parker
Durham Beach reading Barnes & Noble --No, this isn't about another list of books to take to the beach. It's literally How to Read a North Carolina Beach. That's the name of the book by Duke professor Orrin Pilkey, and it's about how to look at the sand and shells and twists and turns and understand why they're the way they are. Pilkey will read and answer questions at the Barnes & Noble at New Hope Commons. Info: 489-3012.
Chapel Hill Erie Choir and more nightlight --Sorry About Dresden member Eric Roehrig's project Erie Choir often involves a backing band of friends, but the kernel of his songs is the plainspoken melancholy of only his voice and guitar. Matched with Kansas songwriter Chad Bryan (The Ants), local pop anomaly Billy Sugarfix of Evil Wiener and acoustic artist America, Dear, this should be a solid night of songwriters and their stories. Chris Toenes