Chatham County Luau
Two words: spam kabobs. If, inexplicably, that's not enough to get you to The Cave, here's more information. Taz Halloween of Kitty Box & The Johnnys thinks so much of the late Johnny Cash that she named her band after him. She also shares his birthday, as does local vet Stu Cole, who'll be joining in for a night of Cash songs and cubed "meat." 10 p.m./$5--RC
When Do You Ship My Robot and Raygun?
As a sci-fi author, futurist and activist, Bruce Sterling has pursued a number of interests in his career, from the sociology of computer networks to global warming, counterterrorism and industrial design. NCSU's MFA in Creative Writing program hosts an evening with Sterling in which he'll address the intersection of fiction with the future, and how that engages scientific policy and design. Kamphoefner Hall off Pullen Drive. 781-7083. 7:30 p.m. Free.
BLINK: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
In BLINK, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell examines "rapid cognition"--split-second impressions and decisions that "are more complicated than has been assumed," he says. His goal is for people to become more aware of the fact that "snap judgments and first impressions offer a much better means of making sense of the world," particularly in high-stress situations, than previously thought. After the discussion and reading, Gladwell will sign copies of his book, which the Regulator Bookshop will offer for sale. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy (at the corner of Science and Towerview drives). 286-2700.
"I'm quite well built as physiques go / Some people seem to think I belong in a freak show," flows 32-year-old Richard Terfry casually over a "hip-hop" track built floor-up with guitars, a glockenspiel and a bass. It's an odd-man-out parable, a celebrity-curio observation from the man known as Buck 65, a white emcee from Nova Scotia who some liken to Tom Waits for the gruff affection in his voice and the idiosyncratically illustrated characters in his work. The Shore opens. 10 p.m. --GC
All the Real Girls
N.C. Museum of Art
NCMA's Winter Film Series this week features All the Real Girls, the 2003 movie directed by N.C. School of the Arts graduate David Gordon Green. Devin Orgeron (of the NCSU Film Studies program) will introduce the film at 8 p.m. 2110 Blue Ridge Road. 839-6262, www.ncartmuseum.org. $5, $3.50 for students.
We're Not the Tourists You're Looking For
These are the tales of NPR contributor Jessie Kalisher's travels through the Middle East during and immediately following 9/11. Shows run both today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. 300-G E. Main St. 929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org. $12.
Get ready to drink from the eternal spring of the blues at this rabble-rousing affair. When Cool John fires up his guitar, the primal groove never stops, carrying with it the undulations of yearning and sorrow shared by his esteemed Music Maker colleagues: the soulful, downright Isaac Hayes-like croon of Captain Luke, and the wild and wooly Macavine Hayes and Whistlin' Britches. Shoe-shuffling, hand-clapping house rockers all. Come join the party. 9 p.m. --CT
The North Carolina Storytelling Guild and Meredith College host this storytelling fundraiser from 1-3 p.m., featuring stories from India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and other areas of the stricken region. All funds raised from the requested $10 donation will go to Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and American Red Cross. Jones Auditorium, 3800 Hillsborough St. 760-8357.
Dodd Ferrelle & The Tinfoil Stars
The Pour House
Believing his sound is too big for the Americana label, Athens, Ga.-based singer Dodd Ferrelle calls his blend of folk and roots rock "New American Rock." Critics have likened him to a James Taylor-Dylan combo, but he thinks his band's sound is closer to a rockier, folkier Neil Young and Crazy Horse. His sound is crafted from dollops of Beatles, his mother's favorite band, as well as the Waterboys, the Replacements and the Allman Brothers. Keith Sykes and Stacie Collins Band open. 7 p.m./$10--GB
The author of Big Fish and Chapel Hill resident is the keynote speaker at today's 2 p.m. annual meeting of the Friends of the Durham Library. Main Auditorium, 300 N. Roxboro St. 560-0130. Free.
Clang Quartet, Kapow! Music
You've never seen anybody worship like this. Percussionist/performance artist Scotty Irving makes Jesus jump for joy when he whacks a variety of found objects including a goalie's mask draped with cymbals and bells he's wearing at the time. There's no quartet, but plenty of clang as former Geezer Laker /Eugene Chadbourne vet tells the story of Christ solo with a clatter. Kapow! Music, aka soloist John Ribo, does the folkie wanderlust thing with pop. 9 p.m./Free--GB
Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, Social Distortion's hoarse and thumping 2004 release, sounds just like circa-'90 Social Distortion. And that's a good thing: When you've staked out a patch of ground that butts up equally against rock, punk and roots, why would you want to move? Arrive early to catch openers the Street Dogs, who sound like they live one block over from Social Distortion, smack between the heartland and the streets. 7:30 p.m./$25--RC
The Woman's Coffeehouse of the Spirit
Sister Evelyn Mattern wanted to know how women's roles had changed in churches and synagogues. She also wanted to get at the relationship between gender equality and spirituality. So she and her colleagues started interviewing people of faith across North Carolina. Some of the oral histories they collected are compiled in The Woman's Coffeehouse of the Spirit, a readers' theater piece directed by Terry Milner and performed by UNC's Social Work Student Organization. Show's at 5:15 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building; admission is $3. 828-6501.
The Man Who
Manbites Dog Theater
A "theatrical research" into the nature of reality and the inconceivably strange mysteries of the human mind, inspired by Oliver Sack's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. Running today through March 19 at 703 Foster St. 682-3343, www.manbitesdogtheater.org. $10-$15.