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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle.

North Carolina Central University sponsors Smoking Out the Truth: A Forum on Tobacco and African Americans, a discussion on the health implications of nicotine addiction. Presenters include health care and tobacco control representatives John Hatch, Barbara Pullen-Smith and Sandra Headen. 7-9 p.m. Miller Morgan Auditorium, NCCU Campus, Durham. (919) 530-7130.

The Carolina Ballet presents an entertaining performance of Robert Weiss' Stravinsky's Clowns, with music by the N.C. Symphony. Weiss represents the "three aspects of the clown" in Jeu de Cartes the jokester, Petruschka the poet and Pulchinella the everyman.Thursday & Friday, Nov. 7 & 8, 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 9 & 10, 2 p.m. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $12-$45. (919) 719-0900 for ticket information.

Join the AltReader Book Club for a discussion of Margot Livesey's Eva Moves the Furniture, moderated by Leah Stewart and Matt O'Keefe. The New York Times Notable Book of the Year is the story of a woman whose ethereal companions steer the course of her life. Friday, Nov 8, 7 p.m: Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. (919) 286-2700.

Orange County Artists Guild sponsors the eighth annual Open Studio Tour, with sculpture, pottery, mosaics, fiberart paintings and mixed media from 65 North Carolina artists. BYOWS: Bring your own walking shoes; maps will be provided. Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 9 & 10. ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Monica Ferrell (919) 942-4851. www.openstudiotour.com.

Poor and uneducated women are not the only victims of domestic violence, is the message of Israeli actress Naomi Ackerman's solo performance, Flowers Aren't Enough. In the play, Ackerman portrays an educated Israeli student from the upper echelons of Israeli society who is victim to an ever-worsening cycle of violence. 7 p.m. Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke Campus, Durham. 684-4493. www.naomiackerman.com.

Citizens are invited to show their colors (red, white and blue), wave a flag and come out to support homeless vets in the Veteran's Day Parade. Mayor Charles Meeker and Governor Mike Easley will be on hand and others are expected for the special day of events. 11 a.m. Raleigh State Capitol Grounds. (919) 733-4994.

More than 75 teens from across the nation were interviewed for Brian Seaward's Hot Stones and Funny Bones: Teens Helping Teens Cope with Stress and Anger. Seaward--who will discuss and sign his book at Borders Bookstore--explores the frustration of American teens through their art and poetry, and offers effective stress and anger-management techniques from a mental-health professional. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. 1751 Walnut St., Cary. (919) 469-1930.

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