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Bulls Head Bookshop presents hip-shaker Anne Soffee, for a reading of Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love. Soffee will discuss how she overcame heartbreak by belly-dancing, as well as demonstrate her gyrating skills. 3:30 p.m. Bull's Head Bookshop, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. 962-5060.

The student-run Duke Players Lab Theater will showcase its fall productions with two plays, Life Under Water, written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Carla Brackman, and The Winged Man, written by José Rivera and directed by Faran Krentcil. Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Branson Theater, Duke Campus, Durham. 684-4444. $8; $6 students. Tickets available at the University Box Office and at the door.

Award-winning poet, spoken word performer and musician Shirlette Ammons will bless this month's STAMMER!, with her bak(words) performance this Friday. Ammons will read works from her recent collection Stumphole: Aunthology of Bakwoods Blood. Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 821-2787. $4, $3 members and students.

If your airbrush techniques are rusty, watercolors dried up, and you never really learned how to correctly do a groovy faux finish, check out Jerry's Artarama second annual Art of the Carolinas, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16 & 17. The art event will feature two days of workshops (Thursday and Friday) as well as weekend exhibitions, vendors and demonstrations for novices and professionals alike. North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. 876-6610 or www.jerrysartevents.com. Free.

Follow the yellow-brick road to University United Methodist Church's The Bazaar of Oz, a benefit fundraising event. The Bazaar includes baked goods and candies, crafts, a silent auction and collectibles. All proceeds will benefit the church's missions. 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 968-3941 for details.

Marakesh hand-painted cabinets, Asian gourd scarecrows, handmade furniture from Ghana and contemporary jewelry are among the many items that will be on display for Gallery C's 18th Annual Holiday Collection. The group exhibition will feature a wide array of international art objects and fine art by the gallery's own artists. Nov 18-Jan 5. 3532 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-3165. www.galleryc.net. Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Wed 10 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm.

Enjoy an evening of music and world dance courtesy of the Russian Seasons Dance Company. The dance troupe will perform folk, neo-classical and modern dances choreographed by Nikolai Androsov, including the tango-like Malambo, the Irish Celtic Suite and the acrobatic Hopak. 8 p.m. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 560-3030. $22-$27.

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