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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle.

18 Wednesday
Margaret Hoffman commemorates a not so jolly old fellow by signing copies of her new book, Blackbeard: A Tale of Villany and Murder in Colonial America, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Crabtree Valley Mall's B. Dalton. 788-9539.

19 Thursday
You don't have to wait for the workweek to end to get outdoors. Take advantage of the full moon on a nighttime canoe trip on Jordan Lake, organized by Rock Rest Adventures in Pittsboro. $17.50 per person. 542-5502 or www.rockrest.com for more info.

20 Friday
Author and professional storyteller Donna Washington is in her element tonight at Southpoint's Barnes & Noble when she reads from her new book, The Story of Kwansa at 7 p.m. Get there early if you want a good seat. 806-1930.

21 Saturday
If the weather's nice, don't go to the mall--go to Eno River State Park for a back-country hike. It'll take you away from it all, through the hills and forest away from the usual beaten paths that surround the Eno. The hike starts at 1:30 p.m.; call 383-1686 for more information.

22 Sunday
This is the last day to catch artist Harriet Herick demonstrating the ways she makes cut-paper sculptures at the N.C. Museum of History. She'll be at the museum starting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and the sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m. 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 715-0200.

23 Monday
Isabel Allende's surreal novel Eva Luna is the subject when the Contemporary Fiction Book Group convenes tonight at Quail Ridge Books at 7 p.m. 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588.

24 Tuesday
Duke Chapel, candlelit, on Christmas Eve. What more need be said? A "Christmas Eve for Children" service begins at 3 p.m, followed at 5:30 by a Service of Carols and Communion. At 11 p.m., it's the 34th annual Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring seasonal music of the 16th, 17th and 18th century. If you can't make it in person, all three will be carried on streaming video on the Web, at www.chapel.duke.edu. For more info, call 684-3917.

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