Tonight affords an opportunity to see some great live West African and Afro-Cuban drumming. Duke University's Djembe Ensemble and Afro-Cuban Ensemble give a concert in the Nelson Music Room on Duke's East Campus at 8 p.m. Percussionist and vocalist Milton Cardona will make a guest appearance. 684-4444. $25, $12 for students.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the masters of moody, minimal instrumental noise-rock bring their multimedia show to the Cat's Cradle tonight. Brooklyn's Black Dice is opening (read more about them in this week's music spotlight) and proceeds will benefit Project Space 211, a community arts center in Winston-Salem. 967-9053. $12.
Revisit the thrill of years past at the Crape Myrtle Festival Roller Boogie at the Skate Ranch in Raleigh from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Proceeds from the retro roller skating party, sponsored by the Independent Weekly and Crape Myrtle Festival Inc., will benefit HIV/AIDS organizations and other health concerns of the Triangle gay and lesbian community. DJ Chadwick will be spinning '70s and '80s tunes to keep the party going. Participants must be 18 years or older. $15 includes skate rental, or you can bring your own skates or blades. Skate Ranch is located at 2901 Trawick Road, Raleigh. 821-0055 or www.crapemyrtlefest.org.
George Lakey and Judith Jones, Ph.D., of Training for Change, present Class Matters: A Workshop on Economic Justice. Saturday is the second, and longer, day of the two-day workshop on class dynamics, starting at 8 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham. 682-8323 or Stanley@stonecircles.org to register. $30-50 on a sliding scale; scholarships available. www.trainingforchange.org.
Come to the cozy confines of Open Eye Cafe in the heart of Carrboro to hear New York singer-songwriter Benna's incredibly catchy, lush, and creative sounds. Her album, What's Meant to Be, was recently released on Adult Swim Records. Noon-2 pm. 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 968-9410. Free.
For those of you who equate the word March with the word "madness," veteran sports journalist Barry Jacobs will be reading from his recent work, Golden Glory: The First 50 Years of the ACC at Branch's Chapel Hill Bookshop. 7 p.m. 243 S. Elliott Road. 968-9110.
One of the most successful British comedies of all time is now a musical. Come see The Full Monty in its opening night at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, BTI Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets run from $16 to $66. 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Call 831-6011.