Attention artists: A historic downtown Durham building with high ceilings, wood floors, and lots of light will soon have space available for artist working/living lofts and studio display. Those with an interest in helping develop specifications for this building or leasing space in it are welcome to participate in a focus group from 7 to 9 p.m. in Adaron Hall at the Durham Arts Council. 120 Morris St, Durham. RSVP to Don Piper at firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, call 606-4343.
As they do every Thursday, FLEX Nightclub in Raleigh puts on Trailer Park Prize Night at midnight, a comedy drag show featuring skits and gag prize giveaways. This week Tequila Rose and Mary K Mart will co-host and be joined by Betty Ford and Ms. Trixie. 12:30 a.m., 2 S. West St., Raleigh. 832-8855. Before midnight: $2 members, $4 guests, $6 18 and up.
The AltReader Bookclub meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, where poet Michael Chitwood will lead a discussion of Random Symmetries: The Collected Poems of Tom Andrews. Co-sponsored by The Independent and the Regulator Bookshop. 720 Ninth Street, Durham. 286-2700.
Wildlife and rock 'n' roll? Support both by checking out a benefit at the Cat's Cradle on Saturday. The show, which features Southern Culture on the Skids, will benefit the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Chapel Hill, the profits going to the care, housing, and feeding of wild animals. Opening for SCOTS playing will be the Outliers (featuring Piedmont Wildlife Center director Dr. Bobby Schopler on harmonica), the b-sides, and the Cyril Lance Band. Doors at 8 p.m., showtime 8:30. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro, 967-9053. To learn more about the Piedmont Wildlife Center, visit www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org or call 968-8523. Tickets are $12.
March is Women's History Month, so St. Joseph's Historic Foundation at the Hayti Heritage Center is hosting a reception for the opening of its new exhibition, Sheroes and Wonder Women. The art on display, including works by Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett and others, honors and celebrates the achievements of African-American women who have made a difference. 3 to 5 p.m. 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. Call 683-1709 ext. 22 or visit www.hayti.org. Free.
St. Paddy's Day! Irish music! Little Lake Hill House Concerts presents Irish band Chulrua, who play traditional Irish instrumental dance music--jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and slides. "A must for Celtophiles," according to Dirty Linen magazine. Concert is at 8 p.m. For reservations and location, call Bett Padgett or 787-6378 or contact email@example.com. Donations of $15 will be accepted at the door.
Today Exploris museum unveils the new permanent exhibit Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion, which made its first appearance in the Triangle as a special traveling show. Featured are 33 portraits, artifacts, and interactive activities that provide a unique understanding of the Tibetan people and their culture. 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 834-4040 or visit www.exploris.org.