Acclaimed writer, humorist and commentator Calvin Trillin will be discussing his work in a free public reading tonight at on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Trillin, a Morgan Writer-in-Residence at UNC, will also meet with creative writing and English classes and with local high school students. 7:30 p.m., Carroll Hall auditorium. 962-4283.
This evening your voice can be heard. A public forum at Chapel Hill Town Hall titled "Are Your Rights Being Threatened Right Now?" will feature panelists UNC Law School Dean Gene Nichol, civil rights attorney Alan McSurely, president of Chapel Hill-Carrboro ACLU Mark Dorosin, and novelist and political essayist Samia Serageldin. It will center around the defense of civil rights in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The event is sponsored by the Orange County Bill of Rights Defense committee. 7 to 9 p.m., 306 N. Columbia St. Call 929-5983 or 942-2535, or contact Lucy Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Veteran civil rights activist and longtime director of the Field Foundation Leslie Dunbar will be on hand at McIntyre's Fine Books at Fearrington Village to discuss his new book, The Shame of Southern Politics: Essays and Speeches. Vernon Jordan Jr. says of Dunbar: "Few persons were as important as Leslie Dunbar in leading and speaking for regional and historic 'mind changing.'" 2 p.m. 542-3030. Free.
UNC-Chapel Hill will be hosting its most unusual sporting event of the season. Come see an exhibition match of American Indian Stickball and see why this sport is known as the forerunner of lacrosse. The match will pit the Paint Town Stickball Team of Cherokee against the Flying Rats from Athens, Ga. 9 a.m., Hooker Field on South Road, next to Carmichael Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. 962-3846. Free.
Come view, or better yet, participate, in the creation of the Indy 20th Anniversary Art Car. Bring an item to glue, rivet or otherwise stick onto the jalopy (political buttons from the last 20 years, bumper stickers, or any other kind of artifact will do). This is a progressive event, meaning that the car will be born at the Raleigh Independent Weekly office, 610 W. Johnson St., and make its way to Pittsboro and Durham in April. Sponsored by Becker Automotive of Durham. For more information, call Sioux Watson at 286-1972 or e-mail email@example.com.
Elvis Mitchell, film critic for The New York Times and National Public Radio will speak on African Americans in Cinema: From Rage to Pride. 8 p.m., Fleishman Commons in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy on Duke Campus. 613-7394.
Tonight is the infamous A/V Geeks Movie Night at Kings Barcade in Raleigh. Showing: Youth Suicide Fantasy: Does Their Music Make Them Do It?, a 1980's Christian investigative report linking rock music and suicide. Lots of criticism of Boy George, AC/DC, Mick Jagger, transvestites, drugs, sex, satanism ... you get the picture. Start time is 10 p.m. 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 831-1005. $3 suggested donation.