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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle.


Finale of Wake County's reading campaign, "Forum on the Future of Books and Reading," presenting John Kessel (sci-fi author), J. Peder Zane (fiery book critic), Paul Gilster (technophile), and Robert Burgin (librarian). Moderated by Frannie Ashburn, director of the North Carolina Center for the Book. State Library of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh, 7 p.m. Free.

Host an "Evening with Friends" party! Whether you plan it for tonight, or any other night through the end of April, the donations that your guests contribute to Evening with Friends will benefit the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina, and AIDS Community Residence Association. The community-wide event ends with a celebration, the Evening with Friends Gala, thanking hosts and guests at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh on May 3. To find out more information on how to host an Evening with Friends party or to register your party, call 834-2437 (ext 20) or check out www.eveningwithfriends.org.

Reynolds Price leads this month's AltReader Bookclub discussion of A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter. The title may conjure images of baseball, but the work chronicles a love affair in provincial France between a shopgirl and an American college dropout. 7 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 286-2700 or www.regulatorbookshop.com

Food, crafts, music, performances by Dabke dance troupes and of course, world-famous Lebanese hospitality will be presented at A Celebration of Lebanese Culture and Cuisine, sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese Association. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Gov. Holshouser Building, N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. 851-5187 or http://lebfest.tripod.com. $2.

Some people, when they get a new piano, just call a piano tuner. The Chapel Hill Kehillah, the only Jewish congregation in Orange County, is bringing in the director of the Venice Conservatory of Music for the Kehillah Piano Dedication Concert. Giovanni Umberto Battel, who's in North Carolina on an exchange program with Wake Forest University, will play selections from Chopin and Liszt. 3 p.m. 1200 Mason Farm Road. 942-8914. Free; donations accepted.

Award-winning investigative journalist and scandal-buster Greg Palast reads from his new book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters. 3:30 p.m. at Bull's Head Bookshop, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. 962-5060.

The fabulous Nancy-Alex Day hosts the latest installment of Literary Night at the Cave in Chapel Hill. Duck your head into the cozy bar and stay to hear local writers read their work ... or take the open mic and read your own poetry/prose. 7:30 p.m. 452 1/2 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 968-9308.

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