The State of U.S. Prisons: Eric Schlosser, the guy who told us why evil french (oops, Freedom) fries taste so good in Fast Food Nation now is focusing his keen eye on the prison-industrial complex. Sponsored by Duke Medical Students for Social Justice. 7:30 p.m. at Love Auditorium, Research Drive, Duke Campus, Durham. 622-4335. Free.
What could be finer on a warm spring evening than to watch a campy cult-classic movie at the drive-in? Cinema Overdrive (the people who brought Death Race 2000 to the big screen last year) is bringing another cheap thrill to Durham's Starlite Drive-In. Six bucks gets you into Robocop (1987) and Superfuzz (1982). The gate opens at 7, and the first film starts at 8. 2523 E. Club Blvd. 688-1037.
You probably know by now that Skylight Exchange turns into Nightlight after dusk, but maybe you haven't heard about Recess: It's the first in the series of showcases of "improv & action" at Nightlight, featuring music "for the freaks by the freaks." The artists will donate all proceeds from live performances to "fund a dome over Chapel Hill and Carrboro to keep out all oxidated and dated matter." 405 1/2 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 933-5550. $3.
Learn how to make your own arbor, gazebo, bench, or gate at today's workshop with Luke Barrow of Rustic Garden Structures in the beautiful Demonstration Garden at SEEDS (SouthEastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces), Durham's community gardening organization. 10 a.m.-noon, 706 Gilbert St. (corner of Elizabeth and Gilbert sts.), Durham. Contact Brenda Brodie at 493-2447 or email@example.com to learn more. Donations appreciated.
The Sunday Night Swing Dance sponsored by Carolina Dance Club includes a newcomers lesson at 6 p.m., dancing from 7-10 p.m., and it's in a smoke-free venue. At the Raleigh Elks Lodge, intersection of Leadmine and Millbrook Road, Raleigh. www.musicanddance.com or (888) 21-SWING. $7, $5 members.
TV Turnoff Week!: A network of community organizations and PTAs across the country is encouraging Americans to reduce, voluntarily and dramatically, the amount of TV they watch to help break the television habit, fight obesity, and increase attention spans. Hint #3: Hide the remote control. Call 271-6190 for info about the local group, LimiTV, or check out www.turnofftv.org. Completely free.
You saw Cirque du Soleil? Now come see Cirque du Soul: UniverSoul Circus is renowned for its positive messages delivered in an intimate one-ring big top. It is also the first circus in a century to be completely owned and operated by African-Americans. The latest show, "Soul in the City" brings hip hop under the big top to the Triangle. Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, April 23-25, 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, noon, 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 27, noon, 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 820 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, in a lot across from Shaw University. 834-4000 for tickets or www.universoulcircus.com. $10-$45.