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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle.


Get ready, girls! The First Annual UnBritney Contest deadline is one month away. The Appalachian Writer's Alliance in Kingsport, Tenn., is sponsoring a search for a fashionable, feminine and alluring teenager who can present a look that is as "unBritney" (Spears) as possible. Check out http://page2.awanet.us/ubc.html or write unbritney@awanet.us. Deadline for entries is June 1, and the winner will be announced on July 4. Large cash prize.

Looking for a good excuse to spend a girls' night out? Tell your friends about SheSheMe's Spring Fling, a night of "pink champagne, chocolate, and loads of retail therapy." The event assembles more than 20 startup designers and boutiques, and promises to be a "girly-girl must-do." 6-9 p.m. 2011 Fairview Road in Raleigh's Five Points. 835-9151. www.shesheme.com/chicmarket/springfling.

The NCSU Dance Company Spring Concert features work by guest artists Jack Arnold and Tamar Rogoff and by NCSU Dance Program Director Robin Harris. Works include Harris' Songs, Rogoff's The Birth Day, Arnold's Listen to Me, and a reconstruction of Harris' Dedication, inspired by James Agee's and Walker Evan's 1939 documentary Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. May 1 & 2, 8 p.m., Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh. $10, $9 faculty/staff, $5 for students. 515-1100.

It's tea time this Sunday--experience an authentic 19th-century ritial during the Living History Tea, with demonstrations on etiquette, clothing and food, period games and crafts for children. Seatings at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Reservations required. 319 North Churton St., Hillsborough. $5, $2 children. 732-7451.

Garden Art Gallery, an online gallery and artist cooperative, is hosting their ninth-annual juried show and sale this Saturday and Sunday. The Art In The Garden Sculpture Invitational will feature nine artists' work, ranging from large, abstract sculpture to finely crafted smaller works. May 3-4, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Studio and garden of Tinka Jordy, 1902 Borland Road, Hillsborough. www.garden-art.com.

Spend an evening with Irregardless Cafe Executive Chef Arthur Gordon. Experience the Irregardless philosophy, learn cooking techniques and "be nourished in many ways." 6:30 p.m. The Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. Reservations: 833-8898. $40, including dinner and wine tasting.

Mary Baynard Clarke was an ambitious and adventurous North Carolina poet, shattering traditional images of the "Southern lady" through her fierce independence. Hear local authors Terrell Armistead Crow and Mary Moulton Barden discuss Live Your Own Life, The Family Papers of Mary Baynard Clarke, 1854-1886. 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Road, Cary. 467-3866.

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