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Booker Prize winner Yann Martel reads from Life of Pi, about a young castaway faced with innumerable obstacles on the high seas, stranded with a tiger for a companion on his lifeboat. The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 286-2700.

Do the dance scenes in Jane Austen movies excite you? You've seen English country dancing, now try it yourself. All dances are taught and no partner is necessary. Beginners are welcome 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., calling is by Allan Troxler, and there's live music by Collard Green. After a stint in England, the Sun Assembly English Country Dancers are back to sponsor this event. Wear non-street shoes. Freedman Center, Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St. (corner of Watts and Green), Durham. 683-9672. $5.

Today through Sunday, learn a new skill or five at the Carrboro Skillshare. Get an introduction to basic building construction, composting, biofuels, permaculture principles, bike maintenance, bread-baking, belly dancing, wild plants, and more. 619 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro. 932-6493 or www.wcha.coop/skillshare. Free!

Deep River Canoe Tour: Carbonton to Gulf. Paddle from the Carbonton Dam to McIver Landing in Gulf and get a boat's eye view of the Triangle Land Conservancy's Deep River priority area. www.tlc-nc.org. Register with the outfitter at 542-5502. $25 per person, 10 percent off with your own boat, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting TLC.

Tripsichore, London's acclaimed "Yoga Theatre Troupe" may just be yoga's answer to Cirque Du Soleil. Firing traditional yoga poses with inventive choreography, they promise to give audiences the sensation of participating in an extended meditation, of "floating through a dream world of mystical landscapes." 7 p.m., Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. $15 in advance (available at Triangle Yoga, 933-9642); $20 at the door.

Robyn Lundy, national organizer, Tikkun magazine, discusses A Path to Peace and Healing in the Middle East, promoting reconciliation for Israel and Palestine and supporting the anti-war movement in the United States and globally. 7-9 p.m., Judea Reform Congregation, 1955 Cornwallis Road, Durham. 383-7878.

"Fish?" "Squish!" Teamwork, improvisation, communication and agreement onstage. Dirty South Improv announces the Improv Comedy Class. All levels welcome. 7-10 p.m. the Deep Dish Theater at University Mall (201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill). Contact Zach Ward, Executive Producer, 225-6330, or register by e-mail: class@dirtysouthimprov.com. $75.

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