If you're looking for ways to procrastinate on your writing tonight, local author Frank Pettinelli (A Faraway Sun) will provide aspiring writers insight about creating, marketing and publishing their works. 7 p.m., North Raleigh Borders, 8825 N. Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 844-1154.
The Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee is sponsoring a public forum to discuss the Bill of Rights, Civil Liberties and The USA PATRIOT Act. Speakers include John Herrera (Self Help Credit Union, Latino/Hispanic Affairs), Michelle Cotton-Laws (NCCU, Sociology) and Gene Nichol (UNC Law School). 7 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville St., Durham. www.bordc.org or 220-5169.
Beautiful souls will come together once again for House Warming, the second edition of a monthly party that heats body and mind with "deep.sexy.uk.us.latin.jazzy.vocal.soulful.house music." Myooseum, 319 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 274-7460.
Maybe today we'll get sunshine for Party in the Park! It's the Indy's 20th Anniversary celebration and a fundraiser for Durham Central Park, with music by Wells Gordon Traditional Jazz Band, featuring Katherine Whalen Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers fame. Eat some BBQ and enter the drumset giveaway! 6-9 p.m., Durham Central Park, corner of Foster & Corporation sts, downtown. 286-1972 (ext 120). www.durhamcentralpark.org. $20 ticket includes one drink ticket and a one-year membership to the Friends of Durham Central Park.
A Celebration of Traditional Persian Music: Maestro Mohammad Reza Lotfi, a leading composer and the most popular interpreter of Persian traditional music, will grace the stage with music and poetry by Rumi and Hafez. 8 p.m., Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University, Raleigh. No children under 8 admitted. www.shayda.net. $20 advance, $25 door, $10 students.
If there is an exceptional human being in your community, think about giving back by nominating them for an North Carolina's Unsung Heroes award. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual recognition of advocacy, personal service, and improvement in race relations. Generous grant money accompanies award. Deadline is June 1, so move fast! Visit www.zsr.org or call 800-443-8319 for nomination forms.
Exploris' Global Issues Forum features a discussion with embedded journalists returning from Iraq (rescheduled from April 29). The moderator for the forum will be Dr. Donald Shaw, professor of journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. Free. 7 p.m., Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 834-4040 or www.exploris.org.