In case you haven't heard, Ninth Street in Durham just got a little more blue. Blue Coffee Company has opened another branch (next door to Blue Corn Cafe), and tonight they'll welcome Shirlette Ammons, who will read from Stumphole Aunthology of Bakwoods Blood, her first collection of poetry, along with selected new works. 8 p.m., 917 Ninth St., Durham. 416-3133. Free.
Feeling daunted by navigating the health insurance system alone? The Women's Center offers Health Insurance On Your Own, a workshop that will show you how to choose the best plan for yourself. The class is open to both women and men. 6-9 p.m. The Women's Center, 210 Henderson St., Chapel Hill. 968-4610. www.womensspace.org. $40, $30 members. Scholarships available.
Get ready for another installment of STAMMER! a multi-arts extravaganza including an open-mic beginning at 9:15 p.m. at Artspace in Raleigh.This month the featured guest poet is Lisa McCool, along with other guests like Dasan Ahanu, Tanya Olson and E.V. Noechel (a former Indy poetry contest winner, may we add). Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission: $4 general, $3 members and students. Call 821-2787 for more information.
Absurd's the word: The Bald Soprano, Eugene Ionesco's hilarious anti-play, is being presented at ComedyWorx in association with the Plumb Line Players. Saturday, July 12, 19, 26, 9:45 p.m.; Sunday, July 13, 20, 27, 3 p.m. 431 W. Peace St., Raleigh. 829-0822, www.comedyworx.com. $10.
Although Harry Potter is in the limelight these days, the Wiz is making a comeback, supported by a cast of 107 munchkins! N.C. Kids Theater presents The Wizard of Oz at two venues. Sunday, July 13, 10 a.m.; Wednesday & Friday, July 16 & 18, 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.: PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m., 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 20, 1 p.m.: Forest Theatre, Country Club Road and Boundary Street, UNC-Chapel Hill campus. 544-0714. $5-$7.
Call in sick! Take a vacation day! Join a ranger for a 2-hour morning paddle on a quiet lake. 9 a.m. Meet at the boathouse at Big Lake, Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 571-4170. Free.
Frogs may take a solo or two and crickets will be trading eights when Taj Mahal, master of sounds rooted in the American South, appears for an evening of deep blues under a dome of stars. Rounding out the trio will be Bill Rich on bass and Kester Smith on drums. 8 p.m., at the outdoor theater in Museum Park. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 715-5923. $18 ($15 Museum members), $5 children 12 and under.