The young artists in the five-member steel drum band Sons Of Steel perform calypso, reggae, jazz and funk, and it's hard to find anything much more inspiring than these talented musicians who are committed to a core set of principles that include good grades, respect for elders and giving back to their community. A Celebration of Steel is presented as part of the SuperFun for Kids Series at the ArtsCenter. 11 a.m., 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. 929-2787. $5.
Where in the world are you when you can enjoy tapas and sangria, flamenco guitar and ... Egyptian jazz? Bakus, Durham's new restaurant, offers these delights for their fundraising celebration for ADF. Special guests Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Annie Dillard, Maya Angelou and more are expected to be present. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 746 Ninth St., Durham. 286-0777 or email@example.com. $40.
"Who would believe that so small a space could contain the image of all the universe? O mighty process! Oh what a point is so marvelous!" So says Leonardo da Vinci, and you, too, may wax poetic after attending the Pinhole Camera Workshop at the Center For Documentary Studies. 6-9 p.m.,1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham. Register at 660-3663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $25.
Don't blink! You might miss a century! Three actors will heroically attempt to play all the roles in The Complete History of America (Abridged), presented by the Open Door Theatre at various locations. July 18 & 19, 8:30 p.m., 405 1/2 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. July 25 & 26, 8 p.m., Joe and Jo's Downtown, 417 W. Main St., Durham. 923-2068. Aug. 1 & 2, Weaver Street Market lawn, 101 E. Weaver St., Carrboro. Suggested $5 donation.
Let's see: Sunday night, another weekend almost over, another work week looming. A trip to The Cave to hear the slow and melancholic neo-folk of Toronto's Barzin would be just the thing. Local bands Holy Roman Empire and Audubon Park will open for their comrades from the north. The Cave, 452 1/2 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 968-9308.
They'll always have Paris. Geniuses Together: Literary Expatriates in Paris From Gertrude Stein and James Joyce to Samuel Beckett and the Beats showcases the lives and work of English-speaking authors abroad. Photographs, periodicals and books illuminate the French influence on James Baldwin, William Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway and others, thru Sept. 10. Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. 962-1143. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Chris Reynolds' Swing 'N Jazz Trio with Rick Keena and Joe Izzo will make hammers swing for Chatham Habitat for Humanity at a benefit show tonight. These fellas have consistently been voted best jazz in the Triangle--come see why and check out Panera Bread's soup 'n' samiches, too. Donations will be matched by Panera. 7-9 p.m., 213 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 929-9189.