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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle

Heart to Heart: Ain't Your Life Worth Saving? is an effort by several North Carolina Central University departments to deliver an important message about cardiovascular disease while it entertains. Attend and learn how bad eating habits and high stress may be doing damage to your heart. 530-5170. Free, but pick up tickets at the NCCU ticket office. Wednesday-Saturday, July 23-26, 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 27, 3 p.m.

Can you think of two people with less in common than Samuel Johnson and Samuel Beckett? Neither can we. That's why it's sure to be an interesting evening at Shakespeare & Originals' world premiere of John Justice's Two Sams, a pair of one-act plays about each Sam and his work. They say both "explore the depths of appetite and desire." At 8 p.m. at the Temple Ball in Carrboro, and on later nights in Pittsboro and Durham. Visit www.newfrequency.org/sams.htm, or see the calendar for details.

Indian Social Justice Workers: Dr. Prakash and Dr. Manda Amte, a husband and wife team, will share stories of 27 years spent providing free medical care and education to those is need in a remote tribal forest in India through the Lok Bidari (People's Brotherhood) Project. The couple, along with Prakash's brother and sister-in-law, continues the tradition begun by Prakash's father Baba Amte. Indian snacks available. 7 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh. 696-4531. Free.

Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos perform at Hillsborough's Blue Bayou Club. Zydeco-blues fusion splits the difference between the swamps of its comfy Louisiana niche and the excitement of a Chicago night, and lands in North Carolina, Mr. Melton's original home. A former gourmet chef, Mel Melton is certain to dish up something spicy and rich for you at the Blue Bayou. Call 732-2555 or visit www.bluebayouclub.com.

Hayti Heritage Center: 3-5 p.m.: The spoken-word segment of Jazzin' In July, an exhibition of visual art and series of performances that showcase the rhythm, blues, independent spirit and improvisations of the distinctly American art form called jazz. Sponsored by St. Joseph's Historic Foundation. 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. 683-1709, www.hayti.org. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Neighborhood Sculpture Walk: Featuring Joel Haas' large steel dinosaurs, creatures and abstract sculptures. Wilmont neighborhood north of Hillsborough Street between N.C. State and Meredith College, along Merriman Avenue, Bedford Avenue and Taylor Street. 828-8836 or joel@joelhaasstudio.com.

Short Story Discussion Group: Max Steele, professor emeritus of English at UNC-CH, will speak on the "short-short" fiction genre--a minimalist writing form designed to expose language and form more directly than plot or content. An event for descriptive writers and more visual lyrical artists. 7:30 p.m., Durham Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons Road, Durham. 489-3012.

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