"And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood/ Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords:/ Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,/ And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads,/ Let's all cry 'Peace, freedom and liberty!"
Shakespeare & Originals Theatre Company presents Julius Caesar, Oct 15-19, 22-25, 8:15 p.m.; 3:15 p.m. Sundays. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham. 682-3343. $10 Thu, $15 Fri-Sun; pay what you like on Wednesdays.
In Handler, the faith of a serpent-handling congregation in the Appalachian Mountains is shaken when the unimaginable happens. See what all the shouting's about. Oct. 16-18, 22-25, 29-31, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Oct. 26, 3 p.m. Accessible performance offered on Oct. 24. Presented by Raleigh Ensemble Players. Artspace, 201 E Davie St, Raleigh. 832-9607, www.realtheatre.org. $15, $12 seniors over 60, $10 students with ID.
Get on your knees--it's time to crawl! Downtown Durham is building culture one baby step at a time, and tonight Durham's first Culture Crawl keeps doors open late for music, dance, poetry readings, art openings, dinner and coffee. Pick up a schedule at Amano Paperie, Joe & Jo's Downtown, Durham Arts Council Latin Grill, Blue Coffee Co. 4-10 p.m., Main St, Durham. www.amanopaperie.com for details. Free.
MOSADI music and message come together for a soulful good time when wordsmith shirlette ammons combines voice and bass with the tight drumming of Stephen Levitin (Sankofa, Applejuice Orchestra, The Remix Project) and the jazz-schooled bass and seven-string guitar of The Mighty Burners members Nic Slaton and Chris Boerner. 10 p.m., Retail Bar, 14 W Main St, Raleigh. 828-7622. $5.
Bill Ferris knows the South, and for him that means knowing the blues. Memory and Sense of Place in the American South is the UNC's professor's take on race, gender, class and music south of the Mason-Dixon. Ferris, who sings and plays guitar, will also treat his audience to examples of country, blues and rock and roll. 4 p.m., Chapel Hill Museum, 523 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Chapel Hill Historical Society. 967-1400. Free.
Get in touch with your inner beast during Wolf Awareness Week. Animal keepers at the NC Museum of Life and Science, which houses three red wolves, will give talks about the red wolf population, one of the most endangered animals in the world. Oct 19-25; Sun, Oct 19, 3 pm; Mon-Sat, Oct 20-25, 11 a.m. NC Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave, Durham. 220-5429. Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and under.
Local writers Courtney Jones and Misha Angrist will read their contributions to the 2004 edition of the Best New American Voices series, which presents works from relatively unknown writers who just may be the literary stars of the future. 7 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, Durham. 286-2700.