The Aesthetics of Nirvana conference kicks off today at UNC Campus. Running through Saturday, the conference culls Buddhist culture from Buddhist calligraphy and art. A film screening, several lectures, Ackland Art Museum's Plum, Pine and Bamboo exhibit and the Word Into Art exhibit at the Johnston Center figure prominently into the proceedings. Call 962-4294 or visit www.unc.edy/~bardsley/nirvana/schedule.html for schedule and details. Free.
Chapel Hill Wine Company is hosting Corks for Kids. And no, cases aren't being dolled out as a belated Halloween treat -- instead the company's inviting the public to help them create crafts out of the discarded corks. Once created, these corks will then be sold to benefit UNC Women's and Children's Hospitals, so grab your glue gun and go for it. 5-7 p.m., 1229 Airport Rd, Chapel Hill. 698-1884.
Mouthcandy wants to tickle your literary tonsils with Say Ahhh. A variety pack of area talent, Mouth Candy is collection of local writers and musicians who'll present a smattering of fiction, nonfiction, poetry readings and music. 8:15 p.m., Manbites Dog, 703 Foster St, Durham. 682-3343.
Take that Paris of the Piedmont--Durham's beaten New York City to the punch. Before he hits off-Broadway, Sol Reichlin will give North Carolinians a test run of his show, Shalom Aleichmen--Now You're Talking! Reichlin's performance pulls together the stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof, weaving particularly Jewish tales of tradition, superstition, foolishness and misfortune. 7:30 p.m., Judea Reform Congregation, 1955 Cornwallis Rd, Durham. 489-7062. Advance $10/$7 middle and high school students, door $12/8.
Rebecca Merrill will read from her book, Living in Yes: Helping Smart People Make Good Decisions. See, everyone's been so worried about the stupid folks roaming around that the smart people have been left to their own devices, intelligently deciding to pull the same stupid stunts everyone else does anyway. Please God, let Rebecca set them straight. 2 p.m., McIntyre's Books, 200 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 542-3030.
It's been a dreary, post-weekend day at work. Dinner and the little one can wait -- take the long way home to check out Joel Haas' large steel dinosaurs, creatures and abstract sculptures at the Neighborhood Sculpture Walk. Wilmont neighborhood north of Hillsborough St between NCSU and Meredith College, along Merriman Ave, Bedford Ave, and Taylor St. 828-8836, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There comes a point where every fearless artist has to look their parents in the eye and decree, "It's not paleontology! It's art!" UNC's Lab! Theatre's last performance of Pterodactyls, an absurdist dark comedy is today. 5 p.m., Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, UNC Campus. 942-1329. Free.