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Weekly highlights for arts and entertainment in the Triangle

Jeffrey Starkweather, former journalist and current civil rights attorney, will lead a discussion on the book and film versions of Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Starkweather argues that the story's release in the '60s influenced civil rights legislation in the United States. 7 p.m., Chatham County Council on Aging, 365 Hwy. 87, Pittsboro. 542-3524. Free.

How does a cathedral created a millennium ago speak? In Medieval Spaces and Virtual Space, Stephen Murray, Henry Luce Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center and Columbia University professor of art and archeology, will describe how he uses new media to interpret eloquent edifices in ways that words can't. 5 p.m., National Humanities Center, 7 Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park. 549-0661. Free.

Twelve is the magic number! Bickett Gallery's new 12 x 12 exhibit includes works 12" x 12" or smaller by 12 artists for 12 days, and it's happening from 12/12-12/24. The reception's tonight, from 8 p.m. until (you guessed it) 12 a.m. 209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh. 836-5358, www.bickettgallery.com.

Get out of the mall and check out cool sculpture, paintings, ornaments and other original works of 65 contemporary Southern folk artists from the countryside to the inner city. Today only, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ginger Young Gallery, 5802 Brisbane Dr., Chapel Hill. 932-6003, www.gingeryoung.com.

What's the closest thing possible to walking through gigantic gingerbread houses? Touring twelve Victorian homes in the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. Visitors can see the insides and outsides of late-18th and early-19th-century houses in the state capitol. Sat. & Sun. Dec. 13 & 14, 1-7 p.m. 906-5500. $15.

It just doesn't feel like Christmas without Evil Weiner. Come, drink and be merry at their annual Christmas Show at the Cave, a concert that could turn even Scrooge into a rocker. Festivities start around 9:30 p.m. 21 and over. 452 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 968-9308. $5.

No preaching, just choir. Fortuna presents the choral concert Renaissance Music from Many Lands: A Christmas Retrospective. 8 p.m., Chapel of the Cross, 304 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 683-9672. Free.

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