Best selling author Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones and Lucky), will help celebrate the launch of NC State's new MFA in Creative Writing. 7 p.m., Talley Student Center Ballroom, NCSU Campus, Raleigh. 515-3866. $10, free for NCSU students.
Oh, baby. Ai-eeeee! Fais Pas Ca! will make the Blue Bayou red hot with Cajun dance party tunes tonight, cher. Cajun dance lessons 7:30 p.m., dancing 8:15 p.m. 'til your leg's broke. 106 Churton St., Hillsborough. 732-2555. $6.
Here, women are not underrepresented--they are the prolific artists and creative minds in the limelight. Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands is a juried show of NC artists and auction to benefit The Women's Center. Opening night preview party tonight at the Sheraton Hotel, Chapel Hill. Luncheon with Lee Smith, Feb 27. Show is free and runs through Feb. 29. www.womenspace.org.
More than 30 of the Southeast's top folk artists including Sam "the Dot Man" McMillan, Mary Proctor, Benny Carter, Clyde Jones, Mr B and Danny Doughty, will be on hand for this year's Fearrington Folk Art Show. Paintings, garden art, furniture and scupltures will be on display at the free event. Fearrington Village, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, U.S. 15-501 South, Chatham County, 545-5704.
Let us entertain you. Tonight at Lip Service you'll hear fiction, non-fiction, poetry and music from a farmer/writer, a playwright/poet, a balladeer, and a few folks representing for the Indy (your managing editor, calendar girl and a staff writer). Presented by Mouth Candy. 8:15 p.m., Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham. 682-3343, www.manbitesdogtheater.org. $7.
In a road trip across America, Jeffrey Sharlet and Peter Manseau looked for religion. They talked to "prophets in G-strings" and "cross-dressing terrorist angels." The result is series of essays called Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible, including one written by North Carolina's Haven Kimmel. Sharlet and Manseau talk about their enlightening findings and Kimmel takes a look at Revelations. 7 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 286-2700.
If you can't be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, at least you can be at the Montas International Lounge's Mardi Gras Carnival Bash, where beads will fly, costumes will sparkle, the two-step danced, while the aroma of Cajun food fills the air. Zydeco dance class 8-8:30 p.m., party 8:30 p.m.-midnight. 2223 E. Hwy. 54, Raleigh, 361-2390, email@example.com. $7, $3 students.