A lesson in Victorian dance etiquette: "A gentleman should refrain from smoking, spitting, fighting, or using colorful language on the dance floor or any other location in the presence of ladies." Learn the Victorian waltz and maybe some rules of romance in a class sponsored by Triangle Vintage Dance. 6:30-8 p.m., 210 Bivins Bldg., Duke East Campus, Durham. 806-3325 or www.trianglevintagedance.com. $8/free for those who register for Saturday's Victorian Country Ball.
Historically, scholars have juxtaposed the ideas of Black Power and self-defense as being in contradiction to the Civil Rights movement. However, a new generation of students describe radical and independent political actions of black communities as being complementary to court battles and non-violent protest. A panel including professors, authors and a former Black Panther Party member will take place at 7 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. 962-6810.
250 professional and college improv groups from all over the country are bringing their yuks to Chapel Hill for the Dirty South Improv Festival 2004. Thu-Sat., Feb .26-28, 8 & 10 p.m., Hamilton Hall, Davis Dr., UNC-Chapel Hill. www.ticketweb.com. $8 per show/$5 with student ID/$35 all-show pass.
The Morehead Planetarium is now stargazing en Espanol. Your first lesson: Cielo Carolina = Carolina Skies. Showing at 5:30 p.m., 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 549-6863. $4.75, $3.75 children, seniors, students.
What's better than Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day? Nikki Giovanni on a Sunday. The activist and groundbreaking African American poet is the keynote speaker for Duke's 2004 Black History celebrations. 7 p.m., Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus. 684-2323.
E. Lynn Harris, New York Times best selling author and winner of the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence, will discuss the rise in HIV infection among college age African American male students in the Triangle, insights into the "down low" culture, and how AIDS and homophobia are effecting communities of color in his lecture, AIDS and Homophobia. 8 p.m., Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus. 684-2323.
For 100 years, Dr. Seuss has reminded readers, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Celebrate the Seussentennial with guest readers and art projects. Oh, the places you'll go! 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Playspace Children's Museum, 410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 150, Raleigh. 832-2617.