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Though war is old/ It has not/ Become wise -- so begins Alice Walker's poem Why War is Never a Good Idea. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's visit to UNC coincides with the release of her new poetry book, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems, An Evening With Alice Walker: 7:30 pm: Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. 962-5665. Free.

You've seen the Web site and the commericials on CNN. Announcing MoveOn's latest endeavor, the book: 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change. Cat Warren and Betty Buller Whitehead discuss the publication: 7 pm: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham. 286-2700.

It's a laughable competition. Improv commedian teams from across the nation will compete in the 14th Annual Atlantic Coast Comedy Conference, with local team, ComedyWorx: 7:30 & 9:45 pm; Sat, Apr 17, 4:30, 7:30, 9:45 pm: $5-10. 431 W Peace St, Raleigh. 829-0822, www.comedyworx.com.

Looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day? Walk or run with live music on the park trails to support William B Umstead State Park: Celebration for the Umstead. Live music on the main stage featuring Tom Prasada-Rao & Cary Cooper and more: 10 am: Walk/run; 11 am-3 pm: music on the main stage. Park on Reedy Creek Rd, Raleigh. $10/free for kids 12 and under. 852-2268, www.umsteadcoalition.org. 571-4170.

Emerging local playwright Howard Craft, a 2003 Indie Arts Award winner, presents a staged reading of his latest work The Wise Ones as part of North Carolina Central University's New Play Project this weekend. The play is based on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's visit to Alabama in 1964: 4 pm: Theatre Lab, Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg, corner of Fayetteville and Lawson sts, Durham. 530-7340. Free.

Faith, church and religious leaders provided inspiration that fueled the Civil Rights movement. Juan Williams, senior correspondent for NPR's Morning Edition and political analyst with Fox News, explores the power of faith in his book This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experince. He will discuss this at: 7 pm: NC Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh. 715-0200, www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. Free.

There once was a monk from Vancouver known as a wise woman and soother. She said, "Meditate with me. When you're peaceful you're free." Folks all over have flocked to this tutor. Gen Kelsang Tilopa of the Kosala Buddhist Center visits the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to teach and meditate: 7-8:30 pm: 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 403-8084. Free.

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