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In an effort to preserve Chatham County's rural character, grassroots PAC Chatham Coalition is hosting Authors for Chatham. Clyde Edgerton and Marjorie Hudson will read from their works and discuss what it means to live in the country, what it takes to balance the rural way of life with the demands of modern society, and what makes Chatham County's rural character worth fighting for. Money raised will go toward the coalition's work in this year's local elections. 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall of Alston Chapel Church, 1832 Alston Chapel Rd., Pittsboro. 545-0571. $15 suggested donation, kids free.

Meet your friends and relax under the oaks while supporting a sassy local independent bookstore. During After Hours at Weaver Street Market, Internationalist Books will grill food, Weaver Street Market will serve up picnic-friendly favorites, and the Saludos Compay Trio will play Latin and South American music in the heart of the crowd. 6-8 p.m., 101 E. Weaver St., Carrboro. 929-0010, www.weaverstreetmarket.coop.

Cheryl Sutton has brought together works that explore the contemporary expressions, roots and traditions of dance for Dancin' in the Streets. The Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery at Hayti Heritage Center is full of works by African-American masters John Biggers, Lois Mailou Jones and Allen Stringfellow, contemporary expressionists and colorists Synthia St. James and Verna Hart, and the Triangle's own C. Omega Barnes, Isabel Chiquor, Janella Sellars and others. Wine and cheese reception 6-8 p.m., 804 Old Fayetteville Rd., Durham. 683-1709. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where but SEEDS can you find muscadines ripening on the vine, belly dancing, plums, botanical illustration, waterlillies, metal sculpture, catmint, the Mallarme Chamber Players, echinacea, drumming, blackberries to stain your fingers and lips, the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, red hot poker flowers and the TROSA Choir? Enjoy sensual overload at Art Grows in Durham, today from 1-5 p.m., on the corner of Elizabeth and Gilbert sts., Durham. 683-1197, www.seedsnc.org. Donations welcome.

Free poetry! It's available all weekend long at the Carrboro Poetry Festival, where the simple goal is to bring poets together while bringing people to their poetry. Readings and book signings by 40 local and national poets. Saturday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; today, 12:30-9 p.m. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Ave. 918-7364, www.carrboropoetryfestival.org. Free.

Calling insane playwrights: Durham Arts Initiative Playwright Festival is seeking original plays for its first annual event. The more insane the play, the better! Contact Anthony Garcia-Copian, 956-5837, playwright1010@yahoo.com. Accepting through July 31.

On their way to Bonnaroo, funk fusion band Addison Groove Project stops to do a couple of sets at Pour House Music Hall. They're keeping the tickets low at $5 in advance and $7 the day of the show, so give them some NC lovin' right on back. Doors 8 p.m., show 11 p.m. 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 821-1120, www.the-pour-house.com.

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