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14 WEDNESDAY
Inspired by the book Women at Ground Zero, the inaugural Sisters of Strength Award will recognize the exemplary service provided by a woman member of a public safety department. Nominees should demonstrate exceptional dedication, bravery or other achievements that contribute substantially to their community or the Triangle. Sponsored by SWOOP (Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects). www.swoop4u.org/public/benefit_details.html#Nomination. Deadline is July 19.

15 THURSDAY
Agave isn't just for drinking, folks. Todd Lasseigne will lead a tour of J.C. Raulston Arboretum's totally succulent Yuccas, Agaves and Other Rough and Tough Plants. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JCRA, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 515-3132, www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum. Free.

16 FRIDAY
Don't call it a comeback. In '92 the whole world felt the progressive sound of Arrested Development, when the Atlanta-bred rap group pressed politics, hip hop and soul into its critically acclaimed debut album 3 Years, 5 Months, and 2 Days in the Life of.... The group's creative mind, Speech, bounced solo in 1996, officially marking AD's retreat, but rumors of a new sound and a new album have steamrolled into a full-on tour. Setting the tenor for AD reincarnate are opening acts Spookie Daly Pride and Urban Sophisticates. 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. 967-9053, www.catscradle.com. $15 advance, $17 door.

17 SATURDAY
The natural talent of k.d. lang has allowed the Canadian crooner to explore soundscapes from Nashville to the jazz lounge. Her newest venture: lending her Grammy-award-winning voice to the North Carolina Symphony. 7:30 p.m., Amphitheatre at Regency Park, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. www.amphitheatreatregencypark.com. $30 advance, $32 door, children 12 & under free.

18 SUNDAY
All ages will want in on this magic carpet ride. The North Carolina Kids Theatre, a unique company that gives children the opportunity to learn the nuances of performance, is producing Aladdin. One hundred actors will take the stage for the musical adventure. July 16, 10:30 am & 7 pm; July 17, 3 & 7 pm; July 18, 3 pm; July 21 & 22, 7 pm; July 23, 10:30 am. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 560-3030. $12, $10 kids in advance; $14, $12 door.

19 MONDAY
More than Moore: Iraqi refugee Sinan Antoon collaborates with documentary filmmaker Adam Shapiro in this encore presentation of About Baghdad, sponsored by the Independent Weekly. Get the unique perspective of this exiled poet, who currently teaches Arabic literature at Dartmouth College. 7 p.m., Carolina Theater, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 560-3060, www.carolinatheatre.org, www.aboutbaghdad.com. Suggested $5 donation.

20 TUESDAY
No experience, partner or funny clothes are necessary for the modern Western square dance sponsored by Raleighwood Squares, N.C.'s only gay and lesbian square dance club. All are welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pullen Park Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. 317-1008, raleighwood_squares@hotmail.com. Free.

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