What happens when innovative comedians mix it up with characters from the local community? You get Dirty South Improv and a room full of platinum grins. Catch D.S.I. 's energetic and extremely committed take on improvisational theater 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Kings, 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 831-1005, www.kingsbarcade.com. $3. You can also see D.S.I. on Fridays and Saturdays at Inside Scoop and Tuesdays at Nightlight (see Comedy section of A&E Calendar for details).
Ladies! Ladies! Leading ladies! The N.C. Museum of History and Mary Easley welcome the arrival of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit, Women of Our Time. Easley will accompany this photographic celebration of 75 of the most creative, humane, controversial, witty, brave, beautiful and inspirational women of the 20th century. Learn about the changing role of a governor's wife during A Talk with North Carolina's First Lady. 12:10-1 p.m., E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 715-0200, www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. Free.
For your entertainment, MCs bring the work ethic. The hardest working MCs on the NC hip-hop scene square off for Rappers vs. Poets IV. 21 Street Records brings the wordclash to Raleigh, with Dasan Ahanu, Shelly B, Miss Sonya, Plan B, D Noble, Link, Versatile, Dox, and DJ Rez on the 1s and 2s. 10 p.m., Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 821-0777, www.21strecords.com. $7.
The summer kiln opening at Chicken Bridge Pottery promises quality loafing for the whole family. This barn-turned-studio is home to local artisan Rusty Sieck, who is all about beautiful, usable pottery. Rusty's ash-glazed stoneware and porcelain pots will be in good supply, and kids get the big discounts. Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, July 25, 1-6 p.m. 1469 Chicken Bridge Rd., Pittsboro. 545-2077.
Dust off your toy car, drive through the Phantom Tollbooth, and set off toward the Mountains of Ignorance with Milo and Tock. The Phantom Tollbooth is presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. July 22, 10 a.m.; July 23-25, 1 p.m.; July 23, 7:30 p.m.; July 24, 5 p.m. 301 Pogue St. 821-3111. $12, $8 students.
The traveling exhibition Confederate Currency: The Color of Money features the paintings of John W. Jones, which are based on vignettes of African Americans depicted on confederate currency. Jones highlights the importance to the Southern economy of free labor provided by enslaved Africans and African Americans during the antebellum period. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Rd., Durham. 683-1709, www.hayti.org. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you weren't old enough to join the Rappers vs. Poets event on Friday, hone your rhyming skills tonight at a poetry slam that's just for teens. Dasan Ahanu wannabes and other aspiring wordsmiths ages 12-19 are invited. 7 p.m., Durham Main County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. 560-0172.