Wow, I'm really late on getting this posted....
The RDU .NET User Experience group will be meeting tonight at 6:00 pm at 1143 Executive Circle, Suite H, Cary, 27511. I'll be walking through some demos on "Over the wire data access" (aka - network communication) as well as reviewing some of the changes in Silverlight 2 Beta 2
If you're interested in WPF, Silverlight, and issues surrounding Rich Interactive Applications you'll want to check it out.
If you're planning to attend, please RSVP by sending me a note or leaving a comment.