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Our seasonal guide to Triangle culture

2011 summer calendar 

Compiled by Kristine Kapatos and Ariel Katz

See our online calendar for more details about these and other events.

MAY

Jenny Nelson: May 26, 12–1 p.m., Flyleaf Books

World Beat Music Fest: May 27, 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Clutch: May 27, 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Sacred Arts Tour 2011: May 28, 7 p.m., ArtsCenter

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: May 29, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Lyle Estill: May 31, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Bad Manners: May 31, 9 p.m., Local 506

Primus: May 31, 8 p.m., Memorial Auditorium at Progress Energy Center

JUNE

Doug Glanville: June 1, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Okkervil River: June 1, 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Triangle Jazz Orchestra Open Rehearsal: June 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., ArtsCenter

Matt and Kim with The Hood Internet: June 2, 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Roy Blount Jr. and Lee Smith: June 2, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Craig Nova: June 2, 7 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Jane K. Cleland, Rosemary Harris and Stefanie Pintoff: June 3, 12 p.m., Flyleaf Books

B.B. King: June 3, 8 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Saxapahaw Artists Featured Artist Opening: June 3, 6–9 p.m., Saxapahaw Artists Gallery

Nashville Pussy with Koffin Kats and other guests: June 3, 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones: June 4, 8 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Paul Thorn with Dark Water Rising: June 4, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Justin Vivian Bond: June 4, 8 p.m., ArtsCenter

Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour: June 4, 8 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Experience This and Night Prowler: June 4, 9 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Rick McDaniel: June 5, 3 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Michael Gardner Benefit for Parkinson's Disease: June 5, 4:30 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Raleigh Ringers Spring Concert: June 5, 4 p.m., Meymandi Concert Hall at Progress Energy Center

Marjorie Hudson: June 6, 7 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Jim Axelrod: June 6, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Sam Bradley with Holly Conlan: June 6, 8 p.m., ArtsCenter

Robert Strauss: June 7, 7 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Elliot Engel: June 7, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Mumford & Sons: June 8, 7 p.m., Raleigh Amphitheatre

Robert Strauss: June 8, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

The 39 Steps: June 8–13, 8 p.m., Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

Jet Life Tour: June 8, 9:30 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Lee Smith: June 8, 7 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Mary Kay Andrews: June 9, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Sondre Lerche with Nightlands and Kishi Bashi: June 9, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Transactors Improv: June 10, 8 p.m., ArtsCenter

Inception: June 10, 9 p.m., NC Museum of Art

The North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival: June 11, 7:30 p.m., ArtsCenter

The Decemberists: June 11, 7:30 p.m., The Raleigh Amphitheater

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: June 11, 8 p.m., the N.C. Museum of Art

Thao and Mirah: June 11, 8:30 p.m., Local 506

J.D. Souther with Jill Andrews: June 12, 7:00 p.m., ArtsCenter

Tedeschi Trucks Band: June 12, 7:30 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Joe Purdy with The Milk Carton Kids: June 12, 8:00 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Mishka: June 12, 9 p.m., Local 506

Simon Van Booy: June 13, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Katy Perry: June 14, 7:30 p.m., RBC Center

Jonny (Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub and Euros Childs from Gorky's Zygotic Mynci): June 14, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

The Parlotones: June 14, 8:30 p.m., Local 506

The Parkington Sisters: June 15, 7 p.m., Duke Gardens

Lynne Hinton: June 15, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

David Mayfied Parade: June 15, 8:30 p.m., Local 506

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones with Los Straitjackets: June 16, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Steven Petrow: June 16, 7 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Lloyd Cole: June 17, 8 p.m., ArtsCenter

This is It: June 17, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Shoot to Thrill: June 17, 9 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Phish: June 18, 7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney: June 18, 7:30 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

BeauSoleil avec Michel Doucet: June 18, 8 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Joe Ely Band: June 18, 8:30 p.m., ArtsCenter

Borgore: June 19, 8:30 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Sarah Dessen: June 20, 7 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Hammer No More the Fingers: June 22, 7 p.m., Duke Gardens

Linda Stout: June 22, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Linda Watson: June 23, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

David Baldacci: June 24, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Def Leppard: June 24, 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Ben Sollee with The Thousands: June 24, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

R. Kelly: June 24, 8 p.m., RBC Center

Morning Glory: June 24, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Keith Urban: June 25, 7:30 p.m., RBC Center

Swan Lake at Symphony Lake: June 25, 7:30 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Healin' With a Feelin' - A Night of Burnin' Love: A Night to Benefit UNC Hospital Jaycee Burn Center: June 25, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: June 25, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Marjorie Hudson: June 26, 3 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Robin Trower: June 26, 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Dinosaur Jr.: June 27, 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Music from the film Winter's Bone performed live: June 28, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Fucked Up: June 28, 10 p.m., Kings

Shirlette and the Dynamite Brothers: June 29, 7 p.m., Duke Gardens

Durham Symphony Orchestra: June 29, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

The Marvelous Wonderettes: June 29–July 10, 8 p.m., Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

Steven Petrow: June 30, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

JULY

Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes: July 2, 5 p.m., Saxapahaw Rivermill

David Gray: July 3, 7:30 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Independence Day: July 4, 3 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Underoath: July 5, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Sacrificial Poets Touchstone Open Mic (1st Wednesdays): July 6, 6:30 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Brussels Chamber Orchestra: July 6, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Tim McGraw: July 8, 7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

The Town: July 8, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Dark Star Orchestra: July 9, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre Street Stage

Pirates: July 9, 7:30 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

The Psychedelic Furs: July 9, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

The Kids Are All Right: July 9, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

John Milliken Thompson: July 10, 2 p.m., Flyleaf Books

William Mangum: July 10, 3 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

David Wilcox: July 11, 7 p.m., ArtsCenter

Michael Sims: July 11, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Lost in the Trees: July 13, 7 p.m., Duke Gardens

Simon Van Booy: July 13, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

The Music of Queen-North Carolina Symphony: July 14, 7:30 p.m., The Meymandi Concert Hall at Progress Energy Center

Lil Wayne with Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd: July 15, 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs: July 15, 7:30 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

John Hart: July 15, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Bill Callahan: July 15, 9 p.m., Local 506

127 Hours: July 15, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

John Hart: July 16, 2 p.m., Flyleaf Books

Iris DeMent followed by True Grit: July 16, 7 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Carolina Music Awards: July 17, 7 p.m., Fletcher Opera Theater at Progress Energy Center

Bonnie Thron; cello; Fred Jacobowitz, clarinet and John Noel, piano: July 20, 7 p.m., Duke Gardens

Field of Glory: July 20–31, 8 p.m., Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

John Butler Trio: July 20, 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Sound of Music Sing A-Long: July 22, 8 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Toby Keith: July 22, 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

The Ghost Writer: July 22, 9 p.m., the N.C. Museum of Art

Hairspray: July 22–31, 7, 8 and 2 p.m., Memorial Hall at Progress Energy Center

How to Train Your Dragon: July 23, 9 p.m., the N.C. Museum of Art

Huey Lewis and the News: July 24, 7 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Eels: July 25, 8 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Lucinda Williams: July 27, time TBD, NC Museum of Art

American Idol Live!: July 27, 7 p.m., RBC Center

Ciompi Quartet's Fred Raimi, cello and Eric Pritchard, violin with Jane Hawkins, piano: July 27, 7 p.m., Duke Gardens

Clyde Edgerton: July 28, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Furthur: July 28, 7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Brad Thor: July 29, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Bon Iver: July 29, 7:30 p.m., The Raleigh Amphitheater

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: July 29, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Marc Broussard: July 29, 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre

Rascal Flatts with Sara Evans, Justin Moore and Easton Corbin: July 30, 7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

The Temptations and The Four Tops: July 30, 7:30 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

The King's Speech: July 30, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

AUGUST

Dolly Parton: Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Goo Goo Dolls: Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., Raleigh Amphitheater

Steely Dan: Aug. 4, 8 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Rango: Aug. 5, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

An Evening With Leo Kottke: Aug. 6, 8 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Chatham County Line: Aug. 8, 9 p.m., Cat's Cradle

Death Cab for Cutie: Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Ke$ha: Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Raleigh Amphitheater

Sarah Shaber: Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

Rob Dunn: Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Books

North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: Aug. 11–14, Carolina Theatre

Our Hospitality: Aug. 12, 9 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Battlefield Band followed by The Illusionist: Aug. 13, 7 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Violet: Aug. 17–28, 8 p.m., Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

The Social Network: Aug. 19, 8:30 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

Back to the Future: Aug. 20, 8:30 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Aug. 25–28, 8 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Aug. 27, 8 p.m., N.C. Museum of Art

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