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Wednesday
Raleigh
Moonshine Still
The Pour House

Moonshine Still's music sounds like a marriage of The Band and The Allman Brothers. Frontman Scott Baston sounds like Jim Morrison on 'shrooms trying hard to enunciate and overcompensating a bit. Although the name might sound like the band ought to be playing backwater jug music, the Macon, Ga.-based sextet stops just this side of Southern rock, with more of funky Dead vibe. GB

Wake Reads Together 2005
Wake County libraries

Two years ago, "Wake Reads Together" kicked off with county residents voting for a book they'd like to read. In 2003, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 was picked; last year, Lewis Norman's Wolf Whistle. Residents have until Sept. 15 to submit book titles they'd like considered at their local Wake County library branch. Voting begins in October.

Thursday
Pittsboro
Open Mic Night
McIntyre's Fine Books

The incomparable Peter Mock hosts this fabulous literary open mic event. Bring your poetry, something you're working on or a favorite passage to read. Don't be shy, let people lend an ear; then sit back, relax and entertain your mind. 2000 Fearrington Village. 542-3030. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Raleigh
Town Meeting
Quail Ridge Books & Music

The bookstore is hosting a panel discussion tonight titled The Challenge to the Media in a Democracy. Author Lloyd Dobyns, UNC-TV's Bill Friday, Don Shaw and The News & Observer's Melanie Sill will be on hand to discuss the topic of media. 3522 Wade Ave. 828-7912. 7 p.m.

Chapel Hill
The Misanthrope
Deep Dish Theater

It's Deep Dish night. The usual $14 ticket price will be a mind-blowing five bones. See Byron Woods' column for more about Moliere's tragic comedy about hypocrisy and finding balance between being outspoken without being insincere. University Mall, Estes Drive and 15-501. 968-1515.

Friday
Raleigh
Village Idiots Improv
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theater

The Village Idiots present their 47th revue: An Autumn Tale. Have a blast with this short-form improv filled with games, scenes and songs. A longer set follows that is said to be unedited for content. Greystone Shopping Center, Raleigh. 8 p.m. $5.

Durham
thaBLOC
Regulator Bookshop

Poetry reading and photography show by Baltimore resident t.p. Luce. A native of New Orleans, Luce's new book thaBloc: words, pictures and baltimore city in black, white and gray has recently been released. The unique show combines the reading with the photography and documents his journey into his neighborhood and the lives of his neighbors. 720 Ninth St. 286-2700. 7 p.m.

Hillsborough
Joe Bell & The Stinging Blades
Blue Bayou

Joe Bell found his mission in life when he was 15. "I went to this dance in a Methodist church basement, and the young Lightnin' Wells was up there fronting this English band, and I looked at him and said, 'Damn! I know I can sing as good as him, and sure as hell dance a lot better.'" Since that time, Bell has turned into a rubber-legged frontman who plays a mean harp and belts out the lead vocals on timeless classics by Van Morrison, Tyrone Davis and James Carr. GB

Saturday
Chapel Hill
Peter Perret
Borders book store

Author Peter Perret will discuss and sign copies of his new book A Well-Tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn. Perret, conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, placed a woodwind quintet in an elementary school as a mood experiment, and the children's test scores improved. The experiment led to the book that offers advice to parents and educators. 1807 Chapel Hill Blvd. 929-8332. 3 p.m.

Sunday
Bonsal
Old Bonsal Day
New Hope Valley Railway

A record crowd is expected for one of the most important events in the railway's history. Old Bonsal Day is central in the celebration of the centennial of the year the railway was founded. Many guests will be on hand, including long-time residents of the communities along the line, the old railroad crews and relatives of W.R. Bonsal himself. Live music by The Parsons. 5121 Daisey St., Bonsal. 362-5416 for info.

Durham
Duke Screen Society
Richard White Auditorium

As part of its Latin American Film Series, the Duke Screen Society will present Cuestion de Fe (A Question of Faith). The film is about a sculptor who is ordered to construct a statue by a local mobster. If he and his partner don't do the man's request, they'll have to sleep with the fishes. They must deliver the statute deep into the heart of the jungle, and the movie follows their many adventures. Spanish with English subtitles. Free. 660-3031.

Raleigh
Somebody's Closet
Pour House

Hailing from the unlikely jam city of Tempe, Ariz., Somebody's Closet plays smart, minor-groove optimism anthems bathed in Native American percussion swings and three-part harmonies marked with a heavy Crosby, Sills & Nash "Southern Cross" leaning . --Grayson Currin

Monday
Raleigh
Cemetery Tour
Old Raleigh City Cemetery

The Wake County Historical Society is sponsoring the annual Old Raleigh City Cemetery Tour. Established in 1796, City Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Raleigh and is divided by black and white burial sections. 10 a.m. Between Hargett and Morson.

Durham
French & Francophone Cinema
Bryan Center, Duke University

The Duke Film Society presents Amen. It's an intriguing film that is an elaboration of the Rolf Hochhuth play The Deputy, which scandalized Catholics in the '60s by charging that the Pope had been repeatedly informed about the extermination of Jews yet failed to speak out on the issue or denounce the Nazis until after Germany had surrendered. The film follows the trials and tribulations of an SS chemical engineer who wants to notify the church of the horrible gassings he's witnessed. Subtitled. Duke West Campus. 8 p.m.

Tuesday
Raleigh
Political Cartoonists
Quail Ridge Books & Music

John Cole of The Herald-Sun, Dwane Powell of The News & Observer, J.P. Trostle of the Chapel Hill Herald and the Independent's own V.C. Rogers are making the rounds to promote the book Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Edited by Trostle and published by Dork Storm Press, it profiles 150 members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. The local contributors will be interviewed live on WUNC-FM's The State of Things at noon today, then regroup for a slide-show and discussion at Quail Ridge at 7 p.m. They're also appearing at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m.

Chapel Hill
International Orange and more
Local 506

The Indy showcases three of our favorite local acts. The Balance features former Ashley Stove guitarist Jim Brantley, and they play pretty, delicate indie pop. Regina Hexaphone displays a graceful swing with the allure of a sexy profile across a smoky bar. International Orange are unrepentant pop-rockers pitching catchy hooks and clever lyricism with a bit of bounce. CP

Durham
Where We Stand
Regulator Book Shop

A group of authors banded together recently to compile Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent. They are calling for an end to the right-wing Republican domination of America by those in bed with the military. Many of the names on their list are Southerners and the book's contributors chronicle the Republican South from the beginning to the present. A group of the book's authors will be on hand to present and discuss their work this evening. They will also present at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on Wednesday night. Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St, Durham. 7 pm.

Wednesday next
Raleigh
Knit-a-thon 2004
Cameron Village Regional Library

Last November the library brought together over 150 people who knitted and crocheted more than 300 items for charity. This year they are sponsoring three such nights. The events are open to beginners as well as the most hardcore knitters in the state. Bring your yarn, needles, and hooks to create winter items for charity. 410 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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