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Wednesday
Chapel Hill
Chris Stamey, Roman Candle
McCorkle Place

It's apparently feast or famine. After over 10 years without a release, Chris Stamey put out two in one year's time: Travels in the South, a singer/songwriter record as made by the valedictorian of Pop/Rock University, and the Yo La Tengo-aided long-weekend rock-out A Question of Temperature. Of course, when he's not recording, Stamey's busy producing such artists as Caitlin Cary, Thad Cockrell, the Choosy Beggars, and the gifted outfit that will join him for this UNC show (across from the post office on Franklin Street), Roman Candle. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. --Rick Cornell

Thursday
Raleigh
50 Cent, Ludacris
Alltel Pavilion

Let's only hope this East Coast/Down South marquee mash-up of hip-hop heavyweights is more inspired than the last big room hip-hop show in the area, especially since it involved Lil' Jon--who rounds out the lineup here--headlining one of the most insipid clusterfucks many in that RBC crowd had ever seen. Have high hopes, though, as 50 Cent--despite his abhorrently lethargic flow--has yet to disappoint in any significant way and seems to enjoy the live setting. Ciara had the soulful skills to shun Petey Pablo's pass when he tried to get after them "Goodies," and Luda wears the Best Cosby Show Reference Ever Crown. Beats get loose at 7 p.m., but it'll cost you $25 or $55. --Grayson Currin

Friday
Raleigh
First Friday
N.C. Museum of Art

The Wasp Woman takes to the big screen for this installment of First Friday, preceded--as always--by a montage of hilarious educational, campy shorts by the A/V Geeks. Susan Cabot stars in this 1960 flick from Roger "The King of the Bs" Corman, as she seeks the fountain-of-youth panacea via a sweet serum drawn from the hides of wasps. The film is appropriate given the wildly popular CSI: Crime Scene Insects exhibition that will be open until 9 p.m., as well as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit. Viswas Chitnis intones it all at 5:30 p.m. with his sitar, and--better yet--it's all free.

Chapel Hill
Jule Brown
Fuse

Mark Holland's vision stems from a pure absorption of the blues, specifically the Delta masters and the '60s rock 'n' rollers that benefited from their largely unrewarded work. Running parallel to his duties in Jennyanykind with twin brother Michael, Jule Brown quickly came into its own as a project, with an even-keel tone and temperament that marks the best original music. Brown will perform a series of Fuse shows this month, and this one commences at 10 p.m. Shannon O' Connor opens. --Chris Toenes

Saturday
Raleigh
Renay Aumiller
Bickett Gallery

Music and dance meld in Bickett once again, this time under the lead of Renay Aumiller, a Raleigh choreographer and dancer who has invited friends from across the country--including Pittsburgh's Wendell Cooper, Chapel Hill's Alex Mastromichalis, Neil Prewitt's Boyzone and Winston-Salem's Jonathan Yeatts--for these post-ADF festivities. As a highlight, Aumiller and four other dancers will perform an improvisational piece to the sounds of drone artists Phon. Movement begins at 10 p.m.; tickets are $6. --Grayson Currin

Adema
The Brewery

A latecomer to the hard rock party, these SoCal cats' chunky, melodic metal rose to prominence in 2001 with their self-titled debut, which benefited from singer Mark Chavez's connection with half-brother Jonathan Davis of Korn. The ringing guitar pyrotechnics, sing-song choruses, angst-ridden lyrics and pristine production hardly distinguished them from peers like Trapt, but then Modern Rock™ was never known for its adventurousness. Chavez's departure and Arista's sayonara, after 2003's disappointing second album Unstable, has really tightened the screws on Adema just as nü metal's well is drying up. How long d'ya think until the Family Values reunion tour? Six bands open. $12/4 p.m. --Chris Parker

Sunday
Chapel Hill
Sugarfix & Friends
The Cave

We don't need Tim Burton or Johnny Depp for our own version of Willy Wonka, because all that's required is the fertile imagination of Billy Sugarfix. Like the titular cinematic weirdo of the movie, Sugarfix exists in a rarefied world of child-like magic and wonder, where songs take left turns into soaring flights of fancy, dive into his whimsical lyrical waters, and dry off on the shores of his warm wit. If Jad Fair, Tiny Tim and John S. Hall had a three-headed love child (and subsequently decapitated two of the three heads), fed him Fruit Loops and hired The Cat in the Hat as his nanny, he'd move to town and be Sugarfix's best friend. --Chris Parker

Monday
Carrboro
Mamar Kassey
Cat's Cradle

The last time Mamar Kassey was scheduled to play Carrboro, the show was cancelled after all but two members of the band failed to make it through all the flights and hoops from Niger to the States. It's been a long wait, but this show will be worth it. Backed by talking drums, west African guitar and bass, and one of the best sounding half-calabash/pzm mic rigs you've ever heard, Kassey and his ladies will move you--heart, soul and hips. The show starts at 9 p.m. Ten bucks in advance. No visa required.

Durham
Me and You and Everybody We Know
Carolina Theatre

Miranda July has been the darling of the film-crit set for a few years now, thanks to her whimsical and clever video shorts. With Me and You and Everybody We Know, July's talents are now finding a bigger audience. Set in some anonymous Nowhere, U.S.A., Me and You is an offbeat comedy about a cross-section of human loneliness. From latchkey kids to a shoe salesman to an elderly couple to a snooty art museum curator, everyone in July's charming film is looking to connect, only connect. Shows at the Carolina in Durham, Chelsea in Chapel Hill and Colony in Raleigh.--David Fellerath

Tuesday
Carrboro
Kasey Chambers
Cat's Cradle

Australia's Kasey Chambers first hit the U.S. radar in 2000 with a back-story out of The Wild Thornberrys, a big thumbs-up from Lucinda Williams, and a solo debut that lived up to the hype. Chambers' career has evolved to the well-established point, and she continues to be known for covering songs of the underappreciated (Matthew Ryan, Fred Eaglesmith) and for recording her own alternately rustic and luminous compositions. The Greencards, fresh from playing ballparks with Bob and Willie, open. The show starts at 9 p.m., and $22 will get you in--or $20, if you plan ahead. --Rick Cornell

Raleigh
Ume
Bickett Gallery

Ume's Lauren Langner Larson--a diminutive blonde rocking opposite her bass-playing husband, Eric--may be the most promising female voice to smack the indie rock world in years. She turns the pensive femme writer paradigm on its head, sporting a seriously scary welp and a deceptively sultry growl. It's that voice--harsh but mellifluous--that exclaims that people dismiss Kim Gordon way too much. Her dissonant guitar pings and anti-chords rail above Eric's bass and the throbbing time-shifts of masked drummer Jeff Barrera. Glissade--a vortex of sound--opens this indulgent trifecta, followed by STRANGE, now with Brian Donahoe on the kit. 10 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Wednesday next
Chapel Hill
The International Legacy of a North Carolina Statesman
Chapel Hill Museum

A Virginia tenant farm boy turned mill man given to quick corporate ascendancy, Luther Hartwell Hodges helped plow the path to economic prosperity in post-World War II North Carolina by backing the RTP concept as governor in 1959. His public advocacy of business earned him a Kennedy cabinet spot, serving from the president's inauguration until retiring his post as Secretary of Commerce in 1964. This exhibit pays tribute to the international businessman and statesman credited with advancing North Carolina's current high-tech frontiers. It runs through Oct. 23. --Grayson Currin

Parklife
Local 506

Durham's Parklife blend classic Britpop melodicism with an American rock 'n' roll aesthetic, which is to say they're a bit grittier than your standard U.K. pop acts. They're sort of like Supergrass with a boozier Replacements-ish swagger. The same can't be said of Arkansas' Chase Pagan, whose moody, atmospheric rock bears the unmistakable influence of British "sad bastard" music such as Coldplay or Starsailor. Columbus' Watershed is a rather catchy mid-tempo power-pop act, with a resemblance to the Modern Rock™-ready sound of Goo Goo Dolls or Third Eye Blind. --Chris Parker

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