North Elementary found a comfortable tone to their work, and have been pushing and pulling the mood inside it recently, tooling their spacey pop songs from the inside out. Also on board are perky poppers from Cleveland MachineGoBoom and local outfit Casting Company. The show starts at 10 p.m. and costs $6. --Chris Toenes
Rock 'n' Roll High School
Witherspoon Student Cinema
Four Queens toughs named Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny and Marky Ramone are the unlikely heroes in this evergreen high school comedy. Conceived by Allan Arkush, later to produce such television shows as Central Park West and Crossing Jordan, this film has a John Waters-like plot of goofy misfits with names like Riff Randell and Angel Dust at war against the forces of repression and conformity, as represented by the likes of Coach Steroid and Fritz Hansel (and Fritz Gretel). In addition to the glorious punk pop of the Ramones, there are songs by Todd Rundgren, Paul McCartney, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper and Nick Lowe. Free screening on the NCSU campus at 7 p.m., with an introduction by film professor Devin Orgeron. --David Fellerath
Big Bad Beat Battle V
The Pour house
The 21st Records crew keeps pushing people out into daylight, presenting strong rhymes and on-point production. Their beat battles are becoming a local tradition, and this fifth edition should strengthen things further. Look for DJ battles with only one to three beats as ammo. Cue it up, stand back, take cover. The entry fee is $1, and bring at least 15 different beats on CD. The show starts at 11 p.m., and door is $7. --Chris Toenes
The Walkmen, Mazarin
The Walkmen have a woozy charm keyed to singer/keyboardist Walter Martin's churning organs and reedy vocals, riding over the band's off-kilter guitar melodies. Formed from the ashes of Jonathan Fire*Eater, the New York quintet are a moody rock cabaret hosting the lingering ghosts of the Velvet Underground, Television, Tom Waits and The Pixies. Mazarin are the brainchild of singer/guitarist Quentin Stoltzfus, who composes buzzing, clanging and jangling psych-pop symphonies. While mining a spacey vibe worthy of the Flaming Lips or even Spacemen 3, his hooks are as sugar-coated and sun-kissed as a Hollywood teen comedy, or The Jesus and Mary Chain's Reid brothers on the proper meds. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. --Chris Parker
Souther Fried Chicks
If Jeff Foxworthy isn't the bane of every well-meaning Southern guy with a drawl, it's got to be Larry the Cable Guy with that self-fulfilling Git-'R-Done stuff. Seriously, who said that before he said we said it? Well, this ain't the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Leanne Morgan, Karen Mills and Etta May represent the Old South (prim, proper, prissy), the New South (strong, smart, sassy) and the Deep South (homely, hilarious, hee-hawing) in this three-solo set that shows them--and us--in all our twisted glory. The show starts at 8 p.m. and seats range from $21 to $25.
Luminescent Orchestrstii, Autumn in August
The music series held on what was formerly the grounds of historic Latta University continues its inaugural, and proudly eclectic, run. Autumn in August, an acoustic folk duo from the western part of the state, fills the hushed half of the bill. On a joltier note, Brooklyn quintet (60 percent of which consists of violins) Luminescent Orchestrii plays Balkan music with punk abandon. Music starts at 6, and tickets are $5. See www.lattahouse.org/lawnfest.htm for additional information. --Rick Cornell
Take a three-mile hike through Durham's past and future Saturday morning. History buff John Schelp and Juanita Shearer-Swink of the Triangle Transit Authority will take you down hidden streets, through the old neighborhood of Pinhook, and to the future stops of the regional rail service coming in 2008. Meet at George's Garage, 737 Ninth St., at 10 a.m. Route goes through Liggett & Myers site, American Tobacco, East Coast Greenway and West Main Street, with a bus back to Brightleaf Square or Duke's East Campus. Rain or shine. Back in time for lunch. Sorry, no dogs. Free. --Fiona Morgan
West Franklin Street
The 33rd Annual Chapel Hill FestiFall Street Fair kicks up Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. between Mallette and Roberson streets. Between an international fair of fine foods and a bevy of artists and craftsmen, there's plenty to keep you busy until 6 p.m. And if you like free music (c'mon now, you know you do), you'll get four stages of it, including Nikki Meets the Hibachi, EPIC, The Taters and, of course, The Apple Chill Cloggers. The Kids Zone keeps the young ones entertained with temporary tattoos, face painting and a wall made for climbing. It's all free, but leave the pets at home.
This year alone, Crop Walks nationally have raised nearly $500,000 for impoverished indigenous populations in 80 countries. Crop Walk Raleigh begins at 2 p.m. and runs west to Morgan Street and north beyond Peace Street, with a return leg straight down Blount Street, past the historic district and the Governor's Mansion on the way back to Exploris for a 4 p.m. finale. Exploris offers free admission for the curious or unacquainted until 5 p.m. Registration, activities and a kickoff celebration begin at 12:30 p.m. Visit www.cropwalkraleigh.com for more info.
Oh yes, the rock 'n' roll-as-orgasm analogy: If balls-out rock 'n' roll perfection were the ultimate orgasm, Detroit's Electric Six would be the most notorious tease ever recruited by a big-ballin' pimp (in this case, Warner's Rushmore Records). Luring, tickling and giggling, the hyped-as-hell rock o' Electric Six--synthesizers pulsing along with madhouse drums and straight-off-vinyl electric guitars--pulls off just before fulfillment every time. Great jokes come up just shy, and near rock glory sounds stiff, then limp. They assert otherwise, though, on "Vibrator," the nadir of their second album, Senor Smoke: "She don't need no vibrator / She don't need no ... artificial stimulator non-organic excavator." Umm, yeah, all right ... at least they'll get a Backstreet Boys reference in before they leave ya blue. Or, at least, before you leave following what promises to be an always-excellent opening set by The Woggles. Crosstide opens, too. Get teased at 9:15 p.m.; pay $10, sucka. --Grayson Currin
The Maltese Falcon
The history of classic film noir officially ends with A Touch of Evil in 1958, after two decades of crime, moral rot and deep shadows. Back in 1940, however, John Huston didn't realize he was making the first great noir film when he began his feature debut, his own adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel The Maltese Falcon. Instead, he was working for Warner Brothers, a notoriously cheap outfit that forced its directors to underlight their flimsy sets, with tough, veteran actors who'd distinguished themselves in the gritty crime and social dramas preferred by that studio. The result was a marvelous construction of menace, intrigue and decay, stardom for Humphrey Bogart and unforgettable performances by Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook and Peter Lorre. Duke's Freewater has a 35 mm print to show at 7 and 9:30 p.m. --David Fellerath
N.C. Rock for Katrina Benefit
Join punks raising a fist in the air for victims of Hurricane Katrina, in a seven-band roundup of hardcore, rockabilly and Oi sounds. The roster includes Raleigh head-knockers The Odessa Five and The Semantics, Durham's Antagonizers, Chapel Hill's Done Deal, along with Wilmington's Ivy League, greasers The Straight 8s and Destroyed Tradition. The show starts at 8 p.m., and your $10 entry fee goes to the Salvation Army. --Chris Toenes
No relation to Lucinda, Dar Williams has traced a solid career across seven albums in just over a dozen years, working around the folk idiom (dabbling in orchestral pop, rock and country), and writing some keenly insightful songs. Williams is not an amazing singer, arranger or even songwriter (though she's a pretty fine lyricist), but she's astoundingly 'real.' Where most singer/songwriters have a hard time disguising the storyteller artifice or not letting their confessional style turn the listener into their psychologist, Williams finds a balance between emoting and essay with songs that have the casual intimacy of a good friend's coffee klatch anecdote. Her new album, My Better Self, has a decidedly more country-folk feel than prior albums. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets run from $22 to $25. --Chris Parker