In divinity school without walls
Art and the Feminine Divine, an exhibit and workshop series organized by the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, is happening all over downtown Durham starting this Friday, April 21. Works representing the many forms and faces of "God the Mother, Lover and Creatrix" by Melissa York, Candace Thomas, Ellen O'Grady and 97 other artists will be on display in several venues as part of Durham's Culture Crawl (www.culturecrawl.com). The show runs through May 14. To learn about music and storytelling events, visit www.rcwms.org or call 683-1236.
In pain made pretty
On its 2003 debut Travel Light, KISS ME DEADLY sounds something like an emo-fueled math rock band with allegiance to Dischord Records. But on its 2006 follow-up Misty Medley, the Montreal quartet bleeds more like an atmospheric, danceable pop U2 spending time with Siouxsie. That analysis probably suggests that they sound more urgent on their earlier recordings, but KMD's dynamic isn't so simple: Misty Medley embodies the beauty of nerves, making love sound like it has never before hurt so good. Opener JANA HUNTER's Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom is the first release on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label, and it gets the freak-folk tag in every review. It's more important than that incumbent bit of name- and genre-dropping, though, the kind of record that sucks the air out of the room and replaces it with an uneasy vacuum of stillness. Hunter's songs echo through the length of a cave, rattling rocks loose and scraping moss from granite walls as they motion toward the tunnel and echo up to the empyrean. The Rose Marie opens the $7 show at LOCAL 506 on Friday, April 21 at 10 p.m. --Grayson Currin
In words to heal a broken world
Marge Piercy says she wants her poems to be "useful." She hopes readers will "take those poems into their lives and say them to each other and ... remember bits and pieces of them in stressful or quiet moments." This comes from a woman who has made not just her words useful to the world. In addition to being a poet and novelist (with works including New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers and national bestseller The Longings of Women), Piercy has played a lifelong role in progressive political movements.
Her reading is sponsored by the Triangle-based Committee for Art and Justice in honor of justice warrior Deborah Greenblatt (1946-2005). It happens at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
In getting there
DEYARMOND EDISON is two brothers and two best friends who moved to Raleigh from Eau Claire, Wis., last summer. The band had begun to stagnate in that northern clime, they felt, and they hoped the relocation would agitate the mix enough to render something new. Since December, they've been active in pursuing change, preparing for a five-show residency at BICKETT GALLERY. With the series, the band hoped to embrace its members' separate musical identities, enunciating each interest until it blended seamlessly into the band's collective conscience. The first installment offered songs in stripped-down form, while the second took the high road to everything else: an arrangement of "Afro-Blue" assaulted with walls of feedback, 15-second thrash outbursts, spirituals played with traditional instruments, a glorious a cappella version of "We'll All Be Together in That Land," and a carefully unfolding 20-minute phase piece. With phase three, they start letting the chips fall into place. The Saturday, April 22 show starts at 10 p.m. with $6 cover. --Grayson Currin
In board members
Under the grand auspices of Southeast soul, the ever-mobile CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD--appearing at THE LONGBRANCH Friday, April 21--step back to the microphone more regularly than their less-experienced peers. The success of early national hits like "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and their continuous flow of well-received cuts is a not-so-modern marvel of soul music surviving. Drive the circuitous road between Detroit in the Holland-Dozier '70s and Virginia's early R&B groups, and you may see how the Board has remained in session all these years. With their feet planted in Southeastern beach music, they endeared themselves to old fans, while newcomers learned how to shag to their tunes in the thriving regional beach music scene. There exists a throng of dance maniacs of all ages willing to hoof it to faraway towns to see their faves. On Friday, that town is Raleigh. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10 in advance. --Chris Toenes