Looking for Ms. Locklear
N.C. Museum of History—Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal are a couple of clean-cut young N.C. State grads who threw away perfectly good engineering careers to goof around, play music and make Web videos. In what must be a great surprise to their parents, they're actually making a living at it, with 100,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel.
Their first feature film, Looking for Ms. Locklear, documents their search for their beloved first-grade teacher, a beautiful Lumbee Indian who unwittingly catalyzed their lifelong partnership when she held them in from recess. They decide to conduct their search strictly via word of mouth and quickly strike cinematic gold in the person of Carnell Locklear, a camera-loving cutup who resembles a Lumbee Buddy Hackett.
McLaughlin and Neal have the good sense to know when to cede the foreground—nearly a quarter of the film revolves around Locklear—and when to let the story unfold organically, as they do when eventually documenting the Lumbee tribe's ongoing pursuit of federal recognition. The pair's low-key humor and pluck, with just the right balance between low-budget, DIY production and professional competence, make for a winning hour of film.
The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door (free with photo ID showing the last name Locklear). See www.ncmuseumofhistory.org and www.rhettandlink.com. —Marc Maximov
Hiroshima: After Aftermath
Golden Belt Arts—Golden Belt's newest exhibition highlights the latest show by prolific UNC-Chapel Hill art professor elin o'Hara slavick. Called Hiroshima: After Aftermath and curated by Cary Levine, the exhibition features 35 pieces, including cyanotypes of A-bombed objects; large photograms of rubbings of A-bombed surfaces; black-and-white analog photographs of the hypocenter, bamboo groves and gravestones; digital color photographs of dandelions, an orphanage and a man washing his feet in a river that once ran red from blood. The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 10, 2010, opens in Room 100 of Building 3 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit www.goldenbeltarts.com. —Zack Smith
Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center—Did you know that last year's ABBA-inspired Mamma Mia wrangled more than $600 million worldwide to become the highest-grossing musical film of all time? People do love their ABBA, and we're betting a fair number will be willing to pony up $20-$55 for the chance to see a tribute band mimic such hits as "Voulez-Vous," "Fernando" and "Take a Chance on Me." Be sure to bring your dancing shoes at 8 p.m. Visit www.broadwayseriessouth.com. —Belem Destefani
Volume 11 Tavern—Sort of like a strip club, a Genitorturers show can be taken in, but if you're seeking something to take home (like a new idea or a hook), well, T-shirts are located near the exit. Nearly two decades into their career, Florida-formed hypersexual industrial-pop outfit Genitorturers are more infamous than famous. With a show that always includes bondage outfits and toys and has occasionally included S&M acts like piercings and whippings, Genitorturers are a favorite of fetishists but might not get much of a rise out of those looking only to listen. Musically, their radio-ready mix of heavy stock beats, erotic obsessions and growling guitars has aged worse than the leather-clad figure of frontwoman Gen, depending now on glib gimmicks (like naming a track "Cum Junkie"), not hooks or finesse. Sex Slaves, Fractured Fairytales and The Graveyard Boulevard open; doors are at 7:30 p.m. for $20. For more, see www.volume11tavern.com. —Grayson Currin
Dune and Krull
Carolina Theatre—Though Napeolon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess' latest film, Gentlemen Broncos, has been denied a wide release, you can see one of the 1980s sci-fi films that inspired it when the Carolina Theatre shows 1983's Krull as part of its latest Retrofantasma event. A ridiculously over-the-top story about rescuing a princess from the Slayers of the Black Fortress with help from an unconvincing Cyclops and the "Glave," a magic ninja-star-boomerang thing, it features early appearances by Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltrane, among others, and was directed by Peter Yates of Bullit and Breaking Away. If that's not enough '80s SF surrealism for your liking, it's preceded by 1984's megaflop and basic cable favorite Dune, David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic series. Featuring big-ass sandworms, Sting in a diaper, a really gross fat guy, incredible production design and an original soundtrack by Toto, it has a surreal, dreamlike charm that lingers in the memory. Also, try to find the track "Theme From Dune" by the hip-hop group Rayzd on iTunes. It must be heard to be believed. Tickets for the double feature, which starts at 7 p.m., are $8; this will not cover therapy for any Kafkaesque dreams you might experience afterward. Visit www.carolinatheatre.org. —Zack Smith
Ladies in Red
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State Campus—The Wolfpack's female a cappella group returns to grace the stage with their fall concert. Since the group formed in the early '90s, their repertoire has included classics by Fleetwood Mac and Nina Simone next to modern-day favorites by Gavin DeGraw and Kelly Clarkson. They'll also be promoting their new album, Common Thread, and if previous concerts are any indication, it'll be on sale during the show. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and N.C. State faculty and staff, and $5 for N.C. State students with ID. Children under 12 get in free. Visit www.ncsu.edu/arts. —Sarah Ewald