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Durham
Shen Wei Dance Arts
Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke Campus—Shen Wei came to prominence in the dance world through his work at the American Dance Festival in Durham. In 2008, his choreography achieved renown throughout the non-dance world, when his ethereal compositions for exactly 2,008 dancers were the highlight of the spectacular opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. This month, he and his company have been in a two-week residency at Duke, conducting classes and workshops and continuing to develop their repertoire. Tonight and tomorrow night, Shen Wei's company performs two sections of his magisterial Re-. The first part, recently restaged at the Kennedy Center, concerns Tibet, while the second, a meditation on Angkor Wat, will be reset during his company's Durham stay. Tickets range from $22-$30, and $5 for students. Visit www.dukeperformances.org for more information, including video clips. —David Fellerath


Durham
Fakers
Regulator Bookshop—Have you ever thought about lying to make yourself seem more interesting? So have Clifford Irving, Michael Chabon, David Sedaris, Stephen Glass and many, many more writers, disgraced and otherwise. In Fakers, former Durham resident Paul Maliszewski profiles literary hucksters from Edgar Allen Poe—who wrote a false, and hugely popular, series on a hot air balloon in a New York newspaper in 1844—to one-time Oprah fave Stephen Frey—whose "autobiography," A Million Little Pieces, was outed as largely fictional. Maliszewski reads from his book tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. Read our article and interview. —Sam Wardle


Raleigh
Triangle Blues Society Champions
Berkeley Cafe—The winners of the Triangle Blues Society's annual Blues Challenge for 2008 have been announced, and this double-header brings the solo/ duo and the band champs together to raise funds for their trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next month. Area vets Jon Shain and F.J. Ventre won the solo/ duo category: While Shain's recent records have found him taking more of a wandering Americana path and Ventre's probably best known for leading the rockabilly-leaning Edsel 500, the pair specializes in country blues when sharing the stage. After all, Shain started out touring and recording with Richard "Big Boy" Henry. Valentino & the Piedmont Sheiks, winners in the band category, are fronted by a blues-harp wailer who lets the spirits of Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson (I and II) guide him as he, in turn, directs the four-piece on a tour of blues styles ranging from jump and swing to gutbucket. The music starts at 8 p.m., and the $10 that gets you in goes directly to the artists. —Rick Cornell


Durham
Against Gentrification
El Kilombo Social CenterDurham's downtown leftist gathering place El Kilombo kicks off a speaker series with the crystal-clear title of "Gentrification and the Struggle Against It." Against the backdrop of the current financial crisis and the incoming Obama administration, the speakers will examine what organizers describe as "the privatization of wealth and the socialization of misery." Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report will introduce; Kenneth Saltman, professor of educational policy studies at DePaul University and author of Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools discusses Arne Duncan, the new, yet-to-be-confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education; and Duke University post-doctoral research fellow (and 2001 Indy Citizen Award winner) Daniella Ann Cook talks about schools and gentrification in Durham and New Orleans. The panel concludes with a forum on how to protect our local community from gentrification. El Kilombo Social Center is at 324-B W. Geer St. Visit www.elkilombo.org or call 688-8768. —Megan Stein


Raleigh
The T's, Static Minds, The Names
Slim's Downtown—Strap in for some prototypical Raleigh rock. The antidote to Chapel Hill's quirky indie pop merchants, these whiskey-fueled gearheads lay rubber like Paris Hilton's new boyfriend. The T's chunky, riff revving proto-boogie gets mileage from a bluesy classic rock strut recalling Thin Lizzy or a more focused Free. Former Dragstrip Syndicate/ The Cherry Valence guitarist Erik Sugg's latest project The Static Minds (featuring T's guitarist Andy Kerr) works similar hard-charging garage as his old outfits, judging from their take on Dawn Wells' immortal, "Mary Anne." Maryland garage-rock trio The Names have a '60s Brit Invasion air. Tickets are $5 for the 10 p.m. show. —Chris Parker

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