Memorial Auditorium—Late on a Tuesday morning, Art Garfunkel admits that he's off to a slow start today in his Manhattan office, where a multitude of books and single copies of his own musical output surround him. But it's a big day: Tonight, he'll fly to Paris to vacation with his wife before returning stateside for a show in North Carolina and a five-gig run through Florida. He's been combing through his 12-album solo discography and writing a set list for the Southern jaunt. The Raleigh audience, he says, will receive the customary treatment—an opening collection of Simon & Garfunkel hits, including "Bridge Over Troubled Water," a move that he says brings the crowd closer and allows him to offer more solo material later in the night. In Flordia, though, he'll forgo those older tunes almost entirely for his own wealth of solo material. He's interested to see how the audience reacts and hopes they'll enjoy the show just the same: "Never mind the concept or the image of a song, the label, what category it's in. Never mind all those things. If viscerally it's just wonderful, from moment to moment, and it lives as an experience that works, then all such categories and intellectual thinking flies out of the window. So let me hope that with my own material throughout the night, song after song, I can stay musical and hold 'em." The humanitarian/ singer/ songwriter/ actor/ pianist/ traveling boy/ scholar/ voracious reader (currently enjoying an old Tolstoy biography) plays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26-$71. —Grayson Currin
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
North Carolina Museum of Art—Note from one pop culture junkie to another, News & Observer film critic Craig Lindsey: Thanks for introducing Joseph Sargent's 1974 thriller as part of the N.C. Museum of Art's Winter Film Series. I mean, along with Charley Varrick, this is the film that proves Walter Matthau was a badass! You've got a film that pits Matthau against Robert Shaw (famous for playing Quint in Jaws), whose gang has taken over a grubby 1970s New York City subway train. Shaw's goons have given themselves color-code names, which Tarantino totally knocked off for Reservoir Dogs (also showing in the Triangle this week: See Saturday).
You surely can't believe they're remaking this with John Travolta and Denzel Washington? I'm sure you also know that Pelham was remade for TV in 1998, with Donnie Wahlberg, Vincent D'Onofrio and Edward James Olmos. And the Beastie Boys even referenced Pelham in "Sure Shot." You can't, and you won't and you don't STOP! That song is awesome. Thanks, Craig. See you tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $3.50 for students and museum, Cinema Inc. and Galaxy Cinema members. More information is available at www.ncartmuseum.org. —Zack Smith
Deep Dish Theater Company—St. Valentine's Day becomes an occasion for supporting Orange County's Inter-faith Council Food Bank and sharing an eclectic lineup of stories and poems "of a decidedly romantic—or perhaps hopelessly romantic—nature," including works by Raymond Carver, Grace Paley, Gregory Corso and William Shakespeare. David Carr curates the program, which will include readings by Dorothy Bown and Jocelyn Roux. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5, or a non-perishable food item, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.deepdishtheater.org. —David Fellerath
Double Barrel Benefit
The Pour House—If you want to know about bands where you live, this is the weekend and these are the bills for which you've been waiting: Both barrels of WKNC 88.1 FM's sixth annual, two-night station benefit are loaded this year: Tonight's Night One opens lightly, starting with the spry, country-flecked jangle and drive of Lonnie Walker (David Lowery producing Modest Mouse, maybe) and the orchestral majesty of Lost in the Trees (perhaps Sufjan Stevens, but with teeth). Schooner's radio ease—a mix of soul, doo-wop and dreamy college rockz—takes the three-spot, followed by Bowerbirds, who've finally finished the follow-up to 2007's Hymns for a Dark Horse. But Saturday's Night Two twists the volume knob to the right and breaks it off: I Was Totally Destroying it delivers a new punchy pop-punk every three minutes, while Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies stretches its retro-hawking psychedelic sugar cubes. Then, in a marvel of coincidence, Birds of Avalon and Polvo—bands that include two former owners of Kings, WKNC's Double Barrel partner for four years—end the night with big riffs of different feathers. Tickets for each night are $7 in advance (www.wknc.org) and $9 at the door for each 9 p.m. show.
This weekend's shows will serve as a de facto early celebration for the News & Observer's sixth-annual Great 8 list, which will be released Friday. Both Lonnie Walker and Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies deservedly made this year's list of emerging Triangle acts. Local 506 hosts a proper party for the Great 8 next Friday, Feb. 13. —Grayson Currin