Brian Walsby's Manchild 4
Wootini & The Reservoir—Last week, Brian Walsby celebrated the release of Manchild 4: Ridin' Them Coattails—his fourth volume of comics and stories relating his adventures in and opinions of rock 'n' roll and life—with an impressive four-band bill in Raleigh. Walsby has called Raleigh home since 1987, when he left California to be closer to Corrosion of Conformity. But his reputation has grown steadily beyond the City of Oaks: As a drummer in more than a dozen bands over two decades, he's gigged in Polvo, Patty Duke Syndrome and his current fiendish hardcore blitz, Double Negative; as a roadie, he's sold T-shirts, records and posters on tour for his beloved Melvins; and as a pencil-and-ink illustrator, he's offered an incisive, relentless sense of humor to record covers, comic strips and advertisements. It's fitting, then, that Manchild 4—his most unified, unflinching collection yet—finally gets a release show outside of Raleigh. Carrboro's Wootini welcomes Walsby's posters and illustrations for a month-long exhibition that opens tonight at 7 p.m. Several limited-edition prints (as well as Walsby's terrific D. Boon-on-red-T-shirt) will be available. When the show closes for the night at 10 p.m., the band The Kickass throws Walsby a party down the street at The Reservoir. It's free, just like the art show, which hangs at Wootini for the rest of April. —Grayson Currin
Mountain Top Removal
Ackland Art Museum—The controversial surface-mining process known as mountaintop removal has been wreaking havoc in southern Appalachia for years—and, as the second-largest burner of MTR-coal, North Carolina's lights have been all the brighter for it. But last month, the new EPA chief announced the agency would aggressively review permit requests to dynamite the tops off of mountains, rolling back the mining free-for-all of the Bush years. That's good news for the West Virginia families featured in Michael O'Connell's gripping Mountain Top Removal, which screens tonight at 8:15 at UNC's Ackland Art Museum, with music and dancing beforehand. The documentary follows Ed Wiley, who marches from Marsh Fork, W.V., to Washington, D.C., to demand his granddaughter's school be moved from its spot next to an artificial lake containing billions of gallons of MTR's toxic byproduct. O'Connell will be on hand for a Q&A following the new, one-hour cut. Tickets are $5. —Matt Saldaña
Correction (April 10, 2009): The artificial lake by the school contains billions of gallons, not tons, of toxic byproduct.