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Carrboro
The English Beat

Cat's Cradle—In the early '80s, Birmingham, England's The Beat—or The English Beat here, to avoid confusion with the U.S. power-popping trio—separated itself from the 2 Tone pack with smart covers like "Tears of a Clown" and its own hip-candy originals like "Save It for Later." A few years later, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger moved on to form General Public (makers of the Motown-redux classic "Tenderness"), while Andy Cox and David Steele regrouped as the Roland Gift-fronted Fine Young Cannibals. These days, the English Beat name belongs to Wakeling, now backed by a group of ska all-stars. Don't worry: You can still dance. Triad hip-hop outfit The Urban Sophisticates starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of. —Rick Cornell



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Durham
Lena Gallitano

Barnes & Noble, The Streets at Southpoint—Most North Carolinians presumably know the cardinal is our state bird, but what about all of the others that reside here? The University of North Carolina Press has produced The North Carolina Birding Trail: Mountain Trail Guide, the final guide in an ornithological triptych that also covers the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. According to the press release, it is a "driving trail linking birders and tourists with great birding sites across the state and local communities in which they are found." Lena Gallitano, spokesperson for the N.C. Birding Trail, will give a presentation and sign copies of the book. For more information, call 806-1930. —Sarah Ewald



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Raleigh
Cabaret

Raleigh Little Theatre—Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome, fremde, etranger, stranger, to one of the most enduring musicals in all theater. Based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, John Kander and Fred Ebb's tale of singer Sally Bowles at the Kit Kat Klub as the Nazis rise to power has gone from a Broadway smash to Bob Fosse's Oscar-winning film (including acting nods for Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, who beat out Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall from The Godfather) and the immensely successful 1998 revival directed by Sam Mendes. Aside from a plenitude of hummable songs, the show remains a touchstone because of its deconstruction of the fantasy musicals provide, implicating the audience in its denial of the harsh reality outside the theater walls. Also, the opening number teaches you how to be trilingual. Raleigh Little Theatre's production runs through June 28 and is directed by RLT regular Haskell Fitz-Simons. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $10 for everyone the first Sunday of the production. The performance is not recommended for children under 13. For more information, visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
KidsWrite! Performance Festival

Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School—Four lucky students get to see their plays produced live by members of the Burning Coal Theatre Company as part of this special feature. Selected from entries submitted from across Wake and the surrounding counties, the four plays are Mixed Emotions by Andy Sherman (Broughton High School), The Constant Watch by Katharine McClintock (Ravenscroft), The New York Visit by Courtney Pisano and Memories of Daisy by Miranda Curtis (Ligon Middle School). The performances run through June 7 and ... OK, time for some straight talk. These are young people attempting to be creative in the age of "No Child Left Behind," where "expressing yourself" means getting a photo of you flashing your friends e-mailed to everyone at school. These kids need encouragement. We're never going to get new genius playwrights if they don't get some support at an early age. Get out there, people! Get out there! Tickets are $10; for more information, visit www.burningcoal.org. —Zack Smith

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