Ferris Bueller's Day Off
North Carolina Museum of Art—Roll call for the NCMA's Contemporaries Retro Movie Night: ... Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller? This John Hughes flick made Matthew Broderick a star and has become a classic film that goes beyond its 1980s teen genre. So go start a rumor that your best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw you pass out at 31 Flavors last night, show your mom your clammy hands (fake a stomach cramp, moan and wail, bend over and then lick your palms), and steal your dad's 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California for a joy ride. Hey, it's simply one man's struggle to take it easy. Join him at the outdoor screen at 9 p.m. Tickets are $3; info at www.ncartmuseum.org. —Jessica Fuller
Open Eye Café—Monologue Bombs lead singer Scott Phillips is a classic troubadour, chasing capering tales of girls with "misdemeanor legs and criminal hips," accordion-driven paeans to couch-born hook-ups among the "Floaters + Empties," and '70s-style piano elegies to ghostly pasts. The Raleigh songwriter lingers over his subjects with long airborne tracking shots, tracing the trajectories and collisions like a sympathetic scientist weighing the charge and valences. His voice isn't that of an Idol, but his stories are resolutely American with theatricality reminiscent of the Boss. The show starts at 8 p.m. —Chris Parker
The Regulator Bookshop—Hayti, Durham's great African-American enclave, was overrun in the 1960s by urban renewal and disinvestment as the construction of the Durham Freeway broke apart the neighborhood. The scars of the neighborhood's destruction run deep in the Durham community, as Raleigh novelist and comics writer Lewis Shiner shows in his latest novel, Black & White. Shiner tells the story of Hayti in the present, through the eyes of a comics artist who returns home to bury his father. Shiner reads from and signs copies of Black & White tonight at 7 p.m. Visit www.regbook.com or call 286-2700 for more info. Read our book review. —Megan Stein
Joe Romeo & The Orange County Volunteers
The Cave—Attention, Cave-dwelling Juliets, this young Romeo is no average Joe, and he's headed to your balcony to serenade you with sweet melodies. Combine those sweet melodies with descriptive, detailed storytelling, and Romeo and his band of O.C. volunteers will work their way into many young girls' hearts, at no extra charge to you. Experience Shakespearean love at 10 p.m. —Kyle Rosko
Cat's Cradle—Langhorne Slim delivers songs like a busker on an out-of-control train—he wants to sum up all of his loves and frustrations from life before crashing. His voice aches with sincerity whether he's singing kick-ass booty-shaking music or melancholic love ballads. Playing acoustic guitar while backed by the drum kit (Malachai DeLorenzo) and upright bass (Paul Defiglia) of The War Eagles, Langhorne's lyrics grasp at the truth found in relationships and shared experiences.
"I'm dreaming of leaving my demons/ and the first one I'm leaving is you," sings Langhorne on "Hummingbird," the closing track on his eponymous album released this year. The sweaty, packed masses at Local 506 cheered after hearing this line in May. Langhorne replied, "It's not a very nice thing to say to somebody... . She wrote this song and gave it to me." The humor and frenetic pace of his live shows make Langhorne's insights more poignant. He feeds off of the energy of the crowd, climbing on top of the drum kit, falling to his knees, and spinning around every corner of the stage. Tonight's show was tacked on to the end of his U.S. tour to try and recapture the excitement and intimacy of Langhorne's brand of folk punk. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. for $10-$12. —Andrew Ritchey