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Raleigh
The Books

Lincoln Theatre—From 2002's Thought for Food until their most recent album, 2005's Lost and Safe, ever-punning New England duo The Books can claim three of the strangest records in the collection of most every indie rock fan between the ages of 25 and 35. That's not meant to suggest The Books play indie rock. Rather, across their first three records, The Books' nebulous music married the enthusiasm of early tape music pioneers, the collage approach of musical and visual innovators and the nimble, playful movements of a world-class ballet dancer. Guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong plunder archives of recorded minutiae—conversations between kids and parents, an airplane stewardess, the laughter of a man and a woman—and splice them between lilting moments of acoustic music, rendering strangely melodic and wholly charming tunes. Though it might sound outlandish on paper, Zammuto and de Jong have the uncanny ability to turn nothing fragments into strange pop gestalt. This is the band's first show in some time, and it's in preparation for this weekend's Transfigurations Festival in Asheville (which features Bonnie Prince Billy, Akron/ Family and many more). They'll premiere new material, which is but more than a bonus. The 9 p.m. show costs $13-$20. Visit www.lincolntheatre.com. —Grayson Currin


Raleigh
Explosion 2009

Memorial Auditorium—Let us take a moment to acknowledge the significance of the Indian community in the Triangle. Not only does the area boast some of the finest Indian restaurants you can find anywhere, but the Galaxy in Cary does a great deal of its business from showing Bollywood films (thank goodness the recent work stoppage has ended). The growing popularity of Indian culture in the area is being further acknowledged with the Explosion 2009 concert, featuring Indian acts Sunidhi Chauhan, Javed Ali and Hard Kaur, along with a troupe of 28 dancers, singers and comedians. The event includes food provided by Zayaka Fine Indian Cuisine at Brier Creek and is promoted by AKM Reality and Live Spectrum Entertainment. The event starts at 8:15 p.m.; tickets range from $37 to $135. For more information, call 655-5123 or visit www.livespectrum.com. —Zack Smith


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Raleigh
Margaret Maron

Quail Ridge Books—Margaret Maron is one of the South's most prolific and popular mystery writers, and now she's back with Sand Sharks, the 15th novel in her Deborah Knott series. In this installment, the erstwhile Judge Knott is headed to a conference at Wrightsville Beach, where not one but two judges soon turn up dead. Can she figure out the killer before she becomes the next victim? The signing line ticket event starts at 7:30 p.m.; to request a signed or personalized copy, call 828-1588 or 1-800-672-6789 or contact orders@quailridgebooks.com. E-mail orders should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the signing. —Zack Smith



Bynum
Dana & Susan Robinson

Bynum General Store—Entering the singer-songwriter world in his late teens during the late '70s, Dana Robinson took to the American roads that he wanted to write about, hitchhiking from gig to gig across the Western states. His wanderlust also led him to the trains and streets of Europe. True, it would make a great story clincher if we could say he met his wife Susan on one of those journeys, but they didn't cross paths until Dana was 20 years into his career. But they have been making beautiful Americana music together since 2002, swapping off on guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. The music starts at 7 p.m., and there's a suggested donation of $3 to $7. Visit www.bynumfrontporch.org. You can also catch the duo at Saxapahaw Farmers' Market the next evening at 5. —Rick Cornell


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The Visitor

N.C. Museum of Art—Garnering actor Richard Jenkins his first Academy Award nomination, The Visitor was masterfully written and directed by Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent). Jenkins plays Walter, a lonely and widowed Connecticut college professor who discovers a couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Jekesai Gurira), living in his Manhattan apartment. Both are in the country illegally and were duped into leasing Walter's apartment. Slowly, they all become friends as Walter lets them stay in his apartment and Tarek teaches Walter the drums. However, Walter's new life is turned upside down when he tries to stop Tarek from being deported. Jenkins' emotional and heartwarming portrayal of Walter will surprise audiences—especially those who only know him from his recent comedies (Step Brothers, Burn After Reading). Drums not included. Tickets are $3 or free to museum members and children 6 and under.The film screens at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org. —Belem Destefani


Durham
Adolphus Bell & Dr. Burt

West Village Courtyard—Bluesman Adolphus Bell touts himself as a one-man band, playing guitar,high-hat, drums and harmonica as he winds through his repertoire of original material and classic blues covers. Bell was born in Birmingham, Ala., and, although he's played music for 40 years, didn't release his first CD until 2005, when the N.C.-based Music Maker Foundation stepped in. Bell will be joined by fellow Birmingham native and former boxer, 72-year-old Dr. Burt. These guys are the real deal: Check them out at the free show, which runs from 6-8 p.m. at the West Village Courtyard, 604 W. Morgan St. —Lisa Sorg

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