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Get out your calendar and plan your fall. We looked over the upcoming events, and here are a few things we noted. Capsules by Grayson Currin, Sarah Ewald, David Fellerath, Zack Smith, JP Trostle and Byron Woods.

September

9.9

"9" @ multiplexes Today is 9/9/09, as has been noticed by our music section (see "An ennead of nines"). We've already seen District 9 this season, and later this fall, there's a film called Nine due out. See Film Calendar for a capsule review of this animated effort. —DF

9.12

Bugfest @ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Billed as the "biggest bug-centric festival in the country," the museum devotes the hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to our six-legged exoskeletal friends. Featured this year are Lepidopterans, the order of insects that includes moths and butterflies. We'll also look for a presentation called "The Bat-Moth Arms Race." Food and crafting opportunities abound, and the throughout the day, a series of bands will perform. It's all bugs, and it's all free. Visit bugfest.org. —DF

9.13

2009 N.C. Literary Festival @ UNC Memorial Hall Clyde Edgerton and Mike Carver ham it up in this musical adaptation of Edgerton's recent novel The Bible Salesman. See "The North Carolina Literary Festival returns" for more on the festival. www.ncliteraryfestival.org —DF

9.15

The Other Final @ Griffith Film Theater, Duke Campus Another installment in the Soccer and Politics series, this documentary depicts a game between the two worst soccer clubs in the world, with surprising results. fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensociety —DF

9.16

click to enlarge "The Italian Actress"
  • "The Italian Actress"

The Italian Actress @ Manbites Dog Theater OK, we'll 'fess up: Press releases are usually so dull that we try to punch up these capsule summaries a bit. But here's the original company capsule of this world premiere, an adaptation of Duke professor Frank Lentricchia's novel: "A kinky meditation on our consuming fear of physical and spiritual decay, the story follows a video artist who attempts to reclaim his former glory by making the ultimate transgressive artwork: a snuff film. Oh, and he's platonically dating an Italian sex symbol, Claudia Cardinale, with whom he experiences overwhelming performance anxiety. Like we said: Kinky." Features original film by Jim Haverkamp. Call 682-3343. www.littlegreenpig.comBW

9.18

Amadeus @ N.C. State He's one of those celebrities that merits one-name recognition: Mozart. Armed with prodigious musical skills and (supposedly) a trademark giggle, he traveled Europe, making friends and enemies alike. Peter Shaffer's 1979 stage play concerns the rival between Mozart and Antonio Salieri, a mediocre court composer consumed with jealousy over the enfant terrible's considerable talents. The enfant terrible returns to open N.C. State's University Theatre's 2009-10 season in Thompson Hall. The building's architecture might outshine the stage sets since it will be the first show since the renovation of the facility. It runs through Sept. 27, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. matinees on Sunday. For more information, visit www.ncsu.edu/theatreSE

9.19

36th Annual Centerfest @ Foster and Hunt streets, Durham Through good times and bad, CenterFest has been an unshakeable agent urging us to come downtown to celebrate the arts. These days, there's a lot going on along Foster Street, including the (relatively) new Farmers' Market location. Bring your dogs, bring your kids, bring your money, and shout "I am Durham, hear me roar." www.centerfest.durhamarts.orgDF

9.20

Carrboro Music Festival @ The ArtsCenter This is the day when everyone comes out to play: More than 100 bands—from Katharine Whalen's peppy Lucky to Pink Flag's wiry post-punk—converge on Carrboro for this Autumn rite of passage. www.carrboro.com/carrboromusicfestival —DGC

9.21

Jolie Holland @ The ArtsCenter The odd-voiced thrush with an old sense of song and a liberated sense of self returns a year after her latest release, the far-reaching The Living and the Dead. www.artscenterlive.org —DGC

9.22

Sonny Rollins @ UNC Memorial Hall Sonny Rollins probably has more recording credits under his belt than your grandparents have had birthdays: From Miles' Bags' Groove to his own Tenor Madness, Rollins has made his tenor saxophone an essential part of our working jazz vernacular. www.carolinaperformingarts.org —DGC

9.23

Drift @ Kennedy Theatre A summer of theater at the Kennedy closes with this new musical by Jeremy Schonfeld, directed by Lauren Kennedy. www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org —DF

9.26

Sun Ra Arkestra & Mingus Big Band @ Duke's Page Auditorium The first event of Duke Performance's excellent third season under the direction of Aaron Greenwald, this double bill puts the legacy of two late jazz pioneers—Charles Mingus and Sun Ra—beneath the bright lights. www.dukeperformances.org —DGC

9.29

At the Death House Door @ Perkins Library, Duke Campus Health care, the environment and the economy may have our attention, but the advocates for the thousands of Americans on death row never rest. This film by Steve James and Peter Gilbert examines the toll the death penalty takes on those who are responsible for carrying out this ultimate punishment. Free, at 7 p.m. fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensocietyDF

9.30

Tracy Kidder @ Quail Ridge Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize-winner for 1981's The Soul of a New Machine visits Quail Ridge Books for a special talk tied to his recently released novel Strength in What Remains. The book deals with a survivor of the Burundian genocide who further survives homelessness in New York to eventually return to his homeland. Kidder's talk is a ticketed event taking place at NCSU's McKimmon Center; tickets are $5 or free with the purchase of Strength in What Remains. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. www.quailridgebooks.comZS

October

10.2

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes @ RBC Center After their surprise playoff run last spring, expectations should be high for the Hurricanes. Thus far in the off-season, general manager Jim Rutherford has been quiet with his checkbook. He re-signed free agents Chad LaRose and Jussi Jokinen, and he brought in veteratns Aaron Ward and Stephane Yeller from the Boston Bruins—the same Bruins that the 'Canes vanquished in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. It's a whole new season, though, and it begins tonight. Or you can see Zombieland. hurricanes.nhl.comDF

Zombieland @ multiplexes When I interviewed acclaimed author Junot Díaz earlier this year, he made a profound and haunting observation about the current direction of popular culture: "Men are from zombies, women are from vampires." While the Young Adult section of most Borders stores are near pure-black with dark covers to various Twilight rip-offs, the posters for most horror films and comic books are still filled with manly men ruthlessly slaughtering the undead. Obviously, this implies men don't read, but it does explain the screams of "HELL YEAH!" I've heard every time the trailer to Zombieland, featuring zombie attacks and kills scored to Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some," plays before a film. Given the ultra-qualified cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson (who assaulted a TMZ.com reporter earlier this year, claiming he was a zombie), this comic take on the apocalypse could be the next Shaun of the Dead. Also, Twilight sucks. There, I said it. —ZS

10.7

David Cross @ Carolina Theatre Bald, bespectacled and awkward, you'd be bitter as hell if you looked like David Cross, too. You probably wouldn't be this funny, though. www.carolinatheatre.orgDGC

Valient Thorr @ The Pour House Big riffs, bigger drums, biggest beards: Some of the hardest touring dudes on any planet, the Venusians of Valient Thorr play a rare gig in their adopted home. —DGC

click to enlarge Anoushka Shankar
  • Anoushka Shankar

Ravi & Anoushka Shankar @ UNC Memorial Hall Included on the back cover of West Meets East, Ravi Shankar's 1967 collaboration with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, is a glossary of Indian music terms. That's how essential Shankar was to the introduction of Eastern ideas to Western listeners. Tonight, he joins his beautiful daughter, Anoushka, to offer the lesson again. www.carolinaperformingarts.orgDGC

10.8

Sarah Vowell @ Quail Ridge For all her achievements as a novelist, essayist and NPR commentator, Sarah Vowell's career may be overshadowed by one project: doing the voice of Violet in The Incredibles (check out the DVD for an amusing "video essay" in which, among other things, she has trouble opening the package for her character's action figure). But her bread-and-butter is the dryly hilarious "social observations" she regularly contributes to This American Life and such books as Assassination Vacation, a visit to the sites of famous assassinations. She'll appear at Quail Ridge Books to promote the paperback release of The Wordy Shipmates, a look at the Puritan lifestyle, and what it really means. Her appearance starts at 7:30 p.m., and it's sure to be a hilarious evening. www.quailridgebooks.comZS

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Four days of music, food, and camping in the woods of Chatham County includes a few willful eclectics this season—Casey Driessen & the Colorfools, Mad Tea Party, and The Beast—with local favorites including Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, Chatham County Line, Midtown Dickens and Roman Candle. —DGC

10.11

The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek The Allman Brothers have yet to miss a summer down by Walnut Creek, and this year, they shut the place down with the fellow Georgians of Widespread Panic. Can you smoke a peach? —DGC

10.12

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later @ Common Ground Theater Moises Kaufman and four other members of the Tectonic Theatre Project returned to Laramie, Wyo., 10 years after the death of Matthew Shepard. They wrote a codicil to The Laramie Project. Then they asked 100 theater companies across the country to present the world premiere of it, simultaneously, on the 11th anniversary of his killing. Burning Coal's staged reading will benefit the Equality North Carolina Foundation. Only 140 of the $10 tickets will be sold. Call 834-4001. For the November production at Common Ground, call 616-1304. —BW

10.15

Monotonix, Turbo Fruits @ The Pour House When Tel Aviv's Monotonix last played The Pour House, the drummer and his kit rode the crowds back. Trash cans were overturned. Rafters became balance beams. This will be the zaniest set of the season. Or you can go to the State Fair. —DGC

North Carolina State Fair @ State Fairgrounds The theme this year is "Whole Lotta Happy" and it runs through Oct. 25. Jason Michael Carroll performs at 7:30 p.m., and other musical acts through the festival include Kellie Pickler, Nat and Alex Wolf, Jamie Johnson, the Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards and Anoop Desai. Read all about it here: www.ncstatefair.org/2009 or look it up on Facebook. —DF

10.16

click to enlarge "Where The Wild Things Are"
  • "Where The Wild Things Are"

Where The Wild Things Are @ multiplexes As a hideously slavish fan of Maurice Sendak's work—as in owning both coffee-table retrospectives, seeing the production of The Magic Flute he designed and driving 150 miles back to Chapel Hill when there was an exhibit of his pencils at the children's museum—I await the film version of his 1963 classic with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. Sure, the teaser, featuring a re-recorded version of Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," was exhilarating and heartrending, but a recent New York Times profile of director Spike Jonze suggests the film he and adaptor David Eggers have cooked up is oddly shapeless, full of John Cassavetes-esque dialogue and no clear storyline. There is a 50/50 chance that this will either be a rule-breaker that fuses all-ages spectacle with indie-film storytelling and pacing ... or a shapeless mess. Whichever it turns out to be, it is the film I'm most looking forward to this fall. —ZS

10.17

Polvo @ Cat's Cradle Without animosity, Polvo simply decided it had run its course a decade ago. The band made a final record, toured it to sold-out crowds across the country and quietly called it a career. It's a decade later, and the Triangle quartet—which now splits its members between the woods of Orange County, the wilds of Chelsea and the neighborhoods near downtown Raleigh—has released its best album to date, In Prism. Some things have changed: Brian Quast is the band's new drummer, for instance, and Dave Brylawski plays only in standard tunning now. But the perfect rock action and the intertwining guitar theatrics remain the same, simply with more refinement and rigor than they had last decade. —DGC

10.18

Bonnie Raitt, Randall Bramblett @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre A month shy of her 60th birthday, national treasure, rock maverick and Grammy collector Bonnie Raitt brings her band (which includes drummer Ricky Fataar) to town. The less iconic but equally brazen Randall Bramblett opens. —DGC

10.21

click to enlarge Lamb of God
  • Lamb of God

Lamb of God, GWAR @ Disco Rodeo One of the only young metal bands to make significant popular progress this decade, Lamb of God makes a headlining stop in between support gigs for, well, Metallica. Everyone should see the heavy metal pranksters of GWAR at least once. Just don't wear nice threads. —DGC

10.22

Michael Chabon @ Regulator Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon might well be the most college-student-friendly "literary" writer ever, with books dealing with a confused post-graduation summer (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh), being a blocked author on campus (Wonder Boys) or, well, creators of classic comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay). His latest book, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son, is a personal memoir dealing with his odd-but-recognizable family and what it means to become a man. Duke students—or NCSU, UNC or any other students—can meet Chabon when he appears at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham at 7 p.m. www.regulatorbookshop.comZS

10.23

Waiting for Godot @ Duke If you've never seen Samuel Beckett's claim to pop stardom, this three-performance stand at Duke's Reynolds Industries Theater, is the place to start. The Classical Theatre of Harlem received extensive publicity for staging this show before 10,000 people in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, after Katrina. www.dukeperformances.duke.eduDF

10.30

Southern Culture on the Skids @ Berkeley Café New to North Carolina? Here's a checklist: Eat barbeque. See a college basketball game. Go see Southern Culture on the Skids. Tonight offers an intimate room perfect for the hijinx of our proud and rowdy veterans. —DGC

November

11.3

Leonard Cohen @ Durham Performing Arts Center You're not having night terrors: An American Idol performance of a 25-year-old song from a live album catapults a cover of that song by a guy who's been dead a decade to the top of the charts. The original bard meets a new audience, who—let's hope—has discovered he has been crafting surreal tales of love and woe for four decades. www.dpacnc.comDGC

11.5

Fuck Buttons, Growing @ Local 506 The ecstatic noise anthems of Fuck Buttons and mesmerizing, slow-moving vortexes of Growing account for some of the decade's best experimental moments. Bring earplugs. —DGC

Troika Music Festival @ Downtown Durham This is the most carefully curated edition of Durham's annual Troika Music Festival yet, Spreading 71 bands over eight venues, Troika 2009 looks to capitalize on the energy of the area's pool of young bands making records and taking them to the road. An opening party features the equally eclectic if divergent Megafaun and The Beast, while a Friday nigh toss-up makes you choose between Whatever Brains, Hammer No More The Fingers, Bellafea, I Was Totally Destroying It, The Dirty Little Heaters and Embarrassing Fruits are all on different stages at the same time. Tough choices, sure, but these are conflicts we're happy to have. www.troikamusicfestival.orgDGC

11.7

Chatham County Line @ Cat's Cradle Combining some of the best singing, playing and songwriting among the current Y'allternative clutter, Chatham County Line manifests grace, humor and wisdom in four-minute nuggets. www.catscradle.comDGC

11.9

Fareed Zakaria @ Regulator You know Fareed Zakaria: he's the editor of Newsweek and author of The Future of Freedom and The Post-American World. Smart, personable and earnest, he's a lcentrist who supported the war in Iraq, after publishing a post-9/11 essay called "Why They Hate Us." But like other television lefties not named Stewart, Colbert or Maddow, his sensible, cautious voice tends to get drowned out by the 24-hour cable scream. In a talk co-sponsored by the Regulator and the Sanford School of Public Policy, he'll speak at Duke's Page Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. www.regulatorbookshop.comDF

11.11

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2 @ UNC Paul Green Theatre The blockbuster eight-hour, two-night adaptation of Charles Dickens' dramatic serial swept the Olivier Awards in 1980 and the Tonys in 1982, making off with awards for best play, lead actor, director and scenic design in both competitions. It also launched the career of one David Edgar, a prominent British playwright (who visited the region when Burning Coal produced The Prisoner's Dilemma last season). Playmakers promises a "once-in-a-generation theatrical event" in a rotating rep production where audiences can view the two parts on different nights—or make a day and night of it, with a theater-catered dinner in between. Call 962-PLAY. www.playmakersrep.orgBW

Jackson Browne @ Durham Performing Arts Center By the time he shows up for this solo date, Jackson Browne will be 61 and still not running on empty: His recent albums have offered the same insight and gentle charisma that made him a star three decades ago. www.dpacnc.comDGC

11.12

Solo Takes On: A Festival of One-Person Shows @ Swain Hall,UNC & the ArtsCenter UNC Communication Studies sponsors this series of original solo performances—ranging from performance art landmarks to works in progress—that deal with a constellation of social issues including diaspora, prisons, families and queer identity. Michael Kearns' intimacies was created 20 years ago to commemorate World AIDS Day. Also featuring performances by Gregory Ramos, Ashley Lucas Victoria Belle Hegemony (Maria Facelli), and others. Scheduling and tickets: 962-2311. comm.unc.edu/newseventsBW

11.13

click to enlarge Alejandro Escovedo
  • Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo & Lambchop @ Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke Campus Combining the graceful instrumental flare of Motown and the slow, elegant glide of country standards, Nashville big band Lambchop has made some of the most memorable and intricate records of the past two decades. The band's long struggled to find an American audience. Why? Perhaps it's Kurt Wagner's wavering voice or his often esoteric, quixotic lyrics. Or maybe it's the unapologetic hybrid nature of the whole thing, where large horn sections wash with electronics and a steel guitar moans into music that's altogether singular and confidently strange. Tonight, Lambchop's in good company with one of Texas' best musical storytellers, Alejandro Escovedo. www.dukeperformances.edu —DGC

2012 @ multiplexes Regardless of what you think of Roland Emmerich's "talent" as a director, it is clear this latter-day Irwin Allen has been building up to this movie his entire career. After destroying New York and L.A. in Independence Day (1996), Godzilla in Godilla (1998), and North America in The Day After Tomorrow (2004), he goes after the entire planet in 2012, blowing up everyone and everything as prophesied by the ancient Mayan calendar. Gosh, will John Cusack and his family survive doomsday and the CGI deluge? Surf's up, dude. —JPT

11.17

Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval Steel Hammer @ UNC Memorial Hall Building from the instruments of the Appalachian Mountains and the legend of John Henry, one of the most resonant heroes of American folklore, New York's Julia Wolfe—dubbed "the quintessential composer for the '90" by clarinet master Evan Ziporyn—presents the premiere tour of her new work, Steel Hammers. Played by the always wonderful Bang On a Can All-Stars, there should be no worries that, though this is the piece's second performance, the tangles haven't been tamed: Few groups of performers combine Bang on a Can's levels of innovation and dedication. www.carolinaperformingarts.org —DGC

11.18

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play @ N.C. State Remarkably enough, there are two productions this month of this radio adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday chestnut. The other is Cary Players, from Dec. 4-7. www.ncsu.edsu/artsDF

11.20

Anima Dance @ Common Ground Theater Last time brainy choreographer/dancer Rachel Brooker was in town, she challenged audiences to get in touch with herself and her dancers. Literally. While the performance was going on. Our favorite expatriate returns after three years in Berlin with an evening-length work in which "dance, text, sound and video amplify, support and antagonize each other" as Brooker's conflicted feelings and thoughts about her home country form "a fraught but coherent picture of U.S. culture and politics at this moment in history." Call 698-3870. —BW

11.26

click to enlarge "Phantom of the Opera"
  • "Phantom of the Opera"

Phantom of the Opera @ Durham Performing Arts Center The holiday juggernaut opens tonight, with the chandelier, of course. www.dpacnc.comDF

11.27

A Christmas Carol @ Temple Theatre There's this Sanford go-round with Cratchit, Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and of course, there's the Theatre in the Park mainstay, which begins Dec. 8 in Raleigh. —DF

11.28

UNC vs. N.C. State @ Carter-Finley Stadium Opening night didn't work out so well for the Wolfpack, as those predators went hungry against the South Carolina Gamecocks, 7-3. Expectations are still high, though, and it's a good idea to pencil this battle royale into your calendar. —DF

December

12.5

click to enlarge "The Nutcracker"
  • "The Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker @ Memorial Auditorium Don't disappoint the little girls in your life ... www.carolinaballet.com —DF

12.11

The Lovely Bones @ multiplexes Alice Sebold's intimate story of a murdered girl (Saoirse Ronan from Atonement and City of Ember) looking down on her family from the afterlife inspired hundreds if not thousands of book-club discussions and probably helped Desperate Housewives get picked up as a series. Now it's a big-scale adaptation with name actors (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci), directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Stephen Spielberg and scored by Brian Eno. The initial trailer made it look like a thriller, and Lord knows the recent spate of major-novel adaptations have underperformed (The Time Traveler's Wife, anyone?). On the other hand, with all this talent involved, it's at least worth a watch. And if you don't like it, you can always, you know, read the book. —ZS

Invictus @ multiplexes Clint Eastwood, who seems to have overtaken Woody Allen for sheer productivity among big directors, goes from the more intimate racism of Gran Torino to the epic scale of apartheid in this adaptation of John Carlin's book about a rugby game that brought a nation together. Yes, rugby. Morgan Freeman, who won an Oscar for his work in Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, portrays Nelson Mandela in a story that follows his release from prison, the fall of apartheid and his attempt to unite the country in the 1995 Rugby Cup against New Zealand. Matt Damon co-stars as head of the South African team, and one can only hope that this goes better than John Huston's 1981 WWII soccer drama Victory, which co-starred Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pelé. Given Eastwood's track record, though, it's perhaps best for the Academy to start engraving those Oscars. —ZS

12.18

click to enlarge "Avatar"
  • "Avatar"

Avatar @ multiplexes A decade ago, I was at N.C. State when James Cameron's "scriptment" for this big-budget sci-fi feature was online; now, with technology finally having caught up to his ambitions, audiences will experience this super 3-D motion-capture extravaganza about a disabled man (Terminator: Salvation's Worthington) given a chance at new motion by infiltrating a large blue alien race in an artificially grown alien body. Currently the third-most-expensive film ever, Cameron's long-awaited follow-up to Titanic (has it really been 12 years since his last theatrical feature?) promises to either follow in its footsteps as the Biggest Thing of All Time, Ever, or ... lose an awful lot of money. Responses so far have ranged from overwhelmed excitement to confusion over the giant blue people, suggesting it might not have Titanic's mass appeal. But you never know.... —ZS

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