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Bull City, Morningbell, Jews and Catholics

The Pinhook—Bull City is exactly the kind of workmanlike rock 'n' roll four-piece its name implies, hawking '70s power pop sentimentality and classic rock aplomb, all studded with guitar pyrotechnics. Morningbell won its way onto last year's Bonnaroo schedule with adventurous indie rock marked by spacey atmospheres and electronic quirks. If those kaleidoscopic pop tunes weren't enough to make The Flaming Lips proud, the Gainesville, Fla., quartet also worked up an impressive DIY light show with which to pair them. Digital beats propel the melodic jitters of Winston-Salem duo Jews and Catholics, which opens at 10 p.m. Five bucks gets you in. More at www.thepinhook.com. —Spencer Griffith


Raleigh
Guy Fieri Roadshow

Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center—Why would anyone pay to watch someone else cook food and then not be able to eat it? It's a question that deserves some consideration, particularly when the chef in question is one Guy Fieri, a bleached, goateed, middle-aged TV personality with a background managing—but not cooking in—chain restaurants. Fieri sautéed his way into a full-time gig as a Food Network star by winning a reality show in 2006, since which time he has devoted himself to goodnaturedly mixing Bloody Marys and plugging TGI Friday's on the boob tube. Like fellow Network mainstays Rachael Ray and Paula Deen, Fieri is less of a real chef than he is someone a certain desirable demographic would like to hang out with. His food is the very definition of pedestrian, but he's hyperactive, entertaining and completely unafraid of making an ass of himself (again, note the bleach and goatee).

Fieri—along with Deen and actual chef Anthony Bourdain, who dropped by Durham a few months ago—is attempting to bandy his celebrity into a kind of mass spectacle/ cooking show hybrid with a national tour of large performing-arts centers. The advance publicity on Fieri's tour is minimal, promising only that he will be joined by a "flair" bartender from Australia and that the show will "rock." (As we noted last week in our Now Serving column, Angus Barn executive chef Walter Royal has agreed to appear onstage with Fieri at this Raleigh stop.) The spectacle starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $25-$45. "Off da Hook" and "Kulinary Krew" packages, which may include actual food and drinks from the stage, are sold out. Visit www.broadwayseriessouth.com and www.guyfieri.com. —Sam Wardle


Raleigh
Carolina Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker

Fletcher Opera Theater, Progress Energy Center—With Tchaikovsky's ballet a staple of the holiday performance circuit, it's hard to believe it was a notorious flop on its premiere in 1892 in St. Petersburg. But after its 1944 U.S. premiere by the San Francisco Ballet, The Nutcracker has risen like a phoenix pitter-pattering on pointe shoes. It's spawned traditional versions, as well as alternate takes by Mark Morris, Maurice Bejart and Matthew Bourne. A forthcoming movie version being billed as "the untold story" features John Turturro as the Rat King and Elle Fanning as Mary (or Marie or Clara, whichever you heard first). The Carolina Ballet's annual production begins Dec. 18, but you have one day to catch some of the area's top young amateurs in the Carolina Youth Ballet's production. Performances run at noon and 5 p.m. See www.progressenergycenter.com. —Sarah Ewald


Durham
November Dances

Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke Campus—In November Dances, Duke University's dance program highlights work by its newest faculty members, Andrea Woods and Julie Janus Walters. Woods will perform a solo, "To the Max," and is doing a work for the Repertory Company, titled "Sweet Willie Mae," inspired by the music and life of blues musician Willie Mae Thornton. The production also features work by Walters, the Duke African Repertory Ensemble and several works by dance program students. The performance is at 8 p.m., with a repeat on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Visit www.danceprogram.duke.edu. —Zack Smith


Durham
J.K. Muta

The Regulator Bookshop—North Carolina author J.K. Muta draws from her childhood growing up in Tanzania in her latest novel, Under Man's Spell, a look at several families living in the heart of Africa. The story shows the disturbing impact of tradition and superstition on communities and individuals, especially women and children. Muta will read from and sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Visit www.regulatorbookshop.com. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
American Indian Heritage Celebration

N.C. Museum of History—Celebrate North Carolina's rich history at the 14th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, featuring all eight of the recognized Native American tribes in the state. (The eight tribes are Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokees, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Waccamaw-Siouan.) The celebration includes dancers, displays and demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts, talks and language lessons, hands-on activities, films, special exhibits and more. Learn how to hollow out a gourd or just order a "buffalo burrito" at the Haliwa-Saponi vendor. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
The So and So Series

Morning Times Cafe—Chris Salerno won first prize in the Indy's 2009 poetry contest, bringing attention to his work not only as a writer but also as an organizer of the popular So and So Reading Series in Raleigh. This is an old-school literary event, with people seated—on the floor if necessary—and listening to writers reading their work. Tonight's guests are Farrah Field, John Gallaher and Kate Greenstreet. The free event begins at 8 p.m.; early arrival is advisable—otherwise, a seat on the floor awaits. Visit www.thesoandsoseries.blogspot.com. —David Fellerath

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