Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations
Trianglewide—It's a holiday in reggae circles, and in this trip around the sun the Triangle boasts three birthday parties for the Jamaican singer and protest figure. Bob Marley became much more than the sum of his musical pieces—he symbolized speaking truth to power throughout his career. Now, decades after his death, a celebration of his birth is marked by local artists from purist roots-reggae stylists to variations on the dub theme, themselves but branches of the army inspired by his peaceful convictions.
At Cat's Cradle at 9 p.m., veterans Mickey Mills and Steel join up with Jamrock, dub Addis, Truth And Rights, Joel Keel and DJ Ras J. In Raleigh, The Berkeley Cafe has The Transmitters and Matt Irie at 9 p.m. And in Hillsborough, the Blue Bayou has Chalwa at 9:30 p.m. The Cradle show is $15 or $20 on day of show. Blue Bayou is $6-8. For Berkeley prices, visit www.berkeleycafe.net. —Chris Toenes
Haiti Benefit with Erol Josue
Baldwin Auditorium, Duke Campus—Organized by students from Duke University and Durham's Camelot Academy, this benefit concert looks to aid those devastated by the recent earthquake. The event, presented by Duke and assisted by contributions and donations from a number of local artists and businesses, promises an assembly of compassionate voices and stunning performances.
Erol Josue, a composer, choreographer and Haitian Vodou priest, headlines with captivating interpretations of Haitian traditional music that he's blended with the best of world, pop, funk and Afro-beat. Jouse, the self-proclaimed Prince of Haitian Roots Music, says, "We take this road in order to sing our country, to embark on a new pilgrimage, and gather together as we seek to change the destiny of our country." All proceeds from $10 donations will go to benefit the American Red Cross. The event begins with a Haitian market at 6:30 p.m. Visit tickets.duke.edu. —Ashley Melzer
Regal North Hills Stadium 14—The Metropolitan Opera continues its quest to bring opera to the masses with this tale of political intrigue. Based on the play of the same name, Verdi's opera concerns a popular young upstart in quattrocento Italy who desires a victory over the old guard. The Genoa man weathers angry mobs and a poisoning before discovering the fate of his long-lost daughter. Famed tenor Plácido Domingo sings the title role, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani and James Morris rounding out the cast. The free screening begins at 1 p.m. and runs nearly four hours, plus two intermissions. Visit metoperafamily.org or call 786-4511. —Sarah Ewald
Framing Language Film Series
Nasher Museum of Art—Explore the nature of language in four shorts communicating the idea of words as pictures at Nasher's Framing Language Film Series: Taka Iimura's 1967 short White Calligraphy, Keewatin Dewdney's The Maltese Cross Movement from that same year, Su Friedrich's Gently Down the Stream (1981) and Michael Snow's So is This (1982). The free screenings run from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and are presented by visiting filmmaker/ instructor David Gatten, who will do a Q-and-A afterward. The series is sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and by the Nasher Museum. For more information, visit http://fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensociety/schedule.php. —Zack Smith