Artemis String Quartet
Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke Campus—Some pop fans might wonder why anyone would make a point of hearing a group play something so old as Beethoven's music. However, tonight is a good night to find out what one of classical music's geniuses sounds like when played as intended, by virtuousic professionals. The Artemis String Quartet, based in Berlin, has been a world-renowned string powerhouse for more than 20 years. This is their second trip to Duke, this time with an all-Beethoven program stacked with strong pieces that may not be household names. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, or "Serioso," comes from the middle of Beethoven's career, while String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 is a stirring piece. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $30 or $5 for Duke students. See dukeperformances.duke.edu. —Chris Toenes
Haiti Benefit: Scientific Superstar, Chiptune Tour
Nightlight—Thanks to Little Sound DJ, a whole musical subculture known as Chiptune has sprung from turning the Gameboy into an 8-bit sample/ sequencer. Though each artist's approach differs, the overall effect suggests a rave held in Hyrule Castle. Of the four artists blipping their way through this national tour, Starscream proffers the moodiest, most measured tracks, and Anamanaguchi offers the most melodic, like Owl City mainlining steroids and amphetamines. UK musician Henry Home Sweet fashions throbbing trance, while Sabre Pulse possesses a glitch techno pulse. Local trio Scientific Superstar's spooky, hypnotic, undulating experimental electro-rock headlines. Also, Virgo 9. Your $5–$5 million donation will help Haitian earthquake victims. See www.nightlightclub.com. —Chris Parker
Haiti Tap Tap Benefit
Loft 139—One distinctive feature of life in Haiti is the transportation network of "tap tap" cabs, or camionettes. Actually minivans and retrofitted pickup trucks, these conveyances are informal cabs, and the name comes from the way passengers get the attention of drivers: by tapping on the side. While these vehicles are common sights throughout the developing world, in Haiti they are dazzlingly painted with images and slogans, often of a religious nature.
The five-year-old Haiti Connection of Raleigh is hosting, with the aid of a passel of local artists, a benefit for the earthquake-stricken Haitian people by taking inspiration from these cabs. Area artists, including Paul Friedrich, Sean Kernick and André Leon Gray, are hand-painting wooden replicas of the vehicles, which will be for sale at silent auction tonight. DJ Jerry Thompson will spin Haitian music, and area chefs will prepare samples of Haitian food.
Loft 139 is located above the restaurant Gravy at the intersection of Wilmington and Hargett. Donate $5 at the door and place a bid on art inside. The event runs 7–10:30 p.m. Visit taptapbus.com. —David Fellerath
Dex Romweber Duo
The Pour House—This evening builds like a crescendo, beginning with the sassy surf-swing of instrumentalists Killer Filler. Rawking outlaw-country, garage-bound misfit Hank Sinatra takes the baton next, brewing up whiskey-soaked attitude and setting it ablaze. Between downcast honky-tonk and rabid country raunch, Hank sounds like the illegitimate love child of Merle Haggard and a Drive-by Trucker. Just because Dex Romweber Duo's latest, Ruins of Berlin, mines a circumspect, balladering country tone more suggestive of Roy Orbison's late-night swagger than Hasil Adkins' manic swerve, it's not martini time. Romweber's live shows writhe with enough razor wire twang and raw rootsy rumble to knock you from your high chair, baby. Pay $8 in advance or $10 at 10 p.m. See www.the-pour-house.com. —Chris Parker