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Chapel Hill
Bang on a Can All-Stars
UNC's Memorial Hall—New York contemporary classical organization Bang on a Can acts as a conduit and catalyst, linking an abundance of traditions and movements by tackling music from Eno and Glass and challenging originals while also commissioning new compositions by musicians from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore or harmolodic pioneer Ornette Coleman to vocalist Pamela Z and minimal stalwart Terry Riley. Tonight, the Bang on a Can All-Stars—augmented tonight by Burmese drummer Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo—do more of the same: Naing's pitched drum circles comprise the first half of the night, followed by world premieres from Ranaldo (How Deep Are Rivers?) and Kotche (Snap). The All-Stars will also perform a full-band take on "Mobile," a charged piece from Kotche's 2006 solo album of the same name. Bang on a Can performances mean constant reinvention and recalculation on behalf of the act and the audience: Don't miss. An 8 p.m. bargain for $10-$20. —Grayson Currin


Durham
Electile Dysfunction II: Wrath of the Superdelegates
Trotter Building—As defined by Urban Dictionary, the term "electile dysfunction" is a verbal representation of a voter's inability to become aroused by any potential candidates for the presidency. But if words fail to move you, define you or describe your lack of enthusiasm toward the elections, then perhaps Traction's dramatic interpretation of this catch phrase will as Durham's best and brightest gather to empathize with those stuck in political malaise. Skits will cover subjects ranging from the war on terror to the misdeeds of Nixon with direction by Dana Marks, Jay O'Berski and Jim Haverkamp. Live music from the Wigg Report and Greensboro's Invisible should get those political wheels turning and rejuvenate the Democratic (or Republican) soul in even the most flaccid of voters. Get motivated at 7 p.m. for $10, at tonight's show, or catch its first run-through Friday, April 11. The event occurs at 410 W. Geer St. and proceeds benefit Traction. —Kathy Justice


Raleigh
Jeff Gordinier
Quail Ridge Books and Music—Ahhh, Generation X. While it's been a long time since Reality Bites hit movie screens or Nirvana topped the charts, author Jeff Gordinier is determined to help Gen-X reclaim its cultural crown with his new book, X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking. Expanded from his Details essay "Has Generation X Already Peaked?", Gordinier's "call to arms" covers his worldwide quest to find "the essence of X" and explores just how much Generation X has affected art, technology and even business. Find out for yourself when Gordinier visits Quail Ridge Books tonight at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.quailridgebooks.com. —Zack Smith


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Raleigh
Crowns
Burning Coal Theatre—A heartwarming retelling of Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's coffee table book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Burning Coal's latest production showcases its deep religious roots and token "hattitude" front and center with dynamic gospel numbers and shining spiritual anecdotes. And even with its flamboyant fashion plates—matching hats, shoes and outfits for the female cast members—in full focus, this production's message of the love, unity, faith and heritage hiding underneath those beautiful headpieces is its boldest statement. This show opened Thursday and runs through April 27. Catch it tonight at Burning Coal's Murphey School Auditorium for $18 at 7:30 p.m. —Kathy Justice



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