The Bourne Ultimatum
N.C. Museum of Art—The most splendid blend of political allegory, filmmaking technique and rock 'em, sock 'em adrenaline rush on the N.C. Museum of Art's summer movie slate is the third leg of the popular action-thriller Bourne series. Paul Greengrass' direction and Oscar-winning sound production are a perfect fit for the museum's outdoor, gigantic-screen experience. Moreover, this is a gritty, taut throwback to the espionage thrillers of the 1970s, updated as a compelling, exhilarating companion to our zeitgeist. Happily, Greengrass and star Matt Damon have announced plans for a fourth installment. But, with production not due to begin in earnest for at least a couple of years, allow this outing to sate your appetite for some big-screen Bourne. Tickets are $3 and the film begins at 9 p.m. Visit ncartmuseum.org for more info. —Neil Morris
Don Dixon & The Jump Rabbits
Cat's Cradle—When not playing reunions with trailblazing '70s Triangle rockers Arrogance, producing fine roots rock and power pop (R.E.M., Matthew Sweet) or joining wife Marti Jones for her soothing, songwriter pop, Don Dixon releases his own music, much of it great: His May release, The Nu-Look, comes backed by Jamie Hoover and Jim Brock, featuring covers that showcase the breadth of Dixon's influences, from the shredding blues guitar of Willie Dixon's "300 Pounds of Joy" to the dB's infectious collegiate hit, "Amplifier" and the wonderful, mod-ish "Six Pack," by Matt Barrett, a local songwriter Dixon produced in the early '80s. Tonight, he's joined by his backing two-piece, The Jump Rabbits. Jeffrey Dean Foster opens at 8:30 p.m. Pay $10-$12. —Chris Parker
Transgender Awareness Benefit: Mountain Goats, Megafaun, More
Bull City Headquarters—In May, Durham residents and musicians Rebekah Meek and Kym Register flew to India to work with the Sahara House, an organization that, in its own words, strives to "make people confident, independent and free them from the systems that ensure that their lot in life will never improve." Meek and Register were interested in India's Hijra population, the century-old transgender sect often used to bless Indian weddings and child births. Though Hijras are somewhat respected for those purported spiritual powers, they're often marginalized by a government that, as the BBC reported last year, "doesn't recognize people that don't subscribe to male or female." Still, the Hijra lot is generally better than that of an Indian homosexual, a reversal of the typical American view.
Meek and Register hope Americans and Indians can learn from one another, then. Funds from this benefit will be used for "a community-to-community transgender story exchange" between American gays and Indian transgenders. This long-term project, or its expenses, didn't end when Meek and Register returned to Durham, so some local friends will help push it forward: The fantastic bill that includes a few debuts (including that of Independent photographer Derek Anderson as a pianist), one return (the first Mount Moriah show in three years), a vegan brunch and stand-out headliners like The Mountain Goats, Megafaun, Des Ark and Beloved Binge. The brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Music begins at 3 p.m., and the last band goes on at 12:30 a.m. —Grayson Currin