V for Vendetta
Colony Theater—On Nov. 5, 1605, a group of Catholic conspirators, led by the now-infamous Guy Fawkes, were thwarted in their plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London as a sign of protest against King James I and the Protestant aristocracy. Four hundred years later, this day is still celebrated by the Brits with burning effigies of Guy Fawkes and traditional rhymes of "Remember, remember the Fifth of November." On the other side of the pond, the Colony Theater commemorates Guy Fawkes Day with a screening of V for Vendetta as part of their Cool Classics at the Colony series.
Based on Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for Vendetta is reaching cult classic status. Despite fair-to-disastrous reviews, the Wachowski brothers' expensive adaptation has clearly developed an afterlife. In its fourth year of showing V, the Colony Theater expects a boisterous turnout. According to theater manager Denver Hill, people "really get into it," even donning the full V ensemble of mask, cape and knives—albeit plastic ones. It should be quite the sight to see. Be sure to get there early because the commemoration begins at 8 p.m. with giveaways, such as a copy of the graphic novel, before the film. Tickets are $5 (cash only). Visit www.therialto.com. —Belem Destefani
The Bleeding Hearts, Static Minds, The Infamous Sugar
Tir Na Nog—With bills like these, it feels that if Raleigh were the afterlife, it'd be more like Valhalla than Defending Your Life. Let Chapel Hill litigate worthiness while Raleigh rocks to its foundations with boisterous, beer-fueled spirits and the kind of beefy, hard-driving rumble you might expect if 300's Spartans strapped on instruments. The Bleeding Hearts and Static Minds are exemplars of this attitude. The former blaze thick, gnarly riffs and head-nodding hooks like the whole world is their boys' room, while the Minds are guitarist Erik Sugg's latest entry of wheel-spinning, V8 rawk. The Infamous Sugar opens. The 10 p.m. show is free thanks to WKNC 88.1 FM's Local Beer, Local Band series. See www.tnnirishpub.com. —Chris Parker