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Redress Raleigh Block Party

Multiple venues—Recycling has never been so fashionable. Redress Raleigh, an environmentally conscious fashion show, "aims to exhibit eco-friendly designers with accessible and innovative collections as well as showing that 'green' is in all aspects of life, including fashion." But don't expect dresses made out of old Coke bottles; these are wearable, reimagined garments. Tonight's block party is sponsored by MorLove, a nonprofit created by N.C. State alum Mor Aframian that sends refashioned garments to Uganda; Revamp, a reconstructed vintage clothing line by Durham designer Jamie Powell; and the N.C. Triangle Emerging Green Builders. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Revolver for drinks, snacks and a raffle, in addition to some shopping from the Redress selections. At 9 p.m. the party moves to Tobacco Road and Amra's for more drinks, more raffles and dancing. Visit www.redressraleigh.com. —Belem Destefani


Durham
Shakermaker, Birds and Arrows

Broad Street Cafe—Shakermaker specialize in jangle-pop guitars and twang-shot narratives, like the Pernice Brothers in the throes of a bourbon binge or The Shins lost in the backwoods behind your grandpa's house. These Chapel Hill boys conjure melodies that ooze comfort and charm. As Birds and Arrows, newlyweds Pete and Andrea Connolly offer songs that sound like country-politan gems from the '60s, just deconstructed and pasted back together, an art project done while fireside on the living room floor. The free show starts at 10 p.m. See www.thebroadstreetcafe.com. —Ashley Melzer


Raleigh
Tim Downs

Quail Ridge Books & Music—In Ends of the Earth: A Bug Man Novel, the new book by Cary resident Tim Downs, forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is called to an organic farm in Anson County to investigate a murder involving mysterious insects. "[Agro-terrorism is a subject that] the experts know about but the public doesn't," Downs says. He got the idea for Dr. Polchak while reading an article on forensic entomology and then spent time talking logistics with entomology professors and grad students at N.C. State. To add romantic tension to the novel, two women from Polchak's past reappear and vie for his affections. The author explains: "Dr. Polchak doesn't like human beings. He likes insects because people are irrational, [and now he's] torn between the insect and human world[s]." The reading starts at 7:30. Visit www.quailridgebooks.com. —Sarah Ewald


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Durham
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film

Nasher Museum of Art—As part of its exhibition, Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids, which runs through Feb. 21, the Nasher is screening the 2006 PBS American Masters documentary Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, directed by the acclaimed Ric Burns. The documentary recounts the enigmatic pop artist's life from his childhood in Pennsylvania through his meteoric rise in the 1960s to his death in 1987. Burns, who often collaborates with his Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker brother Ken Burns, endeavors to show that Warhol was the greatest artist of the second half of the 20th century. Part one screens tonight at 7; part two screens Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.; both are free. Visit www.nasher.duke.edu. —Belem Destefani

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