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Raleigh
First Blood
Brier Creek and North Hills Theaters—Action movie fans beware: The one-night-only revival of 1982's First Blood isn't the same as Rambo: First Blood Part II, the action thriller that gave Sylvester Stallone his second megahit. The original film is a darker piece where Rambo (Stallone), a washed-up drifter, gets into some trouble with a small-town sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and winds up leading his own private war in the mountains. In a classic line, Rambo's former commanding officer (Richard Crenna) warns the police that they had better have "a good supply of body bags." This revival features a new interview with Stallone and an alternate ending that would definitely have killed any hope of a franchise. At 7:30 p.m. only, in both theaters. —Zack Smith


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Raleigh
Tony Earley
Quail Ridge Books—Tony Earley achieved a major hit with his 2000 novel Jim the Boy. Now, he's returned to his beloved character with The Blue Star, a new tale of Jim as a teenager. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the story tells of what happens when Jim falls in love with a girl whose boyfriend is headed off to war, combining his young heartache with the portrait of a changing country. Earley will promote his book tonight at 7 p.m. He also appears at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. and at McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. —Zack Smith



Durham
Fistful of Love
Manbites Dog Theater—Manbites Dog Theater and Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern's collaborative work Fistful of Love begins tonight with a pay-what-you-can preview. Fistful of Love is the story of 50 brides who hunt down 50 fugitive grooms, despite the men's extensive efforts to elude them. Director Jay O'Berski loosely adapted American playwright Charles Mee's Big Love, along with several of Mee's other plays, to create Fistful of Love. For his "(re)making project," Mee has put all of his work online, allowing artists such as O'Berski to sample and rework his plays. Visit www.manbitesdogtheater.org or call 682-3343 for more info. —Megan Stein


Raleigh
Mountain Heart
The Pour House—The majesty of this Mountain Heart comes from the Nashville six-piece's ability to mold fierce, rapid-fire rhythms and jagged, jump-worthy tunes from simple strings and wood. Its latest, Road That Never Ends: The Live Album, is a blistering showcase of such superhuman energy and skill. But when the boys slow it down (and they do), there's a landslide of beauty and grace coming from the band's home-spun brand of lonesome country ballads—with a bluegrass bent, of course. Catch them at 10 p.m. for $12-$15. —Kathy Justice


Chapel Hill
Indian Jewelry
Local 506Free Gold, the fourth full-length from expanding/contracting Houston band Indian Jewelry, is a sprawling mélange of stoner, psychedelic and shoegazer tendencies. Squalling guitars punctuate drones, and chimerical vocals come mixed below the maelstrom. Meanwhile, tempered rhythms beating somewhere near the middle register like an artificially slowed heartbeat. Indian Jewelry's music exists in twin states of eerie and angelic, straddling that divide with the amorphous melodies it misshapes so well. The show's openers—Chapel Hill troupe Boyzone and Stokesdale solo band Clang Quartet—depend less on hypersaturated atmospheres and bent melodies than they do po-mo concepts and heavy noise. Wild scene. Pay $8 at 9 p.m. —Grayson Currin


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