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Durham
Robert Parkins
Nasher Museum—Duke University organist Robert Parkins is well-schooled in the music Spanish King Phillip III would have heard in his 16th-century court, during the "golden age" of painters El Greco and Velazquez, whose work is now on display at the Nasher Museum of Art. "Early Spanish keyboard music has been a specialty of mine since I was a graduate student at Yale in the early 1970s," says Parkins. Tonight, Parkins will get a chance to flaunt his specialty at the Nasher by giving a free solo harpsichord performance to coincide with the exhibition. Parkins will play on a modern harpsichord that's a reconstruction of an 18th-century model. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. While admission is free, tickets are required and may be picked up in advance at Duke Box Office (limit 4 per person). A one-time $3 fee applies to ticket orders by phone, at 684-4444, or online at tickets.duke.edu. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger



Cary
R.A. & Geno Salvatore
Barnes & Noble—A dear friend of mine has spent several years adapting R.A. Salvatore's novels into comic book format for the company Devil's Due; I confess that I stopped reading them after the first book because I just couldn't understand the mythology behind the legend of Drizzt Do'Urden the Dark Elf, whose name I kept pronouncing "Drizzle." I dug them out for this blurb and still don't understand them. Suffice to say that with nearly two dozen novels in this series and 18 New York Times best-sellers on Salvatore's résumé, there are many people who did get it and will likely be in attendance for his signing at 7 p.m. with his son Geno promoting their teen novel The Stowaway: Stone of Tymora. I might attend, but I have a sinking feeling I won't be able to follow a word of the fans' conversation. For more information, call 467-3866. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
Chris Knight
Berkeley Cafe—The characters in Chris Knight's songs tend to find themselves trying to get along in the world by forming uneasy alliances with the road or the river, even with their own hearts. There's no doubt a little of Knight, a big talent from a small Kentucky town, in some of those characters, their travels perhaps reflecting his navigations through the music world. Heart of Stone, his latest release, sticks close to the map that's taken him this far: It's the sound of rootsy, occasionally swampy rock in a, well, uneasy alliance with commercial-ish country. And with echoes of Earle, Fogerty and Springsteen, it recalls some of our best. The show starts at 8 p.m., and $15 gets you in. —Rick Cornell

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