Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy
Durham Performing Arts Center—One of the highlights of Knocked Up is the bit where Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd get plotzed on mushrooms, go see Cirque du Soleil and become absolutely terrified by it. I have that same reaction to all things Cirque—even if the Cirque in question is an outfit out of Pompano Beach, Fla., not the more famous global juggernaut—and I don't even know what hallucinatory mushrooms look like.
This was reaffirmed when I watched some YouTube clips from Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, the Cirque Productions show coming up at the Durham Performing Arts Center. I was greeted with a nightmarish vision that was like the mutated offspring of The Yellow Submarine and Cats. Here are some lyrics from the promotional video: "As the jungle drums beat/ under big green leaves/ the unicorns will leap!/ Visions dance through your mind/ in a place so divine/ The magic never sleeps!" OK, first off, there're no damn unicorns in the jungle—that I know. Second, I realize what these people do takes a great deal of skill and training. I just wish they didn't do it in a way that gave me nightmares. If you're the intended audience for this—which I now realize I am not—visit www.dpacnc.com. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $25-$55. —Zack Smith
Dex Romweber Duo
Schoolkids Records—This is the second week the Romwebers have appeared in this space, and it's for a reason: Today, the Dex Romweber Duo—comprising siblings and local music legends Dexter and Sara Romweber—will release its Bloodshot Records debut, Ruins of Berlin, with appearances by Cat Power and Neko Case. They'll acknowledge its arrival in record stores by playing in one. And if the gesture seems a tad nostalgic, it suits the duo, which gives pop standards by Marlene Dietrich and Ella Fitzgerald rockabilly rattle and surfy swing that Dexter might as well have trademarked with the Flat Duo Jets. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. —Bryan Reed