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Carolina Theatre—Science fiction films are most interesting when they deal with heightened elaborations of today's realities—see, for example, Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men, one of the best sci-fi films of the last few years. Another Mexican director, Alex Rivera, has taken on another near-future tale in Sleep Dealer, which tells three distinct stories in which distant people are tied together by a global, high-speed network. A soldier, an immigrant worker and a writer find strange connections amid a future war and a changed world landscape. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, has free screenings at Duke University's Screen Society on Monday, Nov. 16, and at the Carolina Theatre tonight at 7. Visit www.carolinatheatre.org. —Zack Smith


Durham
Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra Benefit

The Pinhook—"If you don't like what you hear, wait five seconds," goes the motto of Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra, an improvisational big band led by the esoteric hand gestures of conductor (and Indies winner) Shannon Morrow. Morrow makes a motion, and each member of the band responds at once with the sound the sign inspires. TSO now includes 16 instrumentalists whose tools of choice range from piccolo and flute to drums and double bass. Such a large ensemble needs a large space, and this show is a fundraiser so that they might afford it. Jim Kellough opens with his film A Locomotive With 6 Wheels of Steel, and the venue will be decorated like a flight headed to Mecca. "Come dressed as your favorite traveler," says the orchestra. Donate kindly at 8:45 p.m. Visit www.thepinhook.com. —Grayson Currin


Raleigh
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Titmus Theatre at Thompson Hall, N.C. State Campus—Director Frank Capra was responsible for some of the most enduring films of the Hollywood Golden Age, among them Arsenic and Old Lace and It Happened One Night. His 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life cemented his place in cinematic history (and helped originate the phrase "Capra-corn"). N.C. State is presenting the story as a live radio play, reminiscent of ones from the tale's original era. It's not as odd as you might think: Following the film's release, Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed reprised their roles for the radio drama—in the last years that radio drama was a popular medium. This production is based on Joe Landry's 1997 adaptation, which created a hybrid radio-stage production. The show runs Nov.18-22 and Dec. 2-6, with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $13-$17 or $5 for NCSU students. See www.ncsu.edu/theatre or call 515-1100. —Sarah Ewald

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