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Wednesday 11.18 

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Chapel Hill
Pictures Reframed

Memorial Hall, UNC CampusPictures Reframed is an incredibly ambitious and intuitive multimedia collaboration between Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Berlin-based visual artist Robin Rhode. At the piece's center is Modest Mussorgsky's 19th-century piano suite, Pictures From an Exhibition, in which the composer attempted to capture the emotions of looking at a series of paintings by Viktor Hartmann, with music alone. Pictures Reframed pairs that same music (admittedly, though, Andsnes' interpretation of the work is a bit more dramatic and full) with Rhode's own artwork, which surrounds the pianist as he plays. In a field that's often guilty of keeping its most sacred texts clutched close, this recasting of Mussorgsky seems a vital work. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$55 or $10 for UNC students. See www.carolinaperformingarts.org. —Grayson Currin


Raleigh
Wake County Public Library Book Sale

South Station Shopping Center—This is where the Christmas shopping begins; not on the much-vaunted "Black Friday" after Thanksgiving but at this glorious tomb of 300,000 discarded library books. Many are in fine, readable condition, so those with a few hours and a modicum of literary knowledge may peruse the vast fields of card tables seeking that rare mystery novel, the obscure collection of short stories, the overlooked cult classic, an oddball autobiography or just a ton of thrillers for next year's beach trips. Or you could try getting enough unsold James Patterson novels to build a fort. Seriously, the guy takes up like three tables. This year's sale will be held today through Sunday at 1514 Garner Station Blvd. in the South Station Shopping Center. The site is a former Compare Foods (and Winn Dixie) and is located across the parking lot from Hudson Belk. Prices are $4 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks, with a half-off sale Saturday and $5 for boxes and $2 for bags Sunday, the last day of the sale. See www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/booksale/default.htm. —Zack Smith


Durham
The Game of Their Lives

Richard White Auditorium, Duke Campus—Soccer has proven to be an increasingly popular topic in film, with such recent examples as The Damned United and Invictus soon headed to local cinemas. Duke's Screen/ Society program highlights a recent soccer film with the 2002 documentary The Game of Their Lives (not to be confused with a 2005 soccer film about an English team starring Gerard Butler). It's the BBC's all-access look at the North Korean team's unprecedented advance in the 1966 World Cup, where it advanced further than any Asian team had before. It's an emotional look into a group of underdogs who made history. The free screening is at 7 p.m. Visit fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensociety. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
LeRae Umfleet

Quail Ridge Books & Music—The 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, perhaps more accurately called the Wilmington Coup, remains the only recorded instance in U.S. history of a municipal government being overthrown. Assisted by a Gatling gun, a group of white supremacists forced the mayor and many members of the biracial city government to resign. Through this violence and intimidation, the predominately white Democratic party regained control of the city, with both the state and national government failing to respond. LeRae Umfleet's new book, A Day of Blood: The 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, looks at the history of that day, from its historical context to what it represented for race relations in North Carolina. Umfleet appears at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.quailridgebooks.com. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Live!

Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center—Boy, Jersey Boys couldn't have been a better warm-up act for this tour, huh? Seriously, there's no way you could see that show and not want to catch the original act. Well, be forewarned—while this is Frankie Valli himself, it's not the original lineup of the Four Seasons (Nick Massi is dead, Bob Gaudio works behind the scenes and Tommy DeVito is still living in Vegas). On the other hand, Frankie Valli's voice and presence were a big part of the group's appeal, and their massive two decades' worth of hits remain catchy and electric today. It's a chance to see a living legend, but don't go thinking you're getting a Jersey Boys reunion. Tickets range from $28 to $81 for the 8 p.m. show. Visit www.broadwayseriessouth.com. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
Jigu!: Thunder Drums of China

Stewart Theatre, N.C. State Campus—Those thrilled by China's opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics might want to head over to N.C. State for an evening of powerful percussion. Founded in 1988, Jigu! (literally "beat the drum" in Chinese) is an internationally acclaimed group whose elaborate performances are deeply rooted in a tradition of folklore and the culture of the Shanxi province. The performance is sponsored by the Confucius Institute and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 and $30. Visit www.ncsu.edu/centerstage. —Zack Smith

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