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The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Slim's—Invariably, the orchestral splendor and literate eccentricities of Wisconsin's The Daredevil Christopher Wright will earn them not-unwelcome comparisons to The Decemberists. However, this trio's relentlessly melodic tunes revel in a more quotidian (and modern) splendor than their Portland counterparts, and while they won't be able to fully create the same sounds that they and 25 guest musicians brought to 2009's In Deference to a Broken Back, their stripped-down, folkier approach works just as well live, especially given who they'll be playing with. They're the meat in a local music sandwich, between the winsome acoustic stylings of The Tender Fruit and Old Bricks' plaintive, rustic quiver. Pay $5 at 10 p.m. See www.myspace.com/slimsdowntownraleigh. And on Thursday, March 11, at The Pinhook, they close a night that features the jovial Mexi-folk of Boston's David Wax Museums and some country-fried bluesy boogie courtesy of Raleigh's own Whistlestop. Pay $5 at 9 p.m., and see www.thepinhook.com. —David Raposa


Raleigh
The Hundred Dresses

Raleigh Little Theatre—It's the default condition of being in middle school: Nobody wants to stand out and become socially ostracized as punishment for daring to be an individual. This isn't a new thing either. Published in 1945, Eleanor Estes' Newbery Honor winner centers around Wanda, a Polish-American new girl in school during the 1930s. She doesn't fit in, and her classmates tease her for it, especially when she claims to own 100 dresses, when she only wears one old, ragged dress to school. Wanda's classmate Maddie tells the story, feeling sorry for Wanda yet not wanting to stand up for her, wary of turning the abuse on herself. The production is part of RLT's youth education program, which inspired a public service announcement on bullying made by tween students in a video production class. Shows run tonight through March 28. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org. —Sarah Ewald


Raleigh
Crimes of the Heart

North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre—Why is so much ink spilled and film spooled attempting to capture Southern women's relationships? I blame Scarlett O'Hara and Melanie Wilkes. Anyway, Beth Henley's 1978 play concerns a trio of sisters who get together at their Mississippi childhood home after one's marriage ends. It was adapted into a film in 1986, starring Jessica Lange and native Southerner Sissy Spacek. (Principal photography took place in a number of North Carolina locations, including Wilmington and Caswell Beach.) Henley's emphasis on the bonds between Southern women place Crimes of the Heart in a similar vein with Steel Magnolias and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Performances run tonight through March 28 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 for matinees, $15 for evenings and $12 for students and seniors. Visit www.nract.org. —Sarah Ewald

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