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Chapel Hill
"Michelangelo's Genius"
UNC Campus—They don't make statues like the statue of David anymore, and they don't make artists like Michelangelo Buonarotti of Florence, either. From 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. today, three art historians dissect the life, work and genius of the artist born in a Tuscan village in 1475. UNC associate professor of art history Mary Pardo kicks off the seminar with her overview of the artist's life and work in the Florentine context. Carlton Hughes, art history professor at the University of South Carolina, covers "The Battle of Cascina," Michelangelo's colossal fresco project. Pardo then returns to discuss Michelangelo's poetry, and Bernadine Barnes, associate professor of art history at Wake Forest University, lectures on the artist's connection to the popes of his time. The seminar ends with a panel discussion. For more info and to register for the $120 seminar, visit the seminar's Web site or call 962-4318. —Megan Stein

Triangle Blues Society Challenge
Blue Bayou Club—You tend to hear it around award-show time: Making music isn't a competition. More power to you, superiorly evolved idealistic beings. But what about when, by design, it is a competition? That's the case with the TBS Challenge, in which 11 acts compete in two categories—band and solo/ duo—for first-prize packages that include a slot in the 2009 Bull Durham Blues Festival and the opportunity to participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Lenny Terenzi, Blues Society prez and member of TBS Challenge/ IBC vet Mighty Lester, offers this perspective from his non-competing seat: "We at the TBS can't judge our own competition, so we get to enjoy the bands and really get turned on to what is new on the scene. It's nice to be on the other side of the stage. I look forward to not having the jitters for six hours." Pull up a stool next to Lenny starting at 7 p.m.; cover is $10. See for details. —Rick Cornell

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  • 2,000-year-old fragment from the book of Jubilees

Dead Sea Scrolls
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences—Discovered in 1947 hidden in caves near the village of Qumran, located in the present-day occupied West Bank, the Dead Sea Scrolls were a remarkable find and remain among the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Jewish tradition. Dating to the period of the Second Temple, which ended in A.D. 70, the documents shed significant light on the diversity of Jewish belief at a time of political and religious upheaval (which, among other developments, saw the emergence of a dissident Jewish sect that would become known as the Christians). The museum says the exhibit will display, over the course of its six-month stay in Raleigh, a total of 12 authentic scrolls, including fragments of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy and Isaiah, along with non-canonical texts, including the "Community Rule" and the "Damascus Document." For advance tickets and more information, including details on the extensive lecture series, visit —David Fellerath

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Chapel Hill
Red Clay River
The Cave—Red Clay River's dark and foreboding roots songs shape a map to an abandoned cabin in the woods. But the quintet makes sure to place a candle of hope—or gritty Southern persistence—in its own window. Explore the cabin with the band at 7:30 p.m., and look for the forgotten hillbilly records littering the floorboards. The bangin' Moaners starts at 10 p.m. For more on that, keep reading. —Andrew Ritchey

Chapel Hill
The Moaners
The Cave—The guitar swelters, dripping perspiration down its frets, greasing the grimy throb of the slide pealing off another dark, resinous blues wedge. Frontwoman Melissa Swingle's vocals express resigned ambivalence, questioning "what it takes to get a little respect" on the cranky, writhing "Brainwash" and hailing an open-hearted camaraderie of "no fear, no envy, no meanness" on the chunky walking blues "Shrew." Drummer Laura King constructs sinewy rhythmic scaffolding that holds the songs up while providing Swingle plenty of room for expressive slopbucket guitar. The songs pool and ripple with Mississippi blues thump, relying on insistent guttural pulse more than hooks to get over. Gladly pay $5 at 10 p.m. —Chris Parker

Something About Vampires & Sluts
Reservoir—A kicky blast of punk clamor, gloomy goth synths and cheeky humor, this Myrtle Beach sextet renovates the dance-punk grooves of Bauhaus and Siouxsie. The vocal melancholia sounds openly over-the-top (though, after Morrissey, who can tell?) while it balances catchy, Cure-like pop with coy, angular post-punk gristle. Let loose at 10 p.m. with Entertainment and Diamond Studs. —Chris Parker

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Dawn Shamp
McIntyre's Fine Books—After several years away from her hometown of Roxboro, N.C., Durham author Dawn Shamp resolved to revisit and research the former tobacco town. Her efforts led to her debut novel, On Account of Conspicuous Women, a charming tale of four women struggling with sexism and personal growth amidst the turbulence of the 1920s suffrage movement. Shamp drew her characters in large part from historical persons of Roxboro, including her grandmother, whose spirited personality spawned the novel's lead firecracker Bertie. Shamp discusses and signs copies of her novel today at 11 a.m. Visit or call 542-3030 for more details, and read the Indy's recent profile of Shamp. —Megan Stein

Django Haskins
Saxapahaw Rivermill—As leader of the NYC-based Regulars and later as a quarter of the central N.C. talent collective International Orange, Django Haskins played well with others. In The Old Ceremony—think multiple Randy Newmans meeting a good chunk of Lambchop—he plays well with many others. But a proudly off-center writing style and an embraceable voice fortify Haskins for solo outings as well. This free show starts at 6 p.m. —Rick Cornell

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