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Feb. 8-15

in treats for everyone

TREAT PARADE at BICKETT GALLERY is conveniently scheduled the weekend before Valentine's Day, giving you an excuse to indulge all your fantasies about handbags, jewelry and clothing. If you happen to remember to find a little something for your sweetie and have any dough left after you've ogled the wares of the Triangle's craft community, there should be plenty of treats to choose from. Local artists at this market-style event include India*romeo, Beth Tacular, Gamila Company, Alexa Dorsey, Stir Studio's Leeann Hynes, AprilFool Design, Smashing Mirrors, Debris Design and NCSU fashion show coordinator Ryan Wayne. National designers and two British crafters will also be represented. Treat Parade happens noon-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Call 836-5358 or visit

in woot! woot!

WOOTINI'S first show of the year involves a series of paintings and custom 3D vinyl visions by Charlotte-based artist BLOO EMPIRE and Tony Shiau (aka NAKANARI), who originally hails from Taiwan and now resides in Florida. The opening happens on Feb. 10. Show up at 7 p.m., experience the auditory pleasures of Family, and stay until you can't take any more vinyl toys. Call 933-6061 for details. The opening is part of CARRBORO AND CHAPEL HILL'S 2ND FRIDAY ART WALK, and you can check out for a list of participating galleries.

in really good local bands

SHAKERMAKER's weightless pop floats on a strange breeze. It's all wooden and rustic until the '60s psych guitars whip through your hair, and those sunburned melodies take hold. Like a modest Shins, 'verb bagged up and quirk transformed, Mitch Eubanks and Jesse Moorefield understand the understated but aren't scared to add proper garnish or let a guitar shout when it should. With a brand new record--the at-times lush, at-times brassy and at-times near-silent Music Room--clutched tightly to their bosoms, Shakermaker share the CAT'S CRADLE stage with like-minded folkals (that's folk + locals, ya dig?) WORK CLOTHES this Thursday, Feb. 9. Jenny and Lee Waters' deviceful These are the Shoes We Wear dropped late last year and played like an hour-long stare into the summer dusk. Or was it winter morning? Either way, as if those two acts weren't enough, Raleigh's just-as-quaint SCHOONER take their turn as well, delving into a powerful catalog that seems almost tailor-made for such a perfectly quaint bill. It starts at 9:15 p.m. and costs $5. --Robbie Mackey

in "what?"

Trying to describe THE FIERY FURNACES is a menacing proposition. Superficially, it's prog-prone pop that can be either insanely addictive or intriguingly intense. That's a hard-and-fast definition, though, and that's not what this band--Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger and a supporting cast--is about. Consider their 2005 release, Rehearsing My Choir, a piano opera that guides the listener, in fragments and dashes, through the decades the Friedberger's grandmother, Olga Sarantos, spent in Chicago. She and Eleanor speak-sing in antiphonal arias, guiding a complicated, twisted tale through the annals of existence. Expect the unexpected. Openers DEADBOY & THE ELEPHANTMEN are a bit easier to define, though, as frontman Dax Riggs (formerly of metal vanguards Acid Bath) lays down a free-association blues growl--unequal parts Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson and Jandek--over Tessie Brunet's kid-in-a-candyshop drumming. The Feb. 13 show at CAT'S CRADLE starts at 9:15 p.m. and costs $12 in advance and $14 at the door. --Grayson Currin

In ethical conflicts

Death penalty opponents, advocates and ethicists alike will find food for thought in the psychological drama FROZEN, now on stage at PLAYMAKERS REP at UNC's Center for Dramatic Art. Bryony Lavery's controversial script is based on solid science: recent studies that found traumatic brain injury in 75-100 percent of death row inmates. Indeed, the work is arguably too grounded in fact: The playwright was proved to have plagiarized from a New Yorker article on psychologist Dorothy Lewis in September 2004.

If the work starts slow, Nancy's ultimate confrontation with the man who murdered her 10-year-old child is riveting. Julie Fishell does some of her strongest work in years here. Deborah Hazlett's intercessions with both as a forensic psychologist are witty, poignant and rattling. James Kennedy mesmerizes as the damaged, dangerous Ralph. It plays through Feb. 12. Call 962-7529 for tickets. --Byron Woods

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