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Eight Days a Week

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Wednesday
Chapel Hill
The High Dials
Local 506

Another major patch in the colorful Canadian smart-pop movement, The High Dials sound like fellow Canucks Sloan if those power-poppers' apparent Cheap Trick fascination was swapped for adoration of CSNY, Love and The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Ethereal textures blurring the parts of premium melodies, their War of the Wakening Phantoms is gorgeous. Mercury Rev ex-pats Hopewell pillage Doolittle and Transmissions from the Satellite Heart almost to a fault, but sound surprisingly fresh in doing so. Wayne Robbins & The Hellsayers kick it open at 10 p.m. for $7. --Grayson Currin

Cary
The Best of Youth
Galaxy Cinema

If you haven't caught the extraordinary six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth yet, time is running out. Tonight and Thursday are the last days to see this sprawling tale of a likable, middle-class Roman family as their lives become intertwined with 40 years of political and social upheaval. Along the way, there is romance, heartbreak, tragedy, political intrigue, births, marriages and deaths. A tip of the hat is due to the Galaxy Cinema for booking this hard-to-get, commercially tricky film. --David Fellerath

Thursday
Raleigh
Shannon O'Connor, Grant Haze
Bickett Gallery

The opening track from her witty debut Low in Paradise, "Ride" should be more than O'Connors' theme song. It should be the premiere anthem for every unwed woman over 30 sporting a with-child backstory. "All my sugar is honey baby, all my honey's sweet/ So meet me tonight on your motorbike and we'll find a one way street," she sings, all sultry and sassy. O'Connor borrows a bit from Lucinda Williams' Southern soul spirit and Liz Phair's once-tempting tease, but has grafted it to a spry, redheaded nature that befits the surname. Speaking of soul, Grant Haze oozes it via acoustic R&B with a mahogany voice and warm acoustic guitar trots. Show's at 9 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Friday
Carrboro
PWC Benefit with John Hammond
Cat's Cradle

The son of the legendary A&R man, Hammond was nursing an interest in the slide guitar when he saw Jimmy Reed perform at the Apollo, and he hasn't looked back since. He developed a following for his acoustic country blues in the early '60s in Greenwich Village, and for over 40 years he's kept alive the spirit of Skip James, Son House and Robert Johnson. Proceeds from the $15 show benefit the Piedmont Wildlife Center. See page 47. Get there by 7 p.m. --Chris Parker

Raleigh
Dig!
N.C. Museum of Art

By all reports, Anton Newcombe and his fellow wayward psychedelic travelers of The Brian Jonestown Massacre were downright pleasant at Local 506 two weeks ago. Despite provocation from several ne'er-do-wells in the crowd and plenty of free drinks from adoring fans, Newcombe threw no punches, called no names and confronted no cops. If you want to see him do just that and more, though, DIG! is one of the best music documentaries ever made, a captivating portrait of a dissolving friendship and a tour meant to implode. DIG!--a clever tip of the hat to Amadeus--finds Newcombe's Brian Jonestown Massacre pitted against the not-so-pretty boys that made it, The Dandy Warhols. The movie starts at 9 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Saturday
Pittsboro
Cat Walks
Carnivore Preservation Trust

In 1981, UNC geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman created the CPT as a breeding facility for caracals, servals, ocelots and binturongs--carnivores vanishing in threatened ecosystems. When CPT was approached by people with large cats discarded from the entertainment industry and exotic pet trade, the facility opened its doors as a sanctuary to jaguars, leopards, snow leopards and tigers. Guided tours of the 55-acre refuge's animals take place Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Twilight Tours, offered on first and third Saturdays at 7 p.m., occur during the most active part of the predators' days and are only available to ages 13 and up. Reservations are required: call 542-4684 or visit www.cptigers.org.

Raleigh
The Connells
Sammy's Tap and Grill

This show will take place in the parking lot of Sammy's to celebrate the Raleigh establishment's 50th anniversary, and there'll also be music from John Dupree, Pan Yéllo and rowdy, keys-driven rockers The Cartridge Family. Rolling Rock promises a presence as well. But, people, we all know this is about those Boylan Heights all-stars, those '74-'75 survivors, those archetypal Southern poppers the Connells, who haven't played a show in their stomping grounds in almost a year to the day. Show up at 6:30 p.m.; music runs from 7 until 11. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. This is an over-18 event, and for those 18 to 20, it'll cost you $12. --Rick Cornell

Sunday
Chapel Hill
Rock Paper Scissors Tourney
The Cave

It's a childhood game, but a game of wits as well. Combatants stand across from each other and draw in a throwback to old Western shootouts. Like poker, it's a game of strategy, wits and perception as much as luck. It's not chess perhaps, but between deciphering opponents' strategies and developing one's own gambits, this fast-paced pastime can be quite enjoyable. Many players come garbed in special costumes, and MC Hoppie Newton's commentary adds to the big-game atmosphere. The fun and games start at 5 p.m. --Chris Parker

WXYC Backyard Bar-B-Q
Local 506

WXYC aims to please with a summer send-off just before the semi-annual Invasion of the Undergrads, and they'll be hard pressed to beat this installment of their own 506 Backyard Bar-B-Q. The burgeoning pop-meets-downtrodden country of North Elementary opens, and--just for attending a free show--each onlooker receives a complimentary 7" single, part deux in the band's Weeble Wobble Sound Series. Fashion Design--who just released a 7" debut of its own--follows, with recent Yep Roc roster addition Cities (atmospheric, hum-worthy rock a la Interpol) headlining. Food, records, rock, all broadcast live: Say yes. The freeness starts at 8 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Monday
Chapel Hill
Bandelerium viewing marathon
The Cave

Hands on buzzers and beers! If you haven't made it to a live Bandelirium, catch up on all the shenanigans here. Host Chris "Crispy" Bess leads contestants through clever clues to Triangle-area and general music lore, and he plays a great corny-witted Monty Hall. Watch the playback of previous episodes as aired on The Peoples Channel, Chapel Hill's public access station, and plan to attend the next live run. --Chris Toenes

Tuesday
Chapel Hill
Bill Mallonee & the Vigilantes of Love
The Cave

I became an instant Vigilantes of Love believer when I stumbled across the album Killing Floor in 1992, my not-yet-waning R.E.M. love still leading me to anything remotely jangly. Head Vigilante Bill Mallonee has been going strong ever since, presenting his emotionally, and often spiritually, charged songs (think of them as folk rock tunes played with punk intensity) solo or with various VOL combinations. Get vigilant at 10 p.m. Be generous with the hat. --Rick Cornell

Carrboro
Ron Liberti
Branch Gallery

Ron Liberti impresses his own identity further into his work with a solo show of new silkscreen and collages. His screen print flyers exist as they would in their natural habitat, hanging on the gallery's walls as on a club's and slathered on a makeshift telephone pole. Liberti's electric-hued filmic images parallel personal portraits in various formats: a scene from a Godard flick, John Wayne firing a pistol, faces of friends. Paper Scissors Ron: Posters, Prints, and Collage by Ron Liberti is on view through Sept. 3. Visit www.branchgallery.com or call 918 1116. --Chris Toenes

Wednesday next
Raleigh
Green Day, Jimmy Eat World
RBC Center

The Gilman Street teens are grown up and, now in their 30s, have grown into the shoes of their antecedents. Their bustling punk-pop was always beholden to '70s Cali-punk progenitors The Adolescents, Descendents and The Dickies, but with 2004's American Idiot (and to a lesser extent 2000's Warning) they've proven worthy of their iconic status and shown themselves to be vital artists critically and commercially. Openers Jimmy Eat World can only hope they age as gracefully, though there is some promise there. Show's at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 or $45. --Chris Parker

Carlos Vives
N.C. State Fairgrounds

Vallenato exudes the native charm of its folklore roots, the original common farmers' music in Colombia. Vives finds his groove in the pockets between the music's guitar-and-accordion DNA, polishing and modernizing the sound into a pop hybrid with electronic flourishes. His music retains the soul and reflection of the Colombian originators, with new touches of contemporary light and shadow. The Dorton Arena show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $40-$60. --Chris Toenes

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