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In fond farewells

In July, TOM PETTY told Rolling Stone's Neil Strauss that this summer tour--the full-band push behind Highway Companion, Petty's third album apart from The Heartbreakers--would probably be his last. For good reason, Petty's work has been steadily that of a nostalgic malcontent, culminating in 2002's anti-industry rant The Last DJ. On Companion, with references to Samuel Clemens' escapism, turning time around and the resolutely resigned refrain of "Square One" ("It took a world of trouble, took a world of tears/ Yeah, it took a long time to get back to here"), that mythical "here" seems to be a return to the same sense of world-be-damned emancipation Petty has written of in his best work, and, at last, the regular guy from Gainesville, Fla., seems ready to step away from the spotlight and let his legacy do the traveling, like a noble Cincinnatus in a world of rockers who don't know when to stop. Now--after 18 albums, collaboration with Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and George Harrison and a Diamond record--that legacy should do just fine. THE BLACK CROWES (no Cincinnatus, for sure) open the Sunday, Sept. 10 show at ALLTEL PAVILION at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$75. --Grayson Currin



Patton Oswalt
  • Patton Oswalt

In comedy (rock) clubs

Although THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY tour is essentially an offshoot of last year's Comedy Central show of the same name, the eight-city trek is the laugh-worthy equivalent of four indie rock bands spontaneously deciding to going on tour together: The four funny men--founder PATTON OSWALT, EUGENE MIRMAM, BRIAN POSEHN and MORGAN MURPHY--are not united by label or necessarily by scene. After all, Mirman is one of the several comedians signed to Seattle stalwart Sub Pop (Nirvana, The Postal Service, David Cross) while former Mr. Show collaborator and heavy metal worshipper Posehn just released his debut CD on Relapse Records, the home of Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer and Disembowelment. In fact, some of these guys might be so funny, that last band name might not be funny at all by the end of the night. Just don't laugh too hard when they come to the CAT'S CRADLE on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. --Grayson Currin



La Fiesta del Pueblo
  • La Fiesta del Pueblo

In flavorful festivals

LA FIESTA DEL PUEBLO, North Carolina's largest Latino festival, returns to the N.C. STATE FAIRGROUNDS this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10. Look for cultural performances on three stages, as well as free health testing and family entertainment. Latino artists-in-residence will produce visual artwork on site, something new for the Fiesta this year. Local businesses and organizations will have booths to browse, and vendors will be selling handicrafts and food specialties from all over Latin America. Among the dance troupes, folkloric dancing from Peru, Panama, Mexico and the Dominican Republic will be joined by tango, flamenco, Rio-style samba and Colombian breakdancer Juan Mattos' group SCHIZOPHRENIC OCTOPUS. La Fiesta is a rich showcase for everything from indigenous music to mariachi, norteño, rock en español and salsa. Featured bands this year include SANTINO, MICKEY MILLS & STEEL, ORQUESTA TAMBORICUA, REY NORTEÑO, C4 and ORQUESTA IDEAL. The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For a complete schedule, visit www.elpueblo.org. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under. --Sylvia Pfeiffenberger



Pin Projekt
  • Pin Projekt

In pins with purpose

TROIKA MUSIC FESTIVAL won't get rocking until next month, but it's not too early to celebrate the local music community's creative spirit. This Saturday, Sept. 9, Troika's organizers present the PIN PROJEKT art auction at 305 SOUTH, the funky music venue-cum-art gallery in downtown Durham. On offer are more than 20 bowling pins, recycled into original works of art by the likes of musicians Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk and Onion Head Monster cartoonist Paul Friedrich. The pins are on display at Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill and Chaz's Bull City Records in Durham until the day of the auction. Doors open at 7 p.m. at 305 S. Dillard St. in Durham, with live music before and after the bidding by MIDTOWN DICKENS, AUDUBON PARK and the POX FAMILY SINGERS. Auction proceeds benefit the nonprofit Troika Music Festival. For more information, visit www.pinprojekt.com. --Fiona Morgan



The Road to Guantanamo
  • The Road to Guantanamo

In shocking truths

It's been five years since that day, and while we are still enduring the political repercussions, Sept. 11, 2001 is also becoming a historical event--its history is in the process of being recorded. Beginning Monday and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 13, DUKE UNIVERSITY'S SCREEN SOCIETY will host AFTERSHOCKS: SEPTEMBER 11. UNDEREXPOSURE, a feature film from Iraqi artist Oday Rasheed, will open the week Monday night at Richard White Lecture Hall, while James Longley's IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS closes the program two nights later at Griffith Theater. In between, there is THE ROAD TO GUANTÁNAMO, the searing docudrama about four British-Pakistanis who were swept into the dungeon of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This film, to be shown in Griffith, is one of the most powerful and upsetting films to emerge from the so-called Global War on Terror. A faculty panel discussion will follow. All screenings begin at 8 p.m. and are free of charge. For more information, visit www.duke.edu/web/film/screensociety. --David Fellerath

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