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In trading spaces

Team Cinders
  • Team Cinders

This First Friday, TEAM LUMP comes back from summer vacation with a fall show that plays switcheroo with Brooklyn's Cinders Gallery. TEAM CINDERS will be shown at LUMP GALLERY in downtown Raleigh through the month of September, while Team LUMP shows under the title LP'S OR CASSETTES at Cinders Gallery. The theme is North vs. South, played with friendly, competitive zeal. First Friday also features Molly Miller's newly opened downtown space on the also newly opened Fayetteville Street, BICKETT GALLERY AT THE HUDSON. The multimedia gallery will join condominiums, ABC 11 News station, a bank and a bar in the multi-use building that hopes to spark new trends in downtown living. Shows will rotate every three months. DAVID MCCONNELL's work will be featured in the inaugural show. Lump Gallery is located at 505 S. Blount St. For more information, call 821-9999 or visit www.lumpgallery.com. Bickett Gallery at the Hudson is located at 319 Fayetteville St. For more information, call Bickett's main gallery at 836-5358. --Michele Natale



Bowerbirds
  • Bowerbirds

In birds that have landed

Two weeks ago, I was making the late-night, trans-40, Durham-to-Raleigh trek. I had a question for a friend in Chicago, forgetting he had told me several times that, on Aug. 12, he would be at The Fort, a loft space and art venue opened by former Raleigh resident Ian Merritt, to see the BOWERBIRDS, the Raleigh duo of Phil Moore and Beth Tacular. When I called, he simply opened his cell phone, held it in the air for five minutes, and let me hear "The Ticonderoga," a song Moore wrote about the collapse of his first Raleigh band of the same name. I almost ran off the road, derailed by the urgently austere song I'd heard a hundred times. But that night, it came reworked with horns and percussion, a reformed, pensive beauty giving new life to a message the Birds have clinched in their teeth while traveling through new climes. The band has been touring and camping for three months, and they return to town before taking flight again: Hear their song on Saturday, Sept. 2 at CHAZ'S BULL CITY RECORDS in Durham and Monday, Sept. 4 at BICKETT GALLERY in Raleigh. --Grayson Currin



In retro rumbles

Raleigh Rumble
  • Raleigh Rumble

Usually the term "bike show" conjures images of sweaty, overweight dudes strapped into too-tight leather parading on souped-up Harleys. Rarely does the misunderstood youth culture of 1960s England enter the picture, nor does the subculture clash of two notorious British racer cliques, the Mods and the Rockers. But that's precisely what THE RALEIGH RUMBLE, beginning Friday, Sept. 1, is about. A three-day racer celebration with a hint of nostalgia, the Rumble is a throwback to the days of vintage and modern retro bikes and scooters. The Saturday leg of the event features a vintage bike show at KINGS with stylish cycles and scooters on display, plus plenty of demos. The show is followed at Kings by a raging lineup of musical guests including the Southern flavored rock of Virginia's BLACK JACK AND THE LONGHAULERS, Ohio guitar slingers DIRTY JOHNNY AND THE MAKEBELIEVES, Raleigh's own brash country-rockers HEARTS AND DAGGERS, and Greensboro rock-a-billy outfit THE TREMORS. Show up at 3:30 p.m. to view the bikes or join in at 7 p.m. to hear some tunes. The price of admission is $8, or $5 if you want to show your bike. For more info or to register, visit www.tonup-nc.com/raleighrumble.html. --Kathy Justice



In happy birthdays

The last time SUPERCHUNK played in public, a line stretched for half a block down Austin's 5th Street, the doorman letting one person come in as one person came out of blues club Antone's. That happened rarely, if at all. But, inside--one of the 600 people going elbow to elbow in a crowd there to pogo along with Laura Ballance and call a spade a slacker with Mac McCaughan--was funnyman David Cross. He jumped onstage immediately after the set to talk smack about the other 1,399 bands at South by Southwest, saying they were all but feckless imitators of the Merge flagship. Cross is right: Hundreds of bands have taken cues from Superchunk's melodic bustle in the past decade, but few set hooks this sharp. They play the CAT'S CRADLE on Friday, Sept. 1 with labelmates TENEMENT HALLS (the lackluster new band from Rock*A*Teens' Chris Lopez) to kick off a month-long five-year-anniversary party for the ORANGE COUNTY SOCIAL CLUB. Tickets are $12 to $15, and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. The after-party happens down the street at the birthday club, 108 E. Main St. Just follow the band. --Grayson Currin



In powerful pictures

Alex Harris at NCMA
  • Alex Harris at NCMA

On Sunday, Sept. 3, the NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART unveils selections from 10 important North Carolina photographers with CONTEMPORARY NORTH CAROLINA PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION. The NCMA began to actively acquire photography in 2003. This show will feature two rotations of approximately 50 total works by all 10 artists, in both black and white and color, representing widely varied subject matter. Linda Johnson Dougherty, curator of contemporary art, chose works that showcase artists ROB AMBERG, BILL BAMBERGER, CAROLYN DEMERITT, ALEX HARRIS, TITUS BROOKS HEAGINS, ELIZABETH MATHESON, JOHN MENAPACE, MARGARET SARTOR, DAVID SIMONTON and CAROLINE VAUGHAN (see page 29 for an interview with Menapace). The first rotation will be on display through Nov. 5. The second rotation begins on Nov. 19 and runs through Feb. 11, 2007. Admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information, call the NCMA box office at 715-5923 or visit www.ncartmuseum.org. --Michele Natale

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