Water Conservation Artwork
Carolina Club—Art created by Raleigh high school students who are concerned about global water shortages will be auctioned to raise money for clean water projects in Africa, India and Bangladesh. Thirty-two students and two teachers from Sanderson and Broughton high schools created works of art that will be a part of WaterPartners International's annual silent auction fundraiser. A panel of local artists judged five pieces as winners, and those students will be guests for the auction and dinner at Chapel Hill's Carolina Club. Last year, the students' art raised $1,400 toward the nonprofit's global clean water projects. —Juliana Hanson
Tickets are $100 per person and $50 per student; see www.water.org. Until the auction, the student artwork is on display at the Marilyn J. Harrison Gallery at United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, 336 Fayetteville Street, Suite 440.
When Composers Speak Our Language
UNC Campus, Memorial Hall—A diverse batch of works from William Bolcom, Darius Milhaud and Kurt Weill form tonight's program, performed by professor Terry Rhodes, pianist Jane Hawkins, the Carolina Wind Quintet and the UNC faculty strings. The night's thesis—that themes from nonclassical genres, from folk to jazz—cuts two ways: It should illuminate new entry points into classical music for those afraid of it, and it should remind the classical stickler that classical and contemporary have and should continue to mix in every direction. Tickets are $10-$15 for the 8 p.m. performance. —Grayson Currin
Dynamite Brothers With Killer Filler
The Cave—Rumors of the Dynamite Brothers' demise were, thankfully, exaggerated. For the last seven years, the band explored that mysterious amalgam of soul-funk fusion— a rock band favoring the down-beat of the rhythm, basically. Only recently has the frequency of its shows dwindled, as Bro Scott Nurkin tours full time with Birds of Avalon. But those old gigs get hot and heavy, especially when a groove manifests itself like some intangible thing in the room, presiding over everyone there. Expect the same tonight.
Killer Filler is the jukebox-y project of Chris "Crispy" Bess, former organist for Southern Culture on the Skids, and these seasoned cats go spelunking into the instrumental vibe knowing that surf numbers, New Orleans funk and dusty party nuggets mean one thing: good-time music. Both these sets are just "going to the boom-boom." Late show at 10 p.m. —Chris Toenes
Bowerbirds, Midtown Dickens
Duke Coffeehouse—These birds come back to a local bower for the first time since August, now as a member of the Dead Oceans roster (the band was first on music editor Grayson Currin's label). The band's sepia-toned acoustics creak and crawl slowly on, dragged by Phil Moore's airy tenor. The sound sways and canters as if weighed down yet bourn forward by sheer will and faith. You imagine Moore and Beth Tacular in suspenders and a shawl, greeting you from their front porch rockers, as rustic and old-fashioned as the tone they conjure. Openers Midtown Dickens purveys charming, ramshackle mostly acoustic pop with tight harmonies. Also, Lost in the Trees at 9:30 p.m. for $7. —Chris Parker
Western Civ, Salt to Bitters, The Trophy Wives
Hell—Chemically augmented emotional emancipation in Hell: The Trophy Wives brings garage rock from Atlanta with simple rhymes and a punk sneer (hopefully it leaves the weak "Slack Motherfucker" cover at home). Western Civ does that Merge flagship proud, drawing heavy influence from Pavement and Archers of Loaf. Fitting, as they moved here from Alabama last year. Tony Raver's cathar-sick wails front Salt to Bitters' abrasive acoustic-charged punk. Donate at 10 p.m. —Spencer Griffith
Legacy of Pride
Herb Young Community Center—The 10th annual African-American Celebration: Legacy of Pride is a one-day celebration, education and entertainment. Music stage, children's village, information booths and ethnic foods retrace the African-American history and culture. Although the historical contributions to the world are presented, the emphasis, this year, is on the African-American youth. Call 462-3963 for more info. —Bruna Zacka