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Durham
Peter Gomes
First Presbyterian Church—Before Peter J. Gomes penned The New York Times bestseller The Good Book and was ordained minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church, he was first and foremost a preacher and philosopher of faith. From this personal relationship with the church and an even deeper connection to God and his scriptures, Gomes has mined the depths of conventional faith firsthand and gathered his observations in one thought-provoking book, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good about the Good News? An insightful evaluation of modern-day Christianity, Gomes questions the straightforwardness of the scriptures and takes a revolutionary approach to the teachings of Jesus and their true meaning in today's world. Find out Gomes' take on the popular adage "What Would Jesus Do?" at 7 p.m. for free. —Kathy Justice


Raleigh
Chris Smith
Sadlack's—Chris Smith's aching, rustic twang rises like an oak that's not too grand to fall. This Patty Hurst Shifter is at his best on tracks like "3 Bad Ideas," where he surveys the relationship damage ("drunkenness and depression cast the first stone") and castigates himself for his bad ideas ("love and faith and destiny"). Still, Smith can't let go, as he clings to the last vestige of hope like a hungry man to his last scrap of bread. "We could slow down/ make a new start/ maybe dance around the killing part." Sage advice. Feed the bucket at 7 p.m. —Chris Parker


Carrboro
The English Beat
Cat's Cradle—Dave Wakeling created some of the catchiest, smartest new wave music of the '80s with the English Beat and General Public. While not 2-Tone pioneers, their blend of blue-eyed soul, horn-rich ska and new wave bounce perfected the formula. The pop lean of American breakthrough Special Beat Service eventually split the band, but produced "I Confess" and "Save It For Later," two of the era's most irrepressible singles. The dance-friendly vibe helped open the American shores to acts like Pet Shop Boys and Soft Cell. They're back (or Wakeling, the only remaining member, now with past members of General Public) at 8:30 p.m. with RX Bandits. Tickets are $17-$20. —Chris Parker


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