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In giant, inspirational puppets
"Spectacularly beautiful" and "amazing" only begin to describe the artistry, puppetry and genius that make up Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Now in their fifth year, the group uses cardboard, papier-mache trash and a variety of puppetry styles to help promote social change, peace and hope for a better world.

In their current show, Wood, Stone, Fire, & Bone, a living landscape moves and breathes as marionettes, flowers, stilted beasts, shadows and a huge (30-foot wingspan) white heron come to life and dance under the moon.

The performance is set to live music surrounded by woods in the beautiful stone setting of Chapel Hill's Forest Theatre, across the street from Paul Green Theater.

This enriching event will delight all ages. Come early and bring a picnic, a blanket or something soft for your butt, and a sense of wonder. Wood, Stone, Fire, & Bone is performed at Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 20 to Sept. 12. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12 and free for 3 and under.

in music fests
There's a convergence of music festivals in the western Triangle with the 11th annual Sleazefest revving up downtown Chapel Hill and the third annual Durham Music Festival hitting stages all over the Bull City.

Headliners for Sleazefest (see story and schedule on page 41) include hosts Southern Culture on the Skids along with The Fleshtones, The Woggles, Sons of Hercules, The Swingin' Neckbreakers, Nine Pound Hammer, Bo Deco, ANTiSEEN, The Moaners, Chrome Plated Apostles and Fake Swedish. Tickets and information at www.sleazefest.com.

Headliners for the Durham Music Festival (see Scan page 39 and schedule page 42) include Richard Buckner, The Butchies, Jett Rink, Mountain Goats, North Elementary, The Rosebuds, Schooner, Chris Stamey, Transportation and The Ugglians. Information, directions and passes at www.durhammusicfestival.org. Sleazefest is at Local 506, the Carolina Sports Bar and The Cave in Chapel Hill, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20-22.

The Durham Music Festival is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20-21.

in jingle jangle
Though he's probably best known for his 12-string guitar intros on "Turn Turn Turn" and "Eight Miles High," Roger McGuinn is more than a two-riff Johnny. A teenage veteran of the New York folk movement and a co-creator of country rock and electric folk (the man toured with the Chad Mitchel Trio and Bobby Darin), his shows mix it up. He's also no stranger to the Triangle. His Folk Den Web site, where he offers free downloads of versions of public domain folk songs, is hosted on UNC-Chapel Hill's digital library ibiblio, and he's been known to drop by rock history classes there to sing a few for the scholars. Roger McGuinn plays the N.C. Museum of Art Saturday, Aug. 21. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating, $15 for general admission.

in ska-rocking
Count on Atlanta ska-rockers Mandorico to make a triumphant return to The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh on Saturday, Aug. 21. Their bouncy brand of Rock en Espanol is universally palatable in the best sense--infectiously danceable with a positive aura you can feel. Mandorico's Mexican lead singer comes from the notoriously tasty Distrito Federal music scene, so that means they incorporate every hybridized beat from here to Aztlan, a musical journey which winds scenically through Kingston, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Veracruz and East L.A. You won't need a map to get your groove on, but it is like vacationing at a youth hostel--a cheap vacation where you never know what hep kiddies you'll meet. --Sylvia Pfeiffenberger Mandorico plays The Pour House Music Hall Saturday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door; show starts at 10 p.m.

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