Spanish Film Festival
Todo el Poder is a black comedy about a filmmaker in Mexico City who's a victim of crime and violence, sometimes three times a day. Made in 1999, the film captures the tension the city and its inhabitants live with every day. 6:30 p.m., Soc. Psych. 130. Spanish with English subtitles. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Raleigh Carolina Rollergirls Kings--You always wanted to run off and join the roller derby, and here's your chance. The Carolina Rollergirls say: "Pull out that can o' whoop ass and come out to show them what some Southern Hellfire's made of." They're holding a recruiting meeting, and even if you don't want to be a rollergirl, they're looking for guys and girls to be crew, announcers, referees, scorekeepers, cheerleaders and, of course, bouncers. 424 S. McDowell St. 8-9 p.m. 831-1005, www.carolinarollergirls.com .
If you recognize Haynes as the singer of the Butthole Surfers, you might expect their gonzo sonic lunacy, but--without the wailing guitar of Paul Leary--Haynes' problem seems to be that he's all too normal. If you're looking for something reminiscent of the Surfers' balls-out intensity, show up early and see Heroine Sheiks featuring Shannon Selberg, formerly of noise-rock progenitors The Cows. United with Swans/Foetus guitarist Norman Westberg, they deliver obnoxiously loud and rambunctious scum rock, highlighted by Selberg's bizarre onstage stunts and showmanship. --Chris Parker
Heart of Durham Motel
After years of decay, false starts and finally a takeover to turn the site into a transit hub, the City of Durham will be celebrating the demolition of the decaying Heart of Durham Motel on the edge of downtown on Chapel Hill Street. The mayor and dignitaries will be there at 5:30 p.m., but don't expect a fancy implosion. It's mostly symbolic, and the city's PR people are calling it "Jump Start the Heart," as if downtown were still dead.
From the Inside Out
St. Mary's School
The N.C. Women's Prison Writing and Performance Project--the cast of women's prison inmates who brought us the highly acclaimed Doing More than Time--returns with a world premiere of From the Inside Out. This production examines coming of age, the paths to and effects of incarceration, and the lessons learned. You only have one chance to catch it, so don't miss this performance! 8 p.m., Pittman Auditorium, 900 Hillsborough St. Donations accepted. 962-6480 or www.unc.edu/~cramer/prison .
Dying to Tell the Story
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Dan Eldon was a young reporter hoping to make a difference in war-torn Somalia, where he was stoned to death by an angry mob. The Emmy-nominated documentary, Dying to Tell the Story, explores his life, as well as the dangers of frontline reporting and the reasons reporters risk their lives covering war zones. The screening will be followed by a discussion with executive producer/Eldon's mom Kathy Eldon. Carroll Hall Auditorium. 966-7024 or www.jomc.unc.edu/executiveeducation/trauma .
Parklife and Marat
Martin St. Music Hall
What a joy it must be to be a Raleigh guitar popper in Parklife, who--after being dumped during one label's collapse and perennially overlooked by a handful of others--have made what amounts to one of the catchiest, most driving, influences-on-the-sleeve records to emerge from the Triangle in years. The dreamy "President's War" brings the space oddity of Bowie back from orbit, while the polished hook of "Someday Lovesong" and other assorted gems unearthed here swell, sway and stick, revealing a band beginning to bear the burden of its weighty Britpop brand name. --Grayson Currin
Statewide Green-Building Tour
Green-building tours are being held today in Chapel Hill, Boone, Asheville and Charlotte. The exhibited homes and buildings will demonstrate readily available building alternatives which cut down on energy consumption, use environmentally-friendly building materials, landscaping and water conservation, and in some cases provide self-generated, clean, renewable energy. A green-building seminar will be held in Chapel Hill Friday, Oct. 1. For more info about the tours, contact NCSEA at 832-7601, email@example.com, or visit www.ncsustainableenergy.org .
The Whirling Dervishes
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
The Rumi Forum and the Islam and Dialogue Student Association at N.C. State University present a live performance of the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi. The Sufi music concert and Sama performance includes dance and live music, and seeks to promote "peace and understanding between different cultures." 834-4000 or www.ticketmaster.com . $14.60-$53.50 . 6 p.m.
Latin American Film Series
Richard White Auditorium
Fernando Perez' Suite Habana (Havana Suite) is an 80-minute, 6 a.m. to midnight slice-of-life in Havana, Cuba. Sharing their stories of joy, responsibility and monotony are a railway repairman, a doctor who dreams of acting, a young lover who plans to emigrate to Florida to join his sweetheart and a pensioner who sells peanuts for a living. Family is the focus in this lyrical documentary on devotion, loss and the pursuit of dreams. 8 p.m. Duke East Campus. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.duke.edu/web/film/screensociety/LatinAm2004.html .
Do Make Say Think
Droning, meandering tones wander about over skittering drums and occasional washes of electronics, gently swelling and subsiding in a predictable build and release pattern that still finds opportunities for side alleys and underground passages. This Toronto quintet plays cinematic post-rock instrumentals that are pretty and occasionally haunting, a post-millennial answer to the ambient approach of Brian Eno. Also appearing is A Problem of Alarming Dimensions, who are from the area and also favor an instrumental approach that builds, broadens and coheres with dreamy, spidery webs of guitar leaving strands everywhere. --Chris Parker
John Wilkes Booze
JWB consider themselves "Southern Indiana's premier R&B band," a namesake that doesn't hint at their affinity for dirty glam and rough-edged soul music. Their modus operandi is closer to Bloomington forefathers The Gizmos than some frat party rockers. Prankishness and humor cut through their low-end raucous rumble, sax and all. In one edition of a series of tribute EPs, The Boozers tipped their hats to T. Rex's enigmatic leader, with "Marc Bolan Makes Me Want to Fuck." The Triangle gets two doses of 'em on this trip (also Sunday, Oct. 3 at Nightlight), so swagger on over to the one nearest you. Portland trip Lion Fever opens. --Chris Toenes
Incubus and Ben Kweller
The pairing is pretty bizarre, an obvious attempt to coattail success, like NBC's saddling Thursday's otherwise Must See TV lineup with wretched sitcoms such as Union Square and Jesse. Not because Kweller doesn't have the talent--indeed, his diffident mop-top charm makes him the Fred Savage of rock 'n' roll. Equal parts Lou Barlow-esque lovelorn angst and Fountains of Wayne-inspired power pop, he's the millennium's answer to Evan Dando by way of Ben Lee. That hardly makes him a natural to join headliners Incubus, who have at least continued to distance themselves from the smoldering wreck of rap-metal. --Chris Parker