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50! Evolution of a Butch Lesbian
Manbites Dog Theater

Commemorating the start of her second half-century (ow!), irreverent monologist Laurie Wolf's latest autobiographical show mixes topicality with a few new taboos to add to those she's previously covered. She's as ready as ever to go on record (and the soapbox) about American politics--and lesbians who still don't know how to dress. But humorous stories about gradually growing older (including a musical elegy to "My Tight Butt") segue into deeper, darker territory. Intensely personal stories about lessons learned from a father in hospice form the emotional and ethical centerpiece of the evening--which is why we gave Evolution 3 1/2 stars at its January premiere. 682-3343. --Bryon Woods

Marc Cohn, Vienna Teng
Carolina Theatre

Cohn's songwriting skills, fleshed out in his piano and guitar play, have long been praised by folks like Bonnie Raitt and David Crosby as one of the lasting voices of modern acoustic music. In 1991, he won the Grammy for Best New Artist when the memorable "Walking In Memphis" became a hit. Pianist Vienna Teng, herself with folk and pop influences, opens the show. --Chris Toenes MUM PuppetTheatre's Measuring Man Reynolds Theater, Duke-- Told through Robert Smythe's acclaimed puppetry and Daniel Stein's movement performance, Measuring Man tells the tale of the inventive genius that was Leonardo da Vinci. The performance utilizes da Vinci's own words plus stand-up comedy and object manipulation to illustrate the turns of fortune, risk, failure and sheer genius that comprise the life of the inventor, the thinker and the modern man. Measuring Man is a portrayal of Leonardo da Vinci not as a saint without flaw but as a tangible human being. The 75-minute half-biography and half-parable show begins at 8 p.m. --Russell Nash

Ed Thigpen, Lenora Zenzalai Helm
BN Duke Auditorium, NCCU

Percussionist, master of the brushes and alum of the Oscar Peterson Trio (considered by many musicians to be the greatest piano-bass-drums trio in the history of jazz) Ed Thigpen is the artist-in-residence at North Carolina Central University's Jazz Studies Program this week. Jazz vocalist/jazz embassador/Spirit Child Lenora Zenzalai Helm joins Thigpen and NCCU's jazz ensembles. 8 p.m. $10. --Maria Brubeck

Chapel Hill
Two Dollar Pistols, Cub Country, Randy Whitt & The Grits
Local 506

The way I learned it, you chase the lighter stuff with the harder stuff. It makes the going down easier, and--with luck--it takes the coming up out of the equation. In that case, chase a set of Two Dollar Pistols-brand extreme heartbreak acrimony with a Mason jar of the hardest homemade brandy you can buy. Former Jets to Brazil bassist Jeremy Chatelain is Cub Country: rustic, looming countryside creakers torn from the soul. --Grayson Currin

Stewart Theatre, NCSU

The advance word on this show is strong, but the subject remains a hard sell for American audiences. As the title character, Montreal stage artist Dulcinea Langfelder manages to probe the grittier verities of aging and Alzheimer's disease "with disarming humor and, above all, infinite tenderness and respect" (La Presse). Langfelder asks audiences to stretch and meet a soul unhindered by memory, a woman whose unfettered imagination liberates her from a wheelchair that in turns becomes "her rocking chair, her prison, her tango partner and her flying chariot." --Bryon Woods

The Rosebuds, Dude Garden, The Close

Call it pop or call it rock, or call it Pop Rocks--that's right, the sweetly addictive confection that zapped your tongue as a kid with little sizzles of solid carbonation. The Rosebuds do that, grabbing you with Ivan's big-time hooks and sending you into a shimmy frenzy with keyboard chirps and Mersey-built drum bop. Georgia's tempting The Close, the band's partners on its newest split, will open, along with Dude Garden. --Grayson Currin

Chapel Hill
Luna, Palomar III
Cat's Cradle

Luna moonman Dean Wareham gives 10 reasons for the hiatus his band will indefinitely enter after this tour, and they run the gamut from the alleged safety hazards of 15-passenger vans to the gripping expansion of the universe. Given the perfection of their latest, Rendezvous, it's hard to believe a band this good would ever call it quits. Some press on, though, including openers Palomar III, who raise pretty pop numbers of quirk and quiver on defiantly fun fem vocals, bouncy synthesizers and jangly guitars. --Grayson Currin

Music 'n Motion
Wellness Partners in the Arts

This afternoon show features some of the areas most prominent and talented jazz musicians playing jazz standards and a few of their own pieces, in improvisational collaboration with local dancers. Lois DeLoatch, a thoroughly celebrated jazz singer, hosts the show. The musicians set the stage, and the dancers play the lead. --Russell Nash

Finger Eleven, Local H, Burden Brothers
Lincoln Theatre

I'll be the first to confess that I haven't been keeping up with Local H other than to say that the title of their latest album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, is one of the coolest I've encountered in a while. However, for a couple months in late 1998, Local H's "All the Kids Are Right" was my favorite song in the world, the title a nifty Who pun and the sound that of Nirvana with a better sense of pop hooks and humor. --Rick Cornell

Chapel Hill
Hot Rod Circuit, Straylight Run
Cat's Cradle

While emo/punk-pop shares an unhealthy preoccupation with relationships and predictable musical cues like plaintive choruses, chugga-chugga openings or lurching power-chord breaks, genre tags are too often dismissive rather than illuminating. Second tier acts Matchbook Romance or Boys Night Out shouldn't tar decent bands. Hot Rod Circuit has a developed pop sensibility reminiscent of The Get Up Kids, which while limited in scope, nails the target. Straylight Run is the new project from the AWOL members of Taking Back Sunday, and if a bit melodramatic, it does push genre boundaries. --Chris Parker

Matt Brandau's Jazz Jam

Ward off the late November cold with Matt Brandau's hot jazz jam and a mezza of Turkish, Greek, Lebanese and North African delights. Bebop, swing, allspice, mint and wine--who could ask for anything more? Bring your axe or just listen. Gets cookin' between 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. --Maria Brubeck

Annual Jon Shain Pre-Turkey Day Benefit
Six String Cafe

For the fourth consecutive fall, Jon Shain and David Sardinha are pooling their pre-Thanksgiving spirit and goodwill to do their best for those less fortunate. Americana poster boy Shain, whose current trio uses the Piedmont blues as a launching point, has recruited the likes of veteran guitar hero Will McFarlane, bluegrassers Kickin' Grass and rockabilly outfit Edsel 500 to round out the benefit's bill. And Six String owner Sardinha will see that the show's proceeds go to Raleigh's Helping Hands Mission, an organization for whom he's quietly been doing good deeds for years. --Rick Cornell

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