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The daily guide to life in the Triangle

The Winter Pageant, Phon, The Explosionables, The Swaybacks

NYC five-piece The Winter Pageant churns dark tides in choppy waters, sailing in a skiff of straight-ahead, mechanical rhythms supporting cloaked melodies under a banner of ethereal vocals and spiraling guitars inspired by Johnny Greenwood. Ivan Rosebud will forsake the chance to see labelmate Crooked Fingers play the Cradle in order to debut The Explosionables, a two-piece project with Pidgeon English co-owner Josh Bryant. Phon--intricate somnambulists--open. 9 p.m. --Grayson Currin

Steve McClure
Craen Art Gallery

Using multiple media to create his artwork, McClure creates a surreal portrait of people. His artwork portrays fascinating visual stories that provide a glimpse into his mind and also trigger things in the audience's imagination. There'll be 39 pieces of McClure's artwork on display, including his Cruelty Makes Memories series. The show runs through April 30. Call 286-4837 for info. --Ben Holmes

Chapel Hill
Nnenna Freelon
Stone Center, UNC

The five-time Grammy nominee will perform in a benefit for UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, then head up to D.C. the next night to join the Count Basie Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. This is her last scheduled local performance until July, so catch her while you can. Reserved seats are $50, general admission $35 and student tickets $15. Show starts at 8 p.m.

King Sunny Ade
Cat's Cradle

Juju music returns to the Triangle in the form of the king and his African Beats. His shows are every bit as vibrant as his music and a perfect way to usher in spring. Tickets are $17 in advance. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Michael Tolcher, Ingram Hill
Lincoln Theatre

Memphis' Ingram Hill is still getting used to fame, even as former track star Michael Tolcher suddenly finds himself there thanks to opening slots for Gavin Degraw and penning the theme song on the recently canceled Life As We Know It. --Grayson Currin

The Man Who
Manbitedog Theater

"Held over by popular demand"--we don't see these words too often when it comes to live theater. Rest assured, the crowds have picked a winner: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélene Estienne's gutsy, minimal adaptation of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat presents us with the facts, and then dares us to draw our own conclusions about the medical community's treatment of patients with brain disorders. Check our capsule review on page 34 for more details. The show runs March 25 and 26. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 682-3343. --Byron Woods

Spader vs. Art Lord & The Self-Portraits
Bickett Gallery

Last chance to catch Spader for a month, as two-thirds of the band head to Japan. Last chance to catch Greenville's Art Lord & The Self-Portraits until they head back home on Saturday to play an "Underwear Party at Miranda's House." Last chance ever to see these two go head-to-head in a dance-off, rock-off, friendly competition/collaboration. Fun! --Grayson Currin

Corey Harris

Harris' work neatly ties together the threads of song between the original savannah syncopators of African folk and its offspring, African-American blues. His travels to Mali in the Martin Scorsese blues doc Feel Like Going Home enhanced his working knowledge of the roots of the blues, including a visit to the hometown of African blues master Ali Farka Touré. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 8 p.m. --Chris Toenes

N.C. Renaissance Faire
N.C. State Fairgrounds

Take a step back in time to the Renaissance era and visit knights in shining armor, mythical unicorns, Queen Elizabeth I and her Royal Court and other enchanting characters and beasts straight from the past. There'll be costume contests, feasts and unicorn rides along with medieval events, including sword fighting and jousting. Other happenings include medieval singing, dancing, storytelling, puppetry and music. This isn't your typical fair. Runs March 26 and 27 and April 2 and 3. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and children (kids 5 and under get in free). Visit www.ncrenfaire.com for details. --Ben Holmes

Andrew Grimm
The Pour House

"And nobody came/But my band still played/We just closed our eyes/And made believe" sings Andrew Grimm on "Baltimore," a tale of too many night and too few folks, and one of the highlights of the latest record from Grimm's country-rock band June Star. Full house or not, you're going to get Grimm's all. Kristin from the band Ellen Cherry opens. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. --Rick Cornell

Martin Street Music Hall

Heavy, man, real heavy: DMBQ leader Shinji Masuko is a Japanese wild man par excellence, reviving the guitar amp overload of '60s bands like Blue Cheer. The Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet, as they were once called, rev up two local shows this week. Birds of Avalon and Triangle hard-hitters Fin Fang Foom open at Martin Street Music Hall on Monday, and Fin Fang Foom and capital R rockers Pegasus open at Local 506 on Sunday, March 27. --Chris Toenes

Radio 4, Supersystem
Cat's Cradle

One of the few neo-wavers following through on the promise of actually danceable retro-punk, Radio 4 slips some political protest into their particular mix. Four-four beats mingle with staccato guitar splinters for twitchy body-moving music. DC's Supersystem, née El Guapo, recently added another member to their sound. Show up at 9 p.m; tickets are $8. --Chris Toenes

Wednesday next
Hellcar Comics

Last chance to see some of the best cartoonists around, including Indy contributors Eric Knisley, Kevin Dixon and Paul Friedrich, who have been producing some of the best in comic art by way of Hellcar Comics for over a decade. Designbox presents a collective show featuring original artwork and animation by the artists based on their comic strips--everything from from dark monsters to poodles in spaceships. --Ben Holmes

Chapel Hill
Sharron Kraus

Kraus' brand of dark English folk smokes through in murder ballads and lovelorn tales, gnarled with broken tree roots and buzzing bees in enchanted woods. Arrive promptly for opener Caleb Stine and an acoustic set by Chuck Johnson. One of the most alluring shows this week. The show starts at 10 p.m., and $5 gets you in. --Chris Toenes

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