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Chapel Hill
American analog Set

The Austin quintet American Analog Set has been making living room floor, headphones set music since 1995, recording for Emperor Jones and Tiger Style over the past decade. As it turns out, their debut on Arts & Crafts--the Canadian syndicate helmed by Broken Social Scene--will be the banner under which AmAnSet plays its last national tour. The band won't end, and other projects will be pursued, but this may be your best chance to see the band in North Carolina. The rock-club confines of places like the Wetlands have always been an odd fit for AmAnSet; however, their ultra-low-key excitability is easy to miss in the reverie of it all. Even at their loudest, it's a persistent buzz, not a pounding knock, as sustained keyboard tones and one-two open chords pass along peacefully. Former Come guitarist and Codeine drummer Chris Brokaw, who turned the score of Roddy Bogawa's I Was Born, But... into a 2004 capsheaf, opens with Fan Modine. The 9 p.m. show runs $8. --Grayson Currin

L.E.G.A.C.Y.'s birthday bash
The Brewery

"Life Ends Gradually And Changes You"--L.E.G.A.C.Y. Or, as he likes to sport these days, L.F.B. --"Little Furnace Boy." Yeah, Durham's L.E.G. packs braggadocio like much more famous emcees claim to pack guns and big toolboxes, and he's not afraid to use it: onstage (he'll come out to some anthem rock), on album ("I'm a star") or in life (he's currently digging up material for an autobiography plotting the wellsprings of his lyrics). In any event, L.E.G. --a guy who Big Pooh says catalyzed the Justus League by challenging their work ethic--thinks on a grand scale, and his birthday party should be not too sober or shabby. --Grayson Currin

Pop Triumvirate

Consider this a freshman-year survey course in Triangle bands worth knowing, and hope 200 kids show up. Hotel LIghts is the subtle bedroom pop dream of Ben Folds Five survivor Darren Jesse, and his songs expertly abide by Elliott Smith's elegant sadness and Tim Buckley's solid-oak interiors. Raleigh trio Ticonderoga mangles perfectly built choruses with purposely conceived interruptions, stopping the flow for slow-burn crescendos and crooked-smile wordplay on their map-burning second record, The Heilig-Levine LP. Schooner plays rock songs with Reid Johnson's crooner capabilities and a The National-cum-Nada Surf awareness of what it means to construct an inviting acoustic environment. New album in March. --Grayson Currin

Carolina Rollergirls Awards Night & Post-Season Snow brawl
Berkeley Cafe

The Berkeley continues to collect some of the best DJs of varied persuasions, here in a pre-holiday jam. DJ.exe, Cut-Less, Son of Sam, Merlin, Lowkey, all spinning the hard wax, in beats from broken to positively bubbly. Come out and see the Carolina Rollergirls bid farewell to Season 2. Beats are at 9 p.m. and they'll cost you $2. --Chris Toenes

Rivermill holiday art show
Saxapahaw River Mill

More than 15 artists gather at the (Saxapahaw) River(mill) for a wine-and-cheese reception from 2 to 8 p.m. and to show their new work. For more on the artists, see. www.rivermillvillage.com.

Chapel Hill
Cuntry Kings

"Drag It In, Drag it Out" is the Cuntry Kings' monthly open drag show, welcoming all comers. Sign up starts at 9:30 p.m. Bring your performance music, but leave the dance party up to the electro wisdom of the Mothersbrothers following the show. Drag yourself out at 10:30 p.m. for $5. For more, visit www.cuntrykings.com. --Chris Toenes

Legs mechanical
Bickett Gallery

Choreographer, dancer and unifying principal Renee Aumiller convenes another kicky, late-night showcase of original works Saturday night at Bickett Gallery. In Legs Mechanical, seven artists contemplate the mechanics of everyday life, as Rachel Brooker furthers her reading of Haruki Murakami in Naoko's Dream, after a new duet by Ashlee Ramsey. Aumiller collaborates with visual artist Caroline King in Idyllic Cycles, before a work in progress based on "hipsters, scenesters, emo-rockers and other 20-something personae." Show's at 10 p.m.; tickets are $5 at the door. Call 836-5358. --Byron Woods

Annual Candlelight Tour
Historic Oakwood

Escape the assault of endless urban sprawl and gaudy holiday displays with a step back in time. Historic Oakwood presents their 34th annual candlelight tour of immaculately preserved, 19th-century Victorian style homes. Celebrate this community treasure tonight and Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 832-9712. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the tour. --Virginia Daniel

Chapel Hill
Christmas Wish List

Starting Friday, moviegoers at Chapel Hill's Chelsea will find an additional cinematic treat included with admission. A 14-minute film called Christmas Wish List will precede The Squid and the Whale and afford an opportunity to see a locally produced short. In this seasonal short, an arrogant young lawyer stuck in town on Christmas Eve encounters an attractive physician who may have a lesson or two for him. Christmas Wish List is the work of Sean Overbeeke, a Connecticut transplant who produced the film while a student at UNC. The technical polish of Overbeeke's film is a fine advertisement for the filmmaking classes of the university: Excellent acting, cinematography and production design accompany a charming and sentimental tale. --David Fellerath

Cat's Cradle

Tonight's the last Flicker of the year at Cat's Cradle. Curator Nicole Triche promises a program weighted toward 16mm shorts, including an intriguing work called Ablution, courtesy of Greensboro's Eric Patrick. This experimental film, described as "a film ritual that observes dissociation," unfolds in three parts, including one that is said to be a shamanistic chant. Elsewhere on the docket is Noble Chrome Pirates, a well-oiled and amusing look at five teenaged grease monkeys building a hot rod out of stolen car parts. It rolls at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $3. --David Fellerath

Chapel Hill
H.R. & Jack Ruby
Local 506

In his youth, H.R. (aka Human Rights) was the wild-eyed visionary of '80s hardcore pioneers Bad Brains/Soul Brains, promising to drive a stake into the bourgeoisie ("Fearless Vampire Killers") and assailing the life of commerce ("Pay to Cum") in between paeans to his reggae roots. While still possessed of one of music's most distinctive voices, H.R.'s notorious stage presence has only grown crankier with time. Solo, he's cultivated his mellower, reggae-fueled side while continuing to explore Rastafarian spirituality and oppression. The son of famous reggae producer Jack Ruby (Burning Spear), Ruby Jr. played with acid-jazz artists Jazzhole in the early '90s. The tour rolls into town twice, in Raleigh on Thursday, Dec. 8 and at 506 tonight. Get punk'd at 9 p.m. with $10-12. --Chris Parker

Raleigh Little Theatre

Put away that broom and polish your glass slippers once again: For the 22nd year in a row, Raleigh Little Theatre returns with its popular interpretation of Cinderella. This year's version includes all new costumes and faces and comes stock with plenty of song and dance. It runs at 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 9, 15 and 16 and at 1 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Tickets are $15 in the balcony and $25 in the pit. For more, see www.raleighlittletheatre.org.

Wednesday next
Cat's Cradle

In 2005, David Lowery & Co. have released an album and headlined as Camper Van Beethoven, not to mention an opening slot on this year's might-as-well-have-been-sponsored-by-Hollister Modest Mouse national romp. Now, Cracker returns as an acoustic duo, meaning that Lowery--with guitarist Johnny Hickman--will play the Triangle for the fifth time this year two weeks before 2006 calls him back. The two will touch on it all, from Cracker to Camper to covers uncharted, and one can only hope for a good ol' buttered slice of songs from last year's (ir)reverent Countrysides, like the ribald and righteous "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers." Away from majors, Lowery knows that "It Ain't Gonna Suck Itself." Eric Hutchinson opens at 9 p.m. --Grayson Currin

June, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Panic Division
The Brewery

Chicago's June recently released their debut for indie powerhouse Victory Records . With big crunchy guitars and anthemic singing, they split the difference between Hawthorne Heights and Fall Out Boy, fashioning hook-heavy, sing-along emo with an unusually creamy sonic texture. Phoenix's Scary Kids Scaring Kids' prog-metal bent mixes with their emo-core delivery effectively enough. The most intriguing act of the evening is Panic Division, whose combination of emo's melodic melancholia and industrial synth pop could offer an out for electroclash acts looking for a new direction. --Chris Parker

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