Stop Torture Now
Community United Church of Christ
"In the law of war, military necessity encompasses anything that contributes to victory, so the president's directive really forbids nothing but pointless sadism.... In short, we comply with our legal obligations because, in the Bush lexicon, we hardly have any," writes David Luban in a Washington Post editorial. American torture of foreign prisoners and suspects marks the face of America as one of the ugliest outcomes of the war in Iraq, and the folks at Stop Torture Now hope to raise awareness of the situation. They meet at 814 Dixie Trail in Raleigh at 6:30 p.m. with activists from Illinois and Missouri. Call 834-4478 for more info.
Des Ark & Work Clothes
Chaz's Bull City Records & Tapes
Aimee Argote's second Des Ark solo show in two days pairs her with Work Clothes, the band she's been practicing her new material with recently. Work Clothes, the duo-led band of Lee and Jenny Waters, released their second album, These are the Shoes We Wear, in 2005. A highlight of the year, it whispers hushed sentimentality through wistful acoustic guitars and reverberating electric fills. Live, hazy dreams become pastel films. Cassette opens. The show begins at 9 p.m., and a $3-4 donation is requested. --Grayson Currin
See if you can get your head around this thing called Genghis Tron: Take your favorite deep trance electronica and put it through channel one. Grab Lightning Bolt's Ride the Skies and feed it through channel two. Do the same with some shreddin' '80s metal in channel three and Merzbow's Merzbeat in channel four. Drink a Sparks, get behind the mixing board, hit play on all four channels, and try to mix each one in and out to make a dynamic, two-minute symphony. No, this is not for the faint of heart. Child Abuse--still powerful, less interesting--opens, with locals Phon perhaps providing a calm before the storm. The show begins at 10 p.m. --Grayson Currin
Former Raleigh resident Jeanne Jolly handles vocal duties in Chris Botti's touring bands, which puts her in distinct company. On Botti's last album, vocalists included Michael Buble, Paula Cole, Jill Scott and Steven Tyler. The company backing her--highlighted by a rhythm section of drummer Billy Kilson and bassist Jon Ossman--isn't shabby either. The focus, of course, will be on Botti, a trumpet player with a recently rare ability for crossover between pop and jazz, as can be heard on his past collaborations with Bob Dylan, Sting, Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon. Tickets range from $26-30, and the show begins at 8 p.m. with comedian Brad Reeder opening. --Grayson Currin
Recent temps in the mid-50s have been but teasers, hinting at the potential cold that should mark the winter we are in and providing a slightly cooler sample of the spring that's still months away. If wet suits in winter aren't your thing but kayaking during the year's warmer days is, Rollapoolooza may be a welcome appetizer. Get information about local kayaking organizations, test new kayaking equipment, exchange gear with fellow enthusiasts and discover some new techniques. The rendezvous goes from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Optimist Pool on Whittier Drive. Admission is $10.
L in Japanese, Adam Rottin
Producer and MC L in Japanese recently returned to Chapel Hill from an extended stint in Paris, where he heartily dug into the French hip-hop scene. L collaborated with locals and the European outlets of American beat mavericks, including production duties on tracks by Afu Ra and Slum Village on a U.S.-French partnership comp. He's keeping himself very busy in the Triangle, with his own beats and rhymes appearing on several upcoming recordings. Get with another mix of our local hip hop with this lineup. Beats drop at 10 p.m.; you drop $6. --Chris Toenes
The Pour House
Like peas in a pod, these one-time Squirrel Nut Zippers are as inseparable as Gene Simmons and his leather hot pants. Whether working their way through "Hell" with a calypso swing or bounding through bubbling pop irreverence such as "Steven Had a Wet Dream" off their Brother Seeker album, the duo promise a light-hearted good time. With Maxwell on guitar and Mosher switching between sax, guitar and banjo, their shows feature a passel of Zippers tunes and other original compositions whose humor makes them worthy rivals of Ween. Get goofy at 7 p.m. for $5. --Chris Parker
McDougle Middle School
Through March 12, your restless kids can get away from that Xbox 360 that's been the center of their collective universe since Christmas by escaping to McDougle Middle School at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. If school on the weekend makes your children nervous, they can lace up their Air Force Ones rest assured that this is the Basketball Drop-In. It's a chance to play ball indoors for $2 during the winter, and it's sponsored by Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department. For more info, call 918-7364.
C.A.R.E. burrito bash
General Store Cafe
The winter months leave abandoned pets with little shelter or chance of survival, but Chatham Animal Rescue and Education provides a local network of volunteer foster homes by which the neglected animals have a chance. Adoption fees help cover the basic expenses of pets in the shelter, but--as any pet owner knows--sometimes, animals require a bit more care than food, water and shelter. For a $10 donation, enjoy live music from Matt Daniels and burritos and the accoutrements. The festivities start at 6 p.m., and the night's silent auction items include a signed Duke basketball (the market value for Tar Heel 2005-06 balls has decreased, apparently) and a color television. raleigh open jam night the pour house-- Trevor Cook, Charlie Trexler and David Woodard are Seven Minute Bender, a Raleigh band that cites jazz influences among comparisons with indie darlings Pavement and Sonic Youth and outward-bound alt-rock favorites like Primus and Ween. They host The Pour House's open jam night this week, inviting musicians of all stripes to come and do some flexing. Here's to hoping Chuck Johnson, Bob Pence and Eric Weddle show up. Now that's an OPEN jam. Outbound? Hell, things could get outright alien. The free evening starts at 9 p.m. --Grayson Currin
Big Time & Fight the Bull
Chris Blum's 1988 documentary of Tom Waits weaves scenes of a live Waits with a potpourri of scenes inspired by his songs. It's a bit of a trip, but Waits is in fine form with guitarist Marc Ribot riding shotgun. Big Time plays first tonight, followed by Richmond's Fight The Bull, a bit of a new jazz rarity that admires the rigor of a move-worthy groove and simultaneously steps into somewhat avant territories. The trio smothers horns and guitar over way-hard-bop drums, blurring the beats occasionally, hinting back to late-'50s jazz, more a post-rock The Shape of Jazz to Come on a Grant Green bender than Spiritual Unity with laces. Excellent stuff. The show begins at 10 p.m. --Grayson Currin
Zippy is a girl in Mooreland, Ind., who wants to see her mother do more with her life, to "get up off the couch" and get an education. Her mother eventually does in this sequel to A Girl Named Zippy, getting a bachelor's degree and becoming a teacher in the Midwest of the '60s. She loses 100 pounds and aims for her own happiness, while her husband regrets it all. Haven Kimmel reads in Durham at 7 p.m. tonight and then at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
D.H. Hill Library
A circuit court judge in Virginia and a fine Southern author steeped in the peculiarities and idiosyncrasies that make life in the American South so interesting, Martin Clark's The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living tells the story of a despondent judge unsatisfied with life who starts to find his salvation in the sister of a cocaine user on trial when she offers the judge a bribe. The story--set in North Carolina--gets inexplicably twisted from there. 2004's follow-up, Plain Heathen Mischief, stays the course, pitting a wicked parishioner in a long car ride with a guy convicted of statutory rape. Things get interesting. The free reading starts at 8 p.m. in the Assembly Room at NCSU's D.H. Hill Library. --Grayson Currin