Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project
Durham Arts Council—The awe-inspiring documentary about Georges Rousses, the French architect-cum-artist, and his transformation of Durham tobacco factories into visual phenomena, is coming home. Following its world premiere at the Carolina Theatre one year ago, Bending Space has screened at museums and film festivals in France, Brooklyn and Memphis, Tenn. On Friday, as part of the Southern Documentary Fund's Southern Docs Screening Series, the film—and its directors, Kenny Dalsheimer and Penelope Maunsell—will be at the Durham Arts Council for one more show. If you haven't already, check out the disposable masterpieces Rousse made out of warehouse interiors, paint and perspective—a floating, blue circle made with sliced-up two-by-fours and counterintuitive architecture, or a shining, white strip, slicing through wooden beams in a dusty tobacco warehouse. Bending Space shines a light on the meticulous work that went into such beautiful mayhem. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. screening are $5. —Matt Saldaña
The Red Elvises, The Poonhounds
The Pour House—A sneak peak of our post-Red Dawn entertainment future, Russian expats The Red Elvises have been making recorded preparation for the takeover since the mid '90s. The band combines basic elements like surf, rockabilly and lounge with a dash of ethnic folk flair, and as you'd assume from the name, the Venice Beach, Calif., quartet drinks deep the goofy kitsch. From swinging odes like "A Kegga Beer and Potato Chips" and "Happy That I'm Straight" to the twang and maraca-driven rough-sex lament "My Love Is Killing Me," the Elvises get naughty fast and often. Arrive early for David "Elvisfest" Quick's tire-shredding Camaro rock outfit the Poonhounds, whose rugged blues rawk rumbles unabashedly like ZZ Top getting charged by AC/DC. Pay $12-$15 (capitalism, WTF?) at 8 p.m. —Chris Parker
El Kilombo's Cimarron Latin Dance
Club 9—Dance, dance revolution continues at the community outreach center El Kilombo. This edition of their monthly benefit dance features an expanded musical reach: two DJs and two dance floors. One will feature such Mexican styles as cumbia, ranchera and norteña, while the other will be Caribbean in orientation, with the likes of salsa, merengue and reggaeton. There's a free salsa lesson at 10 p.m., followed by dancing till 2 a.m. Cover at the door is $10, but $5 with advance RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. —David Fellerath
Tallis Scholars: "Dream Visions from the Spanish High Renaissance"
Duke Chapel—There's something to say for becoming rock stars of Renaissance music, as polyphonic choir pieces with harmonies sometimes unkind to the modern ear don't necessarily lend themselves to a mass following. But in its own way, Britain's Tallis Scholars has made the unlikely leap over the last 35 years, bringing updated energy to music from the 1600s to create a renewed understanding within a wider audience. In conjunction with the El Greco to Velázquez exhibit of Spanish art at the Nasher Museum, the vocal group comes to Duke Chapel with a program of work from the Spanish High Renaissance. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $28 for the general public and $5 for Duke students. —Margaret Hair