- Andy Dick
Goodnight's Comedy Club—Despite being quite funny on the late, great NBC series Newsradio, Andy Dick's name is perhaps more synonymous with his various arrests, rehabs and general mayhem. Such is his reputation that, when discussing the death of Newsradio's Phil Hartman, co-star Dave Foley remarked that the cast was so shocked by Hartman's murder in part because they were mentally prepared for Dick's.
Oddly, though, Dick's gotten some of his most positive feedback recently for his appearances on VH1's post-rehab documentary series Sober House; Entertainment Weekly praised his sincere, vulnerable appearance as perhaps the "best career move ever." It, in turn, led to the Web talk show House Arrest with Andy Dick (www.andydick.atom.com), shot during his stay at Sober House. This all lends a sort of uneasy fascination to Dick's appearances at Goodnight's tonight and tomorrow night, which could either be genius, a trainwreck, or both. For more information, visit www.goodnightscomedy.com. —Zack Smith
- John Hart
Regulator Bookshop—Durham native John Hart has done well for himself with just two books out—his first, The King of Lies, was a bestseller, and his second, Down River, won the Edgar Award for best novel, the highest honor a mystery writer can achieve.
With his third novel, The Last Child, Hart looks to repeat his previous successes; the book has already won raves from the likes of Pat Conroy and Janet Maslin. It's the story of 13-year-old Johnny Merrimon, whose twin sister Alyssa goes missing, prompting Johnny to take a dangerous journey where he meets some unusual allies and travels to a dark place long ignored by his insulated town. Hart reads at 7 p.m. For more information, call 286-2700 or visit www.regulatorbookshop.com. —Zack Smith
- Raleigh Jazz Orchestra
WSHA & Raleigh Jazz Orchestra: A Spring Jazz Affair
N.C. Museum Of Natural Sciences—Like a beacon cutting through the darkness of the area's commercial rock radio, Raleigh's WSHA 88.9 FM, located on Shaw University's campus, has sent jazz to the airwaves since 1968. Neal Finn, conductor of the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra, says he and the large ensemble are elated to partner with WSHA "in our efforts to continue the great tradition of jazz in the Triangle and help preserve this great American music."
Indeed, jazz risks a stunted evolution if it's continually relegated to minor circles of fans and it's not pursued as the living, vibrant form it is. The RJO was established in 2003, in collaboration with the Raleigh Symphony, with this in mind. Also, a portion of the concert's proceeds go straight to WSHA, the bloodstream feeding jazz music's heart. Listen and learn. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and costs $20. Ron Baxter and his Quintet join the bill. Tickets can be purchased via Etix.com and by phone at 546-8430. —Chris Toenes