Peter Pan Saturdays
Marbles Kids Museum—If you're looking forward to N.C. Theatre's production of Peter Pan with Ira David Wood III as Captain Hook, you don't have to wait until July—and, more to the point, you have a chance to get your kids excited about the show. Marbles Kids Museum hosts a special series of "Peter Pan Saturdays" running through June 28. The free show, which runs at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, features performances and sing-alongs from characters in the show, along with the chance for kids to dress up in costumes and have pretend sword fights on the deck of the museum's pirate ship, the Blue Marble. For more information, visit www.nctheatre.com. —Zack Smith
Prince vs. MJ
Club 9—One may be a "smooth criminal" but the other promises that "you don't have to be rich" to be his girl nor cool to rule his world. Who will win your heart and soul? Find out at the 2nd annual Prince vs. Michael Jackson dance-a-thon, hosted by Monica Daye and Mr. Flowers of WXDU, led by DJ Scotty Rock and Mike Nice, and promoted by Jeff and King. Before the headliners is a Battle of the Jameses, Rick James vs. James Brown. Are you gonna get up like a sex machine or a super freak? Doors open at 10 p.m., and cover charge is $6.—Jessica Fuller
Oscar Begat, The Hufton & McCauliffe Brothers
Broad Street Cafe—The twins of the Hufton Brothers play raw, energetic indie rock, though their acoustic guitar, mandolin and harmonica add a folk feel. Tonight, they'll open for the jammy rock of The McCauliffe Brothers Band and the melodic rock—plus violin—of Oscar Begat. Cash in $5 at 9 p.m. —Andrew Ritchey
Long Leaf Opera
UNC Campus—Paris, Sydney, New York ... Chapel Hill? The connection may not be immediately apparent, but attend one of the nine different programs presented this month by the Long Leaf Opera Festival and you'll see that they are all hosts to world-renowned opera composers and performers.
Headlining Long Leaf's 10th anniversary season is Mark Blitzstein's Regina, featuring Metropolitan Opera Stars Christine Weidinger and Malcolm Smith. Following the money- and power-hungry Regina Giddens, it is one part Gone with the Wind, one part Dynasty and, like all of Long Leaf's Operas, the production is written and performed in English. "To bring this unique type of music to people for the first time is so fulfilling," says Danielle Telemantes, the 2006 Long Leaf Opera Vocal Competition winner who will play Regina's daughter Alexandra. "The Carolinas have always been strong in the arts, but the level of talent makes this an especially exciting season."
Along with these well-established stars come some exciting home-grown rising ones. Three, Two, One, Bang! is the world premiere of a teen opera starring students from Carolina Friends School, Durham School of the Arts and Cardinal Gibbons, Enloe, Jordan, Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill high schools. Long Leaf Composer-in-Residence Justine Chen has adopted Macbeth for modern times and has been blown away by the local talent. "These students are so disciplined and professional ... just phenomenal," she says. This performance, along with selections from Chen's latest composition based on the life of Joan of Arc, is only an hour long, making this a great introduction to opera for kids.
Media Relations Manager Allison Savicz also suggests Cabaret by Marc Blitzstein and Kurt Weill, inspired by the jazz clubs of 1920s Berlin, as well as Orpheus and Eurydice, which is accompanied by the modern dance troupe Doug Varone and Dancers. "I enjoy traditional opera," she says. "But this is more cutting edge and what is happening now." For more info, visit www.longleafopera.org. —Jessica Fuller
Local 506—Over the past three years, the bulk of Amerindie's adulation has gone to Jonathan Meiburg's bombastic other band, Okkervil River, in which he plays guitar. Meanwhile, the Texas songwriter has steadily built an alternate and perhaps more steadfast base with Shearwater. Just as the band has clinched a smaller clutch with its deliberate pace, Meiburg has also handled his songs with a grace and subtlety that Okkervil generally screams right past. On Rook, for instance, a modest backing band occasionally shocks the airy atmosphere with lightning, but it mostly relaxes and offers Meiburg the platform to do what he does better than most: Ply his luminous, malleable reed—slightly operatic, but somehow very intimate—like a well considered string section. With Dawn Chorus and Wembley at 9 p.m. for $10. —Grayson Currin