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A photo showing the toll of the "dirty war" in Argentina - PHOTO COURTESY OF CARINA CORTESE
  • Photo courtesy of Carina Cortese
  • A photo showing the toll of the "dirty war" in Argentina

Chapel Hill
Afterimages of the Disappeared

Gerrard Hall, UNC Campus—Playwright and performer Carina Cortese graduated recently from UNC with a bachelor's degree in dramatic art. For her honor's thesis, she crafted a one-performer show that excavated an unimaginable trauma in her family's history: Nine members of her clan in Argentina perished during the "dirty war" that transpired from 1976-83, during a period of rule by military junta. The tens of thousands who perished—and many of those bodies were never recovered—are called "los desaparecidos," the disappeared. Cortese's show, accordingly, is called Afterimages of the Disappeared. Thursday and Friday of this week, she will open a new season of UNC's Process Series, a program curated by Joseph Megel and designed to be a creative incubator for new dramatic work. Both performances begin at 8 p.m., and admission is free. —David Fellerath

Punchline, Between the Trees, Farewell, And Action Item

The Brewery—Dependable is a compliment that sounds like a dis in a culture that rewards novelty over well-executed familiarity. Pennsylvania trio Punchline refined its pop-punk sound over the last decade, honing the hooks, polishing the vocals and developing alternative means of skinning the cat. They're not flashy, but they do write catchy tunes with muscle on their bones, echoing obvious progenitors Get Up Kids and The Promise Ring. Orlando's Between the Trees trend more baroque and atmospheric, thanks to swooning keyboards, balladeering tempos and crooning vocal histrionics that sound more like modern rock radio than punk. Greensboro's Farewell, signed to Epitaph and in the early days of a long trek to the west, headline. Their keyboard-heavy, harmony-laced pop-rock runs high on sugar and bitters, big attitudes sold with bountiful melodic sweeteners. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit —Chris Parker

Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies
  • Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies

Chapel Hill
The Howlies, The Huguenots, Violet Vector

Local 506—Foul-mouthed, liberally spirited garage bandits from Atlanta, The Howlies fuse their rugged guitar tunes with unequal parts doo-wop and psychedelic bustle. On their excellent debut, Trippin' With the Howlies, producer and impresario Kim Fowley brings all of those traits to bear, lifting the songs to a bleary-eyed soul apogee that's more lucid than that of fellow Georgians Black Lips and more mischievous than that of Gentlemen Jesse. Sandwiched between The Huguenots and Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies, they'll sound like bastard children riding in on motorcycles: Both bands' love of '60s hooks and brightly lit pop remains untarnished. Violet Vector dress their fixation in pastels and swirl it in a mix of candy and chemicals, while The Huguenots dress their fixation in boy-up-the-street charm and good looks. Pay $7 at 10 p.m. Visit —Grayson Currin

Rickey Smiley and Friends

Memorial Auditorium—Prank phone calls remain a beloved staple of comedy, even with Crank Yankers no longer on the air. Rickey Smiley is the latest comedian to build a reputation for coming up with elaborate phone riffs, with a clean, Southern-influenced sense of humor that has made him friendly to mainstream audiences. Smiley and guests are here for one night only. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $39.50-$46.50. For more information, call 831-6060 or visit Incidentally, you see the article in the latest Rolling Stone about a phone "phreaker"? Those hackers have just ruined prank calling for everybody. —Zack Smith

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