- Gilberto Gil
Memorial Hall, UNC Campus—Forget basketball. The best—and, let's face it, the only decent—competition between Duke and UNC these days is over which school can attract the most influential, musical landscape-shifting artists from Brazil. In 2007, Caetano Veloso, co-inventor of the Tropicália genre, rocked Memorial Auditorium in Chapel Hill. Duke responded in 2008 (at the beginning of UNC's NCAA championship run, but who's counting?) by hosting Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio, an electrifying assemblage of pop and bossa nova icons, at Page Auditorium. This year, although the Tar Heels are languishing on the court—while the Blue Devils are among the best teams in the country—UNC may just take home the Brazilian music title by landing Gilberto Gil.
Appointed the cultural minister of Brazil in 2003, Gil, the first-ever black cabinet member in a primarily African-descended country, revolutionized Brazilian music with his appearance on the maddeningly catchy 1968 album Tropicália: Ou Panis et Circenses, alongside Veloso. His self-titled album-in-exile, which he released in 1971 as a political asylee in England, is another classic. And 2009's Bandadois, a superb live collection of spare acoustic ballads, reveals that Gil is still at the top of his game. You cannot miss this show—and if you're a UNC student, you can remember 2009–10 as the season you only had to pay 10 bucks to see this musical legend. Beats going to this year's basketball games for free. Tickets are $10–$75 for the 7:30 p.m. show. See www.carolinaperformingarts.org. —Matt Saldaña
- Patrick Street
The ArtsCenter—Don't let the guy-next-door name fool you: Patrick Street is an Irish supergroup of the highest order. Comprised of fiddler Kevin Burke (of The Bothy Band), singer and bouzouki player Andy Irvine (of Planxty), guitarist Arty McGlynn and fiddle/ banjo player John Carty, this quartet trades tunes and swaps traditional styles with unwavering virtuosity. Started as a one-off tour by four recognized masters (Burke, Irvine, McGlynn and accordion player Jackie Daly), the band has performed and evolved for almost two decades. They've released eight records, but, more important, lineup fluctuations have made it possible for other distinguished performers to pass through the ranks and enhance the band's repertoire, now by way of Carty. This configurations boasts a dazzling command of Irish music forms, ranging from slides and polkas to accordion-and-fiddle duets to classic balladry. For all their professional sheen and spectacular talent, though, their devotion to the wild spirit of the music is what leaves the strongest impression on listeners. Tickets are $23–$25 for a 7 p.m. start. Visit www.artscenterlive.org. —Ashley Melzer
Band of Outsiders
Rialto Theater—French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard is known for avant-garde films that challenge the conventions of traditional Hollywood cinema. One of his more accessible films is 1964's Band of Outsiders—whose French title, Bande à part, inspired the name of Quentin Tarantino's production company. The story revolves around two best friends, Franz and Arthur, who have a penchant for small crimes. They meet Odile (played by Godard's wife, Anna Karina), a woman who lives with her wealthy aunt, and a love triangle ensues as they convince Odile to help them rob her aunt's estate. Their well-laid plans go awry, but not before a memorable trip to the Louvre. Godard himself described his film as "Alice in Wonderland meets Franz Kafa." Prepare to go down the rabbit hole for the film screening at 7 p.m. Admission is by season ticket only, which is $20 for 12 films, but prorated subscriptions are available. Visit www.cinema-inc.org. —Belem Destefani