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The Wonder Year

When: Tue., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. 2011

Pat Douthit, better known as Winston-Salem-born, Triangle-based DJ/ producer 9th Wonder, is a man who forever has his mind on the beat. He finds it in old records. He crafts it in the studio. He even teaches it to students at Duke and N.C. Central. And that is what's so marvelous about The Wonder Year, the new documentary about Wonder. For many hip-hop music makers, looking for the perfect beat is a neverending quest—and, as the movie shows, that's certainly the case for Wonder, who has made beats for Jay-Z, Ludacris, Destiny's Child and many of the artists on his own IWWMG (It's a Wonderful World Music Group) label. Directed by Raleigh-born filmmaker Kenneth Price, the movie (which has been making the screening rounds at various colleges and film festivals) also includes interviews and testimonials from Wonder's MC and producer peers, including Drake, DJ Premier and formerly estranged Little Brother partner Phonte Coleman. On the release date of Wonder's solo album, The Wonder Years, Wonder and Price will host a free screening of the film at Kings Barcade, Tuesday night at 8. This will be followed by an afterparty/listening session at Five Star Restaurant. —Craig D. Lindsey

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