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  • Maradona by Kusturica

Maradona by Kusturica

Griffith Film Theater, Duke Campus—There is no world celebrity alive quite like Diego Maradona. To create an American analogue, one would have to combine the gluttonous late Brando, the virtuosic young Michael Jackson and the street cred of the Notorious B.I.G. Maradona is charismatic, brilliant, passionate, shameless and pathetic, but his soccer brilliance continues to survive in the sporting memory (in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England, he managed to score one of the greatest goals in history, and the worst—the infamous "Hand of God" goal) even as he succumbs to cocaine addiction, pals around with Castro and Chávez, and currently endures a catastrophic stint as the coach of the Argentine national team. He's also the subject of a film by Emir Kusturica, a Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmaker whose output of the 1980s and 1990s—not coincidentally during the period of the Balkan Wars—earned him a considerable following: Underground, While Father Was Away on Business and Time of the Gypsies. The free screening begins at 8 p.m. Visit fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensociety. —David Fellerath

  • Harlem

Chapel Hill
Harlem, Spider Bags, Pinche Gringo

Nightlight—If "Hippies," the second album by new Austin trio Harlem, offers even close to the same amount of verve, humor and bleary-eyed, pinched-nerve hooks as this year's Free Drugs, expect to hear an awful lot about the band awfully soon. Songs like "I'm on Drugs" and "Psychedelic Tits," both from Free Drugs, throw their own party. Their perfectly simple melodies come crunched by distorted guitar but lifted by a rhythm section that splits the difference between a sprint and a jangle. Long one to capitalize on the best of a good trend (see recently: Fucked Up, Jay Reatard), Matador will release "Hippies" in March. The kids might eat it up. Meanwhile, Spider Bags' pan-American rock twists the blues, country and wiry punk grit into one splendid wreck on the great new Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World. And Pinche Gringo, a one-man band in the two-spot, stomps out the troubles of his soul with a guitar and a howl full of experience. The $5 show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.nightlightclub.com. For more on Harlem's Oct. 12 show with TV Ghost and Wizzard Sleeve at The Pinhook in Durham, see Hearing Aid. —Grayson Currin

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