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The Rat Pack is Back
Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center—I confess the Rat Pack does not hold the particular mythology for me that it does for those in my generation who remain obsessed with the Las Vegas depicted in the film Swingers. When you've heard certain songs played a hundred times in elevators, hearing deep-voiced crooners belting them out while pretending to act drunk does not hold as great an appeal. (Also, I blamed my contemporaries' hipster nostalgia for providing an audience for those Ocean's Eleven remakes.)

Nonetheless, the Rat Pack does represent a sort of unique appeal: The self-mocking man's man who wears expensive suits, has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand, and engages in an onstage mutual admiration society with his fellow performers. For those who recall the Rat Pack with fondness, or simply want to see what all the fuss was about, try The Rat Pack is Back, a tribute show written and produced by Buddy Hackett's son, Sandy. A group of performers do uncanny impressions of Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey as they sing, riff and jam with a live band. The Broadway Series South show promises to take us all back to a time when, even if performers had controversial offstage lives, they still brought it onstage every time. The show runs through Jan. 4. For more information, visit www.broadwayseriessouth.com. —Zack Smith

The Pour House—Consider tonight a preamble and love-language warning for tomorrow night's big party: Chapel Hill quartet Tripp certainly sounds fun enough, its springy beats, electronic textures and chiseled guitars charging together as radio-ready pop-rock. Live, Hugh Swaso—a flashy guitarist given to pyrotechnic playing and theatric showmanship—ups the adrenaline. But listen closely, as frontman Alex Wilkins writes and sings mostly from the perspective of a guy who's been tossed off by love: "It doesn't matter if you tell her you love her/ She hears it all the time," he opens the anthemic "Everything in One." Remember those sage words tomorrow night, young suitors of the New Year. The free show begins at 9 p.m. —Grayson Currin

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