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Durham
Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson

Durham Bulls Athletic Park—The last time Dylan played Durham, he had just begun a critical transformation he describes in Chronicles, Volume One as "being communicated to by angels." Two months before his 1989 show at Duke University, Dylan released Oh, Mercy, a haunting and inspired album that reversed a decade-long trend of mostly disappointing records. Not coincidentally, Dylan had also launched his ongoing "never-ending tour," which he describes in Chronicles as a way to "start up again, put myself in the service of the public." Seven studio albums and roughly 2,000 live shows later, Dylan continues to start anew onstage and in the studio. On this year's Together Through Life, he fronts a juke-joint border town band, adding rougher edges—and an accordion—to the ragtime explorations of Modern Times and Love & Theft. (However, Dylan has yet to play more than half of the new songs live.) Onstage, he continues a tradition of spontaneously calling out and reinterpreting songs, recently including tracks from Oh, Mercy, The Basement Tapes and Time Out of Mind. In the past month, Dylan's resumed playing guitar—implying that he's found inspiration again. Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp start the show at 5 p.m. Tickets are $67.50 and available at 956-BULL and www.durhambulls.com. For a show review, check www.indyweekblogs.com/scan. —Matt Saldaña


PHOTO BY ELENA SEIBERT
  • Photo by Elena Seibert

Durham
Stephen L. Carter

The Regulator Bookshop—Stephen L. Carter does more than write suspense novels. The author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and Palace Council is a law professor at Yale University and the man behind influential works of nonfiction that focus on, according to his Web site, "the creation of conditions for rational dialogue, while preserving a rich diversity of points of view." The result has been either insomnia-curing or intellectually inspiring tomes like The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion. More relevant to today's headlines is Carter's friendship with Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Carter started rooting for her ascent to the high court long before she was tapped by President Obama. Since the nomination, Carter has been cheerleading for her on Tina Brown's new and sensationalist Web site, The Daily Beast. Carter uses some of her cases in his intellectual property course at Yale, because she's a careful and attentive writer—they are "scholarly, clear, and fair-minded," Carter says. This week he takes a break from rational dialogue to read from his new spy thriller, Jericho's Fall. His reading begins at 7 p.m.; visit www.regulatorbookshop.com. —John Stoehr

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