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Drift
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Raleigh
Drift

Kennedy Theatre—After playing for eight days at Wilson's Barton College, Drift rolls in to close out this year's Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy series. Originally appearing at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival, the musical, composed by Jeremy Schonfeld, concerns a man who spends time in an empty apartment where he once lived with his wife and daughter. In his past work, Schonfeld has blended disparate styles from gospel to hard rock, so expect to see that reflected in this score. Hot Summer Nights artistic director Lauren Kennedy, herself a Broadway musical veteran, takes the reins for this outing. The show runs through Sept. 27, and tickets can be purchased online or through the box office at (866) 811-4111. For more information, call 633-6038 or visit www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org. —Sarah Ewald


Chapel Hill
Opus

Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus—Classically trained violinist Michael Hollinger switched gears into theater and playwriting after realizing he did not want to spend the rest of his life merely practicing his music. His latest play, Opus, inspired by his days as a violinist, centers on a temperamental, all-male string quartet as its members deal with the firing of their violinist days before a major televised concert. They replace him with a talented female violinist whose brilliance inspires them to attempt Beethoven's "String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 131"—a notoriously difficult piece. UNC's professional theater company in residence, PlayMakers Repertory Company, puts its own spin on Hollinger's Opus in this regional premiere. The show runs through Oct. 11. Tickets are $10-$40. Visit www.playmakersrep.org or call 962-PLAY. —Belem Destefani


Raleigh
Lonnie Walker, Future Islands

The BreweryThese Times Old Times, this year's debut from Raleigh-via-Greenville sextet Lonnie Walker, is a briar patch of ideas and accessories. Smart, muscular rock themes come flecked by twang but flanked by tangents through musique concrete, slowcore and last-call loquacity. Of late, though, the band has been distilling its ideas, and the rate at which it captivates seems to be increasing proportionately. Lonnie Walker's new material, put to tape last week in Raleigh for an upcoming EP, remains adventurous, but the hooks seem cut with sharper tools, electric guitars and big rhythms giving each of Brian Corum's words newfound gravity. Tonight, they're followed by the phenomenal live band Future Islands, which suggests Baby Huey and Jack Black bumping chests at a New Order party. Opening is Felix the Drum Machine, the dreamy and drifty high-school project of Lonnie Walker's Corum, Future Islands' William Cashion and local Internet provocateur, hockey advocate and cell phone underwriter Brian Shaw, which hasn't planned since 2000. The 9 p.m. show costs $6. See www.myspace.com/thebrewery. —Grayson Currin

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