Bull Durham Blues Festival * The best little ballpark on the prairie plays host to some of the country's most celebrated blues acts in this two-day outdoor f?te. Artists like James Cotton, Lucky Peterson, Maria Muldaur, Rosie Ledet and Bobby Womack will take the stage, but if the tunes don't satisfy, the abundant beer and quality eats will. Friday & Saturday, 6pm to 12am. Durham Bulls Athletic Park. 409 Blackwell St., Durham. $25. For info: Call (919) 687-6500.
Godsmack and Deftones * This pair of hard rock heavy hitters is dishing out an evening of metal maelstrom, and the one-two punch will make ear plugs a smart investment. While Godsmack returns with a set from its brooding new release Awake, both bands promise to be anything but soporific. Friday, September 7, 7pm. Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek. 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh. $22 to $30. For info: www.alltelpavilion.com or call (919) 831-6400.
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus. 7 & 9:30pm. Free to students with ID, $4 to employees, $5 to all others.
Jesus' Son, Friday
Gimme Shelter, Tuesday
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Thursday
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus. 7 & 10pm Saturday, 8pm Sunday. $4 to students and employees with ID, $5 to all others.
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Apocalyptic Landscapes * (see story, page 10) Guatemalan artist Rodolfo Abularach's dozen dramatic landscapes incorporate color and catastrophe in this end-of-days exhibit. Duke University Museum of Art, East Campus.
Cat's Cradle * 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. (919) 967-9053.
Ben Folds w/ B-Sides and Citizen Cope, Friday & Saturday * Sunday Showcase (8 bands), Sunday * Starlight Mints w/ the Comas, Tuesday * Claire Holley CD Release Party, Thursday.
Go! Studios * 100 F Brewer Lane, Chapel Hill. (919) 969-1400. Arlo, Friday * Andy Kuncl, Saturday * eX-Girl (see story, page 8), Cantwell Gomez and Jordan * Azure Ray w/ son and ambulance, Wednesday * Push Kings, Thursday
Athenaeum * This trio of Greensboro natives slides into Raleigh in a one-night engagement fitting for one-hit wonders--the band's 1998 alt-rock smash "What I Didn't Know" still awaits a follow-up. For those heavy on hooks and smitten with the likes of matchbox twenty, Athenaeum is likely to satisfy. Friday, September 7, 9pm. Lincoln Theater. 126 E. Cabarrus St, Raleigh. For info: call (919) 821-4111.