Chapel Hill

Randy Whitt CD Release

Local 506–You’ll find two flavors of Randy Whitt on local stages: one leads the honky-tonking Randy Whitt & the Grits, and the other occupies the rootsy and rugged end of the singer/songwriter spectrum, equally comfortable backed by pedal steel or a laid-back horn section. Same talented dude, different shades of twang. The CD being celebrated at Local 506 finds Whitt in the latter mode and, just as he is on the record, he’ll be surrounded by a who’s who of local musicians at the show. Billy & the Sugarfixes and King Smoothie & the Top-Shelf Playboys will loosen up the crowd. Tickets are $7; music starts at 10 p.m. –Rick Cornell


a/v geeks

duke university–Skip Elsheimer’s sales pitch is as follows: “Have over 18,000 films. Will travel.” Luckily for Triangle denizens, he and his A/V Geeks tag don’t have to travel far to turn local screens into the most common showcase for programmed selections from his 16mm horde. His latest set, entitled When Computers Were Young…, focuses on the awkward childhood of the computer. If you personally considered adolescence and puberty to be awkward, think about the nubile computers–heads that filled several rooms to do simple math and Apple IIe faces with an ugly green glow. The shorts show at Bickett Gallery on Thursday, April 13 at 9 p.m. and tonight at the Center for Documentary Studies at 8 p.m.