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Nick Warren is one of the major player DJs in the history of electronica. His mixes (known primarily through the popular Global Underground series) helped define the evolving trance sounds of the late 90s. The Englishman began spinning in the fertile Bristol scene at Vision, toured the States as Massive Attack's DJ, then earned a residency at Liverpool's infamous Cream club. Warren has also taken a turn at production, collaborating with Jody Wisternoff as Way Out West. In recent years Warren has turned away from his trance roots and toward a foreboding, ethereal progressive house sound more suited for chilling out than dancing. But live, like he will be tonight at Tonic, this is a DJ who knows how to work a room. Tickets for this rare show -- which runs 9pm-4am -- are $12 before midnight, $15 after. For more information, call 704-347-2582. (Schacht)


Nicky Silver's satirical machineguns begin a three-weekend barrage as The Altruists opens at Off-Tryon Theatre. Politically correct urban activists are in the line of fire as we meet a rogues' gallery of bleeding hearts who are eighth-heartedly devoted to the plight of whales and fuzzy creatures while being wholeheartedly smitten by their trivial, ignorant selves. Straight and gay are equally fair game for Silver's satirical bullets. Glenn Griffin directs the peppy-paced lampoon as Sheila Snow Proctor, Lee Thomas, and Bradley Moore are among the notables who deliver the rapid-fire dialogue. Through February 28 at 3143 Cullman Avenue in NoDa. Call 704-375-2826. (Tannenbaum)

Much of what the masses know as hip hop is too often misogynist, violence-ridden garbage, thanks to unimaginative rappers and their record companies whose opinions of their listeners are lowbrow at best. On the other side, you have the "conscious," "backpack" hip hop scene, which is often overly earnest and complicated. Good thing, then, that we have Sage Francis, who will be at The Room tonight with special guests Joe Beats, Grand Buffet, and MacLethal. One of the best MCs going in any style of hip hop, Francis is touring with a live band as part of his "Fuck Clear Channel Tour," which is being booked in indie clubs all across the nation. Admission is $12. For more information, call 704-527-4011. (Davis)


Cosmic dance comes to Davidson. Earth's ever-changing duet with the universe is the subject of "Within Outer Spaces," a 75-minute presentation by San Francisco-based Capacitor. The themed piece, offered at Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson campus, is likely to remind you of Cirque du Soleil, although their techno theatricality is worlds apart from Cirque's sentimental harlequinade. Capacitor also ventures into richly textured audiovisuals, futuristic costumes, new age music, and juggling, mixing them with modern dance, martial arts, and aerobatics, stretching the limits of physical poetry. Call 704-894-2135. (Tannenbaum)

Charlotte Squawks with LUV is a light-hearted satirical revue (with some bite) that looks at a variety of issues, follies and foibles in our fair city. A mix of local theater pros including Mike Collins and Keith Martin worked with lyricist Brian Kahn to create musical parodies from famous Broadway tunes (for example, to the tune of West Side Story's "Maria": "Arena / Stop bitching and build the arena . . ." ) The whole spoof is being presented as a fundraiser for WTVI, today and tomorrow, February 13 and 14, at 7:30pm at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre. Tickets are $25. For info, call 704-372-1000.


Using mandolin as an instrument to narrate jazz stories, frontman Jamie Masefield has added a new dimension to jazz with his trio The Jazz Mandolin Project. The group uses traditional techniques infusing bits of funk and world rhythms into jazz with an international flair. Bellyfull will open the 9pm show at Neighborhood Theatre. Tickets cost $10. Call 704-358-9298 or visit for details. (Shukla)

Two major exhibits open at the Mint Museum of Art today: Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936 and Through the Eye of the Camera: 19th and 20th Century Photography from the Royal & SunAlliance Collection. Bourke-White is one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century, and the 160 photographs on display focus on the early years of her career. Through the Eye of the Camera encompasses a broader scope of American photography, portraying the growth of our nation with 57 photographs by 37 photographers including Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Jerry Uelsmann and, yes, Margaret Bourke-White. Both exhibits run through May 2. The Museum is at 2730 Randolph Rd. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students and free ages 5 and under. Call 704-337-2000 for more information or visit (Grossman)

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