This week at Durham Performing Arts Center is brought to you by the letters A and X A as in American Idol, and X as in XMAS. Lets just go ahead and give Christmas an X-rating, since Thanksgiving is scarcely over and here come the holiday shows. First up is 2011 Idol winner and Garner homeboy Scotty McCreery on Tuesdays QDR Country For Kids show at DPAC, which you can count on being holiday-focused given that Christmas With Scotty McCreery (19/Mercury Nashville Records) just came out. Then on Thursday, season-two runner-up Idol Clay Aiken brings his Joyful Noise show to DPAC (see page x), complete with orchestra for all your holiday favorites. See dpacnc.com for details.
- Other highlights: • Shake off your turkey-and-shopping hangover with Acoustic Syndicate at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Saturday, or Jon Shain and friends (including Caitlin Cary, Lynn Blakey, Chip Robinson and others) playing the 12th annual Post Turkey Day Jam at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle; Hiss Golden Messenger plays life-affirming weird gospel Sunday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill; also Sunday, Men Without Hats, of “Safety Dance” fame (or infamy?), play Durham’s Motorco Music Hall (see page xx) ; guitar god Joe Bonamassa plays DPAC on Wednesday; and speaking of “American Idol,” season-eight finalist Anoop Desai plays the Cradle on Thursday.