Some established performers return to the Triangle repeatedly over their careers, while others come several years running when their popularity is peaking. Both categories are well represented this fall, including these highlights:
Loudon Wainwright III (Sept. 4-8, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill. $15-$40; playmakersrep.org) For the singer-songwriters third local appearance in the last four years, hell perform his own stage piece, Surviving Twin, a tribute to his late father, focusing on issues of birth, self-identity, loss and mortality.
Lily Tomlin (Oct. 10, Carolina Theatre, Durham. $37-$77; carolinatheatre.org) Now in her fifth decade of performing, this beloved comedienne and actress returns to the Triangle after a hiatus with an evening of her endearing characterizations and pithy observations.
Jake Shimabukuro (Nov. 20, ArtsCenter, Carrboro. $31-$35; artscenterlive.org) The Triangle cant seem to get enough of this wizard of the ukulele. Hes back to show off his amazing range, which can conjure the sounds of mandolin, banjo and guitar.