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Rock Picks: A benefit for Hiroshi Arakawa at Kings in Raleigh

A benefit for musician Hiroshi Arakawa takes place Friday at Kings in Raleigh.
A benefit for musician Hiroshi Arakawa takes place Friday at Kings in Raleigh. rwillett@newsobserver.com

More than two months ago, Hiroshi Arakawa was in a devastating Thanksgiving night car crash that killed his girlfriend and left him hospitalized in a coma. The young bluegrass guitarist has made tremendous progress since then, to the point that he can play music again. But full recovery is still a ways off, so some of his friends in the local music community are putting on a benefit show for him. It happens at 9 p.m. Friday at Kings in Raleigh, with Curtis Eller, Massive Grass and Hank, Pattie & The Current – and maybe Arakawa will be there himself, if he’s up for it.

Admission is $10. See kingsraleigh.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Friday also brings Nantucket to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise opening a soldout two-night run at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
  • The very fine singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is at the Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday.
  • Parquet Courts canceled their Sunday show, but opening act Mary Lattimore is still playing Sunday at the Cradle Back Room.
  • Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle does two readings from his acclaimed new novel “Universal Harvester,” Monday at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall and Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.
  • And Wednesday’s annual post-Valentine “Love Hangover” show at Kings features Caitlin Cary, The Veldt’s Daniel Chavis, Connells alumnus George Huntley and more.