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A Midwestern girl who became a star of the art world, LAURIE ANDERSON thinks about this country and the web of humanity's foibles in technology and culture through her multimedia work. Her career moved in bold turns to this point: stellar collaborations with great minds from William Burroughs to Andy Kaufman, brief commercial success with a radio single, and a series of new solo works--of which The End of the Moon, coming to the Carolina Theatre Sunday, Nov. 13--is the second. Anderson was named the first artist-in-residence for NASA in 2003, working on a film commission for the agency. Moon reflects her studies there, giving context to what place space exploration has in a society where living on this planet can appear troubling. Electronics and her signature violin are really only storytelling tools for an artist well versed in anecdote and allegory. Leave it to Anderson to redefine "freedom" once again. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs between $30 and $35.

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