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Durham
Taiwanese dances
Carolina Theatre—Presented by the North Carolina chapter of the Taiwanese Association of America, this evening of Taiwanese dance provides a rare glimpse of the country's history. Performed by indigenous Taiwanese students dedicated to Taiwan's cultural history, the program (entitled Memories of the Mountain, Calling of the Sea—Formosa (Taiwan) Aboriginal Songs and Dances) features five acts that share the dance, songs and rituals of 13 indigenous Taiwanese tribes. The island of Taiwan was originally known as Formosa, the Portuguese word for beautiful, a name that caught on when the Portuguese encountered the island in the mid-1500s. Attired in brilliantly colored traditional costume, the dancers will perform, among others, the traditional dance of the Amis tribe, performed on the holiday llisin (essentially their New Year's) to convey thanks for the ending year and hope for the year to come. The show begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and children under 12). For more info, visit www.carolinatheatre.org or call 560-3030. —Megan Stein


Raleigh
Charlie Louvin
Berkeley Cafe—So moved was I last year at this time after listening to Charlie Louvin's then-new recording, I engaged in some gratuitous personification: "Imagine a country church, rather nondescript but the scene of much God-fearing, with pews made out of Ryman Auditorium floorboards and weathered, lonesome pine," I wrote. "Now imagine that those pews could sing. They might sound a bit like Charlie Louvin on his new self-titled release." What had moved me the most was the song "Ira," Louvin's tribute to his tragically long-gone brother, on which he sang "the worst was losing you and singing all alone." That line demanded a reunion of the Louvin Brothers' voices—the high tenor and the low tenor coming together in a way that, like a mountain preacher, makes souls shake—which meant it was time to soak in the close harmonies of Tragic Songs of Life or Satan Is Real. At 80, Charlie Louvin is still at it, serving country music's lonesome pine, singing in crowded clubs surrounded by his band. In some ways, he sings all alone. Tickets are $15-$18 for this 7 p.m. show. And it being Mother's Day, mom gets in free with two paid admissions. —Rick Cornell


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