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Taipei story

DUKE UNIVERSITY--Edward Yang is still one of Taiwan's best-kept secrets. For two decades he has been turning out uncommonly intelligent films, but so far only Yi yi (A One and a Two) in 2000 has really broken through to American art-house audiences. Taipei Story is an excellent early effort starring another great Taiwanese film director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. It shows in White Auditorium at 8 p.m. for free. --David Fellerath

RAHIM ALHAJ

DUKE UNIVERSITY--A Baghdad-born student of oud master Munir Bashir, Rahim AlHaj was forced out of Iraq in 1991 for his political activism against Saddam Hussein. He shuffled between Jordan and Syria before settling in Albuquerque, N.M. Since arriving stateside, he's continued to develop as an oud master, traveling the world for solo engagements and shows with Bashir. Only in the past few years, though, has AlHaj taken to the recorded work. Last year's Friendship: Oud & String Quartet joins the East with the West, and he has two works slated for release on Smithsonian Folkways this year. The show begins at 8 p.m. in Nelson Music Room, and tickets range from $5-15.
--Grayson Currin

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