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Millenium Actress
Bryan Center, Duke
The premise of Japanese anime director Satoshi Kon's second film is deceptively simple, says Duke's Patrick Macias: A documentary film crew interviews a famously reclusive actress who mysteriously vanished from the screen some 30 years before. Flashbacks and highlights of her film career grow steadily to become a thousand-year history of Japan as seen through its film industry, punctuated by numerous nods to the works of Ozu, Kurosawa and Godzilla. Info: 684-2911. Free. 8 p.m.

Farmers' Market
Carrboro Town Commons
Have you ever wondered if Improved Red Pod Okra is actually improved? Ever wondered where to locate Banana Cantaloupe? Wonder no more. In its 26th season, the Carrboro Farmers' Market hosts popular special events, including vegetable tastings, advice from master gardeners, cooking demonstrations and celebrations of farmers and their crops. 301 W. Main St., 493-2906. 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Not your normal movie night, Joe & Jo's
Pulsoptional, Durham's band of eclectic composers, presents Movie Night: New Music for Silent Films. In collaboration with mad scientist Skip Elsheimer, the group will show a collage of short films and bizarre images set to their unique soundtrack. The band's genre-defying, energetic concerts have won them a diverse fan base dedicated to their experimental instrumentation. 427 W. Main St., 688-3322. $5 donation. 9 p.m.

Chapel Hill
Joe Swank & the Zen Pirates
The Cave
Joe Swank is a Yep Roc radio promotions guy by day and a standup comic by some nights. But on the nights he joins up with the Zen Pirates, he plays country rock that emphasizes the rock half and reflects his years playing in such Midwestern outfits as the MojoDeans and the Muleskinner Band. 967-9053. Early show. --Rick Cornell

Chapel Hill
Full Moon of Sonia
The Great Hall
Come celebrate an evening of spoken word and music with Sonia Sanchez. The program will take you down a wandering road of artistic wonderment that spans four decades. Other musicians, composers and vocalists will collaborate with Sanchez to present a powerful and moving exhibition. Not recommended for children. Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. 962-9001. $25, $10 students. 7:30 p.m.

Scott Miller & the Commonwealth
Pour House Music Hall
Thanks to Scott Miller's Southern storyteller wit and the band's pub-rock spirit, a show by Knoxville-based Miller and the Commonwealth gives you a taste of what Roger Miller fronting Rockpile might have been like. And with a gig on the WB's Blue Collar TV, Scott and the boys can now list "television show house band" on their resumes. With Roman Candle and Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass Kickin' Team. $10 advance, $12 at the door. 9 p.m. --Rick Cornell

Dynamite Bros., Strange, Pyramid
Guitars, voices, accordion, theremin, alto sax, violin, baritone sax, cello, keyboards, clarinet, drums, percussion and a ridiculous horde of pedals--that's Charlotte's Pyramid in an instrumental nutshell, and, by all reports, they'll blow your waiting-for-the-mundane mind. 831-1005. --GC

Djembe Fire
Theatre in the Park
African drumming and song and dance to support the new Raleigh Food Co-op. 107 Pullen Road. 7 p.m.

Trailer Park Fest
Durham Arts Initiative
What could make an evening of live music and a mammoth amount of movie trailers even better? Potluck, of course. Virginia's Chop Suey Books bring over an hour's worth of movie trailers to downtown Durham, everything from Hollywood, sci-fi cult classics, B-movie, independent and more. Bands to rock out afterward include: Wigg Report, Section Eight, and the SheMamas. 122 W. Main St. $5 or free with aforementioned hot dish. 6 p.m.

Raleigh Chamber Music Guild
N.C. Museum of Art
The 2004-05 concert season begins in the afternoon with a program featuring cellist Jonathan Kramer, pianist Jane Hawkins and soprano Penelope Jensen. The concert complements the museum's Hudson River exhibition. This will be the last day of the exhibition, and concert ticket holders will be offered a free tour. Tour limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, 839-6262. Concert at 3 p.m.

The Gourds
Blue Bayou Club
A booze-and-squeezebox-fueled backporch picking party gone center stage--that's what a Gourds show is. You can also catch The Gourds at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Aug. 27, but neighborhood pride dictates that I spotlight the show 10 minutes from my house. $15 advance. 8:30 p.m. --Rick Cornell

Oh Freedom Over Me
Duke Center for Documentary Studies
Oh Freedom Over Me is a multimedia exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Inspired by the work of Farm Security Administration photographers during the Depression, it celebrates American voting rights and responsibilities. CDS auditorium, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., 660-3663.

Alltel Pavilion
Holy Satan! Save the 9:30 a.m. start time on a Tuesday morning, this year's Ozzfest line-up couldn't be better. The metal gods of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Slayer will hold court at the main stage as the sun sets, but only after heirs apparent Dimmu Borgir, Superjoint Ritual and Black Label Society pummel the pavilion that afternoon. And, of course, that follows 14 bands over seven hours--including emerging favorites Lacuna Coil, Lamb of God, Atreyu and the scary guys in scarier masks of Slipknot--summoning spirits on the side stage. Skip work, rock out. --Grayson Currin

Depp does Durham
Bryan Center, Duke
As part of its Johnny Depp series, Duke's Tuesday film series will screen Benny & Joon, a film about a mentally ill woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) who falls in love with an eclectic young man who models himself after Buster Keaton (Depp). Info: 684-2911. $2.

Wednesday next
Dirty South Improv
If you hate politics and love the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway?, well, you may or may not like the improvisational comedy of Dirty South Improv. They're a comedy company with one foot in Chicago and another in the Triangle, and two of their troupes--called Dave and Mister Diplomat--will be performing long- and short-form improv at Kings, starting at 9:30 p.m. $3. Info: 931-1005.

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