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Shirin Ebadi
Duke Campus—Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2003) is the keynote speaker for Duke's "Moral Mathematics: The Science of Human Rights" conference and speaks today at 5:30 p.m. in the Richard White Auditorium. Also the first female judge in Iran, Ebadi was forced to resign her post after it was determined a woman could not hold it; she then started her own law practice. Her memoir Iran Awakening, which covers the politically sensitive cases she took on in Iran, could not be published in Iran, but she also had to fight for its publication in the U.S., resulting in a lawsuit against the Treasury Department. The conference, which takes place Saturday, April 5, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Old Chemistry Building on Duke's West Campus, is free and open to the public. —Megan Stein

Three on a Match
N.C. Museum of Art—1932's Three on a Match might be one of the first films to offer a cautionary message about smoking. After three friends each light their cigarettes off one match, the last to light (Ann Dvorak) begins a descent into depravity that includes abandoning her family and finding redemption only through a violent end. Packing a powerful lot of tragedy into a mere 63-minute running time, Match also features an early screen appearance by Humphrey Bogart and boasts direction by Hollywood legend Mervyn LeRoy (The Bad Seed, I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang). This pre-Code crime film screens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5, $3.50 for students and members. —Zack Smith

Chapel Hill
Fighting Poseidon, Bull City
Jack Sprat Cafe—Fighting Poseidon plans to play its last show at the end of May, but—for now—the Chapel Hill quintet continues to serve sludgy punk carved into sharp angles. Hard-driving drums and machine-gun guitars batter the band's social screeds, a fussy contrast to the slightly dreamy pop of Simple and Southern-fused power pop of Bull City. Jack Sprat serves sandwiches and coffee and beer and loud rock shows right on East Franklin's Tar Heel blue thoroughfare. Perfect, really. Pay $5 at 10:30 p.m. —Margaret Hair

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Duke Coffeehouse—Owen Ashworth's voice is a barely there monotone, chronicling a lifetime of major disappointment and slight dejection. Still, in both the industriousness of his endeavor (little lilting pop songs programmed into insignificant beat machines and keyboards) and his gentle, intimate melodics (hear "Old Panda Days"), the one-man Chicago band attracts sympathetic ears. Clue to Kalo opens. Tickets are $7 for a 9:30 p.m. start. —Grayson Currin


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