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Jay Clifford is on a solo tour without the members of Jump Little Children, but his music is still textured with those balmy vocals and symphonic instrumentals. Raleigh-based Pico Vs. Island Trees play an acoustic set, and it's an all ages show. 8:30 p.m., Cat's Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. $8 adv, $10 door.

Want to unseat Bush this November? The first meeting in Durham County of the Progressive Caucus will continue the work happening in counties all over the state to consolidate progressive Democrats and provide a forum for economic, social and environmental justice issues. 7-9 p.m., Main Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. 560-0100.

Calling all hip-hop heads: Support the local scene by coming out for Endless Mic. These five Hillians are making organic hip hop and quality music, and doing it in their basement. Spectac, everybody's favorite rhyming assistant principle, is scheduled to join the guys. He's making waves in the hip-hop world, as the guy with the golden touch, 9th Wonder, has teamed with the dreadlocked MC. 10 p.m., Temple Ball, 307 E. Main St., Carrboro. 929-1208, www.templeballgallery.com.

Explore 7,000-year-old artistry and technology during a festival of Chinese culture, part of China on Tour: Visiting Masters of Ancient Innovation. Master artisans stationed throughout Exploris will demonstrate calligraphy, kite-making, weaving on a two-story loom, and dance. 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 834-4040, www.exploris.org. $7.95, $6.95 seniors 60 and older, $5.50 children ages 5-11.

Skeeter Brandon, Countdown Quartet, Abe Reid & The Spike Drivers, Josh & Turner Band, Wild Blue Yonder, Dan Marlin and Evan Wade will fill the ticket for the third annual Blues BBQ. Make sure to leave room for that good Southern BBQ to fill your belly. 5 p.m., Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 821-0777, www.berkeleycafe.com. $10.

In what may be the most beautiful plea of "NO MORE BUSH" that you're likely to see, ADF students will perform a guerilla slow walk (moving meditation), 6:50 p.m. at Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke West Campus. This is occurring in conjunction with Dance Making in Response to War Making, a video presentation and panel discussion with national and international choreographers, Wednesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m., White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus. (646) 206-7179. Free.

A slew of keyboards, a double bass drum and a guitar add up to only one thing tonight at Kings: the sans-bass, Austin-based rock 'n' roll band with the enigmatic name, Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! Expect driving pop songs built on New Wave hooks and Modern Lovers goof, and a show where anything goes and anyone that goes leaves happy. Locals SNMNMNMNM open. 9:30 p.m., Kings, 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 831-1005, www.kingsbarcade.com. $5.

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