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Don't miss a chance to browse through Ladyslipper Music's entire stock on Dec. 9 at The Ladyslipper Open House and Annual Holiday Mini-Extravaganza. The distributor is throwing open the doors to its warehouse, and a listening area with stereos and headphones will allow you to sample as you please from selections of women's music around the world. If that's not enough to entertain you, Ladyslipper will provide snacks, a number of local artisans will be hawking handmade wares, and a Tarot card reader will be there to predict your future. The open house runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 3205 Hillsborough Rd. in Durham. Call 932-3209 for details.

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Mention "folklore" and "music" in the same sentence and most people picture a Deliverance-style, self-taught backwoods savant pickin' hell out of a banjo, or some mountain man playing a handmade hammer dulcimer. Not so for the UNC-Chapel Hill's Curriculum in Folklore-sponsored first annual "Sounds of the South" holiday concert this Saturday. This is a great chance to see local alt-country artists Tift Merritt and the Carbines and Melissa Swingle's group, Trailer Bride, in the historic PlayMaker's Theater rather than a smoky club. Besides presenting traditionally flavored country with a honky-tonk feel, both women--as local songwriters--put a new spin on the Southern storytelling tradition. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10; for reservations, e-mail folklore@unc.edu. --Angie Carlson

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