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Local 506—Tonight marks the first performance by Durham composers collective and new music ensemble pulsoptional since Troika in November and since co-founder, composer and pianist Jennifer Fitzgerald (in photo, bottom left) died of breast cancer in December. Fitzgerald left Durham in 2006 for a postdoctoral fellowship in Wisconsin, but her work has remained vital for the ensemble. Her piece How Terrible Orange, for instance, claimed the 10-minute center spot on the ensemble's 2007 debut LP. pulsoptional won't play Fitzgerald's music tonight, but they will allow new life into the repertoire by premiering O-we yo-wa by recent addition Sidney Boquiren. The works maps the sounds of standard breakbeats to pulsoptional's instruments, including oboe, guitar and bassoon. During the final date of the five-show tour, pulsoptional will join Fitzgerald's Tufts University professor for a performance of her work in New York. Improvisation drone duo Phon and Raleigh sound artist Craig Hilton open tonight's show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6. —Grayson Currin

Scott Huler
McIntyre's Fine Books—Raleigh resident and frequent NPR contributor Scott Huler will talk about his fifth book, No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey, a deep exploration of Homer's famous epic poem and a recount of Huler's six month-long, kayaked adventure along the entire route of Odysseus' 20-year journey, including landmarks such as the Cyclops' cave in Sicily and the land of the dead in Italy. Described on his Web site as "a veritable guidebook for middle-age men everywhere," The Odyssey spawned an obsession for Huler, one ripe with life lessons and humor, which he shares with readers tonight at 7. For more info, visit, or call 542-2121. —Megan Stein

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N.C. State Campus Cinema—A film fest of womanly proportions, Lunafest, is brought to you by the makers of the nutritious (and sometimes tasty) Luna bar. With a knack for choosing treats to nourish the female body, the Luna brand surely knows how to pick some satisfying short film fare. From exploring a mother's love to the art of buying happiness to Cherien Dabis' tale of a Palestinian child's determination to have a birthday cake, these films are set to nourish the soul, raise awareness for women's issues and support women's nonprofit groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. Get in touch with your femme film side at 7 p.m. for $7. Visit for more info. —Kathy Justice

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