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WU MAN Jan. 25, 8 p.m. A master of the ancient Chinese lute and a star of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road tours and recordings, Wu Man was granted the first master’s degree in pipa from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Her dramatic, powerful playing is at home with traditional Chinese music as well as contemporary work by artists like Lou Harrison and Tan Dun. She will be accompanied by a percussionist and perform “Ancient Dances,” a fascinating exploration of Chinese calligraphy in music and video. $30 general, $17 students. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3535. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. LORI LIPMAN BROWN Jan. 23, 7 p.m. The Ventura Chapter of Atheists United presents a talk by Lori Lipman Brown, the first director and lobbyist of the Secular Coalition for America, at the Underground Café. Free. 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 644-0064. ALL BREED DOG SHOW Jan. 19-22, 8a.m. The Ventura County Dog Fanciers invite you to their annual AKC sanctioned show. The Winterfest Cluster includes specialty clubs Jan. 19; Simi Valley Kennel Club, Jan. 20; San Fernando Kennel Club, Jan. 21,; and the Ventura County Dog Fanciers, Jan. 22. Group judging begins 2pm. Free. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 485-7951. Special Events FREE FONDUE The Melting Pot of Thousand Oaks is celebrating its one year anniversary by giving away free fondue for...

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Giant Drag One guy, one girl with a potty mouth, and a bunch of simple, dreamy and occasionally rough tunes about their gay friends, sweet riff, pretty little neighbors: What is there not to like about Giant Drag? The Los Angeles-based duo got lifted out of the local indie scene by its debut, full-length, Hearts & Unicorns, which earned widespread praise and next-big-thing whisperings when it was released last year. The creation of singer-guitarist Annie Hardy, the band takes a laissez-faire approach to songwriting, approaching their music with a seemingly blasé attitude that allows the tunes to just kind of take shape on their own. The result is a powerful sound that evokes My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana in equal measure. Hardy’s voice recalls a wide swath of female antiheroes, from Kim Deal to Mazzy Star. And she talks a lot of shit. Again, what’s not to like? See if you can find something when the buzz band performs at the Troubadour on Jan. 22 — they probably wouldn’t care even if you...

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