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APRIL 11

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Hers is the voice that launched a zillion coffeehouse performers, who often strive for that perfectly modulated blend of surface calm and subliminal anxiety. But most would-be monologuists don’t have Anderson’s voice filters, high-tech violin, or immense scrims on which appear blown-up projections. (Nor do they live, like Anderson, on Manhattan’s Canal Street, a smorgasbord of cheap consumer-electronic playthings.) The audiovisual composer—who recently released a 20-year retrospective book titled Stories From the Nerve Bible, and CDs including Bright Red and a spoken-word collection, The Ugly One With the Jewels—performs her latest piece, The Nerve Bible, tonight at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $27.50. (202) 994-6800. (Nathalie op de Beeck)