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If they remember the name Hue at all, most Americans know it only a battle zone. The coastal city was once the capital of Vietnam, however, and a center for traditional arts. Today, one of the few remaining custodians of such arts is the Perfume River Traditional Ensemble, named for the river that flows through Hue. Making its first trip outside Vietnam, the 11-person troupe will bring Vietnamese court, folk, and ritual music (which resembles Chinese more than Japanese or Indonesian styles) to newly unblockaded American ears. At 7 p.m. at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $15. (202) 357-2700. (MJ)