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While the war against Iraq appears headed for an endgame - at least in the central and southern regions - an act challenging the rationality of all war, through song and words, takes its message to the Raven Cafe on Saturday.

"A Show of Peace" begins at 6 p.m. at the Raven. Organizers describe the gathering as "an event to challenge the ideologies of war."

Lyricist and Chicago hip-hop artist Capital D., of the group All Natural, will perform. Opening for "Cap," as he's known in hip-hop circles, is the nascent Missoula jazz-fusion-hip-hop group Moksha.

The music precedes panelists and speakers, including Wilhelm Kast, who will speak about war reparations and the need to hold governments responsible for making war.

Local representatives of the anti-war group Not in Our Name will also join the discussion.

"I think it's extremely relevant right now," said Max Kast, co-owner of Missoula's Hungis Production Group, which books hip-hop artists in Missoula and organized the show. "We need to pump into the everyday consciousness of people the idea of nonviolence."

The event costs $6 at the door and is suitable for all ages. The Raven is located at 130 E. Broadway.

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