'Read A Mother@#$%ing Book'
- Friday, Jan 30: Poet Bomani Armah begs you not to call him a rapper at his spoken word performances, which are a cross between an underground hip hop show and an episode of HBO's Def Poetry. His lyrics are a bit aggressive, although you know he only has the best intentions: "Read a book, read a book, read a mother@#$%ing book." 8PM at the Artmosphere Cafe. [Bomani Armah]
- Saturday, Jan 31: The National Gallery of Art is screening the last two installments of The Rebel Set: Beat Movies series, with Echoes of Silence and Happy Birthday to John (as in Lennon) at 2PM; and He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life, which includes Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol, at 4PM. [National Gallery of Art]
- Saturday, Jan. 31: If you're feeling particularly frisky tonight, head over to The Palace of Wonders at 10PM and catch The Wasabassco Traveling Burlesque. It has all the trappings of a rowdy raunch-fest: nipple tassels, entertainers of questionable gender and a character named "Nasty Canasta." Oh, and striptease, of course. [Palace of Wonders]
- Sunday, Feb. 1: It's Silver Spring Stage's last night of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, a satirical antiwar play set in the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. It sounds boring, but it's actually one of Shaw's finest plays, and the New York Times promises it is as "sensuous as chocolate truffles," whatever that means. 2PM. [Silver Spring Stage]
- Monday, Feb. 2: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show bring their stupid sketch comedy to the Sixth & I St. Synagogue. You can be assured they'll talk about their "pine-ises" throughout the show. 8PM. [Sixth & I St. Synagogue]
- Tuesday, Feb. 3: Some of our memories of Buddy Holly are limited to that of a Weezer song, so if you're very much over 21, you might have a better appreciation of the National Museum of Natural History's big Buddy Holly Event, "The Day the Music Died." J.P. McDermott, a local musician and Holly superfan, will discuss Holly's life and then perform some of his songs. 6:45PM. [Smithsonian]