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Forbidden Planet Productions provided TBD with an incorrect address for the Rocky Horror Show, which has been corrected.

Jon Stewart rally: Some event suggestions

October 27, 2010 - 11:10 PM
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After a long day staring forward being entertained, wouldn't you like to stare forward and be entertained — but in different places? For a complete calendar of things to do, see our events page, but here are some suggestions from TBD's entertainment-addled arts staff for fun all weekend.

FRIDAY
Rick Ross at Ibiza
Miami rapper Rick Ross tends to talk about the drug-dealing aspects of his past and obscure his years spent as a corrections officer. He claims to know Noriega — the dictator, not the rapper with a similar name. His most recent run in with rap fact-checkers involved him playing fast and loose with his sales figures. In short, he is a man intimately familiar with “truthiness.” 9 p.m., 1222 1st St. NE (Metro: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U), $25-40

“Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror” at AFI Silver Theater
F.W. Murnau’s Halloween classic will be accompanied by D.C.’s Silent Orchestra and emceed by WTOP’s James White. 10 p.m., 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring), $15. Also Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

“Thriller on H Street” at Atlas Performing Arts Center
The Joy of Motion Dance Center will teach you Michael Jackson’s iconic dance at 7 p.m., then at 9:30 you’ll perform it in public. 1333 H St. NE (free shuttle from Minnesota Ave. and Gallery Place Metro stations), class $35; performance, free.

The Corin Tucker Band at Black Cat
Corin Tucker, singer/guitarist of the “on indefinite hiatus” Sleater-Kinney, is touring in support of her debut solo album, 1,000 Years. It’s not that Tucker’s band doesn’t rock as hard as Sleater-Kinney, it’s that they rock … differently. Tucker has settled into a laid-back, dreamy style, and songs like “It’s Always Summer,” and “Dragon” may be among the most poetic things you’ve ever heard. 9 p.m, 1811 14th St. NW (Metro: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo), $15

Lesbian meetup at the Black Squirrel
If you’re in town the night before the rally, swing by this lesbian get-together in Adams Morgan and plot your rally strategy for the next day. Hanging in Adams Morgan on a Friday night also means you’ll catch a glimpse of the city’s busiest party district on Halloween weekend. For a change of scenery after the meet-up, check out Pharmacy Bar down the street, or the lesbian-friendly Fab Lounge in nearby Dupont Circle. 8 p.m., 2427 18th St. NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan), free

SATURDAY
Garage Rock & Soul Halloween Party at Rock & Roll Hotel
The D.C. Rollergirls host this Halloween party, which features performances from Billy Woodward & the Senders, the Blackberry Belles, Dirty Names, and the Dupont Circles, and it’s a great way to experience some D.C. music. But it’s also a Halloween party, and, anyone who has seen Colbert’s “ThreatDown” segments knows, Halloween is bad for the country. And if someone shows up in a bear costume… 9 p.m., 1353 H St. NE (free shuttle from Minnesota Ave. and Gallery Place Metro stations), $10

Chuck Brown and Christylez Bacon at Strathmore
Chuck Brown is the Godfather of go-go (out-of-towners’ note: a blend of soul and funk unique to this area) who, at 74, has more energy than many performers a third his age. Christylez Bacon is an experimental hip-hop artist who, at 24, has more gravitas than many performers three times his age. The men put on such a dynamic show that even those normally afraid of the dance floor will be moved. 8 p.m., 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore),
$25-38

We Ain’t Skurd at Warehouse Loft
You spent your afternoon at a rally surrounded by our nation’s most sobering, serene monuments. Now it’s time to watch people throw fire. This warehouse party in the Northeast quadrant is one-third Halloween costume ball, one third rally after-party, and one third Burning Man redux, with fire spinners in the parking lot, fire sculptures, and a packed techno and house DJ lineup inside. This is a raw space, so be sure to relieve your bladder before you arrive. 10 p.m.-5 a.m., 411 New York Ave. NE (Metro: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U), $10 before midnight with a costume; $15 after midnight with costume; $20 without a costume.

Think Atheist meet-up at the 21st Amendment Bar & Grill
Rally attendees curious about atheism or agnosticism are invited to join this atheist meet-up at the bar & grill downtown. 4 p.m., 550 C St. SW (Metro: L’Enfant Plaza/Federal Center SW or walk from Mall), free

The Whispers at the Birchmere
The silky vocals, the smooth R&B, the gigantic mustaches — checking out this old school Los Angeles soul group is almost guaranteed to provide a moment of Zen. 7:30 p.m., 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria (Metro: 10A/B/E bus or cab from Pentagon City), $75

Chucho Valdes Quartet and the Afro-Cuban Messengers at Warner Theatre
Cuban pianist’s prickly brand of Latin jazz just might convince you to stand. 8 p.m., 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Metro Center), $27-$57

Amy Goodman at Busboys & Poets
The host and executive producer of Democracy Now! will speak at this post-rally event at the popular cafe and restaurant in Mount Vernon Square. Busboys will offer specials on seasonal beers. Costumes are welcome. 7 p.m., 1025 5th St. NW (Metro: Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center), free

ALL WEEKEND
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at George Washington University

Forbidden Planet Productions’ act-along screening of the cult film, now in its 16th year, begins with the virgin games. If you’ve never seen the show before, you may be asked to deep-throat a banana. But those who know their Rocky Horror are welcome to dress the part in lingerie (for both sexes) and dance the “Time Warp” to help the newbies out. Though the lines will be spoken by the actors in the film, the entire musical will be acted out by the students on stage, who will sing and dance to all of the musical numbers, too. Audience callbacks and props, as dictated by tradition, are encouraged. 9 p.m. Thursday, 11:59 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday. GWU Marvin Center 3rd Floor, 800 21 St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU), $5.

Cabaret Macabre at Round House Theatre Silver Spring
Macabre children’s illustrator Edward Gorey is the inspiration for Happenstance Theater’s Cabaret Macabre. Through poetry, variety and music, actors Mark and Emma Jaster and Sabrina Mandell tell Gorey’s Victorian Gothic shows, following up their renowned Fringe Festival performance. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD (Metro: Silver Spring), $15.

Blood Sweat and Fears III: The Red Velvet Curtain at the Playbill Café
The bloodiest theater company in D.C. will be celebrating Halloween as it traditionally does: with comical, grisly onstage murder. The Molotov Theatre is one of a few groups in the U.S. working to revive the early-20th-century French tradition of Grand Guignol, or horror theater, which is equal parts farce and fear: It involves the over-the-top death of most of the characters onstage, complete with loose entrails and spurts of blood. For its Halloween show this year, Molotov will present three revivals of Guignol plays about soldiers who return home from war to suffer terrible misfortunes. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 1409 14th St. NW (Metro: McPherson Square), $20

Evil Dead the Musical at the Cultural Center of Frederick County
If you decline to purchase or bring a poncho for Landless Theatre Company’s Evil Dead the Musical, you may emerge from the theater looking like one of the zombie victims of the show. Based on Sam Raimi’s cult classic film, the musical operates on the thesis that there’s only one thing better than zombies: Singing, dancing zombies. As they fight off dark forces — and before long, the zombie versions of their friends — they sing numbers like “What the Fuck Was That?” and “Blew That Bitch Away.” And there’s a number that the ladies can surely relate to: “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons.” I know, right? 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. 15 W Patrick St., Frederick, Md. $20.

War of the Worlds at the H Street Playhouse
The rally date falls on the 72nd anniversary of the day Orson Welles took to the airwaves to warn unwitting listeners about an alien invasion. If they hadn’t believed him, we might not have Stephen Colbert today. Go from one fake media event to the other for War of the Worlds, performed by Scena Theatre at the H Street Playhouse. The play takes a look at what went on both in the studio and homes around America as Welles delivered his harrowing account of invasion. Colbert has Welles to thank — not only for making fake media viable but also for being a man who truly kept fear alive. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. 1365 H St. NE (Free shuttle from Chinatown/Gallery Place or take the X2 bus), $25-$40

SUNDAY
Blonde Redhead with Pantha du Prince at 9:30 Club

Dream-pop trio tries not to be upstaged by the hotshot German DJ. 10 p.m., 815 V St. NW (Metro: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo), $25

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