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Weekend planner: 'An Irish Carol', SpeakeasyDC, Talib Kweli

December 2, 2011 - 07:24 AM
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Our weekend picks for an unseasonably warm late autumn weekend. Whether you fancy Irish bartenders, seasonal disorders or an exhibit made of legos, there's plenty around town. The world's probably going to end soon, so live while you can.

FRIDAY

We Fought the Big One, a monthly night of post-punk and 'DIY weirdness' sounds featuring the City Paper's own Arts Editor, DJ Jon Fischer at Marx Cafe

Labor Lab: Occupy D.C. Teach-In at Busboys and Poets/5th&K. If you still haven't pieced together why the non-homeless are living in tent cities in Freedom Plaza, McPherson Square and other spots, attend this event! A panel discussion hosted by Georgetown University's Kalamanovitz Initiative. 12:30 p.m.

• Neo-soul singer Erykah Badu performs at Rams Head Live with her new project, the Cannabinoids. Group member Jah Born describes the new sound to the Baltimore Sun as, "electronic, cerebral, digital, organic, rhythmic, funky, big beat, synchronized. Just big, big sound. There are lots of hip-hop sounds and elements. It's like crackish analogue on steroids." 8 p.m. $75.

Seasonal Disorder's month-long run at Source Theatre. Stop by for a smorgasbord of improvised comedy presented by the Washington Improv Theater — from laughter to nostalgia, the show imparts the wonder of the holiday season.

 

SATURDAY

SpeakeasyDC: Top Shelf presents the Best Stories of the Year at Atlas Performing Arts Center. From the relentlessly funny to the heart-wrenching, more than 100 stories were told over the course of this year. On this evening, a panel of judges have invited back the top 8 story tellers to share their tales. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. $25 general admission/$20 students & seniors.

• Australian artists Claire Healey and Sean Cordeiro's exhibit, Are We There Yet? opens at the Corcoran. Created specifically for the Corcoran, the project ruminates on space travel and food consumption, containing both a site-specific installation and wall works made from Legos.

An Irish Carol, writer Matthew J. Keenan's homage to Charles Dickens' holiday story, A Christmas Carol opens at Keegan Theatre. Based in Dublin, Ireland, the modern tale tells the story of a wealthy pub owner who's long-since lost touch with those that used to be close to him, and is now forced to change his plight or risk a future alone. Directed by Mark A. Rhea. 

SUNDAY

Idle Warship: Talib Kweli and Res at Black Cat. The hip-hop duo dropped their long-anticipated album, Habits of the Heart in early October. The album tells the story of a young woman jaded by a life of fame and life in the big city. D.C.-hip-hop producer Oddisee who lays a track on the record titled, "Inside Out," also performs. 8 p.m. $20.

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• British comedian Steve-O brings his Entirely Too Much Information Tour to D.C. Improv Comedy Club. The former Dancing with the Stars contestant recently authored, Professional Idiot: A Memoir, a hilarious ride through his life. 8 p.m. $27.

• Holiday Show! Over the Rhine with Milk Carton Kids at Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. $25.

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