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Weekend planner: Beauty Pill, the 'Black Mozart', 'The Religion Thing'

January 6, 2012 - 06:00 AM
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Where art thou? (Flickr/Zugaldia)

Winter weather wimps, be happy. Temperatures are rising to the mid-50's this weekend, and there's much to do around town. The rest of us are left wondering, sadly, WHERE'S THE SNOW?! (Hint: In the photo above.)


• Ever believed that for everything you do, there's an equal reaction? Return a lost wallet, and somewhere down the line, someone will return something you've lost. Just Moxie presents It's Just Good Karma, a weekend of laughs, tears and an exploration of life and why things happen the way they do at Flashpoint. Featuring improv troupes Subsidized Corn, Jive Turkey, Moxie Mash, The Lodge, The Lodgess, Just Moxie, Guys in Plaid Shirts, and DMG. Various times. $10 online and at the door.

Photographers Keith Lane and Jenna Crowder present Reverb and Echo: A Haitian Landscape, a collaboration of raw photographs chronicling life in post-earthquake Haiti opens at Studio Gallery. Opening reception, 6 p.m.

The Religion Thing, follows the story of a D.C.-couple forced to examine their own relationship after a friend announces she's found Jesus and is turning her life around. The comedy, about relationships, love, compromise, and regret, runs at Theater J until Jan. 29.

Aoife Collins' Tickling the Ivories, a deconstruction and reconstruction of ordinary "cultural paraphernalia" opens at Flashpoint.

• DJ's J Mack and Jason Joseph as ForQuarters Collective at U Street Music Hall. With Sam "The Man" Burns and Juan Zapata. 10 p.m. $10. Free all night for 21+.

Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaire, explores how current economic times have sparked the growth of the Tea Party and Glenn Beck, speaks at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m.

•  A weekend of 'cerebral' laughs with scientist turned comedian Tim Lee at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.


Immersive Ideal, a multimedia installation featuring an interactive array of photographs from Beauty Pill's public recording sessions during the summer of 2011 opens at Artisphere. On the exhibit, Washington City Paper's Jonathan Fischer writes, "The recordings—which will make up the first of two still-unnamed albums—should be available for purchase later in the year. Beauty Pill and Artisphere conceived the whole project—the public recording, then the public playback—as a sort of art installation, which they’ve dubbed “Immersive Ideal.” In reality, this second installment is more like a listening party gone slightly art-world, complete with surround sound and a morphing display of photographs captured during the session. Overall, the project is a real-time test of how musicians keep control over a recording’s message." Opening reception, 7 p.m.

Time Stands Still, a play about an injured photojournalist sent home from Afghanistan, who soon learns some images will never be erased, opens at Studio Theatre. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winner Donald Margulies, the play runs until Feb. 12.

• The next best thing to skipping over the pond. The Singles Club: A Britpop Dance Party at DC9. 9 p.m. $5. Free before 10:30 p.m.

Local indie-rock band Bandits and Beggars release their EP Sola at Jammin' Java. With Tom Lohrmann and Marshall Cunningham. 6 p.m. $10 advance, $13 at the door. Ticket + CD, $15.

DJ Jahsonic at Eighteenth Street Lounge. With MarkDe and Clive-Lowe.


• The National Symphony Orchestra meets hip-hop and soul in a collaboration with Asheru and Tamika "Love" Jones, celebrating the music of the 18th-century Afro-French composer and violinist Chevalier de Saint-Georges, "The Black Mozart," at BloomBars. 7 p.m.

"LOVE" CMO featuring Tamika LoveJones by Stephan Cmo Gillis 

• After the morning afters and the nights you don't remember, Sundays exist for the necessary Redemption. Sasha Lord's new monthly residence, "Redeem your Soul on Sunday" with DJ Oh My Lord starts at L'Enfant Cafe. Dance away your sins with Go Go Dancers and Baby Alcatraz.

• Wind down the weekend with a night of swing and rockabilly at the Carlyle Club with Delco Nightingale. 7:30 p.m. $20.

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