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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Can't Miss

1. POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD

[MOVIE] With a title like this, how can you not go? Described as "Fast Food Nation" meets "Shaun of the Dead," this film headlines a one-night event titled Midsummer Night's Scream (a midyear offering of D.C.'s Spooky Movie Film Festival). It also features four horror shorts beforehand and a Q&A with director Lloyd Kaufman afterward. Gird your giblets! The film also opens Friday and runs through July 24 at University Mall Theatres.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Cinema Arts Theatre, Route 236 West and Pickett Road, Fair City Mall, Fairfax. 703-978-6991. $12.

Opens Friday. University Mall Theatres, 10659 Braddock Rd., Fairfax. 703-273-0876. $2-$4.

2. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING

[ON STAGE] Mike Daisey is, first and foremost, a monologuist. The difference between him and your Aunt Helen, whom you might also be picturing as a monologuist, is that Daisey is actually interesting. His new production, "If You See Something Say Something," is showing eight more times as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, so get tickets now. In his performance, Daisey weaves the untold story of the father of the neutron bomb into the history of the Department of Homeland Security and manages to make it funny. Now that takes talent.

Today at 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., July 20 at 4 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-737-7230. $20.

3. SHARON WEINBERGER AND NATHAN HODGE

[LITERATURE] In the mood for some good old-fashioned investigative journalism Saturday night? Listen to Weinberger and Hodge discuss their experiences touring nuclear weapons sites in the United States and abroad as research for their book, "A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry." The book includes information on the United States' plans to revitalize its nuclear arsenal even as it encourages other countries to disarm.

Saturday at 6 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. FREE

4. SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN

[CONCERT] Russia's first president became something of a punch line in his late career, so perhaps it's not surprising that an indie-rock band would appropriate Boris Yeltsin's name for ironic effect. As far as the Springfield, Mo., group's music goes, politically loaded it is not; SSLYBY is clean, feel-good rock loaded with vocal harmonies straight out of the '60s. With Bellman Barker and Ha Ha Tonka.


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