Don’t Be Bored: Homeric Edition
This fall, producer Oddisee roamed abroad, touring Europe with Mello Music labelmates The Left and Apollo Brown and performing material from his upcoming solo album, People Hear What They See. On the surface, Oddisee’s recent schedule seems like a walk in the park for the busy Upper Marlboro native, who arranges songs and makes beats for others when he’s not producing his own work. In September, he released Rock Creek Park, an album trumpeted for its lush compositions and funky soul melodies. His name appears on upcoming projects for local MCs SmCity and yU, and he’s crafting the soundtrack for the Diamond District’s sophomore album, March on Washington. But it’s no secret that Oddisee moved to New York last year for a brighter hip-hop scene, making his performance at Black Cat a homecoming of sorts. Tonight, he opens for Idle Warship, the collaboration between Talib Kweli and vocalist Res. It’s a winning slot, but Oddisee has taken a shine to world travel. Catch him here while you still can. Oddisee performs Sunday with Idle Warship at 8 p.m. at Black Cat. $20. (Marcus J. Moore)
Marc Maron claims to hold the record for the most guest appearances by a stand-up comic over the 16-year duration of Late Night with Conan O’Brien: forty-four—but I don’t remember seeing him on the show, or ever noticing him during the decade-plus he’s been turning up on Comedy Central and Air America radio. I found out about Maron because in the two years since he started his twice-weekly podcast, it’s been endorsed by notable voices from Ira Glass to the Slate Culture Gabfest crew. Maron’s show is remarkable for the depth and candor of his conversations with fellow comics. Episodes regularly run as along as an hour-and-a-half; I’ve learned to skip the stream-of-consciousness soliloquies that often compose the first 10-15 minutes and go straight to the interview. His recent show with Chris Rock was extraordinary: Rock reflects on his career-long struggle to avoid being pigeonholed as a black comic, and exhibits an expansive knowledge of stand-up comedians going back decades before his own birth. In the show’s 200th episode, posted back in August, comedian Mike Birbiglia took over as host while Maron played the guest. Birbiglia asked his own questions as well as those submitted by other comics, while Maron showed the same willingness to bare his soul on intimate subjects—the failure of his two marriages, for example—that he regularly inspires in his interview subjects. Maron performs at 9:55 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Saturday at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. $22. (Chris Klimek)
Stand-up comedy and writing aren’t Steve-O’s specialties, at least not yet. One of the only likable fellows in the Jackasscrew has recently published a book, Professional Idiot: A Memoir. Tellingly, he’s also scaled back on the self-inflicted violence in his stage act. But Steve-O—born Stephen Gilchrist Glover—was always a little different from the other members of the Jackass family. For one, he rarely operated out of cruelty. Unlike his cohort Bam Margera, who made a career out of punishing his parents for God knows what, Glover mostly tortured himself. And now the former human rag doll, sober since 2008, has grown into yet another relatively humorous celebrity trying his hand in a new field—though he’s still willing to do almost anything in the name of entertainment. (Take his recent performance at the Comedy Central Charlie Sheen roast, where he broke his nose on Mike Tyson’s fist.) But if you’re not sold on the performer, consider that at least one of his local appearances this weekend is for a good cause: Today at Busboys & Poets, Steve-O signs copies of his memoir at a fundraiser for The Kindness Collective, a group that helps find safe homes for domestic abuse survivors and their pets. Steve-O signs copies of his memoir at 1 p.m. Saturday at Busboys & Poets. $8 suggested donation. He also performs Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 at DC Improv. $25-$27. (Brandon Wetherbee)
Friday: WCP contributor Steve Kiviat suggests you see either Niger's Bombino or the pan-global Nettle. All the art-rock nerds I know (except me) seem to be going to The Psychic Paramount at American University. Matthew Hemerlein and Old Tapes have a mysterious show at Montserrat House. And it's Will Eastman's birthday at UHall.
Saturday: L.A. ambient-glitch-hop producer Baths is at Black Cat. Locals Pree—whose new LP is really great, and we should've reviewed it—and Paperhaus are at Red Palace. Local Afropop pasticheurs Chopteeth and local Tropicalia pasticheurs Alma Tropicalia are at UHall.
Sunday: Oddisee, obviously.
Word is Krapp's Last Tape, starring John Hurt at Shakespeare Theatre Company, is worth your time. Check back here today for Chris Klimek's review.
After the documentary Grey Gardens came out in the 1970s, "Little" Edie Beale, one of the two fading socialites depicted in the film, decided to take another stab at the "fame" that had eluded her as a young woman. She put together a mess of a cabaret that was originally almost two hours long, and performed the show at New York City's Reno Sweeney for a week-long run in 1978. It was a notorious train wreck.
Three decades later, actor Jeffrey Johnson has put together a more compact version of Edie's cabaret. He first staged the show in D.C. in 2009 before taking his cross-dressing talents to New York City and Los Angeles. Now, after a year's hiatus from the show, Johnson is back and beturbaned. Johnson will be performing "Little Edie Beale's Cabaret" at Black Fox Lounge this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. $10. (Stephanie Meyer)
Hey, all you under-30somethings! True story: There was a time when the Washington Redskins weren't NFL doormats! No, really! Longtime Washington Times sportswriter David Elfin exploits the good ol' days of the franchise with Washington Redskins: The Complete Illustrated History. It's sad and telling that none of the many names and events included in the publisher's description of Elfin's book came from the Dan Snyder era. Elfin got one of the most glorified Skins, Art Monk, to write the foreword, and #81 will sit alongside him Saturday signing copies of the book. As he signs yours, console Monk for having Roy Helu break his longstanding single game record for catches in another of 2011's meaningless losses. 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Rockville. Free. (Dave McKenna)