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ToDo ToDay: A Camus Tribute, Improvised Shakespeare, and Sunwolf

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Albert Camus’ The Stranger  is one of the core texts of existential literature. The novel’s exploration of absurdity and ambiguity is perfect fodder for a remix artist to interpret. In tonight's program "Library Late," Orchid Bite—the duo of Finland’s Sabrina Harri and Belgium’s Alexia de Ville de Goyet—will use a 1954 recording of Camus reading The Stranger as its base, then mix in electronic sounds and video images to create an audio-visual interpretation of the book in celebration of the author’s centennial. Read more >>> The performance begins at 9 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org(Christopher Porter)

EAT THIS

There's now a Restaurant Week for drinking: Cocktail Week. Today though Nov. 17, nearly 50 restaurants and bars across the city—from Graffiato to Hank's Oyster Bar to Room 11—will offer specials and featured drinks as part of a new promotion from the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and Washington City Paper. There's also a contest for bar-hoppers with prizes including concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, free lobsters, and more. Get all the details here. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Friday: D.C. rappers Pacman and Peso raised $6,000 to film a music video in North Korea. Before they depart, they perform at Comet Ping Pong with The Grand Champions and DJ 2Coat$. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Modern dance choreographer Jonah Bokaer joins with visual artist Daniel Arsham to present "Occupant," a new work created for and debuting this weekend at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$33.50.

Saturday: Everyone has it—that “Dear Journal” moment recounting in excruciating detail their great shame from middle school, high school, college, or starter marriage. For years, brave journalers have purged these horrifying (yet oddly compelling) tales in front of an audience as part of the “Mortified Live” shows. Now the series has added another vortex of shame-sharing: Mortified Nation, the documentary. Read more >>>The film shows at 3 p.m. at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15 in advance. (202) 518-9400.  washingtondcjcc.org(Neda Semnani)

Saturday: Words like “thou,” “hic,” and “alderliefest” can make reading Shakespeare a real challenge. But the Improvised Shakespeare Company plumbs the language for laughs, using Elizabethan-style phrases and the Bard’s themes to compose its ad-libbed performances. Following an audience suggestion for a title, the company spontaneously creates a new Shakespeare play. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25(Rachel Kurzius)

Saturday: Randall Scott Projects opens "Looking Forward," a new show featuring work by artists Chris Anthony, James Busby, Si Jae Byun, Natalie Dunham, and Amy Myers. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1326 H St. NE. Free.

Saturday: Garage-rock bands Very Americans, Sunwolf, and Nice Breeze play an intimate show at Comet Ping Pong. Find more details on Facebook10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Saturday and Sunday: The reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance claims to crown “America’s Favorite Dancer.” The Joy of Motion Dance Project, meanwhile, will crown D.C.’s favorite dance company, as picked by voters who watch live in the studios, not TV junkies and tweens voting on Facebook. The 2013 dance project features 12 local troupes competing for a coveted prize: 100 hours of free rehearsal space at Joy of Motion. Read more >>> The showcase begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $12–$15. (202) 520-3692. joyofmotion.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Sunday: Sam McCormally, former frontman of D.C. band Ugly Purple Sweater, performs a solo show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Center. 1:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free. 

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