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Drawing all over your middle school notebooks was one way to look productive while avoiding learning the quadratic formula. The doodles were infantile, of course, and eventually veered from the silly to the scatological. Super Art Fight, pegged as “the greatest live art competition in the known universe,” continues that proud tradition. With only a few pens at their disposal, two artists stand before a blank canvas and draw whatever random topic the Wheel of Death happens to choose. Their creations are at war with each other, and only the audience can decide the victor. Confused? Don’t be: Super Art Fight is overseen by Ross Nover, a cartoonist and graphic design professor at American University who’s been MCing the event for years. His play-by-play of the art fights are hilarious but sometimes hard to hear, especially since the crowd squeals in delight whenever the inevitable genitalia appears. The final canvases are unique: It’s rare to see two talented artists doodle in an adversarial way, and if you’re lucky, they will be so eye-poppingly weird and profane that you’ll want to take one home for yourself.
The competition begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com