They say that a watched pot never boils, but they’re wrong. Eventually, it does; there just aren’t too many people who are willing to sit around and prove it. Austrian composer and sound-artist Bernhard Gal, however, is willing not only to wait on the pot—he’s interested in making art out of the whole frustrating process. For Gal’s 2000 installation piece, “Zhu Shui,” the composer placed four kettles on hot plates in the center of a room and allowed them to make music together. Such is the spirit of much of Gal’s laptop-music output. Unexpectedly pleasant sounds randomly ring out amid vast acres of silence, and the most obvious sensation is simply one of time slowly passing by—like water waiting to boil. Gal performs at 7 p.m. the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $9. (202) 462-3213.