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As a professional Edgar Allan Poe impersonator, David Keltz isn’t content with walking a mile in just someone else’s shoes. Having spent 14 years perfecting his act, Keltz seems entirely at ease with the hairstyle and period wardrobe of the writer best known for macabre works such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” That means a dark shaggy mane, a manicured mustache, and a droopy crimson bow tie—although Keltz’s cheeks aren’t quite as sunken—yet. Poe died a mysterious death of either alcohol poisoning, or cholera, or rabies in Baltimore; Keltz’s first performance as Poe was at the poet’s grave site on Halloween 1992. While in character, Keltz reads a variety of Poe’s poems, short stories, literary criticism, and personal correspondence. Next to riding a horse-drawn carriage to Charm City and digging up his coffin by lantern light, that’s as close to Poe as you’re going to get. Keltz performs at 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $12. (703) 838-4994. (Kim Rinehimer)