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On ER, Shane West plays a doctor forced to balance all those pesky life-saving duties with his love of playing hot blues licks on the guitar. No scene illustrates this difficult dilemma greater than the one in which West is shown jamming alone on the hospital’s roof after botching some pasty kid’s diagnosis; with each bent note and strained blues face, you felt the doc’s pain. So it seems (somewhat) logical that producers would hire him to play the now-deceased Darby Crash in Rodger Grossman’s upcoming Germs biopic What We Do Is Secret. From rocker on the roof to on the road: To hype the film, West is touring with the original Germs. (Somewhere, Billy Zane is plotting to poison Ian MacKaye’s Kashi.) He may have neither the voice nor the charisma of the infamous junkie/lead singer, but he has the hair—and you just know he’s got the acting chops to pull off the onstage banter. Come see West as “Darby Crash” when the Germs perform with Deep Sleep and Polynation at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)