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Believe it or not, there was a time when spelling bees weren’t cool. Before Spellbound, before Bee Season, before Akeelah and the Bee, and before ABC News called 2006 the Year of the Bee, spelling bees were just another way to keep school children occupied when it rained during recess—a kind of obsessive-compulsive, stress-inducing alternative to kickball in the gym. Now, bees are busting out all over, and the Warehouse Theater is helping indie kids get some I-before-E action with a biweekly Spelling Bee featuring local music (this week it’s Brandon Butler) and, unlike your first-grade class, alcohol. To avoid embarrassment, take a look at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Consolidated Word List before you spell it out at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Theater & Cafe, 1021 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 783-3933. (Justin Moyer)