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If memory serves, things didn’t go well the last time Harry Shearer was involved with the sonic arts and a podlike container. His Derek Smalls character was famously trapped onstage in a glowing green cocoon during a prop malfunction in This Is Spi¬nal Tap. Shearer, along with a score of other artists, is now participating in something called Found Sound: A Public Art Project. As the press release says, “The sound booths—each a reconfigured Port-a-Potty—will be outfitted with high-tech sound equipment and will feature sound art and other work from internationally known and local artists.” The plan is to have these various objet d’Potties installed on sidewalks outside the participating galleries. Here’s hoping that it all goes better for Shearer this time around. Of course, his planned piece is said to be a commentary on Hurricane Katrina, so somehow that doesn’t seem likely. The show is on view from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. (David Dunlap Jr.)