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Any jerk can play the drums. Just look at Simon Wright. Or Animal. But to be a percussionist… Well, that requires something special. I hear that actually knowing how to read music comes in handy, as does the ability to refrain from playing the cymbals with your head. What this distinction does not necessarily require is a sense of hearing: Profoundly deaf since the age of 8, classical percussionist Evelyn Glennie relies on a hyper-attuned sense of touch, letting vibrations guide her in composing and performing some pretty rad stuff. She’s also managed to ditch the annoying distraction of a full orchestra, striking out as a soloist and even crossing over into rock, working with such artists as Björk. I also hear that, unlike Animal and perhaps even Simon Wright, she chews with her mouth closed. Glennie performs at 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $17.50–$35. (703) 218-6500. (Mike Kanin)