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WEDNESDAY

Pete Seeger, the New York Times wrote a few years back, once suggested an analogy: If you read a folk song’s lyrics, you’re essentially looking at a snapshot of a bird in flight. Most of the collected works of the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe (a septet that pretty much flips the bird to such forces as globalization, gentrification, and the Bush administration), do indeed read well, but the map makes me curious about the territory: How does Josiah Luis Alderete deliver the internal rhymes of a prose paragraph such as “It’s of not being able to pay what’s due cuz that couple dressed in J Crew are looking nicer brighter whiter than you…”? Ditto Raw Knowledge’s recurrent “MEANWHILE”s in her global-economy rant, “Fashion Starvation.” And what about the skit Leroy Moore turns in to explore the intersection of Black History Month and consumerism? A consolation for print jingoists: I’d bet George Tirado’s reference (in his “509 Years”) to “Amerikkka” won’t work as well on the stage. The troupe reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (Joe Dempsey)