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There’s a lot more to the annual D.C. Caribbean Carnival than Saturday’s parade. That event will offer vivid costumes and booming sound systems, but the various associated concerts will offer a four-day, four-night Socacalypsopalooza. Tonight’s “Calypso Time Again” event showcases the genre’s trademark singsong vocal style, horn bursts, and rapid-tempo programmed beats. Among the veteran artists in attendance is Black Stalin, a 60-something Trinidadian who, despite his dictatorial nickname, has been likened to Martin Luther King Jr. for such bouncy political efforts as “Revolution Time.” Also performing are Scrunter, who’s been chanting double-entendre-filled party lyrics and social commentary for some 20 years, and Singing Sandra, a calypso queen whose modest name belies her wide vocal range. With Short Shirt and Rose & Double D in conjunction with the D.C. Caribbean Carnival 2003 (see City List for related events) at 8 p.m. at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, 2400 6th St. NW. $30. (202) 806-7199 (Steve Kiviat)