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You ever wonder what Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed discuss during dinner? Her latest pretentious stage adaptation of Moby Dick? The fact that he’s a big dick? Or her job flipping burgers at McDonald’s, which she took as an act of cultural esponiage? Whatever—it’ll have to wait, ’cause Anderson’s on tour to support Life on a String, her first album since 1995. Since the hoopla surrounding “O Superman (for Massenet)” back in ’81, Anderson has been making pop music for unpop people—you know, the kind who turn up their noses at David Byrne. Life on a String includes several songs salvaged from Anderson’s Moby Dick project, a song about her father’s death, and some tunes about her favorite muse, New York City itself. Hey, I wonder how Anderson finagled that extended leave from Mickey D’s? You think they have special policies for rich, white performance artists? You don’t think she just quit, do you? At 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930. Please call ahead to verify that this event is happening. (Michael Little)