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Call her the little folk singer who could: Ani DiFranco started out as a determined, bald-headed teenager singing songs in coffee shops and selling homemade tapes from her car. A decade, her own record label, 12 albums, two EPs, and many, many tours later, DiFranco remains the international DIY queen. Punk, funk, folk, punk-funk, folk-funk: Whatever you call it, girlfriend puts on a show filled with friendly chitchat, jumping and dancing, spontaneous spoken-word riffing, political commentary, and layered musical performance. In fact, the woman plays her (mostly acoustic) guitars so hard, she has to duct-tape fake fingernails to her hand—an ordinary guitar pick doesn’t get the job done. Ignore the hype, forget the cultish fans, and sidestep the politics: DiFranco is first and foremost a musician—#and a darn good one at that. Come rock out with her and her band at 8:30 p.m. at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $30. (202) 432-7328. (Jessica Leshnoff)