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Attention fashion slaves: Indulge your submissive fantasies this Friday with Nelson. No, he’s not half of the blond-locked, tone-deaf hair band—he’s a Jose Eber-cum-performance artist who gives deluxe S/M haircuts. A couple of years ago, the peroxided beauty-school dropout wired his scissors to a strap-on amp and turned it up to 11. He’s been doling out plugged-in haircuts with a swashbuckler’s panache in the nightclubs and streets of Manhattan ever since. Nelson loves exploring the rituals people go through to look good: His MO includes pasting duct tape over his subjects’ eyes and mouths and strapping their wrists and elbows to his chair. “People jump through hoops for fashion,” Nelson says. “I’m making those hoops visible.” His success is astounding. “I’ve got these noisy scissors. I’m tying people up,” the Coiffeur de Sade says. “I’m surprised that so many people go along with it.” But New York provides a seemingly inexhaustible supply of young fashionistas begging for his signature choppy cut. Now it’s D.C.’s turn to submit to his clippers. For Nelson’s sake, pray for an end to our nasty weather: “I tend to get shocked when it rains,” he reports. Nelson will snip you a new look during the opening party for “Post-Pop, Post-Punk,” a group show of works by artists influenced by the mass-media culture of the ’70s and ’80s, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1054 31st St. NW. Free. (202) 342-6230. (Jessica Dawson) NOTE: THESE ARE UNCORRECTED. PLEASE SEE GREENS AND LASERS FOR CORRECTIONS.