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Saxophonist Steve Coleman recently told Jazziz magazine, “It’s one thing listening to records. However, nothing replaces the experience of being inside the situation, feeling the vibrations around you.” For his latest album, the two-CD collection Genesis & The Opening of the Way, Coleman surrounded himself with good vibes. Genesis features 21-piece band the Council of Balance, including five percussionists, eight brass players, and a string section, while the stripped-down Opening of the Way features his usual ensemble, Five Elements. Coleman uses James Brown vamps, African and Cuban polyrhythms, and Eastern tonalities to create a jagged world music that could be called jazz-funk were that not such a slur. Ask Coleman to explain his M-BASE concept when he joins WPFW radio host Larry Appelbaum and filmmaker Natalie Bullock for a screening of her documentary Black Science: Steve Coleman and the World of M-BASE at 2 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. Free. (202) 466-4999. Get inside the theory and the vibrations when Coleman and Five Elements perform at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $10. (202) 518-9400. (CP)