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Standing at home plate in Memorial Stadium at an Orioles game in the late ’80s, Joan Jett offered a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that took the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air literallymixing our national shlock with her patented scratchy vocals. Jett’s strutting between the beer, peanuts, and jock straps has become symbolic of her long careerfrom the Runaways to Light of Day to covering AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” to producing Bikini Kill’s best 7-inch (the New Radio EP). While the Runaways may have been one of the most influential all-girl bands and Jett may have been heralded as the “Original Grrrl,” she has always straddled the line between cheesy metal fluff and pure punk. Now, what you see is what you geta middle-aged woman embalmed in leather pants playing rock ‘n’ roll. If only Quentin Tarantino could make a movie for her. Jett and the Blackhearts play with the Lunachicks and Sex Pod at 7 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 393-0930. (Jason Cherkis)