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As long as there are pop songs, there will be a need for “Weird Al” Yankovic. With the radio filled with earnestness, anger, despair, and Alanis Morissette, we should be grateful that his parodies don’t ask us to think, they just want us to laugh—as in his most recent mockery, which transposes Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” to Amish country. And the reason Al’s still around is that not all of his gags are predictable. In person, Al and his band live up to the old-fashioned show business contract that if you pays your money, you deserves a show. His accordion sweats to provide jokes that you can, more or less, dance to. Go ahead, we won’t tell. At 8 p.m. at George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $24.50. (202) 994-6800. (Dave Nuttycombe)