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If Duran Duran can reinvent itself, why not Boy George? His new record, Cheapness and Beauty, and his recently published autobiography, Take It Like a Man, find the once apolitical new waver restyling himself as a gay spokesperson for the ’90s. The book is clearly modeled on Quentin Crisp’s The Naked Civil Servant, while the album marks a stylistic and lyrical departure from Culture Club’s sugary pop. Though George’s politics are more overt, they are no subtler than they were in the ’80s (anyone remember “War Is Stupid”?). On the singsongy pride anthem “Same Thing in Reverse,” he sings, “I don’t have to be afraid/In God’s image I am made.” At 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-24. (202) 994-6800. (Nicole Arthur)