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There’s only one person who thinks that he can “singlebookedly” restore America to the greatness that it never had, and it’s Stephen Colbert. The mock pundit and host of The Colbert Report has penned another dictum on the state of the union: America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t. It takes all the bombastic opinions that Colbert blurts out on TV and puts them down on paper, tossing in lots of pictures and even a personal pair of 3D glasses. Whether he’ll be in character when he signs copies of his new book at Politics & Prose this afternoon is unclear, but it’s worth finding out. (Julia Lloyd-George) Stephen Colbert signs books beginning at 3 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are free with purchase of the book. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. Read more >>>


Mike Isabella’s Georgetown hip-mex restaurant Bandolero launches brunch this weekend with a play on chicken and waffles called “chicken and churros,” actually made with crispy cornish game hen and a guava sauce for the churros. You’ll also find chilaquiles, a poblano omelet, and huevos estrellados with fried eggs, refried beans, and chorizo. Brunch cocktails, including mimosas in guava, passion fruit, strawberry, or hibiscus flavors, are $8 each or bottomless for $19 until 4:30 p.m. Brunch will be available every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW. (202) 625-4488. brandolerodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Saturday: Organizations like Radio CPR exist almost to prove that D.C.’s old DIY spirit is alive and thriving. Because the station is run on the tiniest of budgets, it is sustained by benefit concerts and movie screenings. Saturday’s show celebrates the station’s 14th year with performances by local favorites E.D. Sedgwick, America Hearts, and Lowercase Letters. (Matt Siblo) Read more >>>

Sunday: Female street artists aren’t as rare as they once were, but few choose to embrace femininity like D.C.’s Decoy. Sunday, the artist talks about the inspiration behind her work and why, for her, a set of well-manicured nails symbolizes strength and transformation. (Sadie Dingfelder) Read more >>>

Odds and ends: Settle in with a beer and enjoy live stand-up comedy at Don’t Block the Box at Wonderland tonight, or check out flamenco at Gala Hispanic Theatre (through Sunday). Saturday, D.C. blog and indie music curators All Things Go hosts a showcase at Submerge; Sunday, another local blog, hip-hop go-to site D.C. Mumbo Sauce celebrates five years (and honors the City Paper for its support). Tickets for Sunday’s Magnetic Fields show at Sixth & I aren’t sold out yet, so read our interview with famously grumpy frontman Stephen Merritt and get inspired.

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