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The storytelling movement shows no signs of slowing down. The Moth, RISK!, and This American Life have brought one of the oldest forms of entertainment back into the public’s ears. In the past few years, storytelling slams have replaced poetry and stand-up open mics, bringing the two crowds together—and yielding surprisingly good results. Live storytelling is simple: No loud noises, pyrotechnics, or nudity are necessary. “Bare!,” a series about sex, desire, and romance, comes to Black Cat tonight after a successful series of shows at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. Producer, writer, and sex educator Jefferson is the mastermind behind this evening of sexuality-based storytelling; tonight, he and New York singer/songwriter Kimi Lundie are the only nonlocal guests on a lineup chock full of D.C.’s best storytellers, who have been tasked with sharing stories about “firsts.” Highlights include Story League co-founder SM Shrake, SpeakeasyDC regular Derek Hills, and D.C. Dungeon proprietor British “Lucky” Paul. Free-flowing booze and tales of debauchery on a cold January night? Sounds like a recipe for more memorable moments. 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage. $8. (Brandon Wetherbee)
While small towns across the country are rocked by the economic devastation of prison closures, This Black Soil: A Story of Resistance and Rebirth depicts one Virginia community’s struggle to keep one from opening. Here’s the gist: “Catalyzed by the defeat of a state plan to build a maximum-security prison in their backyard, [Bayview’s] powerful women leaders and residents created the Bayview Citizens for Social Justice, a non-profit organization, secured $10 million in grants, purchased the proposed prison site land and are now building a new community from the ground up.” The film shows at BloomBars tonight at 7 p.m. $10 donations welcome. Refreshments provided.
Last week, Lindsay Zoladz gave you a preview of the new album from Lightfoot; tonight, you can hear Scarlet Sails in its entirety at a special Salon Contra listening party. (Or if you’re antisocial, listen and purchase at Bandcamp.) Hit up Pink Line Project for details.