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It’s fitting that Uz Jsme Doma (pronounced “oosh-smeh-dough-ma”) is coming to Washington, D.C., a couple of weeks after the Plastic People of the Universe: If the People embody the resolve of the Czech underground during Soviet rule in the ’70s, then Uz Jsme Doma represents the complicated noise waiting to erupt before the Communists fell in 1990. UJD frontman Miroslav Wanek favors comparisons to the Residents, Pere Ubu, and other punkish iconoclasts, but he’ll tell you straight up that he’s no son of Zappa. That is, Wanek sees himself as more than a grand mischief-maker: His lyrics are deeply symbolic (and hold up in translation), while the band’s high-intensity, horn-accented tunes generally have a boot on the ground. The name says a lot, too: “Uz jsme doma” translates directly as “we’re home now,” but idiomatically the phrase is more like “now I get it” or “there we go.” Uz Jsme Doma performs with Capillary Action at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. —-Joe Warminsky
Three weeks at Wisconsin’s Swift Nature Camp is a timeless American idyll: canoeing, exploring, singing around the campfire, comparing notes on the AD/HD meds you take during the school year. OK, maybe a few things have changed since the days of “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” Allan Sherman’s 1963 hit about the sleep-away experience. Directors Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price’s Summercamp! includes some modern touches, a few of their own choosing (such as the Flaming Lips–heavy score) and others forced on them by today’s overstimulated, undernurtured kid culture. Head counselors Jeff and Jennie clearly intend a traditional experience, running a camp where each cabin is named for a bird and laptops and iPods are banned. Yet the real world intrudes, notably in the form of melancholy girls and hostile boys. The result is a sweet little documentary that can’t help but be a little alarming. The film shows at 5:20, 7:30, & 9:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700. —-Mark Jenkins