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Lewis Black

Lewis Black is the angry little person inside each and every one of us. With slowly mounting fury, Black, whose withering commentaries are often the highlight of The Daily Show, wields a skewing common sense against the everyday stupidities of the modern world, with a special place in his stammering doghouse reserved for the politicians who disserve us. His attacks are bipartisan and hilarious, the equivalent of watching a person having a bad day stub his toe and jump around in epithet-laden agony. Black's stand-up act is especially gutbusting, a sort of apoplectic Lenny Bruce routine that sometimes descends to incoherent growls and spasmodic shrugs, while at the same time imparting its own brand of engagingly brilliant clarity. Foolproof's American Voices at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-325-2993 or www.foolproof.org. $45-$75. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 3 only. RICHARD MORIN


Since the founders of Velocity Dance Center, KT Niehoff and Michelle Miller, are themselves transplants to Seattle, they seem to keep an eye out for fresh talent newly arrived. For this edition of their new works series they're mixing a set of recent arrivals with movement artists who've been up and down Pike and Pine a few more times. Former Brooklynites Antonietta Vicario and Lyndsey Karr come with juicy resumes and a reputation for extreme movement, while Adele Myers and Diana Deaver find the edge amid the sweetness of Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" The local contingent is led by Crispin Spaeth, who continues her exploration of obscured vision in "Up Close," and Lasara Jarvis, who's danced with almost everyone in town since her graduation from Cornish. Velocity Dance Center, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 2-Sat. Dec. 3. SANDRA KURTZ

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