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ALL BRASS

Marching band members Keith Frazier, Philip Frazier and Kermit Ruffins had no idea that their brass band skills would be the ticket to success. With the input of a few other marching band members at Joseph S. Clark Senior High School in New Orleans, they formed the Rebirth Brass Band, proudly known today as a New Orleans institution. The band was first discovered back in 1982 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and it has since won over audiences across the world with its brass funk tune with a modern twist. The group even won a Grammy this year for Best Regional Roots Music Album.

The band will be performing at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at 930.com.

STORY TIME FAVORITES

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has captivated young audiences for four decades. It is ranked as one of the most respected theaters for the young due to its wildly imaginative set design and original music, and it is finally visiting the District for a colorful series of puppet performances at Kennedy Center's Family Theater (2700 F St. NW). The production features two of Eric Carle's most beloved tales. His picture book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" will be joined by a cast of adventurous animals from his book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

There will be two performances: Thursday starting at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you can't make it, the production will be running through Jan. 6. Go to kennedy-center.org for tickets and future show times.

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