Take 5: Story time at Black Cat, Rusted Root, another Restaurant Week

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Friday: Story League All-Stars Special Anniversary Show at the Black Cat

Story League co-founder Scott Shrake doesn't like the term "storytelling" when describing what his group does. He much prefers "true live personal stories told in a nightclub to an audience that's drinking for entertainment purposes." Or something like that.

Story League features regular folks telling true stories about their lives. Picture the center of attention holding court at a dinner party. Refine it a little, work on the delivery, put him onstage, and you have Story League.

On Friday, Story League celebrates its second anniversary with a special show at the Black Cat.

Shrake describes Story League as a lot less intimidating that a standup comedy open mic. The audience is generally supportive, because those in the audience may one day take a stab at going onstage.

Story League features monthly contests with cash prizes. There are also occasional tournaments, and winners of those get invited to do a curated show such as this Friday's all-star performance. Each show features seven performers, and each get seven minutes to tell their story.

"Theoretically anyone can walk into a story open mic or contest such as ours and go up there and nail it on their first time out," Shrake said. "It's rare, but I've seen it happen."

Shrake has participated in the similar And I Am Not Lying out of New York, and Mortified, which has adults reading from their own childhood and adolescent journals.

"People are maybe sick of homogenized and processed and packaged entertainment, which is so readily available," Shrake said. "The intimacy of having a real person tell their real story is appealing."

Info: Sold out, but tickets may be available through resellers; blackcatdc.com

When: 9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: Maggie Rose at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

The Potomac, Md., singer-songwriter brings her brand of country to Bethesda's newest live music venue.

Info: $35; bethesdabluesjazz.com

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Saturday: Todd Snider's Traveling What the Folk Show at the Birchmere

Americana singer-songwriter Todd Snider brings his special festival-style show to the Birchmere. Includes a bunch of special guests for a fun night.

Info: $25; birchmere.com

When: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Rusted Root at the 9:30 Club

The popular, eclectic band from Pittsburgh returns to the 9:30 Club. With Joel Plaskett.

Info: $25; 930.com

When: 6 p.m.

Through March 17: National Harbor Restaurant Week

If you've been looking for an excuse to head to National Harbor, check out its Restaurant Week. Enjoy a three-course lunch for $20.13 and dinner for $35.13. See the website for a list of participating restaurants.

Info: nhrestaurantweek.com

When: Through March 17

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