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GW Lisner Auditorium reveals 2010-11 concert schedule

mavis staplesMavis Staples is one of the early highlights of the upcoming Lisner schedule. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Aaron Leitko

And what a lineup it is.

This October D.C. will get R&B singer Mavis Staples, who will be touring "You Are Not Alone," the record she just recorded with Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy. She will share a bill with fellow fiery vocalist Bettye LaVette.

Further down the road, in November, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, of Buena Vista Social Club, will hit D.C. for the first time in a decade.

Spring will bring Post-Classical Ensemble, performing the music of microtone-loving 20th century composer Lou Harrison, as well as Brazilian pop and Tropicalia legend Gal Costa.

View the full schedule after the jump.

-Sun, Sept 26 : 7 p.m.
Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà (Canada)
All-female string ensemble performing gyspy, klezmer, and other “music of the wanderers”

-Mon, Oct 4 : 8 p.m.
David Sedaris
Humorist and public radio favorite; new fiction book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

-Sat, Oct 9 : 8 p.m.
Bettye LaVette & Mavis Staples
Iconic soul vocalists; new Mavis Staples album You Are Not Alone

-Fri, Oct 15 : 8 p.m.
Cinematic Titanic - War of the Insects
Movie riffing from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000

-Sat, Nov 6 : 8 p.m.
Omara Portuondo (Cuba)
Buena Vista Social Club alum; first DC performance since 2000

-Sat, Nov 13 : 8 p.m.
Sarah Vowell
Author of The Wordy Shipmates; reading from new book, Unfamiliar Fishes

-Sat, Mar 5 : 8 p.m.
Post-Classical Ensemble
Sublime Confluence: The Music of Lou Harrison

-Thu, Mar 10 : 8 p.m.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa)
Grammy Award-winning a cappella singing group

-Sun, Mar 13 : 7 p.m.
Paco Peña presents Flamenco Vivo (Spain)
Flamenco guitarist with musicians and dance company

-Fri, Mar 25 : 8 p.m.
Gal Costa (Brazil)
Founding Tropicália and Música Popular Brasileira vocalist

-Sat, Mar 26 : 8 p.m.
Jil Aigrot (France)
Vocalist specializing in chanson française; singing voice of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose

-Sat, Apr 2 : 8 p.m.
Ira Glass
Radio on the TV: An evening of stories about This American Life, the television show

-Thu, Apr 7 : 8 p.m.
Acoustic Africa (Mali/Zimbabwe/Mali)
Featuring Habib Koité, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, and Afel Bocoum

-Fri, Apr 29 : 8 p.m.
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas (Cuba)
Afro-Cuban/rumba music and dance; first US tour since 2002

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 26, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Angèle Dubeau, Bettye LaVette, Cinematic Titanic, David Sedaris, La Pietà, Mavis Staples, Omara Portuondo, Post-Classical Ensemble, Sarah Vowell  
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