Henry Rollins 

8 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

It's been 31 years since Henry Rollins first joined D.C. punk pioneer Black Flag. Since then, he's grown older, wiser and even handsomer. Rollins now tours mostly as a spoken-word performer, using his passion and knowledge to offer smart — frequently hilarious — commentary on political mischief, societal missteps and personal injustices. Even when he's not touring, Rollins spends much of his life traveling. He's a world explorer, hitting far-off lands and war zones for both work and pleasure. He's a one-man information-gathering machine, and he's used what he's accumulated to become a cranky, entertaining teacher. The uninformed would be wise to listen.

Note: Rollins is still energetic, sweaty and powerful onstage. And he still wraps the microphone cord in loops around his hand, punk-singer style. Old habits die hard.

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