What You're Doing Tonight: 12/12

See a musical, read a book, or laugh a lot this Friday night

Book Event at Busboys & Poets: Join author Elma Shaw and listen to her discuss her new novel, 'Redemption Road: The Quest for Peace and Justice in Liberia' about the long road to redemption in Liberia under the dictator Charles Taylor.6 to 7:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, located on 1025 5th St. NW.

Next to Normal: Check out this modern musical as it starts its run at the Arena Stage on 1800 S. Bell Street in Arlington, Va. More information about this slightly depressing musical (that might make you appreciate your family a little more) can be found at arena-stage.org.

Found Footage Festival: This night of comedy features funny clips from videotapes found at thrift stores and garage sales from across the country. Hosted by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the event starts at 9:45 p.m. at the Montgomery Drafthouse Comedy Theater on 11006 Veirs Mill Road in Silver Spring, Md. Get more information and $10 tickets at montgomerydrafthouse.com

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