Brandy has been a fixture of our radios, TV screens, and stages for a quarter century. First, she was a breathy, teenaged chanteuse who wanted to be down. Then, she sang-fought with Monica in one of the biggest hits of the ’90s, “The Boy is Mine.” As an actress, she gave young black women a voice on Moesha, starred as Cinderella with Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother in the best version of that fairy tale to date, then grew up on BET’s The Game and headlined productions of Chicago on Broadway. Yet, after all this, and despite her Whitney-esque vocal range, she still feels underappreciated: She’s only two years older than Beyoncé but feels like part of a different generation. Her album Two Eleven, released in 2012, was a potent collection of contemporary R&B perfect for the bedroom and the dancefloor, but it remains criminally underrated. Hopefully, fans will finally hear the long-gestating follow-up soon. Her 2016 single “Beggin & Pleadin” updated juke joint blues for modern ears, and showed that the 39-year-old wasn’t content with her place in the pop pantheon, as she sang, “Beggin’ and pleadin’, hopin’ and wishin’ for a change.” Read more>>> Brandy performs at 9 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $49.99–$79.99. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Pop-rock band No Vacation performs with rock group Hot Flash Heat Wave at Union Stage as part of a co-headline tour. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$25.
The National Symphony Orchestra presents music director Gianandrea Noseda conducting Verdi‘s Requiem at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20–$119.
The Sackler Gallery continues its run of The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran, an exhibit showcasing important painted portraits and studio photographs from 19th century Iran. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free.
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