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After independently releasing two mixtapes recorded in a closet with stolen beats and writing for artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, SZA signed to Kendrick Lamar’s record label TDE, and finally released her debut studio album, Ctrl, last year. Frankly and unapologetically, SZA revealed her truest and rawest self on Ctrl and transformed the narrative for black women. Through tracks like “Love Galore,” “Supermodel,” and “Broken Clocks” (which President Barack Obama selected as one of his favorite songs of 2017), she granted permission for young black women to take control and be whatever they want, whether a vengeful lover or a little needy and insecure. But as she has discovered and shared via her music, true contentment, acceptance, and opportunity arise when one actually relinquishes control. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, SZA credits her defiant existence to this emotional surrender: “In a weird way, my acceptance of a lack of control gave me the gift of control.” Read more>>> SZA performs at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Sold out. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Casey Embert)
Visit any Buredo location this month to try a special sushi burrito that tastes like all of the flavors of Vietnamese pho. It’s called the “Lucky” and is stuffed with beef short rib, shredded carrot, bean sprouts, red onion, green onion, cilantro, jalapeño, Sriracha, hoisin sauce, and a lime wedge on the side. It costs $11.85 and 30 percent of sales from the special will go to No Kid Hungry. Buredo, multiple locations, eatburedo.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Author Jeanne Theoharis comes to Politics and Prose to discuss her new book about the civil rights movement, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
South Africa’s four-time Grammy Award-winning world music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$42.
D.C.’s five-piece instrumental funk group Backbeat Underground performs on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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