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Harlem is known for cultivating some of hip-hop’s greatest influencers. David Brewster Jr., better known by his stage name, Dave East, is continuing to prove himself as an East Harlem influencer through his talent for raw and honest storytelling. East came onto the scene in 2010 with the release of his first mixtape, Change of Plans. After deciding to leave his noteworthy athletic career as a forward on Towson University’s basketball team, he went on to pursue his musical passion and master the art of streetwise lyricism. His mixtapes gained such success that East managed to get recognition from hip-hop patriarch and beloved son of NYC, Nas. With a steadily building loyal fan base, East’s momentum doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Some of East’s most recent work, the EP Paranoia: A True Story, which released this year, highlights a who’s who of some of hip-hop’s most influential artists, like Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and NasRead more>>> Dave East performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25.50-$59.50. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Mikala Williams)


Chercher is currently serving some of the best Ethiopian food in the city. Visit the cozy restaurant and go big with the deluxe veggie sampler that will take up your entire table and costs just $16.99. Use their spongey, sour injera bread to swipe at the string beans and carrots cooked with tomato, garlic, ginger, and green peppers before your dining companions finish it off. It’s one of the best mounds included on the sampler. Wash it all down with a $6 glass of tej, an Ethiopian honey wine. Chercher, 1334 9th St. NW. (202) 299-9703. chercherrestaurant.com. (Laura Hayes)


Violinist Damien Escobar brings his Heart & Soul tour to the GW Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $45–$85. 

The Second City continues its run of Twist Your Dickens, an improvisational comedy take on A Christmas Carol, at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$79.

The Folger Consort plays holiday music of a different variety—German classical compositions from the 15th through the 17th centuries—at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol Street SE. $50.

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