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“If you don’t like the way I talk, then why am I on your mind? If you don’t like the way I rock, then finish your glass of wine,” Dua Lipa roars on “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).” Only 22 and hot off the heels of her self-titled debut release, the English singer-songwriter is unapologetically herself. But she’s lived quite an adventurous life already. Lipa has lived on her own in London since she was 15 years old, and even took up modeling for a bit until her agency told her she’d have to lose a lot of weight. Now she’s chasing her dreams of becoming a pop star. Armed with a deep, commanding voice and inspired by not only pop starlets but hip-hop’s best storytellers, Lipa writes empowering anthems and relatable confessionals—necessary soundtracks to find confidence in many of life’s sticky situations. Read more>>> Dua Lipa performs with Marteen at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Sold out. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Casey Embert)
Warm up at Union Market with a plate of Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s baked clams ($11). They’re fiery thanks to the addition of Thai sausage, creamy from a coconut reduction, and herbaceous with the addition of a fried basil gremolata topper. Continue strolling the market until you find the new Toli Moli Burmese Bodega stocked with exciting Asian condiments, sauces, drinks, and more. They serve a small menu of snacks, noodles, sandwiches, and falooda if you’re still hungry. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE, (301) 347-3998, unionmarketdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Let’s talk about Dad Rock. I’m not exactly sure when the term “Dad Rock” came into our current lexicon, but we all know what it means: the kind of music your dad not only listens to, but won’t shut up about. Over the years, that kind of music has shifted from the ’60s and ’70s classic rock of the Baby Boomers, to Gen-Xer’s new wave and post-punk. One of the quintessential Dad Rock bands that skirts the line between the two generations is Squeeze, the British New Wave band that came to prominence during the genre’s first wave in the late ’70s. Founded and fronted by the dynamic songwriting duo of guitarists/vocalists Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze has steadily remained one of the best of the genre, with their hits “Tempted,” “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell),” and “Black Coffee in Bed.” Sure, they may not be producing the chart-topping radio hits they once were, but there’s a reason that they still sell out shows across the world—and it’s not just dads who are buying tickets. Squeeze performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $55. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Cohen)
Peter Baker, who reported on President Obama as chief White House correspondent at The New York Times, visits Politics and Prose to talk about Obama: The Call of History, his new book that traces and tributes the Obama years. 4 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse continues its 2017 Christmas Movie Festival, now through Dec. 13, with Miracle on 34th Street. $10. 7:45 p.m. at 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.
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