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Medellín, Colombia’s Karol G is fluent in many genre tongues, from reggaeton to R&B to pop to Latin trap rap. That diversity is displayed on her recent debut album Unstoppable, where her danceable beats vary in style, but the lyrical message remains: She wants you to know she is an independent woman who is not going to be controlled by any man. Her vocal range goes mainly from a light and shiny radio-friendly croon to a less melodic rapped one, but she can also vocalize more powerfully. In “Ahora Me Llama” (“Now He Calls Me” in English), a duet with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, Karol uses her sweet tone to assert in Spanish, “Now, I just want to go out with my own squad because the night is mine. I will enjoy it without your company.” Read more>>> Karol G performs with Noriel at 10 p.m. at Rio Cantina, 21800 Towncenter Plaza, Sterling. $30. (703) 975-1202. riocantinanightclub.com. (Steve Kiviat)
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For the traditionally boozy night-before-Thanksgiving, Dram & Grain, located inside Jack Rose Dining Saloon, has partnered with Sam Adams. Bartenders will pour cocktails and rare Sam Adams Utopia beer. Utopia’s ABV can be as high as 28 percent, and some have been aged up to 24 years. Try the hard-to-find beer by the one-ounce pour for $32 or stick to full drafts of three other Sam Adams beers that have never been poured in the District for $7 each. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and no tickets are necessary. Dram & Grain, 2007 18th St. NW, facebook.com/DramandGrain. (Laura Hayes)
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D.C.’s iconic go-go band Rare Essence performs at Bethesda Blues & Jazz. 8 p.m. at 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $25.
Italian EDM DJ and producer Benny Benassi performs at Echostage. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. $20–$30.
The Kennedy Center presents Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $59–$175.
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