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It’s crucially important to take some extra flex time on Wednesday to ensure you’re in your seat or parked on the lawn at Merriweather Post Pavilion to catch the opening set of Durham, N.C.’s Hiss Golden Messenger before the night’s main attraction, Bon Iver. Songs like “Heart like a Levee” and “Saturday’s Song” feel tailor-made for the easy vibes of a spring sunset at Merriweather, allowing listeners to momentarily forget their worries before the dreaded drive home and early morning work responsibilities rears their ugly heads. Read more >>> Hiss Golden Messenger performs with Bon Iver at 8 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $46–$76. (410) 715-5550. merriweathermusic.com. (Matt Siblo)


Located underneath Ambar‘s Clarendon location is a sister restaurant called BABA that also serves Balkan cuisine. Mondays through Thursdays, the cozy restaurant offers a four-plate dinner special for $29.99 before tax and tip. Diners choose a vegetarian dish, a seafood dish, a meat dish, and a dessert. Try it from 4 to 11 p.m. through June 29. BABA, 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. (703) 312-7978. baba.bar. (Laura Hayes)


Tkay Maidza, the commanding hip-hop artist from Australia by way of Zimbabwe, travels stateside to perform at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$14

The Hirshhorn opens its latest exhibition, Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History, a collection of large-scale paintings by the acclaimed German artist. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

Authors named to Granta magazine’s most recent list of best young American novelists, including Jesse Ball, Mark Doten, and Catherine Lacey, read from their work at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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